Jenks native Mariah Scott wins flag competition

Jenks native Mariah Scott wins flag competition

Jenks’ newest symbol has a native touch to it.

Several weeks ago, the City of Jenks and the Jenks Chamber of Commerce partnered to find a new flag to represent the Jenks community with a competition.

The competition came to an end Thursday morning at the July 4 Freedom Fest with the announcement of the winner, Mariah Scott. Scott not only graduated from Jenks High School in 2015, but she attended Jenks Public Schools throughout her entire life.

Scott then attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and graduated in December of 2018 before going to work for The Galley in Bixby as a graphic designer.

Scott said she was notified about the competition but did not want to allow herself to get too excited about it before she found out the results.

Mariah Scott was presented an identical version of her winning flag Thursday at the Jenks Freedom Fest by Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell (left) and Jenks Mayor Robert Lee (right). (Photo by Kyle Salomon)

“I searched Jenks, Oklahoma on Google Maps to help give me some ideas,” Scott said. “Main Street in Jenks and the Arkansas River are two things that Jenks is known for and two things people take pride in here. I wanted to create a flag that when people look at it, they see our town.”

Scott accomplished that goal by incorporating the town’s history and tradition.

The city’s levy system that is designed to keep major flooding from happening and the school system are two of the items Scott wanted to depict in design. There are also five stars on the flag representing Jenks being founded in 1905 and the word Jenks having five letters in it.

“It was such an honor when I found out I had won,” Scott said. “I knew there were a lot of really good flag designs in the competition. When I found out, I just screamed. I was so excited. This is a place I love so much.”

The Jenks City Council will vote to adopt the new flag at the City Council meeting.

Kyle Salomon

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