Joyce Abrams


(Cushing, Okla.) The Cushing Chamber of Commerce Business After School honoring February recipients was held on Monday, February 24, 2020. Business After School is a Chamber program that honors Cushing’s education community.

Each month, one educator, one support staff and two high school seniors are honored. A reception is held at 4 p.m. in the Cushing Chamber of Commerce board room the last Monday of each school month (with the exception of September and December). Receptions are open to the public.

Those honored for the month of February were: Danielle Allen, Support Staff; Carlie Evans, Teacher; Julie Hensley, CHS Senior and Colby Cook, CHS Senior.

A little bit about the February honorees:

Support staff of the month is Danielle Allen. She and her husband Kenneth, Jr. have two children, Trey and Ariannah. They attend First Baptist North where her father is the pastor. She enjoys visiting Branson and states her family is everything. If she won the Powerball, Danielle said she would take a vacation with her family. Baking (not cooking) is one of her hobbies. What she loves best about her school is the family atmosphere. The love they all share makes it enjoyable to come to work and the kids have had an impact on her. “The smiles I get makes me love what I do.”

The teacher of the month is Carlie Evans. Carlie has two sisters and two cats. She loves to spend as much time as she can with her mom, dad, step-mom, grandparents and cousins. Some of her hobbies include playing piano for the 101 Old Timers Club out of Ponca City, where she is a member, playing ukulele, watching movies, crafting and spending time with friends and family. What would she do if she won the Powerball? Carlie said “Buy my close family members new houses and build myself a big house in the country. Maybe buy a big, white grand piano and donate to surrounding animal shelters. Coffee and the crazy discussions they have in class from students’ curiosity about space is what motivates her to get up every morning. She also loves the people she works with and all of the tools and resources to support her for her lessons.

Julie Hensley, CHS senior has two half-sisters and lots of family including three dogs. Her parents are Kirk and Debbie Reinke. She is involved in FFA, HOSA and NHS where she has done a lot of community service, experience new things, meet new people and make changes for the better. Julie is considering attending OSU for pre-nursing then to OU to become and OB-GYN. Some advice she would give to a younger person wanting to be successful in high school is “Work hard and do your best. Strive for excellence.”

Colby Cook, CHS senior, is the son of Jimmie and Dee Dee Cook. He has a dog named Scout. History is his favorite subject and his school interests are FFA and CHS Golf. Colby plans to attend Conners State College and is interested in being a wildlife biologist. His Ag teachers have inspired him because they push him to do and learn more. He has numerous FFA and 4-H awards, held many offices and is involved in a number of community service activities. His advice for a young person wanting to be successful in high school is “Find a good group of friends that will keep you out of trouble and be yourself.