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Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Announces 2007 Academic All-State Scholars

February 25, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence announced today the recipients of its prestigious 2007 Academic All-State Awards. These 100 top public high school seniors, selected from 544 nominations statewide, hail from 74 different schools in 67 Oklahoma school districts.

The 2007 Academic All-State Class is the 21st to be selected by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Since the award program’s inception in 1987, some 2,100 high school seniors from 284 school districts have been named All-State scholars. Each of this year’s All-Staters will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a medallion. The All-Staters will be recognized at the foundation’s 21st annual Academic Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 19, at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

David L. Boren, chairman and founder of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, describes the selection of the scholars as “Oklahoma’s most rigorous academic competition.” To be nominated for Academic All-State, students must meet one of the following criteria: an American College Test (ACT) composite score of at least 30; a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) combined critical reading and math score of at least 1350; or be selected as a semi-finalist for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship.

This year’s All-Staters scored an average of 32.9 on the ACT, with three recipients scoring a perfect 36. In addition, 44 of this year’s All-Staters are National Merit semifinalists, while one is a National Hispanic semifinalist and one is a National Achievement semifinalist.

Academic All-Staters are nominated by their principals or superintendents and are selected on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement, as well as an essay submitted by each nominee.

The selection committee, which is chaired by Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Marian P. Opala, works independently of all other foundation activities. The committee members are a diverse group of business, education and civic leaders. Academic All-State alumni and former Medal for Excellence winners also sit on the selection committee.

The Academic Awards Banquet is open to the public, with admission priced at $50. This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Brown University President Ruth Simmons. The first African-American and first woman to serve as president of an Ivy League university, Simmons has been recognized as an outstanding administrator, scholar and humanitarian. The awards ceremony will be televised statewide by OETA, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26. For more information, call the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence office at (405) 236-0006 or visit its web site at www.ofe.org.

Founded in 1985, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing and encouraging academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. Through its Academic Awards Program, the foundation provides more than $190,000 in scholarships and cash awards annually to honor outstanding graduating seniors as Academic All-Staters and exceptional educators as Medal for Excellence winners. Other foundation programs include a Local Education Foundation Outreach Program; Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Fellowships and Electronic Field Trip subscriptions; teacher grants for professional development; and a statewide, school-based mentoring initiative.

(EDITORS: The 2007 Academic All-Staters are listed below by hometown and school. Students with an asterisk after their names have siblings who have been past All-Staters. For more information on a particular student in your area, contact Brenda Wheelock at 405/236-0006.)

