The Oklahoma Standard Award is presented by the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum to an individual that, through their personal and/or professional endeavors, exemplifies the Oklahoma Standard through Acts of Service, Honor, and Kindness.
Congratulations to the 2016 Oklahoma Standard Award winner Katie Prior!
Katie Prior who founded Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps, a service organization for high school trumpet players who sound Taps at military funerals. Katie exemplifies the Oklahoma Standard through her Acts of Service, Honor, and Kindness.
Katie has accomplished so many incredible things, perhaps the most inspirational though, is the work she completed on her Girl Scouts Gold Award project. A girl with very strong moral and ethical values, this young woman saw injustice in how our country treats veterans during their funerals. After investigating this issue at length, Katie discovered that there were not enough people available to play live Taps at their funerals. Her goal was to train a group of volunteers to fill the gap and has ensured that veterans receive the recognition and respect they deserve. Perhaps what’s even more impressive is that despite meeting all of the criteria for the Gold Award, Katie has not stopped her dedication to the program. In fact, she started her own 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps and continues to train volunteers. Katie embodies the Oklahoma Standard by willingly giving her time to not only play live taps at Veterans’ funerals, but she also trains others to do the same. She has held trainings in multiple states and online which have produced more than 120 students signed up across 30 states. Since 2014, Katie and her volunteers have performed at more than 200 events and funerals, impacting over 20,000 attendees.
Katie will be recognized at the 2016 Reflections of Hope Award luncheon Monday, November 14, from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Click here to purchase tickets.