The Heather Cannon Wildcat of the Week #11 for the 2022-2023 School Year was presented to Po-Hi Senior Ashleigh Jones. Superintendent Shelley Arrott said, “Ashleigh is quite the diverse Wildcat as she is interested in so many activities and her studies are branched as well. She is a student at Po-Hi, participates in the Health Careers II Program at Pioneer Technology Center, AND she is enrolled in concurrent American History through OSU. She is a member of the Wildcat Future Farmers of America Chapter, is a Wildcat Junior Varsity Cheerleader, is a member of the 2022 PANIC Board, and is a student ambassador at Pioneer Tech. Even with this busy schedule, Ashleigh has exemplary attendance and excellent grades.”
Not only does Ashley stay busy with her school activities and coursework, but in all of her spare time she uses her network to help others in her community. Ashleigh loves animals and she is very passionate about helping lost or stray animals find their homes or other safe locations for adoption. Her passion for animals lends itself well to her dedication to raising and exhibiting goats with her FFA chapter. Ashleigh’s dedication to our community also shows in her support and assistance to the youth in our community in their various fund-raising efforts for local theatre groups, schools, and youth sports. You may be thinking Ashleigh has time for nothing else in her life, but she represents her FFA chapter, school and community as Miss Kay County Fair and Osage County Miss United States Agriculture.
“Ashleigh, your teachers Mrs. Marsh-Smith and Mrs. Schmutz say you are a hard-working and compassionate young lady. Frazier told me you exemplify the Wildcat Way and are so deserving of this award. Your cheer coach, Coach Huster, said you are a very hard-working cheerleader, you give your best effort, and you have a caring heart for those who look to be struggling with something and always lend them support. It is amazing to me that you decided to try out for cheerleader for the first time as a senior! I think it shows lots of ambition to try new things continually, which tells me you are always trying to compete with yourself and learn new things. Obviously, you demonstrate leadership skills and that shows up in many ways. Your titles as Miss Kay County Fair and Osage County Miss United States Agriculture shows that your leadership skills, community service, and work ethic is recognized far and wide. As a Student Ambassador at PTC you provide leadership and stewardship in order to become a part of the welcoming branch of the PTC community.”
“Before I met you, I knew you had to be personable, outgoing, confident, kind, and a student who show initiative and pride. I am super proud of you for participating and showing interest in a wide variety of activities with distinctness and marked contrast. Your ambition will take you far in life and you will prosper because it is proven by your accomplishments that you continually strive for improvement in all that you do. You inspire passion in others and are a wonderful role model for everyone to follow. Your dedication, diligence, and initiative are so impressive for someone your age.”
“I know that you are planning to attend Oklahoma State University next fall, but before I even asked, I thought to myself that you would likely want to be a veterinarian with your passion for animals and study in health careers. You did mention you had thought about going that route, but was I ever surprised when you said you were now considering Agricultural Education! I love it when our kids want to become a teacher and I want you to teach for PCPS. Frazier says he is never retiring, but someday he may want an assistant ag teacher! My guess is that he would select you in a heartbeat! I also believe you can be anything you want to be; try new things and do something you love. Something tells me you will be happy with any career path you choose and you may even have multiple careers!”
“Ashleigh, you are so goal-oriented and your family, your school family, and your community recognize what a gem you are and we are all so very proud of you. It is just a pleasure for all of us that you are a Ponca City Wildcat; your presence, attitude, leadership, and kindness enhance our school. I cannot wait to see what you try next!”
The “Wildcat of the Week” Award is sponsored by Heather Cannon Honda. The award is for a deserving high school student who follows the characteristics of the Wildcat Way which are Work Ethic, Improve, Leadership, Discipline, Compete, Attitude, and Teamwork. These characteristics may be exhibited in any setting and is open to all Ponca City High School students.
Several Ponca City patrons are involved in making the “Wildcat of the Week” a reality. These partners include Tina Christian, Senator Bill Coleman – TEAM Radio, Heather Cannon – Heather Cannon Honda, Danny’s BBQ Head Quarters, and Tyndall Dentistry.
Each week a new “Wildcat of the Week” will be selected from the nominations of TEAM Radio listeners and viewers. Winners receive a free BBQ sandwich meal from Danny’s BBQ Head Quarters and a T-shirt from Boss Custom Tees. PCPS will make the presentation weekly at Po-Hi. If you know an outstanding student at Po-Hi who is living the Wildcat Way, please use the form in one of these links https://www.poncacitynow.com/32875-2/
, or visit www.PoncaCityNow.com
, or www.pcps.us.
Pictured: Shelley Arrott (PCPS Superintendent) and Ashleigh Jones (Wildcat of the Week)