Meet the Candidates 2018

Meet the Candidates 2018

In just two week, OASC member schools will elect its Student Executive Council at Fall Conference 2018 in Seaside, Oregon.

The process to apply and be selected to campaign for a spot on the Student Executive Council is ambitious. Not only does it take a strong, involved leader in their own schools and communities, but a positive role model who is an example of the OASC Motto; Act. Serve. Lead. The OASC Executive Board consists of 22 members where the Student Executive Council are the majority.

Students on the Executive Board represent Oregon student leaders as they help plan conferences, give input on curriculum, and discuss necessary improvements to our organization as we strive for inclusivity. The following students were chosen to campaign at Fall Conference for a spot on the Student Executive Council.

Presidential Candidates

Matt Brown – Tualatin HS

Hi Oregon student councils! I’m Matt Brown, a junior at Tualatin High School, and I’m running for OASC State President. OASC is an organization that has given me nothing but opportunity, and I am excited for the opportunity to give back.

From three years of ASB to singing in choir and playing soccer, getting involved in my school has always been a big part of my life. Whether it be planning an assembly, advertising for the insanely fun dance that’s been planned, or just making conversation with anyone around me, I thrive to make sure the students at Tualatin feel included, welcomed and represented with compassion and love. Being connected with the people around me, no matter where, has always been important to me and it pushes to me to get involved whenever and wherever I can.

Through OASC I have created lasting relationships, learned and grown with my own ASB, connected with unforgettable mentors and grown as a leader. As President, I want to reach out to more than just the schools here at Fall Conference to make sure that these opportunities are here to stay and available to everyone. I’m dedicated to making sure that our fellow StuCo’s from all around Oregon feel connected, represented and included in sharing the great experience that is OASC. You can count on me to serve OASC with compassion, work diligently for a connected and unified group of student councils and lead our beloved organization into a great year.

Thank you, and remember to vote Matt Brown for State President!

Sal Najjar – Mountainside HS

Everyone has their home away from home. For many, and for me, that place is OASC. My name is Sal, I attend Mountainside High School, and I feel honored to live out my high school dream of running for OASC president this year. This last year I have had a worthwhile experience serving on the board as Metro Representative. Throughout that year, I’ve had one lasting goal. Leaving a smile on the face of every person I interact with. That is why student Leadership is so important to me. Through our efforts, we try to bring joy to others. OASC is a perfect embodiment of that goal. It has given me the gift of a smile, the lesson of love, and the charity of inclusivity. My first memories here started with the biggest of smiles and the tightest hugs.”We don’t shake hands at OASC, we hug it out”. These moments are ones I think everyone deserves to experience as well. OASC is a place to get away, and experience acceptance no matter who you are.

If elected as state president, I would combat issues that remain detrimental to Oregon students with the help of leaders in Oregon schools by giving them chance to participate in combating the issues that affect their schools. These may include, Teenage suicide, Mental health, child homelessness, and more. The OASC community has always been extremely supportive, and I want to pass that tradition on. Being a part of this community is an honor because OASC has never failed at putting a smile on my face, and I want to do the same for others as State President.

JJ Riddel – Redmond HS

Hi my name is JJ Riddell and I am a Junior at Redmond High School. This year I am serving as the Associated Student Body Spirit Commissioner where I lead and plan assemblies, generate school spirit, and help recognize all the clubs, sports, and programs within my school. Being involved with OASC by attending summer camp, winter energizer, and the conferences OASC holds throughout the school year has taught me what it means to be a strong and humble leader within my school, community, and state. This year I am running for OASC President because OASC has changed my life in numerous ways by helping me learn key ideas of leadership, how to see what needs change and how to influence it, and the importance of building relationships with the people around you. The motto for OASC is ACT. SERVE. LEAD. If elected president I would use those key concepts to make student councils in Oregon stronger. The first one would be ACT by bringing the OASC environment to member and nonmember schools in Oregon. Second would be to SERVE each student to help them grow with the necessary leadership skills through events and trainings. The last one would be to LEAD Oregon to spread the magic of OASC by getting involved in more big picture ideas to help OASC become more well known not only in the state of Oregon, but also in our country.

