Area scholar honored as Academic All-Stater

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
F. Russell Drummond of Bartlesville High School is one of 100 Oklahoma high school seniors chosen as a 2017 Academic All-Stater. His sister, Virginia, received the honor in 2015.

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence photo

Bartlesville High School senior F. Russell Drummond is one of 100 high school seniors who will be honored during the upcoming Academic All-State Awards Banquet sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Drummond is the son of Ford and Vanessa Drummond. His paternal grandparents are Frederick and Janet Drummond of Pawhuska.

The 100 honorees were selected from among 551 seniors nominated by their principals or superintendents based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement and an essay submssion. This year’s recipients represent 77 state schools. David L. Boren, chairman and founder of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, describes the selection of the scholars as “Oklahoma’s most rigorous academic competition.”

The 31st annual Academic All-Staters event will be May 20 at the Renaissance Tulsa Convention Center. Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) will televise the awards ceremony on May 27.

A National Merit-Commended Scholar, Drummond earned first place in mathematics and computer science at the State Science Fair in 2016 and first place in Earth and space science at the District Science Fair in 2017. He was a National Speech and Debate Tournament qualifier in 2016. He also is the founder and chair of BHS’s World Issues Club.

In addition to being an Eagle Scout and a Boy Scouts senior patrol leader, Drummond is a member of Youth Leadership Oklahoma. He also is a junior prosecutor and defense attorney for local juveniles in Youth Court and served as page for state Rep. Earl Sears in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He also helped design, build and program robots for his robotics team, which placed second in state competition. Drummond plans to major in astrophysics in college. He listed Rice University or Dartmouth College among his college choices.

Since the award program’s inception in 1987, some 3,100 high school seniors from 320 school districts have been named All-State scholars. To be nominated for Academic All-State, students must meet one of the following criteria: an American College Test (ACT) composite score of at least 30; a combined SAT evidence-based reading & writing and math score of at least 1340; or be selected as a semi-finalist for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship.

This year’s All-Staters scored an average of 33.6 on the ACT, with 9 recipients scoring a perfect 36. In addition, 39 of this year’s All-Staters are National Merit semifinalists, while three are National Hispanic Scholars.

Virginia Drummond, Russell’s sister, was a 2015 Academic All-Stater. For more information on the program, call the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence office at (405) 236-0006 or visit its website at

Founded in 1985, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and encouraging academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. Through its Academic Awards Program, the foundation has provided more than $4.5 million in merit-based scholarships and awards to honor outstanding graduating seniors as Academic All-Staters and exceptional educators as Medal for Excellence winners.