Once a Jacket Always a Jacket

Bob Whitaker

CAA May 2022 News Bulletin: Events Calendar Updates a/o 06/04/2022

Listed below are some updates since our March/April 2022 CAA News email/bulletin.  Click on the respective links to sections on our website for more detailed information.

Check the CAA Events Calendar for upcoming reunions/events.  New events being added daily, including:  Class of 1962’s 60th Reunion SocialClass of 2011’s Reunion ; Class of 1965’s 75th Birthday Celebration/Social .  If your class has an event that you want publicized, Contact Us and we will post it on the Calendar.

2022 Alumni Golf Tourney – Friday, 07/29/2022:  Come join us for a time of fun and fellowship with some golf thrown in the mix.  Get your teams assembled and registered.  Donations gladly accepted.  This is one of the CAA’s primary fund-raising endeavors.  For Information…  To Register Online…  For Donations/Payments

2022 All Class Reunion Social/Program- Saturday, 07/30/2022:  Make plans now to attend and invite your classmates.  Admission is free.  Snacks and water provided.  Food truck will be present; attendees responsible for order payment.  Donations of cash and/or Raffle/Silent-Auction items are gladly accepted.  Money raised from the Raffle/Silent-Auction help fund these annual reunion socials, student scholarships, Teacher of the Year gifts, and other CAA efforts.  Your support and generosity are greatly appreciated.  For More Information…  For Monetary Donations…  For Item Donations – Contact Us…  

Pictures from Past Reunions & Golf Tourneys:  Here are links to photos from past Reunions and Golf Tourneys .  These and photos from other events are posted in the Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA) Photo Gallery Facebook Group.

2022 CAA Ruth Elaine Shaw Memorial Scholarship Payment Made:  The CAA made the $2000 payment to the OSU Bursar account for our 2022 CAA scholarship recipient, Ms. Kayman Ross.  Once again, we congratulate Ms. Ross for her significant accomplishments while at CHS and wish her the very best in her academic and career pursuits as an official CHS Alumnus.  We now close this chapter on our inaugural scholarship award endeavor and look forward to 2022-23 when YOUR CAA plans to award two $2000 scholarships.  For More Information on CAA Scholarships…  To Donate to CAA Scholarships…  

CAA Support of C-NP School District Teacher of the Year Presentation & Special Recognition:  In case you missed our earlier post, YOUR CAA provided both monetary and volunteer support of this wonderful ceremony honoring our school district’s outstanding teachers.  YOUR CAA was also recognized as the recipient of the 2021-22 C-NP Schools Citizen of The Year award – another example of our PARTNERSHIP with the C-NP Schools.

Meetings with Choctaw-Nicoma Park Public Schools Foundation Leadership:  A CAA Board representative attended the May monthly meeting of the C-NP Schools Foundation.  This invitation was a follow-up to earlier discussions/meetings with Foundation leadership exploring mutually beneficial collaboration and support opportunities.  The Foundation is planning a Shrimp Boil in October 2022 as part of their fund-raising efforts that provide significant grants to C-NP teachers.  YOUR CAA wholeheartedly endorses and supports the Foundation and their mission.  We will keep you posted on the Shrimp Boil event details as they become available.

Memorial Day Remembrances:  On this upcoming Memorial Day, we once again pause to honor the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms in the service of our great nation’s armed forces.  In this time of reflection, it is also fitting that we remember our CHS classmates, faculty, and staff members who are no longer with us.  Many of those individuals had a tremendous impact upon our individual and collective lives.  If you would like to honor their memory in a special way, you can do so by making a Remembrance/In-Memoriam Donation to YOUR Alumni Association.  These donations help ensure that the CAA can continue to accomplish our Partnership with the C-NP Schools in Preserving the Past, Promoting the Present, and Pursuing the Future on behalf of all students and alumni.


CHS Class of 1972 Gives Back: Presentation of Scholarships to CHS Seniors

Your Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA) proudly salutes the CHS Class of 1972 for their “Giving Back” commitment to the C-NP Schools. 

At the May 9, 2022 C-NP School Board meeting, the 1972 Class officers – Don Jernigan (President), Rita Jackson Burkhalter (Vice President), Linda Delozier Harting (Secretary/Treasurer) – presented scholarships to six members of the CHS 2022 graduating class.

Click on CHS Class of 1972 “Gives Back” for a more detailed description of the scholarship presentation and recipients along with all the other “Giving Back” actions completed by the CHS Class of 1972.

Well Done CHS Class of 1972!!!!  Once A Jacket, Always A Jacket, Proud To Be A Jacket!!!

2022 C-NP Schools Teacher of The Year Presentation: CAA Support & Recognition

Some of YOUR Alumni Association Board were helping with the reception for the 2022 C-NP School District Teacher of the Year Presentation on April 19th. What a privilege to meet some of the outstanding administration/faculty/staff from the various schools in the District. These individuals are truly “Generational Difference Makers” in today’s world.
During the presentation ceremony, YOUR Choctaw Alumni Association was recognized as the 2021-22 C-NP Schools Citizen of The Year. What an HONOR and a SURPRISE!
YOUR CAA Board members who were present accepted this award on YOUR behalf.  However, this Honor/Award is for ALL CHS Alumni – past and present – who for many years met annually to collectively celebrate reunions and renew bonds of friendship formed during their respective CHS years. Their attendance at these reunions, fund raising efforts, and volunteer support in making the C-NP Schools Museum a reality eventually led to the formal incorporation of YOUR Choctaw Alumni Association.
We salute all these ‘Jacket Alumni who laid the foundation upon which we now stand —and— all the C-NP Schools Faculty/Staff who are currently laying the foundation for future ‘Jacket Alumni!!!

CAA March/April 2022 News Bulletin

Listed below are some updates since our February 2022 CAA News email/bulletin.  Click on the respective links to sections on our website for more detailed information.  NOTE: The events listed herein and on our CAA Events Calendar are the ones for which the CAA has received notification.

2022 C-NP Schools Bond ProposalPassed.

CAA ScholarshipsPresentation of 2022 CAA Ruth Elaine Shaw Memorial Scholarship & Future CAA Scholarship Plans – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

2022 C-NP Schools Teacher of the Year Ceremony – Sponsorship & Support:  CAA made a $500 sponsorship donation for this event.  CAA Board members and volunteers will assist in the reception celebration and attend the presentation to honor our outstanding C-NP Schools faculty members.

CAA Board of Directors – New Members:  Ashley (Bower) Petty (1995); Kristy (Lilly) Ventimiglia (1975).  Board – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

CAA-sponsored 2022 Reunion Weekend events:  Planning has begun.  More detailed information to follow as it becomes available.

Class of 1972 – 50th ReunionCHS-Class-of-1972-50th-Reunion-Info.pdf (choctawalumni.org)

Class of 1977 – 45th ReunionCHS-Class-of-1977-45th-Reunion-Info.pdf (choctawalumni.org)

To Check the CAA Events Calendar: Upcoming Events – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

To Promote/Publicize A Class Reunion or Other EventEvents/Reunions – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

To Make A Remembrance/In Memoriam and/or Other Donation:   Alumni Giving Opportunities – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

To VolunteerGet Involved/Volunteer – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

To receive CAA email correspondenceProvide/Update Your Info – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

To contact YOUR Alumni Association: Contact Us – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)


Presentation of 2022 CAA Ruth Elaine Shaw Memorial Scholarship & Future CAA Scholarship Plans

The Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA) awarded the inaugural Ruth Elaine Shaw Memorial Scholarship to Ms. Kayman Ross, a member of the 2022 CHS graduating class, during a presentation ceremony at the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board meeting on Monday, 11 April 2022.  The $2000 scholarship will be used by Ms. Ross as she pursues a Biology/Pre-Med degree focus at Oklahoma State University.  
We congratulate Kayman for her exemplary academic achievements while at CHS, her initiative in completing the scholarship application process within the allotted timeframe, and her excellent research paper on C-NP Schools history and the legacy of our beloved Mrs. Shaw.  She is a most-deserving recipient of this inaugural scholarship.
The CAA is also very appreciative of the outstanding support received from David Reid, C-NP Schools Superintendent, Ms. Jackie Harris, CHS Principal, and CHS Counselors, Ms. La’Toya Jacobs and Dr. Kelly Collins in the implementation and publicity of the respective scholarship availability, application, and award procedures.
This scholarship embodies every aspect of our CAA Mission: Continuation of our ongoing Partnership with the C-NP Schools; Preservation of our Past by honoring the legacy and memory of a beloved and influential CHS faculty member, Mrs. Ruth Elaine Shaw; Promotion of the Present by facilitating CHS Alumni support of current CHS students and faculty; Pursuit of the Future by investing in the career development of future CHS Alumni like Ms. Ross.

