Monday September 14, 2020

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools’ Wall of Fame Inducts Bentley, Johnson, Nagle and Scobey

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools will induct four new members into its Wall of Fame this month. The honorees will join 88 other Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) alumni who have been inducted since the Wall of Fame was created in 1985.

In past years, the Foundation has searched across the world for its Wall of Fame honorees. This year, it looked closer to home to recognize OKCPS alumni who have provided outstanding leadership and helped unify Oklahoma City during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We thought carefully about this year’s Wall of Fame and wanted to honor local unsung heroes that are working on the front lines to support our community during the pandemic as well as leading efforts to unify and bring equity to all OKC citizens. Our 2020 honorees exemplify the qualities of leadership, compassion, ingenuity and selflessness,” said Foundation president and CEO Mary Mélon. “We’re proud to call them OKCPS alumni.”

Madeline Bentley, a graduate of Classen School of Advanced Studies, is a registered nurse who works in the intensive care unit (ICU) at INTEGRIS Health Edmond Hospital. She takes care of ICU patients fighting COVID-19. In many cases, she has been the only person by their side when they succumb to the virus. Madeline is also a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community and raises her voice in the fight for racial justice.

A. Jaye Johnson graduated from Southeast High School. He is the director of the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County, where he has been a positive role model and father figure to thousands of young people over 18 years. He also helped create and lead Club on the Go, which provided food, outreach, virtual programming and emergency childcare for essential workers during the early days of the pandemic.

Dr. Nancy Nesbitt Nagle, who graduated from John Marshall High School, is a pulmonary physician and was one of the first people to volunteer to be on the frontline in the COVID-19 unit at INTEGRIS Hospital. She is part of a four-person rotating team in the ICU, where she regularly works 12-hour shifts. Nancy is involved with the Historical Preservation, Inc. (HPI) for Heritage Hills neighborhood. HPI rallied around SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in April 2020, donating $18,000 to local restaurants to deliver 800 meals for hospital employees over 16 weeks. HPI also made over 1,000 masks for the hospital.

Derrick Scobey graduated from Frederick Douglass High School. He is a pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and in July 2020, he was instrumental in leading a joint humanitarian effort to provide fresh produce, dairy, masks, dog/cat food, COVID-19 testing and voter/Census registration during a drive-thru at his church. He also works with the Oklahoma City Police Department to host community gatherings like “People, Pastors and Police,” which fosters relationships and helps people understand police issues.

The Wall of Fame celebration will look different this year. Instead of being recognized at the traditional gala, the honorees will be celebrated through traditional and digital media for their efforts and advocacy. Honorees also receive an award and a $500 cash prize.

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