Twenty-three high school students have been selected for the Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum’s 2014-15 Teen Board.
The board offers ninth- through 12th-grade students an opportunity to promote Oklahoma pride in their communities and gain real-world skills such as event planning, fundraising and collaborative group work.
In addition, students have the opportunity to meet notable Oklahomans such as Chief District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange and participate in escorting honorees at the 2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
The board is charged with developing and implementing a fundraiser for the Oklahoma Heritage Association and increasing the awareness of the association and museum among a younger demographic.
The board will host its annual fundraiser in March at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, 1400 Classen Drive. Proceeds from the event will help the association and museum provide educational opportunities to Oklahoma students and adults.
The 2013-14 Teen Board donated more than $17,000 to the association and museum, funding 2,000 students to tour the museum free of charge and a $1,000 scholarship for a fellow high school student through the Oklahoma Heritage Scholarship competition.
“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, chairman of the Oklahoma Heritage Association Teen Board and a senior at Mustang High School. “I’m very thankful to be a part of this board and proud to call myself an Okie.”