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Jr. Rotarian Graduation Day
J.D. Baker serves as the Special Assistant to Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and is the liaison to the LGBTQ community for the Mayor’s Office. He is a sixth-generation Oklahoma City resident who graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.
Along with his capacity in the Mayor’s office, J.D. serves on the Board of Directors for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Midtown Association and OKC Black Chamber of Commerce. He was recognized with the Glenn Snider Human Relations Award by the Oklahoma Education Association for his advocacy in mental health, disability concerns and LGTBQ issues. He also received the Clara Luper Department of African & African-American Studies Leadership Award. Last year, he was recognized in the top 5 of Oklahoma City’s “Most Powerful Young Professionals” by OKC Friday newspaper.
Acting President – Elyse Cronic
Chair of the Day – Caroline Hall
Invocation – Joyce Hua
Pledge/Song Leader – Cooper Moody
Teacher of the Month Introduction: Elizabeth Roberson
Elyse Cronic attends Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, where she was on the Pier Giorgio Honor Roll (maintained a 4.0 gpa), received the Pre-AP Algebra I, Freshman Theology, Tai Chi Academic Awards, the Chinese Language and Culture Award, and was recognized as an all-American Cheerleading Nominee by the National Cheerleading Association. As a Cheerleader, she was one of the Senior Varsity Captains, a three time 5A state champion and awarded by her team the Most Trusted, Hardest Worker, and Biggest Sweetheart awards, and finally placed 3rd at Junior/Senior HS Cheerleading Nationals in 2020. She has been a member of and/or officer of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, Women in Science, Fine Arts, Diversity clubs, and Spiritual Leadership and development class.
She has volunteered over 435 hours with the American Heart Association, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Blake E. Naifeh Memorial Golf Tournament, and Christ the King Catholic Church. She has been an advisor for OMRF teen leaders in Philanthropy board, and has produced and distributed over 800+ handmade masks through Masks for Oklahomans.
Elyse plans to continue her education at Okla. State University, majoring in Medicinal and Biophysical Chemistry on a Pre-med track, followed by attending OU Health Science Center for medical school to become a cardio thoracic surgeon. Her vocation of choice is partly influenced after she unexpectedly lost her uncle to sudden cardiac death. She wants to prevent other families from having to experience the trauma and heartbreak her family struggles with every day.
Caroline Hall attends Casady School, where she has been on the school’s Honor Roll and High Honor Roll consistently throughout high school. She was the recipient of National Scholastic Silver and Gold Key awards for her work in photography, and hopes to attend college in pursuit of cognitive science or neuroscience degree. She also hopes to attend medical school. She would like to combine her love of children with her passion for science and the brain. This year she had the privilege of taking a psychology college course which has opened her eyes to a realm of science and wellness.
She has been an active member of Student Council. Her junior year she served as secretary and she currently servse as the student body president. She is president of art club; member of Casady’s creative newspaper publication team, as well as a member of the school’s pep club. She regularly babysits on the weekends as well. She is also a member of the Cum Laude Society.
Caroline will be attending SMU in the fall as both a Hunt Leadership Scholar and Hilltop Honors Scholar.
Throughout the school year, she volunteered as a mentor at both Stanley Hupfield Elementary and Andrew Johnson Elementary School through an international program called Best Buddies. She has worked with children who have intellectual or developmental disabilities in hopes of strengthening their communication and relationship-building skills. During the Summer, she volunteers through Oklahoma’s Meals on Wheels volunteer program. She loves to use her own voice to advocate for others who may be too nervous to use their own.
Cooper Moody – Pledge/Song Leader (Bio confirmed)
Cooper Moody attends Bishop McGuinness and plans to go to college to study Engineering, Architecture, Math, or Medicine and serve in the Military. Since he was a young man, he has been focused on helping or serving others in some way.
Cooper is currently serving as a co-president for the Cleats for Kids teen board, and has organized fundraisers. He is an Eagle Scout, and has completed a project that benefitted the recycling program for a local elementary school.
During high school Cooper was selected the Gavula Award for leadership, character and toughness during his senior football season. He was his wrestling team’s captain and honored as “Mr. Irish” for being the most dedicated wrestler. Cooper was a 2020 Boy’s State Selectee, he received school recognition for Algebra 1, and being an Ambassador Leader. He received a National Spanish Exam Certificate, was on the Pier Giorgio Honor Roll (4.0 GPA), and Principal’s Honor Roll (3.75 GPA), is a member of the National Honor Society and the Boy Scouts of America honor organization Order of the Arrow. Cooper’s hobbies include hanging out with family and friends, playing piano and guitar and has developed a new interest in pickleball.
Joyce Hua attends Heritage Hall and has always had a childhood dream of becoming a doctor. In college, she will major in either chemistry or biochemistry with plans to become a pediatric surgeon.
She is active in her local church through being a group lead for kids ages 4-14, teaching them stories of the Bible. She also runs a free tutoring service offering sessions to high school and middle school. As this year’s president of the Tutoring club, she connects tutors with students, and schedules all sessions. To help with the Pandemic, Joyce made over 6000 hand sewn masks.
Last summer, she and her family went on a service trip to Vietnam where she visited orphanages, temples and donated supplies. Joyce teaches English classes to refugees based in Vietnam and Thailand, so that their transition into a new culture would be easier. In addition to teaching, the NextGenVN English teaching program creates awareness about human rights issues and current political/social events in South East Asia.
In high school, she has achieved membership in the National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honors Society, and has been on the Headmaster List. She has membership in Debate, Model United Nations, Book, Pep, and Asian American Clubs.
Lilly attends Heritage Hall and will attend George Washington University in Washington D.C. to purse higher education at the Elliott School of International Affairs. She hopes to major in International Affairs with a concentration in Political, Economic, and Social Systems, and a minor in Criminal Justice. She hopes to earn a law degree at Georgetown University and pursue a career in public policy and advocacy and continue fighting for what she believes in. She hopes to combine a fight for what she values and advocate for those who have been rendered voiceless.
Lilly has volunteered with the Okla. Blood Institute, and the Regional Food Bank. She has been a board member of Citziens Caring for Children (Teen); Pivot (Teen); Edmond Hope Center (Teen). Through her volunteer work for Congresswoman Kendra Horn, she secured a week long internship at Representative Horn’s district office where she shadowed team members and helped plan a youth workshp for teens interested in governemnt.
For the past two summers, she worked at the Edmond Farmers Market almost every Saturday morning to run a family friend’s stand selling fresh pasta.
At Heritage Hall, Lilly received awards from National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, Girls State, and Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society). She is president of Hall of Representatives, and Model United Nations, co-president of HH branch of Adopt a Grandparent which connects teens with the senior population, and a member of the HH Independent study program looking into Identity Politics and Oklahoma’s Evolving Political Culture”
She has also been a part-time barista at Stella Nova coffee shop.