DHS announces 2022 Crossman nominees | Community

Five students at Duncan High School received the official nomination for the Crossman Award, a highly coveted honor only graduating seniors can receive.

This year’s nominees include Lauren Buben, Adelina Pizana, Sarah Poage, Ava Curry and Kyndle Ledford.

The presentation of the Crossman will take place at the conclusion of the awards assembly, scheduled for 12:30 pm on Tuesday, May 17 at New Hope Baptist Church.

Kevin Kelly, assistant principal, said Duncan is very well represented with these finalists.

“They’re all very active in the community and in the school,” Kelly said. They’re fantastic students and fantastic girls.”

Buben is the daughter of Tim and Shalyn Buben, has a 4.4 GPA and is active in her school and community.

Buben has stepped into several leadership roles throughout her education, such as being a member of the Oklahoma High School Honor Society and the 2021 High School Leadership Conference. She was also a 2021 Girls State delegate, attended the Basic and Advanced OASC Leadership workshops, and later became the Elections Committee Chair at the OASC State Convention, where she was also a 2022 Difference Maker Award Finalist. She returned to the Basic Leadership Workshop in July as a junior counselor.

Buben’s future plans include attending the University of Oklahoma as a member of the 62nd President’s Leadership Class to major in human health and biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine.

Buben said it’s a really big honor to stand with her peers.

“To be nominated alongside these other incredible students — I look forward to seeing how it all turns out,” Buben said.

Pizana, daughter of Angela and Fernando Pizana, has a 4.0 GPA while holding numerous awards and honors.

Besides school and community involvement, Pizana is an active member of the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils. She served as the District Three president and was a part of the state suggestions and improvements, attended the Basic Leadership workshop in 2021 and was named a Difference Maker Award finalist at the OASC state convention in 2021.

Pizana plans to attend Oklahoma State University and major in nutritional sciences with an emphasis on pre-medicine.

Pizana said it’s “super awesome” to be nominated for the Crossman Award and there’s a lot of great people nominated this year.

“Honestly, that’s an honor in itself,” Pizana said. “I’m excited for whoever wins, it’s going to be such a great deal and whoever wins, they’re going to be super deserving of it.”

Poage, daughter of daughter of Chris and Carol Poage, has a plethora of academic achievements, such as honor roll, Oklahoma Honor Society, the HOBY award, National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society.

Poage’s future goals include attending Oklahoma Christian University, where she plans to major in nursing, as well as participate in the president leadership class and the honors program.

Poage said she’s it’s a “true honor” to be chosen as a candidate.

“Out of these top five, I’m excited to see who wins,” Poage said. “I’m just honored to represent Duncan High School.”

Curry, daughter of James and Beth Curry, has a 4.0 GPA and holds a plethora of honors and awards.

She is involved in a variety of school clubs and organizations to include being apart of the Leadership Class for three years while also serving as freshman, sophomore and senior class president.

Curry’s future plans include attending the University of Oklahoma, with a major in health and exercise science. Curry plans to become a physical therapist.

Curry said she’s grateful to be standing with five “incredible ladies” with a “Boomer Sooner” shoutout.

“We’re all ladies and I think that’s really awesome,” Curry said. “That shows that we’re all powerful and well capable of being up here for this honor. I’m so excited to see who wins, because all of these girls are so amazing and I love them all.”

Ledford, daughter of Todd and Jennifer Ledford, has a 4.0 GPA and is involved in various activities throughout the school and community.

During Ledford’s academic career, she enrolled at the Biomedical Science Academy at Red River Technology Center for her junior and senior years.

Ledford said it’s an honor to be nominated and to represent Duncan High School.

“Especially out of a class that’s so outstanding, “Ledford said. “We have a really good class, so being top five is an honor.”

Other special events include the scholarship assembly, scheduled for 8:30 am on Tuesday, May 17 at New Hope and the Baccalaureate, scheduled for 3 pm on Sunday, May 15 at New Hope.

About the Crossman nominees:

• Lauren Buben is the daughter of Tim and Shalyn Buben, has a 4.4 GPA and is active in her school and community.

Buben is involved in various school activities including serving as Vice-President of Student Council, a member of the STUCO Class, Treasurer of the National Honor Society, Treasurer of Students Against Destructive Decisions and Treasurer and former President of Key Club.

Buben spends her time participating in Varsity Track and Field and Special Olympics Unified Volleyball and Track.

Last year, Buben was the Junior Class Treasurer.

From school activities to community involvement in Duncan, Buben serves as President of Lucky Circle Social Club, has volunteered for the Beautiful Day Foundation, Duncan Rotary Club, Stephens County Humane Society, United Way, Duncan Toy Shop and HALO Week and has accumulated over 200 service hours over the past four years.

Buben serves as the Duncan Public Schools representative in Joy Hofmeister’s Student Advisory Council, a member of the Senior Development Program for the High School Leadership Conference at the University of Oklahoma, as well as on the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils. Buben has stepped into several leadership roles throughout her education, such as being a member of the Oklahoma High School Honor Society, the 2021 High School Leadership Conference, a 2021 Girls State delegate, attended the Basic and Advanced OASC Leadership workshops, and later became the Elections Committee Chair at the OASC State Convention, where she was also a 2022 Difference Maker Award Finalist, before returning to the Basic Leadership Workshop in July as a junior counselor.

