The proposed budget supplements students’ college and career readiness and allows for public feedback.
The meeting is open to all interested stakeholders. Written comments can be submitted for up to 10 calendar days following the meeting and may be submitted either in person or by mail to Sequoyah High School, c/o Principal Jolyn Choate, PO Box 520, Tahlequah, OK 74465.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects people from discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. According to the Office of Civil Rights, programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education are covered by Title VI.
The school is located at 17091 S. Muskogee Ave.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Curtis Snell presented KHS head baseball and softball coach Austin Graham the check at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.
“Schools today don’t have the extra revenue to dedicate toward the needs of extracurricular activities,” Tribal Councilor Curtis Snell said. “It’s great that the tribe can step up and help schools like Kansas partially fill the funding gap so that students can have amenities like the baseball and softball teams’ indoor hitting facility.”
Graham said that without the donation, the hitting facility would not be possible.
“The tribe’s help is huge,” Graham said. “We wouldn’t even be able to think about getting new batting cages or a building built without their support.”
The fund provides financial assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native students wishing to pursue post-secondary and graduate education and training. It is funded in part by the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations and authorized by the Cobell Trust Management Settlement.
“This scholarship program advances the Trump Administration’s commitment to tribal sovereignty and self-determination, as well as the President’s belief that ‘education is the civil rights issue of our time,’” Zinke said. “Investment in the next generation of American leaders will allow many of these young people to gain the valuable skills required for today’s competitive workforce and the knowledge and expertise needed to help their communities meet tomorrow’s challenges. Educational development and skills training are vital for sustaining the economic and political advancement of tribal nations and our nation as a whole.”
To date, more than 2,000 scholarships totaling more than $5.25 million have been awarded to almost 1,000 Native American students for vocational, undergraduate and graduate study. The scholarship awards are up to $5,000 per semester for vocational and undergraduate students and up to $10,000 per semester for graduate and doctoral students.
The application deadline for the 2017-18 academic year was March 31 and information regarding summer 2017 scholarship opportunities can be found via www.cobellscholar.org.
Students representing languages from different Oklahoma-based tribes also competed, but the CICS and Grand View students placed in numerous categories, taking home first-, second- and third-place trophies.
The CICS sent around 90 students from grades pre-kindergarten through sixth, while Grand View sent 18 students, third through sixth grade, to Norman. Students from both schools used the Cherokee language to perform songs, skits and readings.
CICS Principal Holly Davis said ONAYLF is the biggest event for the school to attend, and it spends most of the year preparing by having teachers tie in songs, skits and readings into lessons.
“It’s a great even for our language portion because…we’re so unique that we don’t always have an opportunity to do something like this. So it’s our big event for our language,” Davis said.
The Grand View (Elementary) Cherokee Choir sings “Sunday School Song” in Cherokee at the 15th annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair on April 3 in Norman. The school brought home first-, second- and third-place awards from the competition. LISA SNELL/NATIVE OKLAHOMA
According to a press release, the event is a Swiss-system tournament, which is a non-eliminating tournament that features a set number of rounds. It is also school team sensitive with machine tie breaks (no blitz). Half-point byes are available for one non-played round except the last round. Players may only “play up” 100 points to a higher-rated section.
Registration is from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. All players must check in 15 minutes prior to play in Round 1. Round 1 begins at 10 a.m. for Sections 4 and 5. Sections 1, 2 and 3 begin at 10:30 a.m.
Section 1 is kindergarten through fourth grade at U500 with five rounds. Section 2 is kindergarten through sixth grade at U700 with five rounds. Section 3 is grades six through 12 at U700 with five rounds. Section 4 is kindergarten through 12th grade at U1100 with five rounds. Section 5 is kindergarten through 12th grade at Premier 1100+ with four rounds.
All sections will be rated using the Chess Express Rating Service. All chess ratings will be looked up by the tournament director.
According to a press release, the scholarships are open to male and female students and are for $600 per academic year.
The scholarship applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis for full-time students enrolled in an accredited college, university or vocational school.
Applications must be received by July 31. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, call 918-798-0771 or email email@example.com or visit www.iwpclub.org.
Eddings said she was able to participate in the “2016 Semester at Sea Program,” which was approximately three and a half months long and allowed her to visit 11 countries including India, China and Japan.
“It really showed me a lot of different diversity because growing up, especially in Oklahoma, it’s kind of like the Bible belt and there’s not too much, I feel like, kind of culture. It’s mainly predominantly white culture and so going and seeing all these different kinds of religions and learning different things about the world was something that I couldn’t experience here in Stillwater,” she said.
Eddings said while at school she does charity work while acting as the executive philanthropy chair of her sorority Phi Mu.
“I would plan events that benefitted the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital so I would create original events,” she said. “I started a thing called ‘Miracle Moracle’ and basically it’s like a fundraiser with mac and cheese and the whole campus is invited to come. The tickets and all the proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. While they’re there they make cards and write letters to the kids who are currently in the hospital. Then I schedule hospital tours, and my organization goes and drops off the cards and everything.”
Akin said he’s been wrestling for approximately 14 years, and on Feb. 27 was named the Class 3A state champion in wrestling.
“First time ever winning state. It came at a good time, being senior year and all,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier. That’s like every wrestler’s ultimate goal is just to win state, and I finally accomplished it.”
He earned his all-state status in football, which he’s been playing for approximately 12 years, playing running back for the Pirates. “It’s a big honor.”
As for co-valedictorian, he shares that title with his girlfriend Kayla Beagles.
“I was very pleased when I found out. It’s a really high honor,” he said.
He said he received a financial reward to go along with the “prestigious” title of being in the top 10 percent.
“I’m a recipient of $1,000, which is nice, but it also means a prestigious title that I can use on any sort of application because it’s a very prestigious award,” he said. “It looks great and it’s a high honor, and I’m very thankful for it.”
He said being named valedictorian was also an “honor.”