Friday, October 31, 2014

COBBS: Mr. and Ms. OHS

By RYAN COBBS, Ottawa High School | 4/21/2014

Ottawa High School was founded in 1917 and, at some point during the time since, the most prestigious honor ever bestowed upon an OHS student — the titles of Mr. and Ms. OHS — was created.

Without going back through every yearbook published by our school and determining exact years, we know that at some point the award went away and was seen no more. In 1995, the OHS student council made a decision to bring the award back, and now we’re working on its 20th year celebrating the contributions of the most heralded Cyclones at our school.

Ottawa High School was founded in 1917 and, at some point during the time since, the most prestigious honor ever bestowed upon an OHS student — the titles of Mr. and Ms. OHS — was created.

Without going back through every yearbook published by our school and determining exact years, we know that at some point the award went away and was seen no more. In 1995, the OHS student council made a decision to bring the award back, and now we’re working on its 20th year celebrating the contributions of the most heralded Cyclones at our school.

The Mr. and Ms. OHS honor is meant to recognize those students who epitomize the characteristics of participation, scholarship, attitude, character and leadership. Throughout the past 20 years, this award has showcased students who have given more to our school and our community than we could have ever asked of them. These students have flourished in a number of activities, including athletics and student organizations. Typically these students are in the top 10 percent of their classes and are primarily enrolled in a rigorous course of study that includes college preparatory and dual credit courses.

Mr. and Ms. OHS candidates display an attitude and character that is centered and focused on developing a sense of pride within our school and representing it as such. Finally, these students express leadership in all aspects of life, whether it be in the classroom, throughout such organizations as National Honor Society or student council, on the field of play in athletics, and within the community in situations outside of school that are centered on the betterment of others.

This year’s candidates were selected based on the recommendations of teachers, parents and community members. A list of those candidates was provided to the staff at OHS to be rated on the attributes discussed above. After tabulating the results, student council and OHS would like to recognize Gabrielle Bowers, Stephanie Brands, Madison Lancaster and Amanda Leadbetter as the candidates for Ms. OHS, and Frankie Hernandez, William Lynch, Aaron Miller and Vincent Sylvester as our Mr. OHS candidates.

These students represent the soul of this award. Individuals in this group of students have helped to bring homecoming festivities back to the downtown area, created a program to help students understand the importance of seat belt safety that is now being nationally recognized, are some of the most intelligent students to graduate from OHS, and represent “Cyclone Pride” in a manner unmatched by students in years past.

A vote will be taken this week to determine who best represents the ideals of Mr. and Ms. OHS. An assembly is planned in their honor at 9:25 a.m. May 2, as we announce which of these students will earn our school’s most prestigious honor.

Regardless of which students take home this award, each and every one of them is certainly deserving of the honor. I am very proud of the accomplishments of our candidates and would like to congratulate them and wish them the best of luck.

Dr. Ryan Cobbs is principal at Ottawa High School. Email him at cobbsr@usd290.org or call (785) 229-8020.

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