2018 Academic All-Staters

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   
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2018 Academic All-Staters

Tyler Abbott
Jones High School
Abbott serves as president of the school choir and the Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center STEM class. Through STEM, he designed, programmed and built a remote, autonomously controlled robot capable of maneuvering an obstacle course. His list of high school honors includes selection as class valedictorian, a silver medalist at the State Skills USA Academic Bowl, and membership in the Eastern Central Oklahoma Choir Director’s Association Honor Choir. He is captain of the varsity cross-country team and active in musical theater. Abbott plans to major in chemical engineering/pre-med at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. Scholarship Sponsor: Jasmine and Melvin Moran

Christopher Albert
Norman High School
Albert currently is working with a University of Oklahoma faculty member on a project to build an experimental underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) bot to explore a lake in Africa. Albert, who enjoys competitive robotics and serves as co-captain of Norman Advanced Robotics, received the Judge’s Choice for Best Programming at the 2016 Global Conference on Educational Robotics. He also serves as bass section leader of the Norman High School Symphonic Orchestra and has been a mentor to elementary school students through Norman High’s Botball and Mu Alpha Theta programs. Albert plans to major in astrophysics at the University of Chicago. Scholarship Sponsor: Sarkeys Foundation

Joshua Dean Anderson
Union High School
Anderson, a Tulsa Resident, is a National Merit Commended Scholar, class Salutatorian, and a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. He is active in Boy Scouts and has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He marched with the Union Renegade Regiment for four years, two of which as the saxophone section leader, and has performed in the all-school musical pit orchestra each of those years. Anderson has taken four years of Pre-Engineering classes through Tulsa Technology Center, and plans to major in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Oklahoma State University

Emily Andrews
Deer Creek High School
A resident of Edmond, Andrews is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and received the Deer Creek Foundation Award six years in a row. She served as president, vice president and secretary of Stoneridge Acres 4-H and is active in the Spanish and Multicultural Club, Young Democrats and the Gay-Straight Alliance. She has volunteered at Nichols Hills Elementary School, an assisted living facility, Martin Park Nature Center and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Her interests include horseback riding, tennis and writing. Andrews plans to study history at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Scholarship Sponsor: Bill and Joffa Kerr

Charlotte Bailey
Classen School of Advanced Studies
Bailey, a Norman resident, is a National Merit finalist, Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor and Coolidge Scholarship semifinalist. Her other honors include selection as a Junior Marshal, Outstanding Calculus Baccalaureate Student and Outstanding International Baccalaureate Psychology Student. She has served as vice president of the Mu Alpha Theta math honor society, yearbook editor and community liaison for the National Honor Society chapter. She is also active in the National History Honor Society and Key Club. She interned for the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity and served on the Focus on Home Teen Board. Bailey plans to study biomedical engineering in college. Scholarship Sponsor: Mary M. Jenkins

Ivee Baker
Tahlequah High School
Baker has been honored as Masonic Student of Today, Rotary Student of the Month and a candidate for Girls State. She is active in Service Club, Show Choir, and Science Club and Engineering Society. An Osage, she also is active in the American Indian Science and Engineering Club. She has served as captain of the track and volleyball teams. She has also volunteered packing backpacks for the needy, serving at homeless shelters, working track meets and serving as a volleyball little league coach. Baker plans to study biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Osage Nation Foundation

Jinho Ban
Carl Albert High School
A Choctaw resident, Ban is class valedictorian and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor. He is a World Taekwondo Foundation Global License holder, a junior assistant instructor and competes nationally and internationally in Taekwondo. He is a former representative for the Project MOSAIC diversity outreach program and volunteers at his local library and St. Anthony Hospital, where he has logged over 100 service hours and is preparing to earn EMT certification. He is active in the school’s Chess Club, plays the viola and piano, and studies biblical languages. Ban plans to study biology and religion at Rice University in Houston. Scholarship Sponsor: AT&T Oklahoma

Bailey Baustert
Okarche High School
Baustert, who is class valedictorian and both a Universal Scholar and Oklahoma Academic Scholar, holds an impressive list of academic, leadership and athletics accomplishments. She was nominated to serve on the Gifted and Talented Committee, is president of the BETA Club and vice president of the National Honor Society and served as Student Council representative. She serves on Mercy Hospital’s Teen Board, is a fifth-grade teacher’s aide, plays the guitar, and is team captain for the school basketball team, with plans to continue the sport in college. Baustert plans to study marketing at the University of Texas at Tyler. Scholarship Sponsor: Daniel G. Webber, Attorney

Jordan Bays
Westmore High School
Bays is class valedictorian and an Advanced Placement Scholar as well as the recipient of the Academic Excellence in AP Chemistry award, among other honors. She has served as president and treasurer of the French Club, Student Council senator, and as a member of the Drama Club. The recipient of an Academic Excellence in Drama award, she was a cast member in Westmoore Performing Arts musicals and in the 2:22 Youth Choir at Southern Hills Baptist Church. She has volunteered for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, City Rescue Mission and multiple assisted living centers. Bays plans to study biochemistry at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Postic & Bates

Zachary Beebe
Santa Fe South Pathways Middle College
A Norman resident, Beebe is a National Merit finalist. He serves as senior class president and is a member of the Key Club, yearbook, Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society and American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Beebe is a fellow and campaign volunteer for the Oklahoma Democratic Party, a member of Canaries Running Club and active in the Oklahoma City Community College Engineering Club. He received second place recently in OCCC’s Got Talent competition, surprising his teachers, who did not know he could play piano and sing. Beebe plans to study biomedical engineering at Columbia University in New York. Scholarship Sponsor: The Meinders Foundation

Natalie Berryman
Okmulgee High School
Berryman is a class valedictorian, National Merit Commended Scholar and 2018 Ring of Honor recipient. She serves or has served as class president of the Student Council, student body president and speech and debate team president. She is active in the school’s choir and has served as a member of the academic team since 2014. She served as a delegate to the 2016 Congress of Future Medical Leaders. She enjoys lifting weights, raising pet chickens, writing poetry, performing theatrically and engaging in activist (particularly feminism-oriented) efforts. Berryman plans to study biochemical engineering, computational biology or cognitive sciences at in college. Scholarship Sponsor: Okmulgee Education Foundation

Allison Biddinger
Bartlesville High School
A teacher described Biddinger as a student who embodies Einstein’s famous quote: “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” She was a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (twice) and in the Department of Defense’s National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. She is active in the Army Education Outreach Program and plays violin in the Bartlesville Symphonic Orchestra. A competitive swimmer, she is a member of the Phillips 66 Splash Club and the four-time State Champion BHS Lady Bruins Swim Team. She plans to study biomedical engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Scholarship Sponsor: ConocoPhillips

