McAllen ISD student councils at Lamar IB, Memorial earn national recognition

For their exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the Lamar Academy/IB Student Council and the McAllen Memorial High Student Council have each been recognized as 2020 National Gold Council of Excellence by National of Student Council (NatStuCo).

“Receiving a National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program,” said Nara Lee, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Director of Student Leadership. “NatStuCo applauds the work of the National Gold Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”

To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, the councils have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community. Councils awarded the gold level of the award have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership.

“I am very proud of my student council for the hard work we have done throughout this school year,” Andrea Tamez, Memorial Student Council President, said. “This award means so much to us and has lifted our moods immensely during this troubling time.”

“I am extremely pleased with the dedication the council has to our school and community,” Ms. Marina Contreras, Memorial Student Council Advisor, said. “They continuously exceed my expectations by always ​putting forth their best effort. They are true leaders. This award is well deserved, and I couldn’t be prouder.”

Lamar Academy/IB’s Student Council Advisor is Ms. Vivian Tamez.