Former SGA Presidents Accepted to Teach For America

By Josh Watson

OC graduates Henson Adams (11) and Wil Norton (11) were among a select group accepted to the prestigious Teach for America program this fall.

Adams and Norton, who both served as president of OC’s Student Government Association, graduated in the spring. They were two of just 50 students assigned to Oklahoma City by Teach for America. 

Only 11 percent were accepted out of the more than 48,000 students that applied to Teach for America nationwide.

Norton was an active leader of OC’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society. He also received the Dean’s Award as the outstanding senior from the department of language and literature.

Adams, who studied business and pre-law, is among the third generation of Dr. Charles and Sylvia Branch’s family to make a difference at Oklahoma Christian. His grandparents received the first Legacy Award in 2010 for their lifetime of support and service to the university.

“This program is perfectly designed for high achieving students with a desire to serve,” said Dr. Cami Agan (91), professor and chair of OC’s Department of Language and Literature. “Many of the students in this program come from Ivy League schools and give up potential six-figure salaries to teach in underserved areas. It’s a great honor to have these OC students chosen.”

Adams and Norton will devote the next two years to teaching in the Oklahoma City School District.

They joined other Teach for America participants for six weeks of intensive teacher preparation training and job shadowing at a year-round school in Phoenix, Ariz.

“These graduates are reflective of the best of OC,” Agan said. “They serve as examples of how to make a difference here at home. I am proud of them because they are very thoughtful individuals with giving spirits.”

Fall 2011

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