Two women from Oklahoma among ‘Champions of Change’ to be honored

By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.comWASHINGTON — Two young women from Oklahoma, including an Oklahoma City Girl Scout who started a nonprofit company to help veterans, are set to be honored as “champions of change” Tuesday at the White House.
Katie Prior, of Oklahoma City, and Ashley McCray, of Norman, are among 11 who will be recognized “for their courage and contributions,'' according to the White House.
Trumpets and Taps
Prior, who is 15, founded the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps, which has recruited and trained high school trumpet players in Oklahoma and other states to play taps at military funerals and patriotic music at other events that honor veterans.
“When Katie heard that many veterans' funerals have an audio recording of taps, she decided to recruit her friends to see to it that veterans in her community get the live tribute they deserve,'' according to the White House.
“She developed the program as her Girl Scout Gold Award and became the council's youngest awardee in history at the age of 14.”
The inspiration
In a recent column for The Oklahoman, Prior said the inspiration for the company came from meeting a Girl Scout who did a project on migratory birds.
“Seeing her care about these birds inspired me to want to do a project on a topic that, if neglected, made me really mad,” Prior wrote.
“This led me to identify the problem that my Gold Award is based on — the lack of military buglers available to play taps — and create what would become the nonprofit that I'm the CEO of: the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps.”
About McCray
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By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com

WASHINGTON — Two young women from Oklahoma, including an Oklahoma City Girl Scout who started a nonprofit company to help veterans, are set to be honored as “champions of change” Tuesday at the White House.

Katie Prior, of Oklahoma City, and Ashley McCray, of Norman, are among 11 who will be recognized “for their courage and contributions,'' according to the White House.

Trumpets and Taps

Prior, who is 15, founded the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps, which has recruited and trained high school trumpet players in Oklahoma and other states to play taps at military funerals and patriotic music at other events that honor veterans.

“When Katie heard that many veterans' funerals have an audio recording of taps, she decided to recruit her friends to see to it that veterans in her community get the live tribute they deserve,'' according to the White House.

“She developed the program as her Girl Scout Gold Award and became the council's youngest awardee in history at the age of 14.”

The inspiration

In a recent column for The Oklahoman, Prior said the inspiration for the company came from meeting a Girl Scout who did a project on migratory birds.

“Seeing her care about these birds inspired me to want to do a project on a topic that, if neglected, made me really mad,” Prior wrote.

“This led me to identify the problem that my Gold Award is based on — the lack of military buglers available to play taps — and create what would become the nonprofit that I'm the CEO of: the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps.”

About McCray

McCray is a Ph.
Read more on NewsOK.com

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