RPBHS Wins Student Council Gold Award

For its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Royal Palm Beach High School has been awarded a 2014 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC).

“Receiving an NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the local school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program,” said Ann Postlewaite, director of NASSP Student Programs.

To meet the requirements of the NASC National Council of Excellence award, a student council must demonstrate that it meets a variety of criteria. Those councils named to the gold level have successfully met a greater number of criteria.

In addition to basic requirements, such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process and membership in NASC, schools that qualify for the award demonstrate such things as leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning, and active participation in their state and national student council associations.

“We are very proud of our student council and its advisor, Justin Arnone. Receiving the [award] requires hard work, dedication and a commitment to excellence at the highest of levels,” Principal Jesús Armas said. “This group of young men and women work tirelessly to further Royal Palm Beach High School’s vision of excellence, and embody the spirit of our student body in all they do. Being one of only nine schools in Florida and less than 200 schools in the entire nation to earn such a distinction proves what we have always known, that the Royal Palm Beach High School Student Council is a superior organization and a source of pride not only for Royal Palm Beach High School, but for all of Palm Beach County.”

The National Association of Student Councils (NASC) promotes and provides leadership development opportunities to prepare and empower students to serve their school and communities.

NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the preeminent organization and national voice for middle level and high school leaders. It also sponsors the National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), which recognize outstanding middle level and high school students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. For more info., visit www.nasc.us.

“I am extremely proud of our student council and its accomplishments over the last twelve months,” Arnone said.

For more info., contact Arnone (561) 792-8662 or e-mail Justin.arnone@palmbeachschools.org.