Clinton’s Kayde Whitney: Fan’s Choice Miss Softball Oklahoma Presented By K&S Tire Inc

By Derrick Smith

There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into being a successful student-athlete. Along with being and practice and getting prepared for game day, they also have to make sure to get all of the schoolwork and studying finished. Kayde Whitney says that becoming a great athlete takes more than just showing up at practice. “It takes a lot of hard work and commitment,” she said. “It also requires a lot of practice, and also even extra practice.”

Whitney, a senior at Clinton High School, is a member of the basketball, fastpitch and slowpitch softball, and track teams. Along with athletics, she is also a member of the band, National Honor Society, Key Club, and Future Farmers of America.

There are two people in Kayde’s life that have made big impacts on her. Without these two, she says she would not be the person she is today. “My biggest role model is my big sister, Sharise,” she stated. “She always gets me to push myself hard. And another is coach Moss for making me a better person and athlete.”

Another person that was an influence on Whitney’s life was a former teacher. “My favorite teacher would have to be Mrs. Miller,” she said. “She was my eleventh grade English teacher. She taught me that it was okay to fail as long as you learn from your mistakes and don’t repeat them.”

Kayde is excited to continue her softball career at the next level. She will be attending Carl Albert State College in Poteau, where she plans to major in accounting. She says that it is hard to believe that she will be doing something she has always dreamed of. “It’s honestly so surreal,” she stated. “When I was little, I would always look at college softball players and know that I wanted to be like them. Now, I get to do that for my coaches, teammates, and school. It’s a great honor to continue to represent Clinton four hours from home.”