2012 Annual Teen Leadership Conference

July 14th - 16th, 2012
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
333 W. College Avenue
Appleton, WI. 54911
(920) 733-8000
(800) 333-3333

The NSSP Annual Teen Leadership Conference brings together student delegates from across the nation. ADTSEA, through the office of the Chief Executive Officer, reserves the right to close conference registration when the quota for attendance has been reached. A student must be currently enrolled in a high school or college program to be qualified as a conference delegate.




Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
333 W. College Avenue
Appleton, WI. 54911
(920) 733-8000



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Saturday, July 14, 2012

“Good Drugs Gone Bad” with Officer Aaron Zemlock and Officer Jason Weber, Menasha, Wisconsin

“Good Drugs Gone Bad” focuses a disturbing trend in our nation and provides insight into the prevention of pharmaceutical abuse.  Common drugs found in homes and medicine cabinets are typically used for medicinal or “good” purposes.  However, an alarming trend of abuse of these pharmaceuticals has resulted in an increase in crimes, hospitalizations and even death.  For the first time, unintentional overdoses have surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of death in 15 states and the District of Columbia.  Across the nation, our youth are experimenting with pharmaceuticals at home, school, and with their friends.

Officer Aaron Zemlock is the Crime Reduction Coordinator for the City of Menasha Police Department.  He has worked in law enforcement for over 15 years.  He served as a police liaison at Maplewood Middle School for about 10 years and then returned to become a patrol officer.  In January 2010, he started his current role as Crime Reduction Coordinator.  Some of his specialty areas are gang investigations, sensitive crime investigations, interview and interrogation, internet crimes, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, crime prevention principles, and security surveys (residential, commercial). Officer Zemlock plans on returning to school for a master's degree in Safety and Emergency Management.

Officer Jason Weber has worked in law enforcement for the past 20 years and has been with the Town of Menasha, Wisconsin, Police Department since 1992, where he has worked as a patrol officer, field training officer in the patrol division and a detective in the investigations division.  Most recently, he has been assigned to the Investigations Division as the Department’s Evidence Technician and Community Liaison Officer and also serves on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioners Association.  Officer Weber was instrumental in developing the Town of Menasha’s high successful Chronic Nuisance Ordinance and Abatement Program and spearheaded a coalition that developed the “Good Drugs Gone Bad” program that targets prescription drug abuse. This program is one of six programs invited to participate in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration Service to Science Academy in March 2011.  He was awarded the 2010 Law Enforcement Partner of the Year from the Wisconsin Prevention Network on Substance Abuse and the 2010 Crime Prevention Practitioner of the Year from the Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioners Association.



Saturday, July 14, 2012

“Don’t Text and Drive Please” with Malae Fiaseu and Arianne Feleti, Radford High School Peer Education Program, Hawaii

The greatest thing we can do as students to stop the tragedies of distracted driving is to bring awareness to the community.  The tragedies are all too common--property damage, injuries, death and/or the difficulties of physical and emotional pain that could follow a life changing injury.  Awareness brings prevention that can save lives. We will share our community awareness campaign conducted for our peers and administration.


Malae Fiaseu is high spirited and will be an outgoing senior at Radford High.  She strives to always do her best. Malae has been playing volleyball since she was five years old and has played on Radford’s volleyball team for the three years.  She also is involved with Track and Field (discus) and the Samoan Club (she likes learning about her culture and dancing).  Malae enjoys singing, playing the ukulele, and going to church functions.  She is the youngest of ten children and puts family first as number one.

Arianna Feleti is a happy, confident and bold soon to be junior at Radford.  She has enjoyed playing on Radford’s Volleyball Team as the outside hitter for two years.  Her favorite class is Peer Education because it is fun and she can trust the students in the class.  Arianna is a member of the Samoan Club, where she learns about her culture and enjoys sharing what she learned with others.  She enjoys spending time with her family where she is the oldest of four children.


“Hang Up Your Phone While Driving--Your Friends Can Wait” with Katie Albaugh, SADD Shelton High, Washington

Many people don’t listen to messages dealing with destructive decisions unless it is worded it in a positive way.  Instead of “Don’t Text and Drive,” the positive message to accomplish this goal is “ Hang up your phone while driving--your friends can wait.”  How has working on this topic helped us personally?  How has our project benefited our school and community in a positive way?  We will share a nine-minute DVD on “texting and driving” that we created and the various venues we used to get our message out to the schools and communities.  We will also role play to demonstrate the act of texting and driving and share several interactive activities using cards, steering wheels, a ruler, and moveable chairs and cones.

