2017 Academic All-Staters

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2017 Academic All-Staters

Pranshu Adhikari
Norman High School

Adhikari is co-founder of Little Steps for a Brighter Future, an organization established to help children in Nepal continue their education. She is a QuestBridge National College Match finalist and was selected for the Yale Young Global Scholars Program and 4-H County Hall of Fame. She is a co-president and co-founder of the Global Awareness Club, Student Congress treasurer, United Way Teen Advisors of Norman president and Key Club vice president. A member of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and Link Crew, Adhikari tutors each week, plays the piano and enjoys learning languages. She plans to study physics in college. Scholarship Sponsor: Republic Bank & Trust

Caleb Anderson
Little Axe High School

A Boys State delegate, Anderson is a National Merit Scholar finalist and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Youth Leadership Council runner-up. He is Student Council secretary, academic team captain, Spanish Club treasurer and a member of the National Honor Society. A self-described health nut, Anderson was the first boy on the Cheer Team, now serving as team captain, and named Male Athlete of the Year for the track and field team. Anderson plans to study philosophy and mathematics at the University of Oklahoma or Swarthmore College. Scholarship Sponsor: Mr. Richard L. Sias

Chelsea Anderson
Warner High School

As president of the Warner High School Leadership Team, Anderson worked with students to raise more than $20,000 and provide clothes and food baskets to families. She is a class valedictorian, member of the Superintendent’s Honor Roll and recipient of the High School Student of Today Award. A member of the Oklahoma High School Honor Society and Oklahoma Indian Honor Society, Anderson serves in the National Honor Society and Student Council. She plays fast-pitch softball and basketball, and is active in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and Midwest Cowdog Trials. She also volunteers as a peer tutor at the elementary school. Anderson plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Monticello, majoring in business and accounting. Scholarship Sponsor: Cherokee Nation Businesses

Matthew D. Anderson
Durant High School

An accomplished musician, Anderson is The Pride of Durant drum major and a member of choir and jazz band. He is a six-year member of All-State Choir and a three-year member of the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association All-State Jazz Choir. He is a National Merit finalist and earned a five on the Advanced Placement biology exam. He plays the alto saxophone in his church orchestra and enjoys listening to vinyl records. His sisters, Khristen and Ashley, were Academic All-Staters in 2011 and 2015, respectively. Anderson plans to major in biology pre-medicine at Oklahoma Baptist University or the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: First United Bank

Allyssa Arens
Western Heights High School

Arens is a Junior Rotarian and a member of the Teen Arts Council. She is active in the Western Heights Acting Troupe and serves as Student Council parliamentarian and National Honor Society secretary. A 2010 Western Heights district spelling bee champion, she is a Key Club volunteer, pianist and photographer. Arens, whose father was an Academic All-Stater in 1988, plans to major in journalism at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation

Nathan Beck
Claremore High School

A National Merit Scholar finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Beck received a citation from the State of Oklahoma. He is lead programmer for the high school VEX VRC Robotics, which qualified for the 2016 World Competition. He is a member of Technology Student Association, National Technical Honor Society, SkillsUSA, National Honor Society, Math Club and Chemistry Club. He is also a member of Dead Poets’ Society and volunteers with Meals on Wheels. Beck plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas, majoring in software and computer engineering. Scholarship Sponsor: Frank C. and Ludmila Robson

Amber Bick
Jenks High School

An Oklahoma Math League Champion, Bick is a National Merit Scholar finalist and Advanced Placement National Scholar. She is president and founder of the Science Olympiad and a member of four-time state champions Odyssey of the Mind. She is active in Student Council, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club and Students Working Against Tobacco. She is varsity swim captain and a member of Key Club. Bick plans to study engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Scholarship Sponsor: Academic All-State Alumni

Abigail Birky
Adair High School

A National Merit Scholar, Birky earned first place in Division 3A at the Oklahoma State University math contest and second place in the Rogers State University “I Want Answers” scholarship contest. She volunteers with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and serves as vice president of FCCLA STAR Events. Birky is a percussionist in the high school band and captain of the academic team. Her sister, Madison, was an Academic All-Stater in 2014. Birky plans to study pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Linda Lambert, Trustee

Cameron Borens
Coweta High School

Borens is class president, Student Council president and National Honor Society president. He has been recognized as Student of Today and Student of the Month. He is captain of the varsity basketball team, member of the academic team and a church volunteer. Borens plans to study pre-medicine in University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation

Emily Boyne
Wagoner High School

An accomplished musician, Boyne received the Woody Herman Jazz Award and participated in the Mideastern Oklahoma Band Directors Association Honor Band. She is a member of marching, concert and jazz bands. She is a member of the National Honor Society and vice president of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society. Rotary Student of the Month, she is a Vacation Bible School music teacher and assistant director at Kiamichi Baptist Assembly. Boyne will major in business at Oklahoma Baptist University. Scholarship Sponsor: Sarkeys Foundation

Allana Caldwell
Stillwater High School

A National Merit Scholar finalist and Girls State delegate, Caldwell participated in the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences OKSTARS Research Program. She is founder and president of TED-Ed Club, Science Club vice president, Youth and Government secretary and a member of National Honor Society and Student Council. Caldwell, principal violinist in Stillwater High School’s symphony orchestra, takes private vocal lessons for opera. She also volunteers as a math and ACT tutor. Caldwell plans to major in biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Jaya Chakka
Owasso High School

A class valedictorian, Chakka is a National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. She is academic team captain, National Honor Society co-president, Equality Club secretary and a member of Student Council and Idea Lab. She enjoys creative writing and performing as organist and background vocalist for Austin Johnson and the Imperators band. She is a tutor, Women’s STEM Book Club member and organizer of the Extracurricular Activity Fair. Chakka plans to attend the University of Kansas, majoring in behavioral neuroscience. Scholarship Sponsor: Jari Askins

Deven Chakraborty
Stillwater High School

Chakraborty is a Presidential Scholar nominee, National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. He is vice president of Young Democrats and drum major of the high school band. A member of Beta Club, National Honor Society and Technology Students Association, he plays cricket for the Cowboy Cricket club and volunteers as a math tutor. Chakraborty plans to major in computing at Imperial College London. Scholarship Sponsor: MidFirst Bank

