A+ Athlete: Ally Parham, Plainview High School

This week's A+ Athlete is Ally Parham of Plainview High School.

Ally boasts a GPA over a 4.0, is ranked 2nd in her class, a member of the Oklahoma Honor Society and Beta Club, as well as named to the Superintendent's Honor Roll.

She says a good education is the foundation for her future.

"It's a great basis for what you can do in life, family, work," Parham said. "It really just help you prepare for college and get into ready for the workforce."

"Ally is very determined," Chemistry teacher Becky Smith said.
"She goes and finds all the little details and make sure she can present something correct, studious the first time. If she ever has a question she asks, but she always gives 100-percent."

While Ally shines in the classroom, she shines just as bright on the hardwood and track. She's a four-year starter for the Plainview Lady Indians' basketball team, leading them to the state-quarterfinals last season and has finished in the top five in the state in assists, twice.

Ally also compete's in the high jump and long jump on Plainview's track team where she's qualified for state three times.

"She is just humble and she works hard on her own and it's not something you have to push," Assistant basketball coach Taylor Howard said. "You don't have to push effort with Ally. When she comes in here, she's going to work hard."

"I'm a very competitive person whether it be in the classroom or on the court," Parham said. "I always strive to be the best and work really hard. I feel like with hard work you can achieve your goals."

After receiving her diploma this spring, Ally plans on majoring in speech pathology at the University of Oklahoma. And that's why Ally Parham is this week's A+ Athlete.