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Parkersburg High School principal advocates for schools in Washington, D.C.

File Photo Parkersburg High School Principal Kenneth DeMoss was among nearly 200 school leaders who recently went to Washington, D.C., to lobby for laws to enhance public schools.

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School Principal Kenneth DeMoss was among nearly 200 school leaders who recently went to Washington, D.C., to lobby for laws to enhance the nation’s public schools.

The visit from March 18-20 was part of the annual Advocacy Conference, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

“I met with Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s office to discuss the importance of safety and mental health support for our schools,” DeMoss said. “As an organization, we feel like these two topics are very important when it comes to the needs of our public schools and our school children. There is no doubt that our West Virginia senators feel these topics are vital to student and school success.”

The association’s Advocacy Conference included presentations and panel discussions on the most pressing federal policies affecting education and culminated with a day of visits to elected officials at their offices on Capitol Hill.

The association is an organization and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. It seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student, officials said.

As part of its commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society and National Student Council.

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