2004 Tuloso-Midway High School graduate Sydney Lee was recently chosen as the recipient of a prestigious award from the University of Oklahoma.

Lee was chosen as the Outstanding Senior in the College of Arts and Sciences Professional Degree Program. The 2004 valedictorian of her class at T-M has attended OU since her high school graduation. She will be receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science in May, graduating summa cum laude from the university.

In addition to Lee's academic achievements at the university, she has been a member of the OU Women's golf team all four years, and was recently named to the 2008 Academic All-Big 12 first team. This honor is reserved for student athletes who achieve academic excellence while participating in Division I sports.

Lee suffered a serious shoulder injury during her first two years and has since been working to get back into game shape.

The daughter of Jim and Jeri Lee of Corpus Christi also served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee during her sophomore year. The SAAC council representatives provide their respective sports a liaison with the NCAA and review and comment on proposed legislation on behalf of all of the OU student athletes.

Lee is also a member of the Cherokee Nation and will be entering the epidemiology graduate program at OU and intends to work in public health after obtaining her master's degree. She will be traveling to Atlanta this summer to attend an internship program sponsored by the Indian Health Services at the Center for Disease Control and Emory University. It will be an eight-week intensive program to study epidemiology and public health.

Lee currently works part-time at the Southern Plains Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center in Oklahoma City where she will be a graduate research assistant while she continues her education this fall.