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Emori Beattie earns BSN/RN from UCO

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Emori (Brewer) Beattie, Canadian High School Class of 2016, graduated summa cum laude with her BSN/RN from the University of Central Oklahoma. UCO is the top nursing school in Oklahoma, and very few out-of-state residents are accepted. Because of Emori’s 4.0 grade point and entry test scores, she was accepted in 2018. She attended OSU after graduating from Canadian High School in 2016, before starting UCO in August 2018. This year took special effort to finish because of COVID. Everything was different, but through hard work and perseverance, she graduated with top honors—one of only four in her class to graduate summa cum laude.
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Don’t Mess with Texas scholarship contest seeks applicants

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AUSTIN—Applications are now available for the 2021 Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship Contest, which recognizes Texas high school seniors who are taking an active role in litter prevention in their school or community. The contest is open to any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private, or home school, and planning to attend an accredited college or university in the fall 2021 semester. The contest will award a total of $9,000 in scholarships to three winners in May 2021. “We’re looking for students who are developing exciting and creative solutions to keep Texas litter-free,” said Becky Ozuna, program administrator. “We aim to shine a spotlight on their innovations in the hope of inspiring other Texans to do their part to keep our state beautiful.” To enter the scholarship contest, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Applications must be received via online submission by 5 pm on March 31.
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WAITING live in West Texas. Mostly, we wait for rain. We know it will rain someday, but rain doesn’t fall when we want or need it. And West Texas weather is so fickle that when it does rain, sometimes, it falls so fast and hard, we experience floods and soil erosion. Ranchers have to rescue livestock, and famers can’t plow muddy fields. Waiting for rain has forged us into patient skeptics. That rare quirk comes in handy these days. A patient skeptic is what one needs to be when it comes to getting a COVID vaccination.
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CHRISTMAS SONGS along with “Auld Lang Syne” are the only songs we hear and sing once a year. Hoping to write about the most popular carols, I discovered songs I had never heard of on the many lists of Most Popular Christmas Songs. Even when I listened to them on YouTube, they were unfamiliar. Can you sing a verse of “Purple Snowflakes” or “Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects?” Songs by Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, and Ariana Grande made most of the lists. The Good Housekeeping list suggested songs by the Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Taylor Swift, and Britney Spears.
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Haygood named Champion and Reserve at National Junior Hereford Association Show

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Canadian Middle School sixthgrader, Mark Haygood garnered two top awards at the 4th Annual National Junior Hereford Association’s (NJHA) Fed Steer Shootout contest, Oct. 22, in Kansas City. He was awarded Champion Commercial Individual and Reserve Champion Commercial Individual. Mark is the son of Lee and Jacqui Haygood of Indian Mound Ranch in Canadian.
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Meagan Reed earns BSN/RN from WTAMU

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Megan Ann Reed has completed her studies at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, and is graduating this month with her BSN/RN degree. While at WTAMU, she was a member of Delta Zeta and the WTAMU Nurses Association, and was an honor inductee into the National Society of Leadership and Success. The year 2020 is a very special one for nurses worldwide, due to the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale (The Lady with the Lamp). Due to current circumstances the pinning ceremony and graduation ceremony were required to be virtual. Megan graduated from Canadian High School in 2016 and is the daughter of James and Janet Reed, and the granddaughter of Jim and Marge Hoobler, all of Canadian.