by Mike Knaak
The Sartell High School Student Council received an award for its leadership, service and activities to improve the school. The student council was recognized as a National Gold Council of Excellence by National Student Council.
“Our students earned this Gold-level national recognition during a challenging year and I am so proud,” said Student Council Adviser Karrie Fredrickson in a statement. “Their cooperation, creativity and genuine concern and support for each other serve as inspiration for other students and our community.”
“During Covid, our council has to adapt to our ever-changing environment,” said Student Council President Summbla Anjum in statement. “However, this is the first year where we have had a sense of normalcy and I think our council has stepped up to bring back some of our traditions. Some grades in the high school have never experienced a winter formal or carnival, and the enthusiasm and commitment our council has shown are commendable.”
In addition to these traditional events, this year’s council introduced new activities targeting mental health.
“Receiving a National Gold Council of Excellence Award shows the utmost dedication a school’s students, leaders, and staff have made to making their community a better place,” said Ronn Nozoe of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. “Sartell High School has gone above and beyond in elevating student voices to ensure they are establishing a positive climate and culture, as well as fostering academic and social growth for all.”
To receive the National Gold 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 and a democratic election process, the council demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community.