Union Public Schools is proud of the accomplishments of its student body! A tradition of excellence carries through all areas of school life, including academics, fine arts, spirit, athletics, leadership, and community service.
Whether in the classroom or community, on the playing field or in the concert hall, Union students shine in their pursuits, displaying not only talent but the benefits of discipline, team work, effort and commitment. Please visit our athletics and fine arts sections for achievements and recognitions in athletics, spirit and fine arts.
Academic Scholars /
Valedictorian and Salutatorian – Graduating seniors with a weighted GPA of 5.00 and above will be designated as valedictorians. Students with a weighted GPA of 4.80-4.99 will be designated at salutatorians. For details about valedictorian and salutatorian honors, please see Board Policy 5032.
The Academic Scholars recognition program through the Oklahoma State Department of Education recognizes graduating seniors who meet all of the requirements listed below. Oklahoma Academic Scholars receive a certificate of recognition from the State Board of Education and the local high school, a gold seal affixed to their diploma, and the honor recorded on their official transcript.
The Academic Scholars scholarship program (separate from the recognition program described above), established by the state Legislature and governor in 1988 and operated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, provides scholarships to academically outstanding students who attend an Oklahoma college or university. Academic Scholars receive a scholarship to help cover the cost of room, board, tuition, books and incidental fees for up to eight semesters. The actual value of the scholarship varies based on the institution the scholar chooses to attend. For more information and the link to apply, click here. Students qualify by:
Each year the district has an impressive number of National Merit Scholars. National Merit Semifinalists are selected in September based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT--a test that measures verbal, math and writing skills. National Merit Finalists are announced in February, based upon students who meet additional academic requirements. Merit Scholars are selected from the group of Finalists, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments.
Merit scholarship awards include the National Merit $2,500 scholarship, as well as corporate and college-sponsored scholarships.
Students wishing to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program must sign up to take the PSAT/NMSQT during their 11th grade year. PSAT/NMSQT preparation camps take place during the summer before junior year for interested students.
For more information about the National Merit scholarship, visit the website.
Volunteerism and Community Service
Union students are highly active in service to their community. Volunteer hours for Community Service/Distinguished Graduate awards, as well as National Honor Society and Key Club are recorded, verified, approved, and tracked through an online platform called MobileServe. All students grades 9-12 have MobileServe accounts created for them using their school email. Students are able to access their accounts at www.mobileserve.com or by downloading the MobileServe app. For more information on how to set up and use MobileServe, check out the College/Career Center page in Canvas and/or download the “Getting Started Guide.”
Please review this document for important information and requirements for community service hours. Important Information and Requirements for Community Service Hours
To receive the Community Service recognition at graduation, students must complete and log 200 service hours in grades 9-12 by December 31st of their 12th grade year. A minimum of 40 hours must be “school hours,” which are hours in service to the Union district and/or individual schools outside of normal school hours. This may include (but is not limited to) school events, family nights, field days, schedule pick up, etc. School hours can also be earned through service as a part of a Union club or team. More information about qualifying service hours can be found hehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/1967/information_and_requirements_for_community_service_hours.pdfre.
To recognize outstanding academic achievement and service to school and community, Union Public Schools has a “Distinguished Graduate” recognition for graduating seniors. Students meeting the 100 minimum community service hour requirement for this honor will be notified by the College and Career Center during the spring of their senior year and given the Distinguished Graduate form to complete and submit along with an unofficial seven semester transcript. In addition to the community service hour requirement, students must meet rigorous academic qualifications and course requirements. For more details about Distinguished Graduate and the academic requirements, please refer to Board Policy 5032.
One of the highest honors a senior may receive comes during second semester of the 12th grade year when Mr. and Miss Union are selected. This honor is bestowed on a boy and girl who have excelled in academics, community service, and other aspects of student life.
In the selection process, all students and faculty are given the opportunity to nominate senior candidates, including self-nominations. The top-10 male and female senior nominees are placed on a ballot for a student vote, reviewed for academic performance, and evaluated by faculty for school spirit, positive leadership, character/integrity, and contribution to class. The final selection is determined by 30 percent grade point average (GPA), 30 percent teacher recommendation score and 40 percent student vote.
During the spring semester ceremony, the top five male and female nominees are honored along with their families. One male and female candidate are selected for the title of Mr. and Miss Union.
Seniors of the Month
Seniors of the Month are selected based on monthly faculty nominations and voting. Students are nominated and selected based on leadership, citizenship, scholarship, and school involvement. Each month, one male and female senior student is honored. During the spring semester, all seniors vote on the existing Seniors of the Month to choose one male and one female student to be honored as Seniors of the Year.