Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence


February 25, 2019 - Foundation Announces 2019 Academic All-State Scholars

by OFE | 2019-02-25 13:19:54

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has announced the recipients of its prestigious 2019 Academic All-State Awards. These 100 top public high school seniors, selected from 535 nominations statewide, hail from 83 schools in 75 Oklahoma school districts.

The 2019 Academic All-State Class is the 33rd to be selected by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.  Since the award program’s inception in 1987, some 3,300 high school seniors from 325 school districts have been named All-State scholars. Three high schools will celebrate their first Academic All-Stater: Blair, Kansas, and Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

Each of this year’s All-Staters will receive a $1,000 merit-based scholarship and a medallion. The All-Staters will be recognized at the foundation’s 33rd annual Academic Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 18, at the Renaissance Tulsa Convention Center.

David L. Boren, chairman and founder of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, describes the selection of the scholars as “Oklahoma’s most rigorous academic competition.” To be nominated for Academic All-State, students must meet one of the following criteria: an American College Test (ACT) composite score of at least 30; a combined SAT evidence-based reading & writing and math score of at least 1370; or be selected as a semi-finalist for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship.

This year’s All-Staters scored an average of 33.6 on the ACT, with six recipients scoring a perfect 36. The students’ average GPA was 4.28. In addition, 33 of this year’s All-Staters are National Merit semifinalists, and two are National Hispanic Scholars.

Academic All-Staters are selected on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement, as well as an essay submitted by each nominee. The selection committee, which is chaired by retired Tulsa attorney Teresa B. Adwan, works independently of all other foundation activities. The committee members are a diverse group of business, education and civic leaders, as well as past Academic Awards Program honorees.

The Academic Awards Banquet is open to the public, with admission priced at $50. The awards ceremony will later be televised statewide by OETA, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority. For more information, call the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence office at (405) 236-0006 or visit its website at
Founded in 1985, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and encouraging academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. Through its Academic Awards Program, the foundation has provided more than $4.7 million in merit-based scholarships and awards to honor outstanding graduating seniors as Academic All-Staters and exceptional educators as Medal for Excellence winners. Other foundation programs include the Oklahoma School Foundations Network, Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Fellowships, Teacher Grants for Professional Development, and the David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative.

