Outstanding graduates honored during Eastern’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony
WILBURTON, OK (May 7, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College recognized six Outstanding Graduates during the college’s Commencement Ceremony on May 4 in Wilburton. One graduate from each of the six college divisions is selected each year for the honor.
The 2018 Outstanding Graduates include Kash Allen of Bunch, Agriculture Division; Justin McLemore of Watson, Behavioral and Social Science Division; Stanlee Underwood of Panola, Business Division; Breanna Beaty of Hartshorne, Language, Humanities and Education Division; Cassie Sparks of McAlester, Nursing Division; and Tori Gillispie of Kiowa, Science and Mathematics Division.
Allen graduated in the top ten percent of his class with a degree in agriculture education and an overall 3.95 grade point average. He was also named the Outstanding Agriculture Education student for 2017-18. During his time at Eastern, Allen was an active member of the Aggie Club, Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Agriculture Ambassador Leadership Program. He was an integral part of the Livestock Judging Team. In addition to helping win numerous team awards, Allen was named High Individual at the Arizona National Contest and at the Cimarron Classic. He was also a member of the 2nd place Horticulture Team, 4th place Agriculture Knowledge Bowl Team, and the Livestock Management Team at the national competition in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Kash is the son of Glenda Allen and Steve Allen of Bunch. He plans to attend Oklahoma State University this fall where he will pursue a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education. Division Dean Eddie Woods presented the award.
McLemore graduated in December 2017 with an associate of science degree in criminal justice with a COP option. He is now a certified police officer and is commissioned in the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas. He is also the owner of three businesses and serves as a firefighter.
Justin and his wife, Stacy, are the parents of Ty Kelly, Skye LeeAnn and Riley Hunter. Division Dean Carter Mattson presented the award.
Underwood graduated in the top ten percent of his class with an associate degree in business administration. He has been on the President’s Honor Roll every semester, graduating with an overall 4.0 grade point average. At Eastern, he has been an active member of the Honors Program and served as vice president of leadership for Phi Theta Kappa honor society and president of the Business Club. Underwood was also named an All-Oklahoma Academic Team member based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.
Stanlee is the son of Lee and Susie Underwood of Panola. He plans to attend Oklahoma State University this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Division Dean Brenda Kennedy presented the award.
Beaty graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with a degree in general studies. She has been on the President’s Honor Roll every semester, graduating with an overall 4.0 grade point average. Beaty has been active in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and her church youth group. She also volunteers at the annual Memorial Day ceremony for veterans in Hartshorne.
Breanna is the daughter of James and Sheri Beaty of Hartshorne. She plans to continue her education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in the fall. Vice President for Academic Affairs Robin Nevling presented the award.
Sparks graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with an associate of applied science degree in nursing and an overall 3.9 grade point average. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, International Scholar Laureate Program, Oklahoma Student Nurse Association and serves as secretary of the Eastern Student Nurse Association. She was a recipient of the All-Oklahoma Academic Scholar Award, the Puterbaugh Foundation scholarship, BP America scholarship, and the EOSC Nursing Faculty scholarship.
Cassie and her husband, Tony, are the parents of three sons. She has accepted a position as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She also plans to work toward earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing. Nursing Director Gina Bullock presented the award.
Gillispie graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with an associate of science degree in life science. She has been on the President’s Honor Roll every semester, graduating with an overall 4.0 grade point average. At Eastern, Gillispie has been an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and served as a color commentator for basketball games aired on Eastern’s Mountaineer Radio 93.1 FM. She was also named the spring 2017 Outstanding Student of the Year in both general chemistry I and zoology, as well as the spring 2017 Tutor of the Year and the 2018 Graduate of the Year by Eastern’s Student Support Services.
Tori is the daughter of Tina Daniels of Kiowa and Robert Gillispie of McAlester. She plans to attend Rose State College or Northeastern State University this fall to study respiratory therapy or occupational therapy. Division Dean Margaret Sorrell presented the award.