The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

August 31, 2013

Area CareerTech schools Autry, Northwest recognized

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to two area CareerTech schools for consistently receiving top honors.

Autry Technology Center and Northwest Technology Center were recognized during the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Educators summer conference with the Gold Star Award.

The award recognizes technology centers that have met rigid and demanding criteria, demonstrating a high level of excellence.

It is Autry Tech’s 10th year to get the award, and Northwest Technology Center’s eighth year.

Congrats to both schools for these awards.

More thumbs up to the Ray Davis Family Trust for pledging the single largest gift in the history of Enid Public School Foundation.

The Kevin and Vicki Davis Scholarship Program, created in honor of Enid businessman Ray Davis’ late children, is expected to amount to $316,000 over the span of 20 years.

Kevin died in a car accident in 1978, and Vicki died in a car accident in 1986.

Jennifer Fields, executive director of EPSF, said the scholarship program will pay tuition fees for high school seniors who attend University Center.

Sincere thanks to the Davis family for believing that education has the power to change people’s lives forever.

Thumbs up to an Enid resident for contributing artwork to the city based on a photograph showing the Enid Fire Department’s headquarters in 1906.

The work of Duron Lewis, who recently moved to Enid and works in the oil field, depicts the brigade’s early days.

A small crowd of Enid officials, first responders and residents gathered in the current fire station’s meeting room recently to view the drawing, which was propped on an easel with a copy of the original photograph.

The department will hang the drawing in a special place inside its headquarters.

Finally, thumbs up for Oklahoma not being in the bottom 10 states in a health ranking.

The state Department of Health said the number of Oklahoma residents who smoke has dropped to a historic low, which officials said will mean fewer premature deaths and lower health care costs for smoking-related illnesses

State health officials said figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate 23.3 percent of Oklahoma residents smoked in 2012, down from 26.1 percent in 2011, according to staff and wire reports.

Oklahoma now is ranked 39th highest in the nation in its rate of adult smoking, a significant decline from 47th last year. That improvement is positive news.

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