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President's Leadership Class begins year-long adventure


August 4, 2017

Fifteen incoming freshmen at Northwestern Oklahoma State University will begin their year-long adventure as members of the President’s Leadership Class (PLC) by heading to Boston, Massachusetts, for their annual outing to “The Cradle of Liberty.”

PLC is a leadership development program led by Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. The program seeks to develop leadership skills in students who have compiled exemplary records of academic success and participation in high school activities. Graduates of the program are expected to assume leadership roles on campus during their time at Northwestern.

“The trip to Boston provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn more about the events and persons who played a role in our independence,” Cunningham said. “It also provide time for the class to bond and begin working together as a group.”

Activities during the four-day trip that begins Aug. 5 include walking the Freedom Trail, a trip to the theatre, and of course, a Boston Red Sox game at historic Fenway Park.

Students selected for this year’s President’s Leadership Class include:

Kassidy Batt – Carnegie, Oklahoma

Tyler Berryhill – Venus, Texas

Duncan Brown – Gate, Oklahoma

Katelyn Butler – Oak Grove, Missouri

Sean Doherty – Branson, Colorado

Wacey Dorenkamp – Bristol, Colorado

Aleysa Franz – Alva, Oklahoma

Bailie Gooch – Stroud, Oklahoma

Kailey Hamilton– Douglass, Kansas

Samuel Meek – Waynoka, Oklahoma

Ben Ryerson – Alva, Oklahoma

Ethan Sacket – Aline, Oklahoma

Lexie Shafer – Alva, Oklahoma

Jaxon Spady – Las Animas, Colorado

Kayla Wilson – Quincy, Illinois

Selection to the PLC is through a competitive process including applications, letters of recommendation and an on-campus interview.

The PLC program was established in 2001 with assistance from the President’s Association, an annual giving program that includes alumni and other donors.

Class members participate in leadership activities and assist the president and her staff in hosting dignitaries on campus and in selected recruitment activities.


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