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Explore. Dream. Discover.
ive into the pages of any good adventure book—or into the screen of a movie at the local theater—and you’ll quickly be immersed in captivating stories. You’ll be pulled into worlds of wizards fighting dark magic, pirates trying to seize control of ghost ships, a quest for revenge on a whale, a 1,100-mile hike for self-discovery and healing, the visit to a theme park populated by dinosaurs … the list goes on and on, but, unfortunately, we’re limited here. The point being: adventure exists all around us if you know where to find it—and with this month’s issue of Tulsa Lifestyle, you won’t have to go far.
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What better time to have an adventure than summer? The weather is warm, the kids are out of school and there are endless possibilities for experiences that create memories that can last a lifetime. We hope these pages will inspire you to do explore, to do things you’ve always wanted to do but never did and to—most importantly—have a little fun. There’s a Pinterest-worthy quote often credited to Mark Twain that we feel sums it up best: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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2017 Holland Hall Speakeasy Auction
On April 7, Holland Hall hosted a rip-roaring 1920s sockdollager at the 2017 Speakeasy Auction. Complete with a secret Patron side entrance, the Silo Event Center provided the perfect rustic venue for this traditional biennial fundraising event.
Perfect Smile has Successful Dentistry from the Heart Event
April 21, Perfect Smile hosted their 4th annual Dentistry from the Heart. On this day, patients can get a free extraction, cleaning or filling. This year was a huge success and they were able to see over 100 patients, donating over 30k in free dentistry.
Perfect Smile couldn’t do it without the help of Perfect Smile's wonderful Dental Hygienists, Associate Dentist, Dr. Merrill, and Cici working all the volunteers! R-L: Dr. Mark Davis of PS and Julie and Jess hard to help a patient improve their smile Dr. Chris Tricinella
The Holland Hall Athletic Hall of Fame and Sports Banquet
The Dutch Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes Holland Hall alumni athletes. Hall of Fame inductees and student-athletes are honored together at an annual awards banquet designed to foster pride and preserve good sportsmanship and citizenship in the greater Holland Hall community.
Girls Tennis 4A State Champions L to R: Anna 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 Southwest Preparatory 2016-17 Inductees L to R: Ashley Weber ’81, Steve Albright, Seerut Parmar, Shae Bhasin, Emily Conference Champion Football teams. Huston ’89, Christina Crozier Crawford ’87, Darin Elmburg, Elle Elmburg, Annie Wise, and coach Ramey ’84, Ouida Scoggins (mother of LeAnne Madison Rahhal. Nuckolls ’81, posthumous) and special award winner Harry Lentz. 8
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Don't Bug Me 4-5 grade Poster Contest Winner Announced
For 13 years the Tulsa Health Department and Hillcrest HealthCare System have joined to educate Tulsa metro students on ways to stay healthy by protecting themselves from the flu and other communicable diseases. Don’t Bug Me is a fun campaign giving students tools to keep the spread of germs at a minimum.
The awards were presented by representatives of Hillcrest HealthCare System and the Tulsa Health Department. The 1-3 grade winner is announced on a different date.
Stone Canyon Elementary (Owasso) fifth grader, Leah Burns, was awarded an iPad, Best Buy gift card and a framed copy of her winning poster during a school assembly. Her school received $500.
This year Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum served as the celebrity judge and commented that though he makes important decisions every day, selecting poster contest winners was one of the toughest choices he’s had to make!
Tulsa Town Hall Wraps up its 82nd Season
Since 1935 Tulsa Town Hall, a nonprofit organization, has hosted speakers who are diverse and provocative, as well as experts in their fields. Speakers for the upcoming season include Cpt Mark Kelly, Dr. Bennet Omalu, Laura Linney, Rudy Maxa and Piper Kerman. TulsaTownHall.com
National Geographic Photo Ark photographer Leslie Dalton, Carey Cole, and Lynda Brownson have Tulsa Town Hall’s Board wrapped up its 82nd Joel Sartore with Tulsa Town Hall’s 2017-18 completed 10-year terms on the Tulsa Town Hall season with a Derby-themed annual meeting. President Jill Thomas. Board. They will continue as Tulsa Town Hall Advisors. Nancy Hermann, Leslie Dalton, Sue Curry with Beth Bovaird and Ben Jarmon.
