The Ardmoreite
The Carter County Bar Association has once again awarded scholarships to four high school seniors who best exemplify strong work ethics, community leadership and dedication to service.
In conjunction with Law Day, the association awarded $1,000 scholarships to Sarah Lankford, Rhonni Lee, Seth Nightengale and Cara Worsham. Lankford, Lee and Nightengale are students at Ardmore High School. Worsham is a student at Healdton High School.
The Carter County Bar Association began handing out scholarships to the top students at Carter County high schools in 2006. Over the past nine years, more than $20,000 has been awarded to graduating seniors en route to colleges and universities. All scholarships are funded by members of the Carter County Bar Association.
Students at all eight Carter County high schools were invited to apply for the scholarships through an essay competition. This year’s topic concerned free speech and asked students to research the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Students were presented a scenario in which a sign was posted by members of a high school’s 12th grade class that read “ALL JUNIORS ARE LOSERS.” The sign was posted in the building of a public high school. Students were advised to take a position either for or against the sign being removed.
Lankford’s scholarship is given in honor of attorney and Carter County Bar Association  member Martin Dyer. Lankford plans to attend Oklahoma State University and study chemistry.
Lee’s scholarship is in memory of attorney and civic leader James W. Williams. She plans to attend the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and study biomedical sciences.
Nightengale’s scholarship is given in honor of attorney and Carter County Bar Association member Burke Mordy. He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he plans to study philosophy. Nightengale has an interest in pursuing law school following competition of his bachelor degree.
Worsham’s scholarship is also given in memory of Williams. She plans to attend Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where she has been accepted into the President’s Leadership Class — a scholarship program. After SEOSU, Worsham aspires to attend the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and become an orthodontist.