The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

February 23, 2013

John Groendyke earns North Star award from the Boy Scouts, our thumbs up

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to a former Boy Scout and a lifelong supporter of the program.

John Groendyke was given the North Star award, a national honor for distinguished service to youth.

The Cimarron Council Boy Scouts of America presented the highest award given to a non-Scout during the recent Good Scout luncheon.

Thumbs up to Doug Stafford, principal at Emerson Middle School, for being named Oklahoma Middle School Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Middle Level Educators Association.

As 2014 MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals Oklahoma Middle School Principal of the Year, Stafford now will compete for the MetLife/NASSP National Association of Secondary School Principals National Principal of the Year award.

The winner of the national award will be announced in September during the NASSP Principals Institute and Awards Gala in Washington.

Congrats on this honor!

Thumbs down to a certain inmate at James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena.

Convicted rapist Ronny Edward Darnell claims he should have been born a woman, so the 44-year-old inmate wants the state to help with the transition from male to female, according to The Associated Press.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the inmate claims his constitutional rights are being violated by the state prison system.

He says by not providing him with hormone treatments, laser hair removal, counseling and assisting him with a name change, the Corrections Department is subjecting him to cruel and unusual punishment.

For once, we’re speechless.

On a positive note, thumbs up to Oklahoma Bible Academy students delivering more than 800 balloon bouquets over Enid as part of an effort to raise funds for a local family.

The bright valentine’s balloons, candy-filled bottles, fudge, stuffed bears and house plants are part of the fundraising efforts on the needy family’s behalf.

The father is battling cancer, with a wife and two children.  As part of a week dubbed Students Performing Unselfish Deeds — or SPUD — a family was selected to support. OBA hosts various activities and meals throughout the week, with the proceeds going to the family.

Thanks for helping out the community.

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