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October 29, 2013

NTC Honor students participate in fall leadership event


Northeast Technology honor students participated in the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Fall Leadership Conference Wednesday at NTC Pryor.
NTHS is a national organization that strives to honor student achievement and leadership, award scholarships, promote educational excellence and enhance career opportunities for NTHS members. 
To be eligible for membership in NTHS, a student must possess a 3.5 GPA in their NTC career major, a 3.5 overall GPA (high school and NTC) and membership in their respective student organization. 
Adult students must have a 3.5 GPA in their NTC career major and membership in their respective student organization. More than 100 NTC students attended the conference, with 24 representing the Pryor campus. NTHS advisors were Diane Hampton and Tobie Gatewood from the Afton campus, Paula Reed from the Claremore campus, Kathie Bergmann from the Kansas campus and Pam Murray and Earlene White from the Pryor campus.
“In the past, students were sent to Oklahoma City for the statewide conference. It was very costly for us and a strain on our students to get up so early and travel so far,” said Hampton. “This year, we decided to try something different. We organized our own event, and by holding it within the district, we believe it is a much better investment.”
The all day event consisted of several team building exercises and guest speakers, she said.
Guest speaker Ramin Zarrabi, plant manager at Ceradyne Boron in Quapaw, spoke to students regarding qualities of a leader. 
The students then participated in a team building activity before enjoying a pizza lunch.
Julia Neftzger, an attorney with J. Ralph Moore, PC and Johnanna Oglesby, a certified paralegal with the same firm, teamed up to perform an interactive activity on leadership skills and personality traits.
“We are very grateful to our guest speakers for taking this time to be with our students, and helping them apply the principles of leadership to their day-to-day routine,” said Hampton.  “We hope these students will be able to take what they have learned here today back to their campuses and use it to benefit their chapters and fellow classmates.”
Following the conference, the Pryor NTHS chapter held an induction ceremony for its new members.  In addition to leadership training and opportunities, NTHS students organize an annual Toys fo Tots drive, as well as, tours during Sophomore Showcase and Eighth Graders’ Tour Day and visit the State Capitol and National Memorial each year.
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