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For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the Nutley High School student council has been recognized as a 2020 National Gold Council of Excellence by National Association of Student Council (NatStuCo). 


“Receiving a National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program,” said Nara Lee, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Director of Student Leadership. “NatStuCo applauds the work of the National Gold Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”


Student Council President Jenny Gavazi is ecstatic to hear the students received this recognition. Ms. Gavazi explains, “I am so proud of us! All of the hard work, time, and effort we put into the Student Council and towards our school are being recognized. This means the world to me, since this group has brought so much joy to my life and I am beyond thankful.”


NHS teacher Melissa Petrillo has served as the advisor for the Student Council for the past five years. She notes, “I am so fortunate to work with incredible students who are devoted to serving members of their school and community. It is my honor to serve as their advisor.” 


The Student Council executive board includes five students from the Class of 2020: President Jenny Gavazi, Vice President Conor Fitzpatrick, Corresponding Secretary Shristey Tamang, Recording Secretary Alexandra Protter, and Treasurer Ava Intindola. 


To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, the councils have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community. Councils awarded the gold level of the award have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership.





The Nutley School District serves approximately 4,100 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The five elementary schools serve students K-6 and include Lincoln School, Radcliffe School, Spring Garden School, Washington School and Yantacaw School. John H. Walker Middle School serves students in grades 7-8 while Nutley High School addresses the needs of students in grades 9-12.