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I wasn’t sure this was the right choice.
I respect public schools. I value diversity. I want my children attuned to the real world. But I realized my kids needed choices— from a range of engaging electives, enlightening arts programs, exciting athletic opportunities, AND classmates from many walks of life.
Holland Hall was a wise decision— as the one school in Tulsa bringing together what they need for ALL they’re becoming.
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HOLLAND HALL’S GRANT GEBETSBERGER NAMED 2017 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR Holland Hall recent graduate Grant Gebetsberger ’17 was named a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Inclusion in this program is one of the
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GRADS NAMED TO TU LAW HALL OF FAME The University of Tulsa College of Law and Dean Lyn Entzeroth inducted three new members to the TU College of Law Hall of Fame at the Law Alumni Gala, May 13, 2017. Those honored included Allen Smallwood, JD ’74, Rachel Blue, JD ’88, and the Honorable Dana Kuehn, JD ’96.
highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. The
Smallwood, JD ’74, with Allen Smallwood Attorney at Law, was
White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars
awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Law Award. Blue, a shareholder
annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays,
and practice group leader at McAfee & Taft, was awarded with the
school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community
W. Thomas Coffman Award for Community Service. Kuehn, Tulsa
service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
County associate district judge, was awarded the W. Thomas Coffman
Grant is one of 161 Scholars selected out of more than 3.5 million
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high school graduates and 5,100 qualified candidates. He represented Holland Hall and Oklahoma at the Presidential Scholar Medallion ceremony in Washington D.C. on June 18, 2017.
THE FARM’S MARKET AT THE FARM SHOPPING CENTER The Farm Shopping Center at 51st & Sheridan is excited about the return of The Farm’s Market. The market will be open every Saturday from 8-11:30 a.m. until mid-October. The Farm is conveniently located in the heart of Tulsa and has lots of available parking. Bring the family, listen to music, watch cooking demos and stroll through the treelined center while you shop for fresh local fruits and veggies, eggs,
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THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF TULSA RECEIVES $10,000 COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
honey, baked goods, jams, wine, non-GMO beef, pork and chicken,
The Junior League of Tulsa (JLT) was one of two recipients of
salsa, fresh flowers and more. With local artisans on hand as well,
the $10,000 Community Impact Award at the 2017 Association of
there’s something for everyone. And remember when you shop The
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award, funded by Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures, recognizes
SINGLE DOG SEEKING PRESENTS FIRST ANNUAL PAWPARAZZI GALA “People healing dogs, dogs healing people.” That’s the mission statement for the Tulsa based, nonprofit dog rescue, Single Dog Seeking. Since starting in June 2016 this foster based rescue has saved over 150 Oklahoma death row dogs. The Founder, Kylar Kemp, and her amazing team of volunteers and fosters are dedicated to saving
chapters/projects that concretely illustrate the Junior League tradition of achieving significant community impact through collaboration. The JLT was awarded for their partnership with Resonance Center for Women in which JLT volunteers have mentored over 120 non-violent female offenders.
SAINT SIMEON’S KICKS OFF WESTERN DAYS 2017: SEASONS OF CHANGE
and rehabilitating as many forgotten, abandoned, and unloved dogs
Saint Simeon’s is excited to announce that Western Days 2017:
as possible. On a mission to continue their work, Single Dog Seeking
Seasons of Change will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at the Cox
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6 p.m. at Post Oak Lodge. The evening will entail signature drinks,
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Having fun and getting dirty at the large dog park.
LETTING DOGS PLAY CAREFREE REQUIRES HUMAN WORK ARTICLE ROBERT EVATT PHOTOGRAPHY KATHY SLEMP
Located on 2.5 acres within Hunter Park, Biscuit Acres is the most popular place in Tulsa for dogs to have fun.
