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Speaker of the House Charles McCall congratulates Tri-County honorees

Area high school seniors, their families, and educators gathered Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program, sponsored by First United Bank and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Area high school seniors, their families, and educators gathered Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program, sponsored by First United Bank and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Speaker of the House Charles McCall offers inspiring words to the students, their families, and educators at Tuesday’s Tri-County Honors Program. Also on the program were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, and First United Bank CEO Greg Massey, right.

Speaker of the House Charles McCall offers inspiring words to the students, their families, and educators at Tuesday’s Tri-County Honors Program. Also on the program were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, and First United Bank CEO Greg Massey, right.

DURANT, Okla. – The Honorable Charles McCall, Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, was the keynote speaker Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program.

First United Bank is Corporate sponsor and Southeastern Oklahoma State University is the Education sponsor for the annual event, which honors area high school students and is held in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

 

 

Speaker McCall was elected to that position on January 3, 2017, and represents House District 22. He was first elected to the House in 2012, and has served as the chairman of the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee on Revenue and Taxation.

Prior to running for the House of Representatives, he served as Mayor of Atoka from 2005 to 2012.

 

The Speaker earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma and completed the banking program at the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado. He currently serves as the CEO and Board Chairman of AmeriState Bank in Atoka.

First United CEO Greg Massey presided over the event, with Southeastern president Sean Burrage offering welcoming remarks. Awards were presented by Speaker McCall, Massey, Burrage, the bank presidents, and Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.

Eighty-six students from 17 area schools were represented at the 2017 Tri-County Honors Program.

The following students, listed by school, were honored for their scholastic and leadership skills:

Achille High School: Raychel Alexander, Sergio Vazquez, Ryan Hudgins, Zane Westbrook, McKayla Dunegan.

Bennington High School: Kindal Stricklen, Nicole McWilliams, Haily Tom, William Smith, Maria Martinez, Alyssa Mathews.

Boswell High School: D’yani Shores, Madealyn Morphis, Caleb Hitchcock, Virginia Beddo.

Caddo High School: Chaney Freese, Charlotte Brantley, Clayton Holbrook, Allison Adair.

Calera High School: Chase Hamilton, Cooper Hamilton, Caleb Judkins, Madison Partain,  Makayla Thomas, Haley Childers.

Colbert High School: Ronnie Rickman, Jared Tucker.

Durant High School: Spencer Patton, Elena Mendoza, Micah Abrams, Matthew Anderson, Emari Benito, Rebekah Corson, Taylor Cox, Adyson Gabbart, Blake Harper, Makenna Jones, Maci McCoy, Chloe McKinney, Jonathan Metts, Brody Morgan, Morgan O’Hern, Alexis Prado, Jakob Smith, Nikki Smith, Rainbow Spindle, Kevin Tran, Jatelyn Wallace.

Fort Towson High School: Jacob Good, Veronica Chamberlain, Tristen Beard, Elizabeth Whitlow.

Hugo High School: Gary Newberry, Alexis Bills, Anthony Bennett, India Gage.

Durant Kiamichi Technology Center: Sergio Vazquez, Isabel Briceno, Nicolas Posekany, Charlie Gould, Joshua Gonzalez, Maria Martinez.

Hugo Kiamichi Technology Center: Summer Moffitt

Kingston High School: Clayton Dewayne Taylor, Grace Madelyn Werth.

Madill High School: Joseph Tuck, Will Shelby, Hayden Holder, Roxy Avilia.

Rock Creek High School: Kaycee Williams, Jesse Durham, Cole Eschete, Aubree Goodwin.

Silo High School: Peyton Cobb, Jake Hamilton, Crissy Odom, Braden Allen, Adyson Barber.

Soper High School: Madelynn Dancer, Alexa Pettyjohn, Cage Record, Kaylee Dennis.

Victory Life Academy: Larra Lankford, Tristan Perkins, Ben Grody, Tara Dollar.

Area high school students honored at Tri-County banquet

Former Southeastern All-America quarterback Drew Beard was the keynote speaker at the Tri-County event.

Former Southeastern All-America quarterback Drew Beard was the keynote speaker at the Tri-County event.

DURANT, Okla. – Some 90 students from 17 schools were honored Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program, held in the Visual and Performing Arts Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

First United Bank serves as corporate sponsor of the annual event, while Southeastern is the education sponsor.

Tuesday’s keynote speaker was former Southeastern All-America quarterback Drew Beard, who is South Central area director of the Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Beard was inducted into the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Greg Massey, CEO of First United, served as emcee, with Southeastern president Sean Burrage offering welcoming remarks.

