OASL Newsletter

September 2021

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Bring your student organization to Cedar Point for a day of teambuilding and bonding, OR reconnect with your workshop friends!


This year we are celebrating leadership together at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

  • Any number of students and advisors may attend from a school
  • Check-in will begin at 9:30am at the Lakeside Pavilion
  • Our group session will kick off at 10:00 a.m.
  • Our program will conclude at 10:50 a.m.
  • Following our program, Cedar Point is yours to enjoy! The park is open from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Your student group can work together to try to win the digital scavenger hunt inside the park while enjoying their day at Cedar Point!


$60 per person includes:

  • Program
  • Cedar Point Admission* (*$20 registration fee if Cedar Point Admission Ticket is not needed)
  • Complimentary Drawstring Bag
  • Special Edition Collector's Pin to first 200


NOTE - Advisors and adult chaperones (21+) may attend for the special price of $45.00.


Optional Add-Ons:

You may purchase reduced price parking vouchers for $13.50 each. Must be purchased by Sept. 20th.

Drink wrist bands - valid for unlimited Coca-Cola 20 oz. fountain drinks at participating beverage stations throughout the park - are available for $9.00. They can be purchased in advance via the Registration Form, or during check-in the day of event. Please have exact cash or credit/debit card.

Hello!


I am energized for the 2021-2022 school year. The return to on-site programming for two weeks of OASL’s Summer Leadership Workshops in July was wonderfully uplifting. It was so great to see in-person the positive impact of our programs. I am beyond proud of our program directors, Kaitlin O’Hara, Krysten Bonacci, and Anthony Paletta, for all of the extra care and preparation they invested to protect the health and safety of our delegates and staff team. The cooperation of our kiddos, parents, and staff made it all work, and so very worth any extra effort. Thank you, also, to each advisor who encouraged their student leaders to attend. We are grateful for the faith and trust placed in us.


I hope you will make plans to join us on September 26th for the 2021 Leadership at the Point. All of the details are available in this newsletter and on our website: www.oasl-oh.org


Finally, just a quick reminder that all memberships expire on September 30th. Please click the following link to update or join: https://oasc.wufoo.com/forms/p182izoi1uyhotf/


The following schools are paid for the 2021-2022 year:

  • A.I. Root Middle School

  • Cleveland Heights High School

  • Clinton-Massie High School

  • Eastern Heights Middle School

  • Green High School

  • Lake High School

  • Mansfield Senior High School

  • Medina High School

  • Port Clinton Middle School

  • Revere High School


Let me know how OASL can be helpful to you!


Best Regards,

Connie

Advisor Roundtable Interest Survey

Advisors - please complete this 2 question/30 second survey to help us determine if and when we will host advisor roundtables this year! Thanks!

Summer Workshop Recap!

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Matthew West - What If (Official Lyric Video)

Ohio IMPACT Day!

During each week of summer workshop this summer, OASL hosted Ohio IMPACT Day. Ohio IMPACT Day is a unique part of the OASL Summer Workshop program designed to connect OASL students with community leaders, educators, and organizational partners who support leadership education and development for students across Ohio.


This year, OASL had many community leaders join summer workshop for a speed-networking session, and two hands-on leadership activities. Student delegates and community leaders worked together to share their leadership journey and how they make a positive impact in their community.


OASL would like to thank Jennifer Vargo and her team from the Ohio Department of Education for speaking to our students about leadership and community building.


Thank you to the many people who came to Ohio IMPACT Day. OASL truly appreciates your time and dedication to the organization, our students, and communities.


OASL will continue to offer opportunities for educators and community members interested in learning more about our programming and impact. Please stay tuned as we'll share opportuntities on our newsletter, website, and social media for new opportunities!

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OASL Executive Board State Representatives

Our Senior High and Middle Level programs saw FANTASTIC weeks of OASL Summer Workshop as we returned to being together in person for the first time in two years!! We were excited to host over 128 students from 48 different schools. More than half of our delegates were coming from new schools thanks to continued outreach and our growing partnership with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE)!


OASL was thrilled to bring back many of our staple workshop sessions--such as our Beach Party, our spirit contests, our talent-filled Funfest and Songfest, and our beloved To The Moon & Back session.


We also had a BLAST starting some new traditions, such as our Celebration Night where Middle Level and Senior High joined together on our last night of workshop for some delicious food, a lively dance party, and a colorful end to the evening with color powder!