Located on 2.5 acres within Hunter Park near 91st Street and Sheridan Road, Biscuit Acres is the most popular place in Tulsa for dogs to shirk their responsibilities and go wild with dozens of new friends. Divided into separate areas for small dogs and big dogs, Biscuit Acres allows dogs to go leashfree in a safe environment, along with some
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comforts for people as well. Earlier this month, the park celebrated its eighth anniversary. Though dogs are carefree animals, estab-
They work hard for you, after all -- guarding
lishing Biscuit Acres took significant human
your house from squirrels, retrieving balls,
effort. In 2009, the Rotary Club of Southside
enduring the affection of small children or just
Tulsa was looking for a community project to
being there to cheer you up after a bad day.
tackle when then-president John Benjamin
For most dogs thereâ€™s no such thing as
struck up a conversation with Herb Beattie.
a weekend getaway to escape from it all.
Beattie had just helped bring the Joe Station
But Biscuit Acres in south Tulsa is the next
dog park to life near downtown Tulsa, but saw a
need for more dog parks in other parts of Tulsa.
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One of the drinking fountains in the large dog area.
“He suggested that if Rotary would take on a
when needed, Clark said the Tulsa Park and
new project, he would help out,” Benjamin said.
Recreation Department provides much-ap-
Then-mayor Kathy Taylor agreed to
preciated help by keeping the grass trimmed,
donate the land, with the stipulation that the
supplying mulch and dirt for filling holes and
Rotary Club would fully fund the project. The
donating other materials as needed.
organization raised $70,000, cleared the land,
“The key to Biscuit Acres’ success is that
put up the fences and other accoutrements,
we have a dedicated volunteer organization,
and Biscuit Acres was born. Dog lovers in the
a strong relationship with the park depart-
southern part of the metro area now had a
ment and continual maintenance of the
park,” Clark said.
B U T T H E WO R K D I D N ’ T S TO P T H ER E .
BAVA also goes beyond maintenance. Over
started hiring off-duty police officers during
the last eight years the group added a num-
the weekends in order to ensure problems
The Biscuit Acres Volunteer Association
ber of new features to Biscuit Acres, including
don’t spring up.
formed to maintain the park, overcome any
drinking fountains with dog-level spigots, ten
Clark said BAVA depends on donations
issues and keep the facility attractive for
new trees, customized benches with the park’s
to keep all these services going. Most of the
years to come, Benjamin said.
logo and concrete shade areas with shade sails
association’s funds come from Pancakes
Becky Clark, president and one of the orig-
and an official Biscuit Acres storage shed to
for Pooches, held every September at the
inal members of the Biscuit Acres Volunteer
house all of their supplies. All those active dogs
nearby Fire Station No. 32. The organization
Association, said the group works every week
on the go use up 1500 plastic sacks per week.
typically raises $10,000 each year.
to make sure the park stays clean and func-
The group has just finished installing the
The Biscuit Acres Volunteer association
largest new shade area, measuring 35 feet
also helps out dogs who don’t yet have a
Though the association cleans, weedeats,
square, to replace the loss of a 40-year-old
home or a chance to play at a dog park.
provides pooper scoopers and makes repairs
tree felled by a microburst storm. They’ve even
tional after visits by rambunctious guests.
“We work with the Humane Society with dogs that have had a hard time getting adopted, and we’re able to match them up with homes,” Clark said. On any given weekend, Biscuit Acres will be packed with dogs sniffing, playing and chasing each other, many of which don’t get a chance to interact with other dogs in their regular homes. Though Clark is also proud of the way Biscuit Acres has brought human beings together.
Deciding where to run and play next after getting a quick drink from the fountains.
“The dog park is its own community,” she said. “Friendships are developed there from all walks of life. Without the dogs, they might not have met each other.”
This little pup is enjoying fresh water in the small dog park.
Though BAVA has taken over regular work on the park from the Rotary Club, she said Biscuit Acres wouldn’t exist without their work securing the land, donating and erecting the fencing, and installing the sprinkler system. Yes, Clark is also a familiar presence at Biscuit Acres on the weekends -- as are the three dogs of her own.
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ARTICLE AVONNA D. SWARTZ, PH.D.
omething I’ve observed after two decades in education is that very little of a student’s time truly belongs to them. They are juggling
assignments, extra-curricular activities, family time, community service, jobs … well you get the point. Add to that the pressure of preparing for and applying to college and you have the makings of a highly stressed household. The college application landscape is constantly evolving, so it’s worth examining its current state and considering
how it might impact your college preparation.
