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Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Announces 2011 Academic All-State Scholars

March 1, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has announced the recipients of its prestigious 2011 Academic All-State Awards. These 100 top public high school seniors, selected from 597 nominations statewide, hail from 78 different schools in 69 Oklahoma school districts.

The 2011 Academic All-State Class is the 25th to be selected by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Since the award program’s inception in 1987, some 2,500 high school seniors from 302 school districts have been named All-State scholars. Four Oklahoma high schools will celebrate their first Academic All-Stater, including Boone-Apache, Keys, Marietta and Morris.

Each of this year’s All-Staters will receive a $1,000 merit-based scholarship and a medallion. The All-Staters will be recognized at the foundation’s 25th annual Academic Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 21, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman. Renowned business leader, philanthropist and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be the keynote speaker.

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 1340; 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 33 on the ACT, with four recipients scoring a perfect 36. In addition, 44 of this year’s All-Staters are National Merit semifinalists, while four are National Hispanic Scholars.

The Academic Awards Banquet is open to the public, with admission priced at $50. The awards ceremony will be televised statewide by OETA, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28. For more information, call the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence office at (405) 236-0006 or visit its website 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 has provided more than $3.6 million in merit-based scholarships and awards 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 100 Academic All-Staters are listed below by hometown and school. For more information on a particular student in your area, contact Brenda Wheelock at 405/236-0006.)

All-Stater Hometown High School
Mr. Nathan Sacket Aline Fairview High School
Ms. Cassi Jo Loflin Apache Apache High School
Mr. Arthur Dixon* Ardmore Ardmore High School
Mr. Zakary Campbell Ardmore Dickson High School
Ms. Junjun Chen Ardmore Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics
Ms. Alex Pellegrino Bartlesville Bartlesville High School
Mr. Carl Szmutko Bartlesville Bartlesville High School
Mr. Justin Yu Bartlesville Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics
Mr. Justin Thrash Bethany Putnam City West High School
Mr. Bradley Isbell Braggs Fort Gibson High School
Mr. Bron Shoffner Braman Blackwell High School
Mr. Gregory Jones Broken Arrow Broken Arrow High School
Ms. Victoria Thomas Broken Arrow Broken Arrow High School
Ms. Erin Westbrook Broken Arrow Broken Arrow High School
Ms. Rachel Yauk Buffalo Buffalo High School
Ms. Caitlin Swisher Chandler Chandler High School
Mr. John Austin Bradshaw Cherokee Cherokee High School
Mr. Forrest Farjadian Claremore Claremore High School
Ms. AnnaBelle Owens Claremore Claremore High School
Mr. Austin McCullough Clinton Clinton High School
Ms. Jessica Neal Duncan Duncan High School
Ms. Khristen Anderson Durant Durant High School
Mr. Thomas Patrick Owens III Edmond Edmond Memorial High School
Ms. Megan Prasad Edmond Edmond Memorial High School
Mr. Patrick Richardson Edmond Edmond Memorial High School
Ms. Kristin Foringer Edmond Edmond North High School
Ms. Anjali Sawh Edmond Edmond North High School
Ms. Vivian Chen* Edmond Edmond Santa Fe High School
Mr. Kaleb Whiteley Edmond Edmond Santa Fe High School
Mr. Neil Pruthi Edmond Classen School of Advanced Studies
Mr. Eric Breon Eufaula Eufaula High School
Ms. Kelly Sokolosky Fort Cobb Fort Cobb-Broxton High School
Mr. Stephen Ogle Fort Gibson Fort Gibson High School
Mr. Caleb Cook Grove Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics
Mr. Adam Stanley Harrah Harrah High School
Mr. Raul Orozco Hennessey Hennessey High School
Mr. Michael Rudkins Hobart Hobart High School
Ms. Caitlyn Cloud Hominy Hominy High School
Ms. Mackenzie Shipp Idabel Idabel High School
Mr. Joshua Thomas Jenks Jenks High School
Mr. Michael McCoy Lawton Eisenhower High School
Mr. Mitchell Bryant Lawton MacArthur High School
Mr. Trent Brownen* Lindsay Lindsay High School
Mr. Nathan Forest* Locust Grove Locust Grove High School
Ms. Lauren Rogers Mannford Mannford High School
Ms. Courtney Winchester Marietta Marietta High School
Ms. Austyn Roberts McAlester McAlester High School
Ms. Cierra Daugherty Miami Miami High School
Ms. Rebekah Stewart* Miami Miami High School
Ms. Parisa Pilehvar* Midwest City Carl Albert High School
Mr. Stephen Ross Moore Southmoore High School
Ms. Farra Dykes Morris Morris High School
Mr. Carl Cordero Muskogee Muskogee High School
Ms. Alina Lorant Newcastle Newcastle High School
Ms. Madison Robertson Norman Moore High School
Ms. Yuan Rui Norman Norman High School
Ms. Graycen Wheeler Norman Norman High School
Mr. Tyler Couch Norman Norman North High School
Mr. Rajat Ghosh* Norman Norman North High School
Ms. Clara Tang Norman Norman North High School
Mr. Zhongshi Wang Norman Norman North High School
Mr. Alex Watkins Okarche Okarche High School
Ms. Megan McRae Oklahoma City Bethany High School
Mr. Hayden Nunley Oklahoma City Westmoore High School
Mr. Joseph Brown Oklahoma City Classen School of Advanced Studies
Mr. Paco Moran Oklahoma City Harding Charter Preparatory High School
Mr. Aaron Roe Oklahoma City Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics
Ms. Leigh Hibbard Oklahoma City Putnam City High School
Ms. Jiwon Song Oklahoma City Putnam City High School
Mr. Hunter Burke Oklahoma City Putnam City North High School
Mr. William Stringer Oologah Oologah High School
Mr. Eric Blosser Owasso Owasso High School
Mr. Matthew Ozturk Park Hill Keys High School
Ms. Haley Freeland Pauls Valley Pauls Valley High School
Ms. Harmony Hughes Pawhuska Pawhuska High School
Ms. Anne Uhlman Perry Perry High School
Mr. Justin Richert Piedmont Piedmont High School
Ms. Carol Southard Ponca City Ponca City High School
Ms. Morgan Kostka Sallisaw Sallisaw High School
Ms. Elizabeth Fairless Sand Springs Charles Page High School
Mr. Lucas Battershell Shawnee Dale High School
Mr. Rijul Gupta Shawnee Shawnee High School
Mr. Bryce Fugate Sperry Skiatook High School
Ms. Hannah Kadavy Stillwater Perkins-Tryon High School
Mr. Frank Xie Stillwater Stillwater High School
Mr. Chase Chamberlain Stratford Stratford High School
Ms. Samantha Liles Sulphur Sulphur High School
Mr. Max Megee Tahlequah Tahlequah High School
Mr. Michael Griffin Tulsa Jenks High School
Mr. Jonathan Michael* Tulsa Booker T. Washington High School
Ms. Sarah Daggett Tulsa Union High School
Ms. Paige Reiter Tulsa Union High School
Ms. Maureen Wolf Tuttle Bridge Creek High School
Mr. Zach Mussett Valliant Valliant High School
Ms. Rya Taylor Weatherford Elk City High School
Mr. Michael Rowe* Westville Westville High School
Ms. Kellie Reidlinger Woodward Woodward High School
Ms. Lisa Patrick Yukon Mustang High School
Ms. Sarah Bedell Yukon Yukon High School
Mr. Tyler Bowen Yukon Yukon High School

*indicates the 2011 All-State Scholar is the sibling of a previous winner.