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April 3, 2014

Crossman nominees reflect on nomination

DUNCAN — Only one Duncan High School senior will be chosen as the Crossman Award winner, but the six nominees consider themselves winners for being nominated by their teachers.

The Crossman Award is the school’s highest honor.

 This year’s nominees are Sam Allen, Jesse Hare, Connor Kelly, Sam Moffatt, Aubrey Mouser and Patrick Sullivan.

  DHS students will vote today to select a winner, who name will be announced at the May 19 awards assembly.

  The nominees recognize the Crossman Award is a reflection on who they are and what they represent.

“I think I can speak for all of us when I say it’s such a big honor,” Mouser said.

The Crossman Award started at Duncan High School in 1946, although the award was established in other Oklahoma high schools as early as the 1930s. The award is named for Stillwater-based Crossman Insurance, which closed its doors during World War II.

The nomination process is headed by the high school teachers, who choose students for their efforts inside and outside the classroom.

Several of the nominees are involved in athletics. Allen, Moffatt and Mouser play tennis. Kelly is involved in several sporting activities, such as football, wrestling and track.

Sullivan said being nominated for Crossman raises the students to a higher standard, to let them know great things are expected from them.

“It sets a new standard on how you will be involved in your community,” Sullivan said.

n Sam Allen

Allen, 18, has stayed involved at Duncan High School through organizations including Key Club as vice president, Students Against Destructive Decisions as treasurer, Student Council, National Honor Society, Health Careers, Health Occupations Students of America as treasurer, DHS Class treasurer and Superintendent Advisory Council. In previous school years, he was the Rotary Interact Club treasurer and the College 101 co-chair.

In the community, Allen was involved in Red Ribbon Week, Seat Belt Awareness Day, Duncan Toy Shop, reading with elementary students, Veterans’ Day at Red River Technology Center, Duncan Christmas Auction, Arts Explosion, Duncan Regional Hospital, box office for various Simmons Center concerts, Operation Christmas Child, tennis fundraising events, Aspire Young Doctors Camp as a counselor, Stephens County Humane Society, Kiwanis, in-school volunteering, Art Smart at Duncan Middle School as a teacher, Linus Project and Superintendent Advisory Council bake sale.

This school year, Allen was named an Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Fleming Research scholar and an All-State scholar, placed sixth in biotechnology at the HOSA National Leadership Conference, was an Oklahoma Boys State delegate, was student of the month for Kiwanis and Lions clubs and received his varsity letter in tennis.

Allen been accepted Johns Hopkins University, where he will  in biomedical sciences. He wants to attend medical school to study neurosurgery.

He said the Crossman Award nomination is a privilege many of his classmates could have received.

“So many people could have gotten it,” Allen said.

n Jesse Hare

Hare, 18, plans to attend the University of Oklahoma to study political science and law. His career plan is to become a politician/lawyer.

He said being named a Crossman nominee is an honor, but it means even more being nominated with the others.

“I feel honored to be with you,” Hare said to his fellow nominees. “You’re a good group of people.”

Hare’s school activities include DECA as president and previously as parliamentarian, National Honor Society and Key Club. Through DECA, he collected 1,000 cans for a food drive in 2013 and 1,500 cans for the food drive in 2012.

He has participated in Bark in the Park, cleaned Parkview Baptist Church in 2010, and rang bells for the Salvation Army in 2010 and 2011.

His awards include Oklahoma Honor Society, second in Oklahoma for sports and entertainment marketing, customer service employee of the year, Daughters of the American Revolution American History Award, future member of PLC at OU and Distinguished Scholar Award at OU.

n Connor Kelly

Although undecided on where he will attend college, Kelly plans to major in industrial safety and will later pursue a career as a safety technician.

Through school athletics, he has met numerous people who encouraged him to aim high and to do good things. He said the nomination for Crossman might have resulted from what he learned from others.

“There was a lot of motivation to do my best,” Kelly said.

In school, Kelly is active in Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Superintendent’s Advisory Council, National Honors Society, football, wrestling and track. He also has helped coach and referee little league wrestling.

