Cherokee Nation marshals reward high school seniors with computers


(L to R) Community Resource Investigator Shawnna Roach, Education Talent Search Counselor Marcella Morton, Watts senior Felecia Daugherty, Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis and Marshal Shannon Buhl.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service recently surprised five northeastern Oklahoma seniors with shiny new desktop computers to take to college.

Westville High senior Roxanna Seay, Watts High senior Felecia Daugherty, Sequoyah High senior Alisha Deckard, Tahlequah High senior David Ryan Jones and home-schooled student Benjamin Drywater, of Woodall, were selected by the marshals as part of the North Pole Project. The program rewards high school seniors who do not own a computer and make good grades with a new one for college.

“Receiving this computer means a lot because my family cannot really afford something like this,” Daugherty said. Students are referred by their schoolteachers for the program.

Broken Arrow Police Department started the program and is now joined by several other Tulsa-metro law enforcement agencies, as well as the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and Osage Nation. The Marshal Service received five computers to distribute.

“The Marshal Service has been part of this project for two years now, and as law enforcement we are honored to be part of something that gives our youth a chance to succeed in life,” said Shawnna Roach, community resource investigator for Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, who delivered the computers to the students.

District 7 Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis, of Stilwell, helped present Daugherty and Seay computers Jan. 3.

“The compassion and dedication for our youth exemplified through the Marshal Service and Deputy Marshal Roach’s actions are truly admirable,” Hargis said. “Anytime our tribe is able to enhance the lives of our youth, it is a win-win.”

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