2019 Academic All-Staters

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2019 Academic All-Staters

Laiba Akhtar
Union High School
A valedictorian for the Union Class of 2019, Akhtar is a Junior Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge Research Scholar and a Gates Scholarship finalist. She serves as president of the Tulsa Union Medical Society, vice president of the Asian American Club, co-president of the Science Club, and president of the National Honor Society. She volunteers at the St. John’s Hospital emergency room, is a Tulsa County Library summer volunteer and is active in the Sustainable Tulsa environmental club. Akhtar enjoys cooking Pakistani dishes. She plans to study chemistry at Yale University. Scholarship Sponsor: The John and Donnie Brock Foundation


Ty Aldridge
Jones High School
Aldridge, an American Legion Boys State member, was nominated for Boys Nation. In 2018, he was recognized with the Outstanding Achievement in Science award. He has held numerous leadership positions, including president of the Key Club and Student Council, Junior Class representative, academic team captain, and vice president and secretary of the Planet Earth Club. He has performed in the school band for seven years, serving as drum major his senior year. He volunteers in a church community garden. Aldridge plans to study psychology at the University of Oklahoma.
Scholarship Sponsor: William M. Cameron, American Fidelity Foundation


Kacie Anderson
Skiatook High School
A class valedictorian, Anderson is a Cross Country Academic All-Stater. She serves as National Honors Society parliamentarian and Social Media Class officer. She regularly serves as a tutor for students enrolled in Advanced Placement Calculus. She enjoys performing in the choir and long-distance running. Anderson aspires to become a teacher and plans to study mathematics at Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho.
Scholarship Sponsor: The Oxley Foundation




Kallie Asher
Kansas High School
Asher is president of the Student Council and Beta Club and Tech Manager for the Drama club. She serves as drum major for the Spirit of Kansas Marching Band. As Academic Bowl team captain for seven years, she led the team to place as runner-up in state and to qualify for nationals, a first for the program. A class valedictorian, she has received both the Advanced Placement Scholar and Calculus awards. She enjoys golfing, playing the clarinet, photo- and video-editing, and sewing. She volunteers her time as a tutor. Asher plans to study biochemistry at Northeastern State University. 
Scholarship Sponsor: Cherokee Nation Businesses



Heidi Askeland
Mustang High School
An Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Askeland was praised for her ability to balance academics with extracurricular activities. She participated in the varsity cross country and track team in the fall and the track team in the spring. She is a summer library volunteer with interests in classical literature and German musicals, likely the result of the time she spent as a young teen with her family in Germany, where she had to quickly become fluent in German to make it academically. Askeland plans to study bioengineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Heyman Evergreen Foundation



Gabby Barber
Eisenhower High School
Barber, of Lawton, is an Oklahoma State University Freshman Research Scholar. She is president of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Future Farmers of America chapters. A violinist, she has served in the school orchestra as concert master/second chair (first violin for two years) and is a soloist with the LaSill Optimist Youth Orchestra. A chemistry tutor, she also volunteers with the Friends of the Wichitas (Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge) and the Oklahoma Food Bank. Additionally, she works for a livestock photography business. Barber plans to study biochemistry and molecular biology at OSU. 
Scholarship Sponsor: Linda and Larry Neal



Amanda Rose Baskett
Edmond Memorial High School
A class valedictorian, Baskett is a National Merit finalist who is praised by her teachers for her passion for true intellectual growth. She is president of the Creative Writing Club and has serves as literary editor for the school’s literary-art magazine, “Broken Barriers.” Because of her rigorous academic schedule, she volunteers her time to work on the magazine after school. She also has volunteered with INTEGRIS Edmond and as an Edmond Metrolibrary Teen Volunteer. Her outside interests include criminology. Baskett plans to study pre-nursing at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Virginia Kopelman, M.D.



Alexa Benedict
Burns Flat-Dill City High School
A class valedictorian and an Oklahoma Academic Scholar, Benedict has honed her leadership skills as president of Student Council and Government Club and captain of the academic team. She worked as a reporter and editor at the school newspaper and as a reporter for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has served as vice president and president of her class. During Benedict’s freshman year, she signed up to play varsity golf (having never played before) and, by May of her junior year, had improved 40 strokes, thanks to what her coach calls her “laser focus.” Benedict plans to study pre-medicine at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Great Plains Bank



Bethany Bengs
Quinton High School
Bengs is a U.S. Presidential Scholars nominee and class valedictorian. The high school drum major, who also plays the trumpet, piano and harp, is one of only three All-State band members from the school. She holds leadership positions as National Honor Society vice president and class officer. Her classmates seek her out as a tutor in various subjects and to provide private music lessons. She launched her own service project – Covered in Love – in which she makes blankets for children who have been abused. She plays “Taps” at veterans’ events and funerals, enjoys 4-H shooting sports and does mission work with her church. Bengs plans to study mathematics at East Central University. 
Scholarship Sponsor: Steve and Pam Holton



Reagan Benton
Elk City High School
A class valedictorian, Benton is praised by her teachers for her ability to juggle academics, extracurricular activities and athletics. She participated in the Oklahoma Tournament of Champions Association for Academic Competition, taking first place in psychology in 2018. She served as president of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was selected as a Rotary Student of the Month and was presented the Good Citizen Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is the top-ranked singles player for the Elk City tennis team. Benton plans to study health and human performance at Oklahoma Baptist University. Scholarship Sponsor: First National Bank & Trust of Elk City



Ish Bhanot
Edmond Santa Fe High School
A National Merit finalist, Bhanot is passionate about debate and ranks in the top 60 in Public Forum debate in the nation. He is the Edmond Santa Fe’s debate captain and consistently makes time to help younger debaters refine and perfect their craft. He has served as National Honor Society president and secretary; co-founder, vice president and secretary of the Technology Student Association; vice president and treasurer of the Spanish Club; and Senior Class vice president. He was a national finalist in Digital Video Productions for the Technology Student Association. Bhanot is a volunteer for the OU Medical Center. He plans to study and pursue a career in the neurosciences. Scholarship Sponsor: Sarkeys Foundation



Emma Bollinger
Stillwater High School
Bollinger has garnered numerous honors, including selection as a member of the National Society of High School Scholars; designation as the state champion and world finalist in Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem-solving program involving students from kindergarten through college; and the 2018-19 PTA Reflections Visual Arts Award of Excellence. She gained leadership experience as Key Club president and a member of Stillwater Orchestra; Mu Alpha Theta; and Stillwater Makes A Change, an annual philanthropic campaign led by Stillwater High School students. She is a Girl Scout camp counselor and Blue Thumb water quality volunteer. Bollinger plans to major in mathematics. Scholarship Sponsor: Williams Foundation



Katie Bomhoff
Okarche High School
Bomhoff is a class valedictorian whose extracurricular interests include speech/drama, robotics and softball. Last summer, she served as city manager for Oklahoma Girls State. She further expanded her leadership skills as National Honor Society treasurer, Beta Club secretary and president of the Center of Family Love Teen Board. She is a recipient of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Leaders’ Award for Excellence. As Academic Bowl captain, she led the team to state playoffs and is the team’s go-to person for math. As a member of the varsity softball team, she twice helped the team win the Academic State championship award. Bomhoff plans to study biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Scholarship Sponsor: Pioneer Telephone Cooperative



Rio Bonham
Madill High School
Bonham, a member of the Oklahoma State University President’s Leadership Council, is passionate about all things “ag.” Specifically, he lists bridging the gap between production agriculture and environmental sustainability as his main career goal. He has served as president and vice president of the Future Farmers of America Madill chapter as well as state ambassador, and he is a National Ag Day Essay Contest winner. As a student, he implemented a fishing line recycling program, organized a fundraiser to send care packages to deployed troops, and served as competitor and referee for the National Skeet Shooting Association. He plans to study biosystems and agricultural engineering at OSU. Scholarship Sponsor: The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.



Jamie Bowen
Norman High School
An Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Bowen’s list of honors includes selection to the Physics Hall of Fame and Breakfast of Champions for Math Analysis. She is founder and president of the Asian American Student Union, Recorder Club president, Green Club secretary, and chorale band section leader. She has been a state qualifier and champion in debate, chorale and instrumental music. She was praised for her efforts to lead and tutor her peers and is a volunteer for Dillow International and the school’s Link Crew. She enjoys playing the piano and musicals. Bowen plans to pursue studies in physics. Scholarship Sponsor: Republic Bank & Trust



Grace Brasfield
Claremore High School
Brasfield is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and was an Oklahoma Girls State delegate. She has maintained a high GPA while holding a part-time job in child care, volunteering and serving in leadership positions in several clubs, including the Technology Student Association, for which she serves as president. She is president of Christian Club and active in Student Council and Math Club. She has volunteered at the LA Dream Center, a homeless ministry in Los Angeles. She also enjoys playing soccer. Brasfield plans to study business at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: Frank C. and Ludmila Robson



Colten Sharp Brown
Boise City High School
An accomplished scholar and student-athlete, Brown is a six-time track state champion, three-time cross country state champion, and was selected as the Wendy’s Heisman state winner. He is president of the Senior Class and National Honor Society and secretary of the Student Council. He was cited for recently taking on leadership and overseeing activities for both Student Council and academic team. He volunteers with the American Red Cross and the Santa Fe Trail Daze municipal beautification effort. Brown plans to study computer engineering at Oklahoma Christian University. Scholarship Sponsor: SONIC, America's Drive-In



Jaiden Callies
Putnam City High School
An Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and United States Presidential Scholar candidate, Callies has successfully balanced a rigorous schedule of academic work with a demanding work schedule at an ice cream/grocery store, along with a host of extracurricular activities and volunteer service. She has served as Student Council vice president, parliamentarian and secretary; Oklahoma Association of Student Councils District 10 secretary; Latin Club secretary; and Oklahoma City Youth Council Ward 1 representative. She volunteers with the Special Olympics, Blue Jays Care After-School Program and the Metropolitan Friends of the Library. Callies plans to pursue a degree in political science. Scholarship Sponsor: Kenneth & Juliette Woodward Scholarship Endowment Fund



Macy Cates
Deer Creek High School
Described by teachers as a true leader who enjoys helping others succeed, Cates has excelled in academics, extracurricular activities, athletics and school/community service. She was named an Outstanding Advanced Placement English Student and is the recipient of a Deer Creek Foundation Award. Cates serves as National Honor Society treasurer and Link Crew leader, and for the past four years has been an ambassador in the Etiquette Club, where she helps students learn life-applicable skills. She is a member of the varsity tennis team and summer volunteer at the Infant Crisis Center. Cates plans to study psychology at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Howard and Billie Barnett



Quincy Collins
Leedey High School
Teachers describe Collins as a leader and gifted student whose strongest attributes include relatability and perseverance. He is a past recipient of the President’s Education Award for Educational Excellence and a two-time state champion in baseball. He has honed his leadership skills as Student Council and class president and as captain of both the academic and robotics teams. He has volunteered as a student aid for first-, second- and third-graders. Collins captained both the varsity basketball and baseball teams and was named Oklahoma Northwest Academic Conference high-point player in 2018 and 2019. He plans to study engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Leedey Community



Blake Cope
Piedmont High School
A class valedictorian, Cope has been active in many clubs and organizations throughout his high school career, as well as varsity cross country, track and soccer. He was the driving force behind the school’s first-ever Cross Country State Championship, and last fall, he was recognized as state champion in the 5A cross country meet. Cope was commended for seeking out opportunities to serve at school and in the community. His involvement has included the Community Park Build and Freshman Camp. Cope has received an athletics scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist University. Scholarship Sponsor: Kenneth & Juliette Woodward Scholarship Endowment Fund



Jillian Cordray
Owasso High School
Cordray is a National Merit finalist, National Hispanic Scholar and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. She is active in the Senior Board, Student Council, Women in STEM Club, and the Pride of Owasso band, where she plays the saxophone. She gives freely of her time to the community as a volunteer with causes including Night Lights, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, Catholic Charities and band community events. She offers free lessons and group practice sessions to younger saxophone students. Cordray’s efforts have inspired other student leaders in the band program to begin mentoring others as well. Cordray plans to study architectural engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: The Oxley Foundation Fund, Tulsa Community Foundation



Audra Crisp
Hydro-Eakly High School
Crisp is a two-time National History Day State Champion and national qualifier, a Track and Field Academic State Champion, and captain of the state-qualifying academic team. She holds several leadership roles at school, including senior class secretary, National Honor Society historian and academic team captain. She is a volunteer at the Feed the Children Teacher Store, an after-school tutor, and varsity track and field manager. She loves hot tea and musicals. Crisp plans to study biology at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Bank of Hydro



Dylan Michael DelCol
Harding Charter Preparatory High School
A resident of Oklahoma City, DelCol is a National Merit semifinalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. Harding is a college preparatory school that requires all its students to take AP classes, but DelCol petitioned the school’s administration to take even more. A Boy Scout, he achieved Eagle Scout status by addressing needs at his former elementary school. He is a reporter and copy editor for his school newspaper. DelCol is an after school math tutor and plays varsity tennis. He enjoys playing competitive chess and collecting minerals and fossils, as well as coins and foreign currency. He plans to study mathematics and physics at Stanford University. Scholarship Sponsor: Academic All-State Alumni



Michael Dixon
Durant High School
A National Merit Commended Scholar, Dixon was a semifinalist in the Harvard National Debate Tournament and a state-level domestic extemporaneous speaker. He is captain of the Durant debate team, a four-year Lincoln Douglas debater and a varsity starter for the academic team. Dixon plays tuba and is a section leader in the marching band. Outside school, he enjoys performing in musicals with the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival. He volunteers with Families Feeding Families and works part time as a tutor and soccer referee. Dixon plans to study physics at Trinity University. Scholarship Sponsor: First United Bank



Margaret Drummond
Bartlesville High School
A four-year varsity cross country runner, Drummond is a two-time 6-A Cross Country Team State Champion and has been named BHS Student of the Year. She has served as secretary and historian of the Interact Club and is active in Spanish Club, French Club and Environmental Club. She served as a page for the Oklahoma House of Representatives and is a frequent community volunteer. Drummond is the third member of her family to be recognized as Academic All-Stater. Her sister Virginia was honored in 2015 and brother Frederick Russell in 2017. Drummond plans to study international relations at the University of Pennsylvania. Scholarship Sponsor: Janet and Frederick Drummond



Addi Duerksen
Weatherford High School
Duerksen is a National Merit Scholar semifinalist and four-time Student of the Month honoree. She attended the General Tommy Franks Four Star Leadership Institute and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and was selected as an Outstanding Oklahoma Senate Page. She serves as Texas-Oklahoma district governor for Key Club International, where she encourages Alzheimer’s disease awareness, and is chapter president for Youth & Government. A peer tutor, she has spent many hours assisting a student who has missed many classes due to illness. A gifted singer, she is a member of the All-State Mixed Choir. She is a shopping assistant for the Weatherford Food and Resource Center. Duerksen plans to study chemical engineering. Scholarship Sponsor: MidFirst Bank



Christian Eden
Harrah High School
Eden, whose brother Erich was recognized as an Academic All-Stater in 2016, is a well-rounded student who not only excels academically, but as an athlete and musician. A National Merit Scholar finalist, he is the current National Honor Society vice president and has served in leadership roles with the Chemistry Club. The varsity soccer team captain, he also participates in varsity cross country. He is senior percussion section leader in the band, and also plays the piano. He has completed numerous hours of community service. Eden holds special interests in meteorology and aviation. He plans to study aerospace engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Linda Lambert, Trustee



Ruby Gayle Edsall
Watonga High School
Edsall was praised by her teachers for the gusto with which she tackles her academic work, extracurricular activities, volunteer efforts and other endeavors. She is a graduate of the Youth Leadership of Oklahoma Class of 2018, is a Presidential Scholar candidate and was named Texas/Oklahoma Kiwanis Sophomore of the Year. She has honed her leadership skills as Class President, Student Council president and National Honor Society president, as well as president of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She enjoys equestrian show jumping and performing with the Watonga Community Theatre. Edsall plans to study psychology and forensic science at the University of Central Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Daniel G. Webber, Attorney



Evan Eshelman
Norman North High School
A National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar, Eshelman has been active in several organizations at school and enthusiastically assumed leadership roles with various service projects, including working at an orphanage in Haiti over spring break, at a special needs camp in Missouri, at a youth basketball camp, and at his church as a small-group leader for middle school students. At Norman North, he helps mentor members of the incoming freshman class. He is a member of the varsity basketball team. Since 2013, he has operated his own lawn-mowing business. Eshelman plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: BOK Financial



Karina Feng
Norman North High School
Feng’s honors include selection as an Advanced Placement Scholar, a Coolidge Foundation Senator and a Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Regional finalist. She has honed her leadership skills through 4-H and Youth Leadership Oklahoma, and has served as president of Rotary Interact, vice president of the National Honor Society and president of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society. Feng has served as an Oklahoma Senate page and owns her own photography business. She founded a project which provided protectors – adult-sized bibs – to nursing homes statewide. She plays violin and enjoys sewing. Feng plans to study political science at Columbia University. Scholarship Sponsor: Bill and Joffa Kerr



Sofia Ferguson
Deer Creek High School
A National Hispanic Scholar and Advanced Placement Scholar, Ferguson is also recipient of regional scholastic art and writing awards and the Silver Key Award. She has served as Deer Creek Junior Class Senator and as an Expeditions in Etiquette student ambassador and videographer, producing videos for recruitment and social media. An avid rower, she serves as team captain of the Oklahoma City Riversport Junior Crew. She has performed as a vocalist at the Oklahoma Centennial Rodeo Opry and enjoys painting and running. Ferguson plans to study economics at the United States Naval Academy. Scholarship Sponsor: The Meinders Foundation



Ashlin Ferris
Miami High School
Ranked first in her class of 99, Ferris is praised not only for her high academic achievements, but also for her likability and willingness to encourage other students. As a biological sciences lab tech, she tutors ninth-graders. A talented artist, she was named MHS’s Outstanding Student in the Arts and won first place in a recent Grand Lake Youth Art Show. She has honed her leadership skills through participation in Oklahoma Girls State, as Art Club co-president and through involvement with the National Honor Society and the INTEGRIS Student Health Care Board. Ferris plans to study biomedical engineering at Texas A&M. Scholarship Sponsor: Ann and Chuck Neal



Brooklyn Grugan
Broken Bow High School
Grugan is described by a former teacher as an “intensely critical and analytical thinker with an impressive genius in prose, letters and literature.” She is the recipient of a University of Colorado Presidential Scholarship. Grugan has developed her leadership skills as Student Council parliamentarian, marching band percussion section leader, Advanced Placement History Club vice president and through involvement with the Showtime Show Choir. She has volunteered for a variety of service projects and participates in the Freshman Mentorship Program. She plays guitar and bass in a band and is taking courses in American Sign Language. Grugan plans to study integrative physiology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Scholarship Sponsor: ONEOK



Tess Haddock
Glencoe High School
A National Merit finalist and National Hispanic Scholar, Haddock has also been named Glencoe Student of the Month and Female Student of the Year. She has held numerous leadership positions, including Future Farmers of America president, Student Council secretary and president of Students Working Against Tobacco. She plays varsity basketball, volunteers at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and visits nursing homes. She holds a special interest in the relationship between politics and agriculture. Haddock plans to major in agribusiness and pre-law at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Linda Lambert, Trustee



Chloe Hart
Chandler High School
Hart is not the first All-Stater in her family; she follows in the footsteps of her mother, Stacy Gardner Hart (1991), an uncle, Aaron Gardner (1995) and sister Hallie (2016). Hart is a class valedictorian whose awards and honors include selection to the East Central Oklahoma Choral Directors’ Association Regional Honor Choir. Among her leadership roles, Hart serves as National Honor Society president, Student Council secretary and treasurer, academic team captain, and as a member of the BancFirst Student Board of Directors. She serves as varsity boys’ football and baseball manager and plays varsity track. She is an American Red Cross and Stamp Out Starvation volunteer. Hart plans to study merchandising at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: BancFirst Corp.