Eastern Region Candidate

Inle Gonzalez

Everyone has a different reason for running for Eastern Representative. Wether it be the lack of schools from our region, or trying to have students from our rural area have their voices heard. I’m applying for Eastern Representative to help improve our schools councils, involvement in what we know as our happy place, OASC. OASC brings so many open doors, this being one of them. My first OASC event was in 8th grade it was the middle school regional conference. Going to the regional event I didn’t know what to expect. I was overwhelmed by the environment consisting of so many amazing leaders and the positivity itself. I’ve never seen that anywhere and I wondered, how can I bring this to Hermiston? I continued attending more OASC events such as Spring Conference, Fall Conference, and even summer camp. One may wonder what does one get from these events? One learns how to be a better leader, student, and person. The motto, Act. Serve. Lead. has truly helped me a lot. Positivity truly means the word to me, I want to bring that to all of our schools. I want to help more schools be involved with OASC. Many don’t know what it is. Communication is what could change that. Applying was a tough choice thinking all that what if questions instead of asking, what change one could make. OASC has made a huge impact in me, and I’m applying to keep that amazing council legacy continue.

Northwest Region Candidates

Briana Boyd – Seaside HS

My name is Briana Boyd. I am a sixteen year old sophomore who goes to Seaside high school. I enjoy getting involved, and being the person who is not afraid to stand out. Sense I was five years old I have been involved in sports, arts, and my community. My father is the vice principal for Seaside high school and my mother is the school nurse for all the schools in Seaside. I play volleyball, basketball, and softball. I also play the flute and piccolo in the Seaside high school band. I am very into the Disney company, especially the Disney parks. I know just about everything there is to know about the past, present, and future plans for Disney Inc.

The reason why I want to be the next Northwest Representative is because I like to be involved in government. I am very social to not only people I know, but also to people I do not know. I want to be part of a large network of people who also want to do great things and have great ideas that are ready to be told. I love it when I am able to create things that have never been done before, and see them become a reality. I also enjoy making things better for myself and those around me.

Mya Carpenter – Scappoose HS

Leadership has always been something that I’ve enjoyed. From being a class officer to helping someone do their homework, making other people happy has always made me happy. OASC has impacted my life in so many wonderful ways, and I would be so honored to be Northwest Regional Representative so that I could help spread the magic to students, teachers, and community members around me. OASC isn’t just an organization to me, it’s a way to live by. The amazing connections I have made with so many incredible people will forever be astonishing to me, but these connections have helped mold me into the leader I am today.

I’m applying for this position in hopes of being able to change people’s outlook on life, as many of the former representatives I know have done for me. Having the opportunity to get students involved with their schools and communities, spreading joy and the OASC magic we all should be able to experience, and simply being able to let people know that it’s okay to be yourself! I believe having the opportunity to represent those in the Northwest would truly give me a better understanding of schools around my region, and allow me the ability to connect with many more OASC-ers this year and for many more to come!

Finigan Reuter – McMinnville HS

Leadership has only come to be one of my strengths in the past year or so. I went through elementary and middle school as an observer because I was shy. I had nowhere near the confidence I do now but I’ve always had the passion. I saw others grow and inspire but I never really understood that to do that myself I had to let go of the need to feel cool and take in who I am.

Now I’ve found leadership as something that I love and enjoy daily because of all of the good it brings to people around me. This year I’m a representative for the Junior class at McMinnville High and I have a few things that I brought to the table such as, my positive energy and optimistic attitude, a drive to complete tasks that I have started, and the motivation to make any environment I’m working in as comfortable as possible to everybody. I want to bring some of those things to OASC and make it not only a place for the magic to thrive but somewhere for every individual to flourish as well.

Central Region Candidates

Karlyn Breitbach – Redmond HS

Hi my name is Karlyn Breitbach, I’m a Sophomore at Redmond High School and serve as the Sophomore Class Secretary. I grew up with my older brother being in leadership all through high school and attending OASC events as much as he could. Listening to stories from my brother I knew I wanted to be involved with OASC and high school leadership. Since then I’ve worked hard to show pride and spirit within my high school and community. Being involved has shown me the amount of love I have for being a leader whether that be planning for events, helping my community, and going to OASC events. This last summer camp inspired me to run for Central Representative and be more a part of the OASC magic. I fell in love with every part of it. Not only did I fall in love with the people I met but also with the energy throughout OASC. My mission is to help others increase their school spirit while at the same time working to increase the spirit within my own school. If elected Central Representative my goal is to help spread the OASC culture throughout the Central Region.