Awards were presented by Massey, Burrage, Beard, the First United Bank presidents, and Kyle Stafford, vice president of university advancement.

Following is the list of students honored, listed by school:

Achille High School

Kyle Dowd, DarianClark, Riggin Dellis, Anthony Shackleford, Kiersten Brown

Bennington High School

Mason Emert, Dillon Clark, Michael Rochelle, Taylor Dancer

Boswell High School

Jayce Massengale,McKenna Pierce, Jay Isaacs, Wyatt Sullivan, Camrie Rhone

Caddo High School

Hadley Clower, Rubi Gonzales, Patrick Joines, Jayci Braudrick

Calera High School

Madlynn Robinson,Bryce Thralls, Raylee Rogers, Hailey Bishop

Colbert High School

Joseph Schnitker,Logan Corbett, Rylee Mattingly, Haylie McGowan

Durant High School

Carley Schuessler, Logan Hibbs, Conner Austin, Alex Benito, Eli Breon, Reagan Brooks, Matthew Corley, Adam Davis, Lexi Diessner, Kelsey Glenn, Logan Hime, Nathan Hodson,Erika Hogue, Joshua Jackson, Jacob Lusk, Emily Marcum, Jacob Pardue, AlisonRoberts, Hannah Robinson, Hayley Sicking, Layton Tubbs, Addison Van Zandbergen, Sydney Youngblood

Fort Towson High School

Amy Burkhalter, Micaella Church, Lanie Hedrick, Beau Scaff

Hugo High School

Ronald Briggs, Breanna Carswell, Kaylee Clinton, Devin Holt, Haley White, Connor Wilson, Logan McGhee, Michal Ellis

Hugo Kiamichi Technology Center

Wendell “Colby” Watts, Richard Randell, Sheantuny Bray, Michell Adams

Durant Kiamichi Technology Center

Rubi Gonzales,  Hailey Bishop, Matthew Hernandez, Debra Jean Ann Graham

Kingston High School

Regan Stephenson,Alexis Spence

Madill High School

Austin  Williams, Dakota Looney, Raegin Eddings

Rock Creek High School

Josie Harbin, Macy Eiler, Damian Trahan, Jaclynn Carter

Silo High School

Meagan Renfro, Forrest Ludrick, Christian Giles, Skylar Logan

Soper High School

Taylor Holder, Lacee Allen, Jase Holder, Ferron Kelso

Victory Life Academy

Whittney Hall, Rylanne Martin, Dalton Farrell, Kerri Wallace

First United Bank honored with Regents Partnership Award

awardjpgDURANT, Okla. – Twenty-eight business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recognized recently as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships that enable current students to work at the partnering businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers.

Among the honorees were Southeastern Oklahoma State University and First United Bank. The partnership between Southeastern Oklahoma State University and First United Bank, a family-owned, Oklahoma-based bank, has lasted for two generations. Greg Massey serves as president and CEO of the bank and carries on the family tradition started by his father, John, as a leader not only within his own community of Durant, but also throughout the state. Massey and the team at First United are committed to the economic development of the community of Durant through their contributions as a significant employer in the region and an economic engine within the state. This partnership includes participation in building projects, scholarship programs, alumni activities, and programs dedicated to seeing the university thrive. Additionally, the support they provide the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, which has been housed at Southeastern since its inception 31 years ago, shows their desire to see small businesses thrive not only in the communities they serve, but throughout Oklahoma.

“Our state system institutions collaborate with the business community to link academic programs directly to employment needs,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships allow our colleges and universities to provide innovative, interactive learning experiences for students that align with workforce requirements today and in the future.”

“We are very appreciative of the support of First United Bank,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “First United is a business that is truly engaged in communities all across Oklahoma. And the Masseys recognize the value of education and the role it plays in the future of our state.’’

 

Tri-County event honors high school students

State Treasurer Ken Miller addresses the crowd Tuesday at the Tri-County Honors Program.

State Treasurer Ken Miller addresses the crowd Tuesday at the Tri-County Honors Program.

DURANT, Okla. – The Tri-County Honors Program, co-sponsored by First United Bank and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was held Tuesday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The event opened with a reception, followed by the honors award ceremony.

Guest speaker was Ken Miller, State Treasurer of Oklahoma.

Greg Massey, Chief Executive Officer of First United Bank, and Southeastern president Sean Burrage offered welcoming remarks.

Liz McCraw, Dean of Enrollment Management, introduced school administrators, who then introduced the honorees from their respective schools.

