Thumbs up to Enid High School’s class of 2019 for earning $4,089,000 in scholarships this academic year.

Those receiving scholarships in the Class of 2019 were honored during the Senior Awards Ceremony Tuesday night at the EHS auditorium. EHS Principal Dudley Darrow made the announcement at the well-attended event.

Also, 125 out of 408 seniors went above and beyond the state requirements and graduated with honors.

That kind of success should make patrons of Enid Public Schools very proud. Congrats to these students, parents and educators for making this academic achievement happen.

More thumbs up to Sherry Stewart for being named 2018’s CASA of the Year.

Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, are the voices for children in cases of abuse or neglect. They interact with the court and judges to ensure choices are made in the best interests of the children.

Stewart was honored May 15 in front of the Child Advocacy Council. She was introduced by Garfield County Child Advocacy Center Director Carole Wade, who outlined her achievements and work with the CASA program.

Wade said Stewart became a CASA in 2016, taking a case in August of that year. The case Stewart has been assigned involves four children who have since been placed together in a trial adoptive home.

Stewart said she “most definitely” recommends becoming a CASA to others in the community.

“I think a lot of people say how something needs to be done for children, we need to do something,” she said. “This is a way you can actually do something, not just use words.

“I would really like people, if they aren’t sure they would want to be a CASA, come to the training. I think they might find out they can make a difference that way.”

Adults 21 years old or older who have a desire and the time to help abused or neglected children can call the CASA office at (580) 242-1153 or (877) 242-1153 for an application.

Last, but not least, thumbs up to NextEra Energy Resources for withdrawing plans to build a wind farm that had been opposed by Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission.

Construction on the company’s wind farm west of Hinton was stopped last October after NextEra and OSMPC agreed to work on a mitigation plan with the Defense Department to resolve the issue.

When NextEra withdrew plans to build the wind farm, it was a good move for both the military and wind industry, and for Oklahoma.

“I applaud NextEra’s efforts to not impact military training routes in Oklahoma,” OSMPC Chairman Mike Cooper said. In a statement, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter also thanked the entities involved for coming to a conclusion that protects military interests.

Airspace remains the No. 1 most important asset in the state of Oklahoma. Vance, Tinker and Altus bases have a $19 billion annual economic impact on the state.

We don’t want Oklahoma to become vulnerable to losing its existing military bases. Our state can’t afford to lose any of them.

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