Definitions of excellence
Meet our 2012 class of Brainiacs, some of the Tulsa area’s most accomplished graduating high school seniors.
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Graduating from high school is one of the first defining moments in life, a transition that can lead to daunting uncertainty about the future.
However, some high school graduates define themselves based on the diverse qualities that made them stand out among their peers.
The following extraordinary high school graduates from around the Tulsa area are still deciding exactly who they are and what they will become, but they are sure of their roots. These students have excelled in academics, extracurricular activities and community service and have accomplished much in their short 18 years.
Here, our 2012 Brainiacs offer definitions for meaningful words in their lives, providing insight into what drives their success.
Broken Arrow High School
Attending: Yale University
Ranked first out of 1,077 in her graduating class
Activities: Has worked since she was 13, service projects, Students for Christ member
learning, (learn·ing), n. “Learning is obviously fantastic … because you open a book and there is so much in there, and you think about how many books have been written since the beginning of time — that is ridiculous in itself. … So it is, like, kind of overwhelming when you look at the big scheme of things but at the same time to take it every day, day by day, and realize that there is no way you could ever stop learning anything.”
college, (col·lege), n. “I know it is important to get away because whenever you are removed from everyone who has known you since you were a kid, that is when you have to decide which qualities about you, you want to keep and which qualities you want to shed away. … It’s kind of like starting over, but at the same time you really decide which things you want to stay true to.”