Cassie Bisson
Durant High School
A National Merit finalist and President’s Excellence Award recipient, Bisson was selected as a Masonic Lodge Student of Today. She is president and a four-year member of the Durant Future Farmers of America chapter. She organized and ran the school’s food drive and volunteers with Families Feeding Families and Camp Goddard. She is a six-year member of Durant’s cross country and track teams. She was selected twice by the track team’s coaches and her peers as the Champion of Character. She recently was chosen by KXII TV as one of its A+ Athletes. Bisson plans to study pre-med at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: First United Bank

Ashley Bivens
Sulphur High School
A member of the varsity fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball teams, Bivens was named a Fast-pitch Academic All-Stater in 2017. In addition, she has twice been honored as a 4A Academic State Champion in basketball. A Chickasaw, Bivens is active in the Native American Club as well as Student Council. As chair of the Student Council Service Committee, she led the committee’s Yuba Bands project, which raised nearly $2,000 to help fund school expenses for a student in Zimbabwe. Bivens plans to pursue a degree in industrial labor relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Scholarship Sponsor: The Chickasaw Nation - Bill Anoatubby, Governor

Avery Matthew Black
Lawton Eisenhower High School
An Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Black scored in the 99th percentile of SAT scores his senior year. He has held leadership positions in the Math National Honor Society and Social Studies National Honor Society and volunteered three hours a week in the Greenwood Elementary Mentorship Program. He has been active in the YMCA National Leaders Club, Student Congress and the Principals Student Advisory Committee. Black plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering and energy at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Scholarship Sponsor: Terry K. Bell Charitable Trust

Amanda Grace Bolinger
Beaver High School
The recipient of a National Leadership Award, Bolinger has developed her leadership skills through involvement in 4-H, including serving as Northwest District president and reporter and as Beaver County chapter president, vice president and secretary. She has a passion for showing horses at major shows across the state, and in 2017, she was selected as Oklahoma State 4-H Horse Project Winner. Bolinger performs with the school’s band and choir and is active in varsity softball and tennis. She has served as president and treasurer of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Bolinger plans to pursue animal science: pre-veterinary studies at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Kerr-McGee Corporation

Hannah Bowlin
Bixby High School
Bowlin, a Mounds resident, is a National Merit Commended Scholar, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and class salutatorian. She is president of the National Honor Society, a brass lieutenant in the high school band and captain of the academic team, and is active in Tri-M Music Honor Society. Bowlin was credited with helping the Spartan Band achieve successful state titles. Her volunteer work includes serving as a program aide for seven years at Girl Scout Day Camp. She enjoys ice skating, growing bonsai trees and trivia, and works as a horse, cat and dog caretaker. She plans to study psychology at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation

Eli Brock
Booker T. Washington High School
Brock is a National Merit Scholar, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and International Baccalaureate diploma candidate. He has served in leadership positions with Boy Scouts, including senior patrol leader and Eagle Scout. He was a University of Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge Junior Scholar last summer, and he participated in the three-year selective Youth Philanthropy Initiative program, serving as its co-facilitator his second year. A member of the varsity swim team, he qualified for state each of his four years and served as team captain his senior year. Brock plans to study electrical engineering and math at the University of Pittsburgh. Scholarship Sponsor: Third Branch Engineering

Daisy Butzer
Classen School of Advanced Studies
A National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors, Butzer was selected as Class of 2017 Junior Marshall and received outstanding achievement awards in German V and AP Calculus BC. She serves as secretary of the Key Club and her senior class, as treasurer of the National Honor Society, and is active in Mu Alpha Theta math club. She also serves as yearbook editor-in-chief and varsity cross-country team manager. She is active on the Focus on Home Teen Board and the Youth Services of Oklahoma Teen Board, and studies piano at the Oklahoma Conservatory of Music. She plans to study pre-nutritional science at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Phillips 66

Dominick Cammuso
Owasso High School
A National Merit semifinalist, U.S. Presidential Scholars Program nominee and Owasso Public Schools Pacesetter Award-winner, Cammuso is ranked in the top 1 percent of his graduating class of almost 700. He serves as vice president of the band council and is a member of the Pride of Owasso marching band and wind ensemble. He is secretary of the French Club and has participated in three times in French exchange programs. Active in the Boy Scouts Troop 18, Cammuso served the troop as senior patrol leader in 2017 and is working toward Eagle Scout designation. He plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Scholarship Sponsor: Anchor Stone Co.

Daniel Campbell
Fletcher High School
Campbell is senior class president and captain of the Fletcher academic team. He is active in the Great Plains Technology Center Cyber Forensics Program. Campbell organized and conducted two schoolwide dodgeball tournaments to benefit the Fletcher Food Pantry and served for three years as camp sponsor for the Cross Timbers Children’s Camp. He has been starting catcher for the Fletcher baseball team since 2014 and is varsity basketball captain. He is an umpire for the Fletcher Little League baseball team and a member of the Future Farmers of America skeet-shooting team. Campbell plans to study computer science at Oklahoma Baptist University. Scholarship Sponsor: The McCasland Foundation

Brian Daniel Carlton
Edmond Santa Fe High School
A National Merit finalist and Valedictorian with Distinction, Carlton achieved a perfect ACT score. He is also an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a Presidential Scholar nominee. A cellist, he is active in the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra and the All-State Orchestra. He has been selected to participate in Oklahoma’s Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. His volunteer work includes playing the cello at retirement communities and tutoring his peers in the areas of math and science. He owns and operates his own computer-building and repair business. Carlton plans to study computer engineering, math, and music at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Bank of Oklahoma

Kiran Chakravarty
Edmond North High School
An Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Chakravarty received a Pritsker Prize in Mathematics and Science and an Academic Excellence Award. She is vice president of Mu Alpha Theta, was selected to participate in the Stanford Institute of Medicine Summer Research Program and is a member of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Teen Leaders in Philanthropy organization. She plays in the school orchestra, is a member of the Oklahoma Energy Football Club and has participated in varsity soccer and cross-country. She enjoys outdoor activities and making up games like ripstick-lacrossquetball. Scholarship Sponsor: Kirti and Satish Kumar

Hanna Cook
Durant High School

A National Merit finalist and Oklahoma State Regents Scholar, Cook is a graduate of the highly selective FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program, held in Quantico, Va. She is alto section leader in the varsity mixed choir and is active in the Pride of Durant Band, National Honor Society, musical theatre, Student Council, calculus and literature clubs, and Young Democrats. She volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of Durant and enjoys crocheting. Cook has been accepted into the University of Oklahoma Honors Program where plans to study English and pre-law. 