Following is the list of students honored by school:

Achille – Tory Huff, Tiffany Cranford, Lance Miller, Jason Todd, Hailee Greenhaw.

Bennington – Trevor McWilliams, Callie Clark, Whitney McGee, Sarah Blankenship.

Boswell – Cameron Roberts, Chelsea Burns, Jose Rubio, Jonna Belvin.

Caddo – Alexis Gabbart, Lillian Hearon, Chris Gerlach, Bethany Speed.

Calera – Mika Barkley, Ashlyn Cooper, Elyssa McLean, McKayla Patton, Matthew Slaten, Tiffany Vo.

Colbert – Hannah Wilson, Chance Haile, Tanner Lyday, Kayli Knickle.

Durant – Ashley Anderson, John Anteau, Mark Bisson, Hunter Burkett, Truman Burrage, Carson Campbell, Mekarlie Carter, Haley Cook, William Cox, Kaden Ford, Blaise Gorges, Tayler Hedgecock, Zachary Hestily, Jordan Hutchings, Kelsey Matthews, Turner Norman, Brooke Podany, Garrett Reddout, Alexa Richards, Summer Simeroth, Emily Stubber, Vanessa Thomas, Ryan Tran, Cooper Webb.

Fort Towson – Ashleigh Walden, Brittani Blankenship, Dana King, Brendon Gibson, Stephanie Manuel.

Hugo – Luke Green, Courtney Patterson, Nneka Uche, Kameron Raper

Hugo Kiamichi Technology Center – Kaleigh Chance, Quinten Collins, Jose Rubio, Shawna Reynolds.

Durant Kiamichi Technology Center – Charity Smith, Alex  Post, Lane Manry, Zachary Brasel, Cody Buffalo, Cassidy Ash.

Kingston – Austin Stottlemyre, Nathan Cook.

Madill – Rebecca Pugh, Kady Huffstutlar, Jeffrey Ortloff, Codi Sandefur.

Rock Creek – Teigan Munson, Allison Robinson, Alyssa Robinson, Lani Pesch, Bronson Burns, Savannah Jackson.

Silo – Mary Grider, Reid Buchanan, Nicholas Gauthier, Miranda  Parr, Cody Halley, Logan Bennett.

Soper – Kylie Stevens, Kadan Gravitt, Morgan Self, Kaleigh Chance.

Victory Life Academy – Ronni Weatherly, Clayton Calloway, Jacob Graham, Destiny Everett, Kaela Bryant.

Community reception welcomes President Burrage

Southeastern president Sean Burrage addresses the crowd Monday night.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage addresses the crowd Monday night.

DURANT, Okla. – An overflow crowd officially welcomed new Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage to Durant Monday night with a reception at the Choctaw Event Center.

“My family and I were overwhelmed at the turnout tonight,” Burrage said after the event. “It’s really heartwarming to see the community support Southeastern in this way. We are very excited about having the opportunity to work with people who are genuinely interested in the welfare of their University.”

Among those in attendance were numerous elected officials, higher education regents and presidents, business leaders, and university and community representatives.

Greg Massey of First United Bank served as emcee, while offering remarks were State Regent John Massey, Chief Gary Batton of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and Gov. Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation. Choctaw Assistant Chief Jack Austin, Jr., offered the invocation.

Burrage, who  began his duties as the 20th president of Southeastern on July 1, spoke briefly, introducing family members and noting that he appreciated the opportunity to serve the University.

Hosting the reception were the Massey family, The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and the Chickasaw Nation.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, center, is shown with, left to right, former Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gregory Pyle, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby, Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton, and Choctaw Nation Assistant Chief Jack Austin, Jr.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, center, is shown with, left to right, former Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gregory Pyle, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby, Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton, and Choctaw Nation Assistant Chief Jack Austin, Jr. (photos courtesy of Zach Maxwell/Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

 

Lt. Gov. Lamb guest speaker at Tri-County event

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb offers remarks to the crowd Tuesday night.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb offers remarks to the crowd Tuesday night.

DURANT, Okla. – The Tri-County Honors Program, co-sponsored by First United Bank and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was held Tuesday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Durant campus.

The event opened with a reception, followed by the honors award ceremony.

Lt. Governor Todd Lamb was the guest speaker.

Greg Massey, Chief Executive Officer of First United Bank, and Southeastern Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas McMillan offered remarks.

Dean of Enrollment Management Liz McCraw introduced school administrators, who then introduced the honorees from their respective schools.

