DES MOINES - Two-hundred-thirty-five high school seniors from 23 area high schools were selected by their schools to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership’s 27th annual Youth Salute on Sept. 9 at Drake University.


Participants heard from speakers on student leadership in high school and beyond.


JJ Kapur delivered a keynote address titled “Stand Out and Speak Up.” He is currently a sophomore at Stanford University. He attended the 2017 NCYL conference. Kapur’s work advocating for Sikh civil rights has earned him the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award, ACLU Youth Advocacy Award and West Des Moines Emerging Citizen of 2018.


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, 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.


Local students who attended the NCYL Youth Salute include:


Adel


Chase Anderson, Adel DeSoto Minburn High School


Brad Freiermuth, Adel DeSoto Minburn High School


Emily Hlas, Adel DeSoto Minburn High School


Dallas Center


Cody Hall, Dallas Center Grimes High School


Riley Hall, Dallas Center Grimes High School


Waukee


Katie Carlson, Waukee High School


Emily Clouser, Waukee High School


Grace Clouser, Waukee High School


Kade Copple, Valley High School


Kate Dressel, Waukee High School


William Keck, Waukee High School


Zach Nigg, Waukee High School


Olivia Sanders, Waukee High School


Elena Sierra, Waukee High School


Hannah Tucker, Waukee High School


Kylee Vaudt, Waukee High School


Woodward


Allison Baumhover, Dowling Catholic High School


Emma Drake, Woodward-Granger High School