Warren Shull Adviser of the Year Award

Each year, the Warren E. Shull Award is presented to a middle level and high school student council adviser who demonstrates exemplary character, leadership, and commitment to young people and their development as student leaders.

Nomination Procedure

Each state association may name one middle level and one high school student council adviser for the state level of the Shull Award. In states having separate middle level and high school student council associations, each association may submit a nominee.

In states without active state student council associations or if no nominees have been named, NatStuCo advisers may nominate themselves or be nominated by their principals. Likewise, middle level advisers may be nominated by the same methods if their state student council associations have high school-only memberships.


To be eligible for the Warren E. Shull Adviser of the Year Award, an educator must:

  1. Be employed as a faculty/staff member in a school that holds current National Student Council membership
  2. Be the current student council adviser in his/her school

Advisers previously named region finalists of the Shull Award are not eligible for selection as region finalists for the next three years.

Selection Procedures

The adult members of the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee have the monumental challenge of judging applications and selecting the Warren E. Shull Region Finalists and National Winners. Region finalists are notified of their selections in February. The national winners are typically announced at the National Student Council Conference in June. (In 2020, the national winners were announced on Activity Adviser Appreciation Day, April 22.)


Advisers named as state nominees receive a certificate, letter of congratulations, and a press release, as well as recognition on the NatStuCo website and in Advise magazine. Region finalists and the two national winners will be presented with specially designed plaques during a general session at the conference. Additionally, each national winner receives a $500 cash award.

Previous Award Winners

2020 Kristi West, Texas, High School 2020 Tyler Stewart, Iowa, Middle Level
2019 Sue Iverson, Minnesota, High School 2019 Jamie Pascua, Nevada, Middle Level
2018 Susan Waldrep, Texas, High School 2018 Lisa Whirtley, West Virginia, Middle Level
2017 Chad Rizner, Missouri, High School 2017 Penelope Allen, Mississippi, Middle Level
2016 Martha Goza, Louisiana, High School 2016 Daniel Bailey, South Carolina, Middle Level
2015 Linda Pickett, Illinois, High School 2015 Jackie Jaros, Pennsylvania, Middle Level
2014 Patsy Coleman, Louisiana, High School 2014 James Kramer, Wisconsin, Middle Level
2013 Kyle Gordon, Illinois, High School 2013 Cathy Helfrich, Missouri, Middle Level
2012 Janet Young, Iowa, High School 2012 Michael Iles, Louisiana, Middle Level
2011 Paul Branagan, Massachusetts, High School 2011 Cheryl McIlrath, Indiana, Middle Level
2010 Patricia Finch, Texas, High School 2010 Lou Miller, New Jersey, Middle Level
2009 Kathy Coll, Pennsylvania, High School 2009 Kris Thomasson, North Carolina, Middle Level
2008 Mary Whittenburg, Texas, High School 2008 Williams Crew, North Carolina, Middle Level
2007 Beth David, Louisiana, High School 2007 Suzanna Krzaczek, California, Middle Level
2006 Susan McDanel, Iowa, High School 2006 Debra Bush, Mississippi, Middle Level
2005 Marquita Thomas, Tennessee, High School 2005 Sandra Bullock, North Carolina, Middle Level
2004 Don Shaffer, California 2003 Andy Costanzo, Pennsylvania
2002 Patty Hupfer-Riedel, Wisconsin 2001 James Finnemeyer, Pennsylvania
2000 T.C. Hardesty, Oklahoma 1999 Bobbie Evans, Kansas
1998 Al Cormier, Connecticut 1997 Denise Vaniadis, Oklahoma
1996 Alden Esping, California 1995 Richard Gregg, Delaware
1994 Roger Chambers, Wisconsin 1993 Ardith Kurchey, New York
1992 Dennis Lordan, Massachusetts 1991 David Cordts, North Carolina
1990 Maris Aldrich, Montana 1989 Kay Baker, Texas