Jaci Chavey
Drummond High School

President and fundraising chair of the academic team, Chavey is a 2015 Class A Quiz Bowl champion. She is president of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and an FCCLA National Gold Medalist. A class vice president and valedictorian, Chavey is Student Council president and videographer for the girls’ basketball team. She volunteers as a physical education teacher, plays softball and serves on the Pink Week Committee. Chavey plans to major in communications at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: J. and M. Gaberino Family Charitable Fund, Tulsa Community Foundation

Binghong Chen
Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics

Chen, a Stillwater resident, is a Yale Young Global Scholar and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. A recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Bronze Award, he volunteers for the Payne County Democrats and tutors students at El Sistema. He completed an internship with Oklahoma Democratic Minority Leader Scott Inman developing an unbiased computer algorithm to solve gerrymandering in Oklahoma. He is a founding member and captain of Ethics Bowl, rowing crew captain and first violin in the Oklahoma All-State Orchestra. He also serves as a member of the OSSM Dorm Corps to improve residential life at the school. Chen plans to major in economics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Scholarship Sponsor: Mustang Fuel Corporation

David Cho
Enid High School

Cho is a three-year member of the Enid High School varsity tennis team and a member of the Community Service Club. He is an Oklahoma Academic Scholar and a National Merit Commended Student. Vice president of Student Council and a member of the National Honor Society, he is active in the Korean Church of Grace, playing the drums and serving as a youth group leader. Cho plans to study biology in college. Scholarship Sponsor: Stephen and Sherrel Jones

Wanda Clark
Prague High School

Clark, the 2016-2017 Prague Kolache Queen, is a Girls State citizen and the 2014 Class 4A Policy Debate state champion. She is a member of State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister’s Student Advisory Council and co-chair of Crossroads District Youth Missional Strategy Team. Clark is vice president of the National Honor Society, a member of Vision Bank Leadership Council and Youth Council president at the Prague United Methodist Administration Council. A member of the policy debate team and Pride of Prague Band, she volunteers for the Food for Kids program and tutors. Clark plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma, majoring in psychology. Scholarship Sponsor: Richard James Family Foundation

Noel Cleveland
Buffalo High School

A class valedictorian, Cleveland is a member of the Oklahoma Honor Society and National Honor Society. She is secretary of the Buffalo Honor Society and senior class secretary/treasurer. Cleveland is a licensed certified nursing assistant in Oklahoma and Kansas, and enjoys reading, baking and drawing. She plans to major in biology at Rogers State University. Scholarship Sponsor: OGE Energy Corp.

Darby Cobb
Edmond North High School

Cobb, a National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, is State Economics Challenge champion. She is editor of the Edmond North yearbook staff and member of National Honor Society. A member of the varsity tennis team, she volunteers at the Edmond Parks and Recreation and coaches summer camps at the Edmond Racquet Club. Cobb plans to major in electrical engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Kirkpatrick Foundation, Inc.

Sierra Conrady
Canton High School

Conrady received the Joseph B. Thoburn Student Historian Award and was recognized in the Duke Tip Talent Search. She volunteered 100 hours at the Tiger Tots Learning Center, donated supplies to a women’s shelter and painted a house for a community member. She is National Honor Society president, Stand for the Silent treasurer, Student Council vice president, Fellowship of Christian Athletes vice president and Future Farmers of America member. Conrady plans to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Daniel G. Webber, Attorney

Joshua Crouch
Choctaw High School

A member of the National Honor Society, Crouch is captain of the academic team and was named Academic Team All State. He is a National Merit Scholar finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. Crouch is captain of the Del City Nazarene Bible Quizzing Team and competes at the local, district and national level. He also took a mission trip to Honduras. Crouch plans to attend Southern Nazarene University, majoring in mathematics. Scholarship Sponsor: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Nathaniel Davis
Clinton High School

Davis is a member of the high school advanced choir and a three-time member of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association All-State Choir. A class valedictorian, he is a Clinton Public School Foundation Top 10% honoree, and a member of the National Honor Society and the academic team. He is president of Key Club and vice president of Student Council. He also volunteers on his church’s praise team and audio visual team and for Give Kids the World, a nonprofit resort in Florida for children with life-threatening illnesses. Davis participated in the Christmas light fundraiser for the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation and is a Special Olympics Bocce Ball Unified Partner. His brother, Tucker, was an Academic All-Stater in 2010. Davis plans to major in public relations with a minor in nonprofit administration at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Clinton Public School Foundation

Faith Albao Dennis
Eisenhower High School

An Oklahoma State Regents Scholar and Advanced Placement Scholar, Dennis placed second in the Physics Interscholastic Competition and is captain of the Quiz Bowl team which qualified for the 2017 national competition. She is National Honor Society vice president, Drama Club president, founder of the Ping-Pong Club and a member of the school’s anti-bullying club. She volunteers for International Dance Group and the Salvation Army, and serves as lead mentor for a freshman orientation program. As a lab technician, she also sets up and tests out labs. Dennis plans to major in physics engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Beth and Carey Johnson

Carly Driskill
Putnam City North High School

A class valedictorian, Driskill is a National Merit Commended Scholar, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and State Regents Institutional nominee. She volunteers for the Special Olympics and interns for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Hope Corps. She is a member of National Honor Society and a Junior Rotarian for Rotary Club 29. Driskill enjoys art and playing varsity softball. She plans to major in biochemistry at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: SONIC, America's Drive-In

F. Russell Drummond
Bartlesville High School
A National Merit Commended Scholar, Drummond earned first place in mathematics and computer science at the State Science Fair in 2016 and first place in Earth and space science at the District Science Fair in 2017. He was also a National Speech and Debate Tournament qualifier in 2016. He is the founder and chair of his school’s World Issues Club, a robotics team member and an Eagle Scout. A member of Youth Leadership Oklahoma, Drummond is a junior prosecutor and defense attorney for local juveniles in Youth Court and served as an Oklahoma House page for Rep. Earl Sears. Drummond plans to major in astrophysics at Rice University in Houston. His sister, Virginia, was a 2015 Academic All-Stater. Scholarship sponsor: Janet and Frederick Drummond

Olivia Duncan
Collinsville High School

Duncan, a Girl Scouts Silver Award recipient, initiated and orchestrated the Collinsville High School’s angel tree program. She is a National Merit finalist, class valedictorian and Student Council executive board member. She coordinates blood drives and enjoys rock climbing and travelling. Duncan plans to attend the University of North Texas, majoring in English. Scholarship Sponsor: Mrs. Walt Helmerich III

