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There are more than 6,300 project ideas available at your fingertips! Browse the National Student Project Database on the NatStuCo website for ideas from other schools and to submit your own successful projects.

Gnimocemoh/Blind Volleyball
Oskaloosa High School, Oskaloosa, IA

During the winter, this council stages its own Gnimocemoh, which stands for Homecoming spelled backwards. They had dress-up days all week, and on Hat Day students could pay a dollar to wear a hat that day. Money went to the Honor Flight for Veterans. The week included a Blind Volleyball Tournament.



Helping with Hunger Kesling Middle School, La Porte, IN

This student council discovered there were more homeless people in its area than council members realized. The PAX Center tried to have a hot meal for homeless people when one wasn’t available from another source. The council used money it made from concessions to purchase food for one of those evenings. Council members also decorated cupcakes and set tables for those being served.


Top News


The NEW NatStuCo Adviser Resource Center

See it now! The newly designed NatStuCo Adviser Resource Center has a fresh look, easier navigation, and more content for advisers. Log in to the Center on the NatStuCo website to visit.



National Student Council Conference Registration Open

Register now for the 2018 National Student Council Conference! Join fellow council advisers and their student leaders for an enriching three-day leadership event at Wayzata High School near Minneapolis, MN, June 25–27.



Exploring Careers

Students asked. NatStuCo delivers! Student leaders told us they wanted to hear from student council alumni about their college and career paths and the leadership skills they rely on in their jobs. Alums share their stories in the NEW NatStuCo Career Exploration Series. New videos will be added through 2018.



LEAD Chicago Deadlines Nearing

Energize for spring at the Chicago LEAD Conference, February 16–18. Register by January 12 and save with the early-bird rate. Share your ideas and expertise by leading a workshop. Apply by January 19



Know a Deserving Student-Athlete?

Service-minded student-athletes who are academic achievers are being sought as nominees for the U.S. Army/Pro Football Hall of Fame Award of Excellence.


Awards and Recognition


Still Time to Apply for National Council of Excellence Awards

NatStuCo councils can still apply for the National Council of Excellence Awards, but the clock is ticking. The application deadline is February 15. All councils currently affiliated with National Student Council in the U.S. and abroad are eligible. How can your council earn the gold this year?


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Student Council Tips and Tools

Make January Count

Coming off the flurry of activities that keep councils so busy in December, January is often a slower month and an excellent time to seat a committee to oversee spring elections. The new election committee should start its work by reviewing all materials associated with the election process, including a careful reading of the constitution or bylaws sections on elections. A new NatStuCo webpage in the Adviser Resource Center, “Running for Council,” will help guide the committee.

Important Dates
12 LEAD Chicago early-bird registration deadline
19 LEAD Chicago workshop presenter application deadline
26–28 LEAD DC
2 LEAD Chicago regular registration deadline
15 National Council of Excellence application deadline
16–18 LEAD Chicago

In the Latest Advise
Want the “inside story” on the NASSP Student Leadership Initiative on Global Citizenship? Then, be sure to read the feature entitled “Citizens of the World” in the December/January issue of Advise. You can read the issue online here.

Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to [email protected].

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