I am a 2006 graduate of Wilburton High School. While in high school, I was a proud member of the women’s basketball team and yearbook staff. After graduation, I attended EOSC where I obtained an associates degree in business administration. I went on to attend East Central University. After transferring, I decided to pursue my childhood dreams of becoming a teacher. While attending ECU, I met my husband, Chris. We had our first son, Tyler, in 2011. In the spring of 2013, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I accepted a job with McAlester Public School in the fall of 2013. I began my career by teaching 5th grade language arts and 6th grade science, social studies, and language arts. In 2015, we welcomed our youngest son, Taylor, to the world. I am currently still employed by MPS teaching 5th grade science. Over the past few years of my career, I have had the honor of being nominated as teacher of the year to represent my building in our district’s TOY process. I proudly serve as a 5th grade team leader and on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council in my district. I have had
I am a 2016 graduate of Wilburton High School. During high school, I played baseball and basketball as well as a member of the skeet shooting team. I was a national honor society member as well. After high school I decided to follow in the foot steps of my father and pursued a career in HVAC/R. I attended OSUIT and received my associates in applied science for HVAC/R in 2018. After college, I went to work for Wal-Mart as an HVAC and commercial refrigeration technician in the Fort Smith area where I am still currently employed. I am in charge of servicing all HVAC and refrigeration on several stores in the Fort Smith and surrounding areas. Aside from my career, I was recently married to my wife Alexus in December 2020. We are active members in our church (Lighthouse Assembly of God) in Red Oak. We both serve on the worship team as well as being youth leaders.
The Student Alumni Spotlight for April 2021 is Hannah Royce. Hannah Royce graduated WHS in 2010 as Class President. She currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where she is the owner of the creative agency, Hannah Royce, Co. She’s a Creative + Social Entrepreneur focused on community-impact, organizing, and civic engagement efforts. Royce is an interdisciplinary thinker who works with passionate small-business owners, developers, and non-profit organizations to boost their brands + missions through human-centered design and experiences. Hannah’s company HRCO provides everything from digital strategy, bold visuals + design and social media management to event production, creative direction, photography, and more. Royce describes herself as being fiercely committed to advocating on behalf of women, BIPOC, and the LGBTQ2S+ communities through her work and organizing efforts. In 2015, shortly after she founded HRCO, she also founded a women’s empowerment experience called Confidence Con. ConCon brings women from across the state together for meaningful dialogue on closing the confidence gap by speaking their truth, taking up space and living authentically. She also currently serves as the President and Festival Chair for the newly-founded Oklahoma City Pride Alliance.
Jordan Rymer is a 2016 graduate of WHS. While in high school, Jordan was a proud member of the Purple Pride Marching Band. She was in the color guard for 4 years and color guard captain during her senior marching season. After graduation, Jordan attended EOSC for a year to get started on her basics and while there, she discovered a love of psychology. After one year at Eastern, she transferred to Oklahoma State University, where she completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, graduating in December 2020. Jordan enjoyed her time at OSU, even with the challenges of the pandemic during her last year in Stillwater. While in school at OSU, Jordan worked at Wal-Mart for a while until she got a job working in an early childhood development center as a teacher. She fell in love with working with the children and has decided that she wants to continue this work in some capacity. She is hoping to work with children through DHS or perhaps counseling in an elementary school. Recent Photo: Jordan Rymer
Dillan Browne is a 2017 graduate of Wilburton High School. Throughout high school, he competed in football and weightlifting, as well as being involved in Speech and Drama. He qualified for the State Weightlifting tournament and the Lake Eufaula All Star Classic football team his senior year. Dillan also served 4 years in the Student Council and was a member of the National Honor Society. Dillan was awarded the Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship to attend Southeastern Oklahoma State University and will graduate with a double major in finance and accounting in May of 2021. An active member of the Southeastern Honors Program and Blue Key Honor Society, Dillan was awarded the “Top Ten Freshman” Award. In addition to his academic life, Dillan was married in May of 2020. He works full time while finishing his degree. Upon graduation in May, he plans to pursue the Certified Public Accountant license.
Jacalyn Hulsey is a 2016 graduate of Wilburton High School. Throughout high school, she was involved in cheerleading, basketball, vocal, speech and drama. She was selected all four years of high school to be a member of the All-State Vocal Chorus. Jacalyn has always had the desire to help people. After receiving physical therapy following a cheerleading injury in high school, her career goal was set. Jacalyn’s dream was now to become a physical therapist. She attended Eastern Oklahoma State College where she obtained her Associate Degree in Science. While attending Eastern, Jacalyn stayed involved with Phi Theta Kappa, the Math and Science Club, and the Mountaineer cheerleading squad. In 2017, she graduated from Eastern in the top 10% of her class. She then transferred to East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. At ECU she was involved in two honor societies, Beta Beta Beta and Alpha Chi. In 2020, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Kinesiology. Jacalyn was honored by being accepted into three Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs. She chose to attend the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is currently enrolled in her first year and will be
Anthony Shelley is a 2017 graduate of Wilburton High School. During Anthony‘s senior year, Mrs. Harkins was always talking to him about attending college and trying to help him make decisions about his future. Attending college was not of interest to him. He said, sports was what kept him motivated to keep his grades up in high school, and he knew he wasn‘t college athlete material. For this reason he leaned toward a tradesman career. Anthony graduated in May, 2017 and by June he went to work as a welder‘s helper. The welder he was helping is the one who inspired Anthony to choose welding as his career. He spent the rest of 2017 and all of 2018 working as a helper. During his free time, he would practice learning the trade. January, 2019 Anthony broke out and began his welding career. He became a member of the 798 Pipeliners Union the same year. So far his career has taken him to West Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma. He enjoys his chosen trade and hopes that he is able to make a life long career of it. It doesn‘t matter how bad of a situational home life you come from. Anthony
Sam Goddard is a 2017 graduate of WHS. He is currently attending Oklahoma State University on academic scholarships after attending Northwestern Oklahoma State University on both cross country and academic scholarships. He is majoring in Construction Engineering Technology and has completed two summer internships, the first being a field engineer on a water treatment facility project and the second as an estimator for several elementary school projects. During Sam’s freshman year as a Northwestern Ranger, he competed at the Great American Conference and Regional cross country meets. Following his first year, he transferred to OSU to complete his degree. He is currently the President of the OSU Triathlon Club which competes among other universities at the national level. Outside of classes and triathlons, Sam works for Oklahoma State University as a Supplemental Instruction Leader which provides a secondary learning experience for students in engineering classes. After finishing his final year at OSU, Sam will pursue a career in estimating for a general contractor. The summer internships have been a great hands-on learning experience for Sam and has helped him to feel confident of his chosen field of study. at OSU Class of 2017 Previous Next
Kaycee Hollingback is a 2018 graduate of WHS. She is attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University on both a rodeo scholarship and an academic scholarship. She is majoring in Elementary Education and was recently named a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association American Scholar. She competes in goat tying and breakaway roping for the Savage Storm. Between practice and school, she works at Durant Stockyards and J.Price Energy Services. After graduation, Kaycee hopes to pursue a teaching career or continue working in the energy field. Kaycee has recently competed in the Last Chance American Qualifier and earned two qualifying spots to The American slack performance. During the slack performance, she competed against approximately 460 other women for a chance to compete in the top 40 of the Semi-finals. Kaycee placed sixth in the Semifinals and earned a spot to run for the $100,000 in RFDtv’s The American. In good times and in bad, Kaycee lives by the mantra that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes, we just have to dig deep to find it. Kaycee Hollingback On the run Previous Next