Ponca City High School has announced the Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Ponca City Now - May 12, 2014 10:24 am

The Ponca City Senior High has announced the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for 2014.

Bethany Bookout received the honor of Valedictorian, while Candace Mathews is salutatorian.

Bethany Bookout is the daughter of Steve and Regina Bookout.

She plans to attend Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Penn. majoring in sustainability.

“ I would like to say thanks to my parents and family who have loved and supported me and have driven me to be successful,” Bookout said. “Thank you to all my teachers for giving me knowledge and helping me along in my academic career. Thanks to my church, my second family, who have supported me my entire life and helped raise me. As they say, it takes a whole village to raise a child, and this is definitely true in my case.”

Bethany Bookout – Awards/Honors/Clubs/Activities

School Activities and Clubs

Po-Hi Chorale (9, 10, 11)

Chorale District Solo & Ensemble Competition (9, 10, 11)

Chorale Section Leader (10 & 11)

National Honor Society (11 & 12)

Academic Team (3 years) Academic Team Captain (10, 11, 12)

Key Club (10, 11, 12)

Multi-Cultural Club (9, 10)

Business Professionals of America (12)

Panic Board (12)

Intense Show Choir (10)

Awards and Accomplishments

2014 Class Valedictorian

Principal’s Honor Roll (10, 11)
Superintendent’s Honor Roll (9, 12)

Oklahoma Federated Music Club: District and State Solo Winner (9, 10, 11)

All State Honor Choir (9, 10)

Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Auditioned Choir Member June 2012

Washington Youth Summit on the Environment Delegate June 2013

Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps Enrollee July & August 2011

Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps Safety Award

National Society of High School Scholars

Work and Community Service

Ponca City Country Club Server

First United Methodist Church Mother’s Day Out Toddler Room Caretaker

Child Caretaker and Dog Sitter

Helping Hands Volunteer (Founding Member)

Camp Counselor – Camp Egan Elementary Camp

Choir Director – Angel Choir, First United Methodist Church

Ponca Playhouse Community Theatre Actor

First United Methodist Church Choir Member and Handbell Ringer

First United Methodist Church Youth Member & Mission Projects

Performer at Meals on Wheels Banquet

Candace Mathews is the daughter of Dennis and Debra Mathews.

She plans on attending the University of Tulsa majoring in astro physics.

“ I would like to give a special thanks to all my outstanding teachers that got me to where I am today, “ Mathews said. “Our society would be nothing without teachers, and they deserve major credit for all they do. I would also like to thank my wonderful parents for supporting me no matter what and teaching me to reach for the stars.”

Candace Mathews – Awards/Honors/Clubs/Activities

School Activities and Clubs
Po-Hi Chorale member (9, 10, 11, 12)
Po-Hi Chorale Section Leader (10, 11, 12)

Chorale President 2013-14

Musical Achievement & Outstanding Performance (10, 11)

Awards and Accomplishments

2014 Salutatorian

Superintendent’s Honor Roll (9, 10, 11, 12)

Principal’s Honor Roll (9, 10, 11, 12)

Chorale Valle (Humanitarian) Award (11)

USAA Achievement Academy Award (9)

National Society of High Schools Scholar (10)

National Honor Society (11)

Student Council Service Award (11)

Student Council Junior Representative

Top Student Academic Achievement for AP U.S. Government, Pre-AP Algebra 2, Pre-AP Biology, Pre-AP English (10)

Work and Community Service

Northern Ok Academic Tutoring Foundation – Volunteer math tutor for 5th grade students

Church mission trip in Oklahoma doing tornado damage control over spring break

Sing in church choir at First Presbyterian Church

Po-Hi seniors graduate on May 23 at 8 p.m. in Sullins Stadium and Baccalaureate will be the day before at 7 p.m. in the Po-Hi Auditorium and Commons.

In the case of inclement weather the graduation ceremony will be held in the Robson Field house.


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