VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Nolasco
Date: 04/08/16 Phone: 757.263.1234
News Release No. 063 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: lauren.nolasco@vbschools.com

Nine VBCPS high schools earned
gold from the NASC

Nine of the 11 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) comprehensive high schools earned the 2016 National Gold Council of Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). This is the highest award given to student councils for their records of leadership, community service as well as hosting successful school-based activities.

All total, Virginia has just 15 high schools who were named gold council of excellence award winners; Virginia Beach was home to nine of those 15.

This year, Bayside, First Colonial, Kellam, Cox, Kempsville, Landstown, Ocean Lakes, Salem and Tallwood high schools all were honored with gold excellence awards. This is the fourth consecutive year Salem High School has earned this honor, and the third consecutive year for Landstown, Tallwood and Ocean Lakes.

“We are thrilled for our young people,” said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. “The NASC has recognized and honored the hard work of our students as well as their leadership among their peers. I want to congratulate all of our award-winning schools as well as thank our students for their dedication. Additionally, I want to thank our teachers and staff members who have spent hours volunteering and showing our student-leaders the importance of service. These awards would not be possible without their guidance.”

According to the NASC, in order to become a gold council award winner, student councils must have basic requirements such as a written constitution and regular meetings as well as leadership training for council members, community service projects and active participation in state and national student council associations.

“Receiving an NASC national gold council of excellence award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the school to provide a strong, well rounded student council program,” Ann Postlewaite, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) student programs director, said in a press release. “NASC applauds the work of the national gold councils of excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”

For more information about the award, visit www.nasc.us/ncoe.

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