The Junior Ocieleta Club has named the recipients of their annual Junior Ocieleta Scholarship.

Junior Ocieleta President Angela James presented the $500 awards to Leslie Clarke, Jessica Johnson and Allie Richards at the Senior Awards Presentation Assembly. The three students are graduates of Claremore High School Class of 2006 and will begin college this month.

Scholarship recipient Leslie Clarke’s academic honors include All American Scholar for the United States Achievement Academy, Superintendent’s Honor Roll, Oklahoma High School Honor Society and the Elks Outstanding Student Award.

During her senior year, Clarke was president of FCCLA and public relations chair for the Math Club. She has volunteered with children at Central Christian Church, Safenet Services and the domestic abuse shelter. Clarke will attend Rogers State University and pursue a degree in business management with plans to become a certified public accountant and own her own business.

Jessica Johnson graduated as a valedictorian with a certificate of distinction. Her academic honors include national finalist for Young Naturalists Award, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador, nomination to Global Youth Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. and New York City, service on the Governor’s Safe School Summit and membership in the National Honor Society.

In her senior year, Johnson was district secretary for Student Council, National Honor Society and German Club reporter and member of the Principal’s Leadership Committee. Inspired by her four years as a trainer for the football team, Johnson plans to attend medical school and specialize in sports medicine. She hopes to have a career with a college or professional football team. She will begin pre-med courses at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

Allie Richards’ academic honors include graduating as a valedictorian, member of the National Honor Society, Oklahoma Honor Society, and Girls State Delegate. She was also selected for Rotary’s Camp Enterprise and represented the city of Claremore in Russia for two weeks, as well as participated in Rotary Club’s short-term exchange program in Italy. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Richards was a member of the three-time basketball state championship team.

Her volunteer work included serving as math tutor, camp counselor and service for the Salvation Army. Richards plans to attend Oklahoma State University and pursue a degree in pre-med. She then plans to attend medical school and become a pediatrician.

“We selected these three students not only for their academic accomplishments, but also for the leadership and service they provide in our community,” said Lisa Turner, Junior Ocieleta Scholarship Committee member. “These values reflect the character of Junior Ocieleta, and we wanted to honor that with this award.”

Junior Ocieleta Club is a women’s organization that promotes education and public welfare in the community. Their principle fundraiser is the Claremore Christmas Home Tour.