Edgewood High School's Student Government Association wins Felix Simon Award
Edgewood High School’s Student Government Association (SGA) was recently named a Felix Simon Award recipient by the Maryland Association of Student Councils for establishing rigorous standards for their organization. Edgewood High School is the first Harford County high school in history to ever receive this honor.
The Felix Simon Award is presented each year at the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) Convention to any school that has shown evidence of their exceptional efforts. MASC designates a rubric of criterion that defines a gold-standard Student Council, and recipients of the award must meet and provide evidence for 80% of the criterion.
In addition to setting standards for effective organization and communication, councils must also participate in an abundance of school and community projects. For the community this year, Edgewood collected 600 cans in a food drive, made Christmas trees for a nursing home, collected $356 in 10 minutes for Pennies for Patients, made Hospice Care cards, and collected hundreds of grocery bags to make mats for the homeless. They also adopted a family for the holidays and partnered with the Greater Excellence Education Foundation over the summer.
For the school, the Student Government has financially supported multiple organizations. They also led a compliMINT project; held a custodian appreciation lunch; organized the school’s Homecoming, Spirit Week, and parade; and are currently planning their Teacher Appreciation Week surprises. The Executive Board has also sponsored leadership development workshops for all Student Government members.
The Edgewood High Student Government students would like to thank their advisors, Mrs. Kathleen Albergo and Ms. Jessica Evans, and administration for continually supporting and believing in the power of the students.
Vice President Josh Gabriel comments, “Having the Felix Simon award as a goal for our SGA was a great motivator to really pull the best leaders out of everyone, especially the freshmen. I’m glad to have finished my four years of SGA with winning the Felix Simon award because it showcases the hard work and dedication this group has put in.”
President Amanda Dorsey adds, “It’s amazing how quickly our Student Government has grown. I’ve learned that as long as leadership is energized with passion for a cause, students will always be capable of making a difference.”