NC Students to serve as Student Leaders at NICE
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RALEIGH, NC - Two North Carolina students have been selected to attend the 2014 National Institute on Cooperative Education (NICE) as Student Leaders in July. Marie Jones of Raleigh and Evan Hill of Tarboro will travel to Virginia Tech for to help lead conference activities after exemplifying excellent leadership skills at last year's conference.
The pair represented North Carolina at the conference in 2013 and participated in the Outstanding Youth Scholar Contest for our state. Marie Jones placed third overall for the females, and Evan Hill placed fourth for the males. Their impressive leadership capabilities, character and personalities contributed to their selection as leaders for this year's conference. The NICE Student Leader Program allows a small team of students to attend the conference a second year as Student Leaders. This group receives leadership training and an opportunity to further develop professional skills they will use in their future careers. Among their many responsibilities will be mentoring new students, emceeing conference events, and leading conference activities.
Each year, five students attending the Cooperative Council's Co-op Leadership Camp are presented with Leadership Awards. These awards winners also receive an expense-paid trip to the NICE for an incredible learning opportunity. Both high school Juniors, Jones and Hill, were two of last year's award winners, with Hill winning the Best All Around Camper Award.
"The Council strongly supports co-op education for young people, and I am thrilled that we are able to give students the opportunity to attend such a great conference. Marie and Evan both possess impressive leadership skills and I know that they will be excellent representatives of North Carolina again this year, " states Council President Jennie Gentry.
The NICE conference focuses on teaching high school students about co-ops while enhancing their business management skills in a fun and educational environment. Students participate in team-building activities, leadership development sessions, case study competitions, student-run co-op competitions, and business simulation exercises. Presentations are also given throughout the week by national cooperative leaders, engaging students in extensive co-op education. Attendees also enjoy area tours and free time to make new friends from across the country.