Judy Boswell, Rogers County Home and Community Education member, was named OHCE Rookie Member of the Year at the recent conference in Oklahoma City.

Nineteen Rogers County members, OSU Extension Educator Cindy Griffith, and four guests attended the three-day event at the Meridian Convention Center.

To qualify for the award, nominees must have been a member less than four years. Boswell, a member of Busy Bees, was first nominated by her local group and presented to the county. After being chosen county winner, she advanced to district where she competed with 14 other entries from the Northeast District. At the state level, she competed with the three other district winners.

Jessica Ammons, Harmony-Sequoyah member, won first place in Cultural Enrichment for a reading program she started for preschool children. Ammons also wrote a book about children and bullying. She will be going to Greensboro, N.C. to receive an award for her book.

Rogers County HCE won first place in the state “Can’t Weight To Walk” program for the most steps by the members, and second place for having 20 percent of county membership at the conference.

The theme of conference was “Empowering Today’s OHCE Member.” Featured speaker at the banquet was LaDonna Gatlin, sister of the famed Gatlin Brothers. She encouraged the women to “sing their own song” — to live life from the inside out through their words, deeds and actions.

More than 400 members from across the state attended in conference.