270 High School Leaders at Northwestern for Student Council Workshop

June 13, 2023

June 2023 BASIC Counselors
High school graduates preparing to be junior counselors attending the June OASC Basic workshop are (back row, left to right) Brody Miller, Kristen Range, Lillianna Gavula, Gabby Packard, Lauren Thomas, Jack Bracher, Quin Freeny; (front row) Diego Morales, Francisco Galvan, Madison Lake, Olivia Wright, Kaitlyn Cothran, Fatima Duron, Gillian Pickering and Jaylyn Heckert. 

For the 14th summer, Oklahoma Association of Student Councils (OASC) members gathered on Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Alva campus for BASIC, a leadership workshop, June 11-16. Two hundred seventy high school students from across Oklahoma are attending this camp, where students engage in major skill development sessions.

Students attending for the week include high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. During the workshop, students are divided into 12 councils where they must come up with a school name, mascot, colors and a school song and chant. Students in each council also are given real-life problems to solve and then act out their resolutions using skits. They also participate in breakout sessions, including 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. Those students include Jack Bracher, Kaitlyn Cothran, Fatima Duron, Quin Freeny, Francisco Galvan, Lillianna Gavula, Jaylyn Heckert, Madison Lake, Brody Miller, Diego Morales, Gabby Packard, Gillian Pickering, Kristen Range, Lauren Thomas and Olivia Wright. 

Students are using various buildings around campus and stay in university housing along with the directors: Karen Koehn of Alva Northwest Technology Center, workshop director for junior counselors and state officers; Denise Tomlinson of Bixby High School, director of facilities; Melinda Parks of Westmoore High School, director of curriculum and adult staff; and Shawn Freeman of Ada High School, director of registration.

Koehn said she is very thankful to Northwestern and the Alva community for their support in playing host to the event.

"For the last 14 summers, NWOSU, the city of Alva and this community have welcomed OASC BASIC to town,” Koehn said. “We appreciate the hospitality and genuine support of this workshop and the difference we all are making on them as young leaders. Your generosity of support shown to the delegates and staff is spread throughout the state as they return home after this workshop! On behalf of OASC BASIC, THANK YOU for welcoming us into your family!”

A second BASIC workshop will take place on Northwestern’s campus July 9-14.


Erin Davis, University Relations Specialist
eedavis@nwosu.edu, (580) 327-8480

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