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May 2, 2016 - Two Outstanding Seniors Named Chancellor Hans Brisch Scholars

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Two Oklahoma high school seniors have been named Chancellor Hans Brisch Scholars for outstanding leadership, civic involvement and academic talent.

Cy Tennessen Calhoun, Granite High School, and Evan Tyler George, Cheyenne High School, will each receive a $2,000 award through the Chancellor Hans Brisch Scholarship program.

The Chancellor’s Scholars Program was created in 1990 with private funds. The program was renamed in 2006 to honor Brisch, who served as chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education for 15 years. Brisch retired in 2003 and passed away in February 2006.

The 2016 Chancellor Hans Brisch Scholars were selected from nominations made by high school principals statewide.

“The State Regents congratulate these academically talented young Oklahomans who distinguish themselves through their active involvement in their local communities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These students join an exceptional group of past scholarship recipients who are making a difference in the lives of others. We wish them continued success as they embark on their college experience.”

Calhoun has been heavily involved in his community by participating in various service projects, including volunteering with the Angel Tree Community Project, the Toy Shop volunteer booth, Vacation Bible School, the Kiwanis luncheon and the Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast.

He led the entire student body in a service project to clean up two dilapidated properties in which the houses and yards were not only an eyesore but a dangerous place for small children to play. Under his leadership, the student body, partnering with the city of Granite, rallied together to cut down weeds, carry off trash, load scrap metal on trailers and mow lawns.

Calhoun also initiated other service projects, including repainting an old building and cleaning and organizing the city library. Additionally, he took on the challenge of cleaning, refurbishing and finding a source to donate new lockers for his high school’s athletic locker rooms.

Calhoun is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Letterman Club, and he was selected Lions Club Student of the Month, Masonic Student of Today, Kiwanis Student of the Month, Defensive Player of the Year in baseball and Offensive Player of the Year in basketball. He is president of the Student Council, is a member of the National Honor Society and Superintendent’s Honor Roll, and is ranked first in his class. He will graduate with a 4.05 GPA and plans to attend Western Oklahoma State College in the fall.
 George has initiated and implemented several services in his community to help improve the lives of others. One service project was the Community Chili Dinner, which was a free dinner organized for parents, teachers and students during parent-teacher conferences. A second service project was "Light the Park," in which Christmas lights were hung in the city park for the public to enjoy.

George also organized a schoolwide anti-bullying initiative in which he and other students made presentations to the school. He assists with the Veterans Day program, the Big Brother program, canned food drives, putting together packages to sailors and community Christmas baskets, and coat drives for students. He also visits the elderly at Christmas.

George has participated in many other service projects, such as volunteering with the Angel Tree Community Project, the Community Book Donation Drive, Vacation Bible School, the Community Cancer Awareness Walk-a-Thon, planting of city flower pots and teacher appreciations gifts.                               

As vice president of the Principal’s Leadership Council, George presented an idea for replacing in-school detention with Saturday School so that students would give up their own time rather than missing valuable instructional time.                                                                                                                            George is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Business Professionals of America and Academic Team, and he serves as captain of both the basketball and baseball teams. He is president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Student Council, and a member of the Superintendent’s Honor Roll, Oklahoma Honor Society, and the Academic All-Conference for basketball and baseball.                                                                                                                                              George is ranked first in his class and will graduate with a 4.0 GPA. He plans to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall.

Brisch Scholars are academically talented high school seniors with outstanding leadership ability and a commitment to the enhancement of their communities as demonstrated through their involvement in high school and/or community programs or projects that have resulted in an improvement of the learning environment of the school or the social betterment of the community.

In the more than 25 years since its inception, the Chancellor’s Scholars program has provided scholarships for 95 deserving students. Private gifts, including professional honoraria from the current and past chancellors, support the program, which honors not only Brisch but the office of the chancellor and all individuals who serve Oklahoma in that position.