Claremore Daily Progress

May 14, 2013

CHS seniors reflect on mothers, friendship during annual event

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter


Mothers and graduating students of Claremore High School gathered for the annual Senior Girls Tea Thursday afternoon at the Rogers State University Centennial Center Ballroom. Reflections and vocal dedications on behalf of the seniors were given by select students and speakers.
Guest speaker Daven Tackett, Co-Founder of Tulsa’s Just Between Friends, said the opportunity to speak in front of graduating seniors is something near and dear to her heart. 
Tackett is mother of a 21-year-old Oklahoma University student and a 17-year-old high school senior who will graduate this week. 
She offered students and mothers advice on how to embrace the positive changes that come with graduating high school. Tackett used some examples of setbacks and success in her life as motivation for the students. She said her setbacks led her to want more out of life and to make it through college.
“Nobody in my family had ever went to college. Because of the lack of income and my mother’s fear of the unknown, she did not want me to go,” said Tackett. “I did everything on my own with my counselor’s help and the help of the Chickasaw Nation. I ended up graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s in Journalism.”
She said her setbacks taught her to be creative and use all of her resources to be successful.
“Although we are very successful in our franchise Just Between Friends, money is not the key to success in this life. It’s exactly what we’re talking about today, it’s your moms, your family, it’s your friends and the things that make you happy.”
Tackett emphasized moving forward in life.
“Mothers, grandmas, aunts and friends, letting your little girl move on to her next opportunity is near and dear to my heart,” she said. 
“When you drop your son or daughter off at college for the first time, it feels like you’re leaving them there for good, but I don’t think they see it that way. I think they know that you’re always there and they know that they need to go out on their own, and (parents) need to be strong for them.”
At the end of the Senior Tea, mothers had the opportunity to write down three of the most important advice tips for their daughters to use as encouragement when away at school.