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Hearing loss group scholarshi­ps

Esteli Barrera, Daniel Knowsley and Ashley Haws were recently awarded $1,500 scholarshi­ps by Hearing Loss Associatio­n of America Central Oklahoma Chapter (HLAA COC). Esteli, the daughter of Maria Barrera, is a graduate of Fairview High School. Esteli has completed three commission­s to paint murals in and around her hometown. She plans to study business and art, and hopes to start her own mural painting business. Esteli’s philosophy is that art will help to inspire people and brighten their world.

Ashley, daughter of Tina Haws, of Sayre, cannot recall a time without hearing loss. She had an empathetic first-grade teacher who helped in the process of getting hearing aids. A headset was necessary in Ashley’s first job, but it would not allow the use of her hearing aid. Bluetooth has changed that — hearing on the telephone, in class, distance learning and face masks are all improved by the new technology. Her future plans are to work in the medical field. Daniel, son of Tom and Cyndi Knowsley, is a graduate of Bridge Creek High School. He was born with a high-frequency moderately severe and severely profound hearing loss. He received his first pair of hearing aids when he was 5 weeks old. He was mainstream­ed into preschool at age 4 and continued in the Bridge Creek school system until graduation.

Daniel’s interest is graphic design.

Scouting

Piedmont High School freshmen Noah Ferguson and Nathan Berger have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Both are 14 years old and are members of Troop 162 in Oklahoma City.

Noah is the son of Eric and Teresa Ferguson. For his Eagle Scout project, he created a sensory garden at Monroe Elementary School in Oklahoma City to benefit special needs students. He is also active in Sea Scouts.

Nathan is the son of Eric and Leslie Berger. His Eagle Scout project, titled “Hope for the Homeless,” benefited The Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City. The project included producing new art display units for the organizati­on’s Fresh stART shows, correcting drainage issues at the Alliance’s WestTown Resource Center and enhancing the appearance of the campus.

Adult protective services award

Adult protective services expert Paul Needham has been awarded the Rosalie S. Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Prevention Award by the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT).

The award, which was presented at IVAT’s 26th San Diego Internatio­nal Summit, is given to individual­s who best illustrate dedication and commitment to the ideals of Rosalie Wolf in prevention and reduction of incidents of elder abuse through research, education, policy and practice. Needham is a 1975 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and received his MBA degree at Central State University (now UCO) in 1990. He lives in Shawnee with his wife, Mary, of 42 years and serves as the volunteer college minister at Temple Baptist Church. Needham has spent over 35 years in the realm of adult protective services and elder abuse in such positions as a frontline worker, supervisor, investigat­or and trainer with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Since his retirement, he has maintained his passion to make the world a safer place to live for vulnerable adults, a news release stated.

 ?? PROVIDED ?? Piedmont High School freshmen Nathan Berger, at left, and Noah Ferguson have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
PROVIDED Piedmont High School freshmen Nathan Berger, at left, and Noah Ferguson have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

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