Anadarko’s Mallory Porter – Character Counts Presented by Bank of Commerce

By Derrick Smith

Each sport has their own set of required skills and abilities you will need in order to be successful. Cheer is no different, and Mallory Porter says success is not always easy but it is worth it.

“To be successful in cheer, you have to have patience, endurance, and the ability to be energetic,” she said. “It isn’t easy to learn a dance, or a stunt sequence, or to perfect those things. And it definitely is not always easy to pump up a crowd when you’re losing a ball game, but that’s our job, that’s what we’re there to do, to get them and our teams pumped up.”

Mallory is a senior at Anadarko High School. She has been a cheerleader for six years, serving as base all six years.

While her team did not compete in cheer competitions last season, they were able to cheer on the other Warrior’s teams. “Even though we didn’t compete this year, we got to cheer our boys and girls basketball teams on at the state tournament.”

She has had a lot of influences on her life, but she says her family is at the top. “I am so thankful for my family,” she said. They have all influenced me to where I am today, but my older sister, Mariah, is probably my biggest influence. Growing up, we were always close. She’s four years older than me, so she has a lot of experience in life and things in general that I would go through. She’s always been my best friend and as we’ve gotten older, I can say for a matter of fact that she will always be my best friend and one of the people I know I will always be able to turn to for any advice or with any problems I have. We’ve been through a lot of things together, and she always makes sure I’m okay or that everyone else is okay. She’s our family’s rock.”

A character athlete is not just a good player on the field, but also a great person off the field too. “For me, someone being called a character athlete means that people can look at that person and know that they want them representing their school.”

Mallory’s favorite teacher is one that treated his class like family and made his students feel comfortable. “My favorite teacher currently doesn’t teach anymore, but his name is Mr. Powers,” she said. “He not only taught our whole class of girls about chemistry, he taught us many lessons about life, helped us with any problems we would have, boys, friends, family, school, etc. He treated us as if we were his own grandchildren, and didn’t scold us when we didn’t understand, he helped us through. but the main thing he taught me, was patience.”

Porter is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Chickasaw Honor Club. She enjoys watching football, basketball, and baseball.

Mallory says she is thankful and blessed to have her family support her. She has her mom, Michelle Smith, her dad, Michael Porter, and her stepmom, Christina Porter. She is one of five siblings, along with Lauren, Michaela, Mariah, Hunter, and Connor.

“After graduation, I plan on going to a small college, I’m not sure where yet, but I do have a few places in mind,” she said. “I either want to go into the medical field, elementary education, or special needs education.”