Assisting in the awards presentation were First United Bank Presidents and Officers Bert Davison, Durant (President); Kathy Fuller, Hugo (Assistant Vice President); Debby Boyd, Calera (Vice President); Chris Earthman, Colbert (President); Rick Lane, Madill (President); and Justin Behrens, Bokchito (Vice President).

Following is a list of students honored by school:

This group of students from Durant High School was honored at the Tri-County event.

This group of students from Durant High School was honored at the Tri-County event.

Achille – Madison Stanglin, Paige Hutchings, Makala Womack, Tyler Gibby.

Bennington – Crystal Tate, Erica Noland.

Boswell – Tanner Manous, Brittany Wells, Tracy Lee Brown, Brenna Poe.

Caddo – Virgle Mincher, Shelby Dellinger, Aaron Purkins, Tobi Miller.

Calera – Rachel Childers, Connor Hamilton, Riggin Rogers.

Colbert – Payton Whitehead, Maddison Poteet, Ethan Williams, Samantha Richardson.

Durant  — Sierra Downs, Will Engle, Brittany Farmer, Gabrielle Ford, Emily Franzeo, Kristen Gooch, Kaley Green, Elissa Hamil, Matthew Harris, Darren Jernigan, Rheagan Jones, Gabriel Louis, Caroline Loyd, Sydni McKaughan, Shalleigh Powell, Zachary Taylor, Brittany Trent, Katlyn Wigington, Jared Woods, Landry Wright.

Fort Towson – Alyssa Chandler, Charles Tillman, William Sossamon, Tiara Good.

Hugo – Kelli Stacy, Victoria Wyatt, Colton Coffey, Amaney Jackson, Michaela Ellis.

Hugo Kiamichi Technology Center – Shannon Bivins, Dimehlia Adamson, Macy Maxwell.

Durant Kiamichi Technology Center – Brett Massey, Jonathan Harper, Matthew Scott, Katelynn Todd.

Kingston – Dalton Williams, Benjamin Whipkey.

Madill – Megan Mockerman, Joshua NeeSmith, Marshall Scott, Brenna Green.

Rock Creek – Brittany Anderson, Dakota Holloway, Trevor Iams, Krislan Winnett.

Silo – Jordan Carter, Baylee Rogers, Kayti Townsend, Casey Love, Hannah Bourne, Ashlee Impson, Leonard Sandler, Katlyn Halley.

Soper – Paige Grammar, Chance Scott, Eduardo Rubio, Samantha Wolfenbarger.

Victory Life Academy – Amber Bruce, Kevin Covington, Seth Bennett, Marella Smith.

University hosts SE Live, Native American Visitation Day

Students participate in one of the many activities at SE Live on Wednesday.

Students participate in one of the many activities at SE Live on Wednesday.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosted SE Live Open House and Native American Visitation Day Wednesday with approximately 150 prospective students, their families and high school teachers on the Durant campus.

There was something for everyone on the agenda. Students had the opportunity to explore the campus, attend class and learn more about how to access the resources they need to become successful in higher education.

The day started with a welcome session in Montgomery Auditorium.

The students then joined rotating sessions with small groups. Sessions included “Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone,” “Money Matters,” and a College Success Class.”

A parent session was held from 10-11 a.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union, followed by campus tours.

Noon to 1 p.m. featured Lunch in the Ballroom, plus the Academic Department and Student Life Fair in the Magnolia Room for both students and parents. Lunch was sponsored by Durant’s First United Bank.

Chorale, band, athletics and the aviation program hosted open houses from 1-1:50 p.m.

Optional sessions starting at 2 p.m. included band and choral auditions, and additional campus tours.

SE Live and Native American Visitation Day is held twice a year to better acquaint high school students with Southeastern and the college experience.

Tri-County event honors high school students

Oklahoma  State Senator Clark Jolley, center, was the guest speaker at Tuesday night’s Tri-County Honors Program. Joining him were, left, Southeastern President Larry Minks, and First United Bank Chief Executive Officer Greg Massey.

Oklahoma State Senator Clark Jolley, center, was the guest speaker at Tuesday night’s Tri-County Honors Program. Joining him were, left, Southeastern President Larry Minks, and First United Bank Chief Executive Officer Greg Massey.

DURANT, Okla. – The Tri-County Honors Program, co-sponsored by First United Bank and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was held Tuesday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The event opened with a reception, followed by the honors award ceremony.

Guest speaker was Oklahoma State Senator Clark Jolley, District 41, of Edmond.

Greg Massey, Chief Executive Officer of First United Bank, and Southeastern President Larry Minks offered welcoming remarks.

