The seniors at Bartlesville High School have been named Academic All-Staters by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Russell Drummond, Tyler Gerth, and Jack Williams are among the 100 top public high school seniors who were selected for the honor from 551 nominations statewide.
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 31st annual Academic Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 20, at the Renaissance Tulsa Convention Center.
Russell is the son of Ford and Vanessa Drummond, and his sister Virginia was a 2015 Academic All-Stater. Russell is also a National Merit Commended Student. Tyler is the son of Terry and Karen Gerth, and is also a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Jack is the son of John and Stevie Williams, and is also a National Merit Finalist.
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 1340; 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 9 recipients scoring a perfect 36. In addition, 39 of this year’s All-Staters are National Merit semifinalists, while three are National Hispanic Scholars.
Academic All-Staters are nominated by their principals or superintendents and 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 2017 Academic All-State Class is the 31st to be selected by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Since the award program’s inception in 1987, some 3,100 high school seniors from 320 school districts have been named All-State scholars.
The Academic Awards Banquet is open to the public, with admission priced at $50. The awards ceremony will be televised statewide by OETA, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27. For more information, call the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence office at (405) 236-0006 or visit its website at www.ofe.org.
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 $4.5 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 a Local Education Foundation Outreach Program, Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Fellowships, teacher grants for professional development, and the David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative.