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ortheast Oklahoma Electric CooperaƟ ve is helping ensure a


brighter tomorrow for four area high school seniors by supporƟ ng their dreams of a life-enriching college educaƟ on. The cooperaƟ ve’s scholarship commiƩ ee recently selected four 2016 graduates from its four-county service territory to receive $1,000 each toward tuiƟ on at a university of their choice. SelecƟ ons were made by the commiƩ ee from among many quali⇒ ed applicants.


Recipients of the 2016 NEOEC College Scholarship include: Madison Killman of Pryor, Chase Childers of Vinita, Valeria Gonzalez of Miami, and Logan Sadd of AŌ on.


MADISON KILLMAN


Madison Killman represents the Mayes County area in accepƟ ng the 2016 REC College Scholarship. Madison graduated from Adair High School and will be aƩ ending Northeastern State University in Tahlequah this fall. She plans on making Early Childhood EducaƟ on the focus of her studies.


“This scholarship means the hard work has really paid oī and I am very blessed to have it,” Madison said. “I plan on geƫ ng a degree in Early Childhood EducaƟ on and starƟ ng a career as a Pre-K teacher.”


Madison excelled in the classroom, achieving honors in English II & III, Algebra II and Trigonometry. She was a three- year member of the FCCLA organizaƟ on, for whom she also held the oĸ ce of reporter, and was also a member of the PACE organizaƟ on. AddiƟ onal school involvement for Madison included Talent Search, TRIO, Yearbook and working as a pre-kindergarten classroom volunteer.


Outside of school, Madison enjoys archery and involvement with her church youth group.


Amy Hines, English IV instructor at Adair High School, shared that Madison “is always prepared and aƩ enƟ ve in class. She


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demonstrates an eagerness to learn and engages regularly in the learning process.”


Said Hines: “(Madison) has shown her immense ability to handle school and extracurricular acƟ viƟ es. She is acƟ ve in Yearbook and also volunteers in the Pre- Kindergarten classroom here at Adair. She has respect for her teachers and peers. Based on my observaƟ on of her skills and abiliƟ es, I believe she is an outstanding and con⇒ dent young lady.”


Chase Childers


RepresenƟ ng the Craig/Rogers County areas in accepƟ ng the 2016 REC College Scholarship is Chase Childers. Chase accepted a challenging schedule prior to his graduaƟ on from Vinita High School.


Accelerated coursework for Chase meant compleƟ on of Pre-AP English I, AP English IV Literature and ComposiƟ on, Honors Biology, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II and Chemistry. Extracurricular acƟ viƟ es over the course of his varsity career included Spanish Club, Student Council, Band, Show Choir, Junior Lions, Speech/ Debate and Drama.


Chase held several oĸ ces while achieving numerous awards and recogniƟ on stemming from this involvement. He served as student council president- elect for the 2014-2015 school year and then as STUCO president in 2015-2016. AddiƟ onally, he served as both band president (2016) and secretary (2013) over his prep tenure. In band, he was a member of the 2013 state quali⇒ er and on three occasions awarded Outstanding individual status. He was likewise a state quali⇒ er in Choir, receiving both excellent and superior raƟ ngs along the way. RepresenƟ ng Vinita High School as a Boys State Delegate in 2015 was also a unique experience and accomplishment for Chase.


Among Chase’s prioriƟ es is his parƟ cipaƟ on with Boy Scouts. He has achieved various plateaus within the


organizaƟ on, none higher than earning his Eagle Scout ranking in 2016.


Free Ɵ me for Chase is scarce as demonstrated by his volunteer work within the community. He parƟ cipates in food drives for the SalvaƟ on Army, as well as the blood drive for the American Red Cross. He also mentors children at the local elementary school.


“It has been my pleasure to be associated with Chase and his family for his enƟ re life,” remarked Allen Forrest, Assistant Principal for Vinita High School. “Whether as the Senior Patrol Leader of Boy Scouts of America, Boys State Delegate, Junior Lions, four-year Band member, Student Council or a myriad of community acƟ viƟ es, Chase has always been a responsible, enthusiasƟ c and competent young man, anxious to help and of high moral principles, and one with the unique ability to admit his mistakes and learn from them. Perhaps it is an indicaƟ on of his personality and pro⇒ ciency that he is respected and popular with faculty and students alike.”


Chase has been accepted at Northeastern State University, where he plans on compleƟ ng basic coursework before conƟ nuing his educaƟ on by pursuing a degree in Astrophysics from Oklahoma University.


Valeria Gonzalez


Miami High School’s Valeria Gonzalez accepted the 2016 REC College Scholarship for the OƩ awa County area. Valeria has set her sights on Oklahoma State University, where she intends to pursue studies in either EducaƟ on or Nursing.


“Winning the REC scholarship will help me tremendously as I begin my college career,” Valeria remarked. “It will make my educaƟ on more aī ordable and it will be a reminder that hard work and dedicaƟ on will always pay oī in the end. Receiving this scholarship makes me realize that people believe I'm capable of handling


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