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Two YUHSD student councils earn state’s top honor

Two Yuma Union High School District Student Councils were awarded the state’s highest honor during the Arizona Association of Student Councils (AASC) Conference last month at Buena Vista High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

Cibola High School and San Luis High School were both named “Outstanding Council of Distinction” at the convention. To achieve this award, councils must demonstrate exemplary service, charitable giving, campus improvement, and activities.

"It goes to show how much our effort, dedication, and service for our school and community pays off,” Cibola Student Body President McKenna Jerpseth said. “We work endlessly as a council and by doing school projects and spirit activities, we grow together and showcase our talents and mindsets as a family. We really appreciate the acknowledgement and the award. It pushes us to keep making these differences for our peers, school, and community."

For San Luis, it was the fourth consecutive year their student council has won the top honor, and seventh time in the past eight years.

“I truly get to work with the best students in Arizona, and every day this council teaches me how to be a better person, teacher, and mentor,” said SLHS Student Council Advisor Tim Rebek, who has been in the role since 2007.

AASC sets forth criteria so every student council organization can apply to be honored. All submissions are reviewed by AASC board members, and have the possibility of earning one of three awards: Honorable Mention, Council of Distinction and Outstanding Council of Distinction. The submissions are presented on a slideshow and contain information on all the great accomplishments each group achieves throughout the school year.

According to their website, the AASC was founded in 1934 by a group of educators who wanted to create an organization for student leaders that would encourage them to practice the democratic process, citizenship and service while fostering idea exchange and problem solving in the state's schools.

Eric Patten