Northwestern plays host to student council workshop

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Northwestern plays host to student council workshop

BASIC JC group

Gathered on Northwestern’s campus are high school graduates preparing for their roles as junior counselors during the Oklahoma Association Student Councils’ (OASC) workshop, BASIC. Students pictured are (front row from left) Emily Lewis of Yukon High School and OASC secretary, Christina Schutz-Eisenhower of Lawton High School, Kally Gordon of Alva High School, Courtney Spears of Bixby High School, Bailey Clark of Metro Christian Academy (Tulsa), McKenzi Ormsbee of Stillwater High School, Destinee Dickson of Deer Creek High School and OASC vice president , (second row) Emma Owens of Cascia Hall (Tulsa), Emily Modglin of Bixby High School, Michael Thomas of Putnam City North High School (Oklahoma City), Calvin Miller of Westmoore High Scool (Moore), Storme Jones of Yukon High School, Josh Hunter of Del City High School, Marc LaManque of Bishop Kelly (Tulsa) and OASC president , and Sydney Choi of Edmond Memorial High School.
Nearly 300 members of Oklahoma Association of Student Councils (OASC) gathered on Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s campus for BASIC, a leadership workshop, June 6-12. This marks the seventh summer the workshop has taken place on Northwestern’s campus.

Students attending for the week included high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. During the workshop, students were divided into 12 councils where they had to come up with a school name, mascot, colors and a school song and chant. Students in each council also were given real life problems to solve and then act out their resolutions using skits. They also participated in breakout sessions that included leadership styles, team building, etiquette, school spirit and activities.

Junior Counselors, members of OASC who have graduated high school, were assigned to each of the 12 councils.
Students used various buildings around campus and stayed 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 sum of a good leader is subtracting the negative and adding the positive," Koehn said in regards to the leadership experience BASIC provides students. "OASC BASIC Leadership Workshop was the most influential and life-changing workshop I attended as a youth, and 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 playing host to the event.

A second BASIC workshop will take place on Northwestern’s campus July 10-17.