Syed Aslam

Norman North High School

A National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Aslam is ranked first in his class at Norman North High School. He is the director of United Way of Norman’s LEAD Program and worked conducting Alzheimer’s research in Dr. Yihan Shao’s lab at the University of Oklahoma. Aslam is a National Honor Society outstanding member as well as a member of Islamic Society of Norman’s youth group. He was named Teen Hero Volunteer at the Norman Regional Hospital System and also volunteers with the Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Norman Public Library. Aslam plans to study biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarship sponsor: Home Creations

Sydney Pierce

Norman High School

An Advanced Placement Scholar, Pierce is treasurer of National Honor Society and senior representative for Mu Alpha Theta math honor society. She is captain of the Norman High Varsity Pom Squad and was selected for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute in dance. President of Pointe to the Future, a program providing dance classes for children in the community, Pierce is also a member of Link Crew and was recognized in Norman High School’s Physics Hall of Fame. She is winner of the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English contest for Personal Writing and is an Oklahoma Writing Project’s writing contest winner for Narrative category. Pierce is a member of Norman High Kindness Club, Rotary Interact Club and Norman Water Club. She plans to study mechanical engineering in college. Scholarship sponsor: Mike Kumin (AAS ’90)

Grace Qi

Norman North High School

Qi is a National Merit finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. She is Oklahoma Distributive Education Clubs of America State president and both a four-year Oklahoma DECA State Champion in Food Marketing and a Top 20 testing finalist at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Food Marketing. Qi is a state Science Olympiad Champion in Designer Genes, Astronomy, Water Quality and Disease Detectives. She is director of membership for Oklahoma High School Democrats and founder and co-president of the Norman North Asian Culture Club. Qi is a member of the Norman North Speech and Debate Leadership Council, and she coaches speech and debate at the Norman Chinese School. She plans to study applied economics and management at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Scholarship sponsor: Sarkeys Foundation