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The Entrepreneurship Class at Oak Grove Lutheran High School attended the FargoConnect Conference held at the Fargo Dome on Tuesday, August 30. FargoConnect is Fargo-Moorhead’s premier digital marketing communications and technology event and is hosted by the Flint Group, a local marketing communications agency specializing in marketing consulting, advertising, and public relations with a blend of art, science and technology to impact client success.

The class heard from nationally renowned marketing analyst keynote speakers Scott Stratten, President of Un-Marketing and Jay Baer, President of Convince and Convert and author of the book given to all FargoConnect attendees “Hug Your Haters.” Many local marketing agencies and analysts also shared information on marketing and trends in breakout sessions later in the day.

The registration for the students and Mr. Slyter to attend FargoConnect was made possible by the Heather Zimmerman Endowment.

Students that attended the conference are: (back row) Healy Li, Lauren Cain, Sarah Kounovsky, Lucia He and (front row) Bryce Bakkegard and Isaac Olson.

Oak Grove's Shared Values: Service and Leadership

Seniors Jordyn Berger and Alex Widmer reflect on their experiences with flood preparation and lessons learned while giving back to those in need.

Oak Grove students actively participate in a variety of service projects every year including Fill the Dome, raising money to purchase animals through Heifer International, and helping the elementary students  collect coins for the Ronald McDonald House. “Almost all of my classes have participated in Fill the Dome, and other donation projects throughout the years,” said Alex. “This has really shown me that while education is very important, being a good Christian and helping out those in need is more

Jordyn and Alex both participated in the junior class mission trip to New Orleans in 2012, where they helped those recovering from hurricane Katrina. “It was a lot of hard work but I loved being able to serve others while having fun as a class,” said Jordyn.

These are just a few lessons Alex & Jordyn have learned while attending Oak Grove. Their experiences have helped shape them into the upstanding citizens they are today, and they’re both excited for the future. “All of the flood work, mission trips, basketball practices/games, and classes have not only prepared me for college, but also for the rest of my life,” said Alex. “Having chapel every day and having a Christian studies class has really encouraged me to have faith and be a strong Christian man.”

This coming July, Jordyn will be traveling to Ethiopia to volunteer in orphanages, and deliver aid and supplies to mountainside communities. “This has been my dream since I was a second grader,” said Jordyn. “I couldn’t be more excited to go and see what the Lord’s going to do through this trip!”

These remarkable individuals exemplify perseverance, and the importance of overcoming difficult obstacles to assist those in need.  As the apostle Paul wrote, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the
others.” -Philippians 2:3-4

Getting involved in leadership projects can help you discover more about yourself.

Ben Goehring, Student Body President 2013

I really became involved in leadership opportunities when two upper classmen took me under their wing and showed me the ropes with Student Council and Key Club. One of the best experiences I’ve had as this years Student Body president was when I helped organize the Oak Grove team during the Fill The Dome Project in its sixth successful year of collecting food for those in need.

Leadership Opportunities

Oak Grove emphasizes leadership and understands that organizations are strengthened by involving young people in the process. Oak Grove’s administration partners with parents to ensure a healthy environment for their children.

Students gain confidence as they develop new skills and competencies through leadership. Lifelong relationships are forged among students, faculty and staff.

Students may become leaders through involvement in the following groups:
Student Council
Peer Ministry
Philanthropy and Youth