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June 15, 2014

Oklahoma school selects class of ’16

OKLAHOMA CITY — Officials at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics recently announced the names of students from across the state who will attend the prestigious public high school this fall.

OSSM is Oklahoma’s nationally recognized program for juniors and seniors with exceptional abilities in science and math.

After reviewing students’ written applications, the selection committee invites more than 100 students to Oklahoma City to be personally interviewed. After that process is complete, the final selection of students is made.

Students locally include Robert Laitner, Academy of Classical Christian Studies; Osamah Mian, Mercy School; Tresten Pope, Moore High School; Andrew Kim, Mt. St. Marys; Tiannan Wu, Norman North High School; and Emily Dial, Blanchard High School.

“We are always impressed with the scholastic and personal accomplishments of students who apply to OSSM,” said Suzanne Donnolo, director of admissions. “We admit the maximum number of individuals we can, due to our residential housing limitations. If we had more state funding, we could admit more students to OSSM and nearly double that number.

“Oklahoma is filled with bright young people who are academically accomplished, and it’s unfortunate that we have to turn away well-qualified students.”

While at OSSM, students participate in a rigorous academic program. In addition to advanced level courses in science and math, curriculum includes exemplary programs in computer science, humanities, fine arts, foreign language and physical education.

Each science class features a weekly three-hour lab experience. Students must also do community service.

OSSM was created through legislative action in 1983 and is designed as a two-year residential public high school for academically advanced junior and senior students in mathematics and science. OSSM serves all Oklahoma schools and students through research, teacher training and outreach activities.

For more information, visit ossm.edu.

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