Northwestern plays host to student council workshop

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Northwestern plays host to student council workshop

 Junior Counselors

Gathered on Northwestern’s campus are high school graduates preparing for their roles as Junior Counselors during the Oklahoma Association Student Councils’ workshop, BASIC.  Students pictured are (front row from left) Emily Harris of Alva High School, Jared Woods of Durant High School, Visha Patel of Mustang High School, Holly Hoffman, Putnam City West High School, Sneha Patel of Del City High School, Perrin Duncan of Edmond North High School, Paige Wilhite of Putnam City North High School, (second row) Hans Chen of Stillwater High, Britton Hodge of South Moore High School, Mary Kris Revard of Bishop Kelley High School, Brooke Crow of Bixby High School, Luke Burchard of Metro Christian Academy, Keifer Gray Mackey of Cushing High School and Asher Nees of Norman North High School.
Members of Oklahoma Association Student Councils (OASC) gather on Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s campus for BASIC, a leadership workshop, beginning Sunday, June 8, and ending Friday June, 13. This marks the sixth summer the workshop has taken place on Northwestern’s campus.

Nearly 300 Oklahoma high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are registered for BASIC this week. During the workshop, students will be divided into 12 councils where they will come up with a school name, mascot, colors and a school song and chant.  Each council also will be given real life problems they are to solve, then act out their resolution using skits.  They also will participate in breakout sessions that will include leadership styles, team building, etiquette, school spirit and activities. 

Junior Counselors, members of OASC who have graduated high school, will be assigned to each of the 12 councils. 

Students will be using various buildings around campus and will be staying in university housing along with the directors: Karen Koehn of Alva, workshop director for junior counselors and state officers; Kristi Neerman of Tulsa, director of facilities, Martha Embry of Tulsa, director of curriculum and adult staff; and Janet Carter of Sulphur, director of registration. The Junior Counselors also will be staying on campus to assist the directors during the weeklong workshop.              

"OASC BASIC Leadership Workshop was the most influential and life-changing workshop I attended as a youth, and it hasn't changed in all this time,” Koehn said. “It is my pleasure to be part of a team that continues to serve the youth of Oklahoma in preparing them as tomorrow’s leaders!"

Koehn added she is very thankful to Northwestern and the Alva community for their support in hosting the event.  A second BASIC workshop will take place on Northwestern’s campus July 13 –18.