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Oklahoma News

May 8, 2014

Heritage Association seeks high school students for teen board

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Heritage Association is seeking Oklahoma high school students to serve on its 2014-2015 Teen Board.

The board, established in 2007, has made a big impact on the 86-year-old non-profit organization, according to a media release.

“Serving on the board, I’ve learned about Oklahoma’s rich heritage and people should know about it — that’s what our Museum does, tells Oklahoma’s story through its people,” said Emelio Daugherty, a junior at Mustang High School and a past chairman of the board. “I’m very thankful to be a part of this board and proud to call myself an Okie.”

The board offers ninth- through 12th-grade students the opportunity to promote Oklahoma pride in the community and state, while at the same time learn skills such as event planning, fundraising and collaborative group work. Students also have the opportunity to meet and have discussions with notable Oklahomans at several meetings throughout their term.

The Teen Board is responsible for planning and implementing an annual fundraiser to benefit the education programs of the Association and Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum. In its six years of operation, the board has raised upwards of $130,000 — $100,000 of which has been donated back to the Museum and Association’s education programs.

The Teen Board, which is the largest donor to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum Free Field Trip program, also has sponsored an annual $1,000 cash scholarship for a high school student through the Oklahoma Heritage Scholarship Competition.

Teen Board members are selected after completing an application and interview process. Each application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an adult (other than a parent or relative) who knows the applicant well. Board terms run from August to April.

The deadline to apply for the 2014-2015 Teen Board is May 23. Applications are available for download at www.

 For information about the Teen Board, Oklahoma Heritage Association or Gaylord-Pickens Museum, visit or call (405) 235-4458.

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