JOHN DAY - Austin Rawlins, a junior at Grant Union High School, when running for state president of the Oregon Association of Student Councils used the campaign slogan: "Cowboys Make the Best Presidents!"
He rode that catchy phrase into the winners' circle. Although he didn't make president, with a big smile he was elected the at-large representative.
Following the conference's daily themes of "Reaching Across Boundaries" and "Talking to Create Change," Rawlins stated his reason for running for state office: "I want to expand my purpose and open opportunities to develop qualities and unity within this state."
Rawlins was among 1,500 students attending the Nov. 2-3 convention at Seaside. Thirteen GUHS students attended, including Bree Myers who ran for Eastern Oregon representative, but was defeated, and Jamie Cernazanu, who sang during the luncheon. Maci Mascall helped organize the event. Others who attended include Rebecca Holiday, Kristal Holiday, Dustin Heideman, Jeff Cary, Wilson Bruning, Amelia Kowing, Ree Armstrong, Natasha Holmstrom and Tilli Armstrong.
The Oregon Association is a nonprofit member association which provides leadership development for students and advisers. The program is sponsored by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators and its original constitution was written in 1954.