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.
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 thementoringproject.org.
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.
Stough is a member of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation board. She also has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and recently finished 14 years of service on the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City institutional advisory board to the president.
She is a former chairwoman of the Integris Baptist Medical Center Foundation board and has served on the boards of Red Earth, the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation and the Oklahoma Museum of Art.
Tyler Koppel, 18, of Troop 168 in Oklahoma City, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His project was replacing an old tractor tire that St. Stephen's Church was using as a sandbox for children to play in. Koppel replaced the tire with a 10-foot-by-10-foot wooden sandbox with benches included.
Koppel has held the positions of patrol leader, troop guide, jamboree scribe, chapter chief of the district Order of the Arrow, day camp youth leader and district Boy Scout of the year.
He is the son of Mike Koppel and Maria Britten. He is the grandson of David Koppel, of Oklahoma City, and Juan and Hermelinda Espinoza, of Oklahoma City.
Eric Sullins, 17, of Troop 168 in Oklahoma City, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His project was to establish a new student pickup and drop-off area on a safe side street at Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City.
Harding is a charter school with no bus service, and families provide their own transportation.
Sullins has held the positions of patrol leader, troop guide, quartermaster and Order of the Arrow member.
He is the son of Russ and Jeannie Sullins. He is the grandson of Wendell and Carol Sullins and Calvin Kelley.
Compiled by Nasreen Iqbal, Staff Writer