MORE APPLICATIONS PER STUDENT According to the National Association of College Admissions
Counselors (NACAC), freshman undergraduate applications grew 6% in 2016. This is due to several factors including more diversity in college applicants and the fact that individual students are applying to more colleges. The result? More competition to earn a seat in an incoming undergraduate freshman class.
THE PROCESS IS LONGER AND MORE COMPLICATED Ten years ago, the thought of applying to college didn’t appear on the horizon until a student’s junior year. Today, recruiters are reaching deeper into the pool of applicants contacting high school freshmen, sophomores, and even middle schoolers. Accordingly,
ambitious students start strategizing earlier in high school, carefully selecting rigorous coursework, pertinent extra-curricular activities, and summer experiences.
COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE RATES AT THEIR LOWEST POINT EVER All this competition among students has resulted in a bumper
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crop of highly qualified applicants. Stanford, for example, accepted only 4.6% of their applicants in 2016. This competitive atmosphere has trickled down to state schools creating a category of “state ivys” where acceptance has become increasingly more difficult to attain. Schools such as William and Mary and The University of Texas at Austin fall into this category.
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HOW TO AVOID A STRESSFUL SENIOR YEAR Despite the current state of college admissions, there are several things students can do to plan ahead and avoid a stressful senior year. 1. Make a timeline. Strategically planning coursework and activities goes a long way in being ready to compete your senior year. However, if you are a rising senior and you are just now starting to think about applying to college, IT ISN’T TOO LATE. 2. Do your research. Look at the profile of the newly admitted freshman class of the schools you want to attend. Consider how you might rate in the “hard factors” (GPA, grades, test scores). Even if your scores aren’t in the top percentages, don’t give up.
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HEAD TO THE HILLS TO CLEAR YOUR MIND AND FREE YOUR SOUL
aitlin Eversole is a lifelong nature lover. She loves to hike, kayak, and scuba dive. As a Naturalist, her career affords her the opportunity to travel the country advancing
conservation and managing the demands on natural resources. She says, "Ever since I was a little girl being outdoors has given me a feeling of peace. It's not a quiet kind of peace, as there are many noises outside when you take the time to listen, but it's where I feel the most alive. As I'm hiking along a trail, reality really sets in. I'm completely in the moment and my mind is clear." Many hikers mention the feeling of clarity and tranquility. But how much peace can there be hiking in a rugged terrain, at a high elevation, with sudden weather changes and insects nipping at your ankles? Well, there is real science to it. As we spend more time interacting with our cell phones and computers and less time playing outdoors, we are chemically affecting our brains to be less "in the moment of living." In 2012, a study conducted by psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer found that disconnecting from technology and connecting with nature can greatly improve creative problem solving skills and increase creative thinking. Study participants backpacked through nature for four days without using any form of technology. They were asked to perform tasks that required creative thinking and complex problem solving. Researchers found that the per-
formance on tasks that required problem solving improved by 50% for the participants who spent several days in a natural environment. There is no denying it. Hiking is a great form of exercise. According to GoodHiker.com, regular aerobic exercise such as hiking leads to a myriad of health benefits, including improved On the way to Yellowstone is Oxbow Bend, a great place to view the Teton mountain range. Photo credit: Lance Roth
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cardio-respiratory fitness, lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, reduced depression and better quality sleep, lower risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, and of course, weight controlâ€”hiking burns up 370 calories an hour (154-lb person). But those who hike don't seem to do it as much for the physical benefits as they do for the mental benefits.
Adam Laizure and sister, Brooke Laizure, hiked their way through Utah earlier this year.
"Every day I spend in nature is a new connection I've made with Earth." Avid hiker Adam Laizure says, "It's true. I appreciate the physical side but it's more healing for me. When I hike, I'm not worried about my job, checking
One of Eversole's favorite hiking destinations, Glacier National Park, Montana. Photo credit: Cody Edwards
social media, or answering texts and emails every couple of minutes. Instead, I'm concentrating on myself and God's wonderful creation. Being outdoors frees my mind, body, and soul from stress." Devoted hiking enthusiasts have a love affair with the great outdoors. Many feel a bond to Mother Nature. Others experience a greater connection to God or their higher power. Either way, it's an intense personal connection that keeps them headed up the mountain. Eversole says, "I've always admired the American Indian culture which believes that all the elements are alive: the water, the soil, the mountains, etc. Everything is constantly changing. You never know what to expect each day or around the next corner. Every day I spend in nature is a new connection I've made with Earth."
