VANOSS — Oklahoma Council for Indian Education presented Student of the Year awards to one high school student and one college student Dec. 4.

Student of the Year award for the high school division was given to Katie Henson. She is a sophomore student at Vanoss High School.

Student of the Year award for the college division was presented to Katie Johnson. She is a junior at the University of Oklahoma.

Her declared major is Nuclear Medicine and she plans to graduate in the spring of 2010. She was a graduate from Vanoss High School in 2005.

“I would like to thank my family for being very supportive of me in all that I do and hope to do,” Johnson said. “I would also like to thank Mr. Impson for nominating me and always keeping me updated with information about various opportunities.”

Both girls were nominated by John Impson. He is the Vanoss Johnson O'Malley coordinator, a Vanoss educator as well as the head baseball coach at Vanoss High School.

The Oklahoma Council for Indian Education is an advocacy group whose purpose is to promote and enhance education and culture for American Indian students in the state of Oklahoma and to create awareness within the state of the significance of its American Indian citizens.

OCIE sponsors the Oklahoma Indian Education Exposition, which is in its 19th year, to promote life-long learning, demonstrate effective programming in the field, provide an arena for ideas and concepts that meet the needs of American Indian students, and foster positive learning experiences. OCIE sponsors the Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society (OISHS), which recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of American Indians students in classrooms across Oklahoma.

OCIE also awards three scholarships each spring to graduating seniors and college undergraduates in the field of education to support the financial needs of American Indian students in higher education. OCIE sponsors the Native American Challenge Bowl each year as an academic contest focusing on Native American topics. School from throughout Oklahoma meet each spring to compete in this contest, which is designed to reinforce Native American identity for the students who compete.

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