The Duncan Banner

March 18, 2014

Allen, Moffatt among top 100 Oklahoma high school seniors

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Two Duncan High School students were named among the top 100 high school seniors in Oklahoma.

Sam Allen and Sam Moffatt were among the 2014 Academic All-State Scholars, as announced by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. In all, four seniors from Stephens County, including Cody Crow of Comanche and Tyler Carney of Marlow, were listed among the top 100 seniors.

For the 2012-13 school year, Duncan High School didn’t have any students named as an All-State Scholar. This year, things changed with two scholars selected, both coincidentally named “Sam.”

“I didn’t think I’d get it at all,” Allen said. “It’s the top 100 from Oklahoma.”

This year, 79 high schools within 70 school districts were represented by the scholars chosen. Each scholar will receive a $1,000 merit-based scholarship.

They will be recognized at the foundation’s 28th annual awards banquet, set for May 17 in Norman. This year’s banquet guest speaker will be Harvard professor Robert D. Putnam.

To be nominated as a scholar, students must have a composite ACT score of 30. Selection also takes into account academic rigor.

Moffatt said he’s honored to be recognized among the top seniors in Oklahoma, despite not being from a larger metro area.

“It’s really cool being from Duncan and getting recognized,” Moffatt said.

Since the inception of the Academic All-State Scholar Award in 1987, about 2,800 Oklahoma students have received the award.

Allen and Moffatt stay busy with various activities and organizations at Duncan High School, including the DHS Tennis Team.

In recent months, Moffatt was named president of the state Health Occupations Students of America organization, and Allen was a recent recipient of the Sir Alexander Fleming research fellowship through the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.