YMS administrator earns ‘NextGen’ award

Haworth among 417 leaders under age 30 honored

Natalie Haworth

By Conrad Dudderar
Associate Editor

A Yukon High School site administrator has been selected to represent Oklahoma’s “next generation” of leaders.

YHS Assistant Principal Natalie Haworth recently earned a NextGen Under 30 award.

Haworth is among 34 honorees in the Education K-12 category, which includes primary and secondary school teachers, administrators, trainers, and mentors.

Founded in 2011, Oklahoma’s NextGen Under 30 leadership and award recognition program annually honors innovative, creative and inspiring Oklahomans under age 30.

“We are so proud of you and grateful to have you as a leader in our district,” Yukon Public Schools’ officials wrote in a social media post.

YPS district patrons offered congratulations to Haworth on her high achievement.

Haworth and other recipients will be honored during the 13th Annual NextGen Under 30 Award Ceremony set 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman.

Visit nextgenunder30.com to make reservations.

“Now in its 13th year and having expanded the program’s scope and reach, NextGen Under 30 recognizes and encourages the next generation of innovative, creative and inspiring individuals who push the boundaries in various categories of endeavor,” according to the NextGen 30 Foundation’s website.

“In addition, award winners are selected based upon their participation in and contribution to their communities. A panel of respected business and civic leaders serve as judges.”

The program is a production of OKnStyle Publishing, LLC.

“The NextGen Under 30 mission is to identify and honor these very talented young Oklahomans, encouraging them to follow their lifetime family and career goals in Oklahoma,” publisher Donald B. Swift wrote in his call for nominations.

Nominations for the 2023 NextGen Under 30 awards were open Jan. 20 to Aug. 4. Winners were announced Aug. 14.



Some 417 honorees were selected this year in these 21 categories:

Adult and Higher Education, the Arts, Aviation, Education K-12, Energy and Transportation, Finance, Health Care, Hospitality, the Law; and Manufacturing, Industry, the Trades, and Agriculture.

Also, Media, Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising; Non-Profit Organization, Policy and Public Service, Real Estate, Retail and E-Commerce; Science, Technology and Engineering; Sports and Outdoors, Staffing, Tourism, and Other.

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will personally congratulate award winners during “NextGen Under 30 Day at the Capitol” and networking luncheon on Monday, Sept. 11 at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.

In the program’s first 12 years, some 2,890 award winners were selected among 9,755 nominees from 421 companies and organizations across Oklahoma.