PLYMOUTH — Wayzata High School’s former student council adviser Sue Iverson won a prestigious national award.

Iverson, who was with the district for more than 20 years until retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year, won the Warren E. Shull Adviser of the Year Award from the National Student Council.

The award is presented every year to the student council adviser who “demonstrates exemplary character, leadership and commitment to young people and their development as student leaders,” according to the National Student Council website.

“This recognition was possible because of the support I have had from all administrators at WHS, along with Superintendent Chace Anderson,” Iverson said in a statement to Lakeshore Weekly News. “Creating positive school culture and empowering student leaders is a goal we all share so they give 100% support to the efforts of student council to make it happen. Over the past 21 years, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds and hundreds of amazing student leaders. They love WHS as much as I do, and we worked together to make WHS a great place to go to school each day. Receiving the Shull award would not be possible without the entire school community supporting student leadership.”

Iverson is the first student council adviser from Minnesota to win the award, according to the organization’s website. One of the requirements for the award is that the adviser is the current student council adviser at their school, so this was Iverson’s last year of eligibility.

When Iverson was nominated for the award in February, a post on the Wayzata Public Schools Facebook page described her as a “good person” who “treats students and adults with respect and kindness.”

“She allows students to take responsibility while she guides quietly in the background. When things inevitably go awry, she fixes not blames. Sue Iverson exemplifies the spirit of the Warren E. Shull Award,” the post added.

With the award, Iverson won a $500 cash award and was recognized with a plaque at the National Student Council conference held in June.

Melissa Turtinen is the multimedia reporter for Lakeshore Weekly News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.

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