Richard Hasegawa   
Booker T. Washington High School
Hasegawa is a National Merit finalist, Eagle Scout and recipient of the National Security Initiative for Youth Scholarship for Language Study in Indonesia. A Tulsa resident, Hasegawa has developed leadership skills as a Youth Philanthropy Initiative facilitator and through his school’s Teen Advisory Board. He volunteers as a peer tutor. He was an Oklahoma State Championship academic team member and is active in the Oklahoma Ornithological Society. He enjoys birding and citizen bird counts, linguistics, geography and hiking. Hasegawa plans to pursue degrees in global studies, linguistics and geography at the University of California, Berkeley. Scholarship Sponsor: Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation



Vanessa Heath
Westmoore High School
Heath is a National Merit finalist and a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. President of the Spanish Club, she has been honored with the Academic Excellence in Spanish II award. She has been active in multiple school organizations and also has volunteered in the community with Habitat for Humanity, the Regional Food Bank and as a VolunTEEN at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. She plays the piano in her church’s youth worship band and enjoys baking and decorating cakes. She plans to study biology at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Postic & Bates Attorneys at Law



Toby Highfill
Cherokee High School
A class valedictorian, Highfill spent most of last summer on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus, taking courses through the Sooner Discovery program. He is active on the Cherokee Speech and Debate Team and in the theatre program, helping lead the school to two state championship one-act plays, two runner-up one-act plays and three state runner-up trophies in speech and debate. Highfill plans to study advertising at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: The James C. and Teresa K. Day Foundation



Jeanette Hoang
Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics
Hoang, an Oklahoma City resident, is the recipient of a Presidential Gold Service Award, Governor’s Service Award, Advanced Placement Scholar award and Future Health Professionals’ Bronze Service Award. She took first in state and was an international qualifier in a Health Occupation Students of America competition in medical law and ethics. She is special projects committee leader for the Kind Society and serves on the South Oklahoma City Pioneer Library Teen Advisory Board. An OU Medicine and SSM Health volunteer, she has been a research intern for Dr. Sanjay Bidichandani in the OU Department of Pediatrics. Hoang plans to pursue a degree in biology. Scholarship Sponsor: Koch Industries, Inc.



Cassidy Holman
Noble High School
Holman, who helps operate her family’s hog-breeding business, is president of Future Farmers of America. She has honed her leadership skills through the Washington Leadership Conference, and as National Honor Society vice president, Science Club president, and JV and varsity captain for the academic team. She drew on her strong leadership and speech and public-speaking skills last year when the school entered the Ethics Bowl for the first time, leading the team to a top-10 ranking at the state/regional competition. She is a Robotics Camp mentor who enjoys art and playing guitar and ukulele. Holman plans to study biomedical sciences at Tufts University in Somerville, Mass. Scholarship Sponsor: Jami Rhoades Antonisse (AAS '87)



Kyler Inman
Newkirk High School
Inman is active in three of the school’s most labor- and time-consuming organizations, the Technology Student Association; marching band, where he plays trumpet and was named most valuable band player; and the academic team. He was recognized for his academics and leadership in 2018, when he was selected by Northern Oklahoma College as one of the top academic students leaders during the Academic Regionals competition. Inman is jointly enrolled at Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City, where he is one of the top engineering students. He also works part-time at a local grocery store. Inman plans to continue studies at Northern Oklahoma College in pre-engineering. Scholarship Sponsor: RCB Bank



Kwanyoung Kim
Enid High School
Kim’s family came to the United States from South Korea when he was 11. He helped translate for his parents and assisted them as a translator for their family business. An Advanced Placement Scholar, he serves as National Honor Society treasurer. Kim is an 11-year flute player and Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Junior Competitions winner in flute. He also plays bass guitar for his church praise team. A member of the varsity swim team, he was named Most Improved Swimmer and is a certified lifeguard. Kim, who served as an intern for K/H Financials,  plans to pursue a degree in accounting. Scholarship Sponsor: Stephen and Sherrel Jones



Bree Kisling
Chisholm High School
Described by teachers as “one of the most involved students at the school,” Kisling serves as Future Farmers of America president, Student Council secretary, National Honor Society president, Chisholm Community Outreach Team vice president and Spanish Club community outreach chair. She is active on both the academic and scholastic teams. She organized a winter coat drive for local youth, a fruit harvest operation to benefit the local food pantry and organized FFA’s supply drive for Operation Christmas Child. Kisling enjoys public speaking and performing the National Anthem at school events. She plans to study agricultural communications at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Bert and Janice Mackie 



Rajveer Korpe
Jenks High School
Korpe is hoping to put his AP Capstone project on sustainable agricultural practices in India into real-world use in the agricultural community of Maharashtra. A member of Jenks’ academic and debate teams, he is active in Sustainable Tulsa and was a project leader for a community recycling campaign in Columbus, Ohio. He is a junior board member for Little Light House-Tulsa and logistics manager for Jenks TedX. He serves as a student research assistant at the Jenks Aquarium. Korpe is a National Merit finalist, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and 21st Century Skills Leadership Award winner. He plans to major in environmental sustainability management. Scholarship Sponsor: T. D. Williamson, Inc.



Nikith Kurella
Booker T. Washington High School
A National Merit finalist, Kurella, who lives in Tulsa, is researching cancer metabolism as a Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge Junior Scholar. He is a National Chemistry Olympiad finalist and was selected for the 2019 6A Academic Bowl State Championship team. He is co-facilitator for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative, a Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership World Leadership Congress representative and a Teen Advisory board member at his school. Kurella is involved in a peer-tutoring program in science and math and serves as varsity tennis co-captain. He plans to pursue a degree in biochemistry. Scholarship Sponsor: The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation



Anna Lassahn
Plainview High School
A National Merit finalist and Blue Ribbon Scholar, Lassahn has also been honored as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Stater and Scholastic All-Stater. She is president of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is a Student Council representative and is a Plainview Scholastic Team member. She is a volunteer for Girls on the Run and enjoys CrossFit, photography and traveling. Lassahn plans to study industrial and systems engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: McCasland Foundation



Katelyn Lofton
Antlers High School
A class valedictorian, Lofton has assumed a leadership role in the band, where she is clarinet section leader and a member of the Color Guard. She volunteers her time to help fellow band members master difficult passages and assists them with their technique. Among Lofton’s top honors was her selection as an Oklahoma Youth Tour 2018 member. She serves as National Honor Society secretary and Business Professionals of America president. She is assistant music director and children’s class teacher for her church. Lofton has spearheaded a fundraiser for the Stephenson Cancer Center. She has been accepted into the University of Oklahoma Honors College and plans to study business. Scholarship Sponsor: The Burrage Family



Kaitlyn Long
Ardmore High School
A National Merit Commended Scholar and Advanced Placement Merit Scholar, Long is a clarinet section leader in the band, where she has received numerous awards and honors, and a drum major for the Pride of Ardmore. She serves as captain of the Lady Tigers Golf Team and is an All-Ardmoreite Girls Golf Team honoree. She volunteers her time to help with individuals with severe mental and physical disabilities. Long plans to study English and professional writing at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Ruth Nelson



Alexander Lunsford
Shawnee High School
Lunsford is a National Merit Scholar finalist and Academic Letter Jacket recipient. As a child, he taught himself the programming language needed to develop games and is today an independent video game developer. As head programmer of the school’s robotics team, he has taken it upon himself to teach younger students so that they can assume his responsibilities when he leaves. He also enjoys playing guitar. Lunsford plans to pursue a degree in computer science. Scholarship Sponsor: Jasmine and Melvin Moran



Caitlin Mantooth
Wayne High School
A class valedictorian, Mantooth is yearbook editor and chapter president of Future Farmers of America, through which she received the FFA Star Chapter Farmer Award in 2017. She is recipient of the Oklahoma Writing Project’s Janis Cramer Personal Narrative Award in recognition of a personal essay she wrote about the joy of tutoring students in math. She also crochets Kaps for Kids to donate to children’s hospitals and homeless shelters. A student at Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Regional Center, Mantooth plans to study architectural engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: The Oklahoma Publishing Company



Thaddaeus McClain
Byng High School
An Eagle Scout and Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business Scholar, McClain is a State Swimming medalist and a state winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs Composer Contest.  He is a leader in the school’s video production program, where he writes, performs and edits for Byng TV. He is an accomplished piano player and nationally recognized composer. He teaches swimming, loves music in every form and enjoys traveling and learning Japanese. McClain is the second in his family to be named an Academic All-Stater; he was preceded by his brother Daniel in 2013. He plans to study accounting at OSU. Scholarship Sponsor: The Chickasaw Nation - Bill Anoatubby, Governor



Allison McClung
Elgin High School
A class salutatorian, McClung has served as treasurer for the National Honor Society and is active on the academic team; Multicultural Club; and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She has honed her leadership skills at community volunteer events such as Live2Lead. She is a junior firefighter with the Wichita Mountain Estates Fire Department, where she goes on calls and takes safety classes. In that role, she is involved in various community projects and fundraisers. She also works at a local pharmacy. McClung plans to study English at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Beth and Carey Johnson



Harper McIntyre
Thomas A. Edison Preparatory High School
McIntrye, a resident of Tulsa, is ranked first in her class of 277 students. She is a National Merit finalist, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and was selected her junior and sophomore years to receive the Ultimate Eagle Award as the outstanding student in class. She is a member of the Tulsa Mayor’s Youth Council, serves as Key Club president and is active in the Academic Bowl, where she has served as both a JV and varsity team member. She volunteers with her church’s youth group, is studying Chinese, and competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. McIntyre plans to pursue a degree in political science. Scholarship Sponsor: The Meshri Family



Taos McIntyre
Guymon High School
Last year, McIntyre was the first student selected as a Main Street Hero while participating in Guymon’s Main Street Transformers program. He was recognized for a project demonstrating how Google can be optimized within a business setting. McIntyre serves as academic team captain and as an officer for both the Senior Class and Speech and Debate. Among his many honors in Oklahoma Association for Academic Competition, he was named the state champion in environmental science and technology. McIntyre is trumpet section leader in the band and lead programmer for the Robotics Club. He plans to study electrical engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Jan Barrick - Alpha Plus Systems



Taryn McLaughlin
Carl Albert High School
A class valedictorian, McLaughlin is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. She was a 2018 Oklahoma Girls State delegate and is a member of the Mid-Del Superintendent Student Advisory Board and State Superintendent Advisory Board. She has honed her leadership skills as Key Club vice president and yearbook editor. She serves on the Medical Research Foundation Philanthropic Teen Board, volunteers with the Oklahoma Humane Society Neonate Nursery, and the Spay and Neuter Clinic. Active in the Oklahoma City Teen Arts Council, McLaughlin is executive art director for YouGoGirlOK. She plans to major in chemistry and art or pre-med. Scholarship Sponsor: Dr. Bobby and Jayne Christensen



Emily Carole Miller
Classen School of Advanced Studies
Miller, a Norman resident, is an Oklahoma State Regents Academic Scholar. She is active in the Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society and a three-year member of All-State High School Choir. She has developed her leadership skills as president of the National Honor Society, vice president and tutoring liaison for Mu Alpha Theta, a member of the recruitment team for Link Crew, and a University of Oklahoma High School Leadership Conference senior ambassador. She enjoys playing and teaching piano. She has volunteered with the Cooperating Baptist Fellowship of Oklahoma Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Team, Love OKC and as a Project Linus “Blanketeer.” Miller plans to study biomedical engineering at OU. Scholarship Sponsor: Crawley Family Foundation



Carly Mills
McAlester High School
Mills is active in the Indian Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars. She serves as academic team captain and, as a member of the History Club, organized multiple student events and started a process to give the high school its first nationally recognized chapter. Additionally, she has participated in Mock Trial and conducts public relations for the Gay-Straight Alliance. She is active in varsity band, choir and musical theatre. Her outside interests include classic literature and space. She plans to attend Brown University in Providence, R. I. Scholarship Sponsor: The Bank, N.A., McAlester



Brian Montgomery
Piedmont High School
Montgomery is a class valedictorian and Advanced Placement Scholar. He is a martial arts expert and instructor and is active in Key Club and AP Science Club. Montgomery has enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, where he is on course to become a commissioned officer. He has volunteered his time through such organizations as the Key Club and National Honor Society and with local food pantries. His outside interests include military history and painting. He plans to study bioinformatics at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Woodrow Richard Stubbs Charitable Remainder Trust



Sanjeev Musuvathy
Jenks High School
A National Merit finalist, Musuvathy received a top score in policy debate at the National Speech and Debate Tournament and had a paper selected for publication in PLOS ONE, a top-10 medical journal. He is co-captain of the varsity speech and debate team, the webmaster and an officer in the Key Club, and head coordinator of TedxYouth@Jenks. He is coordinator and coach of the Jenks District Chess Club and a volunteer coach for the Tulsa Urban Debate League. He is a former nationally ranked NBA2K video game competitor. Musuvathy plans to pursue a degree in business and computer science. Scholarship Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. James M. Sturdivant



Daniel Tien Danh Ngo
Westmoore High School
A class valedictorian, Ngo is an Oklahoma Regents Scholar and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. He serves as vice president of the Westmoore Multicultural Club and is a youth leader in the global Vietnamese Eucharist Youth Movement. He is lead pianist at his church and lead dancer of the lion dance team in the church’s dance association. He volunteers through the Key Club and also with the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and St. Anthony Hospital. He is point guard in the Oklahoma Asian Basketball Association and is a digital music producer. Ngo plans to pursue a degree in computer science. Scholarship Sponsor: OGE Energy Corp.



Dylan Nguyen
Southmoore High School
A Regents Scholar, Nguyen is active in the Science Olympiad; academic team; Link Crew; Youth and Government; and Race, Religion and Rights. In addition to his volunteer work through several of the aforementioned organizations, he also serves as a teacher’s aide and shares his time and talents with the Outreach Community Service League. Nguyen follows in the footsteps of his brother Kevin who was named an Academic All-Stater in 2016. Nguyen plans to study computer science at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Mustang Fuel Corporation



August Nielsen
Charles Page High School
A resident of Sand Springs, Nielsen is a National Merit Scholar finalist who made both the Sophomore and Junior Top-10 lists. He serves as president of the Gender-Sexuality Alliance and has volunteered his time through the Teens in Action chapter. He is a member of the academic team and is active in the Tulsa Honors/Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, he has served on the Youth Leadership Camp Planning Committee. Nielsen plans to study electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Scholarship Sponsor: Sand Springs Education Foundation, Inc.



