2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 6

by Jenni Carlson Published: June 29, 2014
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TECUMSEH: ASHLEE BIRCHALL

Athletics: Two-time state qualifier in tennis. Received team’s Black and Gold Award. Played four years of varsity tennis, three years of varsity volleyball. Named volleyball team’s utility player of the year.


Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. National Honor Society.

Activities: Link Crew for freshman orientation. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

Quote: “Ashlee is a fine example to other students and always puts forth her best effort. She is a joy to be around.” — Jennifer McKnight, tennis coach

College choice: Oklahoma Baptist

Also nominated: None

TUTTLE: PEYTON GARRETT

Athletics: All-region and coaches’ all-state reserve in softball as a senior. Member of third-place 3,200-meter relay team at state track as a junior. Played four years varsity in softball, basketball and track. Will play softball at Northwestern Oklahoma State

Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Ranked at the top of her class. Superintendent’s Honor Roll for four years. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society.

Activities: Church youth group.

Quote: “Peyton has high expectations, lofty goals and honorable standards by which she lives, works and plays.” — Connie Traxler, conselor

College choice: Northwestern Oklahoma State

Also nominated: None

U.S. GRANT: TONY LUGO

Athletics: Second place at the conference wrestling meet as a senior. Team captain in soccer as a senior. Four-year varsity starter in soccer and cross country, two-year in wrestling.

Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society.

Activities: Senior class president. Junior class treasurer. Technology Students Association reporter. Junior Rotarian. Youth Council of OKC. U.S. Grant Leadership Class.

Quote: “I have always been proud of Tony because he uses his talents and influence to better the community and our school.” — Stephen Cookson, soccer coach

College choice: Oklahoma

Also nominated: None

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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