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Kalven Owen selected as a Facilitator for NHS Student Leadership Network on Mental Health



North Polk High School student Kalven Owen, was recently selected to represent North Polk and the state of Iowa as a Facilitator for NHS (National Honor Society) Student Leadership Network on Mental Health. The NHS Student Leadership Network on Mental Health is a newly formed group from NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals). NASSP’s NHS Student Leadership Network is a collaborative space for student leaders to share similar lived experiences, passions, and interests so they can connect with each other on a personal and professional level. This dedicated space allows for students to discuss and address different challenges, successes, obstacles, and opportunities to better support one another. 

Kalven was one of three high school students in the state of Iowa to be selected to facilitate national conversations amongst the Student Council and NHS student leaders. This network will give students an opportunity to focus on their own mental health and wellbeing so they can continue to grow as people and to be the best leaders they can be.

The Iowa Executive Director for Iowa Student Councils, Vicki Carstens, was searching for student leaders who had great facilitating and communication skills. The student had to have previous leadership experience and must already be inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) and currently serve on their school’s student council. Mrs. Huether, who is a North Polk HS Art teacher and Student Council Sponsor, nominated Kalven. Kalven has had previous leadership roles including being a senator in the NPHS Student Council for two years. He currently serves as the secretary. He is also the founding member of the North Polk SEPC (Students for Environment Protection and Conservation club). Furthermore, he was nominated as a Junior National Young Leader four years ago and has been a member of the North Polk Key Club and a Polk County Steward for three years. Kalven has been an active member for the last two years in the Art Honor Society and the North Polk Principal's Council. This past cross country season, Kalven served as a guide runner for a Middle School XC athlete who is blind.

Mrs. Huether gave her recommendation, “because Kalven is a leader that stands up for injustices, is driven, and a vocal leader. As an art student of mine, Kalven is a creative thinker who can solve problems that others avoid.” After a recommendation was given, a virtual interview was completed for the final applicants and Kalven was one of three picked. 

From all of North Polk, congratulations on this great accomplishment!