The 2019-2020 school year has been a very different school year. On March 12th, we were on our way to watch our Girls Basketball team compete in the OSSAA State Basketball Tournament (which they would have won), when the world went into shutdown due to COVID-19. This has changed how we do school! We have moved to finish the year in an online format. School is getting done, but it is heartbreaking not seeing our students on a daily basis!
The other big hurdle is how we handle major high school events such as awards assemblies, prom, and graduation. How do we recognize our seniors? Jones High School created a task force of students, parents, school staff and community members. This task force overwhelmingly decided we were going to have a regular traditional graduation whether it’s in June, July, August, or even later. OUR SENIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES DESERVE IT! Mayor Poland and the town of Jones with help from local civic organizations like Kiwanis went to work and are looking at hanging banners through downtown of all our seniors; Senior parents are placing signs in their yards to recognize our seniors. We are still looking at how to do prom, but I know our students and administration will determine what is best for prom. What about awards assemblies? There is not a good way to safely have an in person awards assembly and a virtual assembly, in my opinion, would shift focus to the presenter.
As a school counselor, my favorite event is our academic awards assembly. Our Longhorns have achieved great things this school year, and I love to celebrate their accomplishments. This year, I will have to settle for celebrating our students’ accomplishments in this article.
Although, there are still scholarship awards being made to our students, our seniors have already been awarded 2.5 million in scholarship dollars.
In the 2019-2020 school year, our JHS students have completed 482 hours in college credit through concurrent enrollment. Also, this school year, we have 74 students taking 114 AP exams.
I have not heard from all seniors. Seniors if you have been awarded a scholarship that is not listed please let Mr. Moses know.
CALEY YOUNG has been awarded a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at the University of Central Oklahoma.
ABIGAIL CLARK has been awarded a Freshman Distinction Scholarship to the University of Central Oklahoma.
ABIGAIL HARLESS has been awarded the Jones High School Scholarship from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
ANCELMO (SAM) BAUER has been awarded a National Scholar Award scholarship to the University of Oklahoma. Sam has also been awarded a President’s Leadership scholarship and Freshman Research Scholarship to Oklahoma State University. Sam has also been awarded the Elsie Mae Nat Glosemeyer Scholarahip from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Sam is also a KOCO Free Ride Finalist and an Elks Most Valuable Student state semi-finalist.
AUBREY STEWARD has been awarded both a Livestock Judging and Academic Scholarship to Eastern Oklahoma State College. Aubrey has also been awarded the Oklahoma Youth Expo Senior Hardship Scholarship.
BAILEY ELY has been awarded an Academic Scholarship to Oklahoma State University. Bailey has also been awarded both Academic and Athletic Scholarships to Friends University. Bailey has also been awarded Academic and Athletic Scholarships to Bethel College.
BRITNI FLETCHER has been awarded an Academic Opportunity Award to Oklahoma State University. Oklahoma State is also awarding Britni the Cowboy Covenant.
CAITLIN COFFEY has been awarded the Freshman Distinction Scholarship to the University of Central Oklahoma. Caitlin has also been awarded an Academic Opportunity Scholarship to Oklahoma State University.
CORBIN TALLEY has been an athletic scholarship to play baseball at Butler Community College.
GUS COOK has been awarded the President’s Leadership scholarship to the University of Central Oklahoma. Gus has also been awarded both academic and kayaking scholarship to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.
HANNAH VAUGHT has been awarded the Jones High School Scholarship from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Hannah is also a KOCO Free Ride Finalist.
JAYDEN REED has been awarded a Freshman Distinction Scholarship to the University of Central Oklahoma. Jayden has also been awarded the Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship to the University of Central Oklahoma. Jayden has been awarded the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Academic Scholars Scholarship to Rose State College.
JAYLIE FARMER has been awarded the Longhorn Team One Club Scholarship.
JOELI HOLBROOK has been awarded the Freshman Distinction Scholarship to the University of Central Oklahoma.
JORDYN LANIER has been awarded an Academic Scholarship to the University of Tulsa. Jordyn has also been awarded an Academic Scholarship to William & Jewell College. Jordyn has also been awarded an academic scholarship to Arkansas Tech University.
MADISON STEVENS has been awarded the President’s Leadership Scholarship to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO). Madison has also been awarded the McLaughlin Scholarship to USAO. Madison has also been awarded the Foundation and Merit Room Scholarship to USAO. Madison has also been awarded the Drover Academic Scholarship to USAO.
MARCUS EVANS has been awarded the ROCKS YOUR WORLD Scholarship from the Oklahoma Mineral and Gem Society.
MARK WILLIAMS has been awarded the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Regents Scholarship to the University of Central Oklahoma.
