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News-Star/Patriot Auto Group Car Finalist: Austin Lee, Prague

Vicky O. Misa
Austin Lee

Prague senior Austin Lee is a leader at Prague High school and maintains a perfect GPA. Parents are Michael and Melissa Lee.

He has been selected as one of The Shawnee News-Star and Patriot Auto Group Students of the Month for January and is now in the running to win a car.

“(Austin) is among the top young men in our school,” Prague Counselor Stephanie Lee said. “He excels on the field as well as the classroom.”

She said Lee is a respectful young man, polite and kind to all students.

“He is responsible and trustworthy,” she said.

Among his achievements are National Honor Society, Junior Class Treasurer, Senior Class Senator, runner-up at stock market games for BPA, three-time Baseball Player of the Week, three-time Football Player of the Week, Route 66 All-Conference Athlete and Prague Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for October.

Lee has nearly 400 hours of community service under his belt. Some are working football, baseball and basketball children's camps, assistant middle school softball coach, as well as volunteering his time hanging posters for a school blood drive, field work at the high school baseball field, working the gate and concession for ball games, taking pictures for Student Council and BPA meetings for yearbook, and being an usher for the 2019 Baccalaureate.

“Austin is bright, ambitious and determined,” she said. “He is aware of the choices he needs to make in order to achieve his goals.”

After graduation, Lee plans to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University to pursue a career as a pharmacist.

Best of Preps 2019-20

For the third year, Patriot Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Chandler is going to provide a brand new Jeep Renegade for the Patriot Student of the Year to a student from participating high schools in the area.

The Patriot Auto Group is teaming up with The Shawnee News-Star to recognize the area’s best student.

During the school year, two students of the month will be selected by an impartial panel of judges based off nominations from administrators at the school. Those 16 students will be finalists to win the Patriot Student of the Year award and one will drive home in a new car after the May 4, 2020, News-Star fourth annual Best of Preps banquet at FireLake Arena. The remaining 15 students will win scholarships.

Each month administrators at participating area high schools will submit a nomination for a senior who has an excellent grade point average, displays community leadership qualities, is an active volunteer and displays high moral integrity.

Additional sponsors of the program include Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Benchmark Realty, Oklahoma Baptist University, Pioneer Library System, Immanuel Baptist Church Student Ministry and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.