A+ Athlete: Kylee Reed, Durant
This week's A+ Athlete is Kylee Reed of Durant High School. Kylee is a National Merit Scholar qualifier, a member of national honors society, she's been named the outstanding student of her class 2 years running, she's the senior class president, and she's ranked number 1 in her class.
"Kylee has priorities that are in check, so she values her education, even if she's taking harder classes," said Durant Science teacher Natalie Haworth. "I know last year she took four advanced placement classes, and was an athlete on top of it. She's really good at time management, and she makes school a priority, and doing well in school a priority. That sets her apart from her peers."
"If I find out that someone made a better grade than me on a test, then I think 'I better get them next time," said Reed. "It's kind of a friendly competitive, but I am definitely super competitive."
That competitiveness spills over into athletics. Kylee is a three year state qualifier in cross country, she's also a cross country state medalist.
Kylee makes an impact in track, where she's also been to state three times.
"She gives her best all the time," said Durant cross country coach Amanda Reynolds. "It doesn't matter if it's in practice or in the meet. You can always depend on her to work her best."
"I'm kind of a perfectionist in everything I do," said Reed. "I just try to do everything 100%."
Giving it her all has paid off big, and the rigors of running cross country has taught her many lessons.
"It's taught me to push through just about anything," said Reed. "When you think you can't do it, you think you don't have anymore, you just keep working, keep trying, and you'll eventually get it."