Rachel Fisher
Bixby High School

A Junior Girls National Volleyball qualifier and All-State volleyball player, Fisher is captain of the regional champion varsity volleyball team and a two-time national qualifier. She is a National Merit Scholar finalist and member of National Honor Society, Student Council, National Technical Honor Society, Interact and Health Occupations Students of America. She also serves at LifeChurch.tv. Fisher plans to major in pre-medicine at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Mabrey Bank

Tyler Gerth
Bartlesville High School

Gerth is a U.S. Presidential Scholar candidate and National Merit Commended Scholar. A state cross country qualifier, he is also a member of the varsity soccer team and captain of his club soccer team. He is a member of National Honor Society and volunteers on the multi-media team at his church. Gerth plans to major in computer engineering at the University of Arkansas. Scholarship Sponsor: ConocoPhillips

Saskia Ghosh
Stillwater High School

Ghosh, state print editor for Youth and Government, was selected as a delegate to attend the Youth Conference on National Affairs. She also serves on State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister’s Student Advisory Committee. A violinist, Ghosh is concertmaster of the symphony and pit orchestras and a two-time All-State Orchestra member. She is creator of Wondertorium Children’s Museum “Wonder Jam” music exhibit. She volunteers with Operation Catnip and the Stillwater Humane Society. She is National Honor Society president, Beta Club service secretary and Stillwater Makes a Change leader. Ghosh plans to major in sociology and international relations at Barnard College in New York. Scholarship Sponsor: Kenneth & Juliette Woodward Scholarship Endowment Fund

Isaiah W. Gilley
Harding Charter Preparatory High School

Gilley is a National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. A member of the choir, he serves as leader of the men’s section. He is a member of National Honor Society and the Golf Club. Gilley also volunteers as a math tutor, as a camp counselor for children in hospice care and at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in chemical engineering. Scholarship Sponsor: Polly and Larry Nichols

Haden Glasgow
Geary High School

A Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Award recipient, Glasgow is a State Regents Institutional nominee and a member of the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council. He is vice president of Future Farmers of America, Student Council president and Beta Club president. He is a Geary-Hinton Rotary Club volunteer and academic team captain. He is also a four-year member of the varsity football, wrestling and baseball teams. Glasgow plans to major in aerospace engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: AT&T Oklahoma

Jarrod Greiner
Idabel High School

Greiner, a Boys State delegate, is a member of Poptime Show Choir and earned a superior for his solo performance at the State Vocal Contest. He earned second place in geometry at the Oklahoma State Curriculum Contest. He is active in Key Club, Student Council, National Honor Society and the academic team. He volunteers as a college algebra tutor and for Trinity Baptist Church charitable events. Greiner plans to attend Oklahoma State University, majoring in biology. Scholarship Sponsor: Idabel Foundation for Academic Excellence

Ann M. Grue
Welch High School

Grue is a Welch Top Scholar, Student of the Year and Craig County 4-H Horse Show Senior High Point winner. Student Council vice president, she is a member of National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America and 4-H. She also competes in track and field, basketball and Academic Bowl. Grue plans to major in mechanical engineering at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: Cherokee Nation Businesses

Kaylee Guan
Ada High School

As a Percy Grainger Wind Band participant, Guan played at Chicago Symphony Hall. She is also drum major and section leader for the high school band. She is a Questbridge Scholar and Girls State supreme court justice. Guan is Student Council treasurer, Science Club president, and vice president of National Honor Society and the Math Club. She has an internship at Chickasaw Nation Hospital and volunteers at the Ada Public Library, Ada Main Street program, nursing homes and Relay for Life events. Guan plans to attend the University of Virginia, majoring in business. Scholarship Sponsor: The Chickasaw Nation - Bill Anoatubby, Governor

Madelyn Haden
Moore High School

Haden is an alumnus of Telluride Association Summer Program, a nominee for National Presidential Scholar and recipient of the Naval Water Research Award. She is Safe and Sound Student Initiative president, a member of the Key Club leadership committee and a member of National Honor Society. Vice president of the National Art Honor Society, Haden is a 3-D art enthusiast who is Best in Show and Young Talent recipient. She is branch founder of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and competes in the discus for the varsity track and field team. She also volunteers as a kindergarten through second-grade Awana teacher at church, a Falls Creek children’s counselor and an Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief/Red Cross worker. Haden plans to major in pre-medicine and microbiology at Emory University in Atlanta. Scholarship Sponsor: Home Creations

Logan Harrison
Stroud High School

Harrison is a member of the Oklahoma Honor Society, National Honor Society and Junior Chamber of Commerce. He works as an editor and technology consultant for Corridor Magazine, a locally owned regional publication. He volunteers for local food drives and blood drives, and volunteers for Reading Buddies working with pre-K students. Active in the gifted and talented program, Harrison has been named a class valedictorian and a member of the Superintendent’s Honor Roll. He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma, majoring in computer science. Scholarship Sponsor: Stroud National Bank

Matt Heinrichs
Fairview High School

Heinrichs is Class 2A Academic State Champion in basketball, District A-1 Offensive Lineman of the Year and a member of the football team, which was a state quarterfinalist. He is Student Council president, Future Farmers of America chaplain, National Honor Society treasurer and Fellowship of Christian Athletes member. A member of Fairview Mennonite Bretheren Church, Heinrichs is active in the youth group and has participated in mission trips. Heinrichs plans to major in industrial engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: The Mervin Bovaird Foundation

Reece Henry
Altus High School

Henry, an Oklahoma State Regents Scholar, is a member Youth Leadership Oklahoma Class XIV. Captain of the academic team, he is a Quiz Bowl All-Stater. Henry is Student Council president, three-time class president, Altus Teens Interact president, Link Crew commissioner and vice president of membership for National Honor Society. Henry plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in letters. Scholarship Sponsor: Ken and Mary Ann Fergeson and NBC Oklahoma

Amy Huyen
Classen School of Advanced Studies

A National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor, Huyen is a two-time National History Day state champion. She is a Volunteer Hope Corps intern for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, member of Youth Leadership Exchange Youth in Action Class XVII and a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Teen Board member. Huyen also volunteers with the Metropolitan Library System Summer Reading Program and teaches senior citizens how to use technology at the Village Library. She is president of Student Council, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta math honor society; and secretary of Key Club. Huyen plans to study computer science at Rice University in Houston. Scholarship Sponsor: Academic All-State Alumni