Gracie O'Rorke
Bethel High School
A class valedictorian, O’Rorke was selected as a Lexus Eco Challenge finalist and a three-time published winner in the Oklahoma Writing Project. She has honed her leadership skills as Student Council District 8 president; National Honor Society secretary; co-editor for the school newspaper and yearbook staffer; and as Science, Engineering and Math Club team leader. She serves as manager and trainer for football, girls’ basketball and wresting. Additionally, she serves as a Senate Page and has participated in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. She volunteers yearly for Relay for Life. O’Rorke plans to study English as part of a pre-law track at Vanderbilt University. Scholarship Sponsor: Teresa and Alex Adwan



Colleen Ozment
Norman North High School
Ozment is a National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. Her junior year, as president of the Feminism Club, she helped lead a walkout to advocate for sensible gun reform following a school shooting in Florida. That action, noted a teacher, shows she “doesn’t just join groups, she takes leadership roles in her extracurricular activities.” Ozment has developed her leadership skills as founder and president of the Animal Welfare Club and as a member of Girl Scouts, Young Democrats and Rotary Club. She plays in the Symphonic Orchestra and fosters kittens through the Oklahoma City Humane Society. Ozment plans to study journalism at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation



Zachary Perry
Seminole High School
Active in the Seminole Scholars Program, Perry is a Regional STEM Award recipient. He has honed his leadership skills as executive treasurer of Student Council and president of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. He is also active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FIRST Robotics, Academic Bowl and his church youth group. Perry volunteers with A League of Their Own, the Family Resource Center and Primrose Retirement Community. Perry plans to study biochemistry (pre-medicine) at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Leslie Daugherty (AAS '99)



Jase Pippenger
Eufaula High School
The class valedictorian, Pippenger was selected as an Oklahoma Coaches Association Region 3 Male Scholar of the Year and was named to the Oklahoma Student Indian Honor Society. He has twice served as class president, is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serves as team captain of the varsity football team. He is active in his church’s youth group and serves as a church camp counselor. He enjoys playing baseball and broadcasting basketball games. He participates every year in a canned food drive. Pippenger plans to study industrial engineering at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Cherokee Nation Businesses



Olivia Porter
Booker T. Washington High School
Porter, a Tulsa resident, is the recipient of a National Spanish Exam Junior Travel Award and is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. She is active in the Spanish Club and National Spanish Honor Society, Key Club and varsity swim team. Through RISE, affiliated with the U.N.-sponsored organization GirlUp, she promotes education for women throughout the world. She also serves as judicial head of Youth and Government and is a peer tutor. She volunteers with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and holds a part-time position with a local restaurant. Her passions include languages and linguistics. Porter plans to pursue a degree in cognitive science. Scholarship Sponsor: American Heritage Bank



Haven Powell
Muldrow High School
Powell is a National Merit finalist, a Muldrow High School Superlative and an Oklahoma Small School Band Director's Association All-State Musician. She has developed her leadership skills as Beta Club secretary, Symphonic Band section leader and involvement in the school’s Academic Bowl Team, Spanish Club and Science Club. A talented musician, Powell enjoys playing classical and jazz piano and plays the clarinet in the marching and concert bands. She is an elementary summer school volunteer and works with animals at a local veterinary clinic. Powell’s sister, Kimberly, was a 2007 Academic All-Stater. She plans to study biology at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: Cherokee Nation Businesses



Payson Ramirez
Blair High School
Ramirez was selected to participate in the Four Star Leadership with General Tommy Franks Summer Leadership Program. He is an Oklahoma Academic Scholar and serves on the State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. He has honed his leadership skills as president of the Student Council, Beta Club, Future Farmers of America and his senior class. Ramirez is also active in baseball and basketball and helped lead the Academic Quiz Bowl team to state on two occasions. He is a Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma volunteer and enjoys snowboarding. Ramirez plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: NBC Oklahoma



Aaron Reid
Verdigris High School
A National Merit Commended Scholar, Reid has been active in the Academic Bowl since his junior year, and is credited with helping it “skyrocket.” He is a math tutor, head drum major in the marching band, vice president of the Student Council, captain of the academic team and chaplain of the soccer team. He is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and performs in the jazz and concert bands. He also is active in the school’s Recycling Club and Claremore First Students. Reid plans to study industrial and systems engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: H. A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust



Madison R. Rice
Bixby High School
Rice is the class salutatorian and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. She was a 2018 Young People’s Writing Contest award winner. She developed her leadership skills as Mario Kart Club co-vice president and co-captain of the varsity academic team, and she was named Pre-Med Club MVP. She performs in marching band, wind ensemble and jazz band. She volunteers for Find a Grave and is active in the Bixby Community Alliance, supporting educational reform in the state. She loves math, science and history and hopes to work as a researcher, looking for more effective medicines for bacterial, viral and prion diseases. She has worked as a lifeguard. Rice plans to pursue a degree in microbiology and immunology. Scholarship Sponsor: Mabrey Bank



Emma Rich
Prague High School
Rich’s academic awards and honors include being named to Oklahoma State University’s President’s Leadership Class, serving as a 2018 Oklahoma Girls State delegate and selection for a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award. She was a STEM Scholar in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and participates on the academic team. Rich has developed her leadership skills as president of Future Farmers of America and National Honor Society, executive secretary of Student Council and a representative of Business Professionals of America. She is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serves as co-captain of the varsity basketball team. Rich plans to study biochemistry and molecular biology at OSU. Scholarship Sponsor: Richard James Family Foundation



Mohan Richter-Addo
Norman High School
An Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and National Merit finalist, Richter-Addo is the recipient of the James M. Breckenridge Repertoire Award. One of his teachers noted that Richter-Addo’s most recent obsession regards quantum objects and “the simple complexities that make the world seem cognizant of itself.” Noting that he enjoys tutoring others because it “helps both student and teacher understand the material a little more,” Richter-Addo this semester is serving as a first-year physics assistant. Active in the Norman Advanced Robotics Team, Richter-Addo plays piano and practices yoga and meditation. He plans to study physics at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: H. E. Rainbolt



Seth Jackson Robbins
Pauls Valley High School
Robbins is a National Merit Scholar finalist and an Academic Bowl All-State participant. He has honed his leadership skills and performed community service as an Eagle Scout and Boy Scout patrol leader and as president of the Key Club. He is a senior class representative and academic team captain and is active in Prayer Warriors. He plays on the varsity golf team and takes part in Oklahoma Association for Academic Competition scholastic meets. He enjoys participating in Scouting High Adventure Trips, and is a volunteer for Samaritans Food Bank. Robbins plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Scholarship Sponsor: Jari Askins



