Area teens earn Girl Scouts' highest award

Madison Cantrell, Kimberly Colyer and Shalea O’Riley, all of Greenwood, and Josie Tilley of Fort Smith were recently honored for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the organization's most prestigious and the most difficult to earn. The award affords Girl Scouts unique scholarship opportunities, helps distinguish themselves in the college admissions process and, if joining the military, enter one rank higher than their peers.

Cantrell earned a Gold Award for her Booneville Department of Human Services DHS Room Take Action project. She renovated the family visitation space and provided a safe environment, relationship-building activities that promote interaction between the parent and the child, and a temporary sleeping space to be used when immediate foster care placement is not available.

Colyer received her award for her Digital Meets Tradition: Chrismons in the 21st Century Church Take Action project at Greenwood United Methodist Church. She also helped the church create an online presence.

O’Riley was recognized for her Musical Art in the Park Take Action project through which she installed outdoor musical instruments at Bell Park as a creative and entertaining outlet for park visitors.

Tilley's Book Buddies Take Action project at Girls Inc. earned her the top award. Book Buddies is meant to encourage reading and expose girls to new books. Tilley also redecorated the Girls Inc. library and expanded the book collection.

Tribe accepting clothing voucher applications

The Cherokee Nation is accepting applications through June 29 for the 2018 Clothing Assistance Program. The tribe’s clothing voucher program helps Cherokee families purchase new clothes for school-aged children for the upcoming school year.

Last year the tribe helped nearly 6,500 students from across the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction prepare for the first day of school with gift cards totaling $650,000.

Applications can be downloaded and printed from the school clothing voucher icon at Applications can also be picked up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at any Cherokee Nation Human Services field office or the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave. in Tahlequah. The Sallisaw field office is located at 101 E. Queensbury.

Call (918) 453-5000, ext. 3899, for information.

Hackett school adds drone program

Students at Hackett High School will be able to sign up for three-level courses that cover a range of topics related to unmanned aerial systems or drones. The courses cover the basics of aviation; safety and principles of flight, design and manufacturing; industry specific applications; troubleshooting and maintenance; regulations; and mission planning, execution and debriefing. Students will be able to earn a Federal Aviation Administration remote pilot certificate by the end of the second level. The third level will help them prepare for drone-related career and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Visit or contact Tracie Opolka, computer science teacher, or Michael Freeman, high school principal, at (479) 638-7003 for information.


Names of note

Matthew Shultz of Fort Smith will participate in the Summer 2018 Cooperative Education program at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.


Aric Dodd of Fort Smith was recently named to the president's honor roll for the Spring 2018 semester by the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla.


Kolten Speaks of Fort Smith recently graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla.


Cara Shipley and Callie Harmon, both of Fort Smith, were recently named to the honor roll for the Spring 2018 semester by Baylor University in Waco, Texas.


Scott Price of Fort Smith was recently named to the dean's list for the Spring 2018 semester by Vanderbilt University in Nashville.


Emily Richardson of Ozark was recently named to the dean's list for the Spring 2018 semester by the Harding University College of Pharmacy in Searcy.


The Carl Albert State College Nursing Class of 2018 recently participated in the annual pinning ceremony. Autumn Watt received the Florence Nightingale award, and Chelsey Watts received the outstanding LPN to RN graduate award. The other graduates Cassie Bess, Toby Cordova, Jennifer Dodson, Sally Dunn, Miranda Gates, Brooklyn Gebhardt, Sha Geheb, Danyelle Gray, Errica Hahn, Ashlee Jeremiah, Johnna Johnson, Alissa Justice, Alisha Keirsey, Kristin Kirkendoll, Kendra Knight, Lindsey Langston, Alexander Lawmaster, Miranda Martin, Sarah McDaniel, Ladona Medlock, Hilary Nolen, Amber Robinson, Patricia Schibbelhut, Emily Speers, Garrett Sutton and Danielle Tolliver.



Arturo Ortega of Heavener recently received the Randall and Shirley Pogue Centennial Math Endowment from East Central University in Ada, Okla.


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