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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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Union Teachers and supporters worked hard in April to draw attention to low teacher and classroom funding in Oklahoma. This photo was taken at the intersection of East 71st Street and South Mingo Road in Tulsa.

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Union High School Senior Spotlight

Jessica Allen and Keviyon Cooper have been named Union High School’s February Seniors of the Month.

Allen is the daughter of Jim and Denise Allen of Broken Arrow. She is active in varsity softball, the Pet Adoption League and the Route 66 Marathon event. She is among the top 10 percent of her class for academics, was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and for four years named to the Frontier Valley Academic All-Conference. She also received All-District Softball Honorable Mention. Allen hopes to study bio-engineering at Oklahoma State University.

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Seven Seniors Named Merit Finalists

Seven Union High School seniors have been named 2017-2018 National Merit Finalists:

• Grant Hizer, son of Lisa Guertin of Broken Arrow;
• Killian Kane, son of Kelly and Jennifer Kane of Tulsa;
• Alexander Labbane, son of Mondher and Cheryl Labbane of Broken Arrow;
• Ferdinand Mudjialim, son of Andy Mudjialim and Tan Fang Fang of Broken Arrow;
• Tony Nguyen, son of Henry and Tammy Nguyen of Tulsa;
• Hannah Rondthaler, daughter of Timothy Rondthaler and Joanne Call of Tulsa; and
• Josephine Uerling, daughter of Steve and Alicia Uerling of Broken Arrow. 

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TTCU Supports Education

SCHOOL PRIDE PROGRAM: Georgia Steele, relationship management director at TTCU-The Credit Union, presents Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler, left, and Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Charlie Bushyhead a $6,000 check for usage of the Union School Pride Visa check card. Each time patrons swipe their Union Public Schools debit card, TTCU-The Credit Union donates money to the school district. Union receives those donations twice a year.

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Union Leadership Class Celebrates Senior Citizens

KING AND QUEEN: In February, Union High School’s Leadership Class visited Senior Star at Woodland Terrace to celebrate the independent living community’s 20th year of its “Winter Dance.” Since 1998, Union High School’s Leadership Class has been attending the Winter Dance held for Woodland Terrace’s residents. Pictured above, Union students pose with Woodland Terrace’s 2018 prom king and queen. “The Winter Dance is really a highlight for the residents each year,” says Sabrina Davidson, executive director at Woodland Terrace. “It seems like there aren’t enough opportunities today for intergenerational contact, so it’s wonderful to see students and residents interact and create special memories.”

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Board Discusses Walkout

On March 12 during its monthly meeting, the Union School Board of Education discussed a proposed measure that would authorize the superintendent to close schools for up to 25 days in the event of a teacher “walkout” in support of the Oklahoma Education Association’s recommendations. OEA has proposed a teacher pay raise of $10,000 over three years and has called upon legislators to fund the raises by the statutory deadline of April 1. In the event the deadline is not met, the teacher’s union has set April 2 as a walkout date.

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OFE Honors All-State Winners

Three Union High School seniors have been named 2018 Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence (OFE) Academic All-State winners: Joshua Anderson, Ferdinand Mudjialim and Josephine Uerling. They are three of 100 winners, selected from 536 nominations throughout Oklahoma.

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