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Eight Tulsa high school students inducted into Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society

Tulsa Public Schools is celebrating eight students from across the district inducted into the 2020 Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society. Every year, the Oklahoma Council of Indian Education recognizes outstanding Native American high school and college student leaders. District resource advisors submit nominations of students to the Oklahoma Council of Indian Education based on the following criteria: cumulative GPA of 3.9 average or above; demonstrate service leadership through school, community or tribal events; demonstrate high standards for ethics and moral character as noted in their nomination; and participate in Indian cultural activities.

“We are incredibly proud of our students for their hard work, dedication, and participation in the Indian Education program,” said Superintendent Deborah A. Gist. “These eight students have not only demonstrated academic success and leadership qualities, but they are also learning about and experiencing their rich heritage as members of the 68 Native American Nations represented at Tulsa Public Schools. We are grateful for the continued partnership of the Oklahoma Council of Indian Education and our local tribal leaders in our work to provide strong academic and cultural supports for our Native American students.”

This year’s Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society inductees include:  

 9th Grade

  •  Olivia Armstrong, Booker T. Washington High School - Mvskoke Creek Nation

 10th Grade

  •   Susan Hunt, Booker T. Washington High School - Cherokee Nation

 11th Grade 

  • Journey Baker, Booker T. Washington High School - Choctaw Nation
  • Liliana Perryman, Will Rogers College High School - Cherokee Nation
  • Parrish Pipestem, Booker T. Washington High School - Eastern Band of Cherokee/Osage/Otoe-Missouria Nation

 12th Grade

  • Ian Morton, Booker T. Washington High School - Mvskoke Creek Nation
  • Joseph Sullivan, Booker T. Washington High School – Cherokee Nation
  • Matthew Sherrill, Booker T. Washington High School - Cherokee Nation

The Indian Education program at Tulsa Public Schools provides critical supports and services to more than 3,000 Native American students representing 68 tribes. For more information visit,


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