Jenks FFA Senior Receives Jenks Garden Club Scholarship

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HONORING HUNTER GIBSON: Ray & Carole Lewandowski, Selection Committee Chairs, honor Hunter Gibson, Jenks Garden Club Scholarship recipient, with a $2,000 scholarship toward his future studies at Oklahoma State University,.

The 2019 Jenks Garden Club Connie Neal Scholarship recipient is Jenks High School FFA senior, Hunter Gibson. Hunter is the son of Cindy Gibson. He will be attending Oklahoma State University and has chosen a double major in Horticulture Science and Agricultural Education.
At Jenks High School he has had the responsibility of student manager of the school’s greenhouse, caring for the plants and ensuring proper watering and fertilizing for the annual school plant sale. He was team captain for the Floriculture Team for the last two years, winning first place in the state competition and the opportunity to compete at the national level
FFA Advisor and Horticulture Teacher, Stephen Tillinghast says, “Hunter has great patience with people, leadership skills and a vast knowledge of horticulture.” He was left in charge of the greenhouse over “long periods of time and he succeeded in keeping it orderly and running in top shape.”
Jenks Garden Club awards the $2,000 scholarship each year to a deserving Jenks High School horticultural student who is planning to attend college.
The award is named posthumously in honor of Connie Neal, a past president of the Jenks Garden Club and Jenks Chamber of Commerce director. The award has been given since 1999 from funds raised by the Jenks Herb and Plant Festival. Other projects funded by the festival include the planting of flower pots along Main Street, the beautification of the Veterans Memorial Park gardens, as well as numerous others.
The Jenks Garden Club meets the first Tuesday of the month, September through May at the Jenks City Hall Community Room, Elm and B Street, at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in gardening or horticulture-related topics is welcome. For more information, go to

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