We’ll Help You Make Your Mark on the World

Get ready to Make Your Mark on the World: Dream. Lead. Serve. That’s the theme for this year’s National Student Leadership Week (NSLW), an annual opportunity to honor student leaders. NSLW 2018 will be celebrated April 15–21 and features a contest for you and your student leaders to really bring this theme to life. Start thinking about how your chapter or council could use a cash prize to fund implementation of a “dream” project, then create and share your pitch on social media using #OurDream18 in your post. See the poster in the centerfold of this magazine, along with contest details … and start dreaming. For more information and tips on other ways to celebrate the week, follow #NSLW2018.

Outstanding Opportunity

NJHS advisers: Would you like to give your most impressive members a head start on their college savings? Of course you would! Nominate your top NJHS members for an NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award. There will be 500 honorees each receiving a $500 college savings award managed by OppenheimerFunds (OFI Private Investments) as part of the New Mexico Education Trust Board’s 529 college savings plan—The Education Plan. Nominations are open through March 13, and you may nominate as many NJHS members as you wish. (Prior winners are not eligible and should not be nominated. However, prior nominees who did not win may be nominated.) Find nomination information at www.njhs.us/oaa.

Here’s a Crazy Question

Are you going wild with your planning and fundraising to attend the National Student Council Conference, June 25–27? With the theme Leadership MaNia, host Wayzata High School in Minnesota is going crazy to make this an insanely inspirational experience for you and your students. It’s a great opportunity to let your rising student leaders get ideas to boost the culture and climate of your school for the 2018–19 academic year. The deadline to catch early-bird pricing is approaching. Register by April 20 to save! Visit www.NatStuCoConference.org to learn more or to register. Follow #StuCoMania on NatStuCo’s social channels to join the excitement as it builds.

Save the Date for LEAD Orlando

The first Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conference for 2018–19 is already set. Let the magic of Orlando, FL, inspire your students to take their leadership to the next level. Put time on your side and start making plans now to attend, November 2–4, 2018. Visit www.leadconferences.org/orlando to learn more about the location and other details. Registration opens this summer; keep an eye out for more information

Exploring Careers

National Student Council wants to give student leaders a leg up in their career journey. That’s why the national office has released a career exploration video series featuring former student leaders providing a snapshot of their occupational choice and the path they took to get there. Many young professionals representing a variety of fields are profiled, describing day-in-the-life accounts of their career. New episodes will continually be added. Share the series with your students by visiting www.NatStuCo.org/career-series.

Refreshed RSVP Program Coming Soon

Many school leaders want to empower their students to exercise their voice toward the good of the school and community. National Student Council’s Raising Student Voice & Participation (RSVP) program does that by using a structured format that allows student councils to identify and lead initiatives to improve the school or community. Schools that have used the program note higher levels of student engagement and a more personalized school experience for the student body. The program is being refreshed and will be available soon for implementation in your school. Learn more at www.NatStuCo.org/rsvp.

Dates to Remember


February 2: LEAD Chicago regular registration deadline
February 5: NHS Scholarship recommendation deadline for advisers,principals, and other faculty
February 7: NHS/NJHS college admission planning webinar “Payingfor College: Defined.” See www.nhs.us/webinar or www.njhs.us/webinar for registration.
February 15: National Council of Excellence application deadline
February 15: Rynearson National Adviser of the Year application deadline
February 16–18: LEAD Chicago


March 13: Deadline for NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award nominations 
March 21:
NHS/NJHS college admission planning webinar “You’re Accepted—Now What?” See www.nhs.us/webinar or www.njhs.us/webinar for registration.