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Congratulations Scholarship Winners Four area teens earn a well-deserved bit of help


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ortheast Oklahoma Electric Coopera ve is helping ensure a brighter tomorrow for four area high school


seniors by suppor ng their dreams of a life-enriching college educa on. The scholarship commi ee recently awarded four 2015 graduates from the coopera ve’s four- county service territory with $1,000 each toward tui on at a university of their choice. Selec ons were made by the commi ee from among many qualifi ed applicants.


Recipients of the 2015 REC College Scholarship include: Chloe Price of Jay, Hannah Barker of Miami, Collin Sanders of Vinita, and Burgundi Willyard of Adair.


Chloe Price Chloe Price represents Delaware County in accep ng the 2015 REC College Scholarship. Chloe will be a ending Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, this fall and plans on making biology her primary study focus.


The daughter of LeAnn Rogers, Chloe graduated Jay High School with a 3.37 grade-point average and scored 20 on her ACT. During her varsity career, she was a recipient of the High Grade Average Award in Humani es, as well as the Posi ve A tude Award for English III. Chloe demonstrated her academic profi ciency by excelling in her advanced placement course work. She was also ac ve in Student Council and in the Feather of Many Colors organiza on.


Not only did Chloe excel academically, she was a respected athlete who made a name for herself on the basketball court as captain and point guard of the Jay High School varsity squad. When she wasn’t compe ng, Chloe was a fi xture in the community. Numerous hours of her  me were spent mentoring young children while working in mul ple capaci es for the Jay Youth Sports Associa on.


It was evident to all that Chloe made an impact on everyone around her, both in and out of the school environment.


“I have observed Chloe almost every day in the general student popula on,” said Lynn Hendren, counselor at Jay High School. “She is a person who interacts well with other students, is polite and considerate at all  mes, and is, in general, very pleasant to both students and faculty.”


John Spencer, English instructor at Jay High School, added: “Chloe is hard working with a pleasant personality. She shows


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a mature sense of responsibility, always planning ahead for assignments that might be missed for school ac vi es and promptly making up work, when needed, for missed days. She comes to class prepared and on  me and is ready to work when class begins. She adds posi vely to class discussions.”


Spencer con nued: “Chloe is well liked by both students and teachers. She has great drive and determina on, along with a pleasant and enthusias c a tude. I believe Chloe has a great future in store and she will accomplish the goals she has set for herself.”


Hannah Barker Commerce High School’s Hannah Barker accepted the 2015 REC College Scholarship for O awa County. The daughter of Mary Jane Barker of Miami has set her sights on Oklahoma State University, where she intends to pursue studies in the fi eld of biomedical science.


Hannah graduated Commerce High School with a 3.90 grade- point average and scored 24 on the ACT. Academic achievement for Hannah was not limited to her high school campus. She accepted the challenge of concurrent college coursework at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami and will graduate high school with 15 college credits. She is a member of the Na onal Honor Society (NHS), Student Council (STUCO), Students Against Destruc ve Decisions and Fellowship of Chris an Athletes. She served as both NHS secretary and vice- president, and as STUCO secretary for two years.


An ac ve student both academically and athle cally, Hannah le ered four years in so ball, three in basketball and twice in track. She accepted All- Star and Off ensive Player of the Year honors during her varsity basketball career and achieved All- State honors in track.


“I have had the privilege of knowing Hannah most of her life and the opportunity to watch her mature in the wonderful young woman she is today,” commended Commerce High School Principal Jim Bu ram. “She has always been an excellent student, had good work habits and set high academic and athle c standards. Hannah is a leader in the classroom, in her athle c endeavors, and among her peers. Although she has experienced serious health issues during the past few years, she has remained posi ve and fought through them with dedica on, determina on and a smile on her face.”


Clint Branham Communica ons Specialist


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