Western Branch Middle SCA Receives Top National Award

Candid photo of Western Branch Middle Student Council students presenting a "Just Because" award to a school staff member. The staff member is holding up a certificate and is smiling. He is flanked by 7 students who are beaming with pride and the Bruin mascot.The National Student Council (NatStuCo) recognized the Western Branch Middle School (WBM) student council (SCA) as a 2023 National Gold Council of Excellence. The NatStuCo program is supported by its parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

“Exceptional student councils are a hallmark of exceptional schools. The Western Branch Middle School council has taken student leadership to the next level, creating a culture promoting scholarship and citizenship that resonates far beyond their team. I’m delighted to recognize their hard work with the National Gold Council of Excellence Award for their commitment to service, leadership and uplifting the voices of their peers.” –  Ronn Nozoe, NASSP CEO

A candid photo taken in the hallway of Western Branch Middle. Student Council students are distributing pizza and snacks to students who have queued up.The WBM SCA invests much of their time and energy to benefit the surrounding ‘Bruin Country’ community. This year the student-led council has focused on community service, partnering with Virginia Peninsula Food Bank to donate over 1000 non-perishable food items to those in need within the community. They also partnered with the HER Shelter to donate essential supplies like shoes and socks to women and children affected by domestic violence. Eighth grader and current WBM SCA President Tara Wheeler shared, “I am so proud of each and everyone affiliated with the SCA. We’ve come so far, and are still continuing to grow and uphold the school for future students.” 

“Our kids work hard each and every day to make our council, our school, and our community a better place. Our hard working student leaders are the driving force behind all that we do, and I couldn’t be more proud of this outstanding accomplishment.” – Delaney Bon, WBM SCA Sponsor

6 Western Branch Middle Student Council members, all dressed in school colors of navy blue and gold, are standing in their school gym with their staff sponsor who is also wearing school spirit gear. They are smiling alongside the school mascot - a Bruin. In the background, there are countless students sitting in the stands.The efforts of the WBM SCA is most evident in the school culture that they have helped cultivate. Students can be seen in the halls sporting their Bruin Pride with frequent fun spirit days, such as Pajama Day, Super Hero Day, and Decades Day.

Congratulations to the Western Branch Middle SCA!


About the National Gold Council of Excellence award

A student council must meet a variety of criteria to earn the National Council of Excellence Award. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings and a democratic election process, the councils must have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community. Learn more about the award here.