9th-12th Grade Information & Opportunities


Reading Test for Driver License

With state testing finished, I plan to administer the reading test on Monday, May 8th , at 3:45 p.m.  It is for students who are currently in grades 9-12 (If you are in grade 8 and will be able to get your permit this summer, let me know.  I will let you take it too). Let me know if you are interested.  If you did not pass the test as an 8th grader, you must take this test in order to get your permit/license. This is an alternate test.

ACT National Test Dates and Information

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018
July 14, 2018* June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018

Test fees:  $46.00 and $62.50 with writing

Fee Waivers are available for students who qualify.  You can use two fee waivers total during your junior and senior years. So you can use one your junior year and one your senior year or two your senior year.  You can also apply for additional fee waiver through your tribal affiliation or upward bound.  You cannot use them for late registration.

OSU Summer Art Academy

The OSU Summer Art Academy for junior high and high school students, ages 13-18 years old, starts soon!

Our sessions are taught by OSU instructors and are designed for commuter students. The first session, Art History, starts May 30, and is free to all students!

Classes include Portraiture, Learning from the Ancient Greeks, Sculpture, and an all-day session, Design Making and Design Thinking. The all-day class is available at a discount, and includes a field trip to Kravis Design Center in Tulsa. Transportation is provided.

Additional classes include the very popular Jewelry Making and Watercolor. Enroll now to save your seat.

We want YOU at OSU this summer!



Parentinn's Scholarship 2016

Parentinn's Scholarship 2016 has achieved a major impact on raising awareness of Cyberbullying to all students, we decided to increase the prize pool up $2500 this year.

In an effort to the cause of preventing cyberbullying, we have created the “Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship” for High school students.

Award: $2500 ($1250 for Undergraduate or Postgraduate students - $1250 for High School students).

Deadline: Feb 28th, 18 - We run this scholarship annually.

Please check our scholarship page for more information.

Link to our Scholarship pagehttp://www.parentinn.com/scholarship


Welcome to the Cowboy Connection!

It's time for the May edition of Cowboy Connection from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Oklahoma State University.

Apply in July

Students graduating May 2018 can be first in line to join their class at OSU. Plus, they get an exclusive, free T-shirt!

All they have to do is apply to OSU in July and be admitted by August 31 and they'll receive email instructions about how to claim their shirt.

Tell them not to miss out!

Event Schedule 2017-2018


Oklahoma State University hosts numerous events throughout the year to give students a better look at the university and what it offers. We also host daily campus tours that give students the opportunity to preview being part of the Cowboy family.

Fall 2017

Saturday, July 15

Saturday Campus Tour

Saturday, August 5

Saturday Campus Tour

Saturday, September 16

Saturday Campus Tour

Tuesday, September 19

Principal & Counselor Conference

Friday, September 22

Orange Friday

Saturday, October 7

Saturday Campus Tour

Friday, October 13

Orange Friday

Monday, October 16

Scholars Day

Monday, October 30

OSU Up Close

Friday, November 3

Orange Friday

Saturday, November 11

Saturday Campus Tour/Oklahoma's Promise Tour

Friday, November 17

Orange Friday


Spring 2018

Saturday, January 20

Senior Day

Saturday, February 17

Saturday Campus Tour

Saturday, March 17

Saturday Campus Tour

Saturday, April 21

Junior Day

Saturday, May 19

Saturday Campus Tour

Saturday, June 16

Saturday Campus Tour

Saturday, July 14

Saturday Campus Tour


Continuing Academic Excellence at OSU

OSU students continue to receive national recognition for their hard work inside and outside the classroom.

Nicholas Nelsen, an OSU Honors College junior in a triple degree program, was recently named a Goldwater Scholar. He is the 20th student from OSU to be given this award.

Sydney Stewart is one of three OSU students who has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to conduct research in Germany during her 2017-2018 academic year.

These are just two outstanding examples from our student body who prove that no matter what your students' dreams and aspirations are, they can achieve them here at OSU.

Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Scholarship

OSU’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology will offer five scholarships for freshmen enrolling in the fall 2017 semester. The scholarships will provide each awardee with $6,500 in funds and unique educational experiences within the department. The scholarships will be renewed each year with adequate academic progress for a full four years. In addition, the group of five students will travel to Panama to visit research facilities and examine tropical biodiversity. Students must major in Entomology and be Native American to be eligible. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Wyatt Hoback at whoback@okstate.edu prior to June 1.

Opportunities for Students Interested in Medicine

The OSU Center for Health Sciences is invested in providing learning opportunities for Oklahoma youth interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

Operation Orange is a one-day camp hosted at six locations across the state. Students will participate in hands-on activities similar to what they would experience at medical school.

Tuesday, June 6


Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Wednesday, June 7


Oklahoma State University

Friday, June 9


Northwestern OSU

Tuesday, June 13


Southeastern OSU

Wednesday, June 14


Sequoyah High School

Thursday, June 15


Cameron University


Registration is free but closes May 11th. Click here to register.

For students enrolled in FFA, OSU-CHS provides a three-day, on-campus experience called FFA Medical Immersion July 26-28. This program allows students to live first-hand the lifestyle of medical students and provides a focused learning experience tailored to what a primary care physician would experience in rural Oklahoma. For more information and to register, please click here.

OSU's Center for Sovereign Nations

Attached is an information sheet on OSU's Center for Sovereign Nations. It provides great information on the group's purpose and mission on campus.

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If you don't already, please follow us on our social accounts by searching Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for BeAnOSUCowboy. We update often and it's another great source of information about what's happening on campus.

2017 Important Dates

July 1: OSU's Final Scholarship Deadline for updated transcripts & test scores for Senior Class 2017
July 1: Application opens for students about to begin their senior year of 2018

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Oklahoma Business Week Summer Camp

Who: Students completing 9th – 12th grades

When: Sunday, June 4 – Thursday, June 8, 2017

Where:  East Central University in Ada, OK

Why: 1-test drive college life, 2-win scholarships, laptops, and prizes, & 3-learn about business in a FUN way

Cost: $200 if registered by May 1, 2017  

More information: below or at  www.okbusweek.com


Students can combine the summer fun they crave with real world business experience.  Plus, they will take a test run of college life, meet new friends, strengthen their leadership skills, explore their career options, and get the chance to win a scholarship or a laptop computer.  All in just one week!  Watch this video to learn more – Better still, show the video to students in a class!

Oklahoma Business Week is an award winning, one-of-a-kind summer program that offers firsthand experience with the world of business!  Participants become part of a “company” and work together in various events and competitions, meanwhile, they will all have the opportunity to interact and learn from business leaders from across the nation. Students will gain skills in leadership, communication, team building, responsibility, money management, entrepreneurship, marketing and so much more.  At OBW you’ll learn that the business world can be just as serious as it can be fun!

Oklahoma Business Week will be held on the campus of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, June 4 – June 8, 2017.  Participants will live in the dorms and participate in a variety of activities on East Central University’s campus.  This is a great opportunity for students to get a feel of what college life is really like!

The cost for this award winning camp starts at only $200 per participant, and this includes their housing and all meals for the entire week.  Although Oklahoma Business Week is valued at about $800 per student, due to our generous supporters, we are able to cover most expenses, which cuts the cost for the students tremendously.

We only have slots for 80 student participants, so don’t delay in encouraging potential participants to apply.

For more information, a link to the video, printable flyers to promote OBW, or for an application visit www.okbusweek.com.

Oklahoma Business Week. Real World Experience. Life Changing Results.

By sharing this email with potentially great Oklahoma Business Week participants, you are helping grow future business leaders in Oklahoma.

