Youth Development

Students Attend NASC LEAD Convention in VA

Last Updated on Feb 13, 2017 at 6:34pm | Youth Development

Student leaders (Student Council and National Honor Society members) from around the country and even abroad gathered in Crystal City, from February 3 - 5, 2017, to participate in the largest regional National Association of Student Councils (NASC) Washington, D. C. LEAD event!  LEAD stands for Leadership Experience And Development.  
Over 1,200 students, advisors, presenters, and others gathered at the Hyatt Regency for the 3-day event which featured exciting workshops, energizing and inspiring keynote speakers, leadership development, and amazing networking opportunities.  Student member on the board of education Sheyenne Tichnell, Second Vice-President of GCASC Logan Mason, and Supervisor of Youth Development Ms. Y. Michelle Harman attended the event as part of the MASC HOST staff. 
Students had the opportunity to hear keynote speaker Eddie Slowikowski in the opening general session as he gave his energizing presentation entitled "The Treasure is YOU:  Discover Your 3:58 - How to Create Success in Under Four Minutes."  The speech motivated students to look within themselves for their strengths as leaders while helping others along the way.  In the second general session, speaker Heather Schultz spoke to the audience about "Leaving Your Space a Better Place."  She asked students to think about how they, as student leaders, could make their space a better place through leadership and service.  During the second session, students also had the opportunity to hear speakers from various institutions of higher education speak about leadership, college admissions, and looking beyond high school.  Following brief presentations, the representatives from higher education hosted a panel question and answer session.  
During the last keynote address, Beltsville, MD resident Robert Pruitt presented "I Am."  In his moving and powerful presentation, he urged students to consider who they truly wanted to be and how they wanted to lead others.  The interactive keynote served to remind members of the audience that we are human BEings and this sets the foundation for what we DO as humans and ultimately what we HAVE or create in the world.  Throughout the conference, students could self-select from a wide variety of professionally-presented workshops focusing on many diverse topics.  Special workshops were also available for advisors.
                                   The HOST STAFF Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) Delegation

The LEAD Conferences offer talented young people from across the country the opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills in order to make a difference in their schools and communities,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP.

LEAD Conferences are held three times each school year, and are growing in popularity in the U.S. and abroad. Attendance at each conference includes representation from an average of 23 states. In recent years, the LEAD Conferences have also attracted a more global audience with student delegations coming from a variety of countries that have included Bermuda, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. The attendance by these groups has enriched the conference experience for all attendees and provided a unique, multicultural networking opportunity for student leaders who discover their similar goals to improve their schools and communities through their leadership activities.

LEAD Conferences offer experiential leadership skills development to students and advisers, and are a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which also administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.  For information on NASSP events and resources visit  NASSP sponsors these leadership events each year as well as recognition programs for administrators, teachers, advisors, organizations, and students.  For more information about student leadership opportunities please contact Ms. Y. Michelle Harman at 301-334-8911 or

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    The HOST MASC Delegation receiving recognition in the general assembly for their work before, during, and after the conference.
Following the conference, the Garrett County delegation toured the Washington, D.C. area, visiting the monuments and other points of interest.
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                                      Special thanks to Garrett County Public Schools and the Garrett County Board of Education
                                                for supporting participation in this and many leadership activities and events.
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