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Barlow student elected to state board


Parvankin to preside over two statewide conferences


Barlow High School junior Ana Parvankin has been elected to serve a one-year term on the executive board of the Oregon Association of Student Councils.

“I feel honored and blessed,” Parvankin said. “I think it’s really important to impact students and make them feel like they want to come to school — to unite everyone across the state.”

Parvankin was elected at OASC’s annual fall conference in Seaside Nov. 3-4, which was attended by 1,500 students and advisers from more than 100 Oregon high schools.

OASC serves middle and high schools around the state, providing conferences, workshops and summer leadership camps designed to heighten student leadership development. The group also participates in statewide service projects.

As an executive board member, Parvankin joins 10 other youth board members and 10 adult board members from around the state. She will help plan and preside over two statewide conferences, communicate with schools across Oregon, write for a bimonthly newsletter and participate in policy decisions for the association.

“The student board members are extremely valuable to our association,” Sara Nilles, executive director of OASC, said in a press release. “They are also outstanding leaders in their own schools and communities.”

A leadership student since her freshman year, Parvankin said she fell in love with OASC as an organization during its summer leadership camp.

“The OSC leadership camp made me realize leadership is one of my passions,” Parvankin said. “I want to do it in college and for the rest of my life. I want to always be willing to help out and do anything to make the school better and make lives better.”

This year, Parvankin serves as All Student Body recording secretary. She divvies her time outside school working at Cold Stone Creamery, volunteering for Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, serving on Key Club and in the National Honor Society, and playing three sports: cross country, swimming and tennis.

Since 2007, Parvankin has volunteered for the summer reading program at the Multnomah County Library. The honors student has maintained a 4.0 unweighted GPA thus far and aspires to study business, economics or finance in college.