Edmond Rotary Club awarded four $2,000 scholarships to Edmond students recently.
Awarded were Kelsey Belden and Kelly Karguth, both of Memorial; Taylor Carter of Santa Fe; and Preston Williams of North.
Kelsey Belden plans to study a service field. She received the Outstanding Achievement in Leadership Award at Memorial, and was a Youth Leadership Exchange member, helping raise $22,000 for the nonprofit Oklahoma Lawyers for Children. She has received an AP Scholar with Honors award, and is secretary for National Honor Society. For two summers, she has volunteered at Infant Crisis Center and was her neighborhood pool manager, managing three pools and 10 lifeguards. She is the daughter of Mark and Laura Belden.
Taylor Carter plans to a career in the medial field. She was honored as the “Best Cookie Maker” and “Best Smile” in the OU Health Sciences Summer Teen program. She was “Volunteer of the Year” at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, selected into Youth Leadership Edmond through the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, NHS representative in the Mr. and Miss Santa Fe pageant, and was selected to Youth Leadership Exchange. For five summers, she has volunteered at Special Care, a day care and therapy center for disabled and non-disabled children. She is the daughter of Keith and Linda Carter.
Kelly Karguth plans to study early developmental education, teaching second-graders with a future master’s degree in education. Her volunteer work includes a mission week in Honduras and, a year earlier, in Albuquerque; cleaning/painting a children’s/family shelter; fixing a boys’ home; Vacation Bible School and Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. She is Orchestra Council treasurer and was a Memorial class representative. She is the daughter of Don and Marty Karguth.
Preston Williams plans on studying electrical engineering at Oklahoma State University, has received numerous awards in Francis Tuttle’s Pre-Engineering Academy, spent more than 100 hours as a leader in the Robotics Club at North, and has received first-place three years in a row at the OU engineering competition. His volunteer work includes Turning Point Ministries and the Regional Food Bank, and he also helped organize fundraisers for the drama department. Williams is the son of Jim and Pam Williams.
The scholarships are awarded annually. For more information, go to www.edmondrotary.com.
The service organization meets at noon every Wednesday at Henderson Hills Baptist Church, located at 15th and the east I-35 Service Road. The Edmond Rotary Club welcomes any interested party to attend its weekly meetings. Lunch is available for $12.50. Reservations may be made by contacting club secretary Allison Calhoun at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edmond Rotary Club awarded four $2,000 scholarships to Edmond students recently.
North baseballers aid kindergartners
North High School sophomore baseball player Tyler Bowen helps Ida Freeman kindergartners Dakota Prince and Jorge Campuzano pick out a book. Each student received a book, a Christmas cookie and juice and then the baseball team members read to the students.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University fall commencement set for Saturday
DURANT — Local businessman and alumnus J. Scott Crain will be the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s fall commencement. Commencement will be Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
Edmond has three candidates for graduation including Ping-Chieh Cheng, Lonnie Feemster and Erin Alicia Semtner.
OC will award degrees at winter commencement
Oklahoma Christian University will present 87 undergraduate degrees and 85 graduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday.
The undergraduate degree candidates come from 16 states and seven countries and majored in a combined 36 academic disciplines at Oklahoma Christian. The master’s degree candidates come from six states and 10 countries, and represent 14 graduate areas of study.
Jim Baird, director of OC’s Honors Program, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Friday. Byron Newberry, chair of Oklahoma Christian’s Graduate School of Engineering, will keynote Saturday’s graduate ceremony.
In addition to his director’s role with the Honors Program, Baird is a professor of Bible and philosophy at Oklahoma Christian. He also has served as the preaching minister at Wilshire Church of Christ since 2000. His father, James O. Baird, was Oklahoma Christian’s second president.
Lilyfield reschedules ‘Dunks for Diapers’
Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care has rescheduled its Dunks for Diapers event.
Lilyfield holds a diaper drive with the Oklahoma Christian University Women’s basketball team to benefit foster children. Anyone bringing diapers, wipes or new baby items for ages 0-24 months will gain free admission to the women’s game versus Lubbock Christian University, which will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles’ Nest on the campus of Oklahoma Christian in Edmond.
“This will allow us to give foster families much-needed necessities when they receive placement of a foster child. Often placements happen with little notice and the child may come into a foster home with nothing but the clothes they are wearing,” said Holly Towers, executive director of Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care.
School back in session Wednesday
Parents are heaving a sign of relief while some students aren’t going to be quite as happy.
“All classes and activities will resume Wednesday in Edmond Public Schools,” said Susan Parks-Schlepp, director of public information and community involvement. “Slick spots remain and buses may be running a bit late but secondary roads are in much better shape after significant thawing.”
As reported earlier, students will not be making up the four snow days taken off from school this past week.
Federal energy efficiency tax credits ending in 2013
If you are planning to do some home improvements to make your home more energy efficient, now is the time to take action. Multiple federal energy efficiency tax credits are set to expire permanently at the end of the year.
Oklahomans have until Dec. 31 to take advantage of a cumulative maximum of $500 in credits for energy-related improvements completed in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The credits are a cumulative maximum of $1,500 for improvements done in 2009 and 2010.
The tax credits are for energy improvements done to existing homes owned by you, and used as your principal residence, said Scott Frazier, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension energy management engineer. New construction and rentals are not eligible for these federal tax credits.
UCO to graduate more than 1,000 students Friday, Saturday
The University of Central Oklahoma will celebrate the achievements of about 1,179 graduates during the fall 2013 commencement ceremonies Dec. 13-14 in Central’s Hamilton Field House.
Beginning at 1 p.m. Dec. 13, UCO President Don Betz will confer degrees on students who have applied to receive bachelor’s degrees from the College of Education and Professional Studies. Later at 5 p.m., the ceremony for about 200 master’s degree candidates will begin.
At 10 a.m. Dec. 14, commencement ceremonies for students who have applied to receive bachelor’s degrees from the College of Business and College of Fine Arts and Design will begin. At 2 p.m., the College of Mathematics and Science and the College of Liberal Arts will begin the commencement ceremonies for students who have applied to receive bachelor’s degrees.
UCO’s Central Pantry celebrates a year of service
Looking back over the last year, University of Central Oklahoma Volunteer and Service Learning Center Coordinator Eric Hemphill has one word to describe Central Pantry’s growth: “extraordinary.”
In its first month of operation, the pantry assisted just 24 people. In October the number had grown to 740.
The pantry, opened in November 2012, provides non-perishable food and hygiene items to any student, faculty or staff member who is in need. Central students, faculty and staff volunteers manage the pantry’s daily operations.
Deer Creek looks at remediation percentages of college-bound students
During Monday’s school board meeting, members of the Deer Creek Board of Education will be looking at the district’s rate of students requiring remediation upon entering college. The numbers are based on a 2011 report.
The 2011 Remediation Rates of Oklahoma High School Graduates in Oklahoma Public Higher Education were presented showing the comparison of Deer Creek High School graduates with surrounding school districts as well as districts in like size.
Officials say repeal of Common Core ‘unlikely’
Despite continued opposition to new public-school standards, Oklahoma education officials say they are more confident than they were earlier this year that the standards will be fully implemented.
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