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National Council on Youth Leadership

More than 250 high school seniors from 24 area high schools were selected by their schools to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership’s 26thannual 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.”

Ankeny Centennial High School students who participated in the Youth Salute include Erin Doruska, Sara Camargo, Shantal Hernandez, Alia Smith, Kara Denner, Alex Ford, Sydney Hiatt, Adam Vaske, Morgan Kinch, Alika Gustafson, Connor Beath, Karlin McGarvey, Taitlyn Canova, and Paige Canova.

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!, a widely used character education program.