Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) and Mt. Vernon Middle School (MVMS) have both received distinguished honors from the Indiana Association of Student Councils for their top-rated student governments. 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 (IASC) for the 2015-2016 school year. The Honor Council 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
Blake Miller, Current MVHS Student Body President states, "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."
The Mt. Vernon Middle School has once again received the Honor Council Award for the twelfth year in a row. Four of those years include National Gold Council of Excellence honors from the National Association of Student Councils. Stacy Griner was the staff sponsor leading the councils during all twelve award-winning years. Griner received the IASC Advisor of the Year Award in 2008, and the National Association of Student Counsils' Region 5 Advisor of the Year.
Mrs. Kittie Masters is one of the current staff sponsors and said she attributes the hard-working success of the student council to their drive to serve others and make a better community. Some of the 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.