Chula Vista High School’s Associated Student Body won the National Association of Student Council award for being one of the best in the nation.
The award-winning student body was given the prestigious National Gold Council for Excellence award by NASC, the highest achievement for an associated student body.
To qualify for the award the ASB had to complete 56 requirements, which include leadership training, spirit activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects and civic engagements.
Chula Vista High School was just one of four schools in California to receive the honor. Student bodies in all 50 states are eligible for this award.
Throughout the school year the ASB staff attended numerous City Council meetings, hosted school dances, were active in community clean-ups and have participated in Take a Veteran to School Day.
These are just some activities and involvements that the ASB has put together to help them garner the award.
The students of Chula Vista High School’s ASB are familiar with winning awards but have never received national attention.
“They’ve won awards before, but never the national one,” said assistant principal of student activities Scott Tanner.
“This is the first time Chula Vista High has received it, the first time anyone in our district has won the title.
Tanner said the school stuck to its traditions, something he said the school has steered away from in recent years.
“Chula Vista High has always had a real big tradition of their ASB program,” he said. “They have traditions unlike any other school.”
Tanner said winning the award took many nights and weekends. He said it showed commitment by his students and their hunger for wanting to win the award.
“The preparation is pretty intense,” he said.
Tanner said that the main focus of the ASB at Chula Vista High School is to get every student to be an active participant of school-related activities.
“The whole goal is to get kids involved in a positive way,” he said. “It definitely has a way of organizing them and structuring them,” he said.
Tanner has overseen the Chula Vista High School ASB for four years and said next year he expects the kids to make another run for the award.
“We know now that we are certainly capable of doing it,” he said. “And I’ve got a feeling that they wouldn’t be satisfied if we didn’t defend it.”