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Michayla Harcrow: Four Years with the Academic Bowl – Presented by McCurtain County Bank

Michayla Harcrow is a senior at Broken Bow High School and is ready to take on the world. She is a fourth-year competitor for the academic team, serving as the team’s captain this year where they were county champions. Her favorite class is Speech and Debate with Ms. Rebekah Clowers. She works part-time as the library’s assistant and cleans houses on the weekends. Michayla is interested in learning more about car mechanics because she wants to know how to fix it herself. Some of her friends would describe her as bubbly, and most likely be the one who is outgoing in an unfamiliar setting. She has even been the school’s mascot, but mentioned those days are behind her.

“She is a good player, landing herself in the county’s top individual scorers, but is also a good leader,” advisor Rebekah Clowers says. “She takes input from her team, but also knows how to make a decision in a split-second when necessary.”

Michayla is looking forward to the possibility of getting to compete live for Speech and Debate regionals and state tournaments this year. Her first year on the high school Academic team, they were county, conference, and district champions. Her junior year they were county, conference, district, and regional champions. Before joining the high school team, Michayla competed for the Lukfata Middle School for an additional four years. Michayla says she challenges herself to reach her personal expectations and does what she can within her power to accomplish them. Her two personal mottos are “Quitters never win, and winners never quit,” and “Nothing worthwhile in life ever came easy.”

Michayla’s advice to the underclassmen; “First, everyone says this, but get involved. I guarantee there is a sport/club/organization for you, and it is a great way to make new friends with like-minded people. Second, this is also mentioned a lot, but don’t procrastinate. As soon as you receive your work and have the time, do it, then you don’t have to stress about it. Third, the most important, personally, is to put time and energy into yourself. Make sure to do your work, get enough sleep, and make sure you’re eating. Don’t worry about being in a relationship, or others’ opinions of you. Focus on yourself, be confident, and know your worth,” said Michayla.

Michayla is planning to attend Southeastern Oklahoma State University where she plans to study and become a research librarian. She says that she has library experience, enjoys keeping things organized, and it seemed like a peaceful job. One of her favorite quotes is “You are the author of your own life story, so make it a good one,” by Susan C. Young.

Congratulations Michayla on your accomplishments and best of luck at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Now go write your story!

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