Scholarship Sponsor: Teresa and Alex Adwan

Maison Cook
Chisholm High School
The class valedictorian, Cook is a 2018 Presidential Award of Excellence winner and a 2017 Girls State delegate. She served as Junior Class president and as class treasurer her senior, sophomore and freshman years. She is president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is active in the Chisholm Community Outreach Team and Student Council. She is a Vacation Bible School volunteer and has worked on projects to feed the homeless. She enjoys volleyball, running and biking. Cook plans to study aerospace engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Stephen and Sherrel Jones

Jonathan de Gaston
Choctaw High School
A Valedictorian with Distinction and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, de Gaston was praised by his teachers for his commitment to helping other students in his classes succeed. He participates in BEST Robotics and enjoys Android application programming. A Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, he is working to attain Eagle Scout status. He has been active in varsity tennis and cross country. He volunteers weekly at Integris Baptist Medical Center and enjoys hiking and camping. De Gaston plans to study electrical engineering at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Scholarship Sponsor: Richard James Family Foundation

Aniket Dehadrai
Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
A Norman resident, Dehadrai was a U.S. team alternate in the 2017 International Chemistry Olympiad and a semifinalist in the USA Biology Olympiad. He was a qualifier in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination and was named State Champion in the 2017 and 2018 Science Bowls. As captain, he led the school’s TEAM+S to the state and divisional championships in 2017. The National Merit semifinalist and National Advanced Placement Scholar participated in a paid summer internship last year at the Dean McGee Eye Institute. He is co-founder of the Kind Society, an organization that promotes school unity. Dehadrai plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Scholarship Sponsor: Simmons Foundation

Simon Devlin
Stillwater High School
A Presidential Scholar nominee and Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor, Devlin was a Boys State delegate. He is conducting research in the chemistry department at Oklahoma State University and did research at the Henry Bellmon Research Center. He serves as secretary of the National Honor Society and is active in the BETA club and the Best Buddies organization, which serves special-ed children. He is a varsity basketball starter and captain and, along with other members of the basketball team, is a volunteer reader at local elementary schools. Devlin plans to study aerospace engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: The Oxley Foundation

Jay Eischen
Fairview High School
Eischen is a National Merit finalist, an Oklahoma State University CEAT Scholar, a Coca-Cola Scholar semifinalist and the District A-1 Receiver of the Year. He is a highly decorated varsity athlete, having won numerous All-Conference and All-Tournament team awards, and has served since his freshman year as co-captain of the academic team and co-captain of the varsity football, basketball and track teams. He is active in the national and local Future Farmers of America, serving locally as chapter officer. He is also active in the Mennonite Brethren youth group. Eischen plans to study industrial engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Bert and Janice Mackie

Natalie Evans
Claremore High School
A class valedictorian and a member of the Youth Leadership Oklahoma Class of 2017, Evans is an Engineering, Architecture and Technology Scholar in the Oklahoma State University College of Engineering and was named Elks Outstanding Student in Social Sciences. She has served as Student Council treasurer, Student Body treasurer and Students Against Destructive Decisions president, as well as director of scholarships for the National Honor Society. She sings the National Anthem at school and community events and is a four-year varsity tennis player. She is secretary for Rotary Interact and has served as director of a tennis camp. Evans plans to study chemical engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Frank C. and Ludmila Robson

May Fahrenthold
Deer Creek High School
Fahrenthold is a seven-time recipient of the Deer Creek High School Foundation award. A Questbridge College Prep Scholar, she was a Questbridge National College Match finalist. Fahrenthold is principal flute player in the school band and is in the Central Oklahoma Directors Association Symphonic Band. An advanced drama student who has performed competitively, she has appeared in several school productions. She has practiced ballet for 12 years and is a contracted Color Guard member of the Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps. Fahrenthold plans to study mathematics and English in college. Scholarship Sponsor: Koch Industries, Inc.

Ryne Garrison
Burns Flat-Dill City High School
While pursuing his notable high school career, Garrison has found time to serve as a campaign volunteer for a state gubernatorial candidate, as a stock portfolio investor and as a roadie for a rock band. A National Merit finalist, he also is a Great Plains Academic Conference MVP. He has served in numerous leadership roles, including Government Club president, Student Council president (three times) and treasurer, and Senior Class vice president. He is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is an audio-video organizer for the local school system. He enjoys golf. Garrison plans to study industrial engineering and management at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: SONIC, America's Drive-In

Kaden Gibson
Afton High School
A member of the varsity powerlifting team, Gibson was a three-time state qualifier and was named State Champion/Powerlifting All-State one year. He independently took more than 1,000 hours of advanced algebra and pre-calculous courses through Khan Academy to strengthen his math skills and is enrolled in the Pre-Engineering Program at Northeast Tech. He is also active in Academic Club, National Honor Society and track and field. He enjoys raising chickens, cows and horses. Gibson plans to study animal science at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Scholarship Sponsor: Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Linda Lambert, Trustee

Kashen Gibson
Afton High School
A National Merit Commended Scholar, Gibson, like his brother All-Stater Kaden Gibson, pursued high-level math courses through Khan Academy and taught himself trigonometry so he could enroll in AP Calculus. Gibson is a member of the varsity powerlifting team, where he is a four-time state qualifier and three-time state medalist. He also is a member of the varsity track and field team and played for two years on the football team. His outside interests include 3D printing. He plans to study the biological sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Scholarship Sponsor: Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Linda Lambert, Trustee

Jared Gilbertson
Newcastle High School
The class valedictorian, Gilbertson is active in Student Council and served as a squadron leader at Boys State in 2017. Among his leadership roles, he is a reporter for Newcastle National Honor Society and captain of the varsity wrestling team, where he is a two-time state 4A qualifier. He volunteers numerous hours with the Newcastle youth wrestling group, as well as with Champs Camp and Special Olympics. His outside interests include robotics. He plans to major in civil engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: The First National Bank & Trust Co., Chickasha

Breck Gillespie
Oklahoma Union High School
An Academic Bowl regional champion, Gillespie was named as a Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise Student of the Month and is a Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Speech qualifier. She has served as FFA treasurer, yearbook/newspaper co-editor and Student Council class representative, as well as on the leadership teams for the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is co-captain of the varsity basketball team and excels in varsity track, where she holds several school records. She is a book reviewer for Teenreads.com, volunteers at an assisted living center, and enjoys showing pigs and serving as a Buddy Barrow Show volunteer. She plans to study journalism at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: The Oklahoman Media Company

Melissa Green
Piedmont High School
A class valedictorian, Green is an Oklahoma Academic Scholar and is concurrently enrolled in the University of Oklahoma Honors College. She is former treasurer and current vice president of the AP Science Club and serves as the Key Club’s children’s groups leader. She is a senior mentor for freshmen and active in Unselfish Charities for Kids, the high school’s fundraising week effort. She also organized a schoolwide toy drive. Green is captain of the varsity basketball team and a band section leader. She enjoys playing keyboard solos and won a superior rating at state. She plans to major in pre-occupational therapy at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: OGE Energy Corp.

