PVHS Student Council Earns Outstanding Leadership Program Award

PVHS Student Council

April 11, 2022

The Pioneer Valley High School Student Council recently earned the Outstanding Leadership Program Award from the California Association of Student Leaders.

The recognition was announced during the three-day California Association of Student Leaders State Conference at the Ontario Convention Center. PV received the honor for the traditions and activities on their campus during the 2021-2022 school year.

Students from throughout the state spent the time discussing and sharing ideas about how to make their schools more involved and inclusive. Students attended workshops that included topics such as finding their communication weaknesses and how to control a busy schedule. Twenty-two Panthers attended.

“Being able to accept our school's OLPA (Outstanding Leadership Program Award) was a heartwarming experience and great honor. I was so happy to see the Pioneer Valley Student Council recognized for the dedication, creativity, and kindness we pour into what we do on our campus. CASL’s environment is so uplifting and welcoming to all young student leaders, so having the privilege of getting up on that stage in front of delegates from all over California to represent Pioneer Valley was so exciting! I am so thankful for all that our ASB gained from CASL this year, accepting that award for Pioneer Valley was very special to me and for that I am forever grateful.” - Kendall Courtright, 2022-2023 PV ASB Pres. Elect

“The CASL conference was an amazing opportunity that I am beyond grateful to be able to experience. I loved having the opportunity to meet new amazing people and connect with them. This experience was unforgettable and I can’t wait for next year's conference.” - Espi Hurtado, Freshman Class Secretary

“After attending CASL, I realized going back to school after COVID was going to be difficult as a student leader and it would be hard to get the foundation that was there before lockdown. CASL helped me realize issues my school faces and with the things I learned at CASL, I will apply that knowledge into growth and improvement.’’ - Gabby Vargas, Freshman

“I am so proud of the PVHS Student Council! Through the last two years, they have had their plans canceled or changed at the last minute, and they have always stepped up to make sure that our students have events to help them feel connected to our campus. This year, they have worked so hard to make new traditions, include all students' needs in their planning, and to bring PVHS back to the supportive and happy place it was before the world stopped. They have won this award, and they

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so deserve it.” - Ms. Lisa Walters, Pioneer Valley High School Activity Director/Student Council Advisor, California Association of Directors of Activities Area D Coordinator

SMJUHSD Media Contact: Public Information Officer Kenny Klein 805-709-1454 or kklein@smjuhsd.org