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Armando Pena speaks with students at OPSU's High School Hispanic Leadership Day.-photo by Bradley Magby

**For Immediate Release**
Hispanic Student Leadership Day A Success
by Rebecca Bichsel
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 10-12-05

Goodwell, OK – Hispanic student leaders from area high schools attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Hispanic Leadership Day on Wednesday, Oct. 12. OPSU President Dave Bryant welcomed more than 100 students to the campus. Dr. Bryant encouraged the students to think seriously about college, emphasizing that a college education translates into a lifetime of earning power.

Students participated in many activities throughout the day. In the morning, they attended sessions presented by OPSU staff members. These sessions covered several topics, including the benefits of a college education, admissions and financial aid information, the academic programs offered at OPSU and information to help the students become more familiar with the OPSU campus.

The afternoon session brought the students together to participate in activities designed to foster teamwork and build leadership skills. The day ended with performances from Alma Folklórica, a folkloric dance group from Guymon High School, and OPSU’s newly formed mariachi band, Mariachi OPSU.

Hispanic Leadership Day is one of the many events OPSU sponsored for Hispanic Heritage Month. By inviting Hispanic student leaders from area high schools to visit the campus and learn more about the school, OPSU continues to work toward its goal of increasing Hispanic enrollment to reflect the demographics of the High Plains region. Many students who attended Wednesday’s event showed interest in attending OPSU in the future.

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