Scholarship Recipients named for 2019

Natalie Knowles - Derby

The OU Club of Wichita has awarded six scholarships to Wichita-area high school seniors who will begin attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 2019.

They are

Natalie Knowles – Derby High School
Natalie was selected as our Sheridan Drowatzky Scholarship Award winner for her impressive display of devotion to the military forces through her participation with the Air Force JROTC, and dedication to the community service of honoring our service members and military veterans. She is the daughter of Kim Gray and plans to major in Political Science and minor in Mandarin.

“You have to learn that you aren’t always right and that everyone isn’t always going to agree with your decisions. How you respond to these reactions and learn from them going forward makes you a better leader”
Brayden Steven – Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
Brayden is the daughter of Jenni and Johnny Steven; She plans to study Marketing and Advertising.
“There are problems in this world that are bigger than the day-to-day issues that I face. It is a great feeling for me to know that when I participate in these things [volunteer activities] that I know I am part of something helping someone or some issue greater than myself.”
James “Bailey” Caughran – Derby High School
Bailey is the son of Brad and Jennifer Caughran; he plans to major in Human Health and Biology.

“I believe my passion, effort, and creativity allow me to effectively lead and motivate my groups to complete their tasks quickly and effectively, and work through the problems that frequently arise when working with inadequate supplies or unfamiliar people.”

Isabel Harmon – Ark City High School

Isabel is the daughter of Kelly and Eva Harmon; she plans to major in Biology.

“…when you commit to something, you must follow through even when not enjoyable so you do not to let down those counting on you.”

Katrina Mason – Derby High School

Katrina is the daughter of Patrick Mason and Melina Sengchanh; she plans to major in Biochemistry.

“Succeeding means more when we succeed together. I’ve always been the type to lead by example and service rather than by command.”

Malayna Unkel – Derby High School (no picture available at this time)
Malayna is the daughter of Curtis and Shara Unkel; she plans to study Biomedical Engineering.

“Through [Chick-Fil-A Leader Labs] I have had the opportunity to work with others as we collectively increase our abilities to lead and be examples in our worlds.”

Bill Sims spends the day with fans in Newton

Former OU running back and now restauranteur, Billy Sims spent the day meeting fans at his new Billy Sims BBQ restaurant in Newton on Saturday, July 16. Sims spent four hours signing autographs and posing for pictures as folks from the area dined on great food.

Club scholarship chair Bryce Matteson poses with Billy Sims

Club Scholarship chair Bryce Matteson poses with Bill Sims

Chris Zeurcher and Lori Ellison-Zeurcher strike a familiar pose with Bill Sims

Chris Zeurcher and Lori Ellison-Zeurcher strike a familiar pose with Bill Sims

Billy Sims and Bill Wilson from the Wichita Business Journal.

Billy Sims and Bill Wilson from the Wichita Business Journal.

Brain Latta and David Dunn

Board member Brian Latta and franchise owner David Dunn take a moment during the grand opening.

OU Club of Wichita board members flying the colors.

OU Club of Wichita board members flying the colors.

The day was made even more special with the introduction of the club’s 2016 scholarship winners.

Scholarship Winners

Shown here with Billy are Ashley Lesser (Kapaun Mt. Carmel), Mary (Molly) Wallace (Kapaun Mt. Carmel), Scott Tesser (Rose Hill), and Allison Herreen (Andover).

Meet the 2015 Scholarship Recipients

Thank you notes from scholarship recipients

Thank you notes from scholarship recipients

Four Wichita-area students awarded scholarships from the OU Club of Wichita.
All begin their OU careers in the fall of 2015.

Send notes of thanks to club

They are Hannah Day from Wichita Northwest, Garrett Holmes from Maize South, Kyndal Pistotnik and Zachary Seabrook, both from Andover.

Hannah Day graduated first in her class with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She intends to study architectural engineering.

What Hannah says, “”I realize that I could take out a loan, but I hope to be able to graduate with little or no debt so I can put all my future income towards graduate school rather than paying off old school debt. The less money I have to pay back, the sooner I will be able to afford graduate school and pursue my dream career.”

What others say about Hannah –
“Hannah is not only a joy to work with but a wonderful example, hard worker and determined to succeed. Quitting is not in her vocabulary.” Gail Starns, Bethel Life Center.

“Hannah is amazingly gifted in mathematics…she is a brilliant student.” Roger Powell, NW Mathematics Teacher

“In my 26 years of teaching, I have encountered few students who have the many talents and outstanding character that Hannah exhibits.” Jim Woody, Gifted Facilitator, NW High School

Garrett Holmes is a football player and swimmer who graduated 7th is his class at Maize South. He finished at Maize South with a 4.0 grade point average and will study Biology and pre-med at OU.

What Garrett says, “”I have always had an interest in the human body and in science, but until then, I did not know which career path I would follow.
My family members’ cancer diagnosis triggered my drive to assist others. Seeing disease strip away my dad and sister’s goals made me realize my own fortune.”
What other say about Garrett
“Leader among his peers.” Brady Berman, Church Pastor

“Teachers, not just his peers, have recognized him for his leadership abilities and athletic excellence.” Greg Shelly, Teacher

Kyndal Pistotnik takes a 4.0 grade point average to OU where she’ll study Mechanical Engineering and Pre-Med. She is well rounded in school participation. She is a student athlete (tennis & swimming), student government representative and a volunteer with the American Heart Association.
What Kyndal says, “”I do not just want to make an impact in one person’s life, but change the world. I plan to be an innovator, using abstract thinking to find cures and better outcomes for previously unbeaten problems.”

What others say about Kyndal
“Kyndal is one of the hardest working and most focused students that I have ever had in class.” Cathy McGuire, Math Teacher

“She has exhibited reliability, care and responsibility.” Pam Meyers, Animal Foster Care Coordinator

Zachary Seabrook claims to have been an OU fan since the days he was born. The high school basketball and football player is undecided as to his course of study. He graduated 20th in his class at Andover.

What Zach says, “My parents have generously offered to cover my in state expenses but out of state expenses is my responsibility, this scholarship would go a long way in helping me reach my goal.”

What others say about Zach

“I can say without reservation that he is a commendable student who exhibits strong leadership qualities. He is an admirable representative of Andover High School and a worthy candidate for scholarship recognition.” Jon M. Lee, English Instructor and Head Football Coach, Andover High School.