“Awesome” Alumni Achievements

Here are highlights of just a few of the many outstanding OSSM alumni/alumnae who are making a difference in our state, our nation and around the world . . .

Oct 2019 – Congratulations to Class of 2018 alumna Khayla Black (Bartlesville H.S.) for her winning essay (academic category) in Neuroethics submitted to the International Neuroethics Society as an undergrad student at New York University Shanghai.  Her essay is titled:  CNS Intervention in the Courtroom:  An Ethical Evaluation of the Rehabilitative Potential of SSRIs.”  Kudos, Khayla!!!

Apr 2018 – Class of 1997 alumnus Mario White (McAlester, Parker Mid-High School) was named Dane County (WI) County Court Commissioner.  Congratulations, Mario!!!  See story HERE.

Apr 2018 – Kudos to chemical engineer Gregg Beckham, Ph.D. (OSSM Class of 1998, Maysville H.S.) who was in the news for some of his exciting work at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on an enzyme that shows promise for breaking down plastic waste!  See more HERE.

March 2018 – Casey Cai (Class of 2014) was awarded a Fulbright grant to work at the Queen Wilhelmina Institute for Pediatric Oncology in the Netherlands starting this September.  She will be doing research on the genetics and bio-statistics of certain childhood cancers.  To receive this prestigious award is a great accomplishment–Kudos, Casey!!

Feb 2018 – So glad to have Shelly Finley (OSSM Class of 1993, Dover H.S.) back in Oklahoma serving as Deputy Project Manager of the NASA-funded GeoCarb Mission Collaboration at the University of Oklahoma!  See more HERE!

Aug 2017 – Congratulations to software developer Nate Wakefield (OSSM Class of 2014, Tishomingo H.S.), now Founder & CEO of Wakefield Technological Endeavors, LLC in Tishomingo!  Way to go and very best wishes!!

Apr 2017 – Dr. Michael Henderson (OSSM Class of 2007, Dale H.S.) was highlighted on Newsok.com as he attended the recent BioVenture Forum at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation where he was formerly a Fleming Scholar.  He and many of his fellow OSSM alums are hitting home runs in business in Oklahoma and around the country and are looking to bring more business to Oklahoma!  See more about Michael’s story!

ryan-dennisNov 2016 – Alumnus Ryan Dennis, MD (OSSM Class of 2001, Macomb H.S.), is profiled in i2I, Inc.’s Fall edition of their magazine i & E for his new medical technology innovation, a break-away IV line.  Kudos to Dr. Dennis for reducing pain and potential injury for patients undergoing healthcare treatments and improving their experience and outcomes!


Sep 2016 – OSSM Class of 2013 grad Brianna Brown (Jenks H.S.) just started an awesome new job with Sesame Street as Creative Content Production Intern!!  Congratulations and best wishes, Brianna!


Jul 2016 – Kyle Karinshak (OSSM Class of 2011, Lawton Acad. of A & S) reports on his NASA internship and “the research I did this past summer!”


Jul 2016 – Aniq Rahman (OSSM Class of 2005, Norman North H.S.) from Moat at the Alphonso Summit, talking about Viewability and its evolution


Jun 2016 – Ryan Dennis, MD (OSSM Class of 2001, Macomb H.S.) and co-founders at Linear Health Sciences develop new breakaway IV for hospital patients


Mar 2016 – Casey Cai (OSSM Class of 2014, Tulsa Union Intermed. H.S.) selected as a 2016 Goldwater Scholar

Sep 2015 – Society of Physics Students added Shelly Finley’s (OSSM Class of 1993, Dover H.S.) profile on their website!

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Jul 2015 – Sooraj Boominathan (OSSM Class of 2015, Edmond, Deer Creek H.S.) takes SILVER at 2015 International Chemistry Olympiad!

Jun 2015 – Sooraj Boominathan (OSSM Class of 2015, Edmond, Deer Creek H.S.) earns spot on 4-person U.S. traveling team competing in 2015 Chemistry Olympiad–Going for Gold!

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Jul 2015 – Sandra Fernandez (OSSM Class of 2011, Tulsa Union H.S.) offered Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Spain in Biology


Jun 2015 – Zach Donnell (OSSM Class of 2004, Miami H.S.) receives Ph.D. from Princeton

May 2015 – Geoffrey Beach, Ph.D. (OSSM Class of 1993, Ft. Gibson H.S.) is tenured in MIT’s School of Engineering! (Linked article Reprinted with permission of MIT News.)  The Class of 1958 Career Development Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, he studies the behavior of magnetic — or “spintronic” — materials and structures, with an interest in new spin-based concepts in data storage, computing, and nanomedicine, and the fundamental materials properties to enable these technologies. His activities include materials growth, nanoscale patterning, advanced instrumentation development, and a variety of characterization techniques supported by numerical simulations.

May 2015 – Chad Ternes (Enid Regional Center alum, 2004) receives Ph.D. in plant biology from OSU

Alice_Pinney_blog_headshot-164x156May 2015 – See Alice Pinney’s blog (OSSM Class of 2015, Jenks H.S.) about her senior mentorship experience with GE Global Research helping explore new ways to frack!

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Mar 2015 – John Aubrey Ice, M.D. (OSSM Class of 2000, Moore H.S.) at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation


Dec 2014 – Sebastain Gould (OSSM Class of 2007, Kingston H.S.) talks about “Coming from Hunger” (Stanford University)

Nov 2014 – Jonathan Overton (OSSM Class of 2011, Yukon H.S.) named OSU “Senior of Significance” (Yukon Review)

Nov 2014 – Sooraj Boominathan (OSSM Class of 2015, Edmond, Deer Creek H.S.) selected for U.S. Chemistry Olympiad Team

Sep 2014 – Rahul Rajala (OSSM Class of 2014, Edmond Memorial H.S.) interns with leading biochemist Dr. Gregory Petsko (Edmond Sun)

Sep 2014 – Alumna Shelly Finley (OSSM Class of 1993, Dover H.S.) Winter-over Site Manager at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station in Antarctica!

Aug 2014 – Daniel Grimmer (OSSM Class of 2011, Owasso H.S.) wins $10K scholarship for fascinating physics work (Norman Transcript)

Mar 2014 – Lara Whittington Mashek, M.D. (OSSM Class of 1995, Dale H.S.) providing high quality health care in Shawnee; helped triage thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina

Nov 2012 – Mubeen Shakir (OSSM Class of 2010, OKC, Casady School) named 2013 Rhodes Scholar

Mar 2012 – LCDR Mica “Taz” Foster (OSSM Class of 1997, Clinton H.S.) serving and protecting our country as an active duty Naval Aviator flying medevac helicopter with overseas Strike Group

Feb 2012 – Brenton Phillips (OSSM Class of 1994, Mustang H.S.) computer engineer with Oracle

Feb 2012 – Daniel Bohl, M.D. and Susan Dusenbery Bohl, M.D. (Guymon, Choctaw, both OSSM Class of 1992)

May 2005 – Sara Dillard Bodenstein (OSSM Class of 1994, Weatherford H.S.) giving back teaching Mathematics at OSSM