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Crafting AT GET STITCHIN'
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ver get an itch to knit your own sweater or crochet your own blanket?
That’s the question Lori Hall, the owner of Get Stitchin’, wants to
facilitate. She welcomes crafters of all levels to her store, especially for fellowship and instruction. Hall became immersed in the crafting community after purchasing a craft store from a prior owner. She placed her own stamp on the business by renaming it Get Stitchin’ and relocating to the Farm Shopping Center at 51st and Sheridan. Hall, a cross stitcher, initially focused on that craft, but after several customers inquired if she had new yarn in, she dovetailed with broader crafting specialties.
A hands-on owner, she learned how to knit and crochet. “The more I started to knit, the more I loved it.” She shares that studies have shown knitting has therapeutic benefits. “If you work with quality fibers, it’s relaxing. It can take you into a different world, away from the stresses of life. And it’s rewarding because you have a finished product.” Purchasing high quality but affordable fibers, like merino wools, cottons, linens and Alpaca, and crafting tools are important to her, especially those Made In Oklahoma (MIO). She dedicates an entire display for MIO yarns and features MIO novelty and gift products on a center display near the shop’s entrance.
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Every year, she sponsors Fiber Christmas in July. This event in Kellyville con-
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nects MIO vendors and farmers with buyers. “I always look for new farmers who don’t have product in my store. I try to support local and independent Oklahoma businesses as much as I can.” She also gives back to the community, donating to various charities and participating in Click for Babies, a campaign that invites knitters and crocheters to make purple baby caps to increase awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying and help prevent the shaking and abuse of infants. The spirit of her store isn’t found in the quality supplies, but in the classes and camaraderie—setting her shop apart from box stores. Most of the employees and teachers were first customers before getting more involved. “We know the majority of our customers on a first name basis,” shares Hall. She brings in experienced and talented teachers to instruct on a variety of classes for all skill levels. Beginners can learn crafts such as knitting, crocheting and needle felting — a class that appeals to children. “Kids love needle felting where they’re drawing a picture with fiber.” She has a “4 for 40” special for beginners where they pay $40 upfront for four classes (otherwise, an individual hour class is $15) if they want to dive into the crafting world. Many beginners get hooked. “They catch on easily and find a sense of accomplishment because they are creating a product that they can take home.” The shop provides advanced classes throughout the month and workshops if crafters need help with their current projects. As an incentive for returning customers, she offers Savers Cards. For every dollar spent on products and services, she adds a punch to the card. Once the card is full, the customers receive $5.00 off their next purchase. Get Stitchin' is a member of TNNA, The National NeedleArts Association, and TKGA, The Knitting Guild Association. Groups like the Green Country Knitters, Sock Yarn Club and Knitting Needles in Tulsa meet there once a month. Guild and club members receive discounts on products. No matter what’s happening in the shop, Hall’s goal is to provide an inviting place for crafters. “I try to keep it light. When I train people, I emphasize maintaining a
casual, fun atmosphere.” Don’t be surprised if you see a customer sitting in the store, knitting a pair of socks, and eating lunch from Katy’s Pantry, a nearby cafe. The third Thursday night each month is “Thirdsday” where Hall has extended hours. Here, crafters socialize and eat (for $5, you can enjoy pizza and a glass of wine) as they work on individual projects. After three years of operating Get Stitchin', Lori Hall thoroughly loves this business. She enjoys listening to her customers’ needs, learning new crafting skills, and facilitating the crafting community. Despite all the activity and variety of products, how does Hall summarize Get Stitchin'? “It’s a small shop that’s big on fun!”
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SCIENCE FAIR STUDENTS ARE CHANGING THE FACE OF HEALTHCARE CASCIA HALL STUDENTS WIN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ARTICLE LOUANN BUHLINGER PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS HUMPHREY
emember when your high school science project was the construction of an erupt-
ing volcano or the mixture of random chemicals to keep your sports shoes from smelling? These days, students like Beau Bingham and Erika Ravitch of Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa are winning international competitions for work in microbiology and animal science. The two recently returned from the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles where Bingham won a second-place grand award in microbiology and Ravitch was a finalist for her animal science project. Bingham’s project is titled, "Identification, Pharmacological Screening, and Antivirulent Mechanistic Determination of Compounds and Fractions Isolated from C. crispus Extracts."
