OSCA's 2023 Emerging Leader is Jenny Clark!

Jenny is Grove High School counselor.  She was surprised today at her school by her students, staff, colleagues, and the OSCA Board and Committee members. Her Assistant Principal, Matt Fracek, states, “Mrs. Clark has an unmistakable passion for helping kids, especially those who need extra mental health support to succeed. She has made helping kids her number one priority, even in the face of mounting day-to-day operations tasks and challenges. 

Jenny's vision for her students -  “The impact I hope to make on my students is to give them hope. Students come from all different backgrounds and walks of life, but the one thing everyone needs is hope. I want to impact their lives better and assure them there is hope for the future.”

Jenny will attend the ASCA National Conference in Atlanta, GA, this summer and present her findings at the 2023 OSCA Fall Conference. 

We are proud of you, Jenny. Congratulations!


The Emerging Leader Grant seeks to identify individuals with a strong vision to promote the counseling profession and impact students and promising school counselor leadership potential. The Emerging Leader Grant provides the winner with an expenses-paid trip to ASCA's fall conference. The Emerging Leader winner serves on an OSCA committee for the duration of at least one year and presents their findings from the ASCA Conference at the OSCA Fall Conference.


A grant to cover expenses to attend the annual ASCA National Conference.  Recipient is announced each year during National School Counseling Week in February.

The Oklahoma School Counselor Association is seeking a driven school counselor that possesses leadership skills and a desire to participate in furthering the mission and vision of OSCA through personal enthusiasm, professional advocacy, and active contribution.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a current member of the Oklahoma School Counselor Association
  • Must be a practicing school counselor in Oklahoma
  • Must be willing to actively serve at least one term on an OSCA Committee 

2023 OSCA Emerging Leader Application

Previous winners of the Emerging Leader Grant:

2022- Chelsea Hinkle from Canyon Ridge Intermediate School attending the ASCA Conference in Austin, TX

2021- Jaqueline Coplen from Norman Public Schools attending the ASCA Conference in Las Vegas, NV

2020- Joy Tatum from Locust Grove Public Schools attended the ASCA Conference virtually due to COVID-19

2019 - Megan Kennedy from Union Public Schools attended the ASCA Conference in Boston, MA

2018 - Christy Sturgeon from Broken Arrow Public Schools attended the ASCA Conference in Los Angeles, CA

2017 - Missy Smith from Norman Public Schools attended the ASCA Conference in Denver, CO

2016 - Tara Kerr from Perry Public Schools attended the ASCA Conference in New Orleans, LA

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