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December 31, 2020

BTC Students Inducted into National Society of Leadership and Success

Twenty-five students were inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) at Blackhawk Technical College on December 9th. Blackhawk students with a minimum GPA of 2.5, at least six credits completed, and/or demonstrated student leadership on campus were invited to be inducted. NSLS is the largest leadership honor society in the U.S., with more than 700 chapters and 1 million members.

The new members of the Blackhawk Technical College NSLS Chapter include: Heidi Kassebaum, Monticello; Casey Bennett, Orfordville; Juanita Bonilla, Janesville; Tonya Colborn, Beloit; Alana Depratt, Clinton; Rachael Goff, Beloit; Jennifer Hansen, Rockton, IL; Antoinette Joyner, Janesville; Jessica Koch, Milton; Anastatia Maerz, Stoughton; Jazmine Martin, Rockford, IL; Emily Meade, Beloit; Isreal Morales, Beloit; Elizabeth Pedroza, Beloit; Lacey Pfund, Monroe; Jennifer Rackow, Monroe; Katherine Raisbeck, Apple River, IL; Melisa Richardson, Monroe; Cecelia Santini, Belvidere, IL; Melinda Sawall, Elkhorn; Christopher Schultz, Janesville; Jacqueline Tellez, Monroe; Makaela Tyler, Beloit; Josefina Slack, Brodhead; Luisangel Rodriquez, Beloit.

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 by 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 launched in fall 2019 to foster student success by engaging in reflection and self-exploration. In its first year, thirty-seven students were inducted into the BTC chapter.

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.”

“Each of the participating students is 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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