Ritenour High School’s Leadership students earned the 2017 Missouri Honor Council Gold Award for their outstanding efforts in promoting comprehensive student activities and service projects.
The Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) presented the award to RHS at its Spring Convention on March 11 at Mehlville High School.
In addition to the group’s award, Jerry Nolen, Ritenour High School activities director, was honored as the Gateway District Administrator of the Year. Leadership students Grecia Ramirez and Janet Velasquez both earned the Distinguished Student Leader Award.
“Our Student Leadership group does an amazing job planning and carrying out activities that build community within our building while also helping their peers understand the importance of serving others through different outreach projects," said Student Leadership Sponsor Tavonda Palmer. "They are constantly evaluating their own efforts so they can continually improve school spirit and make positive changes in the greater community."
The school’s Leadership class plans and coordinates all homecoming activities, school dances, Spirit Week activities, pep assemblies, student-faculty games, and student and staff appreciation activities. The group also partners with the school’s counseling department for anti-bullying Awareness Week.
The group also organizes and sponsors several service projects to support charitable organizations such as the Make A Wish Foundation and local food pantries. To celebrate senior citizens in the community, students annually host a social event in the fall and special dinner in the spring.
RHS Leadership students also received the Honor Council Gold Award in 2016, 2015 and 2009.