Kylanna Hardaway
Poteau High School
A National Merit Commended Student and Advanced Placement Scholar, Hardaway is a dedicated athlete who overcame medical challenges to excel in track and basketball, among other sports. She serves as vice president of the Science Club and is active in the Art Club. She has been a member of the Girls’ All-County basketball team, was a regional track champion for two years, and was a state track medalist in 2016 and 2017. Through her church, she has assumed leadership roles working with youth and on various events, including its 30-Hour Famine program. Hardaway plans to study architecture at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Scholarship Sponsor: Steve and Pam Holton

Tyson Harris
Plainview High School
Harris is the class valedictorian and a National Merit finalist. Selected his sophomore year to serve as captain of the academic team, he has led the team to third place out of 96 teams in the Oklahoma Academic Meet. He has led the team to winning two regional, three conference and three area championships; this year, they won the Academic Team All-State Award. He serves as a tutor and a gifted and talented program assistant. He also enjoys playing piano. Harris plans to major in chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.

Brody Hedges
Seiling High School
A class valedictorian, Hedges is serving his second term as Student Council president. He also has served as Beta Club president and secretary and as Future Farmers of America treasurer. He received All-State Honorable Mention in this year’s Academic Bowl, for which he served as captain, and was a member of Youth Leadership Oklahoma in 2017. Hedges was named to Superintendent Hofmeister’s Student Advisory Council. He has been a member of the school’s varsity football, basketball and baseball teams since his freshman year. His volunteer efforts have including preparing Christmas stockings for veterans and organizing a recycling program at the school. He plans to study pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Seiling State Bank

Conner Heffernan
MacArthur High School
Heffernan is the recipient of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Academic Scholar Award and was selected as an Elk’s Most Valuable Student national competition. He is president of the National Honor Society, an officer with the MacArthur Highlander Regiment and is active in the Celebrate Mac board and Key Club. He volunteers with the Lawton Public Library’s summer reading program and works part-time at a local sandwich shop, serving as shift manager. His outside interests include the martial arts and hiking and fishing. Heffernan plans to study physics at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Beth and Carey Johnson

Hanna Hill
Sweetwater High School
Hill, a Sayre resident, was selected as a Masonic Lodge Student of the Year and is a recipient of the Future Farmers of America State Academic Award. She serves as president of Student Council and Future Farmers of America and is captain of the academic team. She also is captain of both the varsity basketball and track teams. She mentors younger students, performs community service through the Greater Good by Students organization and is a blood drive volunteer. Hill plans to pursue a biology degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: First National Bank & Trust of Elk City

Ethan Ho
Del City High School
Ho is a National Merit Commended Scholar and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor. He serves as president of the National Honor Society, editor for the Key Club and captain of the academic team. As a member of the Key Club, he participated in virtually every community service project. A percussion section leader in the high school band, he was named All-State Percussionist. He was commended for his willingness to mentor other students in his chemistry class. His outside interests include playing the piano, composing music for piano and drumline, and computer programming. Ho plans to major in computer science at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation

Ashley Howard
Purcell High School
Howard is a Perfect Attendance Award recipient and was the 2015 State Future Farmers of America Greenhand Quiz Champion. She has held leadership roles in the national FFA, serving as chapter sentinel, reporter and secretary. Howard was a member of the varsity cross country team from 2014 to 2016. She worked as a summer volunteer at Purcell Public Library and as a teacher at her church. She regularly works part-time jobs, operates her own crafts business and does contract welding to help support her family. Howard plans to study agribusiness at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: H. A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust

Tanner J. Hummingbird
Berryhill High School
Hummingbird, a Tulsa resident, is an Oklahoma Academic Scholars qualifier and a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Tulsa Community College’s President’s Honor Roll. He is active in Student Council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A member of the varsity baseball team, he was accorded 2016 State Runner-up honors and received an All-Conference honorable mention in 2016 and 2017. He also was a member of the varsity football team, which was named 2017 District Champion. Hummingbird plans to pursue a degree in computer engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Scholarship Sponsor: American Heritage Bank

Ashley Jang
Norman High School
A National Merit finalist, Jang also was named an Oklahoma Elks Foundation Most Valuable Student and was a Girls State delegate. She serves as National Honor Society president and Student Congress Big 5 treasurer. Jang is active in the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Teen Leaders in Philanthropy and is founder of the Kindness Club. Every Friday, she volunteers her time teaching Spanish to fourth-graders at a local school. She is also a contributor to YouGoGirl Oklahoma, an online publication focused on female empowerment. Jang plans to major in international studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Scholarship Sponsor: Republic Bank & Trust

Hunter Janway
Broken Arrow High School
A National Merit Scholar and Presidential Scholar nominee, Janway is in the top 1 percent of the senior class of over 1,270 students. He holds a Mathematics League Certificate of Merit and was named Rotary Club Student of the Month. Janway has developed his leadership skills as an officer in the National Honor Society and membership in the Key Club, Student Council, Advanced Placement Club and the Committee on Life at Broken Arrow High School. He volunteers his time as a math tutor, has served as varsity soccer team captain and holds a part-time job at an after-school childcare center. Janway plans to study Spanish and biology at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Mabrey Bank

Garrett Johnson
Skiatook High School
The school valedictorian, Johnson is a National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. He serves as captain of the Skiatook academic team. His volunteer service includes participation in a food drive that is a joint effort between the school and the Skiatook Emergency Assistance Center. His outside interests including reading books on popular science, history and philosophy. Johnson plans to study physics and political science at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Andrew J. Morris (AAS '04)

Kobe Johnson
Henryetta High School
A National Merit Commended Student, Johnson was selected to jointly study at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, where he stood out for his diligence and determination. Among his leadership roles, he is president of the National Honor Society and Student Council and is a member of the academic team. A talented athlete, he played varsity football, powerlifting and track. A teacher praised Johnson for his willingness to tutor new AP U.S. History students. He serves as president of the Henryetta Blood Drive Committee. Johnson plans to study biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Janet and Frank H. Seay

