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Chancellor Hans Brisch Scholarship Program – 2018-19 Scholar Bios

Katherine Cockreham of Woodward High School and Nathan Lindsey of Healdton High School were named Chancellor Hans Brisch Scholars during Thursday’s meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Pictured, left to right, are State Regents Chair Ronald H. White, M.D., Cockreham, Lindsey and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Katherine Cockreham, Woodward High School, has been heavily involved in her community through participation in various service projects, such as volunteering with Run for the Shelter, assisting with local food drives, mentoring elementary school children and regularly visiting and playing music for the patients of local nursing homes.

She also initiated and organized the Stars of the Future project for the Little Sahara area, which allows children with disabilities, ages 2 to 7, to experience the Special Olympics atmosphere before they are old enough to compete. Each "star" receives a participation medal at the end of the day.

Additionally, she has served as a Quad County 4-H Camp counselor, where she provided comfort to homesick campers and developed and conducted camp workshops. She also works with the Woodward County Cloverbuds, which targets children who are interested in 4-H but are too young to join. In her work with Cloverbuds, Cockreham facilitates workshops, organizes crafts projects and keeps children on task during the meeting.

She has been recognized as a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) award recipient and a Woodward Rotary FFA Chapter president of the Health Occupations Students Association, and is a member of the Woodward County 4-H Ambassador Team. She is a member of the Oklahoma Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society and Superintendent’s Honor Roll. She is an Academic Letterman, Golden "W" Award recipient and HOBY Academic All-Star and is ranked first in her class. She will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall.

Nathan Lindsey, Healdton High School, initiated and implemented Stomp Out Hunger: Bulldogs Helping Bulldogs. Stomp Out Hunger is a project that helps supplement the food pantry at Healdton High School to ensure there is enough food to send home with kids who are involved in the backpack program. Through this project, Lindsey stocks the pantry, fills bags and delivers backpacks of food to the various school sites for distribution. As part of the initiative, he organized five food drives and 10 fundraisers, which raised more than $2,000 in support of the 32 families served through the program. 

In addition to his Stomp Out Hunger project, Lindsey serves as an Explorer with the Healdton Volunteer Fire Department, which includes responding to medical, fire and vehicle accident calls and working community service projects, such as Fourth of July fireworks, driving Santa around town on the fire truck to pass out candy, working in the oilfields, and putting out and picking up American flags on nine holidays throughout the calendar year. He has accumulated over 500 community service hours with the fire department, 240 community service hours with Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) by helping with several community projects, and 100 community service hours with the Student Council by participating in blood drives, canned food drives, and Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 

He is active in 4-H with projects such as planting flowers at the local school and alumni center, teaching workshops to fifth-graders on citizenship, and fundraising. He has served as a county delegate for 4-H Day at the State Capitol and as an Oklahoma delegate for Citizenship Washington Focus. He will also represent Oklahoma at the National 4-H Congress this fall. 
Lindsey was inducted into the 4-H Key Club; the Creek County Junior and Senior Hall of Fame for his project work, leadership, and character; and the Carter County Senior Hall of Fame for his outstanding leadership and project work in the community. He is concurrently enrolled at Murray State College and will have 18 college hours when he graduates high school. He is president of the Student Council, vice president of Carter County 4-H, Volunteer Fire Department Explorer Program’s assistant chief, and a member of Student Leadership. He has been recognized as an American Woodman Life U.S. History Award recipient; Top Student in Anatomy, Physiology, and Biology; and a Blue Ribbon Scholar. He will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall.