For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the Lamar Academy/IB Student Council has been recognized as a 2019 National Gold Council of Excellence by the 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 Ann Postlewaite, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 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.”

“This award acknowledges the profound service that the students at Lamar Academy/IB have spent their school year completing” says Valeria Arguelles, Lamar Academy/IB Student Council President. “Last year was the first year that the student council was established on our campus and we wanted to make an impact in our community, district, and campus. I believe that is what we have done.”

Vivian Tamez, Lamar Academy/IB Student Council Advisor says “our students are caring and open-minded individuals that wanted to make a difference locally on issues that affect us on a global level and they exceeded that goal. I am glad that the National Association of Student Councils has recognized them for their hard work and hope that our students continue to be an avenue for change in the world.”

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.