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    Chambers enjoys a loaded schedule Originally published on Saturday, December 24 By Luke Engan (Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a weekly series
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 9, 2005
      Chambers enjoys a loaded schedule
      Originally published on Saturday, December 24


      By Luke Engan


      (Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a weekly series spotlighting high
      school students in Rogers County. Plenty of troubled teens make the
      news. Here’s 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 senior’s 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 don’t
      find in other people.”

      As a reward for her volunteer work, Hillary finds patience and a
      reminder of how lucky she is.

      “That’s 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 uncle’s 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
      fun.

      After graduation, Hillary’s 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.

      —

      Luke Engan can be reached at

      lengan@...

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