Written by Communications Specialist, Jessica Moore
January 28, 2020
On January 24, 2020, Hattiesburg High School’s National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) attended the State Leadership Conference in Gulfport, Miss.
This year, the theme of the State Leadership Conference was “Discovering U.” Nicole Banks spoke on “Making a Difference is Disparities,” and Valorie Albright from Primerica spoke on “Financing Your Future.”
Career and Technical Education Student Service Coordinator and NTHS sponsor, Jennie Noonkester, attended the trip with students and said the lecture on finances was particularly useful for students.
“Albright spoke with them about managing their finances as they approach adulthood,” said Noonkester. “She taught about the Rule of 72 and different investment opportunities.”
In addition to hearing from motivational speakers and participating in group activities, students had the opportunity to network with professionals and peers during catered buffet meals.
Noonkester said only second-year students attended this year due to the popularity of the trip.
“Students have a great time meeting other students, listening to the speakers and enjoying the great food,” said Noonkester.
The National Technical Honor Society is an honor society for high-achieving students in the Career and Technical Education program. The Hattiesburg High School chapter currently hosts 21 students from the CTE department.
According to the NTHS website, the organization actively serves over 100,000 members and awards over $260,000 in scholarships each year. Students must maintain a 95 average in CTE classes, as well as a 3.0 cumulative GPA to be nominated for the honor society.