The Collinsville High School Student Council is well-known for its community service and student leadership opportunities. For the 13th year, CHS StuCo has been recognized as a National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council.
According to the National Student Council website: “There are two levels of recognition: A student council achieves a National Council of Excellence Award when it has demonstrated that it meets all the National Student Council requirements, and the National Gold Council of Excellence award is awarded to those councils that demonstrate the highest levels of leadership as well as meet additional standards as set by NatStuCo.
These awards distinguish outstanding student councils by guiding student leaders and their faculty advisers through a process featuring standards-based criteria and demonstration-based outcomes, reflecting more than 80 years of expertise in student council and leadership programming.”
Councils of Excellence have distinguished themselves in their leadership and service, fostered student voice, and promoted student engagement in their projects and activities
“We have gotten it every year it has been offered since 2006, so that would be 13 years in a row,” says CHS StuCo Sponsor Kyle Gordon, “There are over 400 students in student council making it the largest student council in the United States.”
Each year, the Collinsville Student Council holds fundraisers, including a sold out Trivia Night, to provide funds for a number of community service projects.
“We are currently working on the Senior Citizen Prom scheduled for Friday, April 27 at the Collinsville Senior Center. We will be having a free dinner, dancing, prizes and prom photos done for those attending,” says Gordon.
CHS will host the District Student Council Convention for all of Southern Illinois next Spring.
- Graduating senior Zilvia Montez says being part of CHS StuCo was a noteworthy part high school, “I am so glad that I decided to become an active member of Student Council during my junior year at CHS. It has taught me so much about service and the fun you can have too when you help other people.”