Top 5 percent of Shawnee class awarded with letter jackets.

Cade Chlouber, son of Steve and Kelley Choluber, is one of 15 students in the top 5 percent at Shawnee High School. Chlouber said he plans to attend Oklahoma Baptist University after graduation because it’s close to home and Christian based.

“That’s important to me and my family,” he said.

Chlouber and his classmates received academic letter jackets at Arvest Bank Tuesday night for recognition at the Shawnee High School Academic Letter Jacket Award Program.

Chlouber said he plans to major in pre-medicine and attend the University of Oklahoma Medical School upon graduation from OBU.

“I love helping people,” he said. “I want to be a part of helping take people’s pain away.”

Chlouber said it was “pretty awesome” to be in the top 5 percent of his class.

Chris Clark, president and CEO of Arvest Bank, said the bank is proud to sponsor the program, which has been ongoing for 30 years.

“What an honor it is for us to recognize the top 5 percent of the students at Shawnee High School,” he said. “That’s quite an honor. It’s nice to know that you guys are going to be our leaders going forward and it’s something to be proud of.”

Shawnee Superintendent Marc Moore spoke to the students about their accomplishment and what that meant to the school system and to each of their futures. He also spoke to the parents of the students, expressing they should all be very proud of them.

“Parents, your kids have talents that they are good at and some not so good at and you’ve seen them struggle and you’ve seen them succeed and I know if I were in your chair tonight watching my kid get an award for the work they’ve done, it would make me proud so I know you are as well,” he said.

Shawnee High School Principal Lee Hamilton told the parents and students how thankful he was for the time he’s had with the students and how proud he is of them for their achievement.

“I’d like to say thank you to a lot of people; the community, to you as parents and your students,” he said. “Students, thank you. It’s been a wonderful four years and it’s still wonderful. I hate to see you leave. You bring a lot of joy and a lot of light to our school.”

Dr. David Whitlock, president of OBU, was present with Rachel Potts, director of admissions, to congratulate the students and award each one with a certificate and scholarship to OBU.

“We are pleased to offer a certificate of accomplishment tonight to each one but we’re also offering a minimum scholarship of $9,000 a year for four years,” he said.

Colin Robertson, son of Jim and Melanie Robertson, and Mike and Pam Cook, plans to major in biochemistry but said he isn’t sure yet what college he will attend.

“I’m good at math and science,” he said.

Robertson said it felt good to receive the award.

Karoline Wiens, daughter of Mike and Kim Wiens, said she’s still deciding which college she will attend although she’s been accepted to a few already. She is planning on majoring in biology/chemistry and pre-medicine with plans on eventually becoming a surgeon.

“My dad’s a surgeon,” she said. “He’s been my inspiration.”

Wiens said it’s crazy to think she’ll be finished with high school this year.

“Things go by so fast,” she said. “We’re all friends so it’s been a good experience.”

Alex Berry, daughter of Jim and Jessica Berry, plans to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to major in fashion design or product development.

Hannah Louis Brooks, daughter of Stephen and Susan Brooks, plans to attend OBU and major in pre-medical.

Caleb Curren, son of Mark and Crystal Curren, is undecided on his college choice but plans on majoring in engineering.

Maddie Fuller, daughter of Jon and Jeanne Fuller, plans to attend OBU and major in chemistry to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Jordan Gauss, daughter of Mary and Jonathan Gauss, plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma and major in forensic science.

McKenzie Lumry, daughter of Mitch and Corey Lumry, plans to attend Oklahoma State University and major in business.

Brock Maldonado, son of Lois and Henry Maldonado, plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in civil engineering.

Maddie Rutherford, daughter of Roger and Lee Rutherford, plans to attend OSU and major in early childhood education.

Daylan and Kaylan Storie, twin daughters of Dale and Jennifer Storie, both plan to attend the OU where both plan to major in chemistry.

Kaylan Westbrook, daughter of Paul and Dawn Westbrook, plans to attend OBU where she plans to pursue an interdisciplinary degree. After receiving her teaching license, Westbrook plans to teach English overseas.

Sean Winegardner, son of Eric and Demita Winegardner, plans to major in pre-pharmacy but is undecided on which college he will attend.