• Student Council

    April 12, 2024

    USCHS Student Council earns national award

    Student CouncilFor its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that improve the school and community, Upper St. Clair High School Student Council was recently recognized as a 2024 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). This marks the fourth year that USCHS Student Council has earned this national recognition.

    USCHS Student Council is comprised of more than 70 students in grades nine through 12, who help to plan countless school and community events and oversee the school’s 100+ clubs. Major annual events include Homecoming Week, Winter Formal, Prom, Rush (activities fair), Powder Puff football game, Halls of Fame and Upper St. Clair’s Community Day. In addition, Student Council members serve as school ambassadors and tour guides for numerous Open House and other events.

    The National Gold Council of Excellence application process was spearheaded by Dylan Childs, sophomore class president, with help from other sophomore class senators. Brooke Tarcson, head of student activities, serves as Student Council advisor.

    Upper St. Clair is one of only 11 Pennsylvania high schools recognized as 2024 National Council of Excellence Award Winners. Other Allegheny County schools include Elizabeth Forward High School, Montour High School and South Fayette High School. Nationwide, 411 high schools earned this achievement.

    National Gold Council of ExcellenceThe National Gold Council of Excellence program is supported by its parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

    “Receiving a National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the amazing dedication of the students and school to make their community a better place,” NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe said. “Upper St. Clair High School has gone above and beyond in elevating student voice to ensure they are establishing a positive climate and culture, as well as fostering academic and social growth for all.”

    A student council must meet a variety of criteria to earn the National Council of Excellence Award. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings and a democratic election process, the councils must have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community. Learn more about the National Council of Excellence Awards.