The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

May 4, 2013

Timberlake students get big thumbs up for effort to aid Boston Marathon bomb victims

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to Timberlake High School students for keeping Boston in their hearts.

Recently, 41 Timberlake students wrote letters and poems, gathered quotes and created art to send messages of love and support.

The recipients were those who were injured, who lost loved ones, or who behaved heroically during the bombing at the Boston Marathon and its aftermath.

A check will be sent to Boston on the last day of school — May 17. Anyone who wants to contribute to the Timberlake project can mail a check to Laurie Gwinn, Timberlake High School, P.O. Box 287, Helena, OK 73741. Write “Boston Donations” on the memo line.

The money will be sent to One Fund Boston, a fund set up specially to help those injured by the bombing.

For information on the Timberlake donation fund, call Gwinn at (580) 852-3281.

Thumbs up to eight area high school seniors for receiving the 2013 Academic All-State Awards from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Congrats to Maria Torres, Enid, Chisholm High School; Holly Stuart, Enid, Enid High School; Nicholas Denker, Enid, Pioneer High School; Grant Newton, Kingfisher, Kingfisher High School; Bolton Ferda, Medford, Blackwell High School; Connor Cusack, Meno, Fairview High School; Ashtyn Widney, Watonga, Watonga High School; and Sierra White, Woodward, Woodward High School.

Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a medallion at the foundation’s 27th annual Academic Awards Banquet May 18 in Oklahoma City.

Way to go!

Big thumbs up for Central National Bank celebrating a century.

The Enid institution survived the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the drought of the 1950s and the Great Recession.

When the doors first opened in a portion of another business at 109 S. Grand, the fledgling bank was named Central State Bank. It had capital stock of $50,000.

A year later, Central moved to its first permanent home, 101 N. Grand, in the Stephenson building. That location remained the bank’s home until 1962, when it opened in its present location of 324 W. Broadway.

“Central State Bank became an integral part of the Enid community,” Kayle Costello, senior vice president and trust officer for CNB, said.

Well said. Here’s to the next 100 years!

Finally, thumbs up to a Waukomis High School junior winning top honors in a statewide contest, netting a $750 award.

Peyton Isbell’s video, “End Litter, the Old Fashioned Way,” was made to look like a black-and-white silent film.

The statewide nonprofit organization Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, in partnership with Oklahoma Department of Transportation, sponsors the annual video contest open to high school and college students.

Congrats, Peyton!

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