Joshua Robinson
Norman North High School
A National Merit finalist, Robinson has excelled in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and volunteerism. He served as T-Wolf chair of Developing Excellence at North through the Student Council and on the Fellowship of Christian Athletics leadership team. He is active in Key Club and in Students Performing Unselfish Deeds. He plays basketball and was cast in the school TV show “Timberwolf Tracks.” He owns and operates a mowing business. Robinson plans to pursue a degree in business. His mother, Kim Golden Robinson, was an Academic All-Stater in 1987. Scholarship Sponsor: Woodrow Richard Stubbs Charitable Remainder Trust



Blake Paddock Rowland
Tishomingo High School
An athlete and musician as well as outstanding scholar, Rowland serves as academic team captain and is a section leader in the school’s award-winning band. He is on the cross-country team, where he has twice qualified for the State Cross Country Meet. He also captains the football team, plays on the varsity track team and is a powerlifting state qualifier. Rowland was named KXII A+ Athlete for the area. He qualified and placed at the state scholastic Tournament of Champions for three years. He enjoys hunting, playing the bass guitar, bailing hay and working out. Rowland plans to study aerospace engineering at the Naval Academy or through a Naval ROTC program. Scholarship Sponsor: The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation



Gracie Scarbrough
Alva High School
Scarbrough is an Oklahoma Youth Tour delegate, Future Farmers of America State Chorus member and recipient of a Rotary Youth Leadership Award. She was selected to serve on the State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. She is captain of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and parliamentarian for the National Honor Society. She is active in Student Council, Key Club and Show Choir, and serves as varsity cheer captain. She has held leadership roles in Future Farmers of America. She is a math tutor and a Teen Library Ambassador for the Alva library. She enjoys horseback riding and ballet. Scarbrough plans to study business administration at Northwestern Oklahoma State College. Scholarship Sponsor: The Wisdom Family Foundation, Inc.



Elizabeth Schneider
Seiling High School
Schneider has been recognized with the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award. She was an Oklahoma State Scholars’ Society semi-finalist and received a full scholarship to the Washington Leadership Conference. She has honed her leadership and community service skills as Future Farmers of America president, Student Council secretary, Beta Club president, class president, and Art Club vice president. In addition, she serves on the State Superintendent’s Youth Advisory Council. She is active on the American Farmers and Ranchers Youth Advisory Council and she enjoys raising and showing swine. Schneider plans to study biochemistry and molecular biology at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Seiling State Bank



Sam Shideler
Stillwater High School
A National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Shideler has demonstrated his leadership skills as an Eagle Scout and a Youth and Government Outstanding Senior. He has for several years participated in Mock Trial, serving as vice president, leading the team to advanced placement and receiving a nomination as Best Attorney. He served as a district officer for Youth and Government, where he won the Best Bill Presentation award and was named Outstanding Senator. He is committee head of Stillwater Makes a Change and volunteers with the local food and resource center. He enjoys politics, classic literature and law and plays recreation league basketball. Shideler plans to pursue a degree in political science. Scholarship Sponsor: AT&T Oklahoma



William Shorow
Edmond North High School
A National Merit finalist, Shorow has been named Edmond North Student of the Year and is the recipient of the Advanced Placement BC Calculus award. He was a member of the Youth Leadership Edmond Class of 2018, has played on the baseball team since 2015 and is a violist with the Oklahoma All-State Orchestra. A student of the Chinese language since he was 4, Shorow opted to independently study for and take the notoriously difficult Advanced Placement Chinese language test (outside school); he not only passed but scored as well as some native speakers. He enjoys playing the piano, escape rooms and traveling. Scholarship Sponsor: Oklahoma Natural Gas



Jay Shoumaker
Newcastle High School
Shoumaker has received Oklahoma High School Honor Society and Newcastle High School Academic Achievement awards, as well as an Oklahoma State Regents’ Academic Scholars Program Award. He has developed his leadership skills as Robotics Team captain, Link Crew leader and percussion/drumline captain in the varsity band. He is active on the academic team and enjoys golf and robotics. He often made himself available to classmates before and after school to help tutor them before the Advanced Placement test in the spring. Shoumaker plans to study computer science at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: The First National Bank & Trust Co., Chickasha



Dawson Simeroth
Yukon High School
Simeroth serves on the State Superintendent’s Youth Advisory Council, the State Teacher of the Year selection panel and was named a Masonic Fraternity Student of Today. He is a member of the Student Council executive board and is active in the National Technical Honor Society and Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Simeroth participates in his church’s student-led ministry leadership and praise teams. He volunteers at the local animal shelter and plays many sports. He enjoys flying airplanes, hunting and working on cars. Simeroth received a nomination from Sen. Jim Inhofe to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he plans to study aerospace and mechanical engineering. Scholarship Sponsor: Ann and Tracy Caine



Adam Sorrell
Midwest City High School
Sorrell has earned the 4.0 Jacket and is an Oklahoma Academic Scholar. He was named as Outstanding Junior English and Math Student. He currently serves as band president and is active in the Rotary/Interact Club, Student Council and Key Club. In Key Club, he has spent numerous hours working for causes including fighting homelessness. He also tutors elementary school students. Sorrell plans to study computer science at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: The Robert S. and Grayce B. Kerr Foundation



Hayden Spillars
Bixby High School
An Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Spillars was selected for Oklahoma State University’s Academic Scholar Award and the Advanced Placement/Project Lead the Way Scholar Award. He has served in leadership roles with the Student Council. He was praised for his service as chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee for the State Student Council Convention hosted by his high school, a position that required a great deal of time and energy as well as the ability to lead without dictating. He plays on the varsity golf team, enjoys volunteering in the community, and exploring Tulsa and around the state. He plans to study mechanical engineering at OSU. Scholarship Sponsor: Kerr-McGee Corporation




Alistair Swierkosz
MacArthur High School
Named an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction before his senior year, Swierkosz has received numerous achievement awards in U.S. history, mathematics and Spanish. From 2015 to 2017, he participated in the Appalachia Service Project, a national Christian service ministry that brings thousands of volunteers to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. He is vice president of the Health Occupations Students of America and has held leadership roles in the Key Club and MacArthur Partners’ Club. He is captain of the varsity soccer team and also serves as a soccer coach. He is a Comanche County Memorial Hospital volunteer. Swierkosz plans to study biochemistry at the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: Terry K. Bell Charitable Trust



Bree Taylor
Kingfisher High School
President in the school chapter of Future Farmers of America, Taylor has been instrumental in helping lead the organization to state- and national-level competitions. She was a member of the national FFA 2018 Champion Livestock Evaluation Team and was named national FFA 2017 Outstanding Secretary. She also has honed her leadership skills as National Honor Society vice president and Student Council public relations officer. She plays on the varsity softball and basketball teams. She volunteers for Food For America and for Meals of Hope. Taylor plans to study accounting and agribusiness at Oklahoma State University. Scholarship Sponsor: Oklahoma State University



