Marshal Service rewards 7 students with computers

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/24/2018 04:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee Nation Marshal Service Lt. Mike Roach, Community Resource Investigator Shawnna Eubanks, Kansas Public Schools Superintendent Jim Burgess, Principal Phil Isom, counselor Sharla Spence, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Tribal Councilor Mike Shambaugh present KHS junior Daris Glass with a new computer as part of the CNMS “North Pole Project.” COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service recently surprised seven high school students with new desktop computers to use for both high school and college studies.

Sequoyah High School freshmen Anna Johnson and Ricky Ross, Hulbert High School senior Jamie Keener, Watts High School senior Brendon Garriot, Westville High School senior Jessica York, Kansas High School junior Daris Glass and Vian High School senior Morghan Taylor each received a computer through the “North Pole Project.”

The CNMS receives desktop computers each year to present to deserving students who are chosen by their school leaders. The project is collaboration between the CNMS and Broken Arrow Police Department, which originally started the program. A number of law enforcement agencies, including the CNMS, now participate.

“I plan to go to the University of Oklahoma and major in forensic science, so this is really important to be able to do my work,” Taylor, of Vian, said. “Instead of having to go to the library all the time to use the computers, I’ll have one in my own dorm. I am surprised. I didn’t know I was going to get all of this.”

Glass said he is concurrently enrolled in classes at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and expects to pursue a career in education once he graduates high school.

“I have an interest in algebra, and I will probably be a coach on the side for powerlifting or baseball,” he said. “Getting this computer is awesome because I’m taking classes at NEO and now I don’t have to borrow a school laptop to do homework and all of the other school work.”

CNMS Community Resource Investigator Shawnna Eubanks said 2018 marks the seventh year the marshals have worked with the “North Pole Project” and Broken Arrow Police Department.

“These desktop computers are already loaded with the software and features that students will need to write their papers and complete other homework. In today’s world, it’s crucial that our students have every available resource to succeed in school,” Eubanks said. “That’s why it’s so important for the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service to participate in the ‘North Pole Project’ and to continue providing students with computers.”

In the past, the CNMS has presented computers to students at Cave Springs, Jay, Salina, Caney Valley, South Coffeyville, Oaks, Chelsea, Catoosa, Okay, Pryor, Claremore, Colcord and Gans high schools.

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