Two Students from Putnam City North High School Named 2018 Academic All-Staters

04.25.2018 10:17 AM

Alyssa Noel and Bali Ong of Putnam City North High School have been named to the 2018 Academic All-State Class by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Noel and Ong are two of the 100 top public high school seniors in Oklahoma selected from 536 nominations statewide and hailing from 82 different schools in 74 Oklahoma school districts.

The 2018 Academic All-State Class is the 32nd to be selected by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Since the award program’s inception in 1987, some 3,200 high school seniors from 322 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 32nd annual Academic Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 19, at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman.

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 33.4 on the ACT, with eight recipients scoring a perfect 36. The students’ average GPA was 4.24. In addition, 30 of this year’s All-Staters are National Merit semifinalists, and 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.

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 $4.6 million in merit-based scholarships and awards to honor outstanding graduating seniors as Academic All-Staters and exceptional educators as Medal for Excellence winners.

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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.