Outstanding graduates honored during Eastern’s Commencement Ceremony
WILBURTON, OK (May 10, 2013) – Eastern Oklahoma State College recognized six Outstanding Graduates during the college’s commencement ceremony on May 10 in Wilburton. One graduate from each of the six college divisions is selected each year for the honor.
The 2013 Outstanding Graduates include Reilly Cloud of Sawyer, Agriculture Division; Alton Jones of McAlester, Behavioral and Social Science Division; Kyria Vires of Haileyville, Business Division; Haley Cadle of Haileyville, Language and Education Division; Barbara Fails of Broken Bow, Nursing Division; and Michael Staggs of McAlester, Science and Mathematics Division.
Reilly Cloud and Division Dean Eddie Woods
Cloud graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with an associate of science degree in forestry and a 4.0 overall grade point average. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar and has been listed to the President’s Honor Roll. During his time at Eastern, Cloud has been very active in student organizations including the Eastern Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Agriculture Ambassador Leadership Program and the Aggie Club. He is also the president of the Eastern Student Government Association. Cloud was also a member of the award-winning soils judging and agribusiness judging teams and this spring, he was named an All-American by finishing as the highest individual in a national agribusiness management competition at Texas Tech University. He is the son of Ronald and Katherine Cloud of Sawyer. He plans to attend Oklahoma State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in forestry.
Alton Jones and Division Dean Marilynn Duncan
Jones graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with an associate of science degree in criminal justice and a 3.9 overall grade point average. He was active in the Criminal Joes Club on campus and while attending Eastern, volunteered for the Latimer and Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Offices. Prior to beginning his education at Eastern, Jones served 12 years of active service in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Iraq twice, spending a total of two years as a combat infantry soldier, before being transferred to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. where he was an instrumental part of creating the Army’s first Wounded Warrior Battalion. He is currently enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves. Jones will pursue a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and eventually become a teacher.
Khyria Vires and Division Dean Kay Langham
Vires graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with an associate of science degree in business administration and a 3.85 overall grade point average. She is a Presidential Leadership Scholar and has been listed to the Dean’s Honor Roll. During her time at Eastern, she has been active in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) and the Eastern Honors Program where she participated in numerous campus and community service activities such as toy drives and voter registration drives. She also served as vice president of leadership for PTK. Vires is the daughter of Tonya Vires and Sammy Joe Ford of Haileyville. She plans to attend East Central University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business finance.
Haley Cadle and Division Dean Dr. Billye Givens
Cadle graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and a 4.0 overall grade point average. She is graduating with two associate of art degrees in English and psychology/sociology. She is an Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Scholar. She has been very active on campus serving as president of both the Honors Club and the Psychology and Social Sciences Club. She also served as the vice president of fellowship for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In addition, she has participated in the Children’s Theatre Workshop and has served as an Eastern cheerleader for two years. She has received academic scholarships for being named a 2013 Coca-Cola College Academic Team Bronze Scholar and a member of the All-Oklahoma Academic Team. Cadle has been admitted to the Northeastern State University Honors Program and is a NSU Smart Choice Scholar.
Barbara Fails and Division Dean Maye Durant
Fails graduated with an associate of applied science degree in nursing. She left successful careers as a vice president of information technology and a college professor to pursue her dream of helping care for people in rural Oklahoma. She hopes to continue her nursing education and career to become a nurse practitioner. Her goal is to provide high quality holistic health care to her patients.
Michael Staggs and Division Dean Margaret Sorrell
Staggs graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with an associate of science degree in mathematics, physical science and life science. He earned a 3.94 overall grade point average. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Chemistry Club and the Mathematics and Science Club. He has received a Presidential Transfer Scholarship to Oklahoma State University where he has been accepted in to the Professional School of Chemical Engineering.