Volunteering to lead

Michael Smith
Logan Schaaf on the sidelines during a Wilson Eagles home game.

Some people are naturals at whatever they try, and two particular area teens are definitely naturally well-rounded students and citizens. Bree Phelps, a senior at Fox High School, and Logan Schaaf, a senior at Wilson High School, are stand out leaders in sports and in their communities, and were selected as the October nominees for Student Leader of the Year.

Fox student council advisor Lacey Lockwood considers Phelps a “natural born leader,” and said in her nomination that the three-term student council president sets a precedent for others. A list of her volunteer work records over 500 service project hours since 2016, and includes working at various holiday events in the community and keeping stats for Fox football. Most recently, Phelps was appointed to the 2020 Student Advisory Council to assist Oklahoma education officials with policy.

An equally impressive list of academic achievements has helped Phelps reach the top rank in her class with a 4.0 GPA. She has appeared on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll three years in a row, is active in FFA and FCCLA, and received numerous regional and statewide awards for her role on the Lady Foxes basketball team. “Bree Phelps has excelled not only in the game of basketball but the game of life as well,” said basketball coach and principal Mark Williams.

In Wilson, Logan Schaaf has made a name for himself on and off the football field. Principal Josh Mitchell considers Schaaf “the epitome of a student-athlete,” and the senior’s presence as a volunteer little league coach supports the claim. He has received honors and awards for football, basketball, and baseball, and also participates in track and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Schaaf’s volunteer record may be most impressive. According to his nomination, he organizes an annual Ronald McDonald Pull Tab Challenge, mows for the local museum each summer, tutors younger students, and even serves as the chair for a community Women’s Outreach fundraiser. Not only is he dual-enrolled at Murray State College, Schaaf also heads daily study sessions for other concurrent students by organizing meeting times and leading discussions.

“When I heard about the opportunity to nominate a student leader, I instantly thought of Logan Schaaf because of what he does for our school,” Mitchell said.