The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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April 25, 2014

Upward Bound: Seniors, make your 24 hours count

ENID, Okla. — State Rep. Anastasia Pittman’s words of advice to this year’s Upward Bound seniors at Northern Oklahoma College Enid were that experience, leadership and mentorship matter.

“You’ve got to plan your work and work your plan,” Pittman told them.

The Oklahoma City Democrat, stuck at the Capitol because the Legislature remained in session late Thursday night, spoke over a cellphone held up to the microphone by Erin McCoy, Upward Bound director, so the audience could hear her speak at the 2014 Upward Bound senior recognition.

Pittman urged the seniors to always keep in mind they have the same 24 hours in their day everyone else has, and to make each of those hours count for something.

This year’s nine Upward Bound seniors are:

• Kaitlyn Joy Beegle, a senior at Enid High School. She will attend Oklahoma State University in the fall and plans to major in biochemistry and molecular biology. She later plans to attend medical school.

She is a concurrent student NOC Enid and was accepted to OSU during her junior year of high school. She attended the LeadAmerica Leadership Conference and is a graduate of medicine and health care forums at Georgetown University, Washington and the University of California-Berkeley.

She is a member of the National Honor Society and Oklahoma Girls State.

She is a varsity cheer letterman, received Tri-State Music Festival show choir and girls ensemble superior ratings, and was a Universal Cheerleading Association All-American cheerleader. She received first place in UCA Game Day competition, large varsity division.

Her extracurricular activities include Alpha Sigma Tau Service Club, Connection Crew, Hype Dance Productions, show choir and varsity choir.

Her volunteer activities include Be Fit Kids Buzz Run, Coaches vs. Cancer, Moore tornado relief supply donations, Security National Bank school supply drive, Shop with a Cop toy drive, and Upward Bound College Preparatory Academy Going Green.

• Crystal Deeann Best, a senior at Hennessey High School. She will attend NOC Enid in the fall, majoring in art and history.

She is an Oklahoma Educational Planning and Assessment System scholar and varsity scholar whose awards include Upward Bound Math Guru.

Her extracurricular activities include Art Club and Upward Bound College Preparatory Academy. Her volunteer activities include community service day and peer tutoring.

• Ciarra Lauren Creel, a senior at Kremlin-Hillsdale High School. She will attend NOC Enid in the fall. She plans to work in the medical field.

She was a concurrent student NOC Enid and member of the National Honor Society.

Her extracurricular activities include 4-H, FFA and Upward Bound College Preparatory College Academy.

• Jaqueline Gonzalez, a senior at Hennessey High School. She will attend NOC Enid in the fall, majoring in psychology.

She is class valedictorian.

Her extracurricular activities include basketball, choir, cross country, church activities, track and field and Upward Bound College Preparatory Academy.

• Landon Laddie Harak, a senior at Hennessey High School. He will attend the University of Central Oklahoma in the fall, majoring in engineering.

• Lilly Bree Schmidt, a senior at Hennessey High School. She will attend Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kan., in the fall. She aspires to become an athletic coach.

Her extracurricular activities include track and field, and Upward Bound College Preparatory Academy.

She volunteers as a track and field youth coach.

• Maegan Leann Scruggs, a senior at Hennessey High School. She will attend NOC Enid in the fall. She aspires to become an athletic trainer.

Her awards include Bartlesville High School cross country most valuable runner and the Leadership Award.

Her extracurricular activities include show choir, varsity cross country, wrestling manager, basketball manager, football manager and Upward Bound College Preparatory Academy.

Her volunteer activities include church activities and Therapeutic Horse Ranch, Bartlesville.

• Traven Austin Lewis Watkins, a senior at Enid High School. He will attend NOC Enid in the fall, majoring in general studies.

His extracurricular activities include Student Council, varsity football, Quiz Bowl team and Upward Bound College Preparatory Academy.

He volunteers at Greenbrier Village, Loaves and Fishes, and community service for Upward Bound.

• Hopelynn Grace Yerian, a senior at Pioneer High School. She will attend NOC Enid in the fall. She plans to become a dental assistant.

She is a member of Oklahoma High School Honor Society and is on the principal’s honor toll.

Her awards include a Career Readiness Certificate from the state of Oklahoma, a Computer Certificate of Merit, a Health Career Certification from Autry Technology Center, National Beta Club, and Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education Award.

Her extracurricular activities include Beta Club, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, track and basketball.

She volunteered at Oklahoma Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic.

The Upward Bound program is for youths who will be first-generation college-bound students.

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