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Union Grad Named Scholarship Winner

Reid Rector, a 2017 honor graduate of Union High School, has been named the winner of this year’s First Achievement Award scholarship by the First National Bank & Trust Co. of Broken Arrow.

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District Continues Legacy of Financial Excellence

It was announced in May that for the 24th consecutive year, Union Public Schools earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International.

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District Focused on Graduation

Union Public Schools continues its efforts to achieve 100-percent student graduation, reporting a 90-percent graduation rate for the 2015-2016 school year.
“We often hear from other school districts and from community members, asking ‘what is our secret sauce?’” says Dr. Kathy Dodd, Union associate superintendent of teaching and learning.

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Union Recognizes Outstanding 2016-2017 Seniors

Faith Nichols and Peter Wetherbee are Union High School’s 2016-2017 Seniors of the Year.

Nichols, who has attended Union since pre-kindergarten, is the daughter of Ky and Theresa Nichols of Broken Arrow. She served as Student Council President and liaison officer for the Rotary Club and participated in Student Leadership, the Youth Philanthropy Initiative and the High School Legacy Committee. Her honors include the Academic/Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, “Most Creative” on Student Council leadership and Top 10 Miss Union Royalty. Nichols is a 2017 salutatorian, ranking in the upper two percent of her class as determined by weighted grade point average. She also won the University of Tulsa Presidential Scholarship, which is the most prestigious academic merit award given by the university. She plans to study business marketing and political science at TU.

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Teacher Encourages Reading


On May 11, Union sixth grade teacher Briana Cleveland was awarded a classroom grant for nearly $3,500 for her grant, “Book Love: Reigniting Our Love of Reading.” This is one of 13 grants, totaling $50,000, that the Cox Charities Innovation in Education program will award to Tulsa-area teachers this year.

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Principal Reflects on Years at Jarman


In recognition of Jarman Elementary’s 25th anniversary, Patti Pitcock, former principal who spent 37 years with the school district, reflects on Jarman’s early years:

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Lisa Ford Eager to Represent Union in B.A.


In February, Tulsa native and Broken Arrow resident Lisa Ford unseated incumbent Patrick Coyle to become Union Public Schools’ Zone 2 board of education member.

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Seniors Crowned Mr., Miss Union

Union High School seniors Peter Wetherbee and Te’a Williams were named Mr. and Miss Union – the highest honor a student may receive at Union High School. Wetherbee is the son of Angela Davis and Brian Wetherbee, and Williams is the daughter of Natosha Williams and Tyrone Stewart.

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High-Performing Union Juniors

TOP PERCENTILE: Juniors Lucy Duran Camacho, left, and Kimberly Garcia have been named in the top 2.5 percent on the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in the region and have been invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. To be eligible for the program, students must have ancestors from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, or Venezuela.

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