Student Representatives

OSMA welcomes its 2016-2017 team

My name is Gabrielle Cockerham, and I am the chair of the 2016-2017 OSMA student board. I am a senior at Hayes High School and serve as In-Depth editor for The Talisman. I currently want to establish a career for myself in politics but also have a strong passion for the art of journalism. Being the very hands-on person that I am, I couldn’t be happier to serve another year with the board and talk with other young journalist as well as represent them.


Hi, I’m Miles Baker. I enjoy unhealthy amounts of coffee and cookie dough. I’m a senior at Dublin Scioto High School, an art editor on our school’s  magazine The Irish Eye, as well as a member of the cross country team, a theater geek and a representative of the high school’s GSA (Gay, Straight, Alliance). I’m extremely excited for this opportunity to expand my journalism knowledge and continue to grow in this next year!


CarlyFitzHello, everybody! I’m Carly Fitz! I’m the copy editor on my yearbook staff, The Sentinel at Sheridan High School. I’m really looking forward to working with everyone this year! I cannot wait to help contribute experiences and learn new things from everyone!



Hello! I am Richard Giang, a junior at Lakota East High School. I’m both a culture and photo editor 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.


AlexandraGoldman3My name is Alexandra Goldman, and I will be a Junior at North Canton Hoover High School. I will be a section editor of the Viking Views, our school newspaper, and this will be my third year on staff. I love to write, design and take pictures for the paper. I am also involved in many school clubs and youth groups.





Hi, I’m Tooba Masood! I’m a junior at Dublin Scioto High School and this will be my third year on the Irish Eye staff. I am also one of the editors. I love design, art, technology (especially coding) and am a firm believer in the Oxford comma. I can’t wait to see what the next two years hold for me!


EricaMeyerHello! My name is Erica Meyer, and I will be a senior at Antwerp High School. I’m looking forward to being a co-editor of my school’s yearbook and joining the OSMA student board.






Hello, readers. My name is Rachel Smith. I am the editor-in-chief for Sheridan High School’s The Sentinel. I am a senior, and this is my second year as the editor. I have been on staff all four years. I have done many things over the years and created amazing friendships. I love to write and design, and micromanage. I am also a very proud editor of a staff of eight and now 16. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for my staff members


EmmaStiefelHello! I’m Emma Stiefel, a senior at Lakota East High School, where I’m a Co-Editor-In-Chief, Co-News Managing Editor and Broadcast Managing Editor for the Spark, our student news magazine. I’m looking forward to working with the OSMA Student Board again!




Hannah Werren[1]Hello! My name is Hannah Werren, and I will be a senior at GlenOak High School this fall. I will be editor-in-chief for our school yearbook. This is my third year in our yearbook and my second year on OSMA student board. I am also involved in cross country, soccer and track, as well as student council, teen court and key club. I cannot wait for another great year as an OSMA student board representative.



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 15, 2017. Adult OSMA Board members from each region will meet at the OSMA convention March 24 & March 25 to select the regional representatives.