Teen and Alumni Activities

NCHE plans social activities to encourage the friendships of our teens and alumni. All of these activities will have adult supervision. Full conference registration is required for these activities except the college fair.

Teen & Alumni Cotillion-Style Dance: Thursday, May 30, 7:30 PM

Historically, dance has been an important social skill. Even our country’s military academies make dance lessons mandatory for young cadets. Dance education develops grace, poise, posture and coordination and has been proven to be an inherent part of our culture. In keeping with these traditions, NCHE will host a dance on Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Pavilion. There will be instruction on dances such as swing, box step and line dancing. This dance, with the emphasis on instruction, will be taught and lead by Dennis Ritchie, a retired homeschool dad who has taught cotillion for more than twenty-five years. Our teacher’s teaching styles will put the students at ease regardless of their ability, and teens are encouraged to dance with many partners. The dress for these dances is modest casual (what you wear to the conference).

Games Social: Friday, May 31, 9:30 PM

A games social will be held on Friday night from the closing of the talent show until 10:45 p.m. NCHE will provide cards, board games and group games.

Alumni Coffee Social: Thursday, May 30, 9:45 PM


NCHE will host an alumni coffee social on Thursday night after the dance from 9:45 to 11 p.m. Check at registration for the location.

College Fair Friday, May 31, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

This is an opportunity for students to meet and talk with college recruiters who are interested in homeschooled students. This will be open 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Friday and is located the Garden Terrace of the Embassy Suites. See the list of colleges here.

Talent Showcase Friday, May 31, 7:45 PM


The Talent Showcase is always a hit with the teens. Selections are made from auditions.

Special Workshops for Teens

The NCHE conference offers workshops specially for our teens.
Some of these talks are aimed directly to the teens. The others are for a wider audience, but would be of interest to teens.

Bryan Davis, Writing Workshop—How to Start a Hero’s Journey Story

Jay Wile, The Most Exciting Science Related to Creation

Alumni Panel, Homeschool Alumni Share

Francie Black, The Technology Job Market—Now and the Future. How to Be Prepared

Josh McDowell, Undaunted

Mark Fox, Boys to Men

Josh McDowell, Touch the Evidence (Old Testament)

Jolene Erlacher, Raising Godly Leaders to Serve in an Ungodly Culture

Josh McDowell, Touch the Evidence (New Testament)

Marji McIlvaine, Online Instruction: The New Frontier

Josh McDowell, Tolerating the Intolerable

Diane Allen, What if Your Child Doesn’t Want to Go to College?

Josh McDowell, 50 Shades of Love

Margaret Roberton, Workforce Readiness—Opportunities for Juniors and Seniors to Leverage Community College Programs for In-Demand Credentials and Credit

Beth Crossmon, The College Decision: Why It Is Important and the One Key Factor You Want to Take into Consideration