Broken Arrow Express
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence recently recognized two Broken Arrow High School graduates as 2016 academic all-staters: Rebecca Atherton and Simona Yaneva. These students were among 100 Oklahoma public school seniors to receive this recognition.
Atherton is an active participant in Boy Scouts and has served on staff as a head quarter master, crew guide and trainer for Boy Scouts National Youth Leadership Training and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience. She has also served as administrative vice president and secretary of the Boy Scouts Venture Crew. She is a National Merit finalist, competitive tap dancer, soccer player and referee.
Atherton began volunteering at Safari’s Wildlife Sanctuary at age 12. She plans to study physiology and pre-medicine at Oklahoma State University.
She received an All-State scholarship sponsored by the Flint Family Foundation.
Yaneva serves on the board of directors of World Language Club and is active in Key Club, National Honor Society and Future Medical Professionals. She is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor, who has been named Chemistry Student of the Year and Spanish Student of the Year. Yaneva is a teen leader for Broken Arrow Pathfinder Club and volunteers her spare time at animal shelters and with her church. Yaneva plans to major in chemical and computer engineering at the University of Tulsa.
She received an All-State scholarship sponsored by Peggy Helmerich of Tulsa.
The Academic Awards Banquet, which was held recently in Norman, is presented annually by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools.