The Norman Transcript

April 22, 2013

OU student achievement awards

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Seven University of Oklahoma students received the J.R. Morris Campus Life Award recognizing recognizes students who have given outstanding service to the OU community, as demonstrated by their involvement across campus, at an awards ceremony April 5.

They are Laney Ellisor, a journalism and mass communication/professional writing senior from Broken Bow; Corey Still, a Native American Studies senior from Cookson; James Cook, a Native American Studies graduate student from Cushing; Sean Bender, a chemistry senior from Edmond; Rainey Sewell, a communication senior of Norman, and Matt Shandy, a political science senior, both from Norman; Joe Sangirardi, a letters senior from Tulsa; and Vicky Vargas, a human relations senior from Katy,Texas.

· Letzeiser Awards

to Norman students

Letzeiser Awards for good citizenship and achievement were awarded April 5 to outstanding seniors at a University of Oklahoma campus awards banquet.

The awards, which honor the late Alexander Letzeiser, are presented annually by the Midwest Jewelry Co. of Oklahoma City.  Recipients are selected by a committee of students, faculty and staff members on the basis of leadership, scholarship and service to the university.

Bronze, silver and gold medals were presented to three men and three women who were selected as the most outstanding.  Gold medal recipients were Becky M. Wood of Albuquerque, N.M., and Mubeen A. Shakir of Oklahoma City.  Silver medal recipients were Miranda Konowitz of Plano, Texas, and Nick Coffey of Oklahoma City. Bronze medal recipients were Amanda Easton of Lawton and Samuel P. Clancy of Tulsa.

Senior women named to the Letzeiser Honor List were Victoria J. Antonio and Rachel L. Renbarger, both of Norman, among other recipients.

· Alcott Student Honored

Gus Kmetz, a student at Alcott Middle School in Norman was honored at the state Capitol this week with a citation praising him for an extraordinary achievement.  Kmetz was named the winner of the 2012-2013 Letters About Literature writing contest for 7th and 8th grade students. 

Sen. John Sparks, who presented Kmetz with the citation, said the student’s accomplishment was remarkable.

“Gus is such a talented young man.  He has made his family, his community and his school very proud,” said Sparks, D-Norman.  “I wish him all the best in his future endeavors, and it was a great joy to be able to present him with a citation acknowledging his exceptional achievement.”

Letters About Literature is a national writing competition sponsored by the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoma Center for the Book, and Roadrunner Press. 

“Gus put a tremendous amount of work and effort into his submission,” Sparks said.  “He was a very deserving winner.  It was a privilege to be able to recognize such an exceptional young person.”

— Transcript Staff

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