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Sam Hurst: Student-Athlete & Entrepreneur – Presented by McCurtain County National Bank   

Paulo Coelho de Souza once said, “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” Sam Hurst is a sophomore at Broken Bow High School and is an all-around athlete playing basketball, baseball, running cross country and track. Souza’s quote reminds Sam that his act of self-improvement can have a positive effect towards those around him, which makes him the team leader he is today.

Before high school, Sam spent his K-8 years at Lukfata, where he has been competing in the quiz bowl since the fifth grade. Math is his favorite subject, which is a major factor (pun intended) in his part time hobby/business selling the outdoor furniture he builds in his spare time. If he didn’t need money but was made to work, he would do something where he could learn every day. He said his friends would most likely say, “If I had to pick anybody, it’d be Sam Hurst,” which sounds like a recipe for success or disaster.

Rebekah Clowers is Sam’s Academic Advisor and says that he is a true integral member of the team.

“Not only is he a good player, but he is also a good person. He always has a positive attitude and a smile on his face.”

This year he placed fifth in the county top individual scorers. Sam answered that Julius Caesar is a historical figure that he would have liked to meet, because of his ambition and ability to achieve those ambitions.

If Sam was principal for a day, his ambition would be to change the curriculum the teachers are teaching. Make the classes where they are learning more about the next steps after high school and prepare students for life’s challenges that they may later endure.

He looks forward to the weeks toward the end of each semester because they are usually fun, and the teachers are sometimes more easygoing. His advice to the underclassmen is to “be outgoing!”

Sam plans to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2024, and he is interested in becoming an engineer.  A teacher he would like to mention is his Chemistry teacher, Mr. Hall because “he always has something thought-provoking to say.” 

Sam has one more message for everyone.
“Jesus Saves.”

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