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Greatest & Successful

November 9, 2005

Student Council

Student leaders from across the state mill around the lobby area at Union High School. 

Nearly, 1,600 students from around Oklahoma converged on Union for three days for the 65 th Annual Oklahoma Association of Student Councils Conference.

The conference was a culmination of more than two years of hard work for Union students, parents and staff and the pay-off was astounding; the conference was considered a huge success and one of the best ever staged in OASC’s history.

Area schools and leaders commended Union students, including state secretary and Union senior Merillat Pittman, for the conference whose circus-related theme was “Leadership: The Greatest Show in Earth.”

Denise Vaniadis, assistant High School principal, was singled out for her years of mentorship to students and advisors as the OASC created the new Denise Vaniadis Mentor Award which will be awarded to advisors who have mentored their colleagues and students alike.

OASC Third Year Advisor Steve Schwab of Broken Arrow High School said, “Her impact is far-reaching. Advisors both past and current have been taught by her, me included. Several students from this school and other Oklahoma high schools could have spoken. Mrs. V has mentored so many of us in so many ways. Her experience and leadership come from a true insight as to what works and a genuine concern to help others become better.”

Another new award also debuted at this conference.  The “Culligan Spirit of Service Award” was presented during to five high schools which demonstrated extraordinary public service in one of five categories: Service to Children; Service to the Elderly; Service to the Environment; and Service to a Non-Profit Agency.

Those winners were Quapaw High School, Service to the Environment; Yukon High School, Service to the Elderly; Metro Christian Academy, Service to the Needy; Edmond Memorial High School, Service to a Non-Profit Agency; and Putnam City North, Service to the Children.

Keynote speakers for the general sessions include: Phil Gugliuzza, the Executive Director of the Louisiana Association of Student Councils; Steven Spangler, the Executive Director of the National Hands-On Science Institute; and Karen Dawson, a national award winning Student Council Advisor from Washington High School in Missouri.