Red Oak student selected as delegate, to perform at conference

Courtesy photoAva Rose Johnson

Ava Rose Johnson was selected as a delegate to GlobalMindED’s 2020 Conference in Denver June 6-8.

Ava was also invited to perform her award-winning song, "Heaven’s Window," at the Inclusive Awards Dinner opening the Conference where she will be the youngest entertainer to perform in the conference’s six-year history.

This year’s conference is anticipating approximately 1250 participants. Ava will be hosted by J.C. Whorton, a graduate of Haywood High School in Pittsburg County. He is a GlobalMindED Board Member and leads their National Rural Equity Team.

Whorton, an Oklahoma native and OU and OCU graduate, learned of Ava’s talent and accomplishments shortly after she won the Native American Music Award. Ava and her father, Nathan Johnson, will be Whorton’s guests at the Conference and Awards Dinner.

GlobalMindED is an innovation network that closes the equity gap through education, entrepreneurship, employment and economic mobility. J.C. will be hosting a Pre-Conference Rural Equity Workshop where Ava and Nathan will be participating.

Workshop presenters will include representatives from the Western Governor’s Association, State of Colorado Division of Local Affairs, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, U.S. Department of Education (Indian Affairs), Colorado State University and SW Colorado Innovation Center. J.C.’s latest book, The Flyover Nation: Energy’s Role in a Troubled Heartland, will be available on Amazon later this month and addresses many of the challenges that rural residents and Native Americans are facing.

Along with the Rural Equity Workshop, Ava and her father will be engaging in three days of workshops and lectures on topics such as education, health and economic opportunity to name but a few of the compelling issues to be addressed by leading authorities from government, education, non-profits and business.

Ava will be the first Oklahoma student to attend the Conference and is excited to be sharing her Conference experiences with her fellow students at Red Oak Public Schools, where she is in the sixth grade.

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