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Jenks Students Named Academic All-State Winners




Jenks High School seniors Lanie McKinney and Ryan Zhu have been named 2018 Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence (OFE) Academic All-State winners. They are two of 100 winners, selected from 536 nominations throughout Oklahoma.
McKinney holds a 4.5 cumulative GPA. She received the State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence and is a National Merit Semifinalist and was recognized as the October Senior of the Month for her academic and leadership achievements.
She is a founding member of the Lady Trojan Lacrosse team, All-Star member in 2016 and 2017, a math tutor at Mathnasium, served as the Choir Council Treasurer for 2017-2018, and has served as Class Treasurer for her sophomore, junior, and senior years.
Zhu’s cumulative GPA is 4.37. He is a National Merit Semifinalist, a Project Lead The Way graduate, and a Distinguished AP Scholar, and he is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.

He has been on the Superintendant’s Honor Roll for four years. He is part of a nationally-ranked competitive soccer team and has played piano for 14 years.
He has served as team captain for the speech and debate team and the academic team.

McKinney and Zhu will both receive a $1,000 merit-based scholarship and a medallion. They and the other winners throughout the state will be recognized at the foundation’s 32nd annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 19, to be held in Norman.

The 2018 Academic All-State Class is the 32nd to be selected by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Since the award program’s inception in 1987, some 3,200 high school seniors from 322 school districts have been named All-State scholars.
David L. Boren, chairman and founder of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, describes the selection of the scholars as “Oklahoma’s most rigorous academic competition.”

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 & 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 33.4 on the ACT, with eight recipients scoring a perfect 36. The students’ average GPA was 4.24. In addition, 30 of this year’s All-Staters are National Merit semifinalists, and three are National Hispanic Scholars.

Updated 03-22-2018

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