May 13 — More than a dozen students will soon be recognized for excelling in the classroom and the community – with one set to win a free car.
Patriot Auto Group and the McAlester News-Capital Continue to Join the Recognition Area High School Seniors with a Student of the Year program, culminating with a winner on May 26.
Tatton Manning, Patriot Auto Group principal dealer, said he was impressed with each of the finalists and was again this year.
“I don’t know how the kids even sleep with all the things they do with volunteerism, and we have some athletes who are top of the line, so you think about what it takes to be a team, then excel in that.” classroom and excel outside of it, ”Manning said. “It’s really great and we’re just excited to see it continue.”
“We are thrilled to continue with our partnership with Patriot Auto Group to honor and recognize students,” said Reina Owens, News-Capital Publisher. “So many students deserve recognition for the great things they do in our community. We want all those students to make a difference and thank Patriot Auto for making this project possible.”
This year’s banquet is scheduled for May 26 at The McAlester Country Club – where the Student of the Year winner will be named and given a new car by the Patriot Auto Group.
Doors will open at 5:30 pm with the banquet set to start at 6 pm McAlester Mayor John Browne is scheduled to emcee the event.
Local school officials nominate them with the Student of the Year award for becoming eligible for high school seniors. A selection committee picks students from the month-long year and narrows the field to the finalists and eventual winner.
Students select and submit a short essay questions to their selection committee. Those questions include who inspires them, what their goals are for the future, how a new car will help them, and more.
Students of the Month, which include:
—Hartshorne’s Murphy Peterson
—McAlester’s Emilee Coxsey
—Crowder’s Maggie Sockey
—Savanna’s Shaylon Scrivner
—Stuart’s Matteo Chavarria
—Wilburton’s Emma Lawson
—Crowder’s Madison White
—Hartshorne’s Courtnee Sensibaugh
—Savanna’s Ariana Byington
—Kiowa’s Dylan Ray
—Calvin’s Kylee Tollett
—McAlester’s Alexia Zurovetz
—Stuart’s Braelyn Blasengame
—Savanna’s Addison Moore
—Crowder’s Adelyn Hernandez
—McAlester’s Carsyn Gragg
—McAlester’s Madisynne Mattioda
The top five finalists will soon be featured in each of the featured video essays.
The Student of the Year will win a new car and be featured on the June edition of “McAlester Living.”
Manning said he started the program in 2015 with the first vehicle given to the Bartlesville dealership in 2016, with the Patriot Auto Group giving students at least a dozen vehicles.
He said the program stemmed from the idea of recognizing students in their work in the classroom and in the community.
“We are very proud of our athletes, and our teams at McAlester, but we want our students to have a great prize,” Manning said. “So we hope that through this we have got some students that have worked really hard to get to the top and are really working to stay there.
“It’s really about what you do outside the classroom – how you help your community, how you help your students, and what you do for the area,” Manning said. “That’s always what sets the finalists apart.”
Patriot Auto Partnered with McAlester News-Capital in 2019 for a program highlighting students at McAlester and the Future Areas.
Crowder’s Kiley Watkins became the first McAlester-area student of the year in 2019 and McAlester’s Zoie Newman won the award in 2020.
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