Big Macomb Wins Car as Student of the Year – Shawnee News-Star


Tri-County Area Best of Preps: Macomb senior wins car as Student of the Year
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Vicki or Misa Shawnee News Star

Academic Excellence Award winner and District High School Student Kahlin Dabbs was recently named Shawnee News-Star and Patriot Auto Group Student of the Year at the Best of Tri-County Area Preps Awards this month.


Chosen as Student of the Month for February, she was among 16 students vying to be the best student in the tri-district area. In the end I got an all-new 2022 Jeep Compass.

Dabbs just graduated from Macomb High School.

She said the experience seemed surreal.

“I’m not sure if (the win) will sink in one day,” she said.

Dabbs said it’s amazing to have something physical, like a new car, to show for all of her hard work.


During her final year at Macomb, Dabbs maintained a perfect GPA.

Donnell Riggs, Macomb High School counselor, said Dabbs embodies the best of the Macomb High School campus.

“She sets herself challenging academic goals and strives to reach them,” Riggs said in the nomination form. “Not only has she been a part of the pre-engineering program at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center (GCTC) since she was a sophomore, but she also took concurrent courses this year through Seminole State College.”

Riggs said Dabbs has also been involved in basketball, softball, track, academic team, robotics and USA Skills.

Honors and awards include: Eighth class outstanding student. regional excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; Awards in Skills USA; 2020-21 Academic All Conference-Little River Conference; Seminole State College Interscholastic Meet Award; As well as participating in several teams, among others.

“She works hard to be a leader and someone that her teammates can rely on,” Riggs said. “I volunteered in our community to help clean up Romulus’ cemetery and help Romulus Baptist Church drive shoes.”

Riggs said Dabbs has a great work ethic, has high expectations for herself, and challenges herself and others around her.

“She’s ambitious and assertive,” Riggs said. “I know she will achieve everything she wants.”

Dabbs said in the fall that she plans to major in mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University after finishing her classes at Seminole State College this summer.

Dabbs won the highest honor, but 15 other students a month also ranked among the highest academic achievers in the tri-district area. They received recognition, certificates, and scholarships for their efforts.

they may have been:

• Student of the Month for September – MacKynsie McKedy, from McLoud, and Jaxon Meyers, from Tecumseh

• October Students of the Month – Leah Brannon in Chandler and Shayla Perry in Chandler

• Students of the Month for November – Tyler Sampson, of Tecumseh, and Brianna Percy, of Maker

• December Students of the Month – Delaney Healy, of Chandler, and Mary Beth Frerich, of Maker

• January Students of the Month – Presley Martzel, of Chandler, and Janon Blankenship, of Chandler

• Student of the Month for February – Gage Powell, from Maker

• Students of the Month for March – Trip Davis from Prague and Cassidy Deboy from Bethel

• Student of the Month – Cora Bender of Dale and Peyton Greenwood of Shawnee

Better than Tri-County Preps

For the fifth year, the Chrysler Patriot Dodge Jeep Ram in Chandler introduced an all-new Patriot Student of the Year to a student from one of the many participating high schools in the area. This year’s award was Jeep Compass.

The Patriot Auto Group teamed up with Shawnee News-Star to identify the best student in the area.

During the school year, two Students of the Month were selected by an impartial panel of judges based on nominations from officials in district school districts. These 16 students were a finalist for the Patriot Student of the Year and one of them became the owner of a new car after the annual Best of Tri-County Preps Banquet. The remaining 15 students won scholarships.

Each month, district high school officials submitted nominations for seniors who had excellent grade point averages, demonstrated community leadership qualities, were active volunteers and demonstrated high moral integrity.

Students of the month were chosen by a group of judges from the community.

Many students from the area have been honored at the Best of Tri-County Preps for their high achievement, including numerous sports awards in various sports.

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