(L-R) Deputy Speaker of the Tribal Council Victoria Vazquez, Bluejacket School Superintendent Shellie Baker, Cherokee Nation Marshal Service Lt. Mike Roach, Community Resource Investigator Shawnna Roach and Bluejacket senior Hannah Brewster.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service recently surprised five high school students with desktop computers to use for both high school and college studies.
Sequoyah High School freshman Alexia Glory and sophomore Katherine Sanchez, Oaks senior Harlie McKie, Bluejacket senior Hannah Brewster and Muldrow senior Lacy Smithson each received a computer through the “North Pole Project.”
The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service receives desktop computers each year to present to deserving students who are chosen by their school leaders. At Bluejacket, a small community in Craig County, teachers and staff believed 18-year-old Brewster would be the perfect recipient and submitted her name to the Marshal Service.
“I want to go into nursing at NEO and getting this computer is very important for doing that,” Brewster said. “I’ll be writing a lot of essays. Everything that happens with college anymore is online now with having to email all of your assignments in, so I appreciate being selected to get a new computer. It means so much to me.”
The North Pole Project is a collaboration between the Marshal Service and Broken Arrow Police Department, which originally started the program. A number of law enforcement agencies, including the tribe’s Marshal Service, now participate.
Cherokee Nation Marshal Service Community Resource Investigator Shawnna Roach said 2019 marks the eighth year the marshals have worked with the North Pole Project and Broken Arrow Police Department to reward deserving students.
“These desktop computers are loaded with the software and features these students will need to write their papers and complete other homework,” said Roach. “It’s important for students to have every available resource to succeed in school. That’s why the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service participates in the North Pole Project and will continue providing students with computers.”
In the past, the Marshal Service has also presented computers to students at Cave Springs, Jay, Salina, Caney Valley, South Coffeyville, Chelsea, Catoosa, Okay, Pryor, Claremore, Colcord, Gans, Hulbert, Watts, Westville, Kansas and Vian high schools.
“It’s always good to see how the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service gets involved in our communities, and this is the perfect example,” said Deputy Speaker of the Tribal Council Victoria Vazquez. “These computers are a huge blessing to our Cherokee students and provide them with another means of being successful in their high school and college studies.”
For photos of each computer donation, visit www.anadisgoi.com.
Julie Hubbard 918-207-3896
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