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Six Duncan High seniors were revealed as the nominees for the high school’s highest honor, the Crossman Award.
Traditionally, teachers select five nominees for the Crossman Award. This year’s nominees are Sam Allen, Jesse Hare, Connor Kelly, Sam Moffatt, Aubrey Mouser and Patrick Sullivan.
“There was a tie,” Senior Counselor Paula Belcher said. “Because there was a tie, there has to be six.”
From those seniors selected as nominees, students cast their ballots to choose the Crossman winner. Last year, Jack Braught was chosen for the annual award above his four fellow nominees.
The Crossman Award takes the place of the school’s valedictorian award as the highest honor. Duncan doesn’t name a valedictorian, but is represented by the senior chosen as Crossman.
The Crossman Award was a state award originating in the 1930, created by the Stillwater-based Crossman Insurance Co. as a way to recognize members of the upcoming senior class. Duncan named its first Crossman winner, Wade Koeninger, in 1946.
For this year’s Crossman Award, Duncan High School students will vote on the award winner Thursday. The award winner will be revealed during the awards assembly at 8 a.m. May 19.
Belcher said it may be unusual for the nomination process to result in six nominees, but it’s not completely unheard of. In fact, there have been several occasions when the Crossman Award was given to two seniors because of tie, following the student vote.
The last Crossman tie took place in 2009, when the award was given to Samantha Street and Erick Claud.