AWESOME News - October 22, 2018



October 22, 2018 Vol. 46. No. 35                                                                AWESOME NEWSLETTER



Mock Interview night was a big success this year, even though it rained buckets.  The students and the community volunteers both enjoyed the evening.  Students gained experience through the interview process and the interviewers learned about these amazing students attending OSSM.

When students were asked what they gained from the experience, Howard Zhong and Adhya Kumar responded.

"Mock interview night was very instructional and helped me identify many new skills to improve upon for future college interviews," said Howard Zhong.

"By meeting these interviewers that evening, we had no connection with them, I was also able to learn the importance of treating a college interviewer as a person and making sure to create conversation by asking about them in turn," said Adhya Kumar.


Jeanette Houng being interviewed by Sam Heigle.


Dr. Wang with Trustee Bart Binning, attendees Nancy and Joe Bradley.

Each year the OSSM Foundation hosts An Awesome Evening.  This is a time to educate business leaders and the community about "The OSSM Difference." This year the event fell on Tuesday, October 16 and was hosted at Liz & Sam Heigle's home.  The weather cooperated and we saw many new faces as well as new alumni, who spoke to the crowd about how OSSM benefited them and our state.  OSSM students who attended introduced who they were and where they were from.  Many explained why they loved OSSM.  It was wonderful see attendees capture the incredible things OSSM is doing for these students.  

Another Awesome Evening will be hosted Thursday, October 25th in Tulsa.


German Students Arrive

Last week kicked off the second annual German-American Partnership exchange.  Eleven German students and their teacher arrived at OSSM around 9:30 p.m. Monday night where they were welcomed by the student body and introduced to their hosts.  Dr. Wang graciously provided a snack from Hideaway Pizza for our weary travelers before we tucked them in to rest after 24 hours of travel.  They have spent the week attending classes, getting to know the students and seeing some of the sites Oklahoma City has to offer.  On Wednesday, they toured Bricktown, rode on the water taxis, and ate Mexican food at Chileno's.  On Thursday, they visited the Oklahoma History Center and then participated  in a seminar on Stereotypes, Immigration, and Diversity led by Veronica Laizure (Civil Rights Director) and Adam Solanti (Executive Director) from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.  They will spend the extended weekend exploring the state of Oklahoma with their host students.  They will cap-off the trip  by participating in International Night sponsored by PAOSSM.  If you would like more information on how you can support or participate in GAPP, please contact Dr. Michelle McCargish.

OSSM Opportunities


Dr. Mark Li snapped a picture of seniors Hayden Doty and Jacob Coffman at the Neuro Night Seminar held at the Fountains at Canterbury, a monthly event hosted by Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. The three expert panelists were Master Sergeant Erick Huff of OKCPD, Dr. Britta Ostermeyer, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, and Dr. Celeste Wirsig, Associate Professor of Cell Biology. Dr. Li and the students were thoroughly enthralled by the topic of the night: “The Criminal Mind”.


The annual Junior/Senior Flag Football Game had an extra special feel to it last Thursday. With overcast skies and a slight drizzle, the atmosphere portrayed a big rivalry game.  It also had a special sound -thanks to senior Sarah Lowrey, who organized a spirited “pep band” that played the entire contest.




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OSSM 2018 Regional NSB Champs were invited to compete in Washington D.C., April 2018.

Recently the teams were announced for the 2019 National Science Bowl and TEAM+S Competitions.  These are the  two major STEM competitions across the nation.   Junior and Senior team members who got selected  for both of these competitions were selected based on diagnostic tests. OSSM students have historically won championships in both of these  competitions. "Winning a competition is not mere luck, it requires students time, talent, commitment, diligence and  problem solving skills practice," said  Dr. Fazlur Rahman, coach for the teams . 

National Science Bowl Members

Team S Members



Stephen Varda  earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, and then went on to earn his Masters at the University of Central Oklahoma. While in school he was a lab instructor for the introductory physics and engineering labs, and  also taught groups of students physics at the University of Wisconsin. Stephen said, "I like working at OSSM because it’s a great chance for me to teach and reach out to students who otherwise might not have access to high-end math classes and physics." He also said that teaching online has been a huge change from what he is used to doing, but it has taught him a lot.  He also said that OSSM is a great place for him to learn more about teaching and how to be able to reach students even if he can’t always see them face-to-face. "Working at OSSM has been a great opportunity and I love working and teaching with such a supportive group of colleagues," said Varda. 




A group of senior students attended the  Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium lunch  on Wednesday, October 10 and heard guest speaker Mayor Holt. They also learned about the organization, which was celebrating 15 years.This group consists of passionate business leaders and educators. Through monthly meetings, OkEthics members strive to gain recognition for Oklahoma as a state that values integrity in business dealings. The students got to speak to Mayor Holt after the event.

Coming Events:

Oct. 19

  • Extended Weekend return 

Oct. 23

  • Univ. of Oklahoma trip


  • USC visit

Oct. 26

  • Monday Class Schedule

Oct. 27

  • ACT for Juniors
  • International Night

Oct. 29

  • Juniors Trip to OSU
  • Kyle Dillingham Performance


  • Duke Visit

Oct. 31

  • Assembly - Col. Michael Teague

Nov. 2. 

  • End of 2nd Grading Period
international night

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Saturday, October 27th.



Learning more about the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics by Scott Meacham, The Oklahoman


Wednesday, November 7 
Student Lounge 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.




View HAPPENINGS on OSSM campus October.