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CAA October/November 2022 News Bulletin

2022-23 CAA Board Officers & Members

Your CAA Board conducted its annual election at the September 9, 2022 monthly meeting.  Vacant/term-limited Board Seats were filled and new Board Officers were elected.  We congratulate our Incoming 2022-23 CAA Board leadership team: Linda (Neal) Campbell, Mike Bower, and Loretta Futrell.  We also salute our Outgoing and Founding Leadership team – Judy Warren, Barbara Shaw, BJ Christopher, and Sharon Taylor – for their vision, commitment, and outstanding service these last three years on behalf of the CAA and all CHS Alumni – past, present, and future.  Link to the CAA Board.

2022 CHS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to Coach Lloyd Simmons, Jeff Hogan, Jonah Llanusa, Harold Naughton, Kyli (Bean) Wood, and Jim York for their induction into the CHS Athletics HOF during ceremonies prior to the September 2, 2022 football game.  Here are links to more info and pictures:   2022 CHS Athletics HOF Ceremony  –  2022 CHS Athletics HOF Class  –  2022 CHS Athletics HOF Ceremony Pics 

CAA Support of & Collaboration with C-NP Public Schools Foundation

Your CAA proudly salutes and supports the Choctaw-Nicoma Park Public Schools Foundation (CNPPSF) in their efforts on behalf of the administration/faculty/students at all C-NP School District sites.  In this vein, the CAA sponsored a corporate table and CAA Board members/families attended the CNPPSF’s 2022 “Shrimp Boil” fundraiser event on October 1.  Moneys raised from this year’s event enabled the CNPPSF to award $23,000 in grants to 32 teachers from eight of the ten district sites.  Every grant proposal submitted by every teacher was approved.  C-NP students are the direct beneficiaries of the vision, planning, and hard work of the CNPPSF leadership (Brandon Ersteniuk, Josh Cruzan, Christina Barnes, April Dequasie, Kevin Judd, Brenda Stanley, & Abbie Dunagan) along with their support teams.  The CAA wholeheartedly endorses the CNPPSF and seeks to expand our “Partnership Collaboration” in the future. CAA support of the CNPPSF and other district-sanctioned organizations is a foundational principle of Your CAA mission/vision.  Here are links to CNNPSF Info and pictures from the Shrimp Boil event.   

Welcome Dr Jim McCharen & C-NP Schools Museum Info

We proudly welcome Dr. Jim McCharen to Your CAA Board as the ex-officio Director appointee of the C-NP District Superintendent and the School Board.  He has been a regular attendee at the monthly Board meetings.  He brings a great passion for the Museum and has briefed us on its current status, progress and future plans.  We anticipate great things and opportunities upon construction completion of the new Musuem venue area.  CAA financial support for the Museum will become more necessary as transition and setup expenses are identified.  You can help at any time by making a donation to the CAA and earmarking it for the Museum.  Here is a link for more info about and/or to make a donation to the C-NP Schools Museum.

Special Recognition for Kenny Redding – CHS Class of 1965

Shout Out to Kenny Redding – CHS Class of 1965, CHS Athletics HOF member, Oklahoma Coaches HOF member, and long-time Coach – for being honored by Jones High School with a “Coach Kenny Redding Night” ceremony prior to the JHS football game on October 21, 2022.  This honor was certainly well-deserved and long-overdue.  Link to Kenny Redding Night pics. 

CHS Alumni/Classes – In The News – Seeking Input

Please provide any CHS alumni/class-related items that might be of interest to YOUR CAA community to us via the Contact Us capability outlined below.  We will review each item and, if approved, publish in an upcoming CAA News Bulletin.


To Check CAA Events CalendarUpcoming Events – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

To Promote/Publicize A Reunion/Event:  Events/Reunions – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

To Make A Donation:   Alumni Giving Opportunities – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

To Volunteer:  Get Involved/Volunteer – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

To receive CAA email correspondence:  Provide/Update Your Info – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

To contact YOUR Alumni AssociationContact Us – Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA)

