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Magnet School receives national student council award

Mary Ann Suddeth, director of the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, presents student Ray Garner with a certificate for the National Student Council Award. The Magnet Association of Student Activities recently was awarded the state and national honor.

Mary Ann Suddeth, director of the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, presents student Ray Garner with a certificate for the National Student Council Award. The Magnet Association of Student Activities recently was awarded the state and national honor.

CONYERS -- For its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology's Magnet Association of Student Activities has been awarded a 2013 National Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils.

Nearly 180 high school councils across the country were named National Councils of Excellence. The Magnet School group previously won the state title as well.

To meet the requirements for the award, a student council must demonstrate that it meets a variety of criteria. 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.

"Receiving an NASC National Council of Excellence Award indicates a dedication on the part of the local school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program," said Jeff Sherrill, associate director of NASC. "NASC applauds the work of the National Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities."

This is the first time the school was eligible to apply for the award. Natalie Smith is the outgoing president and Ray Garner is the outgoing vice president this year.

Over the past couple of years, the group has organized Food Wars, a canned food competition between classes that results in a donation to the Rockdale food bank, and a winter social with proceeds benefiting the Magnet Fund and other school clubs.