Riley Brewer – The Dalles HS

Hey everyone! My name is Riley Brewer and I’m from The Dalles, which is in the Central Region. I’ve been doing leadership/asb since 7th grade and I absolutely love it. I’m very involved in my school and community, with sports, clubs,and youth group. I am super interested in this position because it is an amazing opportunity and I really want to push myself as a leader. This summer was my first OASC event, summer camp, and it changed the way I lead and myself. I truly fell in love with the people and the community here at OASC and the possibility of being able to spend a year in this environment, and being able to make it possible for other kids to grow also, is amazing! And what better way to do it than to be in the middle of it all?(get it?……Central Rep). All jokes aside, I feel at home here at OASC and I want to continue to learn and grow and become the best leader I possibly can be. I want to use what I learn and bring it back to schools in my area, showing them ways to reach out to kids and get them excited about school, making it a fun safe environment for everyone. Being chosen as Central Rep would help make that a real possibility.

Joey Solomon – Bend Sr. HS

When I first joined high school I didn’t know what student council did, I thought it would be extremely boring. But thanks to my mom who always pushed for greatness, she forced me to at least try. It was amazing, I had never had so much fun and feel so fit-in in a class. Then with a little luck, I met my friend JJ who introduced me to OASC. He wouldn’t tell me anything about the summer camp I was about to attend, and I’m glad he didn’t. That single week made me realize how important OASC was, and how much I wanted to be a part of it. One night at camp, Sara described camp as a first date to OASC, and afterwards, I knew that I was ready to get married. I want to be as big of a part of OASC that I can. And the next big step from just attending was running for the SEC. I am confident that I will be an amazing central rep because I have a team of friends with me, to help me become the best leader I can be. I will strive for the improvement and betterment of our state, and prove that you voted for the right candidate.

Mid-West Region Candidates

Josh Crawford – Perrydale HS

I am applying for the position because of how impactful OASC has been in my life as a high school student. It all started freshman year when I was elected as the class treasurer. I had no idea what I was gonna do because I had never been a very inspirational person so I didn’t see myself as much of a leader. Then I attended OASC fall conference. This being my first experience of an OASC event I was shocked to hear all the amazing stories people had and to see the way these absolute strangers interacted like they had known each other for years. It was this observation and the feeling It gave me that completely changed me from that point.

After the conference I went back to school and it felt different. I wasn’t the same shy kid that I had been during those last two months and all of my middle school years. This new found self esteem encouraged me to become a greater part of my community, a better person, and most importantly. I was finally comfortable in my own skin, and I owe all of this to OASC and all the amazing people that take part in the conferences, the summer camps, and winter energizer. Because of OASC transforming me to who I am today I feel it’s only right that I help as many people that may be just like I was before I came to fall conference, and I think this position will help me bring that happiness to the most people as possible. Thank you for reading and lets have an amazing rest of this conference

Sincerely, Josh Crawford

Carlie Steele – Oregon Connections Academy

For the past two years, OASC has been like my second family. The connections, friends, and memories I have made are life-changing and I am so thankful for the experiences I’ve had. Student Executive Council is an opportunity for me to show others in my school, community, and state not only the valuable leadership skills you acquire through OASC, but the lifelong relationships you make. In addition, I would love to spread the word about my non-profit organization, Carlie’s Kindness Campaign. I organize several projects every year for different causes to educate people of the importance of spreading kindness, such as a 5K for Make-A-Wish, Veteran appreciation, toy drives for children with cancer, my #BeingKindIsCool Assembly Program, and many more! Because of OASC, I have connected with people all across the state who have joined me in my mission of teaching people that it doesn’t matter how old you are, you CAN make a difference! As Mid-West Regional Representative, I plan to introduce others to the love and acceptance that OASC offers, and work with my peers to influence young minds to spread kindness. Visit carlieskindnesscampaign.org to learn more about Carlie’s Kindness Campaign, and follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: @carlieskindnesscampaign to join the Kindness Fan Club!

