Student Representatives

OSMA welcomes its 2017-2018 team

Hello! I am Richard Giang, a senior at Lakota East High School and chair of the student representatives. I’m both the photo editor and a design coordinator for the Spark newsmagazine. I hope that I can help contribute to OSMA’s movement to create and cultivate a widespread and effective support system for Ohio’s high school journalism programs.



My name is Alexandra Goldman, and I am the secretary of the 2017-2018 OSMA student board. I am a senior at Hoover High School and serve as the editor-in-chief for The Viking Views. I have a strong passion for news writing, specifically about crisis, photography and design. Unfortunately, I plan for my five-year journalism career to end, as I follow my dream to go to pharmacy school in the fall of 2018. I am incredibly excited to serve another year with the board and help OSMA make stronger young journalists.


Hi! I’m Gabi Costa, I just moved to the US from Brazil and I am a junior at Beachwood High School. I’m picture editor and Feature editor at the Beachcomber. This will be my first year on the OSMA student board and I am really looking forward to it! Also, I love to learn about things that I don’t know much about, especially if I have a cup of coffee in my hand!



Hey everyone! I’m Carly Fitz, a student of The Sheridan High School Sentinel Yearbook staff. I’m looking forward to a great year of learning and teaching new things with each of you!






I’m Derek Herges, a sophomore at Sheridan High School. I’m involved in yearbook, student council, and quiz team. In my free time I enjoy fishing and photography. This will be my first year on the OSMA Board and second year on the yearbook staff.




Hello, I’m Alex Hindenlang. I am a senior at Antwerp High School and the current editor-in-chief of my school’s yearbook, The Archer. We are a chronological yearbook and won All Ohio for our 2015-2016 book. I am excited to join the OSMA board and represent my district while learning new things about the journalism world.



Hey! I’m Nicholas Lilly and I have the privilege of being the first OSMA Career Tech. Board Representative! I attend Trumbull Career & Technical Center for Multimedia. Additionally, I’m an editor for and a contributor to I am a state champion in Business Professionals of America in the Broadcast News Production Category. As a career, I’d love to move into the Public Relations field. I’m excited to be on the board. We have a great year ahead of us.


Hi, I’m Tooba Masood! I’m the angsty senior editor of Dublin Scioto High School’s newsmagazine, the Irish Eye, and have been on staff all four years of high school. I love design, art, technology (especially coding), and am a firm believer in the Oxford comma. I can’t wait for college and whatever the future holds for me!



Hello, I am Landon Meador. I am Spark public relations director along with broadcast manager. I am also a part of the business team. I look forward to helping find a way to implement technology into student journalism programs.





Hello! My name is Kyra O’Connor and I will be a junior at Dublin Scioto this fall. I enjoy laughing, singing, and of course, writing. I am junior editor for my student publication, the Irish Eye, and this will be my third year on staff. I look forward to being a part of the OSMA student board and cannot wait to see what is in store!



My name is Iris Sorrell, and I am a junior at Antwerp High School. I am a student editor of our broadcast journalist team, and I write, film and edit stories for my school’s announcements. This will be my third year as a part of the broadcast staff, as well as my third year as a news anchor for our morning news program. I am also active in student council, and work behind the scenes and as a part of the cast for our school’s elementary and high school musicals respectively.




Ohio Scholastic Media Association (OSMA) student regional representatives provide student input for OSMA activities and increase student involvement.  Two representatives (one junior and one senior) and one alternate (either a junior or a senior) selected from each of the five regions in the state form a student board. Responsibilities of regional representatives include the following:


  • Attend twice-yearly OSMA student board meetings, one at the state convention and one at another time during the year (usually a Sunday afternoon in August at Otterbein University in Westerville). The student board meets at the same time as the adviser board but separately, with representatives reporting to the adviser board at the end of the two meetings. The student board will elect its own chairperson and, if needed, secretary.
  • Aid speakers at the state convention.
  • Plan and implement student-led sessions/events at the state convention and at their respective regional workshops in the fall.

Alternates will assist with activities at the state convention and regional workshops. If a representative is unable to attend an OSMA Board meeting, the region’s alternate will attend instead.


  • Students will apply and be selected in the spring of their sophomore year and be selected to serve two-year terms their junior and senior years. This will maintain a balance of experienced and new students on the board.


  • At least one year of involvement in high school scholastic journalism, either on a publication staff or in a class.
  • Previous attendance at at least one OSMA event, either a regional workshop or a state convention, preferably both.
  • Traits useful to the position, including self-motivation, problem-solving abilities, success in juggling many projects, faithfulness in completing tasks, good communication skills, etc.
  • Nomination by your school. Each school may nominate no more than two students. Advisers and/or editors of the school’s publication(s) may develop their own criteria for selection of their nominees.


  • Opportunity to give input and perspectives to improve OSMA services to students and schools.
  • Interaction with students and advisers from around the state.
  • Leadership development.


To Apply

Click here to complete the online application. Your publication adviser must also submit a letter of recommendation via e-mail to Maggie Cogar Both items must be submitted by March 28, 2018. Adult OSMA Board members from each region will meet at the OSMA convention April 6 & 7 to select the regional representatives.