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OPSU Faculty Senate President Dr. James Benjamin, left, presents Chelsey Gunkel Scales with the J. R. P. Sewell Award at the recent Commencement ceremony. –Campus Communications Photo

*For Immediate Press Release*

2005 J.R.P. Sewell Award Recipient
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 05-24-05

Chelsey Gunkel Scales, winner of the 2005 Oklahoma Panhandle State University J. R. P. Sewell Award, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. Inspired by mother Dorothy Gunkel, a life-long teacher, Chelsey knew she wanted to enter the teaching profession since she was young. Chelsey and husband Trey plan to make their home in this area while pursuing their teaching careers.

Criteria for receiving the prestigious award include completing all course work at OPSU, scholarship, citizenship and participation in campus clubs and activities. The single recipient chosen each year receives a gold watch inscribed with his or her name.

Graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, serving as a staff writer and editor of the Collegian, and being honored in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Chelsey exemplifies all those characteristics. She also served as an O-day leader, sophomore class officer, and Student Oklahoma Education Association member plus participated in intramurals and other student activities.

When asked about the award, Chelsey said, “I wasn’t expecting it! I am honored to receive this award and be recognized for my achievements. The watch will always remind me of my hard work and the friends I made at OPSU.”


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