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March 2, 2014

Norman students named Academic All-State Scholars

NORMAN — The Oklahoma Foundation of Excellence has announced that four Norman high school students have been named 2014 Oklahoma Academic All-State Scholars.

Norman ties with the Oklahoma School of Math and Science and Booker T. Washington in Tulsa as having the second highest number of All-Staters this year. Only Edmond, with 7,000 more students, had a higher number.

Norman’s 2014 Academic All-State Scholars include Reed Shafer-Ray, Norman High; Joseph Sullivan, Norman High; William Long, Norman North; and Ohvia Muraleetharan, Norman North.

Academic All-Staters are nominated by their principals or superintendents and are selected on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement and an essay submitted by each nominee.

This year’s class of All-Staters had an average ACT score of 33, with nine recipients scoring a perfect 36 and 37 also being National Merit semifinalists, according to a news release by the Foundation of Excellence.

In that same release, the Foundation’s chairman and founder, University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren, said the selection of Academic All-State Scholars is “Oklahoma’s most rigorous academic competition.”

Norman Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano congratulated Norman’s winners, describing the students as extraordinary.

“What these students have accomplished while at Norman High and Norman North is extraordinary and they are to be commended for this very high honor,” he said. “We not only congratulate them but also their parents and teachers, who have supported and nurtured these scholars and put them on a path of excellence.”

The Scholars will be honored in a ceremony and banquet that will be televised statewide on OETA on May 24.

For more information or the complete list of Academic All-State award winners, call the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence at 236-0006 or visit ofe.org.

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