MATTHEW HARRIS has been awarded an athletic scholarship to play soccer at Tabor College.
NEELY MCGEE has been awarded the Trustee Scholars Award to Husson University. Neely has also been awarded the Pine Tree Scholarship to Husson University.
JAKE ALEXANDER has enlisted in the United States Army and will receive the GI Bill to cover all expenses for college.
STRONG MOORE has been awarded the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Community Foundation Scholars Scholarship.
TANNER CLARK has been awarded an academic and baseball scholarship to Southwestern Christian University.
TAYLOR ELY has been awarded an academic scholarship to Oklahoma State University. Taylor has also been awarded both academic and athletic scholarships to Friends University. Taylor has also been awarded academic and athletic scholarships to Bethel College.
TINA BESHEARS has been awarded the New Opportunity Scholars Scholarship from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
TRINITY SALAZAR has been awarded an academic scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist University. Trinity has also been awarded an academic scholarship to Oral Roberts University.
Our Valedictorians are our seniors that have a weighted GPA of 4.0 or higher with our Honor Valedictorian being the senior with the overall highest GPA. These seniors will wear white gowns at graduation.
Honor Valedictorian: Madison Stevens
Valedictorians: Ancelmo (Sam) Bauer, Augustus Cook, Hannah Vaught, Bailey Ely, Neely McGee, Taylor Ely, Jayden Reed, and Caley Young.
Our Salutatorians are our seniors that have the highest GPA just below 4.0. These seniors will also wear white gowns at graduation.
Salutatorians: Abigail Clark and Mark Williams
Class of 2020 Top 10%: These seniors are in the top 10% of their class based on GPA.
Madison Stevens, Ancelmo (Sam) Bauer, Augustus Cook, Hannah Vaught, Bailey Ely, Neely McGee, Taylor Ely, Jayden Reed, Caley Young, Abigail Clark, and Mark Williams
AP Scholar. Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams
Ancelmo (Sam) Bauer
Oklahoma State Department of Education Oklahoma Academic Scholar Recognition:
Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher and have a composite ACT of 27 or higher. These students will receive a certificate and will have a gold emblem embossed on their diploma’s.
Augustus Cook, Ancelmo (Sam) Bauer, Bailey Ely, Taylor Ely, Neely McGee, Jayden Reed, Madison Stevens, Hannah Vaught, Mark Williams, Alexander Wilson
Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic All-State:
In order to be nominated for this award, students must have a composite ACT of 30 or higher. Then the student must go through rigorous application process. The foundation selects 100 students statewide to be recognized as academic all-state. Although none of our nominees were selected as All-State, they should be recognized for their nomination. This is the most nominees in one year in Jones High School history.
Neely McGee, Jayden Reed, Ancelmo (Sam) Bauer, Kevin Eastep and Mark Williams
Eskridge Honda /KOCO Free Ride Scholarship Program:
These students have to be nominated and then go through rigorous application and interview process to narrow field to 10 semi-finalists. These 10 semi-finalists then have to put together a 3 minute video and go through another round of interviews. The field is then narrowed down to 5 finalists. All five finalists are guaranteed a $5000.00 scholarship and these five are in contention for the Free Ride Scholarship which is $25000 and a Free car. This year Jones High School has the honor of having two finalists in that group of 5.
Ancelmo (Sam) Bauer
Longhorn Team One Scholarship:
Elsie Mae Nat Glosemeyer Scholarship:
Ancelmo (Sam) Bauer
Jones All Sports Association Scholarship:
To Be Determined
Tim Wallace Memorial Scholarship:
To Be Determined
Tanner Minnick Memorial Scholarship:
To Be Determined
Eastern Oklahoma County Rotary Scholarship:
To Be Determined
Elks Lodge Most Valuable Student
Ancelmo (Sam) Bauer is a finalist
Masonic Lodge Students of Today
Augustus Cook and Jayden Reed
Masonic Lodge Teacher of Today
National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar
United States Senate Youth Program Finalist
Daughters of American Revolution Good Citizen Award
Semper Fi All-American Program
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards:
Tessa Dorrell and Mardi Smith
Carson Scholars nominee
State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council
American Legion Boys State:
Treyton Dorrell and Michael Chapple
American Legion Ladies Auxillary Girls State:
Tessa Dorrell and Peggy Dodd
KIWANIS Sophomore of the Year
To be Determined
OKLAHOMA’S PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP
This is a Tuition waiver scholarship up to $50000 over four years. THESE ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL APPROVED BY STATE REGENTS IN JUNE OR JULY. Student must maintain a 2.5 GPA in college preparatory curriculum
Oklahoma Honor Society:
These students must be in the top 10% of students at Jones High School grades 9-12.