Posted Date: 02/16/2021
WILBURTON, Okla. – Melyssa Lynch, Executive Assistant to the Board of Education and Superintendent at
Kiamichi Tech, was named one of Oklahoma’s 2020 NextGen Under 30 Award Recipients.
The NextGen Under 30 Leadership and Award Recognition Program was founded in 2010 and has received more
than 7,000 nominations since its inception. The mission of NextGen Under 30 is to identify and honor young adult
‘over-achievers’ in Oklahoma and encourage them to keep their talents and abilities within the state.
Lynch, a Heavener native, was awarded in the Adult & Higher Education category, making her one of two individuals
representing the CareerTech system among 2020 award recipients. The pool of award recipients is generated by
nominations and candidacy application. Lynch was one of 300 individuals selected from more than 1,000 qualified
“Melyssa is a dynamic young leader among our organization and the state,” said Shelley Free, Kiamichi Tech
Superintendent. “New to her current role, she has already provided innovative solutions and takes great pride in the
work she does for career and technology education.”
The NextGen Under 30 organization recognizes and encourages the next generation of innovative, creative, and
inspiring individuals who are known to push the boundaries of leadership and professionalism beyond their years.
Recipients are selected from a host of selection criteria focused on professional achievement and contribution within
their respective communities.
Along with family and friends, Lynch celebrated her recognition during the NextGen virtual awards ceremony on Jan.
22. She also attended the NextGen Day at the Capitol in October 2020.