Academics

Portrait of a Charger

What does it mean to be a Charger? By the time they graduate, Heritage Hall students stand out among their peers as some the best educated, college-bound students in the country. Fully prepared for success at the university level, our graduates are confident, compassionate leaders who have contributed hundreds of service learning hours as part of a well-rounded education that fuels character development and a lifelong aspiration To Learn, To Lead, and To Serve.

Luke Williams

To Learn:
• Became a Charger in 3rd grade
• 2018 National Merit Semifinalist
• Class of 2018 Valedictorian
• Cum Laude Society (GPA ranking in top 7 seniors)
• 2018 Heritage Hall English Award recipient
• 2018 Heritage Hall Spanish Award recipient
• Heritage Hall Challenge Scholar
• Independent Studies Program Scholar (Comparative Religions; Playwriting, Production, and Direction)
 
To Lead:
• 2018 Headmaster’s Award recipient
• Outstanding Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior student (selected by faculty)
• Academic Bowl Founding Member (varsity)/2018 State Champion/2017 State Runner-up
• Competitive pianist (Merit Division Achievement: top two finisher at Oklahoma Piano State Competition)
• Four-year varsity letterman in football; won four district championships and three state championships
 
To Serve:
• Come Read with Me volunteer for Metropolitan Library System (300 hours)
• Youth Services of Oklahoma County Teen Board (100 hours)
• President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award (performed more than 250 hours of community service in one year)
• Presidential Bronze Service Award  (performed more than 100 hours of community service in one year)
• Founding member of Heritage Hall Service Learning Council

Haley Karchmer

To Learn:
• Heritage Hall “Lifer”
• Cum Laude Society (GPA ranking in top 7 seniors)
• Heritage Hall Challenge Scholar
• Headmaster’s Honor Roll
 
To Lead: 
• 2018 Headmaster’s Award recipient
• Outstanding Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior student (selected by faculty)
• Class president (senior and junior years)
• Senior Peer Leader
• Youth Leadership Exchange
• Student Council
• Pep Club officer
 
To Serve:
• Founding member of Heritage Hall Service Learning Council
• President’s Volunteer Service Award recipient (2016, 2017, 2018)
• Founder of Western Village Club
• President/Board of Directors for Oklahoma Association of Temple Youth
• Peppers Ranch Teen Executive Board

Sydney Tucker

To Learn:
• Heritage Hall Challenge Artist (performing arts, instrumental music, choral music)
• Independent Studies Program Scholar (Composed a full symphony for Small Chamber Orchestra, L’Invincible)
• Heritage Hall Orchestra (7 years) (string bass, electric bass, cello, piano, mandolin, ukulele, mixed percussion)
 
To Lead:
• 2018 Headmaster’s Award recipient
• Heritage Hall 2018 Outstanding Instrumental Music Student
• National Youth Leadership Forum: Digital Media, Film, and Journalism 
• National Youth Leadership Forum: STEM
• National Chinese Honor Society
• Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society)
 
To Serve:
• 2018 President’s Volunteer Service Bronze Award recipient (performed 100-174 community service hours in one year)
• Casas por Christo volunteer, Cuidad Acuna, Mexico
• Camp Create (children’s camp) volunteer
• Autumn Leaves Memory Care volunteer

Luke Stewart

To Learn:
• Heritage Hall “Lifer”
• 2018 National Merit Semifinalist
• Cum Laude Society (GPA ranking in top 7 seniors)
• 2018 Heritage Hall Chinese Award recipient
• 2018 Heritage Hall Mathematics Award recipient
• Heritage Hall Challenge Scholar
• Independent Studies Program Scholar (International Relations in East Asia)
• Academic Bowl Member/2018 4A State Champion/2017 4A State Runner-up
 
To Lead:
• 2018 Headmaster’s Award recipient
• Member of OKC Riversport (rowing club) Varsity
• Member of OKC Riversport Lightweight 4+ and 8+
• Oklahoma City Boathouse District Corporate Rowing program – Coxswain
• Dramatic Arts stage manager, sound and light operator/designer
 
To Serve:
• Special Care, Inc. summer classroom volunteer
• Teen Board for Special Care, Inc.

Michael Gehr

To Learn:
• Heritage Hall “Lifer”
• 2018 US Presidential Scholar (one of three selected in Oklahoma)
• Heritage Hall Challenge Scholar
• Headmaster’s Honor Roll
• State champion choir member and soloist
 
To Lead:
• Diversity and Equality Club president
• French Club president
• 2018 Faculty Award recipient (excellence in academics, service to the school community, and personal integrity)
• 2017-18 Award of Excellence recipient by the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists
 
To Serve:
• President’s Volunteer Service Bronze Award recipient (performed more than 100 hours of community service in one year)
• Fundraiser Coordinator for FARA (Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance), raised more than  $32,000 in one year
• FARA patient panelist
• Fundraiser/participant in rideATAXIA Philadelphia
 

Michael Mandanas

To Learn:
• 2018 National Merit Scholar
• 2018 US Presidential Scholar (one of three selected in Oklahoma) 
• 2018 Dr. David R. Goodsell Outstanding Science Award recipient
• 2018 Anthony Shadid ’86 Award recipient (Social Studies and Writing)
• 2018 Heritage Hall Chinese Award recipient
• 2017 Heritage Hall Mathematics and Chinese Awards recipient
• Independent Studies Program scholar (The Immune System: Friend and Foe)
• Class of 2018 Salutatorian
• Heritage Hall Challenge Scholar
• Cum Laude Society (GPA ranking in top 7 seniors)
• National Circuit Debater
 
To Lead:
• Heritage Hall Student Council President 
• Academic Bowl team 2018 OSSAA 4A state champion
• National Teen Board and Southwest Regional Leader
• FARE Young Innovator of the Year (2017) (”EpiTemp”: Epinephrine Temperature Regulation case)
• Outstanding Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior student (selected by faculty)
 
To Serve:
• President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award recipient 
  (performed 250+ community service hours in one year) (2016, 2017, 2018)
• Founding member of Heritage Hall Service Learning Council