Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
Release: December 16, 2004
Sen. Wilcoxson admires a selenite crystal.
Bill Filed to Make Selenite Official State Crystal
A group of Oklahoma school children think it is high
time one of the state’s naturally occurring gems gets official
recognition—and State Senator Kathleen
Wilcoxson is working to make sure the gem and the students have
a chance to shine. She’s filed legislation to make Selenite
Crystal the state’s official gemstone.
The proposal came to Sen. Wilcoxson from 105 students in the third
through sixth grade at Bryant and Red Oak schools. The students
are part of the Moore School District’s Gifted and Talented
program known as S.E.A.R.C.H., which stands for “Students
Experiencing Appropriate Research and Creative Happenings.”
“I am so impressed with these children. They had done their
research and found that 15 states already have an official gemstone.
They proposed Selenite Crystal of Oklahoma’s Great Salt Plains
to be Oklahoma’s official gemstone because of its unique characteristics,”
said Wilcoxson, R-OKC.
Selenite is a crystallized form of gypsum, taking on the characteristics
of its environment. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
iron oxide in the soil gives the crystals their reddish to chocolate
brown color. Sand and clay particles are included within the crystal,
often forming a unique “hourglass” shape.
Myers, R-Ponca City, will serve as co-author of the measure.
Wesselhoft, R-Moore and Rep. Jeff
Hickman, R-Woodward will serve as House authors.
“What an incredible lesson for these students. They’ve
learned about geology, geography, research and state government.
I’m hopeful they’ll be able to see their proposal make
it all the way to the Governor’s desk during the 2005 legislative
session,” Wilcoxson said.
The 2005 session formally gets underway on February 7.
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