Northwestern's Ranger Preview event has great turnout; students win additional scholarships

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Northwestern's Ranger Preview event has great turnout; students win additional scholarships

November 1, 2016

Hundreds of high school seniors participated in Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s annual Ranger Preview at the Alva campus, Saturday, Oct. 29.

Ranger Preview 2016This event provided the opportunity for 400 high school seniors and their families to visit the Northwestern-Alva campus and visit with faculty, staff and current students. Ranger Preview is a fun and informative event that showcases the ample opportunities Northwestern has to offer a potential student.

“Ranger Preview was a success because of the hard work and dedication of so many people,” Paige Fischer, director of recruitment, said. “A special thank you goes to the Alva community and Community Bank for making Ranger Preview possible. Several businesses in Alva donated items for the event, and we are most grateful. Northwestern is fortunate to have the ability to host an event of this magnitude to benefit seniors with a $600 scholarship and numerous other incentives.”

Any high school senior who attended Ranger Preview, is admitted to Northwestern as a full-time student, and will live in Alva during the academic year, received a $600 scholarship.

“I would like to extend a thank you to our entire Northwestern faculty, staff, administration, Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors and students who volunteered their time to meet with potential students and their families,” Fischer said.

The events for the day included registration, campus tours and a welcome from President Janet Cunningham and performances from the choir, band and cheer team.

Each high school senior who attended also received a Northwestern t-shirt, free tickets to the Northwestern rodeo event and volleyball game that day, and lunch in Coronado Cafeteria.

Fischer also gave praise to her staff, which consists of Olivia Yandel, Ben Eastes, Ezekwesiri Akwari, Jenny Redinger and Andrea Lauderdale.

“They did an excellent job of hosting this year’s Ranger Preview and informing students of the tremendous opportunities awaiting them at Northwestern. I am appreciative of their dedication, hard work, and creativity.”

$250 Scholarship WinnersSix students were awarded additional scholarships provided by Community Bank. The five $250 scholarship recipients were (PICTURED LEFT: from left to right) Ashley Watts, Wellington; Blake Sanders, Weatherford; Amanda Breeden, Cherokee; Brendi Goldston, Laverne; and Colton Duke of Yukon. A $500 scholarship was awarded to Rayleen Perdomo-Lena of El Reno. Community Bank also paid for all of the students’ applications for admission who attended Ranger Preview.

Some of Northwestern’s department booths had prize drawings for the students. Division of Business has 67 students register for their drawing to gave away an OTT TV Box; awarded to Mariah Belden of Guymon. The Division of Education gave away a basket full of various office supplies to Riley Beeler of Alva. The Psychology Department gave away a bracelet to Kayla Myers of Felt and an APA Style Guide book to Emma Sporleder of Olive.

Winners for an additional t-shirt were Mason McKee of Enid, Baylee Vorndran of Perry, Beaunka Jones of Lawton, McKayla Holsen of Waynoka, Cory Guzmon of Weath, Kylee Weins of Nash, Andrea Hopper of Mutual, Ethan Murlin of Shattuck, Tristian Williams of Boise City and Sarah Hunsucker of Ponca City.

$500 Scholarship Winner(PICTURED RIGHT) Calleb Mosburg (left), dean of student affairs and enrollment management, congratulating Rayleen Perdomo-Lena (right) of El Reno for winning the additional $500 scholarship from Community Bank.

“I thought the event was a big success,” Calleb Mosburg, dean of student affairs and enrollment management, said. “It’s always great to not only see a big attendance, but to have the Ranger family come together and welcome potential students and their families to campus.

“The recruitment office worked incredibly hard in preparation for the event,” Mosburg said. “With help from faculty, staff and current students, this truly was a team effort.”

For more information on Northwestern’s Ranger Preview event or how to become a Ranger, contact Fischer at (580) 327-8545 or