Southern Region Candidates


Margaret Marks – Grants Pass HS

I am running for Southern Region Representative because the moment I found OASC it changed my life. Every time I go to an OASC event I find myself being caught up in the magic that is OASC from the non stop dancing to the friendships that last forever. Being on the Student Executive Council, I’d have the chance to be apart of the magic that I’ve experienced for the last 5 years, and show other people the true joy and excitement that is OASC.

Metro Region Candidates*

Lizzy Bou – Century HS

I first ran for office my eighth grade year to give the students a voice that I never had. I am the oldest in my family, and have always had a strong motherly instinct. It is written within myself to be a natural born leader. Freshman year I became a senator and attended my first OASC conference. Leading up to the conference I was confused of my place. I was having trouble with my peers, and that sparked a lot of anxiety. Within all of that, I lost myself. Going to OASC I felt welcomed. I felt like I had a place, and that what I was doing meant something. It gave me a new opening to who I was and what I stood for. This past summer created the most memories for me. I made memories I never knew was possible, became friends with people I know will stay with me for life. Most importantly I realized I wanted to give back to OASC what it had given to me. It gave me a fresh start and I realized my goal in life is to be able to give that to people who need it like I did. I have always known that I wanted to do something more with my life and that’s why I want to be a regional rep on the Student Executive Council. Everyone comes from a different home life, everyone has a different story to share, mine is just one of many, and through OASC we can all bring our stories and our differences into one big family.

Moises Monterrosso – Hillsboro HS

OASC has been a major part of my life for the past three years and i don’t know where I would be without the experiences and knowledge I’ve gained from the great leaders that have past through OASC. I’ve been inspired to run because I want to give back all the joy and happiness OASC given me through hard work and dedication. I want to inspire others to push through their limits and find their true potential. Most importantly minority representation in OASC is vital and I believe I can be the representative that could push other minorities to seek higher leadership roles.

Haley Peebles – Liberty HS

I am applying because I love OASC. As an organization, OASC empowers young leaders with skills that will help them in all walks of life. Workshops and events hosted by OASC gives students these skills so they can work towards changing or improving the culture of their school. I believe culture starts with your leadership team. They should be spreading positivity and school spirit and that is what I want to make a priority. I want all high school students to feel safe, valued, and loved as much as the students are here at OASC. My favorite part about being involved with OASC is getting to meet new faces from new schools and share information. Making connections all across Oregon provides me with peers to turn to when I’m stuck on a project, out of ideas, or even when I just need a friend. I hope to work with the other representatives from Oregon to help provide a memorable experience for all high school students. As a representative of Liberty and OASC I plan to bring fresh new ideas into leadership while also keeping our decades old traditions alive.

Talon Sison – Mountainside HS

Hello! My name is Talon Sison and I’m currently a Junior at Mountainside high school. I have participated in Track & Field as well as Link Crew. OASC Summer Camp 2018 was my first experience of being introduced to such a friendly and uplifting community. As soon as I heard about the SEC board I knew that I wanted to apply. I’m hard working, dedicated and work well with others. I have a passion of building new connections in my community and hope to branch out if I’m selected as Metro League Representative.


*The OASC Executive Board has chosen to allow 4 candidates to run for the position of Metro Representative and the top 2 with votes at Fall Conf. will be on the board.  We did not have Metro-East candidates apply and have a constitutional revision out for vote now.

Meet the Candidates!

In just one week, OASC member schools will elect it’s Student Executive Council at Fall Conference 2017 in Seaside, Oregon.

The process to apply and be selected to campaign for a spot on the Student Executive Council is ambitious. Not only does it take a strong, involved leader in their own schools and communities, but a positive role model who is an example of the OASC Motto; Act. Serve. Lead. The OASC Executive Board consists of 21 members where the Student Executive Council are the majority.

Students on the Executive Board represent Oregon student leaders as they help plan conferences, give input on curriculum, and discuss necessary improvements to our organization as we strive for inclusivity. The following students were chosen to campaign at Fall Conference for a spot on the Student Executive Council.