We had the pleasure of meeting multiple special guests throughout our week, adding in a Mindfulness session with youth yoga instructor Melissa Paletta, a session on how our stories matter with Derek Burtch from the non-profit organization Erase the Space, and various others who joined us for our very first Ohio IMPACT Day! Thank you to everyone who helped make our week amazing and empowered all of our young leaders!


A special thank you to our staff who made this week happen for all of our delegates! And more than anything, thank you to all of our delegates who dedicated a week of their summer to grow in their leadership skills and commit to making an impact in their home communities! We are so proud of the work you all did, and we cannot wait to hear about all of the ways you truly spread the magic.

Lexi Davis Romine, State President, Medina High School

How did OASL Summer Workshop impact you?

"Summer Workshop this year was absolutely amazing. I was able to staff ML and attend Senior High 3 and it taught me so much about me as a leader, and how I am able to take a step back and be a part of the journey helping other leaders grow. Alongside learning and helping others to grow as leaders, Workshop was able to help me make new and stronger connections to students all over Ohio. My favorite part of Workshop is the bonds that are made and knowing that the people you meet will be in your life for a very long time. Truly the friendships made during those short 5 days are some of the strongest I have ever had. Both weeks were filled with memories I will never forget and have helped me and many others finally feel like we found our people and a place where we can be unapologetically ourselves."


What are you looking forward to this year with your work on the OASL Executive Board?

"I am most looking forward to the people I get to meet and impact. As a delegate attending OASL events it is easy to stick by your school or the people you know most, but by being in my position I want to meet as many new people as possible and welcome them to the OASL family.


One of my goals as State Board President is to make sure that we as a board are working for our delegates, teachers, advisors and so on. I want to make it a priority in our board that one we are connected and making sure we all are on the same page. Alongside making sure the board is connected I want to make sure we are connected with our delegates. This is alongside my goals for the organization, which is to make sure that we are constantly innovating and changing to make sure we are providing lessons that will help the leaders of today go out and make a real change in the world. My main priority is the OASL family and creating a space and environment where everyone is welcome and everyone's ideas are heard."


Is there anything else you'd like to share with current or potential OASL delegates?

"I am so excited to be your State President this year and it is going to be a blast! Can't wait to see all of you at future events, TTMAB Lexi"

Tayla Finn, Senior High Representative, Fort Jennings High School

Why did you want to run for OASL Executive Board?

I really wanted to push myself and push my school to get more involved. It’s an amazing organization and I believe they will love it. A goal I have for the organization is getting a more diverse OASL community. More people with different backgrounds and ideas can greatly impact the organization in a positive way.


What have you learned from OASL, and in what ways are you looking to grow as a State Rep?

Summer workshop was honestly life changing. During workshop I learned so many important things, and got to meet so many new friends. I loved that I was to be my true authentic self, and even getting to know myself more. Students should definitely take the chance to experience the amazing things OASL has to offer.

In the State Rep role, I hope to continue to build stronger connections. I want to encourage the board to connect with one another and develop my people skills. I will push myself to contact, collaborate, and deal with conflict to get that stronger connection.

Yuva Vidwans, Senior High Representative, William Mason High School

What did you gain from attending 2021 Summer Workshop?

"Workshop was a blast! My experience was exciting and eye opening. The biggest lesson I learned was the power of perspective and reflection. I felt like it was the perfect environment to learn and experiment with my leadership skills. I enjoyed making cheers with my council, learning new line dances, singing along to energizers, encouraging other delegates, and so much more!"

What are you looking forward to in your second term on OASL's Executive Board?

I’m excited to connect with students across Ohio and to represent all students with the ODE. I'd love to introduce and involve more schools in the southwest region to OASL by inviting individual clubs and advisors to participate to fall events, and reaching out to schools around me to introduce them to OASL. I want OASL to help even more students realize that leaders don’t need to act one way, and that anyone can be a leader.


CJ Eaton, Middle Level Representative, Antwerp Middle School

What was your favorite part about your summer?

"My favorite part about this summer was going to OASL's Summer Workshop. Ohio Impact Day was an amazing experience for me. Students should go because you meet new people and can take everything you learn back to your home communities."


What are some goals you have for yourself as a State Board Member?

"I'm looking forward to connecting with other schools and getting them to join OASL. I also want to help OASL fundraise so that other students can attend future events."