Two Bartlesville seniors named Academic All-Staters

Bartlesville public school seniors Matt Fries and Morgan King have been named Oklahoma 2022 Academic All-Staters, an honor recognizing the top 100 public school seniors in the state.

This year, Academic All-Staters were selected from 397 nominations statewide and come from 75 schools in 67 Oklahoma school districts.

Fries and King will be honored at the 36th Annual Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Celebration on May 21, at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel.

Fries is an Eagle Scout, Troop 5 Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, and Den Leader. He is Vice Chief, Treasurer and Service President of the Order of the Arrow of Washita Lodge and has received the Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award and Founders Award.

Fries is also Vice President of Bartlesville Future Farmers of America, ranking as a 2021 National Finalist for the FFA’s Agricultural Communications Career Development Event. He was a student representative for the 2021 Bartlesville Public School District bond issue and a volunteer with Catholic charities and the Knights of Columbus. Fries is a member of the Environmental Club and enjoys hiking and the outdoors. He plans to study biological systems engineering at Oklahoma State University. His scholarship sponsor is Phillips 66.

A National Merit Finalist and U.S. Presidential Fellowship nominee, King is an Advanced Placement Fellow with Distinction. He is the founder and president of the Bartlesville High School Math Club, a MATHCOUNTS participant and coach, and a qualifier for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination in 2021 and 2022.

King is a member of the Student Superintendent’s Advisory Council and the National Honor Society. He is the first cellist of the symphony orchestra and a university runner and distance runner. King plans to study nuclear engineering at Brigham Young University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Its scholarship sponsor is ConocoPhillips.

This year’s All-Staters have averaged 33 on the ACT, with six recipients earning a perfect score of 36. King is one of six to achieve a perfect score, according to OFE.

The average GPA of the 100 students was 4.22. Additionally, 28 of this year’s All-Staters are National Merit Semifinalists and one student is a National Hispanic Scholar Semifinalist.

Each of this year’s All-Staters will receive a $1,000 merit-based scholarship and medallion.

“The Academic Awards Banquet is an inspiring, entertaining, and important event that celebrates outstanding student leaders and educators in our public schools,” said Dayna Rowe, Yukon Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Trustee and Executive Director of Business. externs from Redlands Community College. “We are thrilled to be able to host our first large-scale, in-person event in three years and to come together in a beautiful new location to roll out the red carpet for our honorees.”

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1985 by then-U.S. Senator David Boren to recognize and encourage academic excellence in Oklahoma public schools.

Through its Academic Awards program, the foundation has awarded more than $5.1 million in merit-based scholarships and cash to honor outstanding graduates as Academic All-Staters and outstanding educators in as Medal of Excellence winners.

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