Allison Knowles
Arnett High School
Knowles’ list of academic accomplishments includes selection in 2017 as Touchstone Energy Youth Leadership winner and inclusion (twice) in the President’s Education Awards Program. She served as secretary and reporter for the Ellis County 4-H and is active in the national Beta Club, where she has taken part in several service projects. She has also taught Vacation Bible School. Her outside interests include cooking and art. She plans to study business at the University of Central Arkansas. Scholarship Sponsor: Farmers and Merchants Bank of Arnett

Justin Koonce
Bethany High School
Among his academic honors, Koonce was recognized as Advanced Placement English Student of the Year, Pre-AP Physics Student of the Year and Anatomy Student of the Year. He has been active in Student Council, National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His outside interests including the guitar and baseball and running cross country. Koonce plans to study accounting at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. Scholarship Sponsor: NBC Oklahoma

Yeahwon Victoria Lee
Edmond Memorial High School

Lee is founder of the Society of Women Engineers Next Club and administrative director of IronDogz Robotics Team 2773. She further developed her leadership skills as a member of the orchestra leadership team. The class valedictorian, she is a National Merit finalist and U.S. Presidential Scholars candidate. She serves as Senior Class secretary. A musician, she plays violin in the symphony orchestra and cello in the string orchestra and is a “Bulldog mentor.” Her outside interests include tennis and science fiction. Lee plans to study economics or accounting at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Scholarship Sponsor: The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation

Faith Letzkus
Owasso High School
A class salutatorian, Letzkus is an a National Merit Commended Scholar and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. An accomplished musician, she is a contrabassoon soloist and bassoon section leader in the Pride of Owasso Band and a member of the All-Region and All-State bands. She teaches a summer bassoon class and offers private music lessons. She is active in the Women in STEM Book Club and volunteers at her church as a Sunday school leader for elementary students and as a part-time video director. She plans to study biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Scholarship Sponsor: Travis Combs (AAS '99)

Jackson Li
Weatherford High School
Li, who is a National Merit finalist, is very active in his school’s robotics team, serving as its engineer and “head notebooker.” A talented musician who plays the saxophone and piano as well as sings, Li was selected for the Shortgrass All-Region Honor Band. He is active in the National Society of High School Scholars. His interests including computer programming (Javascript), drawing and painting, and power lifting. He also serves on his church tech crew. Li plans to study computer science at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Mary Frances Michaelis

Sydney Lowe
McAlester High School
An Oklahoma Regents Scholar, Lowe has maintains an active academic and extra-curricular schedule that includes participation in the Southeast Oklahoma Honor Band, where she serves as first-chair flute. She is treasurer of the History Club and is active in the Science Club. She has also served as a drum major for the school’s marching band and as a cheerleader. Lowe is a hospital volunteer. She enjoys baking in her spare time. Lowe plans to study biochemical engineering at the University of Texas, Austin. Scholarship Sponsor: The Bank, N.A., McAlester

Evan Magsig
Norman North High School
Magsig is a National Advanced Placement Scholar, Presidential Scholar nominee and National Merit semifinalist. He is a member of the school’s academic team, which competed in the nationals last year. He won first place in the business law and ethics category of the 2017 DECA competition and went on to national competition. He is a successful varsity cross-country and tennis player, winning fourth in state in 6A Tennis #1 Doubles in 2017. He is also the recipient of a State Superintendent's Award for Arts Excellence in Piano. Magsig plans to study civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Scholarship Sponsor: MidFirst Bank

Jarod Manning
Blanchard High School
A class valedictorian, Manning in his junior year was selected to jointly take classes at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Regional Center, where he excelled in the challenging coursework. He was selected to attend the National Academy for Leadership Conference in Boston and for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars. He volunteers approximately 30 hours each week as a tutor. Manning served two years on the academic team and two years on the varsity golf team. He plans to study aerospace engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: The First National Bank & Trust Co., Chickasha

Jamie Marrara
Oologah High School
A National Merit finalist and member of the academic team, Marrara has been a state and national qualifier in National Speech and Debate Association tournaments and serves as chapter president and Thespian Council president. She has performed the lead role in numerous school productions and was named All-State Actress at the 2016 Class 5A State One-Act competition. Additionally, she is chapter secretary of the National Technical Honor Society and manager for Oologah volleyball. She volunteers for Archive Oologah, a self-started volunteer initiative to interview community members. Marrara plans to study neuroscience at Yale University. Scholarship Sponsor: Jeanette H. Kern

Thomas Martinez
Bixby High School
A National Hispanic Scholar and class valedictorian, Martinez is the recipient an Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. He has been active in the academic team and served two years as boys’ soccer representative to the Athletic Leadership Council. His volunteer experience includes serving in the school’s Spartan Pals program, involving weekly trips to elementary schools to help students in various activities; helping run a soccer clinic for the Bixby Highlanders club soccer team; and helping organize a “Wipe Out Cancer’s Colors” campaign. Martinez plans to study computer science at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: T. D. Williamson, Inc.

Kylee Massey
Adair High School
A class valedictorian, Massey holds a Certificate of Distinction from Adair High School and will receive her State FFA Degree and Academic Excellence Award from Future Farmers of America. She was a Gold Emblem member at the National FFA Horse Judging Contest last year. She serves as reporter for her FFA chapter; as vice president of the Interact Club, a community service organization that she helped spearhead; and is active with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She also has been active in fundraisers and other events to benefit the disadvantaged and victims of natural disasters. She enjoys photography and judging horses. Massey plans to study pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Virginia Kopelman, M.D.

