Two Lawtonians were named to NextGen Under 30 list yesterday.

NextGen Under 30 is now in its eleventh year and has expanded the program’s scope and state-wide 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. 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. For more information on the program visit

In 2021, 318 outstanding young Oklahomans have been selected as NextGen under 30 Award Winners in 20 career categories from 241 companies and organizations. NextGen under 30 Oklahoma recognizes individuals who demonstrate talent, drive, and service to their communities. Winners this year were from across the entire state, including Guymon to Durant to Tahlequah, in Tulsa and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas, and beyond.

Winners for 2022 were chosen from 416 nominations in over 21 categories. Two Lawtonians were named on this list of young adults that are great examples of what it means to contribute to your community.

From Lawton Public Schools, winner Kylee Montgomery.


And, from Cameron University, Jose Andres Olivo.


According to NexGen Under 30, this year millenials will make up nearly half of the workforce in Oklahoma. NextGen Under 30 seeks to find those over achieving young adults and recognize and honor them and encourage them to 'follow their lifetime and career goals in Oklahoma'.

The NextGen Under 30 LEADERSHIP and AWARD RECOGNITION Program was founded in 2011 and has received over 9,755  nominations as there are many talented young individuals living in Oklahoma.

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