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selected for Boys State and the President’s Education Awards Program. K. C. is also an accomplished athlete, being a state medalist in track, was named quarterback of the year, as well as a basketball and baseball all-conference player. K. C.’s regard for others is clear as Alisha Brodick, English


teacher for Fairland, describes him: “I have watched K. C. grow from an athlete who loves the game, into an athlete who loves the game and wants to share it with the younger gen- eration.” Ms. Brodick points out K. C. has taken the time to coach and umpire Little League baseball and football, as well as serve as a mentor for younger children during summer youth programs. “In looking up to K. C., they are looking up to someone who cares and will be there for them. He always responds in a caring way with every child, even those that may be diffi cult.” Hunter Parsons T e Mayes Coun-


ty scholarship recipi- ent is Hunter Parsons of Adair High School. Hunter is the son of Angela Dodson. He graduated with a 3.8 GPA, while serving as the vice president


for both the senior class and FFA. Hunter plans to attend Oklahoma State University to


study Agricultural Engineering. His interest and talent in agriculture are evidenced in his high school activities which include livestock judging, cattle grading, and showing cattle and sheep. Hunter is also a member of the following agricul- tural organizations: American Angus Association, American Shorthorn Association, and the American Maine-Anjou Association. He was honored with an Oklahoma State FFA Degree in 2013, was a member of the 2012 American Royal Reserve Champion Livestock Judging Team, and received a silver medal on the National Farm Business Management Team in 2011. With all the time Hunter dedicates to his agricultural en-


deavors, he hasn’t forgotten to take time to help others. Says Reverend T omas Ballard of First Free Will Baptist Church in Pryor of Hunter: “I have had the privilege to observe his leadership skills, team building qualities and his can-do attitude toward all the projects he has undertaken. Hunter’s leadership and energy goes beyond the walls of the church and is seen in his community and school involvement.”


Board member Sharron Gay makes a scholarship presentation to Hunter Parsons.


WINE continued from page 6 You can fi nd OkeOzark wines at over fi ſt y locations


throughout northeast Oklahoma, from Tahlequah to the Kansas border and from the Tulsa metro area to the Arkan- sas border. You can also purchase direct from the winery. Calling (918) 688-2891 for more information or visit online at www.okeozarkwinery.com. Supplies of OkeOzark wine are limited. While more wine-friendly, neighboring states like Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas allow production of up to 100,000 gallons, Oklahoma law prohibits smaller state wineries from producing more than 10,000 gallons. A license from the state to produce up to an additional 40,000 gallons carries with it a pro- hibitive $50,000 price tag. “T ey have a cap on what we can


Scan here to visit Oke- Ozark’s website.


make,” Hayes said. “You go over that and it’s a $10,000 fi ne. So I am sitting here pretty well maxed out.” For Hayes, you can just add the politics of wine-making


in Oklahoma to his list of challenges. “I’ve always been an uphill man. I’ve always hoed my own


row of corn. I’ve never minded going where other people have never been or I wouldn’t be here today. T is isn’t your average roadside joint. We’re out here in the sticks compared to most of them,” said Hayes. “We have come up one step at a time, but we have come from solid rock. What you see is what you get.”


10 - Northeast Connection


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