More than 2,600 high school students are set to participate July 20-22 in the first virtual National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS) hosted for free by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
Even as numbers surge, high school students can still register for the NSLS until July 17. Students will receive a “Reserved Ticket” via email prior to the first day of the summit.
Those involved in athletics, band, orchestra, choir, speech, debate, theatre, academic competition or student government are encouraged to participate in this year’s first-ever online international student leadership initiative. As an additional incentive, the first student who registers from each state and Canadian province will receive a NFHS NSLS “Swag Bag” of Champion apparel and miscellaneous gifts. All “early birds” are urged to tweet or post their photo with their gifts using the #NSLS20.
The NFHS opted to host this year’s national conference in a virtual setting via the NFHS Network due to the ongoing national health crisis. The Network annually streams more than 100,000 high school events online at www.NFHSNetwork.com.The upcoming iteration of the NSLS is the 13th sponsored by the NFHS since the inaugural event in 2001.
Consequently, this year’s format change has generated a “remarkable” number of attendees, according to Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports, sanctioning and student services and coordinator of the National Student Leadership Summit.
"We are thrilled that this many young people want to participate, and we are equally excited to host all the attendees in less than a month,” Hopkins said. “We are sharing the growing numbers with our world-class speakers and they are thrilled to be participating in an event producing such anticipation.
“The rising number of registrants shows us that there is a desire to get quality leadership training anyway possible to be better for their teammates and classmates. Kudos to them,” he added. “This generation will be the one to change the game and lead us into the next decades as compassionate leaders who celebrate differences and include everyone. That is the kind of leaders we need in our school districts, cities, states, provinces and world.”
Each day of the summit will last 1½ to two hours. This year’s speakers include Julie Carrier, Deanna Singh, Omari Pearson, Deb Hult and Dr. Greg Dale. Carrier, who is the opening speaker on July 20, is an award-winning speaker, Emmy nominated TV personality, author and a senior leadership consultant to the Pentagon all before the age of 27. Singh, who serves as the closing speaker on July 22 (and Workshop #3), is an author who was recently recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Influential 40 under 40.” She was also recognized in Forbes Magazine as “An Awesome Black Woman Everyone Should Know.”
Pearson, Hult and Dale return for another year of their impactful presentations. Pearson is quickly becoming a national household name when it comes to helping young people train their brains. An author, speaker, facilitator, mentor and consultant, his “Brain Mapping” presentation is becoming a must-see session in goal-setting. Hult is a nationally recognized presenter in relational and motivational leadership and co-founder of Core Trainings who will speak on relationship building and maintenance. Dale serves as the director of sport psychology and leadership programs for the Duke University Athletics Department. He inspires students through his discussions to have the courage to find and use their voice to be better communicators with their team, bandmates and adults.
For more information on the NSLS, visit www.nfhs.org/resources/conferences-meetings/national-student-leadership-summit/. To register and reserve your virtual seat, submit your information in the following link: app.smartsheet.com/b/form/607be67fed2b4ecda6dc5bfdc01fa536.