On any given day in Cushing, there are grandchildren and children making their families proud.  This week, however, there are probably no grandparents any prouder than R. Jay and Nadyne Smith of Cushing.

Saturday, May 9th, their granddaughter, Austin Makenzie Beaty graduated with distinction, Summa Cum Laude, from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

“Yes, we’re pretty proud,” Jay Smith admitted with a smile. 

And there is plenty more to be proud of – as Ms. Beaty has a pretty “stellar” college resume.

Ms. Beaty not only earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a minor in Accounting, she was the recipient of the prestigious Raymond D. Thomas Award given to the top senior in the Spears School of Business.  During her tenure at OSU, she served as both the treasurer and the vice-president of the Business Student Council, vice president of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, was a member of Cowboy Cousins, and served three years as a Diamond Doll for the OSU Cowboy baseball team.

But that’s not all…

She was also a member of Pi Kappa Phi, order of Omega, and Golden Key scholastic honor societies.  In the summers of 2007 and 2008, her studies took her abroad where she studied International Ethics and Leadership and Business and Politics in the European Union.

This summer, Ms. Beaty will intern with Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas and plans to pursue an MBA this fall.

Ms. Beaty is a 2005 Mustang High School graduate and is the daughter of Robin Beaty and the late Kenneth K. Beaty of Mustang.  (Many will remember Robin – she taught art in Cushing in the 1980s.)  Other than her grandparents, Ms. Beaty’s aunt, Martha Smith and cousins, Matt and Zach Smith also reside in Cushing.

Congratulations, Makenzie!