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April 12, 2014

Youth Leadership Oklahoma announces 14th annual class

EDMOND — Leadership Oklahoma recently announced the selection of Youth Leadership Oklahoma Class XIV.

“Leadership Oklahoma is very excited about the 52 people chosen for this year’s program,” said Lee Anne Stone, Youth Leadership Oklahoma director. “YLOK Class XIV is an outstanding blend of student leaders selected from across the state.”

Several members are from Edmond-area schools. Members of Class XIV and their respective high schools are: Finn Bender of Edmond Memorial; Sarah Cameron of Edmond Memorial; Sabrina Chaudry of Deer Creek; Brianna Dowers of Edmond North; Emma Duncan of Edmond North; Thomas Fleming of Casady; Yesi Galicia of Harding Charter Prep; Jennings Jarman of Bishop McGuiness; Annie Jordan of Cascia Hall; Sam Karchmer of Heritage Hall; Coleman Moody of Bishop McGuiness; Ellen Payne of Casady; Seth Truitt of Oklahoma Christian School; and Abbey White of Deer Creek.

A class is selected each year through a competitive process based on proven leadership, geographic, ethnic and cultural diversity. Selected students participate in a week-long trip across the state of Oklahoma where they learn about Oklahoma’s history, culture, issues and leaders where they begin to develop a greater understanding and appreciation for our state.

YLOK was created in 2001 with the mission to develop in young leaders who feel hope, pride and a responsibility for Oklahoma’s future. More than 650 students have participated in this one-of-a-kind program. In 2008 Leadership Oklahoma was awarded the 2008 Innovator Award from the Southern Growth Policies Board and has been a nominee for the ONE Awards in years 2009 and 2013.

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