Posted Date: 05/16/2016
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has announced the recipients of its prestigious 2016 Academic All-State Awards. The 100 top public high school seniors, selected from 661 nominations statewide, hail from 75 schools in 68 Oklahoma school districts.
When the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence celebrates their 30th Academic Awards Banquet on May 21, they will also honor the first, second-generation Academic All-Stater. Hallie Hart, a Chandler High School senior, is the daughter of 1991 All-State alumna Stacy Gardner Hart, a former teacher. Academic excellence is valued and encouraged in their family. In addition, Stacy’s brother, Aaron Gardner, is a 1995 All-State alumnus, and their mother, Betty, is a retired teacher who was honored twice as an All-State Special Teacher Guest. All three generations will be present at this year’s banquet.
“I can remember being thrilled to receive the news that I had been selected as a 1991 Academic All-Stater and honored to be included in such a prestigious group of high school seniors,” Stacy said. “I had no clue then that 25 years later I would be even more excited to find out that my daughter is an All-Stater, too. I am happy for her and for the other honorees this year. I know how hard they work to achieve their goals, and I know how great it feels when the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence rewards them for their efforts.”