Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tops: Wentzville Council Glows Gold Again

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tops: Wentzville Council Glows Gold Again

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Student council members at Wentzville High School are beaming these days. Their group has received the Gold Council Award, the highest given by the state student council association, for the third straight year.

"I'm really proud of them. It shows they know how to set goals and achieve them as a team," said Sandra Kurland, the council sponsor. "It has been a successful year."

Kurland said the recognition by the Missouri Association of Student Councils rewards the students for their teamwork and responsibility "in doing something that is good for their school."

The council's accomplishments, she said, shows responsibility. "They're not just thinking of themselves, but of the whole school," said Kurland. "It shows they know how to set goals and to achieve them as a team."

Among the projects this year have been a teacher recognition program, student recognition program, a blood drive, food drive and a prom for older adults. "We won the Gateway Canned Food Drive," said Kurland, with students bring in more than 11,500 food items to be given to the poor.

Senior Stephanie Oldfield, council president, said she is proud not only of the award, but of another achievement, the painting of murals in the hallways. Some students were "always complaining about drab walls," she said, so students were asked to submit sketches, and council members and the principal picked six to be painted.

The murals, which the artists will paint after school, will be about 10 feet high and 10 feet wide. Each of the 30 council members will paint an inspirational quote on a wall, she said.

Said senior Shelby Kappen, "I'm really excited. It's not something you get everyday." The most heart-warming project for her this year, said Shelby, was when she took at least 30 Christmas presents to an orphanage in St. Louis .

For junior Katie Lauck, the most rewarding project was the Christmas coat drive. …

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