2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 5

by Jenni Carlson Published: June 29, 2014
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PIEDMONT: KASEY REIN

Athletics: State swimming champion in the 200 individual medley, state runner-up in the 100 backstroke as a senior. Won 500 freestyle and 100 back as a junior, 200 IM and 100 back as a sophomore. Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State. Four-time second-team All-City. State qualifier in track and cross country. Will swim at Evansville.


Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. Scored 25 on the ACT. National Honor Society.

Activities: Science Club. Spanish Club. Key Club.

Quote: “Kasey is highly motivated and sets high standards.” — Shelly Thomas, English teacher.

College choice: University of Evansville

Also nominated: Bre Davis, Jamie Lowrie

PUTNAM CITY: GARRETT LENZ

Athletics: Varsity baseball for four years, three years as a starter. Also played basketball.

Academics: Scored 27 on the ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society.

Activities: Student council vice president. Spanish and Latino Student Association. Youth Leadership Exchange. Oklahoma City Beautiful. Oklahoma Student Council District 10 vice president. Feed the Children and Dwight Mission Summer Camp volunteer.

Quote: “Garrett is the kind of young man I admire. He is intelligent, compassionate, dependable and loves to serve others.” — Pam Simmons, English teacher

College choice: Oklahoma State

Also nominated: None

PUTNAM NORTH: KOOPER TAYLOR

Athletics: Captain of the volleyball team as a senior. Winner of team’s Award of Excellence. Captain of OK Charge club volleyball team.

Academics: Scored 34 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.6. Valedictorian. National Honor Society. Academic All-State. OU Academic Scholar.

Activities: Four-year class officer. Panther Pals leader. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Girls State. Hugh O’Brien Leadership Award.

Quote: “It is my pleasure to be her teacher as she simply enjoys learning. She is the type of student all teaches wish to have in class.” — Deborah Hill, Spanish teacher and volleyball coach

College choice: Oklahoma

Also nominated: Blake Harris

PUTNAM WEST: RYAN DUNN

Athletics: All-District 6A-4 wide receiver in football as a senior. All-conference honoree as well. Selected as team’s offensive player of the year. Three-year varsity starter.

Academics: Grade point average of 3.5. Ranked in the top 15 percent of his class.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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