April 20, 2012
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation has named this year’s Trail of Tears Awards for Excellence winners from a pool of high school seniors who are tribal citizens.
“Our goal was to identify those students who score just below the valedictorians and salutatorians and honor them for their achievements and encourage them to continue on to higher education,” said Patrick Hill, a Cherokee Nation special projects officer and awards coordinator. “The selection committee is confident the students selected will go on to make Cherokee Nation very proud.”
A panel of Cherokee Nation employees determined 13 winners in seven categories. Award recipients were each given an iPad and a certificate.
The categories and winners are:
Academics: Amber Michelle Morgan, of Talala, and Christy Joy Kingfisher, of Tahlequah
Athletics: Derrick Wayne Young, of Tahlequah, and Justin Allen Bailey, of Hulbert
Community Involvement: Brian Thomas Barlow and Madison Jean Carey, both of Tahlequah
Art: Christian Layne Asbill, of Stilwell
Music: Christin Lynn Woodall, of Vinita, and Darien LeeAnne Calicott, of Stilwell
School Involvement: Joshua Austin Mease, of Grove, and Kelsey Nicole Plank, of Muldrow
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Readiness: Jeffrey Thorval Calhoun, of Sallisaw, and Trevor Bickford, of Claremore
To receive Trail of Tears Awards for Excellence consideration, students must have a minimum 3.75 GPA, be in the top 10 percent of their class and be a Cherokee Nation citizen living within the tribe’s jurisdiction.
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