GSB Announces Junior Board of Directors
by Madelyn McConnell
October 11, 2018
The Grand Savings Bank Junior Board of Directors program is designed to introduce local high school juniors to a variety of banking, leadership and community service opportunities. Through this program, we encourage students to become leaders in their schools and inspire them to take pride in their community.
Board members are chosen through an application and interview process. The application includes an essay explaining why they want to be a part of the board as well as a teacher recommendation. They also take part in a formal interview conducted by a panel of GSB employees. The 2018-2019 school year will be our 5th year to have a Junior Board of Directors. This program has become very popular in the schools and the interest has grown steadily over the years. This year, the board has 26 students from 3 different schools in Northeast Oklahoma.
Beginning each September, the Junior Board participates in monthly meetings. This allows students to gain hands-on experience in conducting business meetings and exposes them to a wide range of finance-focused speakers as well as employment opportunities in the banking world. Students get the chance to participate in two field trips; Jack Henry Headquarters in Monett, MO and the Oklahoma Bankers Association and state capitol tour in Oklahoma City. At the end of the school year, one student is chosen as the “shining star” and is awarded a scholarship that will be presented to upon high school graduation.
The 2018-2019 Grand Savings Bank Junior Board of Directors are:
Ally Swafford- Grove, Abigail Lyons- Colcord, Amelia Rutter- Grove, Bailey Pittman- Grove, Brody Winfield Allen- Jay, Claire White- Grove, Colin Rowton- Grove, Dakota Rickey- Grove, Delaynie Poindexter- Grove, Ethan Wallace- Grove, Jager Pifer- Kansas, Joel Martin- Grove, Kailan Cloud- Grove, Kazdion Mount- Jay, Kobe Sixkiller- Jay, Kord McKinney- Jay, Lani Goldner- Grove, Lerami Shelley- Colcord, Lila Sherman- Jay, Madison Wagner- Jay, Molly Bryant- Jay, Rachel Reyes- Grove, Steen Lane- Jay, Sydney Matheson- Jay, Taesi Stroud- Grove, Zeke Simpson- Jay