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News-Star/Patriot Auto Group Car Finalist: Lauren King, Bethel

Vicky O. Misa

Bethel senior Lauren King is a leader at Bethel High School and maintains a perfect GPA.

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

“From the moment Lauren was a student in my English classroom, I quickly recognized her commitment to excellence,” Bethel High School Library Media Director Leah O'Rorke said. “Between keeping up with her studies in both her regular and concurrent courses, managing the basketball team for four years, and founding Hands for Hope, Lauren exudes responsibility and determination.”

Because of O'Rorke's current and past positions at Bethel Public School, as the Library Media Specialist and her former classroom teacher, she said she has had ample opportunity to get to know King over the last five years, both as a student and library patron.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Lauren will thrive in whatever career path she chooses,” O'Rorke said. “Her motivation, attitude, and integrity toward academics will continue to push her toward her dream of helping others.”

The recipient of an Oklahoma State University Academic scholarship, King has been honored with several academic awards, is a National Honor Society member and is on the Superintendent's Honor Roll.

King has served as a mentor with Community Renewal summer camp, as well as at school with third- and fourth-graders.

Among opportunities to volunteer, King has helped out with Relay for Life, Feed the Children, a nursing home outreach and the County Fair.

Parents are Troyce and Dana King, of Shawnee.

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. 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.