Seminole State College student Clayton Powell of Stroud was one of 30 Oklahoma college and university students selected to attend the Nigh Institute Leadership Conference recently held in Oklahoma City.
Powell received a 2013 George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship through the Nigh Institute program funded by the Oklahoma Legislature.
During the leadership academy, students visited with members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as attended sessions concerning Oklahoma’s local government, government relations, the national election, public policy, and Oklahoma’s economic future.
The students also had time to enjoy some of Oklahoma City’s numerous attractions. They toured the new Devon Office building, Governor’s Mansion, Oklahoma History Center, and the State Capitol and heard remarks from the Oklahoma governor, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and Supreme Court Chief Justice Steve Taylor.
In addition, the group had the opportunity to attend briefings from the Oklahoma Supreme Court, House of Representatives and Senate, take a cruise on the Oklahoma River and attend the Thunder vs. Celtics game.
Powell, a sophomore from Stroud, graduated Salutatorian of his class at Stroud High School. He is a member of the SSC Presidential Leadership Class VI and plans on attending the University of Central Oklahoma to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
After receiving his degree he would like to enroll in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol academy and become a state trooper.