Putnam City High School has won the 2013 Gold Council of Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Councils. The award, which recognizes student councils' exemplary records of leadership, service and activities that improve the school and community, was given this year to 163 schools across the nation.
The student council at Putnam City High has won the award six of the last seven years.
Mike Hardesty, student council sponsor, said the award was earned by students through their hard work.
“This student council merited this award because of their dedication and diligence. They worked meticulously on projects and events, always making every effort to do the little things correctly to ensure a climate of excellence,” Hardesty said.
Student council members have had a busy year. The school sent 14 officers to leadership workshops last summer, held leadership retreats for freshmen and sophomores, hosted the District 9 and District 10 spring conference and, this summer, will send two students as delegates at the NASC National Conference.
Also this school year, the student council worked with the National Football Hall of Fame in organizing a ceremony honoring former Putnam City Pirate wide receiver Steve Largent, and hosted the Putnam City High Talent Show, one of the school's most financially successful talent shows ever. The council also helped numerous families at Christmastime through the Putnam City Care Share program.
Student Council President Maddisen McCleary, a senior, said the award is an honor.
“Knowing that hard work pays off is in itself an achievement. Our council has done amazing work this year, and I could not be more proud. Our adviser, Mr. Hardesty, has made this year 10 times better with his guidance,” McCleary said.