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Montwood High School student council earns national recognition

The Montwood High School student council has been recognized as a 2020 National Gold Council of Excellence winner by the National Student Council (NatStuCo) for its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community.

“I am extremely proud that the hard work of our student council is being recognized at the national level,” said Montwood High School principal Carlos Guerra. “Our students are being recognized for displaying great leadership and love for their community.”

To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must display 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.

Councils awarded the gold level of the award have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership.

“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 Nara Lee, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Director of Student Leadership. “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.”

The Montwood Student Council has organized a variety of events to assist and engage their community. The group hosted an end of the year banquet for the Special Education department and assisting in the annual spring games for special needs students. They assisted Helen Ball Elementary students to set up their first-ever student council.

After the Aug. 3 shooting at an El Paso Wal-Mart, the council organized a “Montwood is El Paso Strong” pep rally to unite and heal the community. They also executed the “Light Up The Night,” their largest pep rally to promote school spirit, and the “Dare to Rise Leadership Camp” to promote student engagement.

“Being able to represent such an amazing council is an honor,” said Daniel Gutierrez, Montwood High School student body president. “Every single one of us works to make sure we impact our community and our school in a positive way.”

The Montwood High School student council was awarded for their excellence in fundraising and communications. The “Light Up the Night” rally earned substantial funds for the school and the group also collected 152 board games valued at $1,500, which were donated to the El Paso Children’s Hospital.

The council also was instrumental in promoting Montwood High School’s 30-year anniversary this year, with several council members providing positive interviews with local media on the first day of school.

The National Student Council (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 their website. 

For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, Virginia, visit

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