Academic All-State Awards Broadcast on 5/16-17

posted May 13, 2020, 5:08 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 13, 2020, 6:56 AM ]
Bartlesville senior Stone Yang and Superintendent Chuck McCauley will be featured in a television broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has partnered with OETA Public Television to broadcast a 30-minute tribute to this year's Academic All-Staters and recipients of the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence Awards. The program will be repeated on the OETA World Channel at 8:30 p.m. on May 23 and 7:30 p.m. on May 30.

The cancellation of the annual Academic Awards Banquet due to COVID-19 led to a change in format, with a program that will feature photos and videos submitted by the award winners.

The televised program will honor Stone Yang as one of the state’s 100 top public high school seniors. Selected from 495 nominations statewide, the student honorees hail from 75 schools in 69 Oklahoma school districts. The 2020 Academic All-State class is the 34th to be selected by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in what has been described as “Oklahoma’s most rigorous academic competition.”

The program will also recognize five innovative public school educators. This year's elementary/secondary administration winner is Chuck McCauley, the Superintendent of Bartlesville Public Schools. 

Following the OETA broadcast, the tribute will also be available on the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence website at

Stone Yang

Stone Yang
Winner of the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award and the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award, Stone Yang is also a two-time Bartlesville High School Student of the Year. He is District 6 President and State Elections Chairman for the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils and serves as Bartlesville’s Student Council president. Yang is first chair cello for his school Symphonic Orchestra and participates in state competitions for piano, musical theatre and vocal music. He is editor of the school yearbook and served on a committee to help pass a $17.9 million bond issue for Bartlesville Public Schools. Yang plans to study electrical engineering in college.

Scholarship sponsor: Phillips 66

Chuck McCauley

Supt. McCauley
The winner of the Medal for Excellence in Elementary/Secondary Administration is Chuck McCauley, superintendent of Bartlesville Public Schools. When he assumed the post in 2016, the district was facing a dire budget situation and low morale. In just three years, McCauley has led the passage of two historic bond issues, engaged stakeholders to develop and execute a strategic plan, and expanded opportunities for students.

“McCauley earned his way to the district’s top post through a soft-spoken leadership style combining humility with intelligence and drive – a combination that naturally attracts others toward a shared vision of a better future for all children,” said Dan Droege, a founder of Bartlesville’s Public Education Advocates for Kids.

In his first 100 days as superintendent, McCauley engaged key stakeholders, from students and parents to district employees and community members, to help create a three-year strategic plan. Inspired by their input, the district has implemented several new programs, including a 1:1 Student Computing Initiative providing Chromebook computers for all students in grades 6-12; Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum for all K-5 classes; and a new agriculture program for secondary students. In addition, the district established an Alternative Therapeutic Learning Academic Setting (ATLAS) for elementary students who struggle in school due to trauma.

Many of those projects, as well as facility improvements, were made possible through the passage of a $19.4 million bond issue in 2016 and a $17.9 bond issue in 2019. The first bond issue was also critical in saving teaching positions and protecting class sizes.

McCauley has also sought to improve school culture by engaging more with teachers through school site visits and community events. He hosts informal Coffee-with-Chuck discussions and has instituted the BPS Wellness Challenge, where school sites compete against each other for the highest participation in the Wooloroc 8K race.

During the education funding crisis in 2018, McCauley encouraged many fellow superintendents across the state to suspend school so teachers and parents could make their case at the State Capitol. He and his school board even worked with local Rep. Earl Sears to develop a bipartisan funding plan that would eventually provide for $6,000 teacher pay raises and other critical needs. “Chuck McCauley’s commitment to public education has been etched in stone,” Sears said. “Chuck’s action for students and teachers has moved Oklahoma forward.”