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Coaching Changes Making the News

The Jenks Trojans will embark upon a new era beginning next year as new football and swimming coaches will take over the school’s respective programs.

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Lauren Behnken Leads the Way for Lady Trojans

By MIKE MOGUIN

One of the leading contenders for the Class 6A state championship in girls’ golf in May is Jenks.

Leading the way for the Lady Trojans is Lauren Behnken who recently signed to play college golf at Oklahoma City University.

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Jenks Graduate Serves with the U.S. Navy Half a World Away

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Zahn

A Tulsa native and 2002 Jenks High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy with Commander, Task Force 70.

Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Heidingsfelder is a gunner’s mate serving with, Commander, Task Force 70, forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.

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Drake Vannoy Brings State Championship to Jenks

In his first year at Jenks, Drake Vannoy has won a state championship.

The sophomore move-in was victorious in a 5-3 decision against Sand Springs’ Kaleb Tabor in the 152-pound title bout of the Class 6A state wrestling meet Feb. 24 in Oklahoma City.

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Jenks Students Named Academic All-State Winners

Jenks High School seniors Lanie McKinney and Ryan Zhu have been named 2018 Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence (OFE) Academic All-State winners. They are two of 100 winners, selected from 536 nominations throughout Oklahoma.
McKinney holds a 4.5 cumulative GPA. She received the State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence and is a National Merit Semifinalist and was recognized as the October Senior of the Month for her academic and leadership achievements.
She is a founding member of the Lady Trojan Lacrosse team, All-Star member in 2016 and 2017, a math tutor at Mathnasium, served as the Choir Council Treasurer for 2017-2018, and has served as Class Treasurer for her sophomore, junior, and senior years.
Zhu’s cumulative GPA is 4.37. He is a National Merit Semifinalist, a Project Lead The Way graduate, and a Distinguished AP Scholar, and he is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.

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Jenks High School Premieres ‘Hunchback’

By RAEGAN DOUGHARTY

In March, the Jenks Vocal Music Program brought a new kind of theater to Jenks when it presented The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Jenks High School Performing Arts Center.

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Jenks Students Win C-SPAN Awards

Seven students were recently recognized as winners in C-SPAN’s national 2018 StudentCam competition. C-SPAN annually invites middle and high school students to produce short documentaries about a subject of national importance. This year’s theme was, “The Constitution & You: Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to you.”

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Jenks Names District Teacher of the Year

By EMILY RAMSEY

Jenks Public Schools’ District Teacher of the Year Amy Greenhaw has seen firsthand the truth that one teacher can make a difference.

Greenhaw, a speech pathologist, teaches Special Education English at Jenks High School. She and her husband have two daughters who are both Jenks graduates.

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Jenks Swimmers Hope for Championship Repeat

By MIKE MOGUIN

Jenks hopes to repeat as Class 6A state champions at the state swimming meet in mid-February.

However, the second-ranked Trojans will face a challenge because the meet will be in Edmond rather than their home at the Jenks Aquatic Center, where they won it last year.  

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