Daily Reporter staff reports

FORTVILLE — Two schools in the Mt. Vernon school district have received honors for their student governments.

Mt. Vernon High School and Mt. Vernon Middle School have both received distinguished honors from the Indiana Association of Student Councils for their student governments, according to a press release. Student leadership standards that councils must demonstrate include communication, organization, managerial skills, citizenship, service learning, character, goal setting, group process, decision-making, self-awareness, diversity, conflict resolution and business skills.

MVHS has been awarded an Honor Council Award from the Indiana Association of Student Councils for the 2015-16 school year. The award is designed to recognize councils throughout the state that:

•Excel in their local council projects

•Participate in local, district and state activities

•Provide opportunities for their members to expand their leadership skills

•Readily cooperate with other organizations within their school and community

•Participate in at least one IASC-sponsored and identified student conference/event during the calendar year of application

•Are actively involved with the IASC state project

•Support the designated IASC state charity — Riley Hospital for Children through its “Kids Caring & Sharing” program or other Riley support

“This recognition proves that our hard work as a council paid off, and that we will continue to strive for another fun and great year,” said Blake Miller, current MVHS student body president.

The Mt. Vernon Middle School has received the Honor Council Award for the 12th year in a row. Several of those years include National Gold Council of Excellence honors, according to a press release.

Kittie Masters, one of the current staff sponsors, said she attributes the hard-working success of the student council to their drive to serve others and make a better community. Some of their activities have included fundraising for Riley Hospital and Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, sponsored disability and cancer awareness weeks, food drives for the Gleaners/MVCSC Food Pantry, making blessing bags for the homeless and the annual Veteran’s Day event.