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Canadian County Democrats award scholarship to Young Democrat

posted Jun 7, 2013, 1:01 PM by Jody Harlan

EL RENO, Okla. — Young Democrat Devante Moore from El Reno is the winner of a $500 scholarship awarded by the Canadian County Democrats.

The Robert “Bob” Burton Democratic Scholarship is named in honor of the deceased former county vice chair who encouraged young Democrats to become active in the political party. Burton’s widow Shirley serves as scholarship committee chair with Cathy Stanford and J. P. Hemminger. All are from Yukon.

“On Nov. 5, 2012, I am proud to say I was able to vote in my very first presidential election with my mother by side,“ Moore wrote in an essay for his scholarship application. “Like President Obama, I was raised in a strong middle-class household with my mother who instilled a hard work ethic, the value of education, spiritual values, and to treat others the way I want to be treated.:”

Moore will be recognized at a Summer FUNraiser in his honor from noon to 2 p.m. on Sat., June 29. Any Democrat in Canadian County is invited to attend the covered dish dinner at Northwest Community Center, 520 N. Grand, in El Reno.

He completed an associate in arts degree Connors State College in Warner.

As a sophomore guard for the Connors Cowboys basketball team, Moore averaged 9.1 points per game and was credited by his coach for helping his team reach the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament in 2013.

He transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the UCO Mustangs.

The Canadian County Democrats have changed meeting locations due to the tornado destruction at Canadian Valley Technology Center. Until further notice, the group will now meet from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the conference room at the Yukon Police, 100 S. Ranchwood Blvd. For more information, call 405-354-3189.