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James Clemens SGA earns national accolade

MADISON – The Student Government Association at James Clemens High School has received a top, national-level award for its efforts for improvements on campus and in greater Madison.

The National Student Council or NatStuCo has recognized the Jets SGA as a 2020 National Gold Council of Excellence for its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that serve to improve the school and community.

“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,” Nara Lee said. Lee serves as Director of Student Leadership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

“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,” Lee said.

Melanie Turner has volunteered as SGA advisor since James Clemens opened eight years ago. “Positive school climate and service for and working with charities have always been very important to me. Having the opportunity to lead students to have a heart for service is an awesome opportunity,” Turner said. Turner also sponsors Mu Alpha Theta and is Math Department Head.

James Clemens SGA applied for the award five years ago. “We have submitted a portfolio to document our qualifications and have received the National Gold Council of Excellence honor for the last five years,” Turner said.

To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. The basic requirements are a written constitution, regular meetings and a democratic election process. The councils must demonstrate successful sponsorship and participation in leadership development and local volunteering.

National Student Council or NatStuCo provides and promotes professional development to student council advisers. These adults, 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. For more information, visit NatStuCo.org.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals’ has headquarters in Reston, Va. For more information, visit nassp.org.

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