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story.lead_photo.caption Fulton High School's student council pose at the Nov. 1 Missouri Association of Student Councils' meeting at Mexico High School. FHS was elected president for the 2020 meeting and will host it for the first time. Photo by Submitted

Fulton High School's student council brought home awards at their recent Missouri district meeting and will host their area's 2020 meeting.

At the 2019 Missouri Association of Student Councils' meeting at Mexico High School, council advisor Janet Trowbridge received the Northeast District Advisor of the Year award. Additionally, FHS was elected president of the 2020 meeting next November, earning them the host spot for the first time.

"It's an honor to be able to showcase your high school in your district. (The meeting requires) a lot of community involvement from students, teachers and parents on deck to help," Trowbridge said.

Schools interested in being named the district's president were required to create a campaign video and slogans to win votes from other attending schools. FHS Student Council President Kelly Gillespie said, in addition to the campaign video, they passed out candy and promoted themselves throughout the meeting by encouraging people to "vote for Fulton."

"Personally, coming from our council, I think it's the most energetic we've ever been and that truly embodied who we are as a council," FHS student council member McKenzie Horr said.

The FHS student council includes 63 students and is led by an executive board in Trowbridge's leadership class. Gillespie said the council follows and bases their events around the "REALMS" acronym. This stands for "recreation, education, attitude, leadership, money and service."

"We really push for our (student leaders) to lead with a 'servant heart,' and that can be in the school and in the community. This way, that when they graduate from here, they can be leaders in their community," Trowbridge said.

Council members were pleasantly surprised when they learned Trowbridge had won her advisor's award.

"The very second before they said (Trowbridge's) name, I was thinking in my head, 'Why have we never elected Ms. Trowbridge for this?' Then they said it and it was just perfect. It makes me very happy she's getting the recognition that she deserves," Horr said.

"(The students) made me cry when I won the award," Trowbridge said. "I was very humbled. It's a team effort from (our co-advisor), the administration, the parents' support and then, of course, the kids."

Trowbridge said the council plans to host the meeting on a professional development day next November. Planning for the district meeting will begin in January when they will select a theme, speaker and much more. The council will also be looking for sponsors for the event.

"I think, at district meetings, you become really inspired while you learn what other schools do. So for us next year, we hope that other student council members come and they learn how they can make their school a better place," FHS student council member Lima Sherzad said.

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