Rachel Ijams
Booker T. Washington High School

Ijams is co-facilitator of Youth Philanthropy Initiative and works with the Tulsa Global Alliance writing proposals to the U.S. State Department and planning programs for international visitors. As a United States Youth Ambassador, she travelled to Brazil for a three-week cultural exchange program. A member of the Teen Advisory Board, she implemented tutoring and mentoring services. Ijams, a National Merit finalist, is president of National Honor Society and Model United Nations. She plans to major in history and economics in college. Scholarship Sponsor: Howard and Billie Barnett

Tyler Johnson
Berryhill High School

Johnson earned the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Gold level and was named to the Superintendent’s Honor Roll. He is working toward a black belt at Sand Springs Martial Arts and volunteers with Catalyst Youth Ministry. He participates in drama through school and community theater, and studies Japanese. Johnson plans to major in psychology at Yale University. Scholarship Sponsor: American Heritage Bank

Nathan Jordan
Miami High School

Jordan, a class valedictorian and Robert S. Gee Scholar, is a Boy Scouts’ Senior Patrol Leader and has earned the rank of Life Scout. He plays the saxophone as a member of Miami’s Wardog Band and is a member of National Honor Society and Academic Bowl. He enjoys computer programming and volunteers as a blood donor. Jordan plans to major in computer science in college. Scholarship Sponsor: The First National Bank & Trust Company of Miami

Augustus “Gus” Kmetz
Norman High School

An Eagle Scout, Kmetz has hiked the Appalachian Trail and helped build new trails and bridges. He is captain of the academic team and was named Academic Bowl All-State. Kmetz, a National Merit finalist, is co-founder and vice president of Global Awareness Club, secretary of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and captain of the varsity tennis team. He is interested in film making and performs at the Sooner Theatre. Kmetz plans to attend Brown University in Providence, R.I., majoring in anthropology and statistics. Scholarship Sponsor: A. Max Weitzenhoffer Jr.

Zachary Kretchmar
Okarche High School

Kretchmar serves as lighting technician for his school’s state championship-winning one act play. A member of the Superintendent’s Honor Roll, he serves as a member of Superintendent Hofmeister’s Student Advisory Council, senior class president, National Honor Society treasurer, First Tech Challenge Robotics team captain and member of Student Council. Kretchmar is a licensed pilot who completed an internship with Oklahoma Aviation. He is active in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, participating in the youth group and playing organ and piano. Kretchmar plans to attend the University of North Dakota, majoring in commercial aviation with a focus on fixed-wing aircraft. Scholarship Sponsor: Pioneer Telephone Cooperative

Darci Kuck
Poteau High School

An Oklahoma State Regents Academic Scholar, Kuck is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council and the Oklahoma High School Honor Society. As a member of the fast-pitch softball team, she earned the Ironman Award and was named to the All County and All District Team. She also volunteers for the high school softball camp. She is also co-captain of the basketball team and was named Newcomer of the Year for the soccer team. Kuck is active in Springhill Baptist Church, serving on the Student Leadership Team, teaching Sunday school and participating in Super Summer. Kuck plans to major in pre-pharmacy at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Steve and Pam Holton

Yash Kumar
Booker T. Washington High School

Kumar is a Presidential Scholar nominee, National Merit finalist and National Advanced Placement Scholar. President of Math Club, he has competed in the national MATHCOUNTS competition, and his team earned second place at OU Math Day. He is captain of Academic Bowl and Science Bowl, Chess Club president, National Honor Society vice president, and a speech and debate participant. Kumar is co-founder and captain of his high school Ultimate Frisbee team and was named MVP of the Tulsa Ultimate Federation high school playoffs. He volunteers with the St. John Hospital Junior Volunteer Auxiliary Program and is a member of the Teen Advisory Board. Kumar plans to attend Case Western Resrve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Scholarship Sponsor: Ruth Nelson

Evan LaCombe
Tahlequah High School

LaCombe is co-founder and team leader for his school’s Aerospace Club, and he is a member of Academy of Model Aeronautics. A class valedictorian, he is a Princeton Book Award recipient and National Merit finalist. LaCombe is top conference scorer for the academic team, president of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and senior board member of RISE Peer Mentor Program. He is Boys & Girls Club swim team captain and a member of Drama Club, choir and National Honor Society. His brother, Tristan, was an Academic All-Stater in 2015. LaCombe plans to attend Duke University, majoring in mechanical engineering. Scholarship Sponsor: Heyman Evergreen Foundation

Joshua Curtis Layton
Newkirk High School

The lead singer and songwriter of his rock band, Layton is one of two recipients of the national David B. Goldberg Music Scholarship. He is founder and president of Culture Club, regional president of Technology Students Association and National Honor Society historian. Layton is a member of Honor Band, gifted and talented students and academic team. He is a valedictorian, Oklahoma Academic Scholar and member of the Superintendent’s Honor Roll. He also volunteers at a domestic violence shelter. Layton plans to major in psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Pat Evans

Paxton Little
Plainview High School

A Kanakuk Kamps counselor, Little is the 2017 K2 Kickapoo Princess and will be leading daily Bible studies, morning devotionals and tribal competitions. She is a class valedictorian, member of the University of Oklahoma President’s Leadership Class and Rotary Student of the Month. She is a member of Ardmore Youth Leadership, president of National Honor Society and Student Council, and Beta Club vice president. She is a member of Shannon Crites School of Dance competitive team and the varsity track and cross country teams. Little plans to study nursing at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.

