The National Council on Youth Leadership Youth Salute program honors outstanding high school seniors who maintain a high scholastic average and have demonstrated leadership ability in church, school and community. This program has been placed on the National Advisory List of Contests and Activities by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
The 19th Annual Youth Salute Recognition Ceremony was held Aug. 28 at Trinity Regional Medical Center's Oleson Conference Room.
Students who are selected for NCYL go through a first-round interview with a panel of three community members to be considered for the finalist nomination. From there, 80 students are nominated and approximately 60 of those students are re-interviewed. Their results are scored and the top 10 students are asked to write an essay.
Four finalists will attend the Oct. 15 through Oct. 18 Town Meeting on Tomorrow at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. This year's finalists are Aaron Hoffman, Lissa Villa and Marilyn Kaitlyn Keane, all of Webster City High School, and Tyler Williams of Fort Dodge Senior High.
Semifinalists were Jeni Kaye Zeller, Algona High School; Megan Elizabeth Burke, St. Edmond High School; Brian Joseph Anderson, Southeast Webster-Grand High School; Amber Ann Butcher, Manson Northwest Webster High School; Jordan Kristine Neumann, Manson Northwest Webster High School; and Sophia Marlene Johnson, Pocahontas Area Community High School.