Funding for this and future scholarships was made possible by generous donations from several CHS Alumni – many of whom were students of Mrs. Shaw and fondly recall her impact on their lives. 

The CAA will annually review and/or adjust both the number/type of scholarships to be awarded along with their respective amounts based upon CAA fiscal status.  Current CAA plans are to award two scholarships in 2022-23 and succeeding academic years – each in the amount of $2000.  CHS Alumni and others can make gifts to endow/fund CAA-sponsored scholarships.

For more information about CAA Scholarships and donations thereto, check out the Alumni Giving Opportunities section of the CAA website: Alumni Giving Opportunities – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA).


2022 Reunions For Any CHS Class – Request for Info

CHS Alums {Especially Classes of 2017, 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972 …}:
If your class is planning a reunion or other event during 2022, please share the information with YOUR Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA) by any of the following methods:
  • completing the CHS Class Reunion/Event Notification form in the Class Reunions section
  • using our Contact Us capability
  • sending an email to info@choctawalumni.org or reunions@choctawalumni.org.
We will post that info in the Class Reunions section and include it in both our email correspondence to all CHS Alums {in our Alumni Association Contact Master list} and in CHS-related Facebook group posts.
If you have not done so already, please provide your Alumni Contact Info to us and encourage your classmates to do so as well…

CAA Seasons Greetings: Year-End Giving; Help Needed; 2021 Highlights

Season’s Greetings from YOUR Alumni Association.  Your CAA Board extends to each of you and your loved ones our sincere wishes for a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season.

2021 Year-End Charitable Giving:  As a reminder, the CAA is an IRS-approved public charity.  All CAA donations are therefore exempt from federal income tax.  CAA designated giving opportunities now include the Ruth Elaine Shaw Memorial Scholarship fund and Remembrance/In-Memoriam donations (see below for more details.)  In order to receive IRS credit for 2021 charitable giving, online donations via PayPal must be received no later than 31 December 2021.  Donations sent via USPS must be postmarked by that date.  Thanks in advance for your consideration.  { Donate – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA) }

CAA Help/Volunteer Support Still Desperately Needed:  Calling ALL CHS Alumni from ALL CHS Classes. This is YOUR Alumni Association.  You participation and support are needed.   If you are willing to serve in a Leadership or an event/project Volunteer capacity, then please use the Contact Us capability on our CAA Website or send us an email at info@choctawalumni.org.  Thanks in advance for your consideration. { Contact Us – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA) }

2021 CAA Highlights

  • Too Many Heavenly Farewells Tragically, 2021 saw us bid final goodbyes and pay final respects to so many of our beloved CHS classmates, family, and faculty members. We continue to extend our heartfelt prayers and sincere condolences to all those who experienced loss.  An excellent way to honor and preserve the memory of our Alumni Angels is to make a Remembrance/In-Memoriam donation to the CAA (more details below.)
  • Fully Functional Website: The CAA website –  choctawalumni.org – became fully operational.  It is the preferred communication conduit for dissemination of all CHS Alumni related correspondence and information for all CHS Classes.
  • 2021 Reunion Weekend Events on 30-31 July:  More than 16 teams comprised of CHS Alumni, C-NP Schools Administrators, family, and friends participated in the Alumni Golf Tourney at Choctaw Creek GC. CHS Alumni from the 1950s through the 1990s gathered at the Choctaw Middle School for the CAA-sponsored Reunion/Social.  CHS Classes of 1970, 1976, 1980, and 1981 also conducted events for their respective classes during this weekend.
  • Meetings with C-NP School District Leadership:  The CAA Board met on multiple occasions with C-NP School Superintendent, David Reid, and other staff to discuss how the CAA can best partner with and support the school district – its administration, faculty, and students. These meetings were very productive.
  • Establishment & Implementation of the Ruth Elaine Shaw Memorial Scholarship:  The Ruth Elaine Shaw Memorial Scholarship eligibility criteria and the corresponding application, selection, and award processes have been finalized and coordinated with the designated CHS representatives.  CHS Alumni can now make gifts to endow/fund this scholarship; refer to the following link:  Alumni Giving Opportunities – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)  A special “Thank You” to those alumni who have already donated to this most worthy of endeavors. 
  • In-Memoriam Donations & Recognition:  In-Memoriam donations for deceased CHS Alumni/Faculty are now recognized in the Alumni Remembrance/In Memoriam section of the CAA Website. { Alumni Remembrance/In Memoriam – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA) }  These donations can also be designated for CAA Board approved/sanctioned projects as outlined in the Donate and Alumni Giving Opportunities sections of our CAA Website.  { Donate – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA) }
  • CAA Participation in Future CHS Athletic Hall of Fame (HOF) Induction and CHS Football Homecoming Events:  As reported in our last correspondence, $1000 total will be allocated ($500 for each event) in support of CAA sponsorship and participation in these events. Alumni input is solicited on how best to support these events.


