Hallie Ballow, class of 2004 at Highland High School, has been selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) on Mastering Leadership, an extraordinary leadership development program for outstanding high school students. While attending the NSLC, Hallie will have the opportunity to study, experience and develop the skills and traits that define and identify a leader.
This fall, approximately 1,300 gifted high school students from across the United States and from 45 countries around the world will find themselves immersed in a learning environment unlike any they have ever experienced. These young leaders return to their schools with increased potential and newly developed abilities that will enable them to make a positive difference in their communities.
During the conference, students attend special workshops and classes where they study the distinctions of leadership. Special guest speakers add a sense of reality and bring current issues (national and international) to life. In previous years, NSLC guest speakers have included: U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Attorney General Janet Reno, President of the World Bank, James D. Wolfensohn, Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor and David Souter, and other preeminent national and international figures.
Through participation in this extraordinary six-day program, students develop their abilities to think on their feet, to engage in critical analysis, and to communicate effectively -- skills that will serve them well as leaders in high school, college, and throughout their lives.
The NSLC mission is to identify and recognize outstanding young leaders from around the world and to provide them with a unique learning environment that encourages not only academic achievement but also diversity, cooperation and social responsibility. "Students develop a sense of independence and responsibility," said Dr. Paul M. Lisnek, the NSLC director of academics and former assistant dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. "They leave with a true feeling of accomplishment and confidence in their ability to handle the challenges that lie ahead."
The NSLC also offers leadership conferences on Law and Advocacy: The Trial, Law and Advocacy: The Appeal, International Diplomacy, Medicine and Health Care, and Business and Technology.
For additional program information, interested students can visit www.NSLCleaders.org or contact the NSLC at 1-800-994-NSLC (6752).