Katie Albaugh is 15 years old and will be a sophomore at Shelton High in Washington.  She hopes to become a surgeon as she believes in the health and wellbeing of her generation and generations to come.  That is why she chose to be in the Shelton SADD Club. Katie said that being a member of the SADD club has taught her a lot and has been a great opportunity.  She was one of the student representatives of the Prevention Advocacy and Specialized Services Board in her community.   Katie has made a lot of new friends and helped her own community in many ways in the last year as a SADD member.


• "BE A JERK" – Youth in Action, James Campbell High, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

• The "BE A JERK" campaign aims at retailers and adults to not provide access to alcohol for persons under 21 years of age. Campbell's YAA invites you to "BE A JERK" and stand up against underage drinking.

• Joseph Peralta attended is first NSSP conference in Hawaii. He will be a junior at Campbell High School and has been a YAA member since the 8th grade. He loves to play basketball and will eat almost anything.

• Another first year YAA Tia Tavai is a fun and friendly girl. She loves playing volley ball, dancing the hula, and her long hair. Tia is a very loyal friend who will always protect her friends.

• Atalina Tagovailoa is 17 years old and prefers to be called Ata. Her favorite food is pizza and she loves playing volleyball. Ata is proud to be Samoan and adores cute Samoan boys, singing slow songs and gospel music. She joined YAA in 2011.

• Aaliyah Watabayashi is 14 years old and finished her freshman year at Campbell High. She loves swimming and is a very sweet and shy. Aaliyah is a first year YAA member and NSSP will be the first conference she will attend.

• Cheyne Bulseco is 18 years old and graduated in May 2012 from Campbell High. She will attend Leeward Community College on Oahu in August. Cheyne is outgoing, optimistic, and friendly. She will make you feel like family. Cheyne attended her first NSSP conference in Hawaii.


“No Texting and Driving” with Erin Lum, Kaylie Eko and Kiahna Tanabe, Kalani Safety Trio

How do you encourage students and adults to be mindful about the dangers of distractive driving?  Our main focus is not to text while driving a car but we also included mopeds, motorcycles and bicycles.   We will share the strategies we used to grab our peer’s attention and get more educated on the dangers of texting while operating a transportation vehicle.  Our target audience was our peers and one elementary feeder school students, parents and Parent Teacher Association.

Erin Lum will be a senior at Kalani High in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She plays the bass clarinet in the Kalani Falcon High Concert Band and the clarinet for the Marching Band.  Erin recently joined the Korean Culture Club because she likes to listen to K-Pop, which is Korean hip-hop music.  She loves watching Korean dramas and in her spare time, likes to draw, hang-out with friends and spend time with the family.

Kaylie Eko is from Honolulu and will be a junior at Kalani High.  She lives with her parents, sister, two dogs and fish.  Kaylie is plays the clarinet for the wind ensemble for Kalani Falcon’s Marching Band.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Soccer, Track Team and a Girl Scout member at the Honpa Hongwanji troop.  Kaylie’s favorite color is purple.

Kiahna Tanabe will be a junior at Kalani High.  She enjoys playing the clarinet for both the Symphonic Band and Marching Band.  Kiahna is a member of the National Honor Society.  She played on the JV Basketball Team and really enjoyed being on the Track Team.  She really loves animals and volunteers at the Hawaiian Humane Society, caring for the guinea pigs and rabbits most of the time.  During the Holiday season, Kiahna volunteers for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree project at the local shopping mall, where she receives gifts from the public for underprivileged children.  She also manages to do the same kind of work for the Children’s Cancer Society when time permits.  Her hobbies include strumming the ukulele, playing basketball or just kicking back and playing with her dogs.  Being with friends and family are fun but what she loves best is “shopping.”


“Dope on Dope” with Alexandrea Simmons and Ashley Strother, StEPP Up, Oklahoma

A drug is a substance that has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced to the body. Drugs, good or bad and used correctly or not, can be deadly when used while driving. They mess with your mental functions, which without mental stability, you cannot have physical control. In 2009, there was a report of 10.5 million people, ages 12 and up, that were driving under the influence. Current drug levels linger in the body for long periods of time, which means that you can get into trouble for it, even if it has been a few days or weeks since you last took a hit.

Alexandrea  “Alex” Simmons, 16, is going to be a junior at Newkirk High School in Oklahoma.  She has been a member of Students Encouraging Peers Positively Up (StEPP Up) for 2 years.   After graduation, she would like to join the Air Force and work with aircraft carriers.  After that experience, Alex plans to attend a university to become a veterinarian and writer.  Alex likes to 
spend time with her animals, write short stories, and goof around with friends and family.  Her favorite quote is "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." The reason she likes it so much is because it helps her understand life a little more.

