A Sheridan High School senior was the highest Advanced Placement achiever in Wyoming in 2011. Keely Oltion was one of two in Wyoming and 101 nationwide named a 2011 Siemens Award winner for Advanced Placement, an honor that carries a $2,000 college scholarship.
Oltion has taken nine AP courses, and was named National Merit Semi-finalist for the 2011-2012 school year. She earned AP Scholar with Honor, and took third place at the Wyoming Chemistry Olympiad in 2011.
Her favorite AP class was chemistry, and plans to study chemistry or engineering in college. As far as what school she'd like to attend, she says she'd like to attend Yale or Harvard, and so far she's been accepted to the University of Wyoming and the University of Southern California.
This year 101 high school students in 50 states were recognized. The other from Wyoming was Laramie High School senior Aidan McDonald.
The Siemens Foundation places an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics in high school, because they believe it to be a national priority. According to Siemens' website, students taking AP math and science courses are more likely to major in STEM fields in college.