Putnam City North High School Student Named Academic All-State

03.02.2017 3:47 PM

Carly Driskill of Putnam City North High School has been named to the 2017 Academic All-State Class by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Ms. Driskill is one of the100 top public high school seniors in Oklahoma selected from 551 nominations statewide and hailing from 77 different schools in 68 Oklahoma school districts.

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.

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 Academic Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 20, 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 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) combined SAT evidence-based reading, writing and math score of at least 1340; or be selected as a semifinalist 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 nine 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 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.

Founded in 1985, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing and encouraging academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. For more information, call the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence office at (405) 236-0006 or visit its website at www.ofe.org.

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Putnam City has the fourth-highest number of Academic All-Staters of any school district in Oklahoma, ranking behind Edmond, Tulsa and Norman.