Building on Tradition is a special section that will publish in the Enid News & Eagle for eight Sundays in February, March and April 2019. The section is designed to feature individuals, businesses and organizations in Enid and Northwest Oklahoma that work every day for the betterment of the region and its residents. This section, which published March 10, 2019, focuses on Education in Enid and the area.

Other sections include:

• Building on Tradition: Health and Wellness, Feb. 24, 2019

• Building on Tradition: Northwest Oklahoma, Feb. 24, 2019

• Building on Tradition: Economic Development, March 3, 2019

• Building on Tradition: Arts & Entertainment, March 17, 2019

• Building on Tradition: Agriculture & Energy, March 31, 2019

• Building on Tradition: Faith, April 7, 2019

• Building on Tradiiton: Community Service, April 14, 2019

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EHS Vocal Music Teacher and Jazz Choir Director Matthew Johnson is in his second year with the district. The former Norman High School teacher said the school there had a jazz choir and when he learned last year there was an opportunity to form one at Enid High he took it.

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“I think anybody who wants their children to be exposed to a faith-based education absolutely needs to check out our school. Having a faith-based environment provides a full education, as opposed to leaving the faith aspect out.” — St. Joseph principal Wade Laffey

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Waukomis Public Schools has 30-35 students enrolled in an agricultural education class, which is a course in Oklahoma that automatically adds its students to the FFA rolls. Yandell said 90 percent of the students in her classes are active in FFA.

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Suicide is the third leading cause of death between ages 10 and 24, according to Centers for Disease Control. Each year 157,000 Americans in that age group are treated for self-inflicted injuries.

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For two consecutive years, the nonprofit Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., has ranked NOC in the top 10 percent of community colleges nationally. NOC was the only state junior college on the list.

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All high school students at OBA are required to complete voluntary service hours during the year, school officials say. Service hours are divided between the Enid/Garfield County community, a student’s local church and OBA.

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Funds from the bond are going toward construction of a new early childhood wing at Pleasant Vale Elementary School and demolition of the old one, a new FEMA-rated safe room, buses and renovation of an older part of the high school.