Student Representatives

OSMA welcomes its 2019-2020 team

• Rebecca Breland

I am a senior at Lakota East High in Liberty Township. Ohio. I am a package editor for Spark and the OSMA Student Board President. Outside of school, I love to play different instruments and have a passion for learning. My goal while serving on the board is to expand visibility and offer help to all different publications. I hope to expand our board both in person and online.

• Alexandra Fernholz

I am a senior at Lakota East High School of the Greater Cincinnati area, and current news editor of Spark, our student newsmagazine and the OSMA Student Board Secretary. While on the board I hope to foster greater communication between students and board members, and create a larger role for the board as a whole. Outside of my role in both OSMA and Spark, I love to draw and paint, and I hope to start my freshman year in college at the University of Cincinnati DAAP.

• Maddie Boesch

I am a senior 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.

• Karaline Abney

I am a junior at Lakota East High School and a staffer of the Spark. In my publication, I enjoy writing news and package. Outside of Spark, I am on the Lakota East swim team and I enjoy hiking. In the future, I am looking forward to contributing to the OSMA board.

• Carmyn Grubbs

I am a junior at GlenOak High School. I serve as the Social Media Editor for our newspaper titled The Eagle. This is my first year on the OSMA student board and also participate in OMUN, student council, track and field and soccer. I am looking forward to contributing to publication events for the next two years.

• Abigail Montgomery

I am a senior at Centerburg High School in Centerburg, Ohio. I am a co-editor in chief of The Trojan Crier. I am actively involved in the school’s Color Guard, choir and other fine arts programs. I hope to bring further creative insight and new perspectives to the student board.

• Siera Octaviano

I am a junior at Antwerp High School. I am the advertising manager for Antwerp’s yearbook staff. This is my first year being a member of the OSMA student board and I am also a member of Quill and Scroll. Outside of yearbook I am involved in cross country, football cheer, basketball cheer, musicals and choir.

• Shea Sullivan

I am a senior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Throughout high school I have been involved in track, interact club and journalism. I have served as the opinion and editorial editor of my school newspaper. Aside from writing stories and designing pages, I produce broadcasts and take photos for my paper. I am looking forward to my first year on the OSMA student board.

• Abigail Westendorf

I am a junior at Lakota East High School and a staffer for Spark. Outside of Spark, I play softball and am training to be a camp counselor. In my publication, I enjoy writing for the culture section, especially features. I’m looking forward to being apart of the OSMA board.

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.