Having awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships to deserving Carter County high school graduates during the past five years, the Carter County Bar Association is continuing to honor past attorneys by awarding three scholarships to members of the class of 2014 this spring.
The association has awarded three $1,000 scholarship to local students Michael Bart, Kaylynn Cook and Jamal Mosley. All three students attend Ardmore High School.
Each year, in conjunction with Law Day, the Carter County Bar Association awards scholarships to seniors who best exemplify strong work ethics, community leadership and dedication to service. Any student graduating from a high school in Carter County can apply for the scholarship by providing a high school transcript, resume and a five-page essay discussing this year’s selected topic of bullying and cyberbullying in schools.
In his essay, Bart stated that to prevent and stop bullying requires educating teachers, school staff, the community and students on how to recognizing bullying and the effects it has on students. Those made aware can safely intercede or inform an adult for the bullying to stop, he wrote.
Bart is the son of Dennis Bart. He has been on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll and has been named an AP scholar with honors. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Science Club, academic team and a section leader in the Pride of Ardmore band.
Bart will attend the University of Oklahoma next fall, where he plans to study chemistry, biochemistry and geology. He says he has an interest in paleontology.
Bart’s scholarship was given in memory of Carter County attorney and civic leader Florence Tracy Revelle. She was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Yale University Law School. Revelle moved to Ardmore in 1935 and was the first women admitted to the Carter County Bar Association. She helped established the Ardmore Day Nursery, the local chapter of the American Red Cross, Oak Hall School and the Goddard Center.
In her essay, Cook tackles what causes one to bully another. She lists reasons why bullying exists as peer pressure, the ability bullying has to making one feel strong and that bullies have been bullied by others. Cook concludes knowledge and awareness of the harmful impact bullying can have is the key for ending bullying.
Cook is the daughter of Von and Marilyn Bray. She has been named on the honor roll. She is a member of the Ardmore High School Drama Club, Photography Club and Coalition of Geeks.
Cook will attend Murray State University in the fall to pursue her associate degree. She plans to continue her studies at Oklahoma City University and study film. Her career aspiration is to become a director.
For his essay, Mosley cites the ongoing efforts by the Safe School Committee at Ardmore High School as a way to keep students safe and protect against bullying. There is only so much that can be done to prevent bullying, Mosley writes. Since bullying has spread to the Internet, it becomes very difficult for school to combat the threat. Sadly, bullying exists and remains a problem in youth culture, he wrote.
Mosley is the son of Jelana Mosley. He has been named on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll, Principal’s Honor Roll, a Blue Ribbon Scholar and Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society.
He is a member of the varsity tennis team, bowling team, Academic Bowl team, Pride of Ardmore band, Student Council, National Honor Society, scholastic team, Science Club and International/Spanish Club.
He will attend Oklahoma State University in the fall, and plans to double major in pre-veterinary medicine and architectural engineering.
Cook and Mosley’s scholarship are awarded in memory of James. W. Williams. Originally from Silver Springs, Md., Williams served in the U.S. Air Force at the Ardmore Air Base, married a local teacher, Ida Sutton, and after obtaining his law degree from Georgetown University, opened a law office in Ardmore. He became a state legislator, city councilman and mayor.