OASC Newsletter

Ohio Association of Student Councils, March 2017

Winter Retreat - March 11-12, 2017

Winter Retreat will be March 11-12, 2017. Winter Retreat will be held at CAMP WILLSON in BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio! Winter Retreat's theme is Self-Esteem & there is separate programming available for both Middle Level & Senior High students! Registration is open but will close on March 4th, or whenever retreat fills, so click here for more information or to register today!

State Conference - April 27-29, 2017

Join us at Clinton-Massie High School this spring for our 64th Annual State Conference! Below is a list of all the links your school may need for State Conference 2017! Reminder: All forms, registrations & nominations are due by April 1st! (Small Group Workshop Presenter Applications are due Friday, March 25th so presenters can be approved & registered by the April 1st deadline.)

STATE CONFERENCE DOCUMENTS (All documents below can also be found on the State Conference event page on OASC's website)

- State Representative Informational Video

- State Representative Candidate Information Sheet

- State Representative Candidate Application (due April 1st)

- State Conference Information Packet
- State Conference Delegate Registration Form (due April 1st) (ONLY Advisors fill this out)

- State Conference Advisor/Adult Registration Form (due April 1st)

- Honor Council Digital Scrapbook & Slideshow Award Form (due April 1st)

- All-Ohio Student Council Nomination Form (due April 1st)

- Army of Volunteers Award Nomination Form (due April 1st)

- Small Group Workshop Presenter Information
- Small Group Workshop Presenter Application (due March 25th)

Other State Conference Reminders!

Three tips to starting a new project

OASC Alumni Spotlight

Advisor Spotlight: Angie Dillon, Junior High School Student Council Advisor

What has been your involvement in Student Council and OASC?

I have 45 years of Student Council and OASC to reflect on. I was a Student Council Class Representative when I was in high school at St. Peter's. I remember we would meet before school and I remember that I attended a State Conference. I think is was held in Toledo. We had a Mardi Gras and a Dance where you were matched with someone in the school for a computer-generated date.

Ten years after I graduated from high school, I returned to St. Peter's as a teacher in the elementary school. We had a Civic Club. The high school had a Student Council. At one point the high school hosted a OASC State Conference. I worked in the Book Store making OASC badges to sell. I was impressed with the energy and maturity of the delegates who attended the conference.

Somewhere the elementary Civic Club became a grades 5-8 Student Council and I became a co-advisor with several people through the years. Then it became grades 6-8 and now I am the single advisor for the Junior High Council. So there have been lots of changes through the years.

What do you see as the benefits of OASC/Student Council?

I have always been grateful that OASC offers a sequence of Leadership Training. It makes my job as an advisor so much easier. We try to start the council year with a one day summer workshop to plan the first part of the year. I've seen many students grow in their leadership skills through their involvement in Student Council. They carry it into other clubs they belong to and sports they play. I love that as an advisor. I have to remind myself that that is not always observable until years later when students back and remind me of how Student Council helped them get where they are in life.

What advice do you have for new advisors?

Try to do a variety of things so that you have Spirit, Leadership, Service and Fundraising covered. My council has to "earn" a spirit activity (ex. dance) by doing a fundraiser and a service activity first. In March we will be doing Penny Wars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You'll have to play around with a time to meet that works for your council. We've tried after school, during homeroom, during lunch and homeroom. This year we have a 22 minute homeroom time. Needless to say, we've done a lot less this year than in past years when we met for an hour after schoo. Don't give up. Enjoy the kids. Let them help keep you young at heart.

Advice for students?

An observation: The students who are in Student Council are usually the same students who are in Key Club, Art Club, Math Club, playing sports, acting in plays, etc. They want to do it all and consequently do no put their best efforts into most things: A life lesson for all of us.

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What OASC Means To Me: Brianna Merklin, Middle Level State Representative

The meaning of OASC is leadership, self-confidence, & friendships.I ran for a board position to help me build life skills that I can use every day. I wanted to build my confidence a d become the strong independent person that I know I can be. Being a part of OASC has taught me leadership skills, while working in group projects. Our projects have allowed me to make new friends that normally I would be quite & shy when in a group setting. I have gained the confidence to speak in front of large groups. I am a member of other organizations and now have confidence to be a part of their committees due to the knowledge and confidence I have gained through OASC. I am looking forward, as I head to high school in the fall, to using the skills I have gained from OASC. I’m grateful for the opportunity given to me to be a part of this wonderful group.

iBELIEVE & OASC Summer Workshops - Registration is NOW OPEN!

Sunday, June 18th, 1pm to Thursday, July 27th, 1pm

West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky

SUMMER WORKSHOP REGISTRATION officially opened March 1st! Join us during the summer of 2017 for one of EIGHT Senior High Workshops or TWO Middle Level Workshops being offered!

- June 18th - 22nd, West Liberty University (West Liberty, WV) - Senior High I, II & III

- June 25th - 29th, West Liberty University (West Liberty, WV) & Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH) - Senior High I, II, III, & Middle Level

- July 9 -13th, Concord University (Athens, West Virginia) & Muskingum University (New Concord, OH) - Senior High I, II, & III

- July 16th - 20th, Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY) - Senior High I ONLY, Muskingum University, (New Concord, OH) - Senior High I, II, & III

- July 23rd - 27th, Wright State University (Fairborn, OH) - Senior High I, II, III & Middle Level

Both iBELIEVE & OASC students can register for summer workshops HERE on the iBELIEVE website! We look forward to seeing you this summer!

**Note: Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. Once a week/program level is full, both iBELIEVE & OASC delegates will need to select a different week. Due to program level size restrictions, we cannot overfill any week or program level of summer workshop.**

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