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Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: June 15

Boomerang Awards Banquet, Pool Party, WSGA Reception, Hefner Graduation Party, OFE Awards Banquet
by Helen Ford Wallace Published: June 15, 2014

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Allen and Debbie Clark, Lynda and Sammy Garcia. Photos by David Faytinger, for The Oklahoman
Allen and Debbie Clark, Lynda and Sammy Garcia. Photos by David Faytinger, for The Oklahoman

Winners: Eleven states in the field represented country clubs and colleges from all the Southern states. Oklahoma had 32 players and 11 Oklahomans went home with silver. Two of those were qualifying round awards.

Jayde Panos was the finalist after playing 18 holes with Mika Liu. Chrissy Bagwell won Senior Medalist in the special awards of the qualifying round. Chelsea Burney, Amarillo, Texas, won the Low Net trophy with a net 68, a special qualifying round award.


Party: A graduation party honored Gabrielle Hefner as she graduated from Oklahoma Christian School. Her parents, Carol and Robert Hefner IV, were hosts in their home. Guests included fellow graduates, family members and friends.

Decorations: Crimson and cream roses were on the tables and a University of Oklahoma-themed candy bar was featured to highlight her college choice of OU, where she will be in the President’s Leadership Class.

Guests: At the party were Piper and Brian Link, Pat and Ray Broadfoot, Susie and Tricia Kemp, Iman Berglan, Lynn and Sam Coury, Carey Sue and Ricardo Vega, Beckie and Robert Potts, Lisa and Scott Munz, Jeanean and Bruce South, Joan White, Julie and Mia Solheim, Brady Skinner, Evan Welch, Caleb Cato, Graham Turner, Alec Plourde, Madeline Miller, Tristan Newbold, Bailey Wilson, Ali and Jessi Standard, Andrew Ungerecht, Hailey Stoll, Brett Herrin, Blake Franklin, Caitlin Arnold and Grace Cloutet.


Occasion: Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence members honored 100 of the state’s top public high school students and five Oklahoma educators at the 28th annual Academic Awards Banquet at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman. Jami Rhoades Antonisse was chairman.

Theme/speakers: “Learn, Serve, Connect” was the theme of the banquet, and Harvard professor and author Robert D. Putnam was keynote speaker. Founder and chairman of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, David L. Boren was master of ceremonies. About 1,000 people attended.

Entertainment: The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra played.

Teaching awards: The foundation’s Oklahoma Medals for Excellence Awards in Teaching went to Cheryl Tate, Donna Gradel, Emily Dial-Driver, Katheleen R. Guzman and J. Michael McClaren. Each received a cash award and a glass sculpture.

Scholarships: Student All-State Scholars received cash and medallions. They are from 79 schools in 70 Oklahoma school districts. There were 567 nominations.

by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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