DES MOINES — 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.
Four participants were selected as Youth Leaders of the Year and will attend the national NCYL conference, Town Meeting on Tomorrow, in St. Louis in October. Those students were Caroline Halliwell of West Des Moines, a senior at Dowling Catholic High School; Adam Koch of Grimes, a senior at Dallas Center-Grimes High School; Sreelekha Kundu of Des Moines, a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School; and Anvay Pradhan of West Des Moines, a senior at West Des Moines Valley High School.
A full list of attendees, categorized by high school, is online at www.drake.edu/raycenter/recognition/ncyl/.\
Brianna Cole, Valley High School
Alec Goos, Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School
Dakota Kahler, Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School
Nicholas Lindgren, Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School
Emily Neumann, Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School
Emily Pottebaum, Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School
Sam Spackman, Waukee High School
Ean Followwill, Dallas Center-Grimes High School
Katelyn Kempkes, Johnston High School
Anna Moellenbeck, Dowling Catholic High School
Logan Akason, Waukee High School
Sydney Anderson, Dowling Catholic High School
Cameron Briggs, Waukee High School
Katelyn Mardis, Waukee High School
Lauren Wadle, Waukee High School
Kaycee Major, Woodward - Granger High School