Grace Lu
Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics

An Oklahoma City resident, Lu is founder and president of OSSM’s Women in STEM Association and a member of TEAM+S. She is a Presidential Scholar candidate, National Merit finalist and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. Lu is a member of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, Oklahoma All-State Orchestra and Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra. She volunteers at the Oklahoma City Veterans Hospital and is a recipient of a research mentorship at Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center. Lu plans to major in bioengineering at Rice University. Scholarship Sponsor: Simmons Foundation

Gregory Lucas
Jenks High School
Lucas is the founder and CEO of South Fulton Capital Management, a start-up hedge fund, and recently became the youngest person ever to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a Registered Investment Adviser. He is a National Merit finalist, Presidential Scholar nominee and Mr. Jenks High School finalist. Lucas is senior class and Spanish Club president, Varsity Academic Bowl captain, and finance chairman for National Honor Society. Lucas has volunteered more than 300 hours for Community Action Project Schools, serving as a teacher assistant in early-childhood classes. He plans to major in economics and mathematics at Harvard University. Scholarship sponsor: The John and Donnie Brock Foundation

Leslie Mackey
Tushka High School
A resident of Madill, Mackey is National Honor Society chaplain; an officer in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; and president of her school’s Gifted and Talented Program. She is active in the Tushka academic team, the Atoka County Youth Advisory Board and the Puppets for the Master children’s ministry. A member of the Indian National Honor Society, she participates in the Choctaw Tribal Dance Troupe. She plans to attend Oklahoma Baptist University, majoring in anthropology.  Scholarship sponsor: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Mia Mamone
Noble High School
Mamone is a class valedictorian and participant in Girls State and Youth Leadership Oklahoma. She is captain and high scorer of the academic team, vice president of Student Council and Honor Society, and senior class treasurer. She has also been active in speech and debate and Mu Alpha Theta math honor society. Her interests include novel-writing, feminism and social progress, Karaoke and trivia. She plans to major in journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Scholarship sponsor: Crawley Family Foundation

Scott Marlow
Bristow High School
Marlow is a valedictorian of distinction, a Regional Scholar Athlete and Oklahoma Indian Honor Society inductee. He is president of National Honor Society, vice president of Student Council and secretary of Multicultural Club. He is a four-year letterman in football and three-year letterman in wrestling. His interests include sports, cooking and photography. Marlow plans to major in biology at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship sponsor: T. D. Williamson, Inc.

John Mathena
Deer Creek High School
An Edmond resident, Mathena is a National Merit finalist, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor and a class valedictorian. He is a reporter and cameraman for Antler TV, Deer Creek’s student broadcast program, and is an ambassador for Expeditions in Etiquette. He is active in Conversations Café at the University of Central Oklahoma, practicing English with international students. An avid traveler, he has participated in mission trips to Spain and China and has served homeless populations in San Francisco. He also enjoys boxing and playing guitar. Mathena plans to major in English at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Scholarship sponsor: Koch Industries, Inc.

Quint McCabe
Tulsa Memorial High School
A Memorial Senior of the Year honoree, McCabe is captain of his Academic Bowl team and vice president of engineering for Memorial’s FIRST Robotics Team. He has been a mentor and judge for FIRST Lego League competitions. He is band president and has been lead trumpet player for his high school band and the Metro Honor Band. A senior patrol leader in Boy Scouts, McCabe has been active in scouting since first grade and is completing requirements for his Eagle Scout rank. He plans to major in physics at the University of Tulsa or Worcester Polytechnic. Scholarship sponsor: Anchor Stone Co.

Maci McCoy
Durant High School
McCoy is the alto-section leader in varsity choir and was named to Oklahoma Choir Directors Association All-State. She is captain and a varsity letterman in tennis and placed sixth in the state tennis tournament. She is a class representative for Student Council and a homecoming queen candidate. Among her volunteer activities, McCoy has helped fill backpacks for foster children for Harbor House, been a science counselor for Camp Goddard and participated in a mission trip to an orphanage in Mexico. She is also lead alto for the Limitless Youth Band. She plans to major in biology in college. Scholarship sponsor: Kenneth & Juliette Woodward Scholarship Endowment Fund

Bonnie McKiernan
Lawton High School
A Presidential Scholars Candidate and Advanced Placement Scholar, McKiernan was a Girls State delegate in Virginia before moving to Lawton. She participates in varsity track and cross-country teams and has been active in Model United Nations, Key Club and National Honor Society. She holds a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys horseback riding, gymnastics and studying German. She plans to attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.  Scholarship sponsor: Terry K. Bell Charitable Trust

Anna Mitchell
Cherokee High School
Mitchell is a class valedictorian, National Merit semifinalist and Oklahoma Academic Scholar. She has been active in the Cherokee Academic Team, high school chorus, theater program and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She plays guitar and piano and has earned Advanced Placement awards at district and state-level piano competitions. She is active in First Baptist Church youth leadership and has volunteered as a tutor and for many community service projects, including Operation Christmas, Stamping Out Starvation and the Community Halloween Carnival. Mitchell plans to major in English literature at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: Jan Barrick - Alpha Plus Systems

Gideon Moore
Muldrow High School
A class valedictorian, Moore is a member of the Quiz Bowl Conference championship academic team and a third-place winner overall in the State Science Fair. He is the recipient of the Adams Biomedical Engineering Award and second-place winner in the 2015-16 State Science Fair Medicine and Science Division. He recently won second place in state in the Library of Congress Center for the Book literature competition. Moore is a member of National Beta Club, Science Club, American Indian Science and Engineering Society and the Oklahoma Indian Organization. He also volunteers as a mentor for READ: Reading Encourages All Dreams. His sister, Gretchan, was an Academic All-Stater in 2012. Moore plans to major in film studies at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship sponsor: Cherokee Nation Businesses

Connor J. Mulvaney
Harding Charter Preparatory High School
Mulvaney is a four-year participant in speech and debate and enjoys following politics, including activities of the State Legislature. He is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, a National Merit Commended student and a Boys State delegate. He has been active in National Honor Society and has worked four years as a math tutor. He has also been a volunteer for the Metropolitan Library. Mulvaney plans to major in political science at Oklahoma City University. Scholarship sponsor: Virginia Kopelman, M.D.