Lanie McKinney
Jenks High School
McKinney is a National Merit finalist and winner of a State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence in the vocal category. She is captain and was named 2017 MVP of the Lady Trojan lacrosse team. She is treasurer of the Jenks Vocal Music Choir Council and is soprano section leader. She served as treasurer of her sophomore, junior and senior classes. An aspiring astrophysicist, she enjoys tutoring younger girls in math. She hopes to share her passion for lacrosse through coaching and refereeing throughout the state. She is a three-year camp counselor for New Life Ranch. McKinney plans to study physics at Tulsa University. Scholarship Sponsor: The John and Donnie Brock Foundation

Kelsey Moore
Wagoner High School
A class co-valedictorian and Outstanding Senior Girl, Moore is a member of Oklahoma Indian Honor Society. She is National Honor Society secretary, yearbook editor, and is active in Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and Wagoner County Youth Leadership Organization. She volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Tahlequah. One of her passions is dance, and she has won multiple awards in dance as well as in choreography and enjoys mentoring students in this area. She is a member of World Changers, a group that helps low-income families. Moore plans to attend Northeastern State University, majoring in elementary education. Scholarship Sponsor: Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Ella Moxley
Norman North High School
A National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Moxley has developed leadership skills as vice president of the National Honor Society, chapter secretary of the National Speech and Debate Association, and president of the Young Democrats. She was named Best Delegate at Model UN of the Southwest and placed as a speech and debate state and national qualifier in domestic extemporaneous speaking in 2017. A longtime Girl Scout, she served as the organization’s advocacy coordinator to the 2017 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Moxley plans to study environmental policy at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. Scholarship Sponsor: Crawley Family Foundation

Ferdinand Mudjialim
Union High School
A class valedictorian, Mudjialim is a National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. In addition to his involvement such organizations as Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta, the American Red Cross and the varsity academic team, this year he launched Union High’s Cybersecurity Club. He also is an accomplished pianist and clarinetist. In the past two years, Mudjialim has totaled more than 200 volunteer hours with the American Red Cross’ mobile blood drive. He plans to study computer science/engineering at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: Ruth Nelson

Lauren Nguyen
Westmoore High School
Nguyen, a co-valedictorian an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, earned a perfect score on her ACT. She developed her leadership skills as member of numerous organizations. She was the 2016-17 social media officer for the National Art Honor Society and a Bridging Generations youth intern. Through membership in such organizations as the Multicultural Club, Asian American Society, Anti-Slavery Project, H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere) and Key Club, she helped plan and participated in numerous school and community service activities. She plans to study philosophy and biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Fred Jones Family Foundation

Alyssa Marie Noel
Putnam City North High School
A class valedictorian, Noel is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor and a State Regents Academic Scholar. She is concurrently enrolled at the prestigious three-year Biosciences and Medicine Academy at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. A Junior Rotarian, she is a member of the Putnam City Schools Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board, HOSA-Future Health Professionals, National Technical Honor Society and is point secretary for Key Club. She is a volunteer at INTEGRIS Baptist Hospital. Noel plans to pursue studies in microbiology pre-med and Spanish at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Mustang Fuel Corporation

Ryan Oden
Altus High School
An Advanced Placement Scholar, Oden serves as parliamentarian of the National Honor Society and as vice president of the Keep Positive Always Club and Altus Teens Interact. He participates in the academic team, ethics bowl and is further described as being at the forefront of many school activities. He is captain of the varsity cross country team and plays varsity track as well. He is an English, biology and math tutor. Oden plans to study economics and political science at Columbia University in New York. Scholarship Sponsor: The Leverett Family, In Honor of Janelle Leverett

Bali Ong
Putnam City North High School
Among her academic achievements, Ong is a National Merit Commended Scholar, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and recipient of the Innovations Award of Merit from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. She has gained leadership experience as team captain of VEX Robotics, a chapter reporter for the Technology Student Association and an active member of the Art Club. She served as a Francis Tuttle Summer Quest camp counselor and enjoys art and computer programming. Ong plans to pursue a double major if computer science and art at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. James M. Sturdivant

Lauren Orr
Broken Bow High School
The recipient of the State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence, Orr served as class president for three years and is valedictorian. She is Student Council president and District 4 secretary and National Honor Society chapter vice president. She is a member of the varsity cheer squad and show choir and a two-year member of the All-State Mixed Chorus. She initiated the schoolwide Kid’s Literacy Carnival and has volunteered for the school’s special education program and Special Olympics. Orr plans to study ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Scholarship Sponsor: The Burrage Family

Braden Payne
Mountain View-Gotebo High School
A class valedictorian and High School Academic Athlete, Payne serves on the Principal’s Leadership Council, was selected as senior class president. She has served as Student Council president, academic team co-captain and vice president of the school’s Future Farmers of America chapter. She organized and successfully planted a plasticulture garden the past four summers as part of her supervised agricultural experience. Payne is a member of the varsity basketball and softball teams. She is involved in Community Church Children’s Ministries. Payne plans to double major in ag communications and agribusiness at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Shamrock Bank, N.A.

Tanner Alexis Phillips
Okarche High School
Phillips serves as Student Council vice president and National Honor Society secretary. She also is active in Beta Club, Future Farmers of America and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is manager of the varsity basketball team, a starter and pitcher for the varsity softball team and this year was selected as a cheerleader. A Girls State delegate, she has been selected as Academic State Champion four times. She serves as a volunteer third- and fourth-grade teacher’s aide and serves on the boards for the Mercy Hospital Teen Board and the Center of Family Love for the intellectually disabled. Phillips plans to study nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Pioneer Telephone Cooperative

Cassie Powell
Booker T. Washington High School
A National Merit finalist, Powell also has been recognized as an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and holds an AP International Diploma. She is active in the German Club, where she tutors classmates, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was selected as a Hornet Ambassador. She is co-captain of the varsity swim team. She volunteers at club swim meets and, with other swim team members, at a local food bank. She enjoys learning new languages. Powell plans to study cognitive science at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Scholarship Sponsor: Howard and Billie Barnett

Brendan Raper
Morrison High School
Raper is a National Merit Commended Scholar and George Washington Leadership Award winner in the State History Day Contest. Active in Future Farmers of America, he is a member of the State Champion Farm Business Team and a National Gold Emblem Individual.. He serves as class treasurer and is captain of the Academic Quiz Bowl team. He is co-captain of the varsity football team and a four-year letterman in the baseball team. Raper is Oklahoma Blood Institute school coordinator and has performed approximately 400 hours of community service during his high school career. Raper plans to study economics and business at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Heyman Evergreen Foundation

Joey Ray
Coweta High School
In addition to exceling in academics, Ray is a talented musician and athlete. He is a National Merit finalist and the recipient of the Oklahoma American Legion Boys State Newby C. Tyson Award. He is serving his second term as first chair in the All-District Band and leads the school’s marching band as a member of the percussion section. He is a volunteer with his church. He also is member of the varsity cross country and track teams. Ray’s outside interests include playing the keyboard. Ray plans to study astrophysics at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Scholarship Sponsor: J. and M. Gaberino Family Charitable Fund, Tulsa Community Foundation

Maya Rogers
Booker T. Washington High School
An International Baccalaureate candidate, Rogers serves as Student Council senior executive leader, co-captain of the speech and debate team, and is project director of the Teen Advisory Board outreach committee. She was a Questbridge National College match finalist. Rogers serves on the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice Board of Directors, is a Teen Advisory Board tutor, and works at the Tulsa City County Library. Her outside interests include reading and sewing. Rogers plans to study biology and public policy at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.. Scholarship Sponsor: ONEOK, Inc.

