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Oklahoma Board of Education honors U.S. Presidential Scholar from Edmond

Semifinalists included two Norman students.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 26, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: July 26, 2014

Edmond resident Shelby C. Wilkinson, a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar, was recognized during this week’s state Board of Education meeting for her accomplishment.

Wilkinson is a graduate of Crossings Christian School in Oklahoma City. She is one of two high school seniors from Oklahoma and 141 overall who were named to the 50th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

The other scholar is Cody T. Crow, of Comanche, a graduate of Comanche High School.

Also recognized by state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi at Wednesday’s board meeting were Reed T. Shafer-Ray (Norman High School) and William Long (Norman North High School).

Shafer-Ray and Long were two of the state’s four semifinalists, along with Michelle M. Han of Tulsa and Peyton A. Lepp of Broken Arrow.

“It is my pleasure to recognize these young men and women as being among the most distinguished high school graduates in the nation,” Barresi said. “I know our state will be stronger because of their contribution.”

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Barack Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

The winners were honored last month.


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