Connor Myers
Skiatook High School
Myers is a three-year member of the Oklahoma All-State Wind Symphony and the recipient of the Oklahoma Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence. He has been a section leader for his high school band and principal clarinetist for the Tulsa Youth Symphony. He has participated in the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church Youth Group, Myers has participated in mission trips to Alaska, Colorado and Texas. He plans to major in music performance in college. Scholarship sponsor: RCB Bank

Kevin Ngo
Westmoore High School
Ngo is a National Merit finalist, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and member of Youth Leadership Oklahoma Class XVI. He is vice president of Student Council and Multicultural Club, Link Crew leader and member of the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy. A member of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement, Ngo participates in the St. Andrew Dung-Lac Lion Dance Association and choir and plays basketball for the Oklahoma Asian Basketball Association. He is an award-winning pianist and has been a volunteer for St. Anthony Hospital and the South Oklahoma City Public Library. Ngo plans to major in kinesiology. Scholarship sponsor: The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation

John Thanh Nguyen
Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
Nguyen is a lead pianist and drumset player for jazz band and percussion section leader and first chair oboist for the Southmoore Band. He is a National Merit finalist, Presidential Scholar nominee and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. Nguyen is an American Computer Science League programmer, a TEAM+S participant and academic team member. He produces and shares electronic music through several online communities and is a volunteer tutor for El Sistema after-school music program. He is also a physics and math tutor at OSSM. Nguyen plans to major in materials science engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Scholarship sponsor: The Oklahoman Media Company

Michelle Nguyen
Edmond Santa Fe High School
Nguyen participates in the Stephenson Cancer Center’s Teen Volunteers Program and is a member of Youth Leadership Exchange Class XXII. A section leader for band and wind ensemble, she is a five-year member of the Central Oklahoma Directors Association Honor Band and a member of All-State Honor Band. Nguyen is a class valedictorian, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, National Merit finalist and National Honor Society president. She has been a math tutor for English language learners and participated in the Santa Fe Freshman Mentor Program. She plans to attend the University of Oklahoma, majoring in biology. Scholarship sponsor: The Meinders Foundation

Bethany Niles
Fairview High School
A Future Farmers of America chapter treasurer, Niles has won several state and national FFA awards. She is part of the National Agricultural Communications Career Development National Championship Team and is a National Agricultural Communications Proficiency winner. Niles is vice president of Student Council and active in National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Fairview United Methodist Church. She is a four-year letterman in basketball, track and cross country. In addition, she has won National Scholastic competitions in art and writing. Niles plans to major in architecture at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship sponsor: Lissa Wagner

Julia Pelletier
Navajo High School
A vocal music enthusiast, Pelletier is Music Club president and a two-year member of the Oklahoma Music Directors Association Honor Choir and Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Chorus. She is a National Merit finalist and recipient of the State Superintendent Award for Arts Excellence in vocal music. She has participated in basketball, softball and cheerleading throughout high school and was named a High School Shortgrass Slow-Pitch All-Conference player. She is a member of Navajo’s Academic Bowl and speech teams. She plans to be a pre-med chemistry major and music minor at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: Kerr-McGee Corporation

Pierce Pettit
Booker T. Washington High School
Pettit, a Tulsa resident, is swim team captain and six-time state medalist in swimming. He is the president and founder of Campy Film Society and a member of the varsity Academic Bowl team, National Honor Society and National Hispanic Honor Society.  Among his honors, Pettit is an Eagle Scout, National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor. He plays violin and has been selected for the Tulsa Youth Symphony. Pettit is also active in Asbury United Methodist Church Youth Group. He plans to major in materials engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Scholarship sponsor: Travis Combs (AAS '99)

Emily Pollman
Elgin High School
A flute and French horn player for the Pride of Elgin Band, Pollman was drum major for the 2016 marching season. She is vice president of Band Council, plays trumpet for the Elgin jazz band and performs with the Cameron Flute Choir. She is a National Merit finalist and was selected for All-State Band and the State House of Representatives Page program. Pollman is parliamentarian for National Honor Society and active in Multicultural Club and Elgin’s Teen Library Club. She is an active volunteer with St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Pollman plans to major in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: The McCasland Foundation

Thien Y Quan
Thomas A. Edison Preparatory High School
Quan is a Questbridge finalist and recipient of the National Academy of Future Physicans and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence. The Tulsa resident is captain of Edison’s varsity Academic Bowl team; president of the Mu Alpha Theta math honor society; and president of the Lumber Jack Society, a club devoted to making and eating flapjacks. She is director of the arts for her class board and participates in chamber orchestra and cross country. Quan is a tutor for Kumon Math and Reading Center and has been a volunteer for St. Francis laboratory. She plans to major in neuroscience or biochemistry in pre-medicine at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship sponsor: The Meshri Family

Caitlyn Rasmusson
Haworth High School
Rasmusson is captain of the academic team, safety and design captain for the robotics team and secretary for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A three-year member of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association All-State Chorus, she is president of Sunrays show choir and has participated in concert band and stage band. The president of her church youth group, Rasmusson is a volunteer church organist and a private piano instructor. She is the recipient of the Young Womanhood Recognition Award and a volunteer indexer for Family Search, a genealogy organization. She plans to major in music education at Northeastern Oklahoma State University. Scholarship sponsor: The Burrage Family

Alton Rayburn
Dale High School
A resident of McLoud, Rayburn is a National Merit finalist and academic letterman. He is president of Pre-Engineering Club and a member of SkillsUSA and the First Robotics Challenge team. He competes in robotics at Gordon Cooper Technology Center and has been an advisor to younger robotics teams. Rayburn is a member of National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. He plans to major in chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: Jasmine and Melvin Moran

Meaghan Rissmann
Noble High School
Rissmann is a National Merit Commended Scholar, an Oklahoma State Regents Scholar and a Girls State delegate. She is president of National Honor Society and active in Mu Alpha Theta math honor society. Rissmann has been a four-year member of the track and cross country teams and has served five years as a Korea Camp counselor. She enjoys scuba diving and volunteers in the community with her National Honor Society chapter. Rissmann plans to major in medical imaging and radiation sciences at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: The First National Bank & Trust Co., Chickasha

Daniel Royer
Union High School

Royer is the founder and vice president of Union Smash Club, a community of peers who play Super Smash Brothers video games. A participant in Mu Alpha Theta’s competitive math league, he has earned championship trigonometry honors and team grand champion at OU Math Day and individual class champion at OSU Math Day. He has also been active in Union WRAP club, a slam poetry competition group. Royer is a National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors. He volunteers for the Tulsa City-County Library Teen Team. He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: Jeanette H. Kern

Stephanie Kayra Royer
Union High School
Royer is the founder of Music & Me, a nonprofit outreach organization which introduces piano and violin to underprivileged and special-needs children. She is the president of Tulsa Union Medical Society and Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and vice president of Volunteers of America Junior Board. Royer is concert master for Tulsa Honors Orchestra and a member of the varsity golf team. She is a National Merit finalist, recipient of the Oklahoma PTA Reflections Award of Excellence and the President’s Volunteer Service Award. She plans to major in neuroscience at Yale University or the University of Texas at Dallas. Scholarship sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. James M. Sturdivant

