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Hofmeister to Keynote MHS Real Okie Leadership Experience March 29

Hofmeister to Keynote MHS Real Okie Leadership Experience March 29

Former Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister will serve as the keynote speaker for the upcoming Muskogee High School Real Okie Leadership Experience held at the new Rougher Village Arena on Wednesday, March 29. 

In accepting the invitation to headline the event, Hofmeister spoke to the impact the participants have on the future of our state. 

"Success for Oklahoma starts right now in our schools,” said Hofmeister. “I couldn't be more proud of the vision and teamwork of these outstanding students as they come together to lead in our communities–– now and in the future."

The Real Okie Leadership Experience (ROLE) is a debut event developed by members of the Muskogee High School Student Life Council. The inaugural event consists of a daylong leadership conference open to 8th through 12th grades students. Nearly 150 students from five school districts in eastern and central Oklahoma are anticipated to attend based upon registration. 

The event is the result of a renewed vision for student leadership at Muskogee High School. 

“Three years ago, student leaders began assembling a new structure to student governance based upon the mission to develop a culture that creates a school that nobody wants to leave,” said MHS Student Life Council Vice President Micah Stafford. “This event is an outcome from this effort and a desire to open leadership training to students at Muskogee High School and students from neighboring districts.”

Stafford serves on the ROLE Planning Committee and was tasked with the responsibility of securing the keynote speaker. 

The MHS Student Life Council is the student-led governing body for the high school. Executive officers include Joann Sheppard, President; Micah Stafford Executive Vice President; Aubri West, Secretary; James Mackey, Treasurer; Claire Rosson, Spirit Coordinator; Attie Jamison, Publicist; and Ella Ross, Historian. Mckenzie Brown is Chair of the ROLE Planning Committee.

The conference will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Participants will experience various breakout sessions led by Muskogee community leaders delivering training based upon the theme “Finding Your Role In Community.”