 Shelby Bowen

Grants Pass High School, 11th Grade | Southern Region

Hello OASC! My name is Shelby Bowen and I’m a junior at Grants Pass High School. As my Instagram bio says I am a lover of life and food, and can’t help but get giddy around cute doggos.
I began participating in leadership during my seventh grade year, and it was the best decision I could have ever made. It has given me so many opportunities to grow; not only a leader, but also as a person. I am very passionate about OASC and all that it has to offer. It gives me a sense of belonging and drives me to become more involved in my school and community.
In 2015, I had the opportunity to be a part of the SEC as a mid-level rep. I was able to experience how much work and dedication it takes to do the job, however, I also know that the process and end result is certainly worth the work. The SEC creates a widespread, common bond between everyone that participates, and other leadership students alike. There is no better feeling than working with the people I love and appreciate to create opportunities for others to do the same. I want to be a part of creating that same joy and contentment for many others that attend our conferences.
My goal will be to work together with the SEC to spread the OASC love that we all know and love so much. I want everyone to have the opportunity to experience what has impacted my life so much.
Thank you so much. I look forward to this future opportunity and working with you all.
I love being a part of the OASC family and it would be an honor to be your OASC State President.


 Derek Evans

Sandy High School, 11th Grade | Metro Region

Being the President of OASC has been my dream since I first stepped foot into Fall Conference 2015. The electricity of it all, the laughter, friends, cheer and general kindness really created an atmosphere I got addicted to. I was a shell of who I am now, because the love, kindness, and compassion shown to me has changed me forever. Smiles have become a constant in my life, and my constant goal is to make everyone else smile. That’s why I want to be the president of OASC, to spread the cheer and love and everything that I’ve been a part of and have felt.The family that OASC is, has helped me change into what I see OASC as. I aim to embody the characteristics of OASC- the duty to act, serve, and lead. The ability to love unconditionally, show compassion, and never treat anyone with anything but kindness. I want this to be a constant goal for everyone in OASC, something that is feasible because they have felt these emotions first hand. As president, I will ensure that everybody that comes into OASC makes their own story, finds a new family, and leaves as a much happier and more loving person.


Hailey Hardcastle

Sherwood High School, 11th Grade | Metro Region

I want to be OASC State President because OASC has no doubt been the most positive experience in my life. At OASC I learned that no leader is made alone, and anyone can become a leader if they are surrounded by supportive people. I think that OASC needs a leader that is able to connect with all sort of different people. Through my leadership experience I’ve gone from being the quietest kid in class to the most outgoing leader you will ever know, because of this I can relate to all different students. I am applying for state president specifically because I have been my class vice president the past four years and the president this year so my area of expertise is definitely in leading groups of other leaders. I know that leaders need lots of encouragement and I strongly believe in being just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Our OASC students need a leader who is able to understand and encourage them. Student council is my life and this position is my number one priority so I will put my all into every single day of it. Please help me make this the most impactful year yet. Hailey Hardcastle for OASC state president!


JJ Riddell

Ridgeview HS, 10th Grade

Last year I attended Fall Conference as a freshman and I immediately fell in love with the environment at OASC. During fall conference I listened to all the candidate’s presenting their election statements and I knew that I wanted to get more involved. Since then I have been applying the leadership skills that I learned at OASC through the different workshops I attended and also by listening to the different guest speakers that were at Fall Conference. My school has a very strong leadership program, but as a school we do not have the best reputation. I believe that being Central Representative will instill a new mindset to those in my school that think they can not make a difference. Seeing someone who is involved in numerous activities like myself will allow others to create new ideas and inspire them to be their best selves. This can apply to not only my school, but to the many others that are apart of Central Region. During the summer I went to the OASC leadership camp where I saw and experienced the magic that OASC has brought to so many lives in people my age. After Fall Conference running for SEC was just a thought in the back of my head, but leaving summer camp I made it a goal to help everyone I meet experience the amazing feeling that I had at camp through my leadership skills. I believe that by being the Central Representative, I can not only be apart of the magic that OASC has to offer, but I can also help spread this feeling to others as well.