Rachael Shewey
Chisholm High School
A class valedictorian and recipient of the President’s Education Gold Award, Shewey serves as governor of the Enid City Youth Council. She is vice president of Student Council, secretary of Spanish Club and a member of the track and cross country teams. She is secretary of Oklahoma’s United Methodist Council on Youth Ministries and volunteers at the United Methodist Health Care Center and as a mentor for the Holsinger Home for Foster Children. Shewey plans to major in nursing at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship sponsor: Bert and Janice Mackie

Jessica Shipman
Bixby High School
Shipman is a National Merit semifinalist, valedictorian and recipient of a Certificate of Merit for the Society of Women Engineers. She teaches clarinet to middle-schoolers and is a six-time member of All-District Band and two-time member of All-State Honor Band. She is active in Tri-M Music Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society. She is active in her church youth group and teaches Vacation Bible School. She plans to major in physics at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship sponsor: The Oxley Foundation

Lauren Slagell
Weatherford High School
Slagell is president of the Custer County 4H and was one of six Oklahoma 4-H members selected to attend the presidential inauguration. She is the founder of the 4-H Youth Photography Club and a state 4-H Photography Project winner. A class valedictorian, Slagell is captain of the academic team, president of Key Club and secretary of the Art Guild. She is an Early Bird reader with an elementary student and organized a schoolwide clothing drive to benefit a local women’s shelter. Slagel plans to attend Oklahoma Christian University, majoring in biology. Scholarship sponsor: Mary M. Jenkins

Brock Smith
Charles Page High School
Smith is captain of the Junior Achievement Investor Challenge team and won first place in Oklahoma’s 2016 challenge. He is captain of the varsity tennis team and earned Academic All-Conference honors in tennis in 2015 and 2016. He is co-treasurer of National Honor Society and was honored as a Top 10 sophomore and junior at Charles Page. He has been a volunteer for the Sand Springs Education Foundation and the Sand Springs Enrollment Center. Smith plans to major in mechanical engineering at the University of Tulsa or Oklahoma State University. Scholarship sponsor: Sand Springs Education Foundation

Katie Soudek
Hennessey High School
Soudek is president of her senior class and National Honor Society chapter and vice president of the speech and debate team. She serves on the student governing board of Mercy Hospital. Active in vocal music, she is a three-year member of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association All-State Chorus and was selected for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Chorus. She is the recipient of a U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award and has volunteered as a middle school mentor, a camp counselor for Make Promises Happen and a junior facilitator for the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar. Soudek plans to major in psychology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Scholarship sponsor: Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Linda Lambert, Trustee

Keaton Stiles
Bethel High School
Stiles is senior class president and co-editor of the high school newspaper. A Regional STEM Scholar and the recipient of a SkillsUSA Statesman Award, Stiles is active in STEM Club, Academic Bowl and Student Council. He is a FIRST Robotics field volunteer, a St. Anthony Hospital volunteer and a basketball official. He has also served on BancFirst’s Student Board. He plans to major in mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University.  Scholarship sponsor: BancFirst Corp.

Jacob Ross Taylor
Broken Arrow High School

Taylor was a member of his school’s Lemelson-MIT Inventeam, which invented and installed a fish-food harvesting system to help provide high-protein food for an orphanage in Kenya. He is a National Merit finalist, class valedictorian and U.S. Presidential Scholar nominee. Taylor is president of Advanced Placement Club, senior officer for National Honor Society and a member of Student Council. He was selected to participate in MIT’s summer engineering camp and is a student advisor to Broken Arrow’s High School Configuration Committee. He is a math tutor and volunteer for homeless ministry and special needs ministry. He plans to major in biomedical engineering at Harding University in Searcy, Ark. Scholarship sponsor: Cherokee Nation Businesses

Sarah Thai
Southmoore High School
Thai is a National Merit finalist, class valedictorian and an Advanced Placement Scholar. She is a Student Council senator, Junior Classical League president and National Honor Society treasurer. She has also been a member of Multicultural Club; Link Crew; and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. An active community and church volunteer, she is the founder and secretary of Outreach Community Service League and a volunteer tutor. Thai plans to major in biology at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: The Williams Foundation

Kaustuvi Thapa
Stillwater High School
Thapa is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor and the third-place winner of the OSU Speedfest, an aircraft design competition. She is Key Club historian and has been active in Beta Club, Girl Tech, SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl team, French Club, VEX Robotics and the academic team. Thapa is a committee member for Stillwater Makes a Change and has volunteered with such organizations as the Humane Society and Stillwater Wondertorium. She plans to attend Oklahoma State University, majoring in electrical engineering. Scholarship sponsor: Bank of Oklahoma

Emily Thomas
Chickasha High School
An Oklahoma State Regents Scholar, Thomas is co-captain of her school’s FIRST Robotics team, president of Junior Optimist Club, vice president of Key Club and captain of the academic team. She is a three-time state champion scholastic team member and an Advanced Placement Scholar. Thomas is a volunteer for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Observatory and served as a summer intern for HSI Sensing in its electroplating lab. She has been a mentor for FIRST Lego Robotics teams and an academic and ACT prep tutor. Thomas plans to major in chemical engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: The First National Bank & Trust Co., Chickasha

Andison Tran
Classen School of Advanced Studies
Tran is a Questbridge finalist, National Merit finalist and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. He is president of Key Club, vice president of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society, treasurer for Asian Club and parliamentarian for National Honor Society. He is a knight in the Vietnamese Eucharist Youth Movement and active in the St. Andrew Lion Dance Association. He also participates in Junior Classical League, cross country running and has been a peer mentor for Serious About Science. Tran plans to major in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Scholarship sponsor: Oklahoma Natural Gas, A Division of ONE Gas

Emily Thu Tran
Union High School

A resident of Broken Arrow, Tran is the electrical captain and drive team coach for Union’s robotics team. She is a violinist for the Tulsa Symphony and a member of National Honor Society, Rotary Interact Club and Key Club. She is a class valedictorian, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a member of Union’s Legacy Committee. Tran has been a drummer and music coordinator for Tulsa Kung Fu’s demonstration team and a volunteer for St. Francis Hospital and Dillon International’s China Camp. She plans to major in mechanical engineering and minor in biomedical engineering at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship sponsor: Clay Roblyer, In Memory of Donna Roblyer

