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DHS Student Ava Parsons Among 52 Students Accepted Into Youth Leadership Oklahoma

Davis High School student Ava Parsons is among 52 rising high school seniors through a competitive process based on proven leadership, geographic, ethnic and cultural diversity to participate in its annual Youth Leadership Oklahoma (YLOK) class program. YLOK Class 24 members plan to travel the state during a week-long trip at the beginning of June to learn about Oklahoma’s history, culture, issues and leaders and begin to develop a greater understanding and appreciation for our state. YLOK was created in 2001 with the mission to develop in young leaders a feeling of hope, pride and a responsibility for Oklahoma’s future. Over 1,000 students have participated in this one-of-a-kind program.
The all-expense paid weeklong program begins and ends in Oklahoma City. Other cities visited throughout the week will include Norman, Lawton, Sulphur, Tulsa, Stillwater, and Enid.  In each community, YLOK Class 24 will learn about Oklahoma’s resources, issues and treasures, meet with state leaders and further develop their own leadership skills.
“YLOK was challenging and pushed me to be a better leader,” said a YLOK Class 23 participant about their experience last summer, “I participated in many activities far outside of my comfort zone. I feel I made great new connections with people with similar ambitions to me. I have never been in such a diverse group before, and that gave me a new viewpoint on many topics.  I’m forever grateful for YLOK and this experience.”
“Leadership Oklahoma is very excited about the fifty-two young people chosen for this year’s program. YLOK Class 24 is an outstanding blend of student leadership from across the state.” said Jodi Lewis, Leadership Oklahoma’s President & CEO.
Youth Leadership Oklahoma Class 24 students are: Ava Parsons, Davis HS, Davis; Katsy Atkins, Locust Grove HS,  Rose; Kizer Ballard, Claremore HS, Claremore; Merrick Ballou, Elgin HS, Elgin; Mason Boring, Woodward HS, Woodward; Davin Budy, Cherokee HS, Alva; Laynie Castonguay, Lone Grove HS, Ardmore; Mandy Chen, Norman HS, Norman; Cesily Covey, Norman North HS, Norman; Hannah Cross, Homeschool, Newkirk; Tatum Crouch, Chandler HS, Chandler; Luke Culwell, Poteau HS, Wister; Marcos De La Torre Sanchez, Laverne HS, Laverne; Jensen Dean, Seminole HS, Seminole; Adrieanna Delgado, Waynoka HS, Waynoka; Cate Dennis, MacArthur HS, Lawton; Robert Evans, Casady School, OKC; Wade Ewbank, Chisholm HS, Enid; Ellie Feroli, Purcell HS, Purcell; Lakin Gaddy, Alva HS, Alva; Kelson Hamilton, Chisolm HS, Enid; Tyrie Harris, ASTEC Charter, OKC; Sam Holcomb, Byng HS, Ada; Christopher Johnson, Grove HS, Grove; Tanner Johnson, Konawa HS, Konawa; Laine Jones, Fort Gibson HS, Fort Gibson; Paisley Knowles, Purcell HS, Purcell; Annie Leaming, Ponca City HS, Ponca City; Brylen Liberton, Ponca City HS, Ponca City; Erica Lin, Edmond Santa Fe HS, Edmond; Katie Mayes, Locust Grove HS, Wagoner; Lynlee McCurry, Salina HS, Locust Grove; Reid Meyers, Booker T. Washington HS, Tulsa; Ava Miller, Duncan HS, Duncan; Edwin Mpungu, Edmond North HS, Edmond; Jayli Nightingale, Fairview HS, Fairview; Cali Northcutt, Tishomingo HS, Tishomingo; Reese Overland, Heritage Hall, Norman; Maddie Phillips, Holland Hall, Tulsa; Krishen Raju, Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics, Edmond; Kobe Reimer, Eisenhower, HS, Lawton; Spencer Rittenberry, Booker T. Washington HS, Tulsa; Angelique Rivera, Dove Science Academy, OKC; Lilly Ross, Casady School, OKC; Izzi Stewart, MacArthur HS, Ft. Sill; Brooklyn Teel, Minco HS, Minco; Seth Vann, Owasso HS, Skiatook; Talise Vo, Mustang HS, OKC; Trey Watkins, Cascia Hall Preparatory School, Tulsa; Brinkley Whiteman, Piedmont HS, Piedmont; Bennett Wolff, Bixby HS, Tulsa; Kolson Wood, Newcastle HS, Tuttle.
Support for the program is provided by: Blue Cross Blue Shield of OK, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Express Personnel, Hardesty Family Foundation, InAsMuch Foundation, Mary K. Chapman Foundation, Noble Research Institute, LLC, Sarkeys Foundation, The McMahon Foundation and numerous individual donations. If you are interested in donating to Youth Leadership Oklahoma or for more information, please contact Leadership Oklahoma; 405-848-0001 or lok@leadershipoklaoma.com. 

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