Guymon’s Samuel Oakes – Character Counts Presented by First National Bank of Hooker

Guymon senior Samuel Oakes is one of the busiest high school students you could find. He does just about every activity there is at Guymon High School – Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Speech and Debate, Class Government president, Varsity Academic Team, Business Professionals of America, and the History Club, to name a few. With a weighted GPA of 4.54, he is also dedicated to his academics. He has participated in many sports, but his main focus was on swimming. He also joined cross country his senior year.

“I joined cross country because a lot of my friends were doing it, and I figured I would already be in shape from swim,” said Oakes. “It turned out to be a great experience, because I became the first alternate for state and earned a ring when our team won the 5A state championship.”

Oakes says that the best part about high school sports is simply having fun.

“I know this sounds cliché, but high school sports are a great avenue to enjoy good competition, spending time with friends, and, if you choose the right sports, even pushing yourself as hard as you can in practice can be fulfilling and enjoyable in a sense,” he said.

His advice to the underclassmen follows suit

“Try to enjoy all of the high school activities you do, and make the most out of the experience,” he said. “It may seem like a drag at times, but someday you’ll look back on it with fondness.”

His favorite sports memory from high school is one he is very proud of – winning an individual state medal for swimming his senior year.

“Medaling at state is always a huge accomplishment, and I was able to do it twice my junior year as a part of two relays,” he said. “However, several seniors who were key pieces for the relay graduated, so my senior year our chances of medaling in the relay severely decreased. This meant my only chance at a medal was to medal in an individual event, which is much harder; especially considering it was only my second year in swim. I worked very hard throughout the season and took off about 6 seconds on my 100-freestyle individual event, getting my time all the way down to 53.49 seconds, and earning the 7th place state medal.”

After graduation, Oakes plans to attend Oklahoma State University and earn a degree in economics.