Sister Cities Global Achievement Luncheon

During the Sister Cities Global Achievement Luncheon, held March 1 at the Petroleum Club, the following were honored:

-The Honorable David Walters, Global

-Chickasaw Nation, represented by Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubb, Global Leadership

-Vicki Clark Gourley, Global Lifetime Achievement

-Eli Reshef, M.D., Global Humanitarian

Event chair was Jonna Kirschner; honorary chairs were the Honorable Frank Keating and Sister Cities President Mary Blankenship Pointer.

SCI’s mission is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation—one individual, one community at a time. SCI is a nonprofit, citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between United States and international communities to increase global cooperation at the local level. As an international membership SCI represents, and supports partnerships between US cities, counties, states and similar jurisdictions in other countries.


Moore FFA Special Olympics Seeking Sponsors

Sponsors are sought for the Moore FFA Special Olympics Livestock Show and Junior Livestock Show, an annual event hosted by the Moore FFA chapter and Ag Boosters.

For this community event, FFA students are teamed up with a special Olympian student from Moore to show livestock.

For more information about the organization and/or to become a sponsor, contact Moore Ag Boosters President Brad Gray at 249.0950.

Norman Student Wins Colonial Day Literature Contest

Averie Blumstein, a fifth-grader at Truman Elementary School in Norman, was named winner of the 2019 Colonial Day at the Capitol Literature Contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Averie, 11, the daughter of Raleigh and Angela Blumstein, was recognized and read her award-winning essay, “What It Means to Be an American,” during Colonial Day at the Capitol Feb. 8 in the House of Representatives Chamber, Oklahoma State Capitol.

Martha Washington, portrayed by historical interpreter Katherine Pittman from Colonial Williamsburg, presented Averie with a plaque and a $100 prize during opening ceremonies. Averie also received a citation from her state senator, Rob Standridge. Averie interviewed grandparents in preparation for her essay, which told the stories of her ancestor, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the renowned anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and of her great-great grandfather, who immigrated to the United States from Russia to escape religious persecution.

Also recognized were several contest finalists, who received certificates of merit. Among these was Travis Clark, Houchin Elementary School, and Julianne Hoang, Fisher Elementary School, both in Moore.


PLS Reads Initiative Launches

The Pioneer Library System brings its PLS Reads initiative into its communities during April, with a pair of novels for readers to experience.

Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult, tells the racially tense story of a labor and delivery nurse faced with a moral dilemma and how it changes her life and career forever.

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, looks at a high school student and the two worlds she has to move between: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the suburban prep school she attends.

A featured event of the PLS Reads is a movie showing at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6,at Norman’s Sooner Theatre. It’s based on The Hate U Give and will feature introductory remarks before the presentation.

In addition, libraries will feature information on read-alikes and other similar books to these two, and scholar-led discussions of the books will be featured throughout the system. Copies of the books will be available at the libraries for those attending book discussions as supplies last.

Find out more at any Pioneer library or online at