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Poland Student Council earns national recognition

July 29, 2019



Poland student council members posing on and around a couch at state conference


Members of the Poland Central School District Student Council pose for a photo at the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities State Leadership Conference in November. The Poland Student Council recently received a 2019 National Gold Council of Excellence Award from National Student Council.




POLAND – The Poland Central School District Student Council recently received a 2019 National Gold Council of Excellence Award from National Student Council.

Poland’s Student Council was honored for its “exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that serve to improve the school and community,” according to the National Student Council, referred to as NatStuCo for short.

“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 Ann Postlewaite, National Association of Secondary School Principals student programs director. “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, holding meetings and an 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.

Poland was one of just seven schools in New York state to receive the honor this year, said Poland science teacher Kevin Ford, who is co-advisor of the Poland Student Council with Guidance Director Janice Watrous.

National Student Council provides and promotes professional development and leadership training to student council advisers who, in turn, teach leadership skills to student council members. NatStuCo is dedicated to preparing and empowering student leaders to better serve their schools and communities.