The LeFlore County NAACP presented the Dr. John Montgomery Scholarship Banquet Saturday night at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau.
LeFlore County NAACP President Wesley Hooks was the Master of Ceremonies. Poteau Mayor Jeff Shockley welcomed everyone to the banquet and spoke of Dr. Montgomery's legacy in relation to the black Angus bulls that are currently being placed around town. Montgomery was instrumental in propagating Robert S. Kerr's prize bull, Hyland Marshall's genetic heritage. Hyland Marshall is the model for the city of Poteau's iconic statues.
The keynote speaker for the event was Andy Lester. He is the past chairman and six year member of the OSU Board of Regents. He is currently an Attorney in Edmond Oklahoma. He spoke highly of Dr. Montgomery's life and compared him to some great leaders in America such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Abraham Lincoln. He also talked about the history of Oklahoma's Land Grant schools.
The main focus of the evening was on the many scholarship recipients of the Dr John W. Montgomery Scholarships.
SheDerica Harris is a 2013 graduate of Spiro High school. She has enrolled at the University of Central Oklahoma where she is majoring in Fashion Marketing. Her Scholarship is worth $500.
Dreuantae Johnson, is the recipient of a$500 Dr Montgomery Scholarship. Harris is a 2013 graduate of Russellville High School and is currently enrolled at Arkansas Baptist University.
Raneisha Lewis is a 2013 graduate of Southside High School in Fort Smith, currently enrolled at University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Her $500 Montgomery Scholarship was matched by UAFS, making her total scholarship worth $1,000. She is majoring in Business Administration.
Kierra Sanders is a recipient of a $500 Dr. John Montgomery Scholarship. Sanders is a 2013 graduate of Jonesboro High school currently attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Unable to attend the evening was Ayanna Hanna a 2013 graduate of Northside High school currently attending UAFS received a $500 Montgomery scholarship and a matching $500 for attending UAFS. She is a nursing major.
University of Arkansas Fort Smith, Chancellor Paul Beran, presented Justin Rosa with a 2 + 2 Scholarship. 2 + 2 stand for go two years at CASC and then 2 years at UAFS. The UAFS Leadership class was on hand to congratulate Rosa.
Leadership class members are:
Landon Williams, Tony Jones, Annsley Garner, Nawar Hudefi, Allison Heppner and Chukwukere Ekeh, Also showing his support to the Dr. John Montgomery Scholarship Banquet was Arkansas State Representative George McGill , (D) Fort Smith.
CASC Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Jim Yates, presented Freshman Aaron Smith of Spiro a $2,500 Scholarship.
Sophomore Jagger May of Pocola with a $2,500 Scholarship.
Approximately $10,000 in scholarships were presented to students at the 2nd Annual Banquet. A silent auction was held to help fund the scholarship fund.
If you'd like to help fund the scholarship, send a check payable to The Dr. John Montgomery Scholarship Fund to LeFlore County NAACP, PO Box 282, Pocola OK 74902.