Broken Arrow Express
Broken Arrow High School student Jacob Taylor has been awarded a 2017 Academic All-State Award from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.
Taylor is one of 100 winning students across the state who are top public high school seniors; he was selected from 551 nominations statewide.
Each of this year’s All-Staters will receive a $1,000 merit-based scholarship and a medallion. The All-Staters will be recognized at the foundation’s 31st annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 20, at the Renaissance Tulsa Convention Center.
Since the award program’s inception in 1987, some 3,100 high school seniors from 320 school districts have been named All-State scholars.
To be nominated for Academic All-State, students must meet one of the following criteria: an American College Test (ACT) composite score of at least 30; a combined SAT evidence-based reading and writing and math score of at least 1340; or be selected as a semi-finalist for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship.
This year’s All-Staters scored an average of 33.6 on the ACT, with nine recipients scoring a perfect 36. In addition, 39 of this year’s All-Staters are National Merit semifinalists, while three are National Hispanic Scholars.
Academic All-Staters are nominated by their principals or superintendents and are selected on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement, as well as an essay submitted by each nominee.