SHAWNEE — Growing up, Jasmine Robinson was on a constant search for new challenges.
She pushed herself physically, first as a young gymnast, which didn't last long once she found soccer. She added basketball into junior high when she discovered volleyball and track.
And she pushed herself mentally, with the encouragement of her parents, Tyrone and Wanda Robinson. They constantly found ways to stimulate Jasmine's mind, and her continuous drive for knowledge — a quality the Robinsons began to notice in Jasmine very early.
“I have notes I made when she was a baby, and she was very intense and very determined. That was just her personality,” Wanda Robinson said. “We just prayed that God would direct us in the right direction, then she could do something with that determination.
“We tried to expose her to different experiences — take her to the library and cultural things around town, reading to her.”
All of that exposure, both from the academic and athletic realms, gave Jasmine plenty of options to exercise her determined spirit.
By ninth grade, Jasmine had found the academic and extracurricular activities she enjoyed most — actually, a few too many.
She was playing basketball and volleyball, and running track. She played the saxophone in band, became heavily involved in her church youth group and sang in the choir.
“That was a little too much,” Robinson said with a laugh. “So I dropped basketball and band.”
Over the last three years of high school, she continued to excel in everything else she attempted, athletically and academically. She became a class valedictorian at Shawnee High School, and scored a 29 on the ACT. As a senior, she completed 18 college hours concurrently at Oklahoma Baptist, while also taking classes at the Shawnee branch of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.
Robinson helped the Wolves' volleyball team to two straight Class 5A state tournaments. And she won five gold medals in hurdle and relay events with the track team that won a state title and never finished worse than second the last three years.
Selected as The Oklahoman's female Scholar-Athlete award winner, Robinson continually displayed the characteristics that embody a true student-athlete.