Northwestern Outstanding Graduates to be honored at banquet

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Northwestern Outstanding Graduates to be honored at banquet

April 20, 2009

Three Northwestern Oklahoma State University alumni will be recognized as Outstanding Graduates at the Alumni Association’s annual Spring Reunion Banquet on Saturday, April 25.

Those to be honored are Darin L. Headrick, Class of 1983, outstanding humanitarian award; Scott W. Plunkett, Class of 1986, outstanding education award; and Kent A. Wilson, Class of 1987, outstanding business award.

They will be recognized at the banquet at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Reservations can be made by calling (580) 327-8593 and the cost is $15 per person.

Darin HeadrickDarin L. Headrick
Headrick graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. In 1990, he received his Master of Science in Education Administration from Fort Hays State University and finished his education in 2003 with a School Administration Certification, also from Fort Hays State.

Upon his graduation from Northwestern, Headrick started working for Conway Springs Public Schools in Kansas. He taught physics, chemistry and biology at the middle school and high school level along with his duties as coach for football, basketball and track at the high school. He taught two years in Conway Springs before heading to Liberal, Kan. in 1985. Headrick spent the next 13 years in the Liberal Public Schools.

In Liberal, Headrick kept pushing his way toward the top. He started out as a teacher/coach at the high school and then moved to principal of the middle school and back to the high school in 1997 as the assistant principal. In 1998 he became the principal at Minneola High School for five years before he took his current job as Superintendent of the Greensburg Public Schools in Greensburg, Kan., home of a devasting tornado that demolished the school and town.

Over the years he has been involved in many civic and professional groups including past president of the Kansas Association of School Administrators and president of the Rotary Club. Headrick currently is member of the Kansas Council of Superintendents and United School Administrators.

Darin and his wife, Kathy, a Northwestern graduate in her own right, live in Greensburg, Kan., and have two sons, Slade and Cody.

Scott PlunkettScott W. Plunkett, Ph.D.
Plunkett graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University with two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Speech and Drama and the other in Psychology. Plunkett also received his Masters of Education from Northwestern in 1990. He went on get his Doctorate from Oklahoma State University and studied Human Environmental Science, specializing in Family Relations and Child Development.

Since his graduation, Plunkett has been a teacher, mentor and adviser of undergraduate and graduate students at California State University-Northridge for 10 years.

Prior to becoming a college professor, Scott was a high school teacher, worked in social services and completed his doctorate. He taught high school speech, debate, math and journalism in Sunray, Texas, for one year, and taught speech, math and psychology in Cherokee for two years. His work for non-profit agencies had him counseling, designing and supervising child and family programs.

Plunkett is an avid supporter of volunteer work. He is on the board for Volunteers of America Los Angeles, and he also assists a program called BookEnds that helps students from affluent schools conduct book drives to then take to young students in poorer schools.

He also has helped a group in Oklahoma with a sexuality education program for adults with developmental disabilities; helped a group in LA that teaches ballet to kids with physical disabilities; and assisted an organization with parenting education for about 20,000 parents.

Earlier this year, Plunkett was one of the speakers at a World Congress in New Delhi, India.

Kent WilsonKent A. Wilson, O.D.
Wilson earned a degree in chemistry from Northwestern in 1987. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Northeastern State University College of Optometry (NSUCO) in Tahlequah, Okla., in 1991, where he graduated summa cum laude. Wilson currently owns and operates his own family optometry and ophthalmology practice in Terrell, Texas, called Premier Vision.

Before starting up his own business, Wilson was the director of optometry clinics for the Newton Eye Center in Texarkana, Texas. For a year he supervised seven satellite clinics in Texas and Arkansas. In 1993, Wilson became a staff optometrist for the Family Vision Center in Terrell until he started Premier in 2003.

He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Texas Optometric Association and the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Fraternity.

Wilson is active in his church, Kaufman Church of Christ, where he serves as deacon for administration and finance. He volunteers for the Lions Sight and Tissue Foundation Mobile Eye Clinics and medical missions to Queretaro and Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico.

Throughout his career, Wilson has received several honors that he is proud to have accepted. Some include outstanding fourth year student at NSUOC, certificate of excellence from NSUOC, the John F. Kennedy Award from Northwestern, which is voted on by the members of the Student Government Association; and since 2003, he has been voted the favorite optometrist by the readers of the Terrell Tribune.

He and his wife of 17 years, Joy Lynn, live in Terrell with their two boys, Andrew and Austin. Andrew is in the eighth grade at Dallas Christian Middle School, and Austin is in fifth grade at Dallas Christian Elementary School.