AWESOME News - September 21, 2018



September 21, 2018 Vol. 44. No. 33                                                                 AWESOME NEWSLETTER



Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Continues Partnership with Gymnasium Korntal 

The 2018 Summer Break initiated the second Student Exchange facilitated through the German American Partnership Program (GAPP), by sending 5 students to visit our partner school, Gymnasium Korntal, in Korntal-Münchingen, Germany. The German American Partnership Program (GAPP) is a high school exchange program between schools in the United States and Germany, sponsored by the German Foreign Office and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  GAPP, established in 1977, is the largest and most successful bilateral student exchange program of the US with any other country. While in Germany OSSM students visited Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Ludwigsburg, the Austrian Alps, Strasbourg, France. Activities included touring castles, trying traditional Swabian dishes, and immersing themselves in the culture of their host families.  They also had the opportunity to hear from a representative of the German government regarding immigration, border security, and the differences between the systems in the United States and the European Union. 

Ronie Loffelmacher, CO2019, said, “The experience is extremely hands-on, and you will find yourself doing things that you never thought you would do, with people you otherwise would have never had the chance to meet. Go because it changes your perspective of how life works.” Bella Ngo, CO2018, relayed that for her, “The opportunity to relate to someone on the other side of the world was the biggest impact.”  


Seventeen Named National Merit Semifinalists


Seventeen juniors from Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) have been named Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition.  These academically talented high school students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. 

The seventeen Semifinalists from OSSM include Albany Blackburn (Deer Creek-Lamont HS/Nardin), Michael Cheng (Classen SAS/Oklahoma City), Arjun Ganeson (Newport HS/Oklahoma City), Peter Ha (Bishop Kelley HS/Muskogee),Jeanette Hoang (Classen SAS/Oklahoma City), Addie Kammerlocher (Newcastle HS/Norman), Adhya Kumar (Edmond North HS/Edmond), Alejandro Lozano-De Aos (Classen SAS/Nichols Hills), Brad Luo (Edmond Santa Fe HS/Edmond), Jack MacKay (Pryor HS/Pryor), Brittany Shrader (Edmond Santa Fe HS/Edmond), Catherine Tang (Edmond Santa Fe HS/Edmond),William Wang (Jenks HS/Tulsa), Kevin Wiafe (Bethany HS/Bethany),Benjamin Xia (Norman HS/Norman), Howard Zhong (Norman HS/Norman), and Tao Zhu (Norman HS/Norman). 

Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level.  More than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning those students the Merit Scholar title.

Teresa Rule with RNT -Assembly Guest


Teresa Rule, owner of RNT Professional Services spoke at the September 12th assembly.  Ms. Rule gave a jaw dropping presentation on cyber security. RNT Professional Services is a disabled military veteran-owned consulting firm that provides vulnerability assessments for clients across the nation.

“If you are anywhere and connect to the internet or have any device that has an antenna of any sort, you can be hacked into,” said Rule. “We like to work proactively and not reactively. We like to make sure organizations are able to manage the risks and meet any kind of cyber security incident or event.”

From the Desk of Dr. Wang


This is an exciting day for me.  I get to host and meet former faculty who are here for a small reunion.  This afternoon, returning former faculty will shadow our faculty and students and attend classes.  Yesterday, I had the great privilege of bringing Dr. Arne Troelstra around the campus to meet former colleagues of his.  Dr. Troelstra was one of our very first faculty to join OSSM.  He was hired before the OSSM even opened its doors to students and had retired as a physics professor at Rice University before coming to OSSM.  I am guessing that he is now in his later 80's and in spite of his advanced age, he drove solo from his home in Anderson, South Carolina here.  This is his first time back to OSSM since his retirement back in 1999.  [When Dr. Troelstra retired from OSSM, he made a donation of $10,000 to fund a prize to recognize an outstanding graduating student in physics.  Annually, we award the Troelstra prize at graduation.  Just yesterday, he told me he is going to donate an additional $40,000 to this fund.  I was truly "bowled over" when he told me this news in my office.]


Pictured: Dr. Arne Troelstra and Dr. Gloria Dupree.



The 2018 Oklahoma Scholastic Chess Organization (OSCO) hosted their K-12 Tournament on the OSSM campus Saturday, September 15th.  Over 150 students participated in the one day event.  

Pictured: Peter Ha, Vamsee Sunkar, Howard Zhong, Michael Cheng and Quyen Cao who won first place in the grades 6-12 under 700 section of the tournament.  Congratulations OSSM team!



Bill Kuehl serves as Director of Admissions and Registrar. He brings over 25 years of experience strategically navigating colleges and universities enrollment management strategies. Mr. Kuehl has implemented successful marketing strategies enabling every school that he worked with to exceed its enrollment goals, while enhancing student quality, and student satisfaction. 

Mr. Kuehl earned a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the New York Institute of Technology and holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Communications and Psychology from St. Olaf College, where he began his career in admissions as a senior intern. He lives in Moore with his wife and son and says he looks forward to watching enrollment at OSSM grow over the next few years.  He also has enjoyed working with students who are part of his new Student Ambassador Program.
You will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Kuehl on September 22 at Parents Day. 


Coming Events:

Sept. 21 

  • End of 1st Grading Period
  • Alumni OSSM Beginning Event

Sept. 22

  • Lit Exams
  • Parents Day
  • CO98 Reunion

Sept. 24

  • NUWHE Admissions Session
  • Natl. Merit Semifinalist Dinner

Sept. 29

  • PSAT Training Juniors
  • Open Wkd Seniors

Oct. 3

  • Austin College Visit
  • Thomas Hill - Assembly
  • Flu Shots

Oct. 4

  • University of NM Visit
  • Columbus University Visit
  • MIT visit

Oct. 6. 

  • SAT Seniors
  • Open Weekend Juniors




HELP WANTED:  If you have experience interviewing we need volunteers to help with Senior Mock Interview Night on October 8th from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at OSSM.  Please contact Ms. Berryman at



Dr. Russell Rother -Sept. 19, Assembly Guest- Molecular Immunology


"Educate yourself in the sciences, across disciplines, to enable serendipitous discoveries" - Dr. Russel Rother

View HAPPENINGS on OSSM campus for September.