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How the Oklahoman/Oklahoma Spots Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes are chosen

The search for the best scholar-athletes began with a mailing to every high school in the Oklahoma City area.
by Jenni Carlson Published: June 29, 2014
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The search for the best scholar-athletes began with a mailing to every high school in the Oklahoma City area. Today, The Oklahoman and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame honor those who excelled in both athletics and academics.


Who was eligible?

Seniors who attended high schools in the Oklahoma City area as defined by The Oklahoman’s circulation department.

How were they nominated?

By their schools. A school could nominate as many as three students, who then completed a form detailing their athletic and academic achievements. A faculty letter of recommendation was also requested.

Is there a minimum grade point average or standardized test score required?

No.

What was the formula for evaluation?

Evaluations were based 60 percent on athletics, 40 percent on academics, and excellence was valued higher than participation. For example, a student who played only one sport at an all-state level received higher consideration than one who played three sports but never started.

How were the school winners chosen?

Three members of The Oklahoman’s sports staff evaluated each school’s nominations and determined a winner.

How were the scholarship winners selected?

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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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