Nathan Lee Hubler, a senior at Sallisaw High School, has been awarded first place in a statewide essay contest, sponsored by the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma.
The annual contest, with divisions for both men and women, features prizes ranging from $2,000 to $100. The Sallisaw Masonic Lodge No. 120 will present the $2,000 check to Hubler. In addition, a $5,000 grant will be awarded in Hubler’s honor to Sallisaw High School from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma. The grant may be used for any academic purpose the school chooses.
Topic for the essay contest was “Throughout United States history, individuals other than presidents have played significant roles that lead to changes in the nation’s economy, government or society. Select one important individual, other than a president, and the area in which he/she tried to bring about change. Describe the changes that came about as a result of his/her action.”
Hubler’s teacher, Dusty Sifers, facilitated the contest for the school.
“As an Oklahoman, I’m proud of Nathan Lee Hubler and of the school system which produced such fine work,” Mr. C.W. “Corky” Grigsby, state leader of the Freemansons, said in a news release. “We have some outstanding students and some highly skilled and dedicated teachers in our state. It’s a privilege for the Masonic fraternity to recognize such excellence.”
Local Masonic lodges have long been involved with the public education system, supporting the State Teacher of the Year program, providing college scholarships, purchasing books for school libraries, and providing volunteer time to assist teachers.
“We’re working to find new ways to support education,” Grigsby said. “We know it’s the most important thing we can do to assure the future of our state.”
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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