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Gathering Place Salutes Union School

Congratulations to Union’s Grove Elementary for winning The Reading Tree Challenge sponsored by The Gathering Place. Students were recently honored for reading the most books of any school in the participating area. Grove students read 121,307 to win a pizza party and a medal for each student.

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New Playground Opens at Ochoa Elementary

It’s playtime at the new Ellen Ochoa Elementary, 3303 S. 121st E. Ave., as the school opens its playground for the first time.

“We opened the playground on June 20, and the kids just love it,” says Principal Rita Long. The school is hosting summer school programs for its students and neighboring students from Rosa Parks Elementary.

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Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Honors Union Academic All-Staters

(Left) Union High School teacher Marie Pfaff-Taylor congratulates Ferdinand Mudjialim, an Academic All-Stater from Broken Arrow, during the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Banquet, held recently in Norman.  Mudjialim, a 2018 graduate of Union High School, was among 100 outstanding seniors from Oklahoma public schools who were honored by the foundation as Academic All-Staters. He received an Academic All-State scholarship, sponsored by Ruth Nelson of Tulsa. The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a statewide nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. Pfaff-Taylor, who teaches engineering, was Mudjialim’s honored teacher guest at the banquet.

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Union-Area Chick-fil-A Awards College Scholarships


Arthur Greeno, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A stores at Eastside market and Woodland Hills Mall, is honored to be able to award $5,000 in scholarships every year to dedicated students.  The scholarship winners know first hand that hard work, dedication, and a spirit of giving pay off. This year’s recipients are Chase Greeno and Daniel Terrill.

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Union Students Surprised at TCC ‘Reveal’

Union Public Schools and Tulsa Community College surprised 52 incoming freshmen May 16 with a special “reveal” celebration as they announced the second class of the Early College High School (ECHS) program.

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Kendall Cotter, Alexander Majed Named Union H. S. Seniors of the Month for May

Kendall Cotter and Alexander Majed have been named the May Seniors of the Month for Union High School.  Cotter is the daughter of John and Jamie Cotter, and Shay Cotter all of Tulsa. Majed is the son of Ahmad and Betty Majed of Broken Arrow.

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Union 7th Grade Student Qualifies for Duke Program

Cameron Sarey, a seventh-grade student at Union Public School’s 6th & 7th Grade Center, was invited to join the Duke University Talent Identification Program’s prestigious 7th Grade Talent Search, which was held at the University of Tulsa on May 23.

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OU-Tulsa Hires Union Alum as Diversity Director

The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa has hired Union alum Abril Marshall as its first director of diversity and inclusion.  In the role, Marshall will oversee all of the campus’ diversity and inclusion efforts, including the OU-Tulsa Equality Coalition. Marshall brings a wealth of experience to the university. He was previously the Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator for Camp Fire, a youth development nonprofit, where he worked with local LGBTQ youth to provide them with resources and leadership training. Marshall holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. 

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Union AFJROTC Receives Silver Star

The Union High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp has received a 2017-18 Silver Star Community Service with Excellence Award. Union’s AFJROTC was also selected as one of 276 units to receive the 2017-18 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award.

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