PHS teacher named adviser of the year

Palisade High School social studies teacher David Carlo recently won the title of Colorado’s 2013 Warren E. Shull High School Student Council Adviser of the Year, an award sponsored by the National Association of Student Councils.

Carlo was nominated for the honor by his fellow members on the Student Leadership Advisory Council of the Colorado High School Activities Association. One of those council members and a friend of Carlo’s, Highlands Ranch teacher Rashaan Davis, said the group picked Carlo after years of considering him for the award.

“It’s a rarity,” to pick someone who is on the eight-member council of teachers and advisers from around the state, Davis said. “We have forms for kids to nominate their advisers and we comb every high school in the state looking for people.”

What put Carlo at the top of the list, Davis said, was the wealth of great ideas Carlo shares with other advisers and his commitment to getting Western Slope students to the Front Range for statewide leadership events, including a summer leadership camp that takes place each summer in Fort Collins.

“He always has a full contingent at state activities. It’s so hard when there are so many metro students at these events, we want students from western Colorado and southern Colorado to show up as well,” he said.

Carlo is humble about the honor and insisted “it’s not about glorifying me.” Instead, he believes the award says more about the students he works with on Palisade High’s student council.

“I’m proud but it’s really a reflection of the kids I get to work with. We have a great school,” Carlo said.

Carlo is now eligible for the National High School Student Council Adviser of the Year award, which will be go to one state recipient at the National Association of Student Councils National Conference scheduled June 22-24 in Las Vegas.

Carlo said he would have to pay for his own transportation to the conference and he’s not sure he’ll make the trip, as the conference is the same weekend as Country Jam, where he usually works each summer.

“I have to decide if I’m going to make money or spend money,” he joked.


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