Twenty-seven students received Presidential Awards, which recognize those who have at least a 3.5 GPA, have scored exemplary on state assessments and/or national assessments such as the ACT as well as have participated in at least one activity in high school. They included Kimberly Beauchamp, Jessica Bittner, Austin Blaue, Jennifer Boyce, Logan Butler, Glen Coffman, Eric Crook, Alexandra Crossen, Jeffrey Doolittle, Erika Doty, Kylie Fischer, Taylor Graf, Alexander Hasty, Samantha Heppler, Jordan Markley, Riley McAdoo, Joshua Mills, Semi Ojeleye, Cale Paquette, Hunter Peoples, Wyatt Peters, Jillian Prather, Shawn Reeve, Sara Soph, Amanda Stinebaugh, Alex Tharp and Hannah Thomas.
Two OHS representatives were chosen as Governor’s Scholars, which recognizes the top 1 percent at an annual luncheon. They were Jennifer Boyce and Jeffrey Doolittle.
Erika Doty and Glen Coffman were given KSHSAA Citizenship Awards. The criteria for this award includes respect for country, community, school and fellow citizens, showing the willingness to assume the responsibility of improving the community they live in as well as the school they attend and demonstrating care and concern for all others around them.
The Dale Dennis Excellence in Education Award, given in honor of Dale Dennis, a longtime advocate of Kansas students, honors a student that has demonstrated the characteristics of citizenship, community and school service, scholarship and common sense characteristics that make him a quality individual. Dillon Boeh was given the award.
Numerous students were recognized as Kansas Scholar Curriculum Completers. These students completed the curriculum as set forth by the Board of Regents, which includes four units of English, four units of math (of which the fourth one has to have Algebra II as a prerequisite), three science-biology, chemistry, physics, three social science and two units of a foreign language. OHS 2013 completers included Kimberly Beauchamp, Jessica Bittner, Austin Blaue, Jennifer Boyce, Abigail Chappell, Glen Coffman, Eric Crook, Alexandra Crossen, Miranda DeCock, Jeffrey Doolittle, Erika Doty, Kylie Fischer, Conner Gross, Alexander Hasty, Ethan Jackson, Joshua Mills, Sydney Normile, Semi Ojeleye, Cale Paquette, Hunter Peoples, Jillian Prather, Shawn Reeve, Jameson Soderberg, BriAnna Stephenson, Amanda Stinebaugh and Hannah Thomas.
Out of the 6,980 students in the state of Kansas who completed the curriculum, the field is narrowed using a formula weighting their ACT score and their high school GPA. These designated scholars averaged a 30 on the ACT with an average GPA of 3.90. Designated scholars then have an opportunity to apply for need-based funding from the state scholarship program. The 2013 Designated State Scholars for Ottawa High School included Kimberly Beauchamp, Austin Blaue, Jennifer Boyce, Glen Coffman, Eric Crook, Alexandra Crossen, Jeffrey Doolittle, Joshua Mills, Amanda Stinebaugh and Hannah Thomas.
The Kansas Board of Regents also recognized Kansas ACT Scholars. These students scored a 32 or above on the ACT assessment during the 2012-2013 school year. Jennifer Boyce, Jeffrey Doolittle and Michael Jensen III were recognized for this award.