(EDITORS: The 100 Academic All-Staters are listed below alphabetically by school district, school and the city where they reside. For more information on a particular student in your area, contact Brenda Wheelock at 405/236-0006, Ext. 11.)
*Indicates the All-State Scholar is the sibling of a previous winner.
Name School District School City
Jonathan Wright Altus Altus HS Altus
Gracie Scarbrough Alva Alva HS Alva
Katelyn Lofton Antlers Antlers HS Antlers
Kaitlyn Long Ardmore Ardmore HS Ardmore
Margaret Drummond* Bartlesville Bartlesville HS Bartlesville
Liza Williams Bartlesville Bartlesville HS Bartlesville
Gracie O'Rorke Bethel Bethel HS Shawnee
Madison Rice Bixby Bixby HS Bixby
Hayden Spillars Bixby Bixby HS Bixby
Payson Ramirez Blair Blair HS Blair
Colten Brown Boise City Boise City HS Boise City
Bailey Vought Broken Arrow Broken Arrow HS Broken Arrow
Brooklyn Grugan Broken Bow Broken Bow HS Broken Bow
Alexa Benedict Burns Flat-Dill City Burns Flat-Dill City HS Burns Flat
Thaddaeus McClain Byng Byng HS Ada
Chloe Hart* Chandler Chandler HS Chandler
Toby Highfill Cherokee Cherokee HS Amorita
Matthew Thomas Chickasha Chickasha HS Chickasha
Bree Kisling Chisholm Chisholm HS Enid
Grace Brasfield Claremore Claremore HS Claremore
Bailey Winkle Coweta Coweta HS Coweta
Macy Cates Deer Creek Deer Creek HS Edmond
Sofia Ferguson Deer Creek Deer Creek HS Edmond
Michael Dixon Durant Durant HS Durant
Amanda Baskett Edmond Edmond Memorial HS Edmond
Ishan Bhanot Edmond Edmond Santa Fe HS Edmond
William Shorow Edmond Edmond North HS Edmond
Michael Yu Edmond Edmond Santa Fe HS Edmond
Allison McClung Elgin Elgin HS Lawton
Reagan Benton Elk City Elk City HS Elk City
Kwanyoung Kim Enid Enid HS Enid
Jase Pippenger Eufaula Eufaula HS Eufaula
Teresa Haddock Glencoe Glencoe HS Stillwater
Taos McIntyre Guymon Guymon HS Guymon
Alexander Christian Eden Harrah Harrah HS Harrah
Audra Crisp Hydro-Eakly Hydro-Eakly HS Hydro
Rajveer Korpe Jenks Jenks HS Tulsa
Sanjeev Musuvathy Jenks Jenks HS Tulsa
Ty Aldridge Jones Jones HS Jones
Kallie Asher Kansas Kansas HS Kansas
Bree Taylor Kingfisher Kingfisher HS Kingfisher
Gabhriel Barber Lawton Eisenhower HS Lawton
Alistair Swierkosz Lawton MacArthur HS Lawton
Quincy Collins Leedey Leedey HS Leedey
Rio Bonham Madill Madill HS Tishomingo
Carly Mills McAlester McAlester HS McAlester
Ashlin Ferris Miami Miami HS Miami
Taryn McLaughlin Midwest City-Del City Carl Albert HS Norman
Adam Sorrell Midwest City-Del City Midwest City HS Midwest City
Vanessa Heath Moore Westmoore HS Oklahoma City
Daniel Ngo Moore Westmoore HS Oklahoma City
Dylan Nguyen Moore Southmoore HS Oklahoma City
Andrew Trieu Moore Westmoore HS Oklahoma City
Haven Powell Muldrow Muldrow HS Muldrow
Heidi Askeland Mustang Mustang HS Yukon
Jay Shoumaker Newcastle Newcastle HS Newcastle
Kyler Inman Newkirk Newkirk HS Newkirk
Cassidy Holman Noble Noble HS Noble
Jamie Bowen Norman Norman HS Norman
Evan Eshelman Norman Norman North HS Norman
Karina Feng Norman Norman North HS Norman
Colleen Ozment Norman Norman North HS Norman
Mohan Richter-Addo Norman Norman HS Norman
Joshua Robinson Norman Norman North HS Norman
Katie Bomhoff Okarche Okarche HS Okarche
Dylan DelCol Oklahoma City Harding Charter Preparatory HS Oklahoma City
Emily Miller Oklahoma City Classen School of Advanced Studies Norman
Richelle  Zampella Ok. School for the Blind OK School for the Blind Muskogee
Madison Watson Oologah-Talala Oologah HS Collinsville
Jeanette Hoang OSSM OK School of Science & Mathematics Oklahoma City
Kevin Wiafe OSSM OK School of Science & Mathematics Bethany
Tao Zhu OSSM OK School of Science & Mathematics Norman
Jillian Cordray Owasso Owasso HS Owasso
Seth Robbins Pauls Valley Pauls Valley HS Pauls Valley
Blake Cope Piedmont Piedmont HS Okarche
Brian Montgomery Piedmont Piedmont HS Yukon
Anna Lassahn Plainview Plainview HS Ardmore
Emma Rich Prague Prague HS Prague
Jaiden Callies Putnam City Putnam City High School Oklahoma City
Bethany Bengs Quinton Quinton High School Quinton
August Nielsen Sand Springs Charles Page HS Tulsa
Elizabeth Schneider Seiling Seiling HS Seiling
Zachary Perry Seminole Seminole HS Seminole
Tori Wood Sequoyah Sequoyah HS Claremore
Alexander Lunsford Shawnee Shawnee HS Shawnee
Kacie Anderson Skiatook Skiatook HS Skiatook
Emma Bollinger Stillwater Stillwater HS Stillwater
Samuel Shideler Stillwater Stillwater HS Stillwater
Erika Vanderheiden Stilwell Stilwell HS Stilwell
Blake Rowland Tishomingo Tishomingo HS Milburn
Richard Hasegawa Tulsa Booker T. Washington HS Tulsa
Nikith Kurella Tulsa Booker T. Washington HS Tulsa
Harper McIntyre Tulsa Thomas A. Edison Preparatory HS Tulsa
Olivia Porter Tulsa Booker T. Washington HS Tulsa
Laiba Akhtar Union Union HS Broken Arrow
Aaron Reid Verdigris Verdigris HS Claremore
Ruby Edsall Watonga Watonga HS Watonga
Caitlin Mantooth Wayne Wayne HS Wayne
Addison Duerksen Weatherford Weatherford HS Cordell
Dawson Simeroth Yukon Yukon HS Yukon