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June 23, 2012

Three from Rogers County named Academic All-Staters

CLAREMORE — Three Rogers County high school seniors were among 100 public school seniors from across the state who were honored as Academic All-Staters by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Carson Taylor, Claremore High School, is a valedictorian, National Merit Commended Scholar and Advanced Placement Scholar. He has been junior and senior drum major for the Claremore marching band and serves as junior varsity captain for the academic team. A member of Student Council, he is vice president of the Young Democrats Club. He has performed in school musicals and plays, including “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Our Town.” Taylor enjoys computer game design and started a local folk band named Tenkiller. He is interested in studying video game production and script-writing in college.

Erica Mackey, Oologah High School, has participated in food drives for Backpacks for Children and Numana, a hunger relief organization. She has taught summer school and volunteered with Bit-by-Bit and the school district’s Parent Academy, working with children while their parents meet with teachers. A class valedictorian, Mackey is student body president, secretary of the Science Club and a member the National Honor Society and show choir. Mackey plans to major in occupational therapy at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Fla.

Cadence Wong, Sequoyah High School, is a valedictorian and the recipient of a Rogers State University Regents Baccalaureate Scholarship. She is captain of the Sequoyah academic team, public relations chair for the French Club and Math Club, and active in the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Program. She has done computer programming work for Yapanda Inc. Artificial Intelligence. A library volunteer, Wong enjoys bicycling and collecting fun, colorful socks. Wong plans to major in medical/molecular science at Rogers State University.

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