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Maverick Williams and Colton Slavin top of Skiatook High School Class of 2021
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Maverick Williams is the Skiatook High School Class of 2021 Valedictorian. Williams attended Sperry High School from pre-k through eighth grade before moving to Skiatook his freshman year. He made the move to have access to more rigorous classes and already knew he wanted to be the Valedictorian.

Williams competes on the debate team and is the Student Council treasurer. He also work part-time at Andolini’s pizza in Tulsa. He received a full scholarship to Yale University, where he will study political science and global affairs this fall.

“I knew I wanted to move to the east coast, because I had visited the area,” Williams said. “I have always wanted to try living somewhere else for the experience.”

Williams chose to study political science because he has always been involved with politics and government. He would also be in a position to find employment anywhere in the United States or in a foreign country, furthering his experiences in new places with different cultures.

Colton Slavin is the Class of 2021 Salutatorian. He has attended Skiatook schools since pre-k. He plays on the varsity soccer team and is involved with Student Council. He plays competitive soccer in Tulsa and works as a referee for the Skiatook Soccer Club.

Slavin will attend Coffeyville Community College this fall on a soccer scholarship. Slavin plans to study biochemistry.

“I didn’t think a four year college was the right transition for me, so it was an easy decision,” Slavin said. “I have always been interested in sciences, and specifically heart science. The classes I have taken steered me in that direction.”

Monthly grants available to local businesses through Tulsa World stimulus program
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Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been granted in the Tulsa World Media Co.’s third local business stimulus program aimed at helping companies succeed in our rapidly evolving economic environment.

The program is available to locally owned and operated businesses and provides matching advertising credits for use in print and digital products, as well as the Tulsa World’s broad suite of digital services such as website design, text marketing and managed email marketing.

Lee Enterprises, which owns the Tulsa World Media Co., provides news, information and advertising in 77 markets and has this program available in each one.

Up to $5 million is available to local businesses through monthly grants ranging from $250 to $15,000. The grants will be awarded in April, May and June.

“We appreciate those businesses who have reached out to us so we can provide much needed marketing grants,” said Bernie Heller, president and director of local sales for Tulsa World Media Co. “We’ve designed this local business stimulus program to meet the need of our local businesses so they don’t just recover but thrive in today’s business climate.”

Heller said the program can help a local business trying to serve and connect with customers in new ways.

“Tulsa World Media Company is a full service digital agency, designed specifically to serve our local business owners,” he said. “We are the leader in local content, marketing and advertising. With this program, one of our strategists can help work on a plan that best fits your business as things start opening up. The time is now to plan for this new world we are living in.”

To apply, businesses should visit:

Sperry Public Schools joins legal action against state school board over charter school funding
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The Sperry school board voted to challenge the state school board over a controversial lawsuit settlement that could reallocate tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to charter schools — at the cost of traditional public schools.

Sperry joins a growing list of area school districts that are disputing the litigation, which would allow charter schools to receive an equal share of the revenue from the state’s gross production, motor vehicle and rural electrification association tax collections, state school land earnings and county tax collections.

“The Sperry Board of Education is joining other districts from around the state in an effort to keep local revenue, such as gross production, motor vehicle tax collections, and county tax collections, local as intended by the Oklahoma Constitution. This local revenue is critical in helping us to maintain our facilities, provide transportation, offer a range of extra-curricular activities, and in serving students with special needs, things that many charter/virtual schools do not provide,” said Superintendent Sr. Brian Beagles.

The state school board approved the reallocation in a 4-3 vote on March 25, despite objections from Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and against the advice of its own legal counsel.

An Oklahoma County District Court judge ruled in the fall of 2017 that attorneys for the Tulsa and Oklahoma City school districts would be allowed to intervene in the statewide charter school association’s legal battle against the state for access to more public funding.

The Sperry school board’s resolution authorizes the district’s attorney to initiate legal action against the state school board.

Several other area school districts, including Skiatook, Tulsa, Jenks, Owasso, and Sand Springs, have also taken up resolutions or authorized legal action against the state school board. Those participating districts outside the Tulsa area include Chisholm, Lawton, Millwood, Shawnee and Yukon, to name a few.

Andrea Eger and Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton with the Tulsa World contributed to this story.

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