2018 Leadership Summit scholarship winners announced

2018 Leadership Summit scholarship winners announced

OEC awarded two $250 scholarships in January: one to Ally Burchett of Blanchard and one to Autumn Franklin of Norman.

The two stellar students were selected to attend the 2018 Leadership Summit, a one-day leadership workshop where those in attendance learn team-building and leadership skills. The Summit took place Jan. 27 at the Chesapeake Energy Finish Line Tower in Oklahoma City's Bouthouse District.

Ally Burchett, a junior at Newcastle High School, participates in cross country and fast pitch softball and serves on the Student Council, prom committee and the Spanish Club. Ally worked as a camp counselor at Camp Mustang during the summer of 2017 and hopes to organize a mission trip to Haiti this summer.

"Leaders are built...by those around them...through experiences," she wrote in her application essay. "Developed with their own beliefs and formed by their desire to be someone worth following."

Autumn Franklin, a senior at Norman High School, volunteers at various organizations in Norman, including Women's Resource Center. She is active in speech and debate, women's choir and musical theatre.

"While great leadership requires many elements, important to me are developing people and building great teams," she said.

Burchett and Franklin represented OEC at the Summit, where they were joined by peers from across the state who represented our sister co-ops. Rhett Laubach, founder of YourNextSpeaker, LLC and a well-respected, trained youth leadership developer conducted the program.

Leadership Summit is part of OEC's youth development initiative, L.E.A.R.N.: Leading, Educating, Advancing and Rewarding the Next generation. L.E.A.R.N. encompasses the catalog of youth programs OEC offers to students, teachers and schools in our service area. For more information, contact Education and Outreach Coordinator Tory Tedder-Loffland at tory@okcoop.org or visit www.okcoop.org/youth.

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