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January 11, 2014

Hays, Parker named Rotary students of month

NORMAN — Jamie Hays from Norman North and Russell B. Parker from Norman High have been named January Students of the Month by the Norman Rotary Club.

The two seniors attend the club’s weekly luncheon meetings and are eligible for a scholarship at year-end.

Hays, the daughter of Nancy and Charles Hays, is a 4.0 student. She is considering attending the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University or Tulsa University.

At NNHS, she is involved in Young Life, FCCLA, HOPE Club, Teen Volunteers, Chastain’s Classic Reading Program and the National Honor Society. She also has been involved with Second Chance.

She listed her involvement with Young Life as the leadership activity of which she is most proud.

“I have also learned to connect with all different types of people in order to gather different ideas, and be less focused on my ability, but the ability as a whole,” she wrote.

Hays was a member of Norman North JV Pom and was an Academic All-State member. She has been in AP classes and works between 20 to 30 hours a week.

Parker, the son of Helen and Bruce Parker, is a 4.0 student, with plans to attend Yale, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, Michigan, SMU, OU, American or the University of Virginia.

He is involved in debate and acting, orchestra, Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Latin Club, Botball, AP classes, school musicals and has volunteered at Safety Town. Parker also has started a charity called “Buddies Today LLC,” which connects teens to children with mental or physical disabilities.

Parker lists his leadership with the NHS chapter of the National Forensic League as the activity of which he is most proud.

“As a leader I wanted to make sure our team actually connected, not just the debaters connecting with debaters and actors connecting with actors,” he wrote. “Part of how I did this was by having get togethers like our start of the year picnic. Another way is having the teams do service projects.”

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