Lakota Students Take OSBA Conference By Storm

Lakota Students Take OSBA Capital Conference By Storm
Posted on 11/15/2019
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With more than 9,000 attendees, the Ohio School Board Association’s Capital Conference is a highly anticipated event for educators across the state. One of the highlights of the three-day event is the Student Achievement Fair.

Each year, 100 booths display innovative learning opportunities from schools throughout Ohio. This year, Lakota Local Schools held five of them.

“What a testament to our teachers and students that we were selected to showcase five different experiences offered in our schools,” said Lakota’s School Board President Julie Shaffer. Twenty-three students and five teachers attended the event, speaking with conference-goers. “Our students are outgoing and articulate. It was a pleasure to see them interact with educators from all over the state.”

Students from Lakota East and West high schools were on hand to promote the cross-district collaboration between American Sign Language classes. Cole Stafford, a senior at Lakota West and ASL III student, was also excited to explore the fair. “It’s really neat to get a fresh, new look at what other schools are doing, and being able to see all the people who were interested in sign language.”

Both high schools were also represented at a booth showcasing the district’s empowerment of  student voice to reimagine learning spaces. Last year, students were heavily involved in the transformation of media centers to innovation hubs at both Lakota East High School and the West Freshman building. Kelly Johangtes, a senior at Lakota East, also talked to visitors about using student voice to transform a locker bay into a collaborative learning space. “Talking to people from across the state is really rewarding,” she said. “I think it’s really exciting that we’re giving our ideas to other administrations and other students so that way they can bring a change to their schools.”

Lakota’s partnership with Butler Tech was spotlighted with the introduction to engineering class’ end-of-year canoe regatta from the Lakota East Freshman building. Students were busy making small-scale replicas of their canoes, which are made using corrugated cardboard and duct tape. Sophomore Ryan Hartinger was on hand to talk about the many different design aspects they applied to the project. “It’s an honor to represent two schools today,” he said.

Students from Liberty Junior School’s media design and communication class brought their capstone presentations to demonstrate all they have learned. Shelby Zipperian shared her knowledge of ocean pollution through the website she created. She explained to visitors that she applies the skills she has learned in the class to other facets of her life. “We do so much and it doesn’t fit the title of the class,” she explained when talking about editing skills she gained.

Teagan Forman, a senior at Lakota West and member of the school’s Patriotic Firebirds, enjoyed sharing information about Honor Flight Tri-state and her experience welcoming veterans to their flight. “I thought it was really cool that we got to talk about it on Veterans Day,” she said. “It shows people that we care.” Students from Lakota East’s Veterans Network were also present to share their experiences in welcoming the veterans home.

“Our students tell our story best,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller. “To be able to bring 23 students to Columbus is a tremendous opportunity. Our students were able to interact with administrators and school board members from across the state of Ohio. They were excellent ambassadors for Lakota, sharing innovative learning opportunities offered at our schools.”

Click here to view a Facebook photo album from the conference.

Pictured: Clockwise from top: 23 students and five staff members represented Lakota at the Student Achievement Fair; Student Voice Guiding Innovative Spaces; Canoe Regatta - Just Add Water; Supporting Veterans through Honor Flight; Media Design & Communication; Silent Collaboration through Technology