MOORE — Mihail “Miki” Nasteski hasn't been here long, but the Moore tennis senior has already set a goal similar to that of many many lifelong Oklahomans.
He wants to play his sport at Oklahoma State.
“I really want to go to OSU,” Nasteski said.
Nasteski came to the United States from Macedonia, his native land, as an exchange student last summer.
He's been studying English since he was a second-grader back home, but had never been to America before he moved in with Moore's Gordon and Dawn Scott.
“I came here for better education,” he said. “The education in my country is not bad, but here it is a lot better and there are more opportunities.”
Which is why he wants to stay in the states after he graduates from Moore High on May 24. Tennis just might be his ticket.
“My dad is a big fan of America,” Nasteski said. “He's just amazed with how big things are here.
“My parents want me to stay here because they want me to make it here. I would like to stay and live here.”
Nasteski was a top-10 tennis player in Macedonia for his age group, but never played for his school there. Tennis isn't a very big sport in the country where soccer reigns supreme.
But still, Nasteski began playing the game at age 11.
He's done well during his one season at Moore. Lots of top-5 finishes and a No. 1 doubles title at the Harrah tournament have been the highlights so far.
He qualified Monday for the Class 6A state tournament, which will be Friday and Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center, at No. 1 singles.
Oklahoma Wesleyan and Southwestern Christian have been recruiting him to play tennis, but his mind is set on Stillwater.
“I might like to walk on (at OSU) the first year and try to earn a scholarship the second year,” he said.