300 high school students on Northwestern's campus for OASC BASIC Camp


High school graduates preparing to be junior counselors attending the July OASC Basic workshop are (front row, from left) Breland Steward, Ryleigh Jones, Namera Newaz, Mandy Pope, Avery Miller, Charlotte Serage and Allison Ornealas; (back row) Harrison Davis, Regan Hayworth, Cade Platt, Nic Forhan, Gabe Cohlmia, Brooke Morriston, Grace Hunziker, Faith Lanham, Drew Hill and Cole Gillean.

The second group of members from the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils (OASC) gathered on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva campus for BASIC, a leadership workshop, July 8-13. Overall the university welcomed 300 high school students from across the state. Fourteen are high school graduates who came to Northwestern prior to the camp's start so they could prepare for their roles as junior counselors during the workshop.

Students attending for the week included high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. During the workshop, students were divided into 14 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 for July who have graduated high school, were assigned to each of the 14 councils. Those counselors included Gabe Cohlmia, Harrison Davis, Nic Forhan, Cole Gillean, Regan Hayworth, Drew Hill, Grace Hunziker, Faith Lanham, Avery Miller, Brooke Morriston, Namera Newaz, Allison Ornelas, Mandy Pope and Charlotte Serage.

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.

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


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