The Edmond Sun

May 25, 2013

OETA broadcasts academic awards banquet

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Five outstanding Oklahoma educators and 100 of the state’s top public high school seniors will be recognized when OETA premieres its statewide broadcast of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence 27th Academic Awards Banquet at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Thomas Friedman, who served as keynote speaker for the banquet, also will be featured on the program. The broadcast will air on OETA Channel 13 in Oklahoma City and Channel 11 in Tulsa. Subsequent broadcasts will be shown on OETA’s OKLA digital channel. For digital broadcast listings, visit the station’s website at

The gala celebration, taped May 18 at the Cox Convention Center, is sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. The program is emceed by foundation chairman and founder David L. Boren.

The banquet recognizes 100 public high school seniors from throughout the state as Academic All-Staters. Also featured are this year’s recipients of Oklahoma Medals for Excellence in Teaching.

Friedman joined the New York Times in 1981, serving as bureau chief in Beirut and later, Israel. He also held posts as chief White House correspondent and chief economic correspondent. In 1995, he became the paper’s foreign affairs columnist. He has earned three Pulitzer Prizes as a writer for the New York Times.

Friedman is the author of many best-selling books, including “The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century,” “Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America,” “Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism” and “The Lexus and the Olive Tree.” His best-seller “From Beirut to Jerusalem,” serves as a basic text on the Middle East in colleges and universities nationwide and won the National Book Award. Friedman’s newest book, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, is “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.”

DVDs of the awards ceremony can be purchased for $12 each, with checks made payable to the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, 120 N. Robinson, Suite 1420-W, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Orders should include a shipping address and daytime phone number. For more information, contact the foundation office at 405-236-0006.