Ashley Strother, 17, just graduated from Newkirk High School in June 2012.  As a senior, she was concurrently enrolled in Pioneer Technology Center in the Biomedical Sciences Program and Northern Oklahoma College, taking basic college classes. Ashley was actively involved in many school activities and organizations including StEPP Up, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Wrestling mat maid, Integris Blackwell Regional Hospital Student Governing Board, Newkirk Main Street, and Gifted and Talented Students.   She was President for StEPP Up and HOSA for 2 years and also served as Treasurer for the National Honor Society.   Ashley enjoys hanging out with friends and family, going to the movies, doing science experiments/dissections, reading, writing, and participating in extracurricular activities.  She plans to go to college and major in emergency medicine.   Her future plans are to join the military and be a combat medic.


Saturday, July 14, 2012

“Think About It Campaign” with Jacob Sommerfeld and Katie Winbauer,  North Dakota Youth Traffic Safety Advisory

Across the state of North Dakota, teen drivers are approaching getting behind the wheel in a whole new way, in part to an evolving awareness campaign titled, Think About It.  The Think About It campaign encourages teen drivers to make responsible decisions when getting in their vehicles.  The campaign focuses on five main areas of driving including speed, impaired driving, seatbelt safety, responsibility and distracted driving.  It includes print materials, social media, and teen-driven outreach activities to promote safety driving among their peers. The campaign has been launched and directed by a core group of students within the state of North Dakota in collaboration with the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Safety Council.

Katie Winbauer, 17, will be a senior at Bismarck High School in Bismark, North Dakota this fall.  She has been on the NDDOT safe teen driving committee for almost two years.  After graduating high school, she would like to obtain a University degree in mass communications and then attend Law School. Katie likes to write for her school newspaper, golf with her family, and spend time on the river with her friends.


Jacob Sommerfeld, 17, is going to be a senior at Century High School in Bismarck North Dakota.   He is an active member in Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and has served on a SADD regional board for two years.  Jacob has been on the NDDOT safe teen driving committee for almost two years.   He enjoys seeing many teenagers excited about making good decisions.  Someday Jacob hopes to be a teacher and coach football and basketball. Jacobs is a man of many different talents and hobbies.  He lives life to the fullest and tries to have no regrets.



“Stay in the Picture” with Michelle Anderson, National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF), New York

"Stay in the Picture," the newest NRSF program, talks to teens about safe driving decisions during prom/graduation season and into the summer months, when teen traffic crashes peak. A preview of the 11-minute video with accompanying presentation is perfect for high school showings before prom season begins.
Michelle Anderson is the Director of Operations and has served at The National Road Safety Foundation since August of 1995. She has over 15 years of experience in the area of administration, program development, production and management. 
Michelle is responsible for setting the foundation’s annual strategic goals, which includes working collaboratively with other traffic safety, youth based and grassroots organizations to extend its reach of programs and promote new leadership. She is proactively working toward addressing uniformed driver education standards across the country which would reduce unnecessary deaths and carnage on our roads.  The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization dedicated to reducing crashes, death and disability on our nation’s highways by promoting safe driving habits through greater public awareness. 


“Distracted Driving is a Choice – Choose Wisely” with Andy Pilgrim, Florida

Born in Nottingham, England, Andy Pilgrim dreamed of motorcycle racing when he was a teenager.  In 1980, he got a job as a computer programmer and saved enough money to convert his motorcycle racing to bike racing.  He moved to the United States in the early ‘80s, taking on a computer programmer job in Michigan and eventually in El Paso, Texas, where he saved enough money to begin racing cars.  Since 1983, he has won 5 championships and 61 races in his professional racing career.  When he is not racing or working on his IT consulting company, Andy spends time teaching new drivers the importance of driving safely and the dangers of distracted driving.  He speaks to thousands of driver education teens and parents in the Chicagoland area, where he established a partnership with the Shriner’s Hospital of Chicago.  In 2008, Andy established the Andy Pilgrim Foundation to raise more awareness of the deadly problem of distracted driving.