Liz McCraw, Dean of Enrollment Management, introduced school administrators, who then introduced the honorees from their respective schools.  Assisting in the award presentations were First United Bank Presidents Bert Davison, Durant;  John Worthy,  Hugo; Daryl Mulkey, Calera; Jimmy Fernandez, Colbert;  Rick Lane,  Madill; and Debby Boyd, Bokchito (Vice President).

Following is a list of students honored by school:

Achille – Sara Callaway, Mallory Phelps, Derick Baker, Presley Perryman.

Bennington – Christina Weger, Raven Harp, Patrick Hawkins, Marynna Mays.

Boswell – Stacee Bacon, Madison Cress, Michael Kyle Virden, Kassie Parsons.

Caddo – Peyton Joines, Allison Joines, Caroline Joines, Josh Ringle, Chelsey Pilkilton.

Calera – Preston Barkley, Conner Mulkey, Alyssa Beadle.

Colbert – Preston Rice, Faith Rich, Cade Carter, Margaret Copley.

Durant – Shelbi Barrett, Kolton Blakley, Caitlin Campbell, Kameron Dunn, Katy Gaskill, Kristofer Hale, Larissa Hallmark, Tobi Harrison, Kaitlyn Holder, Morgan Horn, Cole Hughes, Chay John, Taylor Knox, Kassandra Nagorski, Suparshva Parikh, Macey Pierce, James Reddout, Makaela Rich, Riley Richards, Elaney Schmidt, Cameron Schuessler, Ethan St. Clair.

Durant Kiamichi Technology Center – McKenna Osman, Shelby Haggard, Axel Gould.

Fort Towson – Ronan Cloud, Jacey Edwards.

Hugo – Dustin Freeman, Zac Harber, Kameron Cooper, Jessica Koonce.

Hugo Kiamichi Technology Center – Christopher Cole Brents, Kaitlyn Ledbetter.

Kingston – Calli Rogers, Raylee Woodward.

Madill – Shiann Burns, Macci Clement, Jonathan Sutherland, Aaron Harding.

Rock Creek – Joyce Mitchell, Dylan Powell, David Dill, Alejandra Marsh.

Silo – Rachel Grider, Jacqueline Hendricks, Katey Rowland, Mark Spampinato, Clay Nunley, Lorena Diaz.

Soper – Kori Jeffreys, Haly Hammock, Jackson Ferguson, Caitlin Roebuck.

Victory Life Academy – Sierra Kinnamon, Amy Roesler, Michaela Woodall, Macie Bufkin, Summer Stinchcomb, Joshua English.

Metheny’s team cards 50 to claim Alumni Golf Classic

DURANT, Okla. – Eagles and birdies ruled the day as Mike Metheny’s team carded a 50 to claim the championship of the 26th-annual Southeastern Oklahoma State University Whang Bang Alumni Golf Classic at Silverado Golf Course on Friday. From left: Rusty Zumwalt, Owasso, Okla.; Jack Park, Norman, Okla.; Casey Clayborn, McAlester, Okla.; Southeastern baseball coach Mike Metheny, Durant; Paul Postier, Tulsa, Okla.; and Norm Clayborn, Wilburton, Okla. VGT took second place with a 53 and First Texoma-Pointe Vista was third at 54. Charley Jones, Hugo and VGT, won the Long Drive Contest and Al Olson, Durant and First United Bank, finished Closest-to-the-Hole.

SE Live set for February 8

DURANT, Okla. – High school seniors and juniors, plus their parents and families, are invited to attend SE Live Open House hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

SE Live is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, on the Southeastern campus in Durant, Oklahoma.

“SE Live is a great day for high school seniors and juniors to visit Southeastern’s campus and envision themselves as college students for a day. It’s a chance for students to see our campus and the great opportunities Southeastern provides as a University,” said Marcus High, University Recruiter.

SE Live Open House is an excellent opportunity for high school students to experience what life is like as a Southeastern student. Students will attend workshops on Scholarships and Financial Aid, Southeastern Traditions and a College Success class. Campus tours will also be available in the afternoon.

Other highlights of the day will include entertainment by several of Southeastern’s performing groups, including the Sparks Dance Team. The choir and band will also hold early auditions for scholarships. In the afternoon, students will have an opportunity to visit Eaker Field, home of the Southeastern Aviation Program.

All students attending will receive an SE Sackpack and one free lunch ticket. Lunch is sponsored by First United Bank.

SE Live is an annual event on campus. Last year more than 500 students attended.

To view an event schedule, get directions and register, go online to www.SE.edu/SELive or contact the Office of University Recruitment at 580-745-2060