Outstanding graduates honored during Eastern’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony
WILBURTON, OK (May 12, 2016) – Eastern Oklahoma State College recognized six Outstanding Graduates during the college’s Commencement Ceremony on May 6 in Wilburton. One graduate from each of the six college divisions is selected each year for the honor.
The 2016 Outstanding Graduates include Kelsey Chambers of Tushka, Agriculture Division; Anthony Whisenhunt of Wilburton, Behavioral and Social Science Division; Kareesa Kennedy of Buffalo Valley, Business Division; Wyatt Stanford of Haileyville, Language, Humanities and Education Division; Ashley Earley of Valliant, Nursing Division; and Brenna House of Rattan, Science and Mathematics Division.
Chambers graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with a degree in agriculture economics. She earned a 4.0 overall grade point average and was recently named the Outstanding Agriculture Economics student for 2015-16. During her time at Eastern, Chambers was an active member of the Aggie Club, Phi Theta Kappa, the Business Club, and the Agriculture Ambassador Leadership Program. She served in a variety of leadership roles, including president of the Aggie Club, secretary of Eastern’s Student Government Association, vice president of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and secretary of the Business Club. She is also a George and Donna Nigh Scholar and a Presidential Scholar.
While at Eastern, Chambers was an integral part of the Agriculture Soils Judging Team. She was a member of the 2015-16 national championship team and was 3rd High Individual in the Nation. Her team placed third this year at the national competition held in Crookston, Minnesota, finishing out of first place by only a few points. She was also a member of the 3rd Place Agriculture Knowledge Bowl Team and Agribusiness Team held at the same competition.
Chambers plans to attend Oklahoma State University this fall where she will double-major in Agriculture Economics and Accounting. She hopes to one day pursue a career as a certified public accountant.
Whisenhunt graduated with an associate of arts degree in psychology and sociology and a 3.6 overall grade point average. He has served as both president and vice president of the Psychology and Social Sciences Club, as well as treasurer of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
During his time at Eastern, Whisenhunt has participated in various campus activities such as the Community Halloween Carnival, Christmas caroling at local nursing home, Toys for Tots, Mountaineer Mania, the C4 College Completion initiative and the voter registration drive.
Whisenhunt is a full-time employee of Eastern’s Physical Plant. He plans to continue his education at either Southeastern Oklahoma State University or East Central University where he plans to earn a psychology degree. His goal is to become a substance abuse counselor or enter the field of human services counseling.
A Presidential Scholar, Kennedy graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with two associate of science degrees in business administration and mathematics with a 3.94 grade point average. During her time at Eastern, Kennedy has served in multiple leadership positions, including president of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, vice president of the Native American Student Association, and president of the Business Club. She was also active in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, serving as a member of the leadership team. 0
Kennedy was selected as one of only 35 members to the 2016 All-Oklahoma Academic Team, an honor recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, the Oklahoma Council of Two-Year College Presidents and the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges. She has also earned a $5,000 Regents Distinguished Transfer Scholarship.
This fall, Kennedy plants to attend Oklahoma State University and pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting. Her goal is to become a certified public accountant.
Stanford graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with a degree in mass communication. As a Presidential Scholar and a Stovall Scholar, he maintained a 4.0 grade point average all four semesters at Eastern. His academic achievements include membership in the Eastern Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, as well as being named the top Zoology student in the spring of 2015.
During his time at Eastern, Stanford served as president of the Honors Club; vice president and secretary of the Photo Club; and editor of the “Statesman” newspaper. He also participated in the college’s first ever Study Abroad Program to Denmark and Germany this past spring, represented Eastern at Higher Ed Day at the State Capitol and participated in the College Career Retention Program. For two years he has participated in the local Back Pack Program, packing weekend lunches for public school children who might otherwise have nothing to eat.
Stanford has been accepted into the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication where he plans to double major in public relations and French. He then plans to study law.
Earley graduated with an associate of applied science degree in nursing. She attended Eastern courses at the Southeastern McCurtain County Campus in Idabel. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was happy to go through the nursing program with her sister. Earley graduated as valedictorian from Valliant High School in 2003.
House graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with an associate of science degree in life science and a 4.0 overall grade point average. Upon graduating high school House was named one of three Regents Academic Scholars, Eastern’s top scholarship available. Her academic achievements include membership in the Eastern Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, where she served as vice president of fellowship. She also served as vice president of Delta Pi, Eastern’s Math and Science Club.
House also participated in the college’s first ever Study Abroad Program to Denmark and Germany this past spring and volunteered in the local Back Pack Program, packing weekend lunches for public school children who might otherwise have nothing to eat.
House plans to attend Oklahoma State University this fall and pursue a degree in nutrition and pre-medicine.