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Senator Brinkley Appointments /
LEGO Robotics Team Competition
|Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 7, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY Although Rick Brinkley was just elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in November, his extensive background in business has already resulted in several prestigious committee appointments for the 53rd Legislature.
Brinkley, President and CEO of the Tulsa Better Business Bureau, will put that experience to use as he takes on his new duties as Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee as well as serving on the Standing Committee on Business and Commerce and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. In addition, Brinkley has been appointed to serve on the full Senate Appropriations Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.
Im very excited about the new responsibilities Ive been given in the State Senate. In order to really jumpstart Oklahomas economy, weve got to focus on job creation, said Brinkley, R-Owasso. My work with the Finance and the Business and Commerce committees will enable me to share my experience and perspective on how we can accomplish this.
Brinkley said he has been working closely with other lawmakers and with staff in preparation for the upcoming session, which formally gets underway on February 7.
We certainly will continue to face significant financial challenges this session. Our goal is to prioritize our needs and available resources in a way that will help Oklahoma emerge even stronger once our economy has fully recovered. I look forward to the opportunity to serve to citizens of District 34 at the State Capitol.
Herald 4th-5th-6th Grade Robotics Team At State
Vince Gregory, Matt Crabaugh, Cade Ogden, Matthew Downing, William Reynolds, Ethan Thomas, Justin Prather, Carter Lowe, Ross Rigdon
and James Stellfox.
team competes in State Tournament
The Collinsville Indian Education sponsored Lego Robotics team competed in the FIRST LEGO League state tournament on December 18, 2010. The tournament took place at Edmond (OK) Sante Fe High School.
The state tournament continues to grow each year. More than 60 FIRST LEGO teams from across the state competed in the tournament. The judging was split into four parts; project presentation; robot performance; technical design and teamwork. Although the competition is tough there is a feeling of comradery. Gracious professionalism is the theme of the day, help others while helping yourselves .
The Collinsville Indian Education program sponsors the RedBird Robotics team. The team has students from 4th, 5th and 6th grades. The team members are: Matthew Crabaugh, Matthew Downing, Vince Gregory, Carter Lowe, Cade Ogden, Justin Prather, William Reynolds, Ross Rigdon, James Stellfox and Ethan Thomas. They are coached by Julie Reynolds and Nancy Thomas. This year the team also has a high school mentor, Paige Prather. Miss Prather won the team mentor award at the competition.
The team begins working in early September. This years theme was Body Forward. The team members had to come up with a solution to a medical problem. RedBird Robotics did research on the Sonoprep Device which eliminates pain from shots. They all hoped their doctors offices would invest in this wonderful device before their next shots were due.
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs. Students learn engineering and technology skills, as well as innovation and develop self confidence, communication and leadership skills.
|Front Row left
Matt Crabaugh, Matthew Downing, Ethan Thomas, Cade
Ogden and High School Mentor Paige Prather
2nd row l to r: Coach Nancy Thomas, James Stellfox, Vince Gregory, Carter Lowe
and Coach Julie Reynolds
Back row l to r: Justin Prather, Ross Rigdon and William Reynolds
|-- Submitted by Julie Reynolds -- Collinsville Indian Education -- (1/7/2011)|
|School Board Recognition Month|
January 7, 2011
School Board Recognition Month, in January, is celebrated by 539 local and 39 Career tech school districts in Oklahoma, as over 2700 elected school board members are honored by their schools and community for untiring dedication to school government.