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Oklahoma's Outstanding Students, Educators to be Featured on OETA Awards Broadcast Saturday

May 22, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY – Five outstanding Oklahoma educators and 100 of the state’s top public high school seniors will be recognized when OETA premieres its statewide broadcast of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence 26th Academic Awards Banquet at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

CNN Host and TIME Magazine editor Fareed Zakaria gives the keynote address at the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence 26th Academic Awards Banquet. The awards ceremony, which honors Oklahoma’s top public school educators and students, will premiere on statewide public television at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, on OETA.
CNN Host and TIME Magazine editor Fareed Zakaria gives the keynote address at the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence 26th Academic Awards Banquet. The awards ceremony, which honors Oklahoma’s top public school educators and students, will premiere on statewide public television at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, on OETA.

CNN host and TIME Magazine editor Fareed Zakaria, who served as keynote speaker for the banquet, will also be featured on the program. The broadcast will air on OETA Channel 13 in Oklahoma City and Channel 11 in Tulsa. Subsequent broadcasts will be shown on OETA’s OKLA digital channel. For digital broadcast listings, visit the station’s website at www.oeta.onenet.net.

The gala celebration, taped May 19 at the Renaissance Tulsa Convention Center, is sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a non-profit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. The program is emceed by foundation chairman and founder David L. Boren.

The banquet recognizes 100 public high school seniors from throughout the state as Academic All-Staters. Also featured are this year’s recipients of Oklahoma Medals for Excellence in Teaching: elementary winner Teresa Potter, Fisher Elementary School, Moore; secondary winner Betsy Ballard, Norman High School; regional university/community college winner Gladys Lewis, English Department, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond; and research university winner Charles Abramson, Regents Professor of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. The recipient of the Medal for Excellence in elementary/secondary administration is Kathryn Turner, recently retired superintendent of Fletcher Public Schools.

Zakaria is host of CNN’s flagship world affairs program “Fareed Zakaria GPS” as well as editor at large of TIME Magazine and a Washington Post columnist. His books, “The Post-American World” and “The Future of Freedom,” have both been New York Times bestsellers, with the latter book being translated into more than 20 languages. Zakaria has been called “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation” by Esquire Magazine and was named one of the top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. A native of India, Zakaria earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his doctorate from Harvard University.

DVDs of the awards ceremony can be purchased for $12 each, with checks made payable to the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, 120 N. Robinson, Suite 1420-W, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Orders should include a shipping address and daytime phone number. For more information, contact the foundation office at (405) 236-0006.