2016 Academic All State Honors Announced

Three Bixby High School seniors make the list.

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The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has announced the recipients of its prestigious 2016 Academic All-State Awards and Bixby High School’s Ryan Soloman, Julia Waldman, and Gabriel West are on that list. Academic All-State is one of the most challenging scholastic competitions, with extraordinary high and multifaceted criteria. Only the very best students even qualify to be nominated.

Out of the 661 nominations, the top 100 public high school seniors were selected from 74 schools in 66 Oklahoma school districts. The 2016 Academic All-State Class is the 30th to be selected by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Since the award program’s inception in 1987, some 3,000 high school seniors from 316 school districts have been named All-State scholars. All-Staters receive a $1,000 merit-based scholarship and a medallion. The All-Staters will be recognized at the foundation’s 30th annual Academic Awards Banquet in May.

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 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) combined critical reading and math score of at least 1340; or be selected as a semi-finalist for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship.

To be nominated, students must meet one of the following criteria: an American College Test (ACT) composite score of at least 20; a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) combined critical reading and math score of at least 1340; or be selected as a semi-finalist for a National Merit., National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship. Students 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.


MORE INFORMATION: 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 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 and Electronic Field Trip subscriptions, teacher grants for professional development, and the David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative.

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