OASC Newsletter

The Ohio Association of Student Councils, January 2018

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The Ohio Association of Student Councils is an organization dedicated to the teaching of leadership skills, organizational skills, and people skills valuable to the members and officers of all student organizations!

Running into the new year like...

Quick! Order your tri-blend Ohio Leader shirt today in one of our various colors! This order will close on January 12th! These shirts will be shipped directly to your home following the order closing on January 12th. Click here to order your Leader shirt!

These $20 shirts will help support the OASC's scholarship program which serves students in need of financial assistance in order to participate in our valuable programming throughout the year. We thank you for your support!

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You are invited to Student Council & NHS Day with the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena! The first ten schools to register will get the chance to have two students High-Five the players as they skate out onto the ice to face off with the Las Vegas Golden Knights!

Cost: $32/ticket & includes cost of programming, ticket to the game, on-ice open skate & skate rental

Registration deadline: Monday, February 19, 2018.

NOTE: Students should NOT bring book bags, as Nationwide Arena policy does not allow book bags inside the arena.

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Winter Retreat will be March 10-11, 2018. Winter Retreat will be held at PROCTOR CENTER in LONDON, Ohio! In order to provide a longer opportunity for discussion and group development, OASC created separate retreat programs for both Middle Level and Senior High students. These overnight retreats offer students opportunities to make new friends, connect with old friends, work in a council setting and develop their teamwork skills in an overnight setting!

Winter Retreat's theme is "People Building"! Registration is open as of January 1st so make sure to reserve your spot today! Click here for more information or here to register!

Registration closes: March 1st (or whenever each program has reached capacity at 40 delegates)

Cost: $60/student & includes dinner, breakfast, lodging & cost of programming supplies and materials

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Join us at Fort Jennings High School this spring for our 65th Annual State Conference! Below is a list of all the links your school may need for State Conference 2018! Reminder: All forms, registrations & nominations are due by April 1st! (Small Group Workshop Presenter Applications are due Friday, March 23rd 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 Rep Info:

- State Representative Informational Video

- State Representative Candidate Information Sheet

- State Representative Candidate Application (due April 1st)

Registration Info & Forms

- 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 23rd)

- State Conference Confirmation Packet (you need this after your school and students are registered)

Interested in becoming an OASC State Representative?

Click here to read more about the roles and responsibilities of OASC State Representatives as well as the election process!

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Looking for a great project? Want to showcase your school and community? We are currently accepting Host School bids for the 2019 OASC State Conference. Interested? Click here to access the information packet. If you have questions, please contact Connie Miley, OASC Executive Director at (937) 751-8530.

A message from Connie...

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"All stories, even the ones we love, must eventually come to an end.

And when they do, it's only an opportunity for another story to begin."

-Eric Applebaum, The Hat Collector – Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

Serving as OASC’s Middle Level Coordinator has been an honor, a privilege, and truly, a joy. My “work” in this capacity has challenged me, inspired me, exhausted me, motivated me, but mostly – it has provided me with a sense of passion and purpose that has shaped and defined the past twenty-five years of my life.

Since August, I have endeavored to facilitate a smooth transition – for the organization, for Anthony and Krysten, and for me. The latter has been a bit more of a project than I’d bargained for. Letting go, even when I know it’s the right thing to do and the right time to do it, has been difficult. I am grateful for all the kind words that have come my way to help me navigate my way through.

There are so very many people who have supported me, encouraged me, and given of their time, talents, and love to help continue the magic of OASC Middle Level programs. I am thankful for each of you and every contribution you made, small or large. Know that you are in my heart forever, as are the students we have served.

Anthony and Krysten, I confidently - and with so much love - pass the wand to you. I am excited to see how the program will grow through your love and nurturing. Here’s to the magic!

To the Moon and Back,


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Summer Workshops 2018! Registration will open March 1st!

Sunday, June 10th, 1pm to Thursday, Aug. 2nd, 1:30pm

Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee

OASC partners with the iBELIEVE Foundation to offer 5 different calendar weeks at multiple college campuses of summer workshop programming! Summer workshop is a 5 day, 4 night summer camp opportunity for student leaders in the middle level program (entering grades 7-9) and the senior high program (entering grades 10-12). These summer programs encourage the development of leadership skills, improves understanding of setting and achieving worthy goals, and inspires young leaders to accept challenges and responsibilities, so they may return to their communities with knowledge, convictions and understanding which will empower them to better all they encounter. Our summer programming also facilitates life long connections between student leaders from all over the state of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and most recently, Kentucky.

We hope you will come to workshop with a desire and the spirit to learn, to try new things, and to share your talents, ideas, and feelings with others. If you do that, we promise you will leave with more information than you ever thought you could remember, with more new friends than you thought you could make, and with a feeling that you can make a positive difference in your school, community, and in the lives of the people you know!

The cost of workshop is $300/delegate. This includes the program materials in addition to room & board for the 5 days at workshop. While scholarships are available, we know this can be a large investment of money for many families - so we want you to start planning now so you can join us in the summer of 2018! Most students describe their experience as unforgettable, life changing, inspiring, motivating and "one of the best weeks" of their lives. We hope to see you at one of ELEVEN tentative workshops being offered!

Registration will open March 1, 2018!

Locations for each workshop are being finalized, and will be announced simultaneously with The iBELIEVE Foundation in late January. Stay tuned for updates!

June 10-14, 2018

June 17-21, 2018

June 24-28, 2018

July 8-12, 2018

July 15-19, 2018

July 22-26, 2018

July 29-Aug 2, 2018

Check out this Summer Workshop video made by Max Leu, a member of the iBELIEVE staff!

The iBELIEVE Foundation - Summer Workshop 2017