All-Stater Hometown High School
Mr. Quaid Johns Ada Ada High School
Ms. Kaitlin Kruse Adair Adair High School
Ms. Deidra Bright Arapaho Arapaho High School
Mr. Koby Hunter Ardmore Lone Grove High School
Mr. Michael Watson Ardmore Ardmore High School
Ms. Chelsea Word Arnett Arnett High School
Ms. Kayla Ewert Bartlesville Bartlesville High School
Mr. Sean Keller* Bartlesville Bartlesville High School
Ms. Andrea Bryan Bethany Putnam City West High School
Mr. Austin Slaymaker Blanchard Blanchard High School
Ms. Summer James Boise City Boise City High School
Ms. Meghan Leibold Broken Arrow Broken Arrow High School
Ms. Shayla Burnett Cache Cache High School
Mr. Logan Jones* Cache Cache High School
Mr. Garrett Rosser Checotah Checotah High School
Ms. Katherine Rhine Claremore Claremore High School
Mr. Kolton Barnes Comanche Comanche High School
Mr. Brodie Montgomery Comanche Comanche High School
Ms. Kristen Osiek Cushing Cushing High School
Mr. Michael Henderson Dale Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics
Mr. Jesse Cruce Dewey Dewey High School
Mr. Matthew Frost Duncan Duncan High School
Ms. Traci Cates Edmond Edmond Memorial High School
Mr. Andrew Crawford Edmond Edmond North High School
Ms. Emily Drevets Edmond Edmond North High School
Mr. Taylor Huff Edmond Edmond North High School
Ms. Allison Lyons Edmond Edmond North High School
Ms. Jessica Mackiewicz Edmond Deer Creek High School
Ms. Chenxi Nie Edmond Edmond Santa Fe High School
Mr. Samuel Scharff Edmond Edmond Memorial High School
Ms. Kara Tobey Edmond Edmond Memorial High School
Mr. Nicholas Brown El Reno El Reno High School
Mr. Cody Piersall El Reno El Reno High School
Ms. Hannah Denker Enid Pioneer High School
Ms. Sydney Vanhooser Enid Enid High School
Mr. Logan Neufeld Fairview Fairview High School
Ms. Amy Myers Fletcher Fletcher High School
Ms. Haley Cosner Gans Roland High School
Ms. Katherine Knutter Healdton Healdton High School
Mr. Sean Fuller Isabella Okeene High School
Ms. Kelsey Murray Jones Edmond Memorial High School
Ms. Jamie Quitoriano Kingfisher Kingfisher High School
Ms. Jamie Brown Laverne Laverne High School
Ms. Victoria Felder Lawton Eisenhower High School
Mr. Scott Sheppard Lawton Eisenhower High School
Ms. Amy Stinnett Lindsay Lindsay High School
Ms. Jamie Pelfrey Maysville Maysville High School
Mr. Adam Gronwald McAlester McAlester High School
Mr. Matthew Creech* Miami Miami High School
Mr. Taymoor Pilehvar Midwest City Carl Albert High School
Mr. Christopher Trulock Midwest City Midwest City High School
Ms. Rebecca Bedford Muldrow Muldrow High School
Ms. Danielle Powell Muldrow Muldrow High School
Ms. Reagan Haas Muskogee Muskogee High School
Mr. William Alexander Croll Nichols Hills Classen School of Advanced Studies
Ms. Negin Allamehzadeh Norman Norman North High School
Mr. Arya Azma Norman Norman High School
Mr. John Romanishin Norman Norman High School
Mr. Matthew Deimund* Oklahoma City Putnam City North High School
Ms. Leah Henry Oklahoma City Shawnee High School
Ms. Mary Masterman Oklahoma City Westmoore High School
Ms. Krystal Roush Oklahoma City Westmoore High School
Mr. Jackson Turner Oklahoma City Putnam City West High School
Ms. Ellen Olivia Jones Pauls Valley Pauls Valley High School
Mr. Ry Fleming Perry Perry High School
Mr. Zach Blankenship Piedmont Piedmont High School
Mr. Vasiliy Mayer Ponca City Ponca City High School
Mr. Ibrahim Mohedas Ponca City Ponca City High School
Mr. Dylan Powell Ponca City Ponca City High School
Mr. Aaron Tyler Van Arsdale Ponca City Ponca City High School
Ms. Zhu Wang Ponca City Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics
Ms. Betsy Riley Poteau Poteau High School
Mr. Rex Bair Pryor Pryor High School
Ms. Krystal Krug Rush Springs Lindsay High School
Mr. Casey Weaver Sallisaw Sallisaw High School
Mr. Jon Hollen Sand Springs Charles Page High School
Ms. Laramy Edwards Sayre Sayre High School
Ms. Amalia Deines Shattuck Shattuck High School
Mr. Kenneth Whitmore Shawnee Shawnee High School
Mr. Ryan Atkins Stillwater Perkins-Tryon High School
Ms. Shirley Duan Stillwater Stillwater High School
Ms. Hillary Wiener Stillwater Stillwater High School
Ms. Jing Yan Stillwater Stillwater High School
Ms. Megan Prescott Stonewall Byng High School
Mr. Preston Seaberg Tecumseh Tecumseh High School
Ms. Paula Smithheisler Tonkawa Tonkawa High School
Ms. Kelly Anderson Tulsa Union High School
Ms. Kaylee Davis-Maddy Tulsa Tulsa Memorial High School
Ms. Janet Ferrell Tulsa Jenks High School
Mr. Collin Kent* Tulsa Booker T. Washington High School
Ms. Emily Singletary* Tulsa Jenks High School
Mr. Ryan Thomas Tulsa Tulsa School of Arts & Sciences
Ms. Rebecca Walker Tulsa Booker T. Washington High School
Ms. Tiffany Foster Tuttle Tuttle High School
Mr. Justin Cockrell Warner Warner High School
Mr. Robert Hayes Warner Warner High School
Mr. Frank Lezu Weatherford Weatherford High School
Ms. Jenna Butner Wewoka Seminole High School
Mr. Jonathan Mani Yukon Mustang High School
Ms. Cassandra Mickelson Yukon Yukon High School