Ritenour High School Leadership Students Earn Missouri Gold Award
For the fifth consecutive year, Ritenour High School’s Leadership students have earned the Missouri Honor Council Gold Award for their outstanding efforts in promoting comprehensive student activities, service projects and awareness campaigns.
The Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) will present the 2019 award to RHS at the organization’s convention March 10 at Lindbergh High School. RHS Leadership students also received the Honor Council Gold Award in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2009.
In addition to the group’s award, Leadership students Derick Franklin, Bre Browden, Hope Houston and Lena Thai each will be honored with the Distinguished Student Leader Award.
Tavonda Palmer, RHS Student Leadership sponsor, said this year’s distinguished leaders go above and beyond in creating opportunities to increase Husky pride with fun activities, meaningful service projects that impact their community and significant awareness campaigns that support the emotional health of their peers.
"Derick, Bre, Hope and Lena have created quite a legacy in Leadership," said Palmer. "They are humble servant leaders who are well respected by their peers and create a culture at RHS where students can learn, have fun and serve others."
Student Leadership offers activities throughout the year that focus on school spirit, anti-bullying and community service. Some of the organization’s largest annual activities include homecoming, the You Don’t Know My Story anti-bullying camaign, and Awareness Week that focuses on cyberbullying, school violence prevention, suicide prevention and mental health. The group also raises money for their Make-A-Wish mentee, coordinates an annual food drive, adopts students at the Ritenour International Welcome Center for the holidays, organizes blood drives, holds staff and parent appreciation events, and hosts luncheons and dinners to celebrate senior citizens who live in the Ritenour community.