Airport Student Council brings home top national, state honors

WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Airport High School's Student Council brought home top national and state honors.


The council has been recognized as a 2021 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council. It’s the fifth consecutive year Airport High’s Student Council has received the award, which is given annually to schools with an exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that aim to improve the school and community. Councils like Airport’s, which are awarded at the gold level, have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership.


“Seeing our student leaders rally around our school, community and those we serve during the challenges of COVID-19, and a very different school year, gives me so much hope for our future,” said Daniel Bailey, adviser for the Airport council.  "Our students have persisted and been relentless in serving their school and community during some very challenging times, but with our servant leaders, we have persevered. Our council has maintained this prestigious recognition since 2017, and I could not be more proud of our students.”


Meanwhile, Airport also was recognized as a Gold Council of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year at the 73rd annual state convention of the South Carolina Association of Student Councils. In addition, sophomore Liz Schaffer was elected 2021-2022 SCASC President. Airport will be host to the organization’s state convention in March 2022.


“I've been part of SCASC for several years, and my favorite part has always been the state convention,” Schaffer said.  “I'm really excited to bring this event home to Airport High School.”


“Our state-wide numbers have been hurt by COVID, as we've had to either cancel or go virtual with our biggest events,” Schaffer added. “My goal as SCASC president for the upcoming year is to increase our numbers by hosting a memorable state convention.”


Among other recognitions for Airport at this year’s SCASC convention, hosted virtually March 12-13 by Spring Hill High School:

  • Airport’s council placed third for Video Project of the Year for Trick-or-Treat Lane.
  • Junior McKenna Barfield was inducted into the Terry McCoy Leadership Hall of Fame.
  • Senior Sydney Coleman served the conference in her role as State Corresponding Secretary.