- Ada, Oklahoma

May 2, 2014

Community Notebook

The Ada News

Ada — Vanoss names Teacher of the Year

Mr. Kent Lee was chosen as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for the Vanoss Public School District.  

Lee is a second year social studies teacher at Vanoss Public School.  He currently teaches U.S. history, economics, government and Oklahoma history at the high school level. 

Lee is the sponsor of the Vanoss Student Council and drives a morning and afternoon bus route. 

He graduated from Vanoss High School in 2001 and obtained a bachelor of arts degree in history in 2011 from East Central University with a minor in secondary education. 

In 2013, he received his master’s in education with a focus on public school administration from East Central. 

“Being an educator has been such a rewarding career for me," Lee said. "Every day I have the opportunity to shape the lives of young people, and that is a responsibility that I take very seriously. It is my goal to focus on higher-order thinking skills on a daily basis and continue to develop innovative ways to inspire young people to think for themselves and learn a sense of civic responsibility.”

CASA needs volunteers

The 22nd Judicial District CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Inc. has begun accepting applications for new volunteer training to begin on July 7.  

CASA advocates are appointed by judges to be the voice for abused and neglected children in court.  Advocates get to know the children they serve and gather information from social workers, placement providers, parents, counselors, teachers or anyone who might have knowledge regarding the child.  This information is given to the court, to help determine what is best for the child.  

Potential volunteers are required to complete an in-depth screening interview, background check and 30 hours of training and courtroom observation. 

For more information or to request an application, call 332-1441 or stop by 514 East 10th St., Ada.

Murray State College commencement set

Murray State College is proud to announce its commencement ceremony, Friday, May 9, at 7 p. m. on the North Lawn of the Administration Building. More than 400 students from across southern Oklahoma and beyond are expected to take part in the ceremony. 

Graduates are to assemble at 6:30 p.m. in Fletcher Auditorium. On the North Lawn, seating will be provided for graduates, and limited seating will be provided for family members.  Those attending are encouraged to bring along lawn chairs to ensure seating. The evening of graduation, a free boxed meal will be served on campus in the MSC Dining Hall in Park Student Center beginning at 5:30 p. m. The meal will also be available at the mobile concession stand located on the lawn to the west of the Student Center.  The free boxed dinner is available to the public.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will be the commencement speaker.  

Fallin, elected in 2011, is the first women elected governor of Oklahoma.

In the event that it has been determined that weather conditions will prevent a North Lawn ceremony, a notice will be posted on the MSC website by 3 p.m. May 9.