Wow! In laymen’s terms, Bingham isolated a compound from a species of algae that, in addition to meeting common parameters for druglike molecules, lowers the "super-bug" Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus’ (MRSA) ability to cause disease. Bingham, who recently graduated from Cascia Hall and is heading to Dartmouth College in the fall, credits his biology and environmental science teacher Sally Fenska for
Beau Bingham and Erika Ravitch of Cascia Hall upon returning from the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles
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“being a tremendous influence on my scientific thinking and on developing the skills to develop my project.” Bingham’s other honors include:
• Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist - Selected as one of the top 40 STEM students in the U.S., honored with the ability to ring the closing bell of NASDAQ • 2017 Student Leaders Exchange Honoree - Honored by the National Committee on
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U.S.-China Relations as a high school rep resentative of the U.S. this summer
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(will meet Chinese politicians, go on homestays, etc.) • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Ceres Connection Honoree Honored with a minor planet named in his honor by MIT's Lincoln Laboratory Ravitch’s
“Evaluating the Effects of Probiotics on Neurology in the Model Organism Drosophila Melanogaster Adult Flies and Third Stage Instar
Stressors and Behavior Assays.” Ok … double wow. Ravitch has found that probiotics, the good bacteria we consume, can influence eaten or neurological stress in developing and mature flies. This suggests that probiotics could become a source for remediation of short term stress response in organisms. Ravitch plans to continue her research as she enters her senior year of high school this fall. “Cascia Hall has been extremely support-
“The great faculty at Cascia Hall prepared me to pursue a challenging Electrical Engineering degree in college, and I am very grateful to them. Now, I am able to give back by mentoring tomorrow’s future engineers and business leaders in the Cascia Hall Commando Robotics (Commandobots) program.” Anthony Barber
• Eagle Scout
ive in my research endeavors. I conducted all of my research in the high school lab under the supervision of my sponsor, Sally Fenska, who has been a research mentor for over 30 years,” said Ravitch. After graduation in 2018, Ravitch plans to double major in Biology and Spanish with a minor in medical business and eventually matriculate to medical school. Ravitch’s addition honors include: • Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair Scholarship • Society for Women Engineers Award
• M.S. Electrical Engineering The University of Tulsa • Masters in Education The University of Notre Dame • Served in AmeriCorps • Mentor, Cascia Hall Robotics Team
• Cascia Hall Science Research President • Key Club President • Bronze medal for the 2017 National Spanish Exam The impressive work of these science students will most certainly affect the field of medicine in the near future. For more information on Cascia Hall, visit CasciaHall.com.
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TRAVEL TOYS THAT MAKE FAMILY VACATIONS FUN ARTICLE LOUANN BUHLINGER PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS HUMPHREY
Tulsa Lifestyle | July 2017
Keep your kids' hands and minds busy on the road with Fidget Spinners, Rubikâ€™s Cubes and other fun puzzles from Learning Express of Tulsa.
Leaning Express of Tulsa recommends Tenzi, Spot It, Fast Flip, Word Around, Happy Salmon and Fastrack for travel games.
Need something to keep the kids occupied on a long road trip? Boogie Board E-Writers from Learning Express of Tulsa are a favorite.
