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June 2, 2005 :: State Regents Name Three Deserving Students as 2005-06 Chancellor’s Scholars

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High academic achievement and the demonstration of outstanding civic involvement have earned three high school graduates designation as Chancellor’s Scholars for 2005-06 by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The recipients of the prestigious $1,000 scholarships were selected from more than 100 nominations made by high school principals statewide.

“The success of our cities and towns relies heavily on the community involvement and volunteerism of our citizens, and what an example these three young people are providing,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “They have successfully balanced school work with community work and truly understand the concept of helping. We honor them for their compassion for others and their commitment to education.”

The 2005 Chancellor’s Scholars are Scott Bowen, Tushka High School; Jennica Kinney, Mooreland High School; and Rebecca Ann Platt, Coyle High School.

Bowen volunteers as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army at the local Wal Mart store and serves in a variety of roles during the annual community holiday dinner. He has helped organize the Jump for Cancer fund raising event; officiates at elementary school tournaments benefiting a foundation scholarship program; assists during PTA carnivals; collects books for the Children’s Hospital; and serves as a math tutor.

A member of the National Honor Society, Bowen earned a 4.0 grade point average and is involved in the gifted and talented program. He also participates in athletics, and was captain of the baseball team and co-captain of the basketball team. He plans to attend Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, in the fall.

Kinney volunteers her time to many community projects and activities including entertaining and making gifts for residents of a local nursing home; delivering meals throughout the community as part of Meals on Wheels; teaching community service workshops; leading library story times; conducting the annual, countywide “back-to-school” style show; and serving as the Easter Bunny at local events. She also presents Making Healthy Choices sessions to school children, develops smoke-free displays for ball games and serves on the Safe School Committee and on Students Working Against Tobacco to promote healthy lifestyles within the school and community.

Kinney is heavily involved in her school’s FFA and 4-H programs, is a member of several state and national honor societies and is her school’s salutatorian. She plans to attend Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, in the fall.

Platt has demonstrated her leadership and organizational skills by participating in several community service projects benefiting her community. She has coordinated the Angel Tree project, which partners with Toys for Tots and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to assist families and provide Christmas gifts, food and toys for children. She is also involved in Rotary Youth Leadership, the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Platt has served as Student Council president, yearbook editor and Logan County 4-H Teen Leaders president. She belongs to the National Honor Society and is the senior class salutatorian. She plans to attend Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, in the fall.

“What a blessing it is to have students such as these in our state’s high schools and communities,” State Regents’ Chairman Jimmy Harrel said. “All three serve as role models to other students who have a desire to make a difference in their schools and communities. We wish them well in their college years.”

The Chancellor's Scholars program, now in its 15th year, was established by the State Regents to honor the office of chancellor and Chancellor Emeritus Hans Brisch, who retired in January 2003 after serving 15 years as chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. Chancellor Risser continues the traditions of the program and has contributed professional honoraria to help fund the awards.

The first Chancellor's Scholars were recognized in 1992, and since then, 54 students have received the award. The scholarship program was established through private funding.