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Oklahoma City metro achievers

Oklahoma City metro achievers
BY NASREEN IQBAL Published: June 26, 2012



Edmond North High School graduate Nicholas Case won the 43rd annual Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship Competition and was awarded $1,000.

The foundation seeks to encourage patriotism and community involvement by awarding scholarships to students who display leadership skills and dedication to public and government service.

Case was in the Air Force Junior ROTC, where he was a flight sergeant and flight commander. He also was a member of the National Honor Society, the Kitty Hawk Air Society and on Blue Crew. He was an officer of the Leaders of Tomorrow Club and his high school class treasurer. His volunteer service included organizing toy and food drives and renovating homes. Case also was awarded a scholarship from ROTC to attend Oklahoma State University.

Community service

Oklahoma City resident John Sowers received the President's Champion of Change award in the field of fatherhood at the White House on June 13.

The Champions of Change program was created as part of President Barack Obama's Winning the Future initiative. The program recognizes individuals across the nation who do exceptional work to serve and strengthen their communities.

Sowers is president of The Mentoring Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring low-income fathers and their sons. He is the author of “Fatherless Generation: Redeeming the Story.”

He and his wife, Kari, have two daughters.

To learn more about The Mentoring Project, go online to

Phyllis Stough, of Oklahoma City, was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma Arts Council. She will begin her service on the council on July 1.

The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts.

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