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Seniors Mo Garcia, Lucy Duran named Mr. and Miss Union

Originally posted March 9, 2018

Union High School seniors Mo Garcia and Lucy Duran have been named Mr. and Miss Union – the highest honor a student may receive at the High School. Garcia is the son of Rudy and Tammy Garcia. Duran is the daughter of Juan Duran and Lucila Camacho of Broken Arrow.

The couple, as well as the top candidates for seniors and juniors, was recognized during a formal ceremony at the Union Performing Arts Center. After the ceremony, junior and senior royalty members were treated to a limo ride to lunch at Charleston’s Restaurant.

Students are selected for the honor based on a combination of popular vote, teacher recommendation, and other factors. In the selection process, all students are given the opportunity to nominate candidates from their own grade. The top vote recipients were placed into the contest. Students were evaluated by their teachers based on school spirit demonstrated, positive leadership, character/integrity, contribution to class and scholarship. The final selection was determined by 20 percent grade point average, 30 percent teacher recommendation score, and 50 percent student vote.

Duran is active in College and Career Crew, National Honor Society, MESH, Resurrection Church, president of Interact, president of Drug-Free Youth, as a hospice volunteer, an elementary school volunteer and helped operate the summer STEM program at McAuliffe Elementary School in 2016. Honors include being a National Hispanic Scholar, an AP Scholar with honors, Miss Union Junior Royalty, Distinguished Graduate and was named the Foreign Language Student of the year as a freshman.  She has not yet selected a college or university but hopes to major in biology and attend medical school with hopes of becoming a pediatrician.

Garcia is active in basketball, Leadership as secretary, TeePee Crew and National Honor Society. Garcia is also active in church, and volunteers with Catholic Charities. His honors include being a member of the Mr. Union Junior Royalty Court, Student of the Year as a freshmen, Homecoming Court, All-Conference 2nd Team his Junior Year, Academic All-Conference, and winner of the JC Hartzler Award for Leadership. Garcia said if he does not play basketball in college, he would then like to attend the University of Oklahoma and pursue a career in petroleum engineering.