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Student Headed to National Prayer Breakfast

by Kim Mizar

Art senior Avery Hanson will be attending the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. this weekend. Hanson was nominated to attend the National Student Leadership Forum last summer where she was able to meet with other students and future leaders to discuss who they are and what they believe.

“I was able to attend because of President Robert Henry and the SGA, “ she said. Hanson is the first student from OCU to attend the conference and as the conference is a springboard to the National Prayer Breakfast, Hanson is also the first OCU student to attend it. “I wanted to pave the way for other OCU students,” she said.

Hanson submitted an essay to the National Student Leadership Forum and out of thousands of applicants, she was chosen as one of only 80 students to attend the prayer breakfast. “I think one reason I was selected is because I am from OCU and it hasn’t been represented I took a risk,” she said.

Hanson is an art major with extensive experience in the art world. Before coming to OCU, she completed an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art while studying at the Student Art League of New York where artists such as Jackson Pollock, Norman Rockwell and Roy Lichtenstein all studied. “I was inspired by Professor Mike Wimmer, and he is the reason I came to OCU,” she said.

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