After devoting countless hours as an active member of Student Government at Woodland Regional High School for the past four years and serving as an advocate for the student body, senior and Student Government President, Noelle Guerrera learned a lot about leadership. The skills and knowledge she gained regarding how to run school wide events, coordinate meetings, and excel in public speaking did not go unnoticed. In fact, her leadership abilities were recognized nationally.
After spending an extensive amount of time to compile a portfolio highlighting her hard work over the past four years, the National Association of Student Councils awarded Guerrera the title of “National Student Leader.”
Guerrera decided to submit an application to the NASC as her senior project, and began preparing her portfolio in the summer. This portfolio, inclusive of 15 different sections, was created based on the criteria put forth by the NASC. Guerrera was required to read about various leadership qualities and demonstrate what she learned by putting them into practice through service projects and other activities. The portfolio also included an essay explaining her personal philosophy on leadership. This extensive and detailed portfolio totaled almost 100 pages upon its completion.
Though the process to compile this portfolio did seem somewhat daunting, but Student Government Advisor Christopher Tomlin guided Guerrera and kept her motivated throughout the application process.
“He was there every step of the way, reading through my writing and seeing whether or not it was at a national level,” said Guerrera.
When she received the news of her award, it was just after Christmas and Guerrera couldn’t be more pleased to see her hard work pay off. Guerrera plans to use the leadership qualities she has gained to aid her in college and in a future career. The title of “National Student Leader” has also given her more confidence as a leader of the student body.
“It’s validation that I’m at the level I need to be in high school,” said Guerrera. “I’m giving the student body and also the leaders of the organization my very best.”