His honors include Outstanding Junior Boy for the 2012-13 school year, three years perfect attendance, 2014 All-District quarterback, 2014 Class 5A All-Star quaterback and Oklahoma Honor Society.

n Sam Moffatt

Moffatt has taken on numerous leadership positions, including Oklahoma HOSA president for the 2013-14 school year, Rotary Interact vice president 2-12-13, Key Club (Division 20 executive assistant for 2013-14, club president 2012-13 and club secretary 2011-12), Reflections Show Choir president 2013-14, vice president of the Senior, Junior and Freshman classes, Student Council vice president 2012-13, Boy State city mayor 2013, Moose Lodge Student Advisory Board 2011, Chisholm Trail Arts Council Student Board member 2012 and 2013, High School All Regional Choir Board member, High School All-State Mixed Choir, High School All-State Jazz Choir, Super Summer attendee (2010 and 2011), Lettermen’s Club, University of Oklahoma Summer Medical program attendee, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Future Health Sciences Partnership Program, Oklahoma State Superintendent Student Advisory member (2010-11) and Duncan High School Student Advisory member.

He has been active in Biomedical Science Academy, Rotary Interact Club, varsity tennis, piano, show choir, vocal music, First Baptist Church Youth Ensemble, Student Council, Key Club, HOSA, SADD, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth Alive, Chisholm Trail Youth League Soccer.

Moffatt plans to attend Texas A&M to major in chemical engineering (pre-medical). He plans to become a physician and surgeon, to open a clinic and to perform medical missions in third-world countries.

He said his success in school has been the result of encouragement from his parents and support from his teachers.

n Aubrey Mouser

If Mouser has her way, she will attend the University of Oklahoma to major in elementary education and minor in non-profit organizations. Her plan is to become an elementary teacher, but to use the skills she acquires through her minor to help those in need.

Mouser said she doesn’t feel worthy to be nominated for the Crossman Award because there are others who deserve the honor.  But she is happy teachers considered her a good contender.

“They think you represent in such a positive way,” Mouser said.

She continues to represent Duncan High School through the Christmas Auction, as Senior Class secretary and treasurer, Best Buddies Club, Ring of Fire Pep Club, Green Club, Superintendent’s Advisory Council, National Honor Society, Leadership, Jolly Jills Social Club, Key Club as editor, DHS tennis team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes as vice president, SADD, Student Council, Rotary Club and Duncan High Vocal Music Choir.

In the community, she has been active in the No Texting and Driving AT&T assembly, Toy Shop Spud Luncheon, Art Smart, Operation Christmas Child, Spokes for Hope, Veterans’ Day Student Council Breakfast, SADD bake sale, Key Club hot dog sale, LEGGO Week fundraiser, Superintendent’s Advisory Council Fundraising Committee, reading tutor at Horace Mann Elementary, teacher appreciation breakfast, Duncan Rodeo concessions, Humane Society, Red Ribbon Week, Toy Shop, Duncan Little Theatre as usher, United Way Day of Caring and Kiwanis Pancake Day (freshman to junior years).

Her honors this year include junior counselor for American Legion Girls State, DAR Good Citizen’s essay winner, Mason Charity Foundation essay women’s local division winner, Duncan Finalist for U.S. Senate Youth Program, VYPE Magazine academic student of the month, Kiwanis student of the month, varsity letter in tennis, American Legion Girls State delegate (elected superintendent of public instruction and received the Outstanding Citizen Award).

n Patrick Sullivan

Sullivan has set his sights on attending Oklahoma State University to study accounting. He plans to become a lawyer/tax attorney.

His school organizations include Student Council as president, Class reporter, National Honor Society, Stephens County Youth Services Board member, SADD, Reflections Show Choir and the Demon Pitchfork. He attended the Student Council district and state convention. He was named to the Oklahoma Honors Society.

In the community, he has volunteered at Vacation Bible School, Duncan Jaycees/Rotary Christmas Auction, U11 soccer team as assistant coach and 2014 Growing Leadership Conference.

Sullivan said past Crossman nominees were people he looked up to. He is glad to serve in that capacity for other students at the high school. He said that’s a role all of the nominees can perform.

“No matter who wins, each of us would be a great representative of our class in our own way,” Sullivan said.

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