Student Representatives

OSMA welcomes its 2018-2019 team

• Landon Meador

I am a Senior at Lakota East High School and the Business Manager of the Lakota East Spark and I serve as the President of the OSMA Student Board. Outside of school, I play baseball and serve on local campaign organizations. My goal while serving on the board is to offer insight and find ways for publications to be able to expand to numerous different platforms to provide information for their audience.

• Iris Sorrell

I am a senior at Antwerp High School, and, with four years of broadcast journalism in my history, I am ALSTV’s head-of-staff and OSMA Student Board’s Secretary. Outside of the studio, I am a Student Council Officer, a co-head of our NHS executive committee, the leading alto of Antwerp’s Showstoppers, the field commander of Antwerp’s marching band, a volunteer at HOBY Ohio West, and an avid thespian.

• Maddie Boesch

I am a junior at Antwerp Local High School. I am the assistant editor and marketing manager of Antwerp’s yearbook staff. This is my first year as a member of the OSMA student board and I am also a member of Quill and Scroll. In addition to yearbook I am involved in volleyball, basketball, show choir, musicals, and HOBY. I can’t wait to learn new things about journalism from being a member of this board and help contribute in any way possible.

• Rebecca Breland

I am currently a junior at Lakota East High School, and I write for our school’s magazine, Spark, as a package editor, and I am a first year member of the OSMA board. Outside of journalism I love to participate in other activities, I love music especially alto saxophone and ukulele, and I am a proud Marching Thunderhawk, as well as a thespian.

• Alexandra Fernholz

I am a junior at Lakota East High School, where I serve as a news editor for Spark. This is my first year on the board, where I aim to foster connections and communication between the board and the students it serves! Outside of school, I love to read, draw, and paint.

• Kyra O’Connor

I am a senior at Dublin Scioto High school and I am the Editor-In-Chief of the Irish Eye as well as a member of the OSMA Student Board. I enjoy reading and running in my spare time, and I am involved in theatre and orchestra outside of school.

• Emily Scheib

I am a junior at Delaware Hayes High School, and I am the in-depth editor of the Talisman as well as a first year member of the OSMA Student Board. I play lacrosse for the school along with club, and I do a variety of other school programs like Youth in Government and Student Council.

• Audra Wills

I am a senior at Sheridan High School, where I am the Editor-in-Chief of my schools Yearbook Staff. This is my first year as a member of the OSMA student board. When I’m not working on yearbook I love to be with my friends and family, or do anything outdoors. While serving on the board I would like to experience new things within journalism; while helping other students do the same.

To be a student representative, you must be able to:

  • 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.

Term

  • 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.

 Requirements

  • 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.

Benefits

  • 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 mcogar@ashland.edu. Both items must be submitted by March 29, 2019. Adult OSMA Board members from each region will meet at the OSMA convention April 12 & 13 to select the regional representatives.