t’s that time of year to pack up the kids and set out on a family “Walley World” road trip like the Griswold’s. Instead
of having the kids zone out on movies and battling territory lines in the back seat, consider introducing a new class of educational and fun games. Learning Express Toys local franchise owner Charlie Darrow says that Fidget Spinners are the toy of the year. “Fidgets are HOT. We carry Fidget Spinners, Cubes, Controllers, Chains,
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Tangle Therapy, stress balls and more. Fidget Spinners are a screen-free way to keep the kids occupied. In fact, my daugh-
ter sat through a three-hour dance recital and was happy
playing with her spinner.” Darrow also recommends Brain Games, Doodle Pads and Sticker Books from Usborne Books. “Boogie Boards are also great for travel. They are a kind of etch-a-sketch with a pen and LED Screen which erases with the push of a button so kids can draw without using crayons that would melt in a hot car.” Darrow also says that Squigz allow kids to suction pieces
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together as well as to windows and tables to create custom
shapes. Her shop offers free personalization of lap trays which
provide storage for books and markers. But what if you want the entire family to engage in game playing? Darrow says that Tenzi is one of the best … it’s a dice game that can be played 77 different ways and can adapt for all ages. She also likes Slapzi, Fast Flip and Word Around. Who knew that positioning a word in one continuous ring would make it so tricky to read? The challenge is to quickly figure out where the word starts and be the first to shout it out. And, of course, there is the old standby game called Spot It for the younger ones. “I
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spot a red car. I spot a blue whale.” You get the drift! The challenge is to “spot” the matching image on the game card before everyone else. The kids will remember playing these games forever and the practice may become a family tradition. If you want some help selecting travel games for different ages, Charlie gives shoppers her advice Monday through Saturday from 10 am. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at 108th & S. Memorial in The Vineyard on Memorial. Darrow just celebrated her second anniversary of opening the store. “We provide free gift wrapping, personalization and fun in-store events,” said Darrow. Prior to going into business, Darrow served as the director of operations for a medical
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Rockets Over Rhema is a one day event that features many vendors, food trucks, and plenty of activities for the whole family. A main concert stage brings entertainment from some of today’s top names in Christian music. One of the best fireworks display in Broken Arrow/ Tulsa, it continues to amaze the viewers and sustain a great summer tradition of joy and celebration. RocketsOverRhema.com
TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS CRAFT CLASSES AND STORYTIME TULSA TOY DEPOT Craft Classes are free every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and Storytime is held on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Miss Carol Meyer leads the kids in
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A SLICE OF
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uch more than your average casino, River Spirit is a tropical
With décor evoking Buffett’s most famous songs, the 46,000 square
flavored destination resort that, with a little help from Jimmy
foot Margaritaville Casino is a jackpot for those who seek a gaming
Buffett’s famed Margaritaville, brings a little slice of paradise to Tulsa.
experience like none other. It’s a player’s paradise, packed with 820 of
The addition of this new resort means River Spirit has two casinos in
the latest electronic gaming machines and 16 live table games. Step
one, each with its own distinctive atmosphere and décor.
into the two-story Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant, complete
The centerpiece is a luxurious 483-room all glass hotel tower rising 27
with an erupting volcano, two decks, epic river views and live music.
stories into the Tulsa sky. This hotel is a destination resort that will have
Still hungry for more? The world famous Ruth’s Chris Steak House is
you feeling like you’re relaxing beachside in the Caribbean. Adjoining the
a stellar addition to Tulsa’s culinary landscape. Other venues include the
resort hotel is a resort style pool complete with cabanas and LandShark
casual, fine dining restaurant Fireside Grill, Visions Buffet, Scoreboard
Pool Bar where you can swim up and enjoy a frosty margarita.
Sports Bar and Johnny Rockets all-American classic diner.
River Spirit Casino Resort has a full array of other resort amenities
At River Spirit, the party never stops, especially at the 5 o’Clock
such as retail shops and a 30,000 square foot convention and meet-
Somewhere Bar, which features boat drinks inspired by the songs
ing center. Plus, Paradise Cove Theater, a 2,500+ seat theater and
and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, along with local bands performing live.
showroom, complete with well-stocked VIP suites, hosts the biggest
The hotel recently opened Emerge Spa and Salon, with all the
names in entertainment plus live sporting events, including champi-
amenities expected from a world-class spa. Services include mas-
onship boxing and MMA. Recent acts include Jimmy Buffett, Chris
sage, facials, hair and make up and many other services designed
Young, Chris Rock, Brad Paisley and Don Henley, just to name a few.
to pamper and relax.
River Spirit’s expansion also includes the legendary Margaritaville
River Spirit Casino Resort is Tulsa’s only luxurious tropical paradise,
Casino and Jimmy Buffett’s tropical themed Margaritaville Restaurant.
so break out the sunscreen and enjoy this unforgettable getaway today!
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