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CareerTech Recognizes State Leaders with Distinguished Service Award

Minority Leader Danny Morgan, D- Prague and Assistant Majority Floor Leader Lee Denney, R-Cushing, recently received the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented at the 42nd Annual CareerTech Summer Conference. The conference was held Aug. 4-6 in Oklahoma City at the Cox Business Services Convention Center.

The Distinguished Service Award is one of the most prestigious awards given by the Oklahoma ACTE, the professional organization for the state's CareerTech administrators, teachers and staff members

This award recognizes individuals or organizations outside the field of career and technology education for meritorious contributions to the significant statewide improvement, promotion, development and progress of career and technology education.

“We recognize these Oklahoma leaders with the Oklahoma ACTE Distinguished Service Award for their commitment to partnering to benefit the lives of Oklahoma students and the Oklahoma economy,” said Phil Berkenbile, CareerTech state director.

Morgan, raised in Prague, received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Central State University in Edmond. After graduation he worked in the oilfield as a truck driver and field supervisor leading to his current position as president of the family-owned company, Morgan Well Service.

Holding many distinguished positions, including mayor of Prague, Morgan also served his community as a committee vice-chairman of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and past board member of the Girl Scouts of America Redlands Council.

He was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2002. In 2006, Morgan was chosen as the Democratic Leader of the Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus. For the 52nd Legislature he will continue as democratic leader, and will serve on the Appropriations and Budget Committee, the Energy and Utility Regulation Committee, and the Business and Economic Development Committee.

Denney is a Payne County native. She received an Agricultural Economics degree and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. Denney has been co-owner of Veterinary Medical Associates Inc. in Cushing since 1979.

Past public service positions include mayor of Cushing, Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Payne County Youth Services Board of Directors, Oklahoma Academy, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and Oklahoma Community Institute.

Named New Legislator of the Year in 2006, Denney was chosen as one of the “50 Women Making a Difference.” Currently serving as the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, she also serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committee, Higher Education and Career Tech Committee and Public Health Committee.

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Minority Leader Danny Morgan, D- Prague                       Assistant Majority Floor Leader Lee Denney, R-Cushing

Written by: Ann Houston

Publish Date: August 17, 2009

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