Clear Horizons receives National Student Council Award
05.12.2014 | By Andrea Vasquez
Clear Horizons Early College High School (CHECHS) student council was recently awarded a 2014 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC).
The NASC promotes and provides leadership development opportunities to prepare and empower students to serve their schools and communities. NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), sponsoring the National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), which recognizes outstanding middle and high school students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
“I am so proud of our student council!” said Dr. Brett Lemley, CHECHS principal. “The students have put in an immense amount of work this year, and are continually looking for ways to help our school and our community. When a group of students can come together and accomplish such amazing things, it helps bring a school together – especially one as small as ours.”
To meet the requirements for the NASC National Councils of Excellence Award, a student council must demonstrate that it meets a variety of criteria; those named to the Gold level have successfully met a greater number of criterion. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, and membership in NASC, schools that qualify for the award demonstrate such things as leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning, and active participation in their state and national student council associations.
“Student council is an organization that values and aims to give back to the school and the community,” said Son Dinh, CHECHS student council executive president. “This year, our motto was ‘Step up and take action.’ Our student council only consisted of 65 members, and though we were competing against councils across the nation with hundreds of members, we surpassed those limits with dedication, motivation, and teamwork. This year we were involved with over 35 school and community projects and garnered over 500 service hours. Clear Horizons is a school that surpasses boundaries, and our student council is the epitome of what the school stands for.”
Established in 2007 as a partnership between Clear Creak ISD (CCISD) and San Jacinto College, CHECHS students can simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree tuition free. This year, 73 seniors will graduate with an associate degree three weeks before they receive their high school diplomas. The Houston Chronicle recently named CCISD as Houston’s best public school district and CHECHS as one of the best high schools in Houston. U.S. News & World Report also recently named CHECHS as one of the nation’s best high schools, ranking 31st in Texas and 214 in the nation.
Pictured left to right from bottom: (Row 1) Zeba Momin; Seemeen Ali; Leah Gentry, executive vice-president; Son Quyen Dinh, executive president; Nishtha Sharma; Sidney Jenkins, ninth-grade class president; Celia Tran, 11th-grade class secretary; Isabel Pen, 11th-grade class vice-president; Celeste Tanega, 11th-grade class president; Ella Robertson, 10th-grade class secretary; Alexas Higgins, 10th-grade class secretary; Meghan Bhakta, Gira Patel, and Sarina Patel. (Row 2) Valerie Kahlich, advisor; Mina Elahidoust; executive secretary; Pooja Patel, 12th-grade class secretary; Ruqayyah Shaik; Jamie Cochrane; Monia Nazemi; Brittany Nelson; Daisy Tran; Trish Huynh; Vy Tran, ninth grade class vice-president; and Iris Delcid. (Row 3) Christopher Cha; Maria Abraham; Marina Motina; Shamina Momin; Jamie Francois; Colton Trout; Sidney Bell; Jinu James; Karalyne Martinez; Sarah Momin; and Katie Vinson. (Row 4) Steven Diep, 12th-grade class president; Danny Tran; Nirav Patel; Shreena Bhakta; Patrick Ma; Steven Gravis, 12th-grade vice-president; Amber Hua; Rama Imad; Maha Ali; Zavi Ali; and Briana Guajardo. Photo submitted.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.