The St. Clair High School Student Council recently was presented a gold honor award by the Missouri Association of Student Councils.
According to information from the state organization, SCHS was honored because it has a “comprehensive program in promoting student activities and student leadership.”
“Student councils and student leaders make a positive contribution to their schools and help to create a positive educational climate,” Missouri Association of Student Councils Chairman Karen Haak said. “Criteria are established to honor those councils that have a comprehensive program in promoting student activities and student leadership.”
Listed student leadership activities included school and community service, student and teacher recognition, leadership training and school spirit.
“I am truly honored to get to work with such a great group of leaders,” SCHS Student Council adviser Sarah Dierker said. “I am extremely proud of all of their accomplishments. When students are involved in these leadership roles, such as Student Council, they have more of a vested interest in their school and community and will ultimately improve their futures and positively impact others.”
Roberta Byers, the other SCHS Student Council adviser, had similar thoughts.
“The 2013-14 Student Council has been very successful in serving their school and community,” she said. “We are excited to receive this special honor. SCHS Student Council members have worked very hard, and their dedication has paid off.”
The SCHS Student Council submitted an application to be considered for the honor, which officially is titled the “Gold Honor Council Award.”
The award specifically mentions Dierker, Byers and Principal Mike Hunter.
“Sarah Dierker and Roberta Byers and the Student Council members are the success behind their accomplishments,” Hunter said. “They have great initiative and more importantly great follow-through. The award is well-deserved and will be far from the last accolades they earn.
“They are a model leadership group who lead by example.”
St. Clair Mayor Ron Blum also issued a proclamation to the SCHS Student Council in honor of National Student Leadership Week, which was observed earlier this month. He made the presentation during the board of aldermen’s first meeting of the month.
“Student leaders are a positive influence on their peers, modeling good character and scholarship in and out of the classroom and serve as change agents to improve the overall climate and academic performance levels of their schools,” the proclamation reads in part. “Student leaders do not automatically develop sound leadership skills and require trained, dedicated faculty advisers to help them develop the essential traits and characteristics of a leader and to provide the positive experiences necessary to expand their skills and foster their paths to becoming effective leaders. ...
“I urge citizens to seek opportunities to recognize student leaders in our schools and support their training and activities as they prepare themselves for their future stations as leaders of our city, state and nation.”
Current Student Council officers are Laura Bardot, president; Karissa Hoffman, vice president; Autumn Erwin, secretary; Sam Deason, treasurer; and Chase Cohen, sergeant at arms.
Officers for the 2014-15 academic year will be Cohen, president; Ashley Cox, vice president; Jazmyn Betz, secretary; Riley Girardier, treasurer; and Seth Feddersen, sergeant at arms.
Currently, there are 43 SCHS Student Council members.