Student Commission Earns National Recognition

For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the University Liggett School student council has been recognized as a 2019 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Councils of Excellence (NatStuCo). “It’s a great honor for our student commission to receive the National Gold Council of Excellence Award this year,” said Student Commission President Billy Kopicki.
“It feels good that all our hard work and dedication to the school is being noticed, especially on the national level. Everyday Mr. Hellebuyck and Dr. Mueller inspire us to think big and find ways to improve the school and our community. I’m happy to celebrate the award, but hope we continue to strive for excellence year in and year out,” Kopicki added.
Maria Fields, a junior who has served on the student commission for three years, said the University Liggett School Student Commission is a group of invested and driven individuals, who have one common goal -- to improve University Liggett School and the surrounding community.
She said the Student Commission aims to have an impact beyond the walls of University Liggett School, as well. During the past two years, the Student Commission has collected and donated approximately 200 coats to COTS through its annual coat drive. This year, Student Commission connected with the University of Detroit Jesuit High School’s student council to collect a record number of coats. Student Commission students also ran a purse drive to benefit to women in shelters, volunteered at the Cass Community Center and coordinated a Toys-for-Tots drive.
“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.”

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 and a democratic election process, the councils must demonstrate 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.

About National Student Council
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University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444