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Bethel's Haskins Receives 2020 Academic All-State Award

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

Bethel High School is pleased to share that Hudson Haskins has been named a recipient of the 2020 Academic All-State Award, recognizing Hudson as one of the top 100 public school seniors in Oklahoma. This is the 4th year in a row that Bethel High School has been honored to have a recipient of this prestigious award presented by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Hudson is the son of Russ and Neisha Haskins. He is an academic letter jacket recipient, President of the Bethel National Honor Society chapter, a member of the National Technical Honor Society, and a member of the Bancfirst Student Board of Directors.

Hudson is part of the pre-engineering program at Gordon Cooper Technology Center where he currently serves as the Vice President of the Leadership Academy Board and the SkillsUSA Southwest District Vice President. Hudson is also enrolled in the EMT Certification program in the evenings.

Academic All-State is one of the most challenging scholastic competitions, with extraordinarily high and multifaceted criteria. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement, as well as letters of recommendation and an essay submitted by each nominee.

This year’s All-Staters scored an average of 33.9 on the ACT, with 15 recipients scoring a perfect 36. The students’ average GPA was a 4.20. In addition, 40 of this year’s All-Staters are National Merit semifinalists, and two are National Hispanic Scholar semifinalists.

Senior English teacher, Brianne Johnson says what makes Hudson stand out is his gift “to make others better and work harder because they worked with him.” This includes not only his peers, but also his teachers. “He has taught me so much in the 3 years I have had him as a student; he's pushed me to be a better teacher and pushed me to want to continue learning and growing for my students. He is a joy to teach and is so driven and talented: I know he will achieve anything he sets his mind to do,” Johnson added.

After graduation, Hudson plans to study pre-medicine at the University of Oklahoma. He desires to be a physician, with the goal of being able to provide affordable healthcare to others. BHS counselor, Mrs. Ingmire says, “Hudson Haskins, without a doubt, is an exemplary student and community member. He excels in the classroom and has very thoughtful life goals. We have the highest hopes for him in his continued college academic endeavors.”