If you are a senior in high school, or the parent of a senior, keep reading this column.
You can stop reading if you have a great new car and more money than you will need to go to college. Everyone else should keep reading.
For the second year, Patriot Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Chandler is going to provide a brand new Jeep Renegade for the Patriot Student of the Year. Tatton Manning and Seth Knighton use their Patriot auto dealerships to do incredible things in all of the communities where they operate.
The program will be the same as last year as well. There will be sixteen students - two each month - selected. One of them will win a new vehicle as the student of the year and the other fifteen will win scholarships.
It is a great program that we could never do without sponsors, judges and school administrators. The requirements to become a student of the month are pretty simple.
• The student must have a minimum cumulative, non-weighted GPA of 3.0 or better.
• The student must demonstrate strong community leadership through activities in or out of school-sponsored activities.
• The student must be active in volunteerism within the community.
• The student must display high moral integrity and character.
Beyond Patriot CDJR providing a huge overall prize, Miracle Ear and Citizen Potawatomi Nation help provide the sponsorships for the scholarships for the other winners.
We couldn't have better judges for this program. Josh Trimble, the Director of Development at Oklahoma Baptist University, and CPN Vice Chair Linda Capps do the hard work of choosing winners from of a great group of students each month.
I was a little surprised that some schools didn't participate in the program last year or just did the bare minimum.
If your child is a student at Shawnee, Asher, Bethel, Chandler, Dale, Earlsboro, Macomb, Maud, McLoud, Meeker, Prague, Seminole, or Tecumseh, make sure the administrators - usually the principal or a counselor - are nominating someone each month. If a student is nominated, but not selected, they can be nominated again. Some months, the nominees stand out more than others.
Several scholarship winners were nominees who didn't win the first time they were nominated, but they were very deserving.
I know it is frustrating for the judges some months when they get tons of information about one student with a resume, list of activities and even letters of recommendation from teachers and other students appear to be great nominees, but the judges simply don't get enough information to select them.
I have been working for newspapers for more than 25 years. This is the best program I have ever been a part of. I can't wait to see the incredible nominees this year and then see Patriot make the life-altering change of handing the keys to a free car to the Student of the year on May 6, 2019 at the 3rd Annual Best of News-Star Preps event.