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May 2015

Three Outstanding Seniors Named Chancellor Hans Brisch Scholars

Three Oklahoma high school seniors have been named Chancellor Hans Brisch Scholars for outstanding leadership, civic involvement and academic talent.

Christian Michael Davis, Bristow High School; Samuel R. L. Flowers, Ponca City High School; and Taylor Nicole Hadwiger, Alva High School, will each receive a $2,000 award through the Chancellor Hans Brisch Scholarship program.

The Chancellor’s Scholars Program was created in 1990 with private funds. The program was renamed in 2006 to honor Brisch, who served as chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education for 15 years. Brisch retired in 2003 and passed away in February 2006.

The 2015 Chancellor Hans Brisch Scholars were selected from 47 nominations made by high school principals statewide.

“The State Regents congratulate these impressive young Oklahomans who have distinguished themselves academically and through service to their local communities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These students join a remarkable group of past scholarship recipients who are making a difference in the lives of others. We wish them the best as they begin their college experience.”

Davis has initiated and implemented several services in his community to help others. One service was the SWAT holiday donation drive for Youth Services of Creek County, through which donated clothing, toys and toiletries were collected and given to the children at the shelter. Another service was a food drive for Bristow Social Services to provide Thanksgiving meals to needy families.

After learning of a local elementary student’s leukemia diagnosis, Davis organized a penny drive for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, raising more than $300. He has volunteered in his community through tutoring at the middle school and high school, Bristow Social Services during United Way’s Day of Caring, the Veteran’s Day assembly, and the community blood drive. Davis also worked with another student to solicit donations from local businesses and individuals in the community to purchase 20 tickets for local children who were unable to afford the cost of tickets to ride the "Polar Express." Davis and other volunteers rode the train with the children, arranged for child care before and after the train ride, and provided snacks and the Polar Express movie for the children.

Davis is president of the Interact Club, treasurer of the National Honor Society and president of Health Occupation Students of America. He is a member of the Leadership Class; Superintendent’s Advisory Board; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; Rotary Youth Leadership Camp; State STEM Conference; National Indian Honor Society; Oklahoma Honor Society; and Superintendent’s Honor Roll and is an Oklahoma Academic Scholar. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall.

Flowers has been heavily involved in his community by participating in various service projects, including volunteering at the Marland Children’s Home as a weekly ministry volunteer and fellowship coordinator providing activities for the residents that are compatible with their various mental, behavioral and learning needs. Flowers has assisted with vacation Bible school as a mission trip member and has served as the varsity baseball offseason group leader.

Flowers served as the youth traffic court judge and prosecutor of a program that allows adjudication of first-time, minor offenses by persons under 18 through a volunteer city court, rather than the traditional legal system. As a youth judge, he developed guidelines for sentencing, including community service and writing essays on traffic safety topics. Also, while serving as a youth traffic prosecutor, he presented cases for the city of Ponca City.

After learning of the financial needs of a local school teacher battling cancer, Flowers devised a plan to help the family. With the assistance of the Student Council, he executed an Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser and recruited teachers, coaches, administrators and the community to take part in the challenge. The benefit raised over $4,000 for the family.

Flowers is president of Student Council and a member of the National Honor Society and the Superintendent’s Honor Roll. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall.

Hadwiger has served her community through a variety of efforts, including volunteering at Relay for Life to raise money for cancer research, organizing youth to write get well cards for critically ill children in their community, working blood drives and working at a bake sale to raise money for cancer research during Breast Cancer Awareness Week.

Hadwiger also developed and presented a program to Alva Elementary School students about making positive choices. She established a Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) chapter at Alva Middle School and provided programs and activities for the chapter members. She mentored elementary students weekly, packaged food for Kids Against Hunger, trick or treated for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), assisted with Senior Olympics for nursing home residents, collected donations for the local food bank and recorded radio advertisements to promote 4-H Week.

At Christmas, Hadwiger collected, wrapped, and delivered gifts to needy families, nursing home residents, children hospitalized at St. Francis Hospital and a single mother of two.

Hadwiger serves as a liturgist at her church by providing Children’s Time, performing special music, performing as a puppeteer and serving as an usher. In addition, she organized packaging of disaster aid kits for distribution by United Methodist Women and assisted with vacation Bible school.

Hadwiger is a Student Council representative and has been selected for the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Route 66’s Outstanding Teen. She is a member of the Superintendent’s Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Oklahoma Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society and is a Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen Top Three Academic Award Finalist. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall.

In the more than 20 years since its inception, the Chancellor’s Scholars Program has provided scholarships for 93 deserving students. Private gifts, including professional honoraria from the current and past chancellors, support the program, which honors not only Brisch but the office of the chancellor and all individuals who serve Oklahoma in that position.

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