Buben’s future plans include attending the University of Oklahoma as a member of the 62nd President’s Leadership Class to major in human health and biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine.

• Adelina Pizana, daughter of Angela and Fernando Pizana, has a 4.0 GPA while holding numerous awards and honors to include Oklahoma Honor Society, Duncan High School student of the month, five-time Oklahoma All-Region Honor Choir member and four-time Oklahoma All-State Honor Choir member.

Pizana’s involvement and participation in school clubs and organization consist of: SADD member for four years, SADD Secretary, Student Council member for four years, Student Council Treasurer (junior year), Student Council President (senior year), Key Club member for two years , Student Council class for three years, Student Council HALO and Fundraising committee chairman, participant of the Duncan Special Olympics team and member of Reflections for two years.

Pizana takes her involvement to the Duncan community where she works with HALO Week, Duncan Toy Shop cleanup, Blessing Box food drive, Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, Special Olympics, Bark in the Park, United Way Annual BBQ, Halloween night at Duncan High School, co -singer for non-profit charity band Von Hawks Rising, Lucky Circle Social Club, internship at My Dentist-Complete Care Dentistry and the Election Day Pancake Breakfast.

Besides school and community involvement, Pizana is an active member of the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils. She served as the District Three president and was a part of the state suggestions and improvements, attended the Basic Leadership workshop in 2021 and was named a Difference Maker Award finalist at the OASC state convention in 2021.

In her free time, Pizana’s hobbies include, spending time with friends and family, singing, traveling and working at Summer Sno where she’s been for three years.

With future goals, Pizana plans to attend Oklahoma State University and major in nutritional sciences with an emphasis on pre-medicine.

• Sarah Poage, daughter of Chris and Carol Poage, has a plethora of academic achievements, such as honor roll, Oklahoma Honor Society, HOBY award, National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society.

Poage showcases a variety of activities from school to her local community, which include: Reflections show choir, cheer, biomedical science academy, student council, FCA, SADD club, Key club and health occupations of America, as well as involvement in her youth group where she volunteered for Vacation Bible school, sports camp, the compassion clinic and attended a mission trip in Ohio.

Poage’s future goals include attending Oklahoma Christian University, where she plans to major in nursing, as well as participate in the president leadership class and the honors program.

• Ava Curry, daughter of James and Beth Curry, has a 4.0 GPA and holds a plethora of honors and awards, including Oklahoma Girls State delegate, Oklahoma Honor Society, Kiwanis and Lions Club Student of the Month, Oklahoma State Dance Team Director’s Association All -State dancer and has been accepted into The University of Oklahoma Presidents Leadership Class.

Among Curry’s honors, she is involved in a variety of school clubs and organizations, from being apart of the Leadership Class for three years, Freshman, Sophomore and Senior Class President; SADD member for three years; National Honor Society for three years; National Honor Society president; Student Council Member for four years; Reflections show choir member; Jolly Jill’s social club President; New Hope youth group and FCA Leadership.

Curry’s involvement continues with her local community for being apart of HALO week, Beautiful Day, Book Buddies, Adopt a Grandparent, Farm a Day, Frontier Day, Duncan Toy Shop cleanup, Teacher Appreciation Week, Veterans Breakfast, Bark in the Park, Special Olympics and Jolly Jill’s Social Club.

In Curry’s free time, her hobbies include hanging out with family and friends, dancing, babysitting and making people laugh.

Curry’s future plans include attending the University of Oklahoma, with a major in health and exercise science. Curry plans to become a physical therapist.

• Kyndle Ledford, daughter of Todd and Jennifer Ledford, has a 4.0 GPA and is involved in various activities throughout the school such as varsity volleyball, basketball and track, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Jolly Jills Social Club.

Ledford holds several offices to include serving as the senior class reporter. She has served in Student Government throughout her entire high school career.

Other roles Ledford took on include Freshmen Secretary, Sophomore Secretary and Junior Reporter.

Ledford’s various honors and awards over the years include the Gifted and Talented Program, National Honors Society, Oklahoma Honors Society, Kiwanis Student of the Month, 2021-2022 Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year, 2021-2022 Tough as Nails Award, 2021-2022 Basketball Most Valuable Player, 2022 Basketball Defensive Player of the Year, 2021 Basketball All Area Honorable Mention, 2022 Basketball All Area Second Team, Bank of Commerce Athlete Spotlight, Vype Unsung Hero, 2020-2021 Basketball Academic State Champion, 2019 Track Academic State Champion .

During Ledford’s academic career, she enrolled at the Biomedical Science Academy at Red River Technology Center for her junior and senior years.

Through her RRTC enrollment, Ledford was inducted into the National Technical Honors Society.

Among Ledford’s school activities, she has been involved in her local community, as well as taking part in community service throughout her entire high school career from being involved with Book Buddies, Bark in the Park, HALO Week, Spokes for Hope and the Rotary Christmas Auction.

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