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If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Stacey Bolin, Camp Director 

Oklahoma Business Week 

Wilburn L. Smith Center for Entrepreneurship 

Ada, OK 74820 



OSU-Operation Orange—Summer Academy

SOSU is partnering with OSU Medical School to bring a clinic to our students. If you are interested in going into the medical profession, please sign up! Registration closes May 11th.  I cant get the pic to download so I will do my best to tell you.  It will be held at Southeasten in Durant on June 13th.  It is called Operation Oragnce and you basically get to spend a day in the life of a medical student.  You get to participate in hands-on demonstrations and explore different career areas. For more info, come by my office or go to http://www.healthsciences.okstate.edu/opearationorange for more information.  If you would like me to email the brochure, just send me a request to lcostner@allen.k12.ok.us and I will forward the information.


Academic All-State

In order to be nominated for Academic All-State, you must have taken your ACT by December 1st.  That means you must have taken the ACT by the October date and meet the requirements which include a 30 on the ACT.  Please let me know ASAP if you meet these qualifications.

Oklahoma Academic Scholar

To qualify for this award, you must attain a 3.7 g.p.a. and score at least a 27 on your ACT.  This award is turned in around March 1st.  Please let me know if you meet these qualifications.

Senior Honor Student

In order to qualify to be an honor student at Allen HS, you must maintain a 3.50, meet the State Regents college entrance requirements and either take an extra math or science.  This info is more detailed in your handbook.  Please let me know if you have met these qualifications.

College Athletics--NCAA and NAIA

If you are planning to participate in athletics in college, now would be a good time to check out the NCAA website to find out what you must do to gain entry.  It is your responsibility to inform us of your intentions at an early age.  It is imperative that I know as your counselor to make sure you take the right classes.  Go to http://www.eligibilitycenter.org to find out what you need to do to qualify and to enroll in the program for NCAA.  For NAIA go to http://www.playnaia.org/eligibility-center.  If you are going to play sports in college at an NCAA or NAIA school, you must register at the appropriate site.  Make sure you inform me that you have registered.  They do not tell me.

Chickasaw Students

The Chickasaw Education Department has asked us to remind you to fill out an application if you would like to be included on the Chickasaw Honor Club.  There is an application that you can pick up from the high school or elementary office and it will be faxed for you.  You may also access this info online. If want money for good grades, fill it out.

2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers

The University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, in recognition of the Professional Writing Program's 65th anniversary in the college, invites submissions for the 2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers. Two $500 awards will be given, one for a short story of up to 1000 words by a high school student and another for a short story of up to 2000 words by an undergraduate student. There is no entry fee.

The University of Oklahoma's Professional Writing Program offers bachelor's and master's degrees focused on creative writing for publication, including fantasy, horror, mystery, suspense, romance, and other popular fiction genres, as well as screenwriting and commercial nonfiction. The program focuses on building a writing career by learning the business of publishing while studying creative writing under award-winning, best-selling professors with long and successful publication histories. For more information see 


Professional Writing - ou.edu


The Professional Writing (PW) program at Gaylord College helps students develop the skills needed to succeed in the publishing industry. Those skills, which include ...

Entrants will retain all rights to their entries. Entries must include a subject line with the student's name, school, and email address. They should use a 12-point font and be formatted with one-inch margins and page numbers. 
To submit, email the story as a Microsoft Word attachment to Harris.Prize@ou.edu.

Students currently enrolled in a U.S. high school, grades 9-12, should use this header:

Harris Prize for High School Students
Students currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a U.S. college or university should use this header:  Harris Prize for Undergraduate Students

Entries must be received by May 1, 2017 at noon.


All students who did not pass their reading test in 7th or 8th grade last year have been given the opportunity to use Study Island to remediate.  We have the computer lab in the high school open every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 a.m. or you can work on it at home.  The link is http://studyisland.com.  All students have been given their username and password in their English classes.  Please use this tool. Select school version when logging in.



Preview The 2017 College Finder

These aren’t the college rankings you’re used to. Schools are grouped by unique strengths and characteristics, not just “the top 10.” This way, students have more—and better—college options. So they can find multiple schools that fit their needs, wants, and budget.

These lists come from the tireless research and expertise of Steven R. Antonoff and his book The College Finder. He revised this groundbreaking book for 2017, and we’re giving you a sneak peek!