Jackson Boothe

Clatskanie High School, 10th Grade

My freshman year I was elected Freshman Class President, that lead me to OASC. I instantly fell in love, so I attended Fall Conference, Winter Energizer, Spring Conference and Summer Camp Session 1. When asked to think about running for the SEC, I was overjoyed. The more I thought about the opportunity for me to become more involved with OASC the more excited I am about this association.For me OASC has been absolutely life changing, without it I definitely would not be who I am today. The experience is something that I wish everyone could experience sometime throughout their high school years. This is why I would like to represent the Northwest region, because I want to make my fantastic region even better. Getting more schools involved and excited every year for OASC is my main goal. I know if more schools experience the magic of OASC it would be a life changing for them too.


Maleah Upton

Tillamook High School, 10th Grade

In the summer of 2014 I arrived at OASC Summer Leadership Camp for my very first time. I was not exactly one to go to camps or try things such as this and in my small seventh grade mind I was scared beyond belief. Upon arrival everything seemed so different to what my mind had made it out to be and I had immediately fallen in love with every little aspect of the magical environment encased within the people surrounding me. I couldn’t help but return each year since.Since the very first moment I had attended OASC I grew a love for not only the way it had made me expand myself as a leader through classes, workshops, and activities, but I had fallen in love with everyone around me. I aspired to be just like them. As time has passed I’ve become more aware that I never have really gotten the chance to work so in depth to give something back to others that I care so deeply about. In running for SEC this is exactly what I want to do. My goal is to share this feeling and hopefully grow a love for leadership within another person just as the people of OASC and everyone involved has done for me.


Tanikwah Lang

Henley High School, 10th Grade

I attended the NASC conference in June and I fell in love with the association. That trip was my first time flying, first time away from my family, first time on the east coast, and first time at a Redsox game. OASC brings me to try new things, go new places, meet new people, and for that I am so incredibly great full. Because OASC has given me so much I want to give back to them and be a bigger part in this association. I want to be surrounded by my OASC family more often. I have always been loud and out going and could never find the place where people didn’t find it annoying and actually enjoyed my enthusiasm for life, but now I am here applying to be in a place where I share my joy. OASC is my second home and my sense of belonging.


Brittany Grenbemer

Santiam Jr./Sr. HS, 11th Grade

In August of 2015, I was swept into a world unlike any I had ever known before. Confused, I walked into what turned out to be the best week of my life. A week full of fun and ever-lasting friendship. Where else would you find an ecstatic atmosphere like the one OASC brings? My life was forever changed by my OASC experience thus far, and I want to do all I can to make that impact for others in OASC. I think I have a copious amount of qualities that would make me fit to be on the student executive council. One main reason I am running to be on the student executive council is to represent the small schools not only in my region, but also all over Oregon. It seems that the majority of people involved in OASC are from big schools, and the population of small school OASC-goers is tremendously outnumbered. I’d like to bring small school issues into the spotlight as well as big school issues. I think that when it comes to school leadership, small schools have a lot of tactics to learn from big schools, while big schools have a lot to learn from small schools respectively. To be on the student executive council would allow me to discuss issues going on within the school systems, and make resolutions to resolve these concerns. I want to be apart of the student executive council because I can bring unique ideas and be apart of a positive change to the school atmosphere. I believe I would benefit from the council as much as the council could benefit from me. I have already had so many great opportunities from OASC, and I hope that serving OASC on the student executive council could be my next big adventure.

Madisen Hill

Thurston High School, 11th Grade

I am applying for the position of Regional Representative. I decided to apply for this position after the amazing experience I had at camp this last summer. By going to camp, I realized that I want to be more involved with student government and I want to do more to help others. I have a passion for helping people and I believe that by being apart of the SEC I could accomplish this passion of mine! I would love to be a Regional Representative because I want to do more not just for my school, but also for my community and our beautiful state.

Michelle Sekafetz

Perrydale HS, 11th Grade

Since I was in sixth grade I have been attending OASC conferences and events. I remember my first time at spring conference and I looked up at the stage during the first general session. On that stage was the student executive council, and when I saw what they were doing to help student leaders all over Oregon to gain leadership skills, that is when I knew that I wanted to be a part of the SEC Council.

