Stillwater's Noah Gade always set his goals high

SCHOLAR-ATHLETES — His parents said trying to follow in his older sister's footsteps made Noah Gade push himself toward excellence. Noah chased Emma, two years older than him, both in the classroom and in athletics.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 16, 2013
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When Noah Gade was about 5 years old, he and his sister started tagging along with his mom to work when he wasn't in school.

Mary Gade is an economics professor at Oklahoma State.

“I'd take them to campus with me and they'd sit in a classroom with a notebook and hang out with the college students,” Mary said.

Even then, Noah tried to catch up to what his older sister was doing and tried to fit in in the college classroom.

Now, having just graduated from Stillwater High, Gade is The Oklahoman's male Scholar-Athlete award winner.

His parents said trying to follow in his older sister's footsteps made Noah push himself toward excellence.

Noah chased Emma, two years older than him, both in the classroom and in athletics.

When she learned to write her name, Noah wanted to do it. When Emma started excelling in athletics, Noah wanted to follow right behind her.

“I think it goes back to that,” David Gade said. “He was always trying to do the same physical and mental things that she was able to do.”

Emma went on to play basketball at Oral Roberts before transferring to Oklahoma Christian after last season.

“She paved the way for me to succeed,” Noah said. “She succeeded in the classroom and she succeeded athletically. Watching her do it made me want to do it and showed me how to do it.”

Following Emma also taught Noah to set his sights high.

“He's very determined and always has been,” Mary said. “I've always told him to set his priorities and make his choices and he's done that.”

Instead of going out on Friday nights during his high school years, Gade spent plenty of evenings studying and getting to bed early so he could wake up for an early morning run.

Instead of working in small, incremental goals, Noah looked beyond what most thought he could accomplish.

As an eighth grader, Noah's parents took him to the state cross country meet at Edmond's Mitch Park. Noah, who had started running that year, watched as Tulsa Union's Steven Bake beat teammate Taylor Monaghan for the state title.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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