Kolton Barnes, 18, and Brodie Montgomery, 17, have joined an elite group of student scholars.

Both seniors at Comanche High School, they were two of 100 Oklahoma seniors selected recently as Oklahoma All-State Scholars.

Principal Steve Dunham said, “These are highly motivated students, anyway.

“It’s a good reflection on the system and the teachers they’ve had. But we can’t take all the credit.

“It’s like I said. They’re highly motivated.”

This is the first time in seven years that any Comanche seniors have made the list, the last being Nick Wanzor. The school has never had two selected in the same year.

Barnes and Montgomery were among 544 students nominated statewide for the recognition. Each was selected based on his or her academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement and an essay written by the nominee.

Barnes said, “It’s kind of like seeing all my hard work pay off. It’s a real honor for the school for sure.

“It shows how good our teachers are.”

Montgomery said that being named as an All-State Scholar was something in which he took pride.

“It’s a great honor,” he said. “I guess I’ve just been lucky to have a good learning environment in school.

“I’ve worked really hard in school, and I’ve just been blessed with great teachers and a great school system, which has given me the opportunity to be selected.”

Each said he was glad to be named with another student from CHS and thought it would be a good reflection on the school district.

For their post-high school careers, both have decided where they want to go to college.

Barnes said, “I’m going to OU and am majoring in architecture. I might start my own firm.

“Then I want to go back and go to cooking school.”

Montgomery said he also wanted to go to the University of Oklahoma.

“I’m going to go to OU and major in accounting,” he said. “And I’m going to have fun.”

At CHS, the students have been able to find subjects that they are interested in and that have shaped their plans for after high school.

Barnes said he enjoys classes that focus on art or media design.

“I’ve been into art all my life,” he said. “It’s kind of what led me to architecture.

“Media design is just art on a computer.”

Montgomery said his favorite topic to study is math.

“Math has always been my favorite subject, calculus,” he said.

Dunham said the students made him proud.

“Things like this mean more to me sometimes than a big basketball or football game,” the principal said. “The athletes get their accolades, but this gives students who aren’t athletes some recognition.

“They are wonderful students.”

The two are not always pursuing academics. Montgomery said he liked to hang out with friends, go to the movies and play basketball, which is his favorite sport.

Barnes said he also likes going to the movies and playing volleyball in the summer.

“I also like playing the Simms a lot,” the 18-year-old said. “That leads back to architecture.”

Barnes is the son of Andy and Darla Barnes. Montgomery is the son of Anita and David Montgomery.

Other local students to be named as All-State Scholars include Matthew Frost of Duncan and Krystal Krug of Rush Springs.

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