North Pole Project Helps High School Students Receive New Computers

Three northeastern Oklahoma students were surprised by the Cherokee Nation with a brand new desktop computer as part of the North Pole Project.
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Three northeastern Oklahoma students were surprised by the Cherokee Nation with a brand new desktop computer as part of the North Pole Project.

Sequoyah High School sophomore Treanna Washington, Jay High School senior Christina Thomas and Catoosa High School senior Raymond Babcock were selected as the 2014 recipients by school officials and Community Resource Investigator Shawnna Roach, who works for the tribe’s Marshal Service and coordinated with the North Pole Project officials.

“Receiving this computer means a lot to me and my family,” said Washington, who plans to attend Oklahoma Baptist University after high school. “It’ll help me in college and writing essays here at Sequoyah, and also help me try for the Gates Millennium scholarship.”

Students who maintain good grades and plan to attend college are annually selected as recipients. The goal of the program is to ease the financial strain of pursuing a college education.

“It’s is a great Christmas surprise to these five college-bound students, who are so deserving of this gift,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “These young Cherokee citizens have proven their commitment to education and their dedication to pursuing a brighter future. I know these computers have landed in the right hands and they will be well-utilized.”

The Marshal Service received five computers from the North Pole Project to distribute to five deserving students. Broken Arrow Police Department started the program and is now joined by several other Tulsa-metro law enforcement agencies, as well as the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and Osage Nation law enforcement agency.

“The North Pole Project is extremely important for high school seniors who might not have the resources to purchase a new computer for college,” Roach said. “The Marshal Service has been a part of this project for three years now and as law enforcement we are honored to be a part of something that gives our youth a chance to succeed in life.”

As part of the project, two more students at schools within the tribe’s jurisdiction will also receive new computers in the coming weeks.