EL RENO, Okla. —Young Democrat Kenna Baker from Yukon recently earned the Canadian County Democrats’$500 Robert "Bob" Burton Scholarship, which was presented June 18 at the organization’s Summer FUNraiser picnic at Lake El Reno.
The scholarship is named in honor of the deceased former county Vice Chair Robert "Bob" Burton, who encouraged his children and other young Democrats to become active in the political party.
Baker is pursuing a bachelor’s of fine arts degree with a double major in graphic design and studio art at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
She and her parents, Kenneth and Debbie, joined Canadian County Democrats and guests at the celebration in her honor, which featured a covered dish dinner and entertainment by the Bean Supper Band.
Baker completed nine hours of advanced placement college credit before graduating as a valedictorian from Yukon High School in 2010. She was recognized as an Oklahoma Academic Scholar and actively participated in 4H, Odyssey of the Mind and other organizations in high school.
Caption: The Canadian County Democrats’ scholarship is awarded in honor of deceased county Vice Chair Robert "Bob" Burton. His daughter Amber Meiki (left) and widow Canadian County Secretary Shirley Burton were present to congratulate scholarship winner Kenna Baker.
Canadian County Democrats Vice Chair Rodney Boegel from El Reno and Carol Ruth, Jerri Edwards and Stephanie Fraker, all from Yukon, reviewed all the applications and strongly recommended Baker as the top scholarship applicant.
"We were particularly impressed with Kenna’s leadership in the Hugs project, which she organized to make and send over 6,000 cooling bandanas to U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq," Vice Chair Rodney Boegel said. "She taught over 300 workshops to over 4,000 people on how to make the Hugs, raised more than $4,000 for the project and volunteered over 2,300 hours to make this dream a reality."
In her scholarship application, Baker wrote, "I am an American and a Democrat. I choose to make a difference and help others think of their own way to make a difference in someone else’s life.
"By encouraging volunteering, Democrats will make a positive difference in our communities across the state and as the word spreads that Democrats truly want to make a positive difference, more people will join in our efforts, resulting in a positive effect on our Oklahoma economy," she added. "Working together, Democrats do and will continue to have a positive effect, resulting in a stronger America."
The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (except Dec.) at Canadian Valley Technology Center, located at 6505 E. Highway 66 between Yukon and El Reno. The group is actively recruiting Young Democrats. For more information, call 354-3189 or visit http://www.canadiancodems.org/