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Yuma High Student Council earns top honor for charity and service contributions

YHS stuco students Yuma High School Student Council earned the platinum level award from the Arizona Associations of Student Councils (AASC) for their charity and service contributions during the 2020-21 school year.

The award, which is the highest such honor in the AASC’s award program, was given to 20 schools across Arizona, and required Yuma High to raise charitable contributions or perform service projects in excess of $3,000 and engage in special projects that range in time from more than 300 hours of service time performed.

Some of the special projects included a district-wide charity dance hosted by Yuma High, a holiday toy drive, homecoming profits donated to charity, and other charitable fundraising endeavors.

“I am extremely proud of our StuCo members and feel blessed to have an amazing advisor (Yuma High teacher Silvia Arellano) to support us along the way,” YHS Student Body President Carissa Fijalkowski said. “Our Council has come a long way in the past four years. We went from barely attending leadership activities and doing the absolute minimum for our school and community to not only learning how to be leaders at school, but what it means to be everyday leaders in our own lives. I'm so grateful to be a part of such an incredible organization and to be surrounded by a group of peers who support and encourage other. In other words, to get recognized just feels really rewarding. We are blessed to be able to do what I do.”

It is the first time Yuma High has been recognized by AASC.

According to their website, in an effort to recognize all the outstanding Charitable Contributions and Special Projects of their member schools, the AASC Executive Board has an award program so that any AASC school that applies may be recognized at the annual AASC State Convention for their honorable efforts in these areas.

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Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org