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, NatStuCo advisers may nominate themselves or be nominated individually by their student councils or 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, and the national winners will be announced at the NatStuCo National Conference in June.


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

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
Linda Pickett, Illinois, High School 2015
Jackie Jaros, Pennsylvania, Middle Level
Patsy Coleman, Louisiana, High School 2014
James Kramer, Wisconsin, Middle Level
Kyle Gordon, Illinois, High School 2013
Cathy Helfrich, Missouri, Middle Level
Janet Young, Iowa, High School 2012 Michael Iles, Louisiana, Middle Level
Paul Branagan, Massachusetts, High School 2011
Cheryl McIlrath, Indiana, Middle Level
Patricia Finch, Texas, High School 2010
Lou Miller, New Jersey, Middle Level
Kathy Coll, Pennsylvania, High School 2009
Kris Thomasson, North Carolina, Middle Level
Mary Whittenburg, Texas, High School 2008
Williams Crew, North Carolina, Middle Level
Beth David, Louisiana, High School 2007
Suzanna Krzaczek, California, Middle Level
Susan McDanel, Iowa, High School 2006
Debra Bush, Mississippi, Middle Level
Marquita Thomas, Tennessee, High School 2005
Sandra Bullock, North Carolina, Middle Level
Don Shaffer, California 2003
Andy Costanzo, Pennsylvania
Patty Hupfer-Riedel, Wisconsin 2001
James Finnemeyer, Pennsylvania
T.C. Hardesty, Oklahoma 1999
Bobbie Evans, Kansas
Al Cormier, Connecticut 1997
Denise Vaniadis, Oklahoma
Alden Esping, California 1995
Richard Gregg, Delaware
Roger Chambers, Wisconsin 1993
Ardith Kurchey, New York
Dennis Lordan, Massachusetts 1991
David Cordts, North Carolina
Maris Aldrich, Montana 1989
Kay Baker, Texas