20 Southeast Polk Students Attended the 2018 National Council on Youth Leadership Conference at Drake University

More than 250 high school seniors from 24 area high schools attend the National Council on Youth Leadership’s 26th annual Youth Salute on September 10, 2018, at Drake University.  

Participants heard from speakers on student leadership in high school and beyond. Jennie Baranczyk, head coach of the 2017-2018 Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake Women’s Basketball team, delivered a keynote address titled “Leading With Integrity.”

The following students represented Southeast Polk at the conference:

  • Abbragale Blaine
  • Derek Carlson
  • Brenda Dao
  • Abbey Doyle
  • Jenna Eastman
  • Paige Kruse
  • Tessa McDonald
  • Sophia Patchin
  •  Libbie Pavon
  • Ami Penquite
  • Evan Perry
  • Chandler Schrock
  • Adam Schneider
  • Victoria Shaffer
  • Emma Slifka
  • Zach Strickland
  • Ryan Strickland
  • Ben Thompson
  • Jenna Vignovich
  • Isabel Wilson

NCYL is dedicated to recognizing, encouraging and developing the leadership skills of today’s 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 of 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!, a widely used character education program.

Press Release Provided by The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center National Council on Youth Leadership