Chambers enjoys a loaded schedule
Originally published on Saturday, December 24
By Luke Engan
(Editors Note: This is the sixth in a weekly series spotlighting high
school students in Rogers County. Plenty of troubled teens make the
news. Heres a look at the ones who make us proud.)
OOLOGAH When Hillary Chambers is not busy earning her As and Bs, the
Oologah-Talala High School seniors activities range from playing
basketball to helping children who face academic disabilities.
She helps the three students in a special education class each morning.
I learn so much from them, Hillary says. You find a spirit you dont
find in other people.
As a reward for her volunteer work, Hillary finds patience and a
reminder of how lucky she is.
Thats one of my joys of school, Hillary said.
Last year, she mentored first graders.
You help them read books and help them do art and math, she said.
She enjoyed the activity so much, it inspired her to pursue a career in
1st or 2nd grade education, or special education.
Your words mean something to them, Hillary said.
Adopted from Korea at 5 months, Hillary lives in Sapulpa where she
sometimes relaxes at home. She works at her uncles pharmacy in Sapulpa
two nights each week.
As a counselor at Camp Benedictine in Shawnee, Okla., during a recent
summer, Hillary worked with disabled kids. In previous summers, she has
gone to basketball camps and church camps.
Hillary said history is her favorite class but basketball is even more
After graduation, Hillarys parents want to keep her close to home. But
she wants to study out of state maybe at Sterling University, Newman
University or Bethel College.
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