First introduced in 2014, the Keystone Council Awards are designed to fulfill PASC’s vision of recognizing school and individual achievements. 

  • Different from NASC’s National Council of Excellence Award, these acknowledgements operate solely on a state level to highlight the PASC member councils that are truly remarkable. 

  • In fact, we hope that student councils can use this award as a stepping-stone towards achieving NASC recognition. PASC is presenting your council with not only a challenge, but also with an opportunity to grow and to improve through self-evaluation. 

  • To more effectively honor student councils, there are separate Middle Level and High School applications for the awards.  Student councils will be further recognized as either a Keystone Council or Distinguished Keystone Council based on predetermined point values. 

Mail completed applications to:

Jeff Kusniez

Region I Director

120 N. Monroe Street

Boyertown, PA 19512

Middle Level Application

High School Application



If you started the application and were derailed by COVID-19 please still submit! Given the early closure of schools and the transition to online learning that occurred at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, there are some announcements and things to be aware of regarding the current Keystone Council Application.


2020 Keystone Council Award Recipients

Middle Level Keystone Councils

Governor Mifflin MS*

Union Area MS

Middle Level Distinguished Keystone Councils

Great Valley MS

Ryan Gloyer MS

High School Keystone Councils

Downingtown East HS*

Interboro HS*

Mountain View HS*

Neshaminy HS

North Allegheny HS*

Susquehanna Community HS

Whitehall HS

High School Distinguished Keystone Councils

Bermudian Springs HS

Boyertown Area HS*

Elizabeth Forward HS*

Fleetwood Area HS

Garnet Valley HS*

Montour HS

Pocono Mountain West*

South Fayette HS*

Upper St. Claire HS*

West Mifflin HS

*Also a National Council of Excellence Recipient


National Councils of Excellence

Middle level and high school student councils that consistently provide quality leadership activities and service to their schools and communities can earn national recognition through NASC's National Council of Excellence program.

  • There are two levels of recognition. A student council achieves a National Council of Excellence Award when it has demonstrated that it meets all the NASC requirements. The National Gold Council of Excellence award is awarded to those councils that demonstrate the highest levels of leadership, plus meet additional standards as set by NASC.

  • These awards distinguish outstanding student councils by guiding student leaders and their faculty advisers through a process featuring standards-based criteria and demonstration-based outcomes, reflecting more than 80 years of expertise in student council and leadership programming.

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