The Norman Transcript

Local news

October 14, 2013

Leading runs in family

NORMAN — High school student councils aren’t usually seen as a family affair. Except, that is, for one Norman family that has three generations with vested interests in Norman High and the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils.

Norman High senior Peyton Powers is president of the state-wide organization. He is the third generation of his family to be involved with student councils, beginning with his grandmother, Marrae Quinn, long-time student council advisor at West Mid High and Norman High. His mother, Katy Powers, was involved in student government activities at the state level while a Norman High student, serving as state secretary and hosting the state convention that year.

“We are the first family to have more than one member serve as a state officer,” Quinn said.

When Peyton Powers made the move from 8th grader at Alcott to Norman High freshman, he decided to jump in feet first, running for a position as freshman senator. Thus began a career that will culminate the first weekend in November when he presides at the state convention.

These past three plus years at Norman High have been full as he worked with other students to deal with interests of the students, and activities, including their annual Tiger Palooza fund-raising event.  He is especially proud of the outcome of last year’s campaign, raising $32,000 for Bridges to assist high school students.

They are currently seeking a sponsor to help provide a vehicle for Norman High student Jake Pyle, who is wheelchair bound due to spinal muscular atrophy, Powers said.

Norman High students produced a video for a competition they hope will add more money to the project. It was Katy Perry’s tune ‘Roar’ which has a line about the “eye of the tiger” which fit perfectly into a theme for a video. They don’t know the results of the competition yet, but are hopeful to be able to add some prize money to the dollars already raised.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • Former teacher adores ‘Red Rudy’ Impala

    For some, transportation needs to be more than just a boxy vehicle that takes you from place to place. Former Norman High School Spanish language teacher Kelly Adams is one of those. In addition to her daily driver, a big SUV, she also ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Cooler summer comes after dry spring statewide

    August made a gentle entry this year — no triple-digit temperatures or out-of-control wildfires. Instead, a bright sun slowly cleared the clouds and warmed the day back to summer weather after a few days of what had felt like an early ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Inmate health costs rising, forcing prisons to scramble for solutions

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Taxpayers forked over nearly $1 million last year to buy inhalers to treat asthma and emphysema among inmates in state prisons. In the meantime, the state also paid for 530,647 inmate prescriptions....

    August 2, 2014

  • Briarwood Elementary Briarwood, Plaza Towers buildings set to open for school year

    MOORE — Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary students and teachers will no longer be visitors in the hallways and classrooms of their temporary schools this 2014-2015 school year. Displaced and forced to relocate after the May 2013 ...

    August 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • Newville named new executive director at Noble Chamber

    Daniela Newville worked in Noble several years ago and said her new position as the Noble Chamber of Commerce’s executive director is like coming home. “Coming back to Noble is like coming full circle back home to wonderful, genuine ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following felony charges were filed recently in Cleveland County District Court. Michael Wayne Gilley, 35, assault and battery domestic abuse....

    August 2, 2014

  • August library events announced

    The Noble library, 204 N. 5th St., has announced events for August starting with a Friends of the Library book sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday....

    August 2, 2014

  • Bicycle Racks Five more bike racks installed downtown

    Public art was installed Thursday along east Main Street in historic downtown Norman. Five colorful art pieces aren’t just for looks. The musical notes, dream catcher, fork and spoon, scissortail flycatcher and a bent arrow also are bike ...

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Water Reclamation Wastewater upgrade under way

    Norman’s $63 million water reclamation facility upgrade is under way. Once known as a sewer plant, the facility’s moniker reflects the current trend in water reuse and treatment that’s crossing the United States....

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meet the Sooners on Saturday

    Meet the Sooners Day will be Saturday at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The annual, free event kicks off preseason practice and gives University of Oklahoma fans an opportunity to interact with their favorite players and ...

    August 1, 2014