High school scholar-athlete of the year, Stillwater's Noah Gade poses for a photo at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Stillwater's Noah Gade always set his goals high

Sports | Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

SCHOLAR-ATHLETES — His parents said trying to follow in his older sister's footsteps made Noah Gade push himself toward excellence. Noah chased Emma, two years older than him, both in the classroom and in athletics.

Other Scholar Athlete representatives

  • Scholar-Athletes: Jacob Rookard, Destiny Christian

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    DESTINY CHRISTIAN: JACOB ROOKARD Athletics: Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association All-State honoree in baseball and football. Member of OCSAA state champion football team as a senior. Honorable mention Little All-City baseball as a junior. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0....

  • Scholar-Athletes: Nate Roper, Edmond North

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    EDMOND NORTH: NATE ROPER Athletics: Two-time Class 6A tennis state champion at No. 1 singles. Undefeated as a senior. Two-time All-City player of the year. Three-time first-team All-City. Member of four state championship teams. Ran cross country two years. Preferred walk-on to the Oklahoma...

  • Scholar-Athletes: Caroline Goodin, Deer Creek

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    DEER CREEK: CAROLINE GOODIN Athletics: All-City Golfer of the Year as a senior. Class 5A state runner-up when team won the title. Will play golf at Oklahoma City University. Academics: Scored 31 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. National Honor Society treasurer. Deer Creek...

  • Scholar-Athletes: Evan Anderson, Dale

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    DALE: EVAN ANDERSON Athletics: Two-time Little All-City player of the year and first-team All-State in baseball. Member of three state championship teams. First-team Class 2A All-State and second-team Little All-City in basketball as a senior. Will play baseball at Mississippi. Academics:...

  • Scholar-Athletes: John Moon, Crescent

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    CRESCENT: JOHN MOON Athletics: First-team Class 2A All-State in basketball as a senior when he averaged 18.6 points a game. Honorable mention Little All-City as a junior and senior. All-conference. All-region. Three-year varsity starter. Will play basketball at Oklahoma Christian. Academics:...

  • Scholar-Athletes: Max McGreevy, Edmond Santa Fe

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    EDMOND SANTA FE: MAX McGREEVY Athletics: Two-time Class 6A golf state champion. Two-time All-City player of the year. Honorable mention All-City as a sophomore. Member of U.S. team at Junior World Cup in Japan. Will play golf at Oklahoma. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Ranked in the...

  • Scholar-Athletes: Jonathan Grube, El Reno

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    EL RENO: JONATHAN GRUBE Athletics: Honorable mention All-City wrestling at 132 pounds as a senior. Finished fourth in Class 5A. Member of state qualifying cross country team as a junior. Three years varsity tennis. Academics: Weight grade point average of 4.5. Scored 27 on the ACT. National...

  • Scholar-Athletes: Kolton Brown, Southwest Covenant

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    SOUTHWEST COVENANT: KOLTON BROWN Athletics: Three-time first-team Little All-City baseball. Reserve All-State once, honorable mention All-State three times. Three-time honorable mention Little All-City and two-time honorable mention All-State basketball. Academics: Scored 32 on ACT. Grade...

  • Scholar-Athletes: Angie Tran, Southeast

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    SOUTHEAST: ANGIE TRAN Athletics: Finished fifth at regional tennis playing No. 1 singles. Member of conference championship team as a junior. Member of conference championship team in softball as a senior. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Scored 23 on the ACT. National Honor Society....

  • Scholar-Athletes: Lexi Bingham, Piedmont

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    PIEDMONT: LEXI BINGHAM Athletics: First-team All-City cross country as a senior when she finished fifth at state. Honorable mention All-City as a junior. Multiyear state qualifier in track. Varsity soccer two years. Academics: Scored 32 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3....

  • Scholar-Athletes: Emily Helms, Mustang

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    MUSTANG: EMILY HELMS Athletics: Two-time Class 6A state cross country champion. Two-time All-City runner of the year. Three-time state track champ in 3,200 meters. Three-time first-team Big All-City track. Varsity swimming three years. Will run at Oklahoma State. Academics: Scored 27 on the...

  • Scholar-Athletes: Niki Davidson, Community Christian School

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: NIKI DAVIDSON Athletics: Second-team Little All-City in softball as a senior. Second-team All-City in slowpitch softball as a senior. Played basketball two years. Will play softball at Oklahoma Christian. Academics: Scored 31 on the ACT. Grade point average of...

  • Scholar-Athletes: Lauren Winslow, Christian Heritage Academy

    Published: Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    CHRISTIAN HERITAGE ACADEMY: LAUREN WINSLOW Athletics: First-team All-City and Coaches All-State in volleyball as a senior. Varsity basketball for two years. Will walk-on to the Oral Roberts volleyball team. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Scored 26 on the ACT. National Honor Society....

About the Bob Colon scholarships

Bob Colon
The scholarships presented to the top scholar-athletes are named for The Oklahoman's late sports editor Bob Colon. With the help of the Jim Thorpe Association, he resurrected the newspaper's scholar-athlete awards in the 1990s and made them one of his annual pet projects until his death in 2005.

How it's done

The quest to honor the best scholar-athletes began last fall with a mailing to every high school in the Oklahoma City area. It ends today with the announcement of The Oklahoman/Jim Thorpe Association Scholar-Athletes for 2012.

Who was eligible? Seniors who attend Oklahoma City-area high schools.

How were they nominated? By their schools. A school could nominate as many as three students, who 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 over mere participation. For example, a student who played only one sport but played it at a high level received higher consideration that one who played three sports but never started.

How were the school winners chosen? Three members of The Oklahoman's staff evaluated each school's nominations and determined a winner for each school.

How were the scholarship winners selected? A panel that included Oklahoman staff members evaluated the school winners, selecting the top 10 girls and the top 10 boys. Then, a 10-member panel ranked those girls and boys. Their rankings helped determine the overall winners and the runners-up.