NSSP 2012 - Keynote Speakers - Sunday, July 15, 2012


“Countdown 2 Drive” with Lorrie Walker, Safe Kids Worldwide

Lorrie Walker has 25 years experience in the traffic safety field, predominately in the areas of child passengers, bikes, school buses, children with special health care needs, teen drivers, teen passengers and pedestrian safety.  She joined Safe Kids Worldwide as the training manager and technical advisor for the Safe Kids Buckle Up program in August, 2004.  Lorrie develops community-based educational programs on vehicle safety and oversees the national training program for more than 300 Safe Kids Coalitions throughout the United States.  She is a charter member of the

Lorrie holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern College in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.  She worked for nine years as an adjunct professor in the Health Administration and Health Education Departments in both the graduate and undergraduate schools at St. Joseph’s University.
Prior to working in Washington D.C. with Safe Kids Buckle Up, she served as the director of the Florida Traffic Safety Resource Center and assistant professor of research at Florida Atlantic University.  She was also the program administrator of the Traffic Injury Prevention Project at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Chapter for more than a decade.


Sunday, July 15, 2012


“The Gospel According to Josh” – Josh Rivedal, New York

Originally from New Jersey, Josh Rivedal moved to New York in 2005, where he began his work with musicals and plays.  Josh is a playwright, actor and theatrical producer.  “The Gospel According to Josh” is his one-man, autobiographical show that he wrote and stars in.  He uses this autobiographical dark comedy to educate youth about the impact of suicide and resiliency. It was featured in 2010 in the Midtown International Theatre Festival and was presented by Small Pond Entertainment for six performances at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre.  The playand talkback presents a real picture of depression and suicide by someone who has lived through it.  It provides a forum to help make it acceptable to talk about mental illness, depression and suicide and encourages students to feel comfortable seeking help for themselves or a friend when faced with depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts.Josh is a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and Trainer sponsored by the New York Office of Mental Health and has worked with Dr. Paul Quinnett of the QPR Institute, a national suicide prevention organization that is recognized and included in the best practices registry by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.


U-HAUL Safe-Trailering Rodeo Competition” – Jim Fait and Tom Prefling, U-HAUL, Phoenix, Arizona

U-Haul is proud to present the first Trailer Rodeo Competition for NSSP teen drivers and advisors.  The competition involves loading and hitching a trailer properly and reversing the truck trailer School teams composed of high school students and one adult/advisor will compete in three phases on being the best and safest at using a trailer to transport goods.

James “Jim” Fait is the Director of Engineering Services for U-Haul International, Inc.  He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1977 (ASU) and was certified as a professional engineer (PE) in 1983.  Jim is a 30-year U-Haul veteran and a specialist in towable equipment research, testing and crash investigation. Jim is involved in accident reconstruction and analysis, develops accident investigation techniques and training, develops test procedures and projects; and writes, reviews and updates product User Instructions, the “Safe Trailering” Driver Education Program and other materials.

Tom Prefling is the Director of Communications for U-Haul International, and has been with

U-Haul for 16 years.  He has been involved in media and corporate training for more than 38 years. Tom also developed curricula and taught video and multimedia production and production management for 12 years in the Maricopa Community College District. He helped develop and has administrative responsibility for U-Haul University, the company's online eLearning site. 

Tom is a member of the ADTSEA Executive Committee and has a BA in English Literature from the University of Arizona, and a Master’s Degree in Film Education from the University of Southern California.

The U-Haul Trailer Rental System was created in the summer of 1945 when 29-year old WWII Veteran L. S. “Sam” Shoen and Anna Mary Carty Shoen tried to rent a utility trailer to help them move their belongings from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon.  They didn’t find any trailer rentals and could move only what could fit in their 1937 Ford.  During the drive to Oregon, they came up with the “U-Haul” name and formulated the outline of their new business was to become.  Today, U-Haul, has a network of more than 15,950 locations in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. 



“Leadership.  Goals.  Choices.  Attitude” with Ron Cole, Texas

Ron Cole has been presenting motivational concerts for over 3,000 schools for 26 years.  A family-oriented man who was a good athlete and never used drugs or alcohol, he speaks about drugs, alcohol, tobacco, bullying, and character education.  A talented musician and singer, his performances are highly interactive.  His music with a message presentations are enjoyed by all.




2012 Brochure with information about Workshops, Agenda, and Appleton, WI.

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U-HAUL Presents the "Safe-Trailoring Rodeo Competition
Sunday, July 15th, 2012
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NSSP Community Service Project




NSSP recognizes outstanding student organizations/schools, projects, and individuals at an Awards Program held at the Annual NSSP Teen Leadership Training Conference conducted every summer.  There are four award categories.  Chapter members may enter one nominee per category. 

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Established by the National Education Association in 1956, NSSP has proven to be successful to thousands of teen leaders and helped to empower them to make changes in their schools and communities. These thousands of teen leaders have touched millions of lives over the past 53 years. NSSP is student driven and student led. Today NSSP is housed as the youth program of the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA), a non-profit organization. For more information, contact ADTSEA .