Colleges That Are Great Values
Colleges That Students Rave About
The Best Undergraduate Colleges
Colleges That Have Become More Selective

Whether you’re a longtime fan of The College Finder or this is your first time hearing about it, we hope you and your students find these college lists helpful. And stay tuned for updates on the release of the 2017 edition of The College Finder from our friends at Wintergreen Orchard House!


Air Force

Find an Admissions Advisor by Region

If you or your students have questions or want more information about the United States Air Force Academy, please contact your area's admissions advisor, as well as the Admissions Liaison Officer (ALO) who lives in your community for your school. You can find those contacts here.

Outreach Events
 Learn more about the United States Air Force Academy!  We have representatives at multiple outreach events throughout the year. Click here to find upcoming events in your area.

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KEY Dates:

  • Deadline for submitting the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire online is December 31.
  • Congressional representatives and other nominating entities submit nominations to the Academy between December 1 and January 31.
  • Applications for our Summer Seminar program are open from December 1 through January 15.  This program gives high school juniors a chance to see what life at the United States Air Force Academy is really like.  Limited spaces are available.

Rolling Deadlines: Applicants' specific deadlines to complete their file is posted on their portal. They must complete the required items by the deadline posted.

During a Student's Junior Year

Junior year is when the application process to the United States Air Force Academy truly begins. Students will start by filling out the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire, which becomes available online March 1 every year and starts the application process. When a student is ready to begin the application, they can visit the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire online.

Between March 1 of their junior year and December 31 of their senior year, they must also request nominations from their state’s congressional representative(s) or other designated nominators.

Who Are We Looking For?

The United States Air Force Academy strives to create a highly qualified and truly diverse cadet wing at the Academy each year. In addition to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity and gender, we are looking to expand our applicant pool across individual characteristics defined by our diversity definition, including:

  • Personal life experiences, including having overcome adversity by personal efforts
  • Geographic background, such as region, rural, suburban, urban
  • Socioeconomic and educational background, such as academic excellence and/or whether an individual would be a first generation college student
  • Cultural knowledge and language abilities, with particular emphasis on cultures and languages of strategic importance to the Air Force
  • Work background, including prior enlisted service
  • Physical abilities, including athletic prowess
  • Age, though applicants must be within statutory parameters for academy attendance

We take a holistic view of our applicants.  They're more than a GPA or standardized test score.  We're looking for students who have a desire to serve and seek an education that is on par with highly selective colleges and universities.   For our top diversity candidates, we offer the Falcon Visitation Experience.  This opportunity gives prospective students an opportunity to spend three days on our campus to get a first-hand look at what United States Air Force Academy life is like.  If you have students who may be a good fit for this program, please have them talk to their admissions advisor

Campus Tours

If you have students who are interested in pursuing an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy and plan to visit the campus, they may wish to participate in an escorted tour and admissions briefing. Offered during the academic year to middle school, high school, and post-high school students, tours can help individuals gain a deeper understanding of the United States Air Force Academy environment. Escorted tours are conducted regularly throughout the academic year and require reservations 14 days in advance. 

We also offer Game Day tours. After the tour, participants will be allowed to purchase discounted tickets to cheer on our AF Falcons for football, hockey, and men’s and women’s basketball. 

For more on available dates for both tours, please go here or call 1-800-443-3864.



College Preview Dates

These are some dates that colleges will provide to me for campus preview days.  It is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the colleges and universities in our state.  Take advantage of these dates and go visit.  Take some friends and go.  You do not have to be a senior to attend.  If I receive a poster, I will post it on the bulletin board outside my office or by your lockers.  If you need to use my phone or computer to contact a college, just let me know.



If you are interested in talking to a recruiter about any branch of the military, please let me know.  I have the names and numbers of recruiters and can get you in touch with them.  There are many programs that are able to help you complete college and other training to meet your needs if you so choose.  All  male students who are 18 are required to register with the selective service.  If you need to do this, please let me know.


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105 North Denver
Allen, Oklahoma 74825

Office hours 8am – 4pm

Phone: 580-857-2416
Fax: 580-857-2636

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