State Superintendent Janet Barresi announced today that about 2,500 graduating seniors from across the state earned official recognition as Oklahoma Academic Scholars in the Class 2012.
“These students have distinguished themselves in their exceptional accomplishments during their high school careers,” stated State Superintendent Janet Barresi. She went on to add, “Their focus on excellence will help to assure their success in life beyond high school. They deserve our applause. We’re also thankful for parents, educators and community members in helping students achieve this standing.”
To achieve recognition as Academic Scholars, students must have a minimum (non-weighted) grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale accumulated over grades 9, 10, 11 and the first semester of grade 12, or be in the top 10 percent of their class. They must have completed (or be on track to complete) the curriculum requirements for a high school diploma this spring and achieve either a minimum composite score of 27 on the ACT college-entrance exam or a combined verbal and mathematics score of 1,220 on the SAT I.
In early spring, the State Department of Education requests names of qualifying seniors from school officials. The Department sends to schools Certificates of Recognition and gold seals for the diplomas of each student recognized as an Academic Scholar.
The Academic Scholar program has been recognizing outstanding academic achievement of Oklahoma’s graduating seniors as required in state law since 1986.
March 9 was the deadline for schools to send names of students identified as Academic Scholars to the department.
The list as of Friday, May 25 of all 2012 Academic Scholars is available on the State Department of Education’s website at http://sde.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/AcademicScholars12.pdf.