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News-Star/Patriot Auto Group Car Finalist: Kulson Yates, Tecumseh

By Vicky O. Misa | Vicky.misa@news-star.com | (405) 214-3962 | Twitter: @Vicky_NewsStar
The Shawnee News-Star
Tecumseh Senior Kulson Yates is a finalist for Student of the Year

Senior Kulson Yates is a leader at Tecumseh High School.

Maintaining a 4.0 GPA, he has been selected as one of The Shawnee News-Star and Patriot Auto Group Students of the Month for September and is now in the running to win a car.

“I have had the luxury of watching this young man grow into an outstanding student, athlete and volunteer,” Tecumseh High School Principal Randy Dilbeck said. “ Kulson is the type of person who will put other people's needs in front of his own.”

He can always be counted on to help, Dilbeck said.

He said Yates has been involved with community events like Frontier Days.

“Kulson has been a solid volunteer for many years with community and school activities,” he said. “He has volunteered for the Oklahoma Special Olympics as a guide; he has volunteered at both Wallace and Immanuel Baptist churches with Vacation Bible School.”

Dilbeck said he has also witnessed Yates' growth and success in leadership and academics.

“Kulson has been taught to do the right thing in any situation,” he said. “His moral values and ethical notions come from a great family that has laid a tremendous foundation for this young man.”

A Student Council member, Yates has been involved in many areas, including FCA for four years, cross country captain and track captain, Safe School Committee, BPA president, Native Club NHS secretary, Senior Class vice president, Student Council vice president, among many others.

His mom is Donette Yates.

Best of Tri-County Preps 2020-21

For the fourth 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 News-Star's fifth annual Best of Tri-County Preps banquet at FireLake Arena in the spring. 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 Communications Federal Credit Union, Pioneer Library System, and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.