Macomb senior wins student of the year car – Shawnee News-Star

Tri-County Area Best of Preps: Macomb senior wins car as Student of the Year

Vicky O. Misa The Shawnee News-Star [email protected]

Academic excellence finalist and high school student Kahleen Dabbs was recently named the Shawnee News-Star and Patriot Auto Group Student of the Year at this month’s Best of Tri-County Area Preps awards banquet.

Voted Student of the Month for February, she was one of 16 students competing for the top student award in the border triangle. She eventually became the recipient of a brand new 2022 Jeep Compass.

Dabbs just graduated from Macomb High School.

She said the experience feels surreal.

“I’m not sure if (winning) will ever get through,” she said.

Dabbs said it’s great to have something physical, like a new car, to show for all her hard work.


During her senior year at Macomb, Dabbs maintained a perfect GPA.

Macomb High School counselor Donnell Riggs said Dabbs epitomized the best of the Macomb High School campus.

“She sets strenuous academic goals for herself and strives to achieve them,” Riggs said on her nomination form. “Not only has she been part of the pre-engineering program at Gordon Cooper Technology Center (GCTC) since she was a sophomore, she is also taking concurrent courses through Seminole State College this year.”

Riggs said Dabbs also competed in basketball, softball, track and field, the academic team, robotics and SKILLS USA.

Honors and awards include: Eighth Grade Farewell Service; Regional STEM Comment; awards in SKILLS USA; 2020-21 Academic All Conference-Little River Conference; Seminole State College Interscholastic Meet Prize; as well as involvement with multiple teams, among others.

“She works hard to be a leader and someone her teammates depend on,” said Riggs. “She volunteered in our community to clean up the Romulus cemetery and help the Romulus Baptist Church with shoe sales.”

Riggs said Dabbs has a great work ethic, has high expectations of herself, challenging herself and others around her.

“She’s ambitious and determined,” Riggs said. “I know she will achieve what she sets her mind to.”

Dabbs said in the fall that she plans to study mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University after completing her classes at Seminole State College this summer.

Dabbs took the top honors, but 15 other students of the month were also among the highest academic achievers in the three-country point. They received recognition, certificates and grants for their efforts.

They were:

• September Students of the Month – MacKynsie McKedy, of McLoud, and Jaxon Meyers, of Tecumseh

• October Students of the Month – Leah Brannon, of Chandler, and Shayla Peery, of Chandler

• November Students of the Month – Tyler Sampson, from Tecumseh, and Breanna Pearcy, from Meeker

• December Students of the Month – Delaney Haley, from Chandler, and Mary Beth Frerichs, from Meeker

• January Students of the Month – Presley Martzall, of Chandler, and Gannon Blankenship, of Chandler

• February Student of the Month – Gage Powell, van Meeker

• March Students of the Month – Trip Davis from Prague and Kassidy Depuy from Bethel

• April Students of the Month – Cora Bender, from Dale, and Payton Greenwood, from Shawnee

The Best of Tri-County Area Preps

For its fifth year, Patriot Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Chandler delivered a brand new Patriot Student of the Year vehicle to a student from one of the many participating high schools in the area. This year’s prize was a Jeep Compass.

The Patriot Auto Group partnered with The Shawnee News-Star to recognize the area’s best student.

During the school year, two students of the month were selected by an impartial jury based on nominations from school district administrators in the region. Those 16 students were finalists to win the Patriot Student of the Year award, and one became a new car owner after the annual Best of Tri-County Area Preps Banquet. The other 15 students won a scholarship.

Each month, high school administrators in the region submitted nominations for seniors who had excellent grades, demonstrated community leadership skills, were active volunteers, and displayed high moral integrity.

The Students of the Month were selected by a handful of community judges.

There were many area students who were awarded at the Best of Tri-County Area Preps Banquet for their high achievements, including many athletic awards in various sports.