Manitou Springs High School’s  student council earns top national award



StuCo members welcome staff and students back to school this fall in the parking lot. StuCo is active in the MSHS community.

Emily Waite, Senior Reporter

For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the Manitou Springs High School student council has been recognized as a 2022 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council. The NatStuCo program is supported by its parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

“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 NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe. “Manitou Springs 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 meet the requirements for 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, 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. 

NatStuCo provides and promotes professional development and leadership training to student council advisers who, 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