Cherokee students named 2017 All-State Scholars
Ann Marie Grue
Jacob Ross Taylor
CATOOSA, Okla. – Five Cherokee Nation citizens were recently named 2017 Academic All-State Scholars and received scholarships in recognition of their academic achievements.
The five Cherokees honored were Chelsea Anderson, of Warner; Ann Marie Grue, of Welch; Gideon Moore, of Muldrow; Jacob Ross Taylor, of Broken Arrow; and Brook Wigginton, of Oologah.
The honors were bestowed upon them during an event in which the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence honored the state’s top 100 high school seniors, as well as five outstanding Oklahoma public educators, during its 31st Academics Awards Banquet. The annual gala is a statewide tribute honoring the best in Oklahoma’s public schools.
The 2017 Academic All-State class hails from 77 schools in 68 school districts. This year’s honorees were selected from hundreds of nominations during the academic competition.
Scholars are nominated by their principals or superintendents and selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement, as well as an essay submitted by each nominee.
With support from scholarship sponsors such as Cherokee Nation Businesses, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence presented merit-based scholarships of $1,000 each and medallions to 100 Academic All-State Scholars.
“We very much appreciate Cherokee Nation Businesses serving as the All-State Scholarship Partner for all five of the Cherokee students who were named Academic All-Staters,” Emily Stratton, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence executive director, said. “It is remarkable to have so many All-Staters from one class who share the same tribal heritage. Cherokee Nation must be very proud.”
CNB Executive Vice President said CNB is proud to partner with the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence “to honor these scholars for their achievements and to help support them in continuing their education.”
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a nonprofit, charitable organization founded in 1985 by then U.S. Sen. David L. Boren to recognize and encourage academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. Through its Academic Awards Program, the foundation has awarded more than $4.5 million in merit-based scholarships and cash awards to honor outstanding graduating seniors as Academic All-Staters and exceptional educators as Medal for Excellence winners.
For more information on the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, visit www.ofe.org