Matthew Thomas
Chickasha High School
Thomas is captain and lead mechanical and programming systems director for his school’s Robotics Club. A 2018 Oklahoma Regional Competition FIRST Robotics Dean’s List finalist, Thomas has mentored elementary and middle school LEGO robotics teams and volunteered for three elementary summer robotics camps. He has further developed his leadership skills as Green Club president, Junior Optimist International service coordinator and Key Club secretary. He plays co-ed volleyball and is a Drover Difference volunteer. He is the second in his family to be an Academic All-Stater, following his sister Emily, a 2017 honoree. Thomas plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: The First National Bank & Trust Co., Chickasha



Andrew Thien-An Trieu
Westmoore High School
Trieu’s lengthy list of academic honors include academic excellence awards in algebra 2, web page design and development, and 4.0 GPA and above. He has developed his leadership skills as Environmental Club upper class representative, Humanitarian Club secretary and Student Council senator. He is active in the HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Club, and has volunteered at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital, the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. He participates in the varsity cross country and junior varsity 2 soccer teams. Trieu plans to pursue studies in pre-medicine. Scholarship Sponsor: Google Inc.



Erika Nicole Vanderheiden
Stilwell High School
Vanderheiden has honed her leadership skills and gained volunteer experience through numerous academic and civic organizations, including Key Club, Beta Club, Boys and Girls Club, Science and Math Club and STEM Club. Through Key Club, she plays a key role as a liaison with the city’s Kiwanis Club and enjoys a leadership role in organizing and putting on events such as Trick or Treating with UNICEF; The Big Event, a community clean-up day; and the Stilwell Strawberry Festival. She has been on the cheer squad for three years, serving as captain this year. Vanderheiden plans to study engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.



Bailey Vought
Broken Arrow High School
An Advanced Placement Scholar, Vought also is a QuestBridge College Match Scholarship and a Gates Scholarship finalist. A theatre enthusiast, she serves as president of the school’s Tiger Theatre Drama Club and was excited to be given the opportunity to work with Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Faith Prince. She was selected by the school’s faculty to serve on the Committee of Life and Activities. She volunteers monthly at her church. Her passions include studying Latin, Cherokee and other languages and serving as a tutor. Vought plans to study art history with a minor in theatre at Stanford University. Scholarship Sponsor: Cherokee Nation Businesses



Madison Watson
Oologah High School
Watson is an Advanced Placement Scholar and a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship semifinalist. She is active in the Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society and has served as Technology Student Association regional and state reporter. She is the co-founder and president of Equality Club and has served as reporter and historian for Business Professionals of America. She volunteers at day care centers and clinics for special-needs children and has established her own service project, Archive Oologah, to interview community members as a documentation of oral history. Her passions include writing poetry and air hockey. Watson plans to study writing and rhetoric at the University of Texas. Scholarship Sponsor: ConocoPhillips



Kevin Wiafe
Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics
A National Merit Scholar finalist, Wiafe also is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program nominee. He has refined his leadership skills through participation on the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital Teen Leadership Board and OU Stephenson Cancer Center Teen Board of Advocates. He is also an OSSM Community Corps mentor and serves as the arts team camera operator for his church. He enjoys tutoring and volunteering with Families Loving Families. Wiafe’s interests include music production and playing basketball and piano. He plans to pursue a degree in electrical engineering and computer engineering. Scholarship Sponsor: Kirkpatrick Foundation, Inc.



Liza Williams
Bartlesville High School
An Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Williams also is a National Merit finalist and was a state winner and national qualifier at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. She is founder and president of the Environmental, president of the Spanish Club and captain of her track and cross country teams. At the high school, she tutors math and implemented a recycling program. She is an intern in the Information Technology department at ConocoPhillips. Her brother Jack was named an Academic All-Stater in 2017. Williams plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering with an environmental concentration. Scholarship Sponsor: Phillips 66



Bailey Winkle
Coweta High School
A class valedictorian and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Winkle is captain of the varsity soccer team for which she earned All-District honors. She has further developed her leadership skills as a Senior Right Direction tutor, Mock Trial lead attorney and academic team co-captain. She has received Outstanding Student awards in math, chemistry and biology. Her passions include hiking, kayaking, tutoring math, and special needs outreach. Winkle plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering. Scholarship Sponsor: Dr. Edward Nonweiler



Tori Wood
Sequoyah High School
A National Merit semi-finalist, Wood is captain of the varsity cross country team and also participates in basketball and track. She is a four-time state medalist in cross country. She has honed her leadership skills as team captain of the Cherokee Language and Cultural Program. She is active in Oklahoma Honor Society and Oklahoma Indian Honor Society. She volunteers at the Will Rogers Library and with the Good Samaritan Ministries. She plans to attend the University of Tulsa. Scholarship Sponsor: RCB Bank



J.D. Wright
Altus High School
Wright is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and was selected as a National Merit and QuestBridge finalist. He has elevated his leadership skills as academic team and Ethics Bowl captain as well as Link Crew leader and ambassador. A talented writer, he was selected to attend the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute in creative writing and has won several awards for his poetry. He enjoys tutoring students in subjects ranging from English to Advanced Placement Calculus. A guitar player since middle school, he writes guitar music and teaches guitar lessons. Wright plans to study mathematics and philosophy at Yale University. Scholarship Sponsor: The Leverett Family, In Honor of Janelle Leverett



Michael Yu
Edmond Santa Fe High School
Yu is a National Merit finalist, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and recipient of the State Superintendent Awards of Arts Excellence. He served as scouting captain for the FIRST Robotics Team 1259, which took second among 60 teams at the Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. He is vice president of Multicultural Club and founder and coordinator of the Bright Eyes and Music Club, which serves senior residents. He is an accomplished pianist who holds a high school diploma from the American College of Musicians National Guild of Piano Teachers, as well as a violinist and competitive swimmer. Scholarship Sponsor: Academic All-State Alumni



Richelle Zampella
Oklahoma School for the Blind
Zampella placed first in the National Braille Challenge Finals and is at the top of her class in all academic subjects. She will have earned 22 college hours by the time of her high school graduation. She has honed her leadership skills as academic team captain and through her involvement with the Leadership team; the Jazz Band, where she is alto sax first chair; and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She enjoys cheerleading and jazz music. Zampella plans to double major in jazz performance and communications at the University of Central Oklahoma. Scholarship Sponsor: Mary Frances Michaelis



Tao Zhu
Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics
Zhu, who lives in Norman, is a National Advanced Placement Scholar, National Merit finalist and Oklahoma Governor’s Scholar. Among his many accomplishments, Zhu was a 2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament qualifier in the Lincoln Douglas Debate. He has served as Mu Alpha Theta president and secretary and is a National Speech and Debate Association Member of Special Distinction. He has been active in the Ethics Bowl and, while attending Norman North High School, he served on the varsity swimming and tennis teams. He has volunteered at Norman West Library. Zhu plans to study operations research and financial engineering at Princeton University. Scholarship Sponsor: Polly and Larry Nichols