Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Caitlyn Christie selected as SOEA Outstanding Local Rookie of the Year Submitted by OPSU Education Department on 03/21/2014 Goodwell, Okla. — Caitlyn Christie, OPSU sophomore from Guymon, has been selected by a state-level committee as the 2014 Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) Outstanding Local Rookie of the Year. Caitlyn was nominated by the OPSU-SOEA chapter for the award, presented at the state conference on March 1 in Shawnee, Okla.
The award is based on the student's leadership role with the local chapter; participation in professional development activities; and the student's overall impact on the chapter, its members, and the university community.
Caitlyn, a music education major, currently serves as SOEA treasurer and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Concert Choir, Concert Band and the select performance group, Chamber Singers. She has attended state-level music and education conferences this year. She volunteers with the Upward Bound program and serves on the audio-visual team at her church. And in her "spare" time, she is an assistant manager at Yesterday's Diner in Guymon.
Dr. Christi Roach, SOEA chapter adviser, states, "Caitlyn is an excellent example of a student leader. She understands the value of active participation in the college experience; using her involvement to learn and grow both personally and professionally. We know Caitlyn is special and are happy that others recognize those qualities as well."
This award will remain on display in the OPSU-SOEA trophy case in Hamilton Hall, purchased by Dr. Wayne Stewart, School of Education Dean, to house past and future awards.