YHS Student Council wins ‘Gold’

Annual national recognition demonstrates contributes to school, community

To stay in contact, YHS Student Council members and advisor Darryl Andrews meet using the Zoom videoconferencing app. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer

It has become a tradition, one that takes on greater meaning this year.

The National Student Council (“NatStuCo”) has again honored the Yukon High School as a 2020 National Gold Council of Excellence.

Members of the 2019-20 Yukon High School Student Council, with advisor Darryl Andrews (front left) prepare their float for the 2019 Oklahoma Czech Day parade in Yukon. (Photo provided)

Darryl Andrews, who has been Yukon’s student council advisor for about 30 years, said YHS has earned this award since its creation 15 years ago.

“What an awesome honor,” Andrews said. “We are one of the few schools that have received it every year.

“We could not be prouder of the 2019-20 Yukon High School Student Council. They are all amazing!”

This year’s YHS Student Council has 107 members, 30 of whom comprise an executive board.

Yukon is among 15 Oklahoma Association of Student Council (OASC) schools recognized for achieving national standards of excellence in its student council activities and programs.

“Winning the National Gold Council of Excellence Award is testament to the highest standards of quality that your council consistently demonstrates in its operation, and its projects and activities,” NatStuCo associate director Jeff Sherrill wrote in an April 15 email to Andrews.

“NatStuCo Gold Councils of Excellence are the models of quality for which other student councils should strive to become.”

In offering his congratulations, Sherrill told the YHS Student Council advisor he can be “justifiably proud” of the “outstanding contributions” he and his student leaders make in their school and community.

YHS Student Council members donate Christmas presents at the Yukon Fire Department for the annual Santa’s Toy Shoppe service project. (Photo provided)


Yukon StuCo members annually participate in these activities and programs: MILL (Millers Improving Local Lives) Week, Random Acts of Kindness Week, blood drives, leadership trainings, float trip, services projects, student exchanges, pep assemblies, and conventions.

Being honored as a National Gold Council of Excellence never gets old for Andrews, who has taught in Yukon since the mid-1980s.

“This is an opportunity for our kids to be recognized for their well-rounded program and involvement in different areas,” he said. “It also provides the ability to share those projects with different student councils across the United States.”

The 2019-20 YHS Student Council president, Cara Conley, was responsible for completing a lengthy application that was due Feb. 18.

2019-20 YHS Student Council President Cara Conley participates in a goal-sharing leadership training exercise. (Photo provided)

A portfolio was submitted detailing the local chapter’s activities and programs through December 2019.

Advisor Andrews shared the frustration of YHS Student Council members who are unable to meet and participate in activities due to the COVID-prompted school shutdown.

NatStuCo, which represents middle level and high school councils nationwide, promotes and provides leadership opportunities to prepare and empower student leaders to serve their schools and communities.

NatStuCo is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.