From the left, Cherokee Nation Community Resource Investigator Shawnna Eubanks, Cherokee Nation Marshal Shannon Buhl and Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith, of Vian, visit with Vian High School senior Morghan Taylor , in front, about her new desktop computer.
The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service recently surprised seven high school students with new desktop computers to use for both high school and college studies.
Sequoyah High School freshmen Anna Johnson and Ricky Ross, Hulbert High School senior Jamie Keener, Watts High School senior Brendon Garriot, Westville High School senior Jessica York, Kansas High School junior Daris Glass and Vian High School senior Morghan Taylor each received a computer through the “North Pole Project.”
The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service receives desktop computers each year to present to deserving students who are chosen by their school leaders. The project is a collaboration between the Marshal Service and Broken Arrow Police Department, which originally started the program. A number of law enforcement agencies, including the tribe’s Marshal Service, now participate.
“I plan to go to the University of Oklahoma and major in forensic science, so this is really important to be able to do my work,” said Morghan Taylor of Vian. “Instead of having to go to the library all the time to use the computers, I’ll have one in my own dorm. I am surprised. I didn’t know I was going to get all of this.”
Cherokee Nation Marshal Service Community Resource Investigator Shawnna Eubanks said 2018 marks the seventh year the marshals have worked with the North Pole Project and Broken Arrow Police Department.
“These desktop computers are already loaded with the software and features that students will need to write their papers and complete other homework. In today’s world, it’s crucial that our students have every available resource to succeed in school,” Eubanks said. “That’s why it’s so important for the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service to participate in the North Pole Project and to continue providing students with computers.”
In the past, the Marshal Service has also presented computers to students at Cave Springs, Jay, Salina, Caney Valley, South Coffeyville, Oaks, Chelsea, Catoosa, Okay, Pryor, Claremore, Colcord and Gans high schools.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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