Cory Rubertus
Ada High School
A class valedictorian, Rubertus has been recognized as Cougar of the Year and is a Green and Gold Scholarship recipient. She has embraced all aspects of high school life, serving as community service officer for the National Honor Society and captain and president of the academic team. She also has been active in Student Council, Ethics Bowl and Mock Trial. She is a member of the varsity track team and manager of the football team. Her outside interests include hiking, snowboarding and scuba diving. Rubertus plans to study biomedical engineering and biological and chemical engineering at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Scholarship Sponsor: Molly and David Boren

Allie Sallee
Stillwater High School
Sallee, a Choctaw Nation Star Student, has served in officer positions in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America for the past two years. She is active in Beta Club and Student Council. A gymnast and swimmer, she is a member of the 2018 Class 5A State Champion varsity swim team and has been a USA Gymnastics Level 7 gymnast. Sallee mentors middle school students at her church. Her outside interests include yoga and running. Sallee plans to study nutritional sciences: dietetics at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Ann and Tracy Caine

Leah Sander
Cheyenne High School
The class valedictorian, Sander has developed her leadership skills as an officer or participant in several student and professional organizations, serving as president of the Principal’s Leadership Council and treasurer of Future Farmers of America. She is active in the Art Club, National Honor Society and Business Professionals of America. She is co-captain of the varsity cross country team and plays basketball. She has volunteered for numerous activities, including blood drives and homecoming dances, through the Principal’s Leadership Council and National Honor Society. Sander plans to attend Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Security State Bank

Jacob Schoeling
Verdigris High School
Schoeling is a National Merit Commended Scholar and a class valedictorian. He serves as Student Council president and was selected to the President’s Leadership Council at Oklahoma State University. He was a delegate to the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour and to Boys State. He is a member of the varsity baseball and basketball teams, which were 2016 State Champions. He has been a volunteer for Tulsa Night Light and Read Across America and is a four-year lifeguard for Safari Joe’s Waterpark. He plans to study engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: The Meshri Family

Emily Seiler
Elgin High School
The class valedictorian and an Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Academic Scholar, Seiler is captain of the academic team and has taken part in many volunteer activities through membership in Student Council, National Honor Society and Key Club. She works at a local veterinarian clinic and on the family ranch. Her outside interests include sailing and hiking. Seiler plans to study natural resource ecology and management at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Linda and Larry Neal

Brett Severin
Garber High School
Severin has held several leadership positions during his high school tenure, including class president, academic team president, vice president of Student Council and National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes president. He is a class valedictorian and received Academic Team All-State Honorable Mention. A trumpet player, he has held the first chair in the high school band and first chair in the Red Carpet Honor Band. An actor, he performs in Garber Dinner Theatre and includes mobile app development as among his outside interests. Severin plans to study computer science at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Scholarship Sponsor: The James C. and Teresa K. Day Foundation

Seth Sims
Woodward High School
Sims was a delegate and elected district attorney at Boys State and was selected for the Harding University Summer Honors Academic Institute. He is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Oklahoma Honor Society. He is captain of the varsity baseball team and serves as Pep Club president. Active in the Church of Christ Youth Group, he participated in Rachel’s Challenge, an anti-bullying effort, and volunteers at a soup kitchen and with Crystal Christmas. Sims plans to study biomedical engineering at Harding University. Scholarship Sponsor: Bruce and Sheryl Benbrook - The Stock Exchange Bank

Corbin James Slattery
Thomas-Fay-Custer-Unified High School
The Thomas High School class valedictorian, Slattery has twice been named a Class 2A Academic Bowl All-Star.  He is a four-year letterman of the Academic Enrichment Association, is captain of the academic team and currently serves as president of the Art Club. He is active in First Christian Church of Thomas and volunteers at local food pantry. Slattery plans to study finance at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: The Mervin Bovaird Foundation

Haley Smith
Walters High School
Smith is an Oklahoma State Regents Scholar and class valedictorian. She served as a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour delegate and has held several officer positions in 4-H, including county secretary and county vice president and club vice president. She also serves as academic team captain and is active in National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She performs with the Backdoor Theatre Youth Acting Troupe and lists musical theatre as one of her outside interests. She organized the first communitywide Trunk-or-Treat. Smith plans to study management information systems at the University of Central Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Kenneth & Juliette Woodward Scholarship Endowment Fund

Kaylie Dawn Smith
Spiro High School
The class valedictorian, Smith is a talented artist who, when the school lost its art teacher, organized fellow art students to decorate the elementary school building with original superhero-themed creations for the summer school program. Smith is the recipient of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Student of Today award and was named a Spiro High Academic All-Star. She was an Oklahoma Girls State delegate and is active the Student Senate, Art Club and Future Farmers of America. Smith volunteers with Special Olympics, campus recycling and is an after-school tutor. She plans to study pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Leslie Daugherty (AAS '99)

Theo Stephens
Carl Albert High School
Stephens is a National Merit finalist, Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor and recipient of the President’s Education and Academic Letter Jacket awards. A trumpet player, he serves on the band’s leadership team and has earned superior ratings at the district and state level in solo and ensemble competitions. He also is active in the Chess Club, Key Club and Rotary Club and soccer. He also volunteers for the Oklahoma City Memorial Run. Stephens plan to study chemical engineering and math at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Dr. Bobby and Jayne Christensen

Colby Elisibeth Sutherland
Foyil High School
Once, during the early part of a 1600m race, another runner stepped on Sutherland’s shoe, pulling it off. Instead of stopping, Sutherland ran the distance with one bare foot. One teacher drew a parallel from that incident to her tenacity and determination to succeed. Sutherland is an all-conference softball player and also plays basketball. She is active in Student Council, Oklahoma Indian Honor Society and plays trombone in the high school band. She is an academic mentor to children. Sutherland is a Gates Foundation Scholarship recipient. She plans to major in chemistry and minor in history at Oklahoma State University, where she was admitted to the Honors College. Scholarship Sponsor: RCB Bank

Jack Thompson
Charles Page High School
Thompson, who ranks first in his senior class, is a National Merit finalist, Advanced Placement Scholar, U.S. Presidential Scholar nominee and American Legion Citizenship Award winner. A talented musician, he has been principal bassoonist for the Tulsa Youth Symphony and the Oklahoma Arts Institute Orchestra. He is a member of the varsity academic team and has studied Portuguese for over six years. He volunteers weekly as a math tutor and mentor at the Tulsa Boys’ Home and is a math tutor in Sand Springs Public Schools. He plans to attend Princeton University in New Jersey, majoring in engineering. Scholarship Sponsor: Sand Springs Education Foundation, Inc.

