Leading with Integrity

More than 230 high school seniors from 24 area high schools were selected by their schools to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership’s 25th Annual Youth Salute on September 10-11, 2017, at Drake University.

Over two days, participants heard from national and local speakers on student leadership in high school and beyond. Jennie Baranczyk, head coach of the 2016-17 Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake Women’s Basketball team, delivered a keynote address titled “Leading With Integrity.”

NCYL is dedicated to recognizing, encouraging and developing the leadership skills of youth. The mission of NCYL is to create public awareness of the importance and power of youth leadership, provide information to help build advanced leadership skills, and encourage community involvement in recognition and support our youth. The Greater Des Moines chapter is facilitated by The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University, which offers a variety of public awareness activities and programming, including CHARACTER COUNTS, the most widely used character education program in the nation.

Southeast Polk High School Students:

  • Luke Williams
  • Paige Gowin
  • Riley Mack
  • Shane Starcevich
  • Hannah Allen
  • Mitchell Rice
  • Abigail Sutten
  • Elivia Henry
  • Gavin Schmidt
  • Grant Arnold
  • Sara Medina
  • Sydney Milani
  • Kennedy Varsico
  • Hannah Vroom
  • Rachelle Houlette
  • Steven Matz
  • Hannah Albertson
  • Morgan Clark
  • Lukas Kacer
  • Sydney Northway
  • Claire Ward