The Heather Cannon Wildcat of the Week #22 for the 2021-2022 school year was presented to Po-Hi senior Hattie Steichen at the Po-Hi FFA Banquet.
PCPS Superintendent Shelley Arrott said, “Hattie Steichen is a Po-Hi Wildcat who is very active in our school community and demonstrates amazing leadership skills. Hattie serves as president of THE BEST FFA chapter in the country, is a member of the Po-Hi Student Council and is the senior class president. Without doubt, as a four-year member of FFA, Hattie has been a major part of the program demonstrating a strong work ethic and leadership with a servant’s heart. In addition, Hattie is one of the leading livestock evaluators in the nation! Now only is she a very active student leader in FFA and in our school community, but she is enrolled in concurrent courses, maintains an excellent GPA and holds a part-time job. Additionally, she stays involved with her church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church.”
“Hattie has demonstrated her leadership skills profoundly as a Po-Hi Wildcat. One can find her involved in any school activity and is supportive of her fellow Wildcats in all they do. Hattie is one of those people who talks to everyone, is always smiling, and she is not afraid to step out of her comfort zone to make everyone feel welcome. The staff at Po-Hi said she is kind, compassionate and one of the most positive role models for the Wildcats of PCPS. She approaches life and people with an open heart and we all love that about her. Ms. Easley says to make no mistake in thinking that just because Hattie is a kind, compassionate and beautiful girl that she is a pushover. Hattie is SMART and knows her own mind. She advocates student perspectives with honesty, respect and encouragement to teachers and administrators, and has a quiet confidence that we all admire.”
“Hattie, it has been a pleasure watching you as an amazing student leader. As a junior, you led students in efforts for Prom and After Prom during COVID last year. Conditions were not ideal since there were size limitations at our traditional venue, the Marland Mansion. However, you rallied the troops and made certain to make the best of our COVID year of Prom last year with safety protocols laced throughout as we celebrated in Robson Field House. Your positive attitude is contagious, and you championed your peers to make the most out of a year that was extremely challenging at best. Even though this year started out tougher than we expected with the pandemic, you were willing to care for and assist others with a cheerful outlook. No one could control the pandemic, but you, Hattie, controlled how you responded to the challenges we faced, and led everyone to be resilient, flexible and make the most out of the opportunities we had.”
“I will never forget how you led the student section in the roller coaster at home Wildcat football games this year. The timing and synchronization were on point! It was so touching and heartwarming to see our students having FUN during such challenging times, and you were there leading the charge with every event imaginable.”
“You know that Frazier thinks the world of you, and you also know that he has had a major impact on your life. When I asked him if it would work out for me to present the Wildcat of the Week award to you at the FFA Banquet, he said there would not be a more perfect scenario to do so as you passed on the torch to new FFA leaders. I know you are going to NOC next year on a livestock judging scholarship and you plan to work toward a degree in marketing and ag business. However, I think you would make a remarkable ag teacher and would be the perfect fit to follow in Frazier’s footsteps. His shoes are big shoes to fill, but I think he would approve! I am not looking for Frazier to retire anytime soon, but if he wants a partner ag teacher, we would love to have you return to the Wildcat FFA Farm. I always like to encourage those who have a caring heart, a can-do attitude and the ability to build positive relationships to become a teacher, However, I know you will be successful in your field of study and with your future goals.”
“As I mentioned, I did not recognize you at the Prom without your glasses and with your gorgeous long hair upswept in an elegant chignon. I thought you were a guest, and I was heading over to welcome you. I asked someone where that girl was from and they said, that’s Hattie! Girl, you amaze me! Whether you are in your boots and jeans or the belle of the ball, you have it all! You are a leader, a role model, a champion for others and a respectful, kind and compassionate young lady. Miss Hattie, YOU are a difference maker, and you are going places in life! You have made such an impact on the lives of both students and staff, and you are a class-act ambassador for our school, community and your family. We are all so proud of you!”
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: Kevin Frazier (Wildcat Ag Teacher), Hattie Steichen (Wildcat of the Week #22), and Shelley Arrott (PCPS Superintendent)