Cy Tennessen Calhoun, Granite High School, has been heavily involved in his community by participating in various service projects, including volunteering with the Angel Tree Community Project, the Toy Shop volunteer booth, Vacation Bible School, the Kiwanis luncheon and the Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast.
Calhoun led the entire student body in a service project to clean up two dilapidated properties in which the houses and yards were not only an eyesore but a dangerous place for small children to play. Under his leadership, the student body, partnering with the city of Granite, rallied together to cut down weeds, carry off trash, load scrap metal on trailers and mow lawns.
Calhoun also initiated other service projects, including repainting an old building and cleaning and organizing the city library. Additionally, he took on the challenge of cleaning, refurbishing and finding a source to donate new lockers for his high school’s athletic locker rooms.
According to Granite Public Schools Principal Listena Prickett, "While many students do not feel it is their 'responsibility,' Cy takes the lead in making community service valuable and fulfilling. He has made a marked improvement in the community where very little community service had been a priority until Cy provided that natural inward vision in leading youth in volunteering and serving their community and school with pride."
Calhoun is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Letterman Club, and he was selected Lions Club Student of the Month, Masonic Student of Today, Kiwanis’s Student of the Month, Defensive Player of the Year in baseball and Offensive Player of the Year in basketball. He is president of the Student Council, is a member of the National Honor Society and Superintendent’s Honor Roll, and is ranked first in his class.
Calhoun will graduate with a 4.05 GPA and plans to attend Western Oklahoma State College in the fall.
Evan Tyler George, Cheyenne High School, has initiated and implemented several services in his community to help improve the lives of others. One service project was the Community Chili Dinner, which was a free dinner organized for parents, teachers and students during parent-teacher conferences. A second service project was "Light the Park," in which Christmas lights were hung in the city park for the public to enjoy.
George also organized a schoolwide anti-bullying initiative in which he and other students made presentations to the school. He assists with the Veterans Day program, the Big Brother program, canned food drives, putting together packages to sailors and community Christmas baskets, and coat drives for students. He also visits the elderly at Christmas.
George has participated in many other service projects, such as volunteering with the Angel Tree Community Project, the Community Book Donation Drive, Vacation Bible School, the Community Cancer Awareness Walk-a-Thon, planting of city flower pots and teacher appreciations gifts.
As vice president of the Principal’s Leadership Council, George presented an idea for replacing in-school detention with Saturday School so that students would give up their own time rather than missing valuable instructional time.
George is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Business Professionals of America and Academic Team, and he serves as captain of both the basketball and baseball teams. He is president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Student Council, and a member of the Superintendent’s Honor Roll, Oklahoma Honor Society, and the Academic All-Conference for basketball and baseball.
George is ranked first in his class and will graduate with a 4.0 GPA. He plans to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall.