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Students Inducted into National Society of Leadership and Success

January 21, 2020

Thirty-seven students were recently inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) at Blackhawk Technical College. Blackhawk students were invited to be a part of the NSLS based on specific requirements that included: a minimum GPA of 2.5, completion of at least 6 credits, and/or being a student leader on campus. NSLS is the largest leadership honor society in the U.S. with more than 700 chapters and 1 million members. 

The inaugural members of the Blackhawk Technical College NSLS Chapter include: Tatum Allbaugh, Luis Ayala, Lindsay Cleveland, Elizabeth Czerwonka, Carolina Delgado Vazquez, Ethan Dieckhoff, Erica Dominick, Jaylyn Duesterbeck, Haley Duncan, Martha Ebert, Joseph Fentress, Brianne Gies, Zoey Gurney, Rachel Hagen, Stephen Hahlen, James Henry, Mia Holverson, Simon Johnson, Andrea Kittleson, Saije Kwasniak, Josh Lapin, Erin Lemezis-Schadewaldt, Tabitha Mansanarez, Ashley Marcussen, Sarah Mason, Dixie McKee, Brianna Nightengale, Dana Pierce, Cheyenne Stewart, Brandon Straub, Lisa Thompson, Ashley Vaccarello, Ashlie Vermett, Ashley Warrenberg, Alena Wheeler, Maranda Wittwer, and Maddisen Wold.

The National Society of Leadership and Success, referred to as NSLS, was founded in 2001 by Gary Tuerack to help individuals discover and achieve their dreams through the mission of building leaders who make a better world. The NSLS provides members with tools for action, inspiration to hold them accountable, and motivation to achieve their goals.

The Blackhawk Chapter of the NSLS was founded to foster student success by engaging in reflection and self-exploration. Blackhawk’s goal is to have a new group of students participate in the NSLS program in the fall and spring semesters.

The group is led by Alicia Acker, Career Services and Leadership Development Coordinator. Alicia commented, “This is a beneficial tool for students. Participation will help students prepare to be a stronger leader in the workforce after graduation.”

During NSLS, each student member completed steps to induction, gaining personal insight and perspective along the way. Students participated in workshops where they made commitments to themselves, each other and to our communities to create positive change. They participated in the Fall Leadership Speaker Series receiving motivation and resources from Tiki Barber, Valerie Jarrett, and Jim Kwik. In addition, Blackhawk students set goals and launched action steps together, empowering and supporting one another during their Success Networking Team meetings.

“Each of the participating students are more in touch with who they are as leaders. They are equipped and ready to pay it forward by serving within the Blackhawk Campuses and our surrounding communities,” added Alicia.

The guiding principles of NSLS call for members to:
  • Always create a shared vision;
  • Challenge the status quo;
  • Inspire positive action;
  • Empower others;
  • Seek constant improvement.

Students inducted into NSLS are now lifetime members with access to scholarships, letters of recommendation, and the opportunity to complete the Advanced and Executive Leadership Certifications.

To learn more about the National Society for Leadership and Success, contact Alicia Acker at

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