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National NYCL Recipient: Congratulations Steven Phu

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Congratulations to Phuoc “Steven” Phu for being selected as one of only four students to represent Iowa at the National NCYL Conference, Town Meeting in St. Louis on October 20th – 23rd!

DES MOINES, IA: 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 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.”

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.

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 Phuoc Phu from North High School, Eleanor Hildebrandt from Roosevelt High School, Jacob Sammon from Urbandale High School and Grace Millsap from Waukee High School.