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 - Vals-Sals Listing
The Academic Scholars Program, 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, visit the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education website.
The local school district and the State Board of Education shall recognize as an Oklahoma Academic Scholar any graduating senior who meets the requirements in state law (since 1986).
Each year the district has an impressive number of National Merit Scholars. Union's graduating classes consistently receive millions of dollars in scholarship offers to colleges and universities throughout the country.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts the National Merit Scholar academic competition for recognition and undergraduate scholarships.
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 National Merit $2500 Scholarships and corporate - and college-sponsored scholarships.
To participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program, a student must:
be enrolled full time as a high school student, progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning to enter college no later than the fall following completion of high school;
be a citizen of the United States or, if not now a citizen, a permanent U.S. resident (or an applicant for permanent residency) in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen; and
take the PSAT/NMSQT ® in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern.
Verification Forms - Community Service / Distinguished Graduate verification form
These forms are used for both the 200 hour Community Service Recognition AND the 100 hour requirement for Distinguished Graduate that are awarded at graduation. They can be found in College and Careers, located in the Student Union at the High School.
To recognize outstanding academic achievement and service to school and community, Union Public Schools has a “Distinguished Graduate” program for high school students. Students should turn in the Distinguished Graduate Completion Form, along with an unofficial 7 semester transcript (available on the Student Portal after January 15) to the College and Career Center by February 15.
Two credits are required from the areas listed below with no restrictions on the number of credits from any given area. For example, a student could take two credits from one area or could take one credit from two different areas.
The areas and/or courses are: Fine Arts, Athletics, Business, Computer Science, Leadership, Foreign Language (excluding the two (2) years required in Section E above) and other electives offered by Core Curriculum subjects not listed in sections A through E in the Course Requirements listed above.
Union students consistently score well in tests on the state and national level.
Results from the Oklahoma School Testing Program, ACT and SAT show that Union students perform well compared to state and national results. See Test Scores
One of the highest honors a senior may receive comes in February 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 are given the opportunity to nominate candidates from their own grade. The top-10 vote recipients are placed into the contest. These 40 students (10 girls and boys from each grade) are again placed on a ballot for a student vote. The 40 are also evaluated by their teachers based on school spirit demonstrated, positive leadership, character/integrity, contribution to class and scholarship. The final selection is determined by 20 percent grade point average, 30 percent teacher recommendation score and 50 percent student vote.
During the ceremony, the top nominees are feted as well as selected junior representatives. Previous year honorees often return to the school to speak on the importance of their honor and how Union has shaped his or her life.
Seniors of the Month
- List of Seniors of the Month
Seniors of the Month are selected through a nomination process conducted monthly with all faculty and staff being able to nominate students they know or have known well and feel are worthy for the honor. One boy and one girl is honored each time. Selection is based on leadership, citizenship, scholarship and involvement. At the end of April/beginning of May, the seniors vote on the nine boys and nine girls for Seniors of the Year.
In addition to student council organizations across the District, including a special leadership program at the Freshman Academy, there is a Leadership Class at Union High School.
To be in leadership class, a student has to run for and be elected to a student council or class officer position. The purpose of this class is to train student leaders in the various aspects of student leadership and to provide regular class time for performance of tasks associated with the office to which each has been elected. Experiences will include representative student government and human relations with peer groups, faculty and administration. Course content will include basic techniques of leadership, goal setting, organizational skills, meetings, group effectiveness, communication, motivation, problem solving, decision making, public relations, and evaluation.