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Jezebel de la Garza and Miguel Silva discuss leadership strategies.
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**For Immediate Release**
Student Leaders Gain Insight
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 06/20/06

Goodwell, Okla. — According to Harold J. Seymour, “Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present, and keep the promise to posterity.” Eight students, seven from Guymon High School and one current OPSU student, used that quote to sum up what they learned at Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Hispanic Leadership Camp last week.

Under the guidance of OPSU’s Director of Hispanic Services Teri Mora, campers enjoyed sampling college life by living on campus for the week, participating in college-level classes, and learning to cooperate. Ultimately, the students formed a team and learned to listen to other people’s opinions, think, cultivate patience, and encourage others to participate.

All of the young adults plan to obtain at least a bachelor’s degree and several intend to pursue a master’s or above. Marivel Medina will enroll in OPSU in the fall to major in accounting and eventually hopes to earn a Certified Public Accountant license. Jezebel de la Garza will begin her college career at OPSU this fall then plans to attend medical school to specialize in psychiatry. Another aspiring physician, Jose Jauregui, will graduate from Guymon High School next May, and his classmate, Miguel Silva, plans to major in business administration. Yeiry Carillo, a GHS junior, will seek a career in web graphics, while Martin Hernandez, a senior, plans a career in communications. Jose Lara, a junior this fall, is an aspiring politician who plans to attend OPSU. David Rodriguez, an OPSU sophomore, is majoring in Industrial Technology and plans to pursue a career in architecture.

Mora said, “Hispanic Leadership Camp was a tremendous experience. It was so incredible to watch this group of young people come together with various outlooks and become a team committed to leading in their community. They all grew not only as a team, but also as individuals who understand the value of each others’ strengths and weaknesses and the importance of using those to work together toward a common goal. This group of eight young people will become a core group for future leadership activities at OPSU.”

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