I applied to apart of the Student Executive Council for OASC because I want to inspire other student leaders just like the retired SEC Council members have inspired me. Secondly, I want to inspire the smaller schools to become more involved in OASC. I also want to help the smaller schools get more resources to help expand their leadership programs. Lastly, I want to help schools become involved in their communities and volunteer activities. I believe in servant leadership and that we should give back to the people who help us and we should help out the people who nee help.

I’ve learned that at OASC you can be yourself without having to worry about others making fun of you. I want to be someone who can make a difference in somebody else’s life and inspire them to not only be themselves but to also go after their dreams.


Shawna Ashley Ingram

Hillsboro High School, 11th Grade

Hello, my name is Shawna Ashley Ingram and I am eager to be running for OASC SEC’s President. I am running for this position because OASC has always been the one place I can truly be myself and I want to work to spread this experience to other students throughout the state of Oregon. OASC has also taught me how to be a servant leader and how to lead by example. I take OASC’s motto of “Act. Serve. Lead.” very seriously and I implement this motto into everything I do. I am extremely grateful for what OASC has taught me and I want to make sure everyone has this opportunity to learn and grow as a leader as much as I have.

I am very lucky to attend an OASC member school and for the opportunity that I have been given to attend OASC events however, I know that other people aren’t given these chances to grow as a leader due to lack of exposure to OASC or due to financial needs. I want to be on SEC to work on outreach and working with advisors to first of all, tell students about camp and about how life changing the experience is; and secondly, work to add more financial opportunities to go to OASC by expanding the “Friends of OASC” program. I plan on doing this by reaching out OASC alumni and also local businesses throughout the state to support this program and the student leaders depending on the scholarships the program provides. My desire to be in this program stems from my desire to give back to this program that has given so much to me and work to expand this program so other student leaders can benefit from this life change experience.

Mia Johnson

Cleveland High School, 11th Grade

My name is Mia Johnson and I am currently a junior at Cleveland High School in southeast Portland. It feels so weird to say that I’m a junior already and even crazier to think that the first time I discovered OASC was two years ago. I came to fall conference my freshman year and I can easily say it was the best thing I could’ve done to start off high school. After that first event I was hooked and have gone to every event I could since then; and if you’ve been to even one OASC event before it’s not hard to see why.

This place is special to say the least and extends far beyond just learning leadership skills. Going to any OASC event is fun and exciting every single time. There’s no place quite the same. I never would’ve thought at the beginning of my freshman year that I would make lasting friendships in only three days, openly cry, laugh and dance in front of strangers, or even travel to a foreign country with people I have never met to help build a school and even be forced to zipline above the trees, (helping me learn that heights are one of my biggest fears). There’s a sense of connection here that I hadn’t felt before that first conference, but now am constantly on the lookout for. I want to be on SEC because of all of these things. OASC is the place I feel most myself and most at home and I’ll take as much of that as I can get. I want to try to give back the good that OASC has made me feel because everyone deserves to know what that feels like.

Sal Najjar

Mountainside High School, 10th Grade

For most, the happiest place on earth is Disneyland; for me, it’s OASC. My name is Sal and I’m running for the metro representative position. Throughout my entire high school experience, I have had one lasting goal: leaving a smile on the face of every person I interact with. In many ways I feel like OASC completes that goal. Although I have only been attending OASC events for a year, the impact it has had on my life has been incredible. My first memories started with the biggest of smiles and the tightest hugs.”We don’t shake hands at OASC, we hug it out.” I walked away from this year’s summer camp with 50 new best friends. These moments I’ve experienced are ones that I think everyone deserves to live through as well. That is why as a Metro rep I would try to spread positivity, love, and a willingness to say yes to challenges across the metro region. I would encourage other schools to accept the challenge of attending event such as fall conference and summer camp. OASC has never failed at encouraging me to keep smiling, and I want to do the same as Metro representative.