Anhthu Ngoc Trinh
Southmoore High School
Trinh received the Outstanding Citizen Award at Girls State and is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. She is French Club president, senor class reporter and a member of the Southmoore academic team and varsity tennis team. She earned third place at the State Science Fair in microbiology and first place district and regional science fair honors. Trinh volunteers for the Stephenson Cancer Center and is active in the Vien Giac Buddist Temple youth group. She plans to attend the University of Oklahoma, majoring in biochemistry. Scholarship sponsor: Bill and Joffa Kerr

Nicholas Trung-Nguyen Tu
Carl Albert High School
A resident of Midwest City, Tu is a National Merit finalist, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a Carl Albert Hall of Fame member. He is the trumpet section leader for the Carl Albert band and a member of Eco Club. Tu has also participated in the swim team as a state competitor and in Tae Kwon Do. His brother, Alexander, was an Academic All-Stater in 2013. Tu plans to major in philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: H. E. Rainbolt

Muhammad Usman
Norman North High School

Usman volunteers four hours a week for the Medical Support and Infection Prevention Office at Griffin Memorial Hospital. He is an Oklahoma Regents Scholar, a National Merit Commended Scholar and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor. He participates in Mu Alpha Theta math honor society, Key Club and National Honor Society. He also enjoys kickboxing. Usman plans to major in biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: REES Associates Inc.

James Walkingstick
Afton High School
Walkingstick is a National Hispanic Scholar, an Annika Rodriguez Scholar and member of the state Student Advisory Council. He is district president of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and president of Afton High’s Student Council, Academic Club and band. He also serves as treasurer of National Honor Society. Walkingstick plays bass guitar and enjoys recreational kayaking. He plans to be a pre-med biology major at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship sponsor: Ed and Barb Nonweiler

Brennen Ward
Hydro-Eakly High School
Ward has been state champion and a national qualifier for National History Day and an All-Conference MVP for his academic team. He has been a state qualifier in speech and debate and a National Merit Commended Scholar. A member of National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society, Ward has been a participant in the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center’s Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering Academy. He plans to study engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. Scholarship sponsor: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Luke Edward Ward
Leedy High School
A resident of Camargo, Ward is a class valedictorian and a 270 Conference Emory Fairchild recipient in basketball. His baseball team has earned seven state appearances and two Class B state championships. Ward is vice president of Student Council and a member of National Honor Society, Mensa and the National Society of High School Scholars. He plays a variety of musical instruments and has been the lead drummer for his church praise team since he was 11. Ward plans to major in physics at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Hunter Westfahl
Okeene High School
Westfahl is an Eagle Scout and state wheat champion in Future Farmers of America. He is president of National Honor Society, vice president of Student Council, captain of the football team, and secretary-treasurer for his FFA chapter. He has been a state senate page and a Boys State delegate and is active in speech and debate. Westfahl has served as a Relay for Life team captain and volunteers for Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and United Methodist Canyon Camp. He plans to attend Oklahoma State University, where he has been named to the President’s Leadership Class. Scholarship sponsor: Oklahoma State University

Brook Wigginton
Oologah High School
A class valedictorian, Wigginton was a member of the national championship team in written competition for TEAM+S – Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science. She was a creative writing participant in the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and has served as an intern for the Oologah Lake Leader newspaper. She is president of National Technical Honor Society, vice president of the speech and debate team, secretary of the senior class and treasurer for the Technology Student Association. Wigginton is a 13-year member of Girl Scouts and participates in yearbook and Student Council. She plans to major in professional writing at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: Cherokee Nation Businesses

Jack Williams
Bartlesville High School

Williams is a National Speech and Debate Association Academic All-American, an Eagle Scout and a National Merit finalist. He is co-founder of BHS World Issues Club, captain of the debate team, a senior patrol leader in Boy Scouts, vice president of Young Democrats and a member of the cross-country team. Active in Bartlesville Public Schools’ long-term planning committee, Williams was spokesman for the district’s successful 2016 bond issue. He volunteers for the county Democratic Party, serves as a youth court judge and teaches technology to senior citizens at Elder Care. Williams plans to attend the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: Phillips 66

Charlotte Woods
Westmoore High School
Woods is an Eleanor Kirkpatrick Franco-American Fellow, South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Student of the Year nominee and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. She is president of National Honor Society, a senator in Student Council, representative-at-large for French Club, and secretary and pianist for her church youth group. Woods also participates in the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy, Multicultural Club and soccer. She is a volunteer for Camp Hope and the Pioneer Library System. Woods plans to major in business at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Woods’ sisters Samantha and Kelly were All-State honorees in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Scholarship sponsor: Postic & Bates Law Firm

Caroline Yaeger
Jenks High School
A National Merit finalist, Yaeger is academic team captain, Chinese Club treasurer and a member of Drug-Free Youth, Key Club and National Honor Society. She traveled to China her junior year for a three-week exchange program with Chengdu High School. Yaeger studies ballet with Footprints Dance Studio and volunteers with her church youth group and Catholic Charities. She is also a kindergarten Sunday school teacher. Yaeger plans to attend the University of Tulsa. Scholarship sponsor: Teresa and Alex Adwan

Bella Zhan
Union High School
Zhan is the international service chair for Rotary Interact and a member of Student Council, National Honor Society and the Asian American Student Association. A resident of Broken Arrow, she is a National Merit finalist and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. Zhan plays piano and is a member of the Union High tennis team. She is a Sunday school teacher and praise team member at her church and a volunteer student counselor for Dillon International Chinese Heritage Camp. She also volunteers in special care and endoscopy for St. Francis Hospital. Zhan plans to major in computer engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.  Scholarship sponsor: Google Inc.

Karena Zhao
Edmond Memorial High School
A U.S. Presidential Scholar candidate, Zhao was awarded Best in State in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge and was recognized for the National Outstanding Proposal from the Conference on National Affairs. She is president of her National Honor Society chapter, co-captain of the academic team and was elected state presiding judge for Youth and Government. She is co-founder of the Young Independents Club and a member of the debate team. Zhao plays piano and volunteers with WhizKids of Oklahoma and OU Medical Center. She plans to major in biology at Yale University. Scholarship sponsor: Kirti and Satish Kumar