CAA Scholarship Established/In-Memoriam Donation Recognition/HELP NEEDED

Some relevant actions from the 09/15/2021 CAA Board meeting:

  • Ruth Elaine Shaw Memorial Scholarship:  The CAA formally approved establishment of the Ruth Elaine Shaw Memorial Scholarship.  Reference the Alumni Giving Opportunities section for more detailed info about this scholarship and how you can support  it.
  • In-Memoriam Donations & Recognition:  In-Memoriam donations for deceased CHS Alumni/Faculty will be recognized in the Alumni Remembrance/In Memoriam section.  The name and the class of the deceased will be posted therein.  Neither the donor’s name nor the amount of the donation will be mentioned; however, the CAA will respond to the donor in accordance with normal donation acceptance/appreciation correspondence practices.  In-Memoriam donations can be designated for CAA Board approved/sanctioned projects as outlined in the Donate and Alumni Giving Opportunities sections. 
  • CAA Participation in Future CHS Athletic Hall of Fame (HOF) Induction and CHS Football Homecoming Events:  The Board will allocate $1000 total ($500 for each event) in support of CAA sponsorship and participation in these events.  CAA representatives will meet with the C-NP Schools Athletic Director to refine HOF involvement details.  The Board will subsequently consider options on how best to publicize the CAA during the events surrounding the annual CHS Football Homecoming – which could include participation in the Homecoming parade and/or hosting a reception/social following the parade or the game.  Alumni input is solicited.
  • Additional CAA Help/Volunteer Support Desperately NeededActive involvement and participation in CAA leadership and volunteer capacities are desperately needed – especially from CHS Alums who graduated in the late 1970s through the 1990sThis is YOUR Alumni Association.  The majority of current CAA Board leadership are CHS graduates from the 1960s era (translated, they are in their “golden years.”)   If the CAA is to remain a viable and vibrant organization supporting the C-NP Schools and our Alumni, then a leadership transition plan must be effected in the near future.  If you are willing to serve in a Leadership (CAA Officer; Board of Directors; committee head; class coordinator; reunion/event coordinator/planner; publicity; membership; donation/sponsorship solicitation; website maintenance) or in an event/project Volunteer capacity; then Contact Us  or send an email at info@choctawalumni.org.  Thanks in advance for your consideration.

CHS Baseball Alums – Note from Coach Shane Hawk

Attention CHS Jacket Baseball Alums & Fans:  Current CHS Head Baseball Coach, Shane Hawk, is seeking input on the impressive history of CHS Baseball – coaches, players, teams and their respective achievements, awards, and recognitions.  In that vein, he has developed and continually updates the following websites:

https://choctawbaseball.weebly.com/alumni.html         https://choctawbaseball.weebly.com

He is seeking additional information on the CHS Baseball Coaches – especially those from the early decades 1920s, 1930s, 1940s.  Here’s the current list of the CHS Coaches – Lindsey Maynard (????-1936), Louis Maynard (1936-????), June Dawkins (????-1956), Bill Jensen (1957-1979), Jim McCharen (1980-1987), Mark Craft (1988-2014), Shane Hawk (2015-Present).

He is also seeking additional information on CHS Baseball Alums who were drafted or played professional baseball at any level or who played baseball in college at any level – especially those from the 1960 era and back.

Check out the above websites and if you have any additional information, you can contact Coach Hawk via email at shawk@cnpschools.org.

Coach Hawk also extended the following invitation to all CHS Baseball alums: “… the field is ALWAYS open and available to our great alumni!”