Youngstown State President and former football coach at The Ohio State University visited Northview yesterday, speaking to our Leadership Academy students and student-athletes. He started with the fact that people ask him all the time whether or not kids these days are different from previous generations. Mr. Tressel explained that he thinks they have not changed. Kids, like adults, like to know what is expected of them, and they like competition. We like to be measured, know where we stand, and how we are doing. He shared that as a football coach, his staff would grade their players each and every day, for game performances, but also practices, service projects they did together, and more. Their goal was to grade out, not with an A, which stood for average on their scale, but as an NC, or National Champion level. He said that if he had a team that was willing to perform at a championship level each and every day, not just on game days, they were going to have a good season. President Tressel also focused on the idea that leadership is not a title, but action, specifically a willingness to serve others. He told the roughly 450 students gathered in the gymnasium that his Mom was the best leader he was ever around, loving and serving their family and community, no matter what. He also encouraged them to choose friends wisely, be involved, and to seek to understand personal finance. It was an honor to hear and learn from President Tressel as our September Leadership Lunch speaker. Thank you Mr. Tressel!