CAA August 2022 News Bulletin

2022 Reunion Weekend (29-30 July) – Event Highlights:

  • Alumni Golf Tourney – Friday morning, Choctaw Creek GC :
    • Mother Nature saw fit to provide central Oklahoma with some much needed and welcomed rain showers as our golfers began play.  After a brief delay, the showers subsided and the 13 teams continued play in wonderful weather. 
    • Some excellent scores were posted:
      • First Place at 13 Under Par (58) was the “Silver Bullets” team of Larry Aduddell, Todd Aduddell (late substitute for Scott Ogee), Phil Ogee, and Bob Whitaker.  Rumor has it that Phil Ogee’s putting stroke will be featured on an upcoming Golf Channel episode.
      • Second Place at 7 Under Par (64) was “Team 72” consisting of Richard Coleman, Emily (Long) & Jim Hunt, and Don JerniganEmily won the Women’s Long Drive prize.  Jim won the Men’s Closest To The Pin prize.
      • Third Place at 6 Under Par (65) was “Team Petty” consisting of Trey Black, Ashley and Steven Petty, and Steven Templeton.   Third Place was determined by a “scorecard playoff.”
      • Fourth Place also at 6 Under Par (65) was “Team Carson/Stookey” consisting of Brenda (Murray) Carson, Carson Stookey, Dee (Carson) Stookey, and Jimmy Stookey.
      • Kurt King won the Men’s Long Drive prize.
      • Team 76 (Tehran Jones, Kenny Glover, Mark Goins, and Mike Dickson) defended their claim to the most-coveted DAL prize even though two of their players were missing.
    • Shout Out to:
      • YOUR Choctaw Alumni Association for hosting & sponsoring this Tourney
      • All Teams and Players
      • Our Hole Sponsors and Donors
      • Judy Warren for her excellent organizational oversight of all Tournament tasks 
      • Our registration and setup volunteers:  Rita (Jackson) Burkhalter, Linda (Neal) Campbell, Karla Campbell, BJ Christopher, Sharon (Briley) Taylor
      • Lindsay (Bower) Tesio for the OUTSTANDING on-course Team Photos…
    • Link to view Golf Tournament Photos
  • CHS Class of 1965 – 75th Birthday Celebration – Friday evening, Choctaw Creek GC Restaurant :
    • Several members of the 1965 Class gathered to celebrate their collective 75th birthdays.  Former C-NP Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jim McCharen was a special guest and provided the attendees with an informal update on C-NP Schools Musem plans.
    • In addition to the great food and fellowship, the attendees took up an In-Memoriam collection to honor the memory of their 1965 Classmates who have “graduated from this earthly life.”
    • Shout Out to:
      • Lin (Onofrio) Brinkman and Glendia (Teel) Warren for organizing this special occasion.
      • The Class of 1965 attendees who generously gave $465 as an In-Memoriam donation to the Choctaw Alumni Association (CAA) Scholarship fund to be applied to our 2023 CHS Alumni Memorial Scholarship.
    • Link to view photosClass Reunion/Event Photos Links
  • All Class Reunion Social – Saturday Afternoon, Choctaw Middle School:
    • CHS Alumni from the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s were treated to loads of laughter, great fellowship, good food, valuable Raffle Drawing prizes, a dazzling assortment of desirable Silent Auction items, group photo-ops, a fantastic video from our 2022 Ruth Elaine Shaw Memorial Scholarship recipient (Kayman Ross), and an informative update on progress related to district-wide facility upgrades (including the C-NP Schools Museum) from C-NP Schools Superintendent, Mr. David Reid.  
    • Shout Out to:
      • YOUR Choctaw Alumni Association for hosting & sponsoring this Social.
      • Linda (Delozier) Harting and Rita (Jackson) Burkhalter for spearheading all the related planning, organization, decoration, and setup efforts.
      • All our Business and Individual donors who provided the great items for our Raffle Drawing and Silent Auction – a special “Thank You” to Nancy (Simons) Griffin, Lin (Onofrio) Brinkman, and Jim Young.
      • All attendees and volunteers.
      • The CHS Class of 1965 for their $465 In-Memoriam donation to the CAA Scholarship Fund for the 2023 CHS Alumni Memorial Scholarship in honor of their deceased 1965 Classmates.
      • Ken Brewer and Darla (Curry) Hotella – Raffle Drawing winners of the Quilt and TV respectively.
      • Mr. David Reid, Mrs. Donna O’Neal, Mrs. Ashley (Bower) Petty and all C-NP Schools Administration, Faculty and Support staff for providing an excellent venue for this event. 
    • Link to view program presentation & event photosClass Reunion/Event Photos Links
    • Download Links to uploads of original & edited versions of Reunion Weekend Event Photos (available through 09/15/2022):

Upcoming CHS Reunion Events in August 2022:

CAA June/July 2022 News Bulletin

Your 2022 CAA Reunion Weekend is just three weeks away.  Make plans now to attend, participate, and support.  In addition to the great fun and fellowship afforded by these events, funds raised through participation/donations are used for CAA sponsorship of multiple activities, events, and projects supporting CHS alumni, students, faculty, and staff as part of our Partnership with the C-NP Schools.

  • Alumni Golf Tourney – Friday, 07/29/2022Golfers – Act Now…  Get your teams assembled and registered.  If you can’t participate in the tourney, you can always sponsor a hole or make a donation.
  • All Class Reunion Social/Program- Saturday, 07/30/2022:
    • Free admission; snacks & water provided.
    • Murphy’s CookShack Food Truck will be present; attendees responsible for order payment.
    • Two Raffle Drawings
      • Exquisite Hand-Made Quilt (94″x94″; Hanging Gardens pattern) from Nancy (Simons) Griffin:  $10 per raffle ticket
      • Samsung 55″ Crystal UHD Smart TV:  $5 per raffle ticket
    • Silent Auction – many items including two Colorado Aspen Walking Sticks…
    • Donations of cash and/or Silent-Auction items are gladly accepted.
    • Group/individual pictures
    • For More Information…  For Monetary Donations…  For Item Donations or to Volunteer – Contact Us… 

Other CHS Class-related events scheduled for July/August include: 

  • Class of 1965’s 75th Birthday Celebration/Social
  • Class of 1962’s 60th Reunion Social
  • Class of 2011’s Reunion
  • Please note the RSVP info associated with each of these events.

Congrats to the CHS Classes of 1972 and 1992 for celebrating their 50th and 30th Reunions respectively during June.  

Check the CAA Events Calendar for other upcoming reunions/events.  If your class has an event that you want publicized, Contact Us and we will post it on the Calendar.

The Tinker Federal Credit Union (TFCU) has approved the CAA as an official TFCU Business Partner.  This means that all CHS alumni, faculty, and staff – past and present – are eligible for TFCU membership. 


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…

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!”