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Date and Time

Wednesday, April 18
8:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (local time)


College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd
Hyattsville, MD 20783

Registration Instructions

Start making plans now and select up to 20 members to attend. (There is an adviser-to-student requirement of one adviser/faculty member for every 10 students.)

To prepare to complete your registration, you will need the following information:

  • Adviser login credentials (needed to access the registration page)
  • Student names
  • Parent names
  • Parent cellphone numbers
  • Dietary needs for attendees

You will also want to become familiar with the state-based issues (below) and leadership competencies. You will need to pick one issue and one competency for each of your student delegates during registration. To ensure a comprehensive experience, you will want to spread your attendees among different issues and competencies.

State-based Issues

Global Citizenship (NASSP Student Leadership Initiative)
Service is the cornerstone of the National Honor Societies, in particular, an awareness of, concern for, and involvement in the well-being and success of others. In this session, participants will discuss global citizenship and their potential impact in schools, communities, and ultimately the world.

Improving Learning Environments
Schools remain central to a competitive workforce and productive communities. In this session, participants will discuss ways in which schools might be modernized to provide 21st-century learning environments.

Wellness and Mindfulness
A host of unique challenges and opportunities exist for students in secondary schools. This session focuses on wellness as a comprehensive strategy for academic achievement, social and emotional growth, and success.


8:00–8:45 a.m.. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:55–9:35 a.m. Opening Session
9:50–11:10 a.m. Student Workshop I: Leadership Competencies
10:10-10:55 a.m. Adviser Workshop: NHS & NJHS Policies and Procedures
11:20 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Student Workshop II: State-based Issues and Initiatives
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Adviser Workshop: NHS & NJHS Programs and Resources
12:20–1:10 p.m. Luncheon: Speaker TBD
1:10-2:40 p.m. Collaborative Work: Student Caucus Groups
1:45–2:25 p.m. Adviser Workshop: Beyond Summit
2:45-3:30 p.m. Presentations: Student Caucus Groups
3:30-3:45 p.m. Reflective Remarks and Closing

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Presenters and Workshop Leaders

Andrea Elzy

Andrea “Drea” Elzy has extensive experience in postsecondary education, student affairs, and student services. Her areas of expertise are residential education, diversity education, health and wellness education, paraprofessional mentoring, and innovation. Throughout her career, she has focused on helping students reach their highest academic and personal potential though mentorship and sharing her experiences. She holds a master’s in Higher Education from the University of Southern California and is a current doctoral candidate studying Higher Education Organizational Leadership at the University of Southern California.

Bertrand Perdomo

Bertrand Perdomo is a third grade teacher in the Gadsden Independent School District of New Mexico through Teach for America. Prior to teaching, he was heavily involved in community engagement at the grassroots level. As a program manager for three University of Southern California outreach programs he worked with community residents, local law enforcement, and school and university staff to make South Los Angeles safer.

Carlos Vera

Carlos Mark Vera is the founder of the “Pay Our Interns” campaign. He is a strong believer in the power of storytelling and using social media to bring forth change. While in school, he founded Justice for AU Workers, one of the largest student-led labor organizations in the country that advocates for service workers of color. He served as an intern at White House, European Parliament and the House of Representatives; his writing has been featured on Huffington Post, NBC Latino and The Hill.

Karen Dawson

Karen Dawson spent 32 years as a high school art and leadership teacher and was also involved in service learning. She earned numerous awards during her career, including the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President George Bush for her work with Habitat for Humanity. In 2012, she received an award for a new weekly community outreach program she co-founded that provides a meal for those in need in St. Louis. For the past five years, more than 40,000 meals have been served and the program is being emulated in 54 communities.

Keesha L. Coleman

Keesha L. Coleman is a project manager at Georgia State University where she manages high-level initiatives centered around the university’s strategic plan as well as special projects for the office of the provost. Her current role allows her to engage with several of the university’s key working groups and programs, including the Council for the Progress of Cities; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Women Lead, an undergraduate leadership program. Keesha is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all through public service and social engagement and considers herself a champion of bridging the gap.

Leonel Diaz

Leonel A. Diaz is the coordinator of student leadership and engagement at the University of New Mexico. He is interested in mixing digital media with leadership development. For example, he is involved with development of a mobile app to help students track their leadership skill development through their involvement on a college campus. In his current role, he is working on creating a leadership center and a marketing campaign aimed at reducing sexual assault, discrimination, and hate bias.

Nhi Truong

Nhi Truong is currently an English teacher lead and adviser at ARISE High School, a small charter school in Oakland, CA. Prior to becoming a classroom teacher, she worked with students in many different capacities. She has been a youth organizer, workshop facilitator, tutor, and residential adviser. Her passion for working with high school students stems from working with various youth organizations like College Summit and AYPAL. She is committed to working with students toward liberating their minds and fight for social justice by making positive changes in their own lives, communities, and the world.

Quinton Lampkin

Quinton Lampkin is the founder and CEO of an early stage education organization that leverages a network of first-generation students in completing critical milestones on their journey “to and through” college. Quinton holds a BS/BA in Business Administration specializing in International Business from the American University, Washington, D.C.; a Master of Sociology and Education (MA) from Columbia University’s Teachers College, NYC; and a Master of Politics, Development, Democratic Education (MPhil) from University of Cambridge, UK.

Andy Costanzo

Andy Costanzo is a long time educator and student activity advisor. An advocate for leadership education for over 30 years, he has been recognized nationally as Student Council Advisor of the Year as well as Workshop Director of the Year. As a speaker, presenter and trainer in over 35 states and China, Andy works with students and activity advisors to make a difference in their schools and communities.

Brandon Stuart

Brandon Lee Stuart is a 2010 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he dual-concentrated in behavioral biology and East Asian studies. As a member of the Episcopal Service Corps following graduation, Brandon spent two years in Los Angeles helping to pilot the Collegiate Identity and Participation Model, a college-readiness initiative created to address the educational needs of local underserved charter schools. Brandon’s ultimate career goal is to start a think-tank that will tactfully evaluate ways in which social innovation can evolve in tandem with technological innovation.

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