BEEF Scholarships Awarded

BEEF Scholarships Awarded
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BEEF Scholarships Awarded
BEEF’s Celebration of Academic Awards 2018

The Bixby Educational Endowment Foundation (BEEF) proudly hosted the 17th annual Celebration of Academic Awards to honor Bixby Public School’s Teachers of the Year and the academic achievements of Bixby seniors.

Certificates were awarded to Academic All-Staters Hannah Bowlin and Thomas Martinez. BEEF also recognized several Bixby seniors for their notable academic achievements including Hannah Bowlin (National Merit Commended Student), Marharyta Mironova (National Merit Commended Student) and Thomas Martinez (National Hispanic Scholar).

Former BEEF scholarship recipients, Alyssa Hendrix and Rachel Payne returned to Bixby for the evening to reflect on how their BEEF scholarships impacted their college experience and career opportunities, offering advice and inspiration to our current senior students.

BEEF then awarded $99,500 in scholarships to 2017-2018 Bixby High School seniors. Scholarship recipients for this year include: Alexis Ibrik, Allison Modglin, Anna Johns, Autumn Andrews, Brenna Crow, Brianna McKay, Bryan Sellers, Caitlin Sawatsky, Cameron Clay, Cameron Mitchell, Caroline Carson, Emilee Robertson, Hannah Bowlin, Hannah Doudican, Hayden Hamrick, Isabella Briscoe, Jacob McGee, Jake Garman, Jasmine Ghavami, Jenna Henson, Kamren Lambdin, Kamryn Good, Kylie Parker, Lauren Riggs, Lillian Lavendusky, Margo Mironava, Mason Hearn, McKinzey LaBiche, Michael Kemmerly, Morgan Delancy, Nicholas Gibson, Quinn Roberson, Rebecca Walters, Rebekah Underwood, Skylar Fogerty, Thomas Martinez, Tyler Sides, and Victoria Williams.

BEEF scholarships and teacher grants are made possible by the people and businesses within our community whose donations support BEEF’s mission - to assist the Bixby School system in building educational excellence and achieving full academic potential. Built on the vision of George Brown, one time CEO of Citizens Security Bank (Mabrey Bank), of how the community could help our school system achieve excellence, the Bixby Educational Endowment Foundation began in 1969. Since becoming a 501(c)(3) organization in 2001, BEEF has awarded almost 1.5 million dollars in grants and scholarships to Bixby Public Schools.

At the awards ceremony, BEEF Board President, Terri Paxton told the story of the organization having received a copy of a letter written by Charles Head Sr. when he endowed the scholarship honoring the memory of his wife, Dolores. According to Mrs. Paxton, “Charles wrote that part of Dolores life’s philosophy came from an Indian saying. ‘When you carve your initials into a beech tree, the letters will expand as the tree grows; cut into any other tree, the letters will shrink with age.’ Charles suggested that we have a beech tree….it is Bixby. He went on to suggest that our knife with which we can carve our own initials is the gifts to the Endowment Foundation….where the letters will last long after we leave this earth and will grow year after year.”

Mrs. Paxton left this year’s seniors with a final message.“Remember to envision your success and make an action plan to insure your success. Success does not just happen. It takes hard work. A goal without a plan is just a wish. Also, when you achieve your success and look back on this evening, find your beech tree and carve your initials in it, so your time, talents, and money will make an everlasting impact.”

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