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OSU College of Education Announces Top 10 Seniors for 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Oklahoma Sate University College of Education has announced its Top 10 Senior students for 2014-15.

Selected by the Student Affairs Committee, these students have demonstrated exceptional qualities of leadership, academic excellence, and service. Recipients must have completed 90 or more credit hours, 24 of which must be at OSU, and be eligible to graduate during the 2015 calendar year. These students will be recognized on Friday, May 8, 2015, during the College of Education Excellence Awards reception. Honored students are:

Skyla Clift is graduating in May with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Clift has been involved in Mortar Board, Order of Omega, Athletic Training Student Association, Panhellenic Public Relations Committee, Homecoming Big Committee, Education Student Council, Education Philanthropy Committee, is a member of the OSU Honors College, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, and has participated in intermural sports. She has also served as a Camp Cowboy Counselor and in several positions with the Phi Mu sorority. Clift was also named as a Senior of Significance for the university.

Haley Culver is slated to graduate in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She has been a leadership mentor with the Ready to Lead program and an OSU Orientation Leader. She has been involved with Education Student Council, College of Education Ambassadors, Kappa Kappa Iota treasurer and as vice president of the Student Oklahoma Education Association. She has also served the public library, YMCA, COE homecoming celebration and her home town’s hosting of the division II basketball tournament. Culver is also a member of the OSU/Stillwater Community orchestra. In addition, she has worked as a tutor to local elementary students.


Samantha Manke is graduating in May with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Science. Manke has served as President of OSU’s Colleges Against Cancer for two years, executive director for OSU’s Relay for Life, was on the design team for Youth Force OKC and was secretary for OSU’s National Science Teacher’s Association. In addition, she has been involved with National Lab Day, Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, conducted undergraduate research with Dr. Janette Steets and assisted presentations at the National Science Teacher’s Association National Conference. Manke has remained active in church mission trips and ministries while in college.

Michael Martin will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Biology. In addition to wrestling for Oklahoma State University, Martin has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, a student leader for Athletes in Action, and a peer minister at St. John’s Catholic Church and Newman Center. Martin has consistently been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s honor roll and this year was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. Martin has also volunteered with Special Care Inc., Coaches versus Cancer events and service projects with his church.


Michael Parisi will graduate in May with degrees in Aerospace Administration and Operations and Professional Pilot and Aviation Management. Parisi has been involved with Phi Kappa Phi, OSU Flying Aggies serving as President, OSU Flight Team Captain, Alpha Eta Rho and Women in Aviation. He is founder of the Stillwater Aviation Day and Fly In at Stillwater Regional Airport and has volunteered at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, cleaned a roadside area with Flying Aggies, been a guest speaker to elementary schools discussing aviation as well as given presentations to the Ponca City Flight Club. He began flight instruction and became the aerial surveillance chief pilot for Cushing Aerial Surveillance in 2014.

Hannah Petersen is graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in Leisure Studies Therapeutic Recreation. She has been involved as an Honors College Ambassador and as the College of Education Representative on the Honors Council. She is a member of the Therapeutic Recreation Majors Club, serving as president, and of Chi Omega Sorority, Rho Phi Lambda, Phi Eta Sigma, Therapeutic Recreation Association of Oklahoma and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. She has completed community service with the Humane Society of Stillwater and numerous Greek philanthropic events. Petersen has completed internships with the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Cook Children’s Hospital, OU Children’s Medical Center and with the City of Lakewood, Colo.

Taylor Ratliff will graduate in May with degrees in Aerospace Administration and Operations, options in Professional Pilot and Aviation Management.  Ratliff was a founding member of the co-ed international aviation fraternity, Alpha Eta Rho-Pi Iota Chi chapter at OSU and served as treasurer.  She has also been a member of Women in Aviation serving as president and Flying Aggies. Off campus Ratliff is a member of the Commemorative Air Force B24/B29 Squadron, Women in Aviation International, and the Ninety-Nines. While at OSU, Ratliff has worked as the head dispatcher for the Stillwater airport and recently took on a position in the Maintenance Programs Office with American Airlines in Tulsa.

Emily Ray is slated to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Social Studies with a minor in coaching science.  Ray completed a study abroad semester to Graz, Austria, studying history, social studies and political building. She has served as vice president of Kappa Kappa Iota, vice president of the COE Ambassadors, and second vice president of Education Student Council. In addition, she has been involved in Cowboy Cousins, Academic Integrity Panel, Freshman Representative Council and Pi Beta Phi sorority. Ray was honored as one of OSU’s Seniors of Significance. She has volunteered with Turning Point Ranch, the College of Education's International Fair, Saville Center and at Highland Park Elementary.

Kori Schultz is graduating in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. She has been president of Kappa Kappa Iota and the new member educator for Phi Mu Sorority. She has also been involved with Golden Key Honor Society, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Homecoming Big Committee and the OSU Diamond Dolls. Schultz has been honored as an Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Institutional Nominee. She has served as a camp counselor with Central Christian Church Camp and has worked as a substitute teacher and tutor while in college.


Morgan Tyree is slated to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion with the exercise and health option.  In addition to her OSU experience, Tyree studied abroad in France and England and conducted undergraduate research. She was a creator of OSU’s Elevation organization and served as vice president of the OSU Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has also been involved with Women in Aviation, Wakeboard Club and Phi Kappa Phi. Tyree has done community service through these organizations as well as tornado relief with the First United Methodist Church, The Big Event, Wings of Hope in Stillwater and completed projects at Camp Egan in Tahlequah.

2015 Top 10 Seniors:

Skyla Clift, Athletic Training, Amarillo, Texas
Haley Culver, Elementary Education, Bartlesville, Okla.
Samantha Manke, Secondary Education Science, Marlow, Okla.
Michael Martin, Secondary Education Science, Lake Jackson, Texas
Michael Parisi, Aerospace Administration and Operations - Professional Pilot and Aviation Management options, Flower Mound, Texas
Hannah Petersen, Leisure Studies, Dallas, Texas
Taylor Ratliff, Aerospace Administration and Operations and Professional Pilot and Aviation Management, Owasso, Okla.
Emily Ray, Secondary Education Social Studies, Pilot Point, Texas
Kori Schultz, Elementary Education Spanish, Pond Creek, Okla.
Morgan Tyree, Health Education and Promotion, Greensburg, Kan.