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Elementary student council receives state, national awards

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    Students from Elgin Elementary School, with the help of ranchers from Down Home Ranch, help beautify the Elgin Public Library and the Elgin Chamber of Commerce buildings. File photos
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To recognize their recent service work at Elgin Elementary School (EES) and within the Elgin community, the Elgin Elementary School (EES) Student Council was given two awards during the 2019-2020 school year.

They were one of 63 student leadership teams recognized with the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) Student Leadership Award, and they were one of only 19 schools given the American Student Council Association School of Excellence Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

The application process involved sharing details on each fundraiser or service project, a letter of recommendation from the principal, and a letter of recommendation from a student council officer.

“Through some successful achievements, it has been a true honor leading the Elgin Elementary School Student Council as president,” said Student Council President Kayleen Lopez, who wrote the student council officer letter of recommendation. “This experience has taught me so much. But the experience I learned the most from was the importance of being involved and helping your community. We are really like one big family.”

Projects in the 2019- 2020 school year included beautification of the Elgin Public Library with the help of Down Home Ranch, beautification of the Elgin Chamber of Commerce, picking up litter around campus, fundraising and spreading positivity amongst students and staff.

“Our student council knocked it out of the park this year!” said Kaitlynn Scoville, one of the council’s advisors along with Megan Wehrle. “They took initiative, worked cooperatively, and always had a positive attitude. They truly were role models for their classmates and the community, and I’m so glad they are being recognized for their hard work!”

Although COVID-19 began and prevented us from completing scheduled service projects in our community, our student council still had meetings and discussed future plans. Many of our officers and representatives will be attending Elgin Intermediate School next year, but they hope to be part of the student council there.

“The Elgin Elementary Student Council is a relatively new program on our campus,” said EES Principal Sara Juarez-Farias. “With the guidance of their advisors, Kaitlynn Scoville and Megan Wehrle, and the support of their families, they have donated time and materials to our campus and the Elgin community. In addition to their beautification projects, they have been the voice of our scholars. They advocate for their peers and are a model of culturally responsible citizens. In their two years as a council, they have been recognized with the TEPSA Student Leadership Award, an honor bestowed upon Student Councils in Texas that demonstrate excellence. I am especially proud of them this year as they have been recognized for the NAESP Student Council Excellence Award, a national recognition.”