Sophie Wong

Tualatin High School, 10th Grade

Hello, my name is Sophie Wong and I am currently a sophomore at Tualatin High School. I have been involved in some sort of leadership class for the past 6 years, and I am humbled to accept that it takes over a majority of my life. I am also the treasurer in my ASB class, and greatly involved in our school. When I was first introduced to OASC in 7th grade at spring conference, I fell in love with the culture, experience, and relationships that are created at all OASC events. I was ecstatic to apply for the mid-level position, which quickly became the best decision I have ever made. My mindset was altered completely, and I finally understood my love for leadership. Being behind the scenes and creating what I know hundreds of people love is a privilege and makes me beyond happy! I am forever thankful for all of the experiences that OASC has given me and I want to do everything I can to give back. It feels so good to make positive changes like, picking great keynote speakers, reaching out to new schools, or even altering the way we connect with each other as leaders. I would love to experience what it’s like on the SEC as a regional representative and I’d love to share all of my ideas with the board:)


Isel Tejeda Urenda

Hermiston High School, 11th Grade

I am applying for the position of OASC Eastern Oregon Regional Representative because I would like to help my region further expand its membership in the association. The OASC is a proactive leadership development program that has truly impacted the infrastructure of student councils in the Hermiston School District. I have had the pleasure of taking an active role in my District’s student councils since the 5th grade. As a result, I have seen and been apart of the evolution of our student councils. I would love for other districts in the Eastern Oregon Region to have the ability to experience not only the high energy OASC conferences, but for them to be able to apply these experiences and form stronger, more driven student councils.

Driven student councils are what make a whole world of a difference, anyone can tell you that, but the OASC has taught me that we should strive to be servant leaders. The idea behind being a servant leader is without a doubt one of the most valuable things I have learned from this association. Being a servant leader promotes selflessness and benevolence. These characteristics are important to me because I believe they are representative of how every leadership member should feel towards their community and school. When I first received the opportunity to join leadership I did so with altruism, thinking it would be a good way to give back and encourage my peers to be more involved. Overall I have not once regretted my decision to join my school’s leadership program and I hope that I will be able to serve as the OASC Eastern Oregon Regional Representative.

Tristan Weimer

La Grande High School, 11th Grade

I never thought I would be a leadership kid. One of my teachers in middle school recommended me for student government at my high school. I wanted nothing to do with student government, but my parents forced me into it. At the time, I resented them, but in just a couple of weeks I would come to thank them. That year, my first year of student government, my adviser would introduce me to something so life changing I would have no idea how to handle it. That thing was OASC, something that would become my second home. He told all of the Leadership students that there would be a mini leadership camp and I signed up thinking that my fellow freshmen officers would sign up too, but they didn’t. With this being my first OASC event, I was pretty scared and I got pretty nervous about being forced to go. I would talk about having to spend the weekend with complete strangers that I have never met. Pre-OASC me thought that sounded like the worst time ever. But to my surprise, it was probably one of the best times of my life. At Winter Energizer, I saw members of the SEC and I was star stuck. I thought that this is what true leadership was, the way they were inclusive to everyone there. That was when I decided I wanted to be a part of SEC. I wanted to be just like them and make both old and new members of OASC feel that way they made me feel. So, here I am today, running for Eastern Representative. So please, vote for me!

OASC Regions


Metro Region

  • Clackamas County
  • Multnomah County
  • Washington County

Northwest Region

  • Clatsop County
  • Columbia County
  • Tillamook County
  • Yamhill County

Central Region

  • Crook County
  • Deschutes County
  • Hood River County
  • Jefferson County
  • Sherman County
  • Wasco County

Mid-West Region

  • Benton County
  • Lane County
  • Linn County
  • Marion County
  • Lincoln County
  • Polk County

Southern Region

  • Coos County
  • Curry County
  • Douglas County
  • Jackson County
  • Josephine County
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County

Eastern Region

  • Baker County
  • Gilliam County
  • Grant County
  • Harney County
  • Malheur County
  • Morrow County
  • Umatilla County
  • Union County
  • Wallowa County
  • Wheeler County
Nominate your Adviser Today!

Nominate your Adviser Today!

Have you had an adviser that has inspired you? Why not recognize them for the impact they have made in your life? Nominations are now being accepted for OASC’s 2016 Adviser of the Year Award.

The Adviser of the Year award is designed to bring recognition to Oregon educators who are making a difference in the lives of students and ultimately the community.

For more information on the Adviser of the Year Award, check here.

Nominations being accepted until March 16, 2016. 


*Nominee’s school must be active members of OASC.