Heritage Week contest begins
The Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum have announced details of the annual Heritage Week Competitions. Three contests are planned. Students in grades four through six can make posters depicting an Oklahoman. Students in grades seven through nine can write an essay about the importance of someone to his or her county history. Students in grades 10 through 12 can make a video documentary about a native Oklahoman and his or her affect on the state. Prizes of up to $350 in cash will be awarded for the top three winners in each age group. Winners also will be honored at a reception at the state Capitol. The deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Entries should be sent to the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, 1400 Classen Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73106. For rules and entry forms, call 523-3202 or go to www.oklahomaheritage.com.
Perkins to visit SWOSU
WEATHERFORD — An Oklahoma City Thunder player and the team mascot will visit Weatherford this month. Kendrick Perkins and Rumble the Bison will come to downtown Sept. 15. Perkins will sign autographs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Rumble will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The visit is part of Southwest Oklahoma State University Parent's Day and the second annual Weatherford Wind Fest. Other activities include a pancake breakfast, tailgate party, an art show and the football game. For more information, call (580) 774-3267.
Comanche program honored
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has honored the FAME Academy of Comanche. The program received the Oklahoma Award for Outstanding Achievement in Alternative Education and a $5,000 prize. The program was honored during the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administrators conference. FAME Academy is a cooperative of students from Comanche, Temple and Walters. The group's goal is to help dropouts and at-risk students.
CARRIE COPPERNOLL, STAFF WRITER