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May 20, 2014

Seniors take part in Excellence awards

DUNCAN — Four Stephens County seniors were presented with awards recognizing them as All-State Scholars on Saturday night. The honor is awarded by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Sam Allen and Sam Moffatt of Duncan High School, Cody Crow from Comanche High School and Tyler Carney from Marlow High School each received a $1,000 scholarship, a medallion and a commemorative plaque for the honor.

These students were invited to Norman, along with 96 other Oklahoma high school seniors, for the award ceremony. To earn the Oklahoma Excellence award, students must demonstrate academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities and community involvement. Students were also required to submit an essay for consideration. Additionally, the students had to score at least 30 on the ACT or be selected as a National Merit Scholar, National Achievement Scholar or National Hispanic Scholar.

This is the 28th year for students to be selected by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence for the All-State Scholars honor. The foundation was founded in 1985, as a non-profit organization designed to recognize and encourage academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. The award program was added two years later and has since recognized a total of 2,800 high school seniors from 314 school districts.

Of the students selected as this year’s All-State Scholars, the average ACT score was 33. The students had to be nominated by their principals or superintendents to receive the honor.

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