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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma recently announced its Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year. A selection committee representing offices throughout the state named Diana Hockett of Bartlesville and Tim Morris of Claremore Bigs of the Year.

Hockett has been matched with her Little Sister, Chelse Reagan, since 1996. Recently, the match came full circle when Chelse, a 17-year-old high school junior, selected a Little Sister in the school-based program so she could make a difference in someone else's life.

According to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, Chelse has blossomed into a capable, young woman who is pursuing a nursing degree at a local technology center while attending high school classes in the mornings.

Hocket attributes the longevity of the match to the strong values she received from her family and her desire to pass these on to Chelse.

While the 10-year match is the exception rather than the rule, Hockett encourages people to volunteer. She said, "One person can make a difference just by giving a few hours a week to mentor a child."

The Big Brother of the Year honor went to Tim Morris, a Tulsa firefighter and Claremore resident, who has been matched with his Little Brother, Alex Burkhead, for five years.

When answering the question "What motivated you to become a Big?", Morris answered, "... I was looking to make a difference in a young person's life, much like my father did for me. I realized how important those years with my dad were for my development and believed I could be a much needed role model to a young man who didn't have a male figure in his life."

Alex, Tim's Little Brother, said the following in his letter supporting Morris's nomination. "Since I've met Tim and know how good it feels to have a Big Brother, I want to be a friend to someone like Tim has been to me."

Hockett and Morris will be recognized in Oklahoma City when they are presented by Miss Oklahoma, who is a Big Sister herself, to the State Legislators from the floor of the House Monday.

Both their nominations are being forwarded to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the national organization in Philadelphia, for consideration in being selected the Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year for the nation.

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