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Pioneer Basketball End with Historic Season


Mar 28, 2023 -- maegan.martin
Pioneer Basketball End with Historic Season

The Western Pioneer men's basketball team finished with a historic season for the men's program. The Pioneers reached the Region 2 finals for the first time since 1980.
The team attained the 20-win mark, led the NJCAA in three-pointers per game (13.5), was second in total points per game (98.7), and was in the top 5 in three other offensive categories. Throughout the season

Chang Hoth was named the NJCAA DI Player of the week and the DI Region 2 player of the week twice. Jack Hoth was also named DI Region 2 player of the week once during the season.

As the season wrapped, many Pioneers continued to receive honors. Freshman, Chang Hoth, was named Region 2 Freshman of the Year and made the All-Region First/Second Team!
Chang and Jack Hoth earned Region 2 All-Freshman team honors. Sophomores Joshua Sasser, Richard Lowe, and freshman Jack Hoth earned NJCAA Region II Third Team All-Conference honors.
Western's players received Regional and national recognition, and the team earned a reputation as a competitive force in Region 2. "I greatly appreciate the hard work and effort our student-athletes put forth this year. They represented Western well, and their achievement is a direct reflection of their commitment," said Coach De La Barrera.

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Randall named 2024 Teacher of the Year

May 20, 2024

Western Oklahoma State College is proud to announce that Rachel Randall, a distinguished biology instructor, has been named the 2024 Teacher of the Year. This prestigious award, determined through nominations by the entire student body and a subsequent selection by the Student Senate, recognizes exceptional dedication and excellence in teaching. 

Rachel Randall has consistently demonstrated a profound commitment to her students, both academically and personally. The nominations submitted by students highlight her extraordinary impact on their educational experiences and personal growth. Here are some of the heartfelt comments from students who nominated her: 

"To me, this teacher has been one of the most caring teachers I know on campus, and I think is the most deserving of this award. Not only because they are an amazing teacher but also because they are the most caring human being. Anytime I need help with something they are always there to help me even if they don't know anything about it, they will learn about it just for me. They are always willing to go above and beyond for every single one of their students and I am completely grateful for that!" 

"I have had the privilege of having this teacher for two different classes. They are knowledgeable and caring. They go above and beyond for their students even when they don't have to. There have been countless times when I have gone to this teacher for help in other classes and if they don't know they takes the time to sit with you and look it up, they make sure you leave their office understanding what you didn't understand when you got into their office with the question. They truly care about their students, and them gaining the knowledge they need to succeed." 

Randall's dedication to her students is evident in every interaction, whether in the classroom or during one-on-one consultations. Her willingness to go the extra mile to ensure her students succeed is what makes her a truly remarkable educator and a deserving recipient of this year's Teacher of the Year award.

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