Tho Trinh
Southmoore High School
Trinh is a class salutatorian, National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. Among his many leadership roles, he is Multicultural Club president, French Club president, National Honor Society parliamentarian and academic team captain. He has participated in the Science Olympiad for two years and lettered in tennis. Outside school, he performs pharmaceutical research as a Mentored Research Fellowship at the OU Health Sciences Center and volunteers at Southwest INTEGRIS Hospital. Trinh plans to study engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Kirkpatrick Foundation, Inc.

Josephine Uerling
Union High School
Uerling is a National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. She has served as Red Cross Club publicist and has been a competitive swimmer for 10 years, A Class 6A State champion, she has broken 12 of the school’s swim records. A member of SwimTulsa and the captain of the varsity girls’ swim team, she serves on the USA Swimming Registration/Membership national committee and is a swim coach. She was named Miss Union Royalty, which is based on GPA and student votes, and was Homecoming Queen her senior year. Uerling plans to study biology at Emory University in Atlanta. Scholarship Sponsor: Williams Foundation

Areli Villalobos
Ponca City Senior High School
A National Hispanic Scholar and 2017 Girls State delegate, Villalobos serves a vice president of the National Honor Society, was elected senior representative of the Student Council and is a member of the leadership team for Students Standing Strong. She teaches music and teaches English as a second language to members of her church. In addition, she acts as a translator for fellow parishioners at their medical appointments. Her outside interests include gardening, reading and art. She holds a part-time job as a data systems operator for aviation components at the local airport. Villalobos plans to study biochemistry at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Pat Evans

Sydney AiThanh Vu
Classen School of Advanced Studies
A member of Youth Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII, Vu is a class valedictorian and Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor. A three-time gold Scholastics Art and Writing winner, Vu also serves as National Honor Society president, Student Council treasurer and as a member of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Teen Board. She is active in the Future Health Scientists Partnership Program at OUHSC and Youth Leadership Exchange.  She is captain of the varsity golf team, tutors at elementary schools, volunteers at the OU Medical Center, Cavett Kids Foundation, and other organizations totaling over 1400 hours throughout high school.  A Henderson Scholar, Vu plans to study psychology at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: H. E. Rainbolt

Alex Walls
Miami High School
Walls is a National Merit Commended Scholar, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and Oklahoma Academic Scholar and valedictorian. He has been a member of the speech, debate and drama team for four years and was named Regional Champion, a Multi-Year State Finalist and State Champion in Dramatic Duet. Walls serves as Academic Bowl team captain and was named as class officer his junior and senior years. A graduate of the Youth Leadership Oklahoma, he was a Boys State delegate, Boys Nation alternate and participated in the Duke TIP Summer Studies program. Walls plans to study cognitive science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Scholarship Sponsor: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Elizabeth Wennekamp
Pryor High School
Wennekamp is a Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America-LEDA Scholar, Oklahoma Youth Tour participant and Voice of Democracy Essay winner. Among her leadership roles, she has served as IMPACT Council president, Rotary Interact treasurer, academic team captain and Science Club president. She serves as district coordinator of Walking Wednesday, a program in which teens mentor younger children while walking them to school. Outside school, she is a preschool teacher at Adair Christian Church and enjoys embroidery. She plans to study biochemistry at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: Google Inc.

William West
Stuart High School
The class valedictorian, West is a National Merit Commended Scholar, Oklahoma Academic Scholar and 2017 Boys State delegate. He has served as class officer for four years and is captain of the Stuart Quiz Bowl team. He is active in the school’s Scholastic Team, Oklahoma Indian Honor Society and Choctaw Nation Making a Difference/High Education Program. He is a member of the varsity cross country and baseball teams. In 2017, he served as a Senate page. His outside interests include playing the piano and guitar. West plans to study engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: The Bank, N.A., McAlester

Justin Derby Whitefield
Pauls Valley High School
Whitefield is class president, a National Merit Commended Student and Oklahoma State University CEAT (College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology) Scholar. He has served as Student Council president for three years and participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program for six years. He is captain of the state qualifying Academic Team and was selected to the All-State Academic Bowl. A saxophone section leader and woodwind captain in the marching/concert band, Whitefield is a student body mentor and operates his own tutoring business. Whitefield plans to study aerospace and mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Jerome Westheimer Family Foundation

Parker Williams
Clinton High School
An accomplished musician, Williams is a three-year All-State Choir member and was one of only six singers in the state to be selected to be a part of bass section of the Oklahoma All-State Jazz Choir—even though Clinton High does not have a jazz program. In the varsity band, he serves as percussion section leader and lead snare; he is an accomplished pianist as well. Williams is captain of the varsity tennis team and performs with the Southwest Playhouse Fine Arts Center. Through Key Club, he has assisted in numerous community projects. Williams plans to study computer science and music at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: Clinton Public School Foundation

Gabe Wilmot
Maysville High School
Wilmot has supplemented his studies at Maysville High School with concurrent enrollment at Oklahoma School of Mathematics and Science Regional Center at Mid-America Technology Center, where he took college-level calculus and physics classes, and at Oklahoma City Community College, where he was named to the President’s Honor Roll. In high school, he served as Beta Club president, class treasurer and academic team captain. He was captain of the varsity basketball team and played varsity baseball. He is active with his church and volunteers for the Maysville Youth Association. Wilmot plans to study business at East Central University in Ada. Scholarship Sponsor: Kenneth & Juliette Woodward Scholarship Endowment Fund

Chase Wilson
Bethel High School
Wilson, who is ranked first in his class, is an Academic Letter Jacket recipient. He was selected as a participant in the Oklahoma Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative. He has served as Student Council executive president and National Honor Society officer and is a member of the BancFirst Student Board of Directors and SkillsUSA. He plays varsity golf and is concurrently enrolled as a pre-engineering student at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. He has twice served as a page in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Wilson plans to study aerospace engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: BancFirst Corp.

Ryan Zhu
Jenks High School
An Advanced Placement Scholar, Zhu is a National Merit finalist and Presidential Scholar candidate. He is captain of the high school speech and debate team and is a speech and debate national qualifier. He is captain of the academic team, historian for Chinese Club historian and has been a Student Council officer. He was a General Electric research intern for three years, and had his research published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He plays competitive soccer and the piano. He has volunteered over 100 hours at St. Francis Hospital. Zhu plans to attend the University of Oklahoma’s Medical Humanities Scholars Program. Scholarship Sponsor: Academic All-State Alumni