There is perhaps no greater inspiration in this world than family.

Editors Note: This is part of a series profiling the finalists for the 2019 Cheerleader of the Year award, which will be announced at the Best of the Arbuckles Preps banquet in May. 

There is perhaps no greater inspiration in this world than family.

It’s something Plainview senior cheer captain Rylee Sudberry has used not just as her motivation throughout high school with her fellow cheerleaders, but a guiding light on her way to a bright future as she approaches graduation. 

As she begins her college journey at the University of Oklahoma in the fall, the outgoing Lady Indians cheer and track standout has a special reason for choosing her preferred field of study in her little brother Carter, who has special needs. 

“My family is absolutely incredible,” Sudberry said. “I can’t thank my parents specifically enough for driving to the four hour games, and following me everywhere as well as sitting in the cold to watch me cheer, and everything else they have ever done during my high school journey. My little brother Carter though is my biggest fan ever, and he’s also Plainview’s number one fan.”

“Carter is my inspiration, because he drives me to be who I am,” Sudberry added. “When I feel like giving up, I remember that I’m very blessed to do what I do, so I do it for him. Hearing him scream ‘Wy-Wy’ warms my heart and gives me the extra push I need on my hardest days. I plan to study pre-communications disorders, and become a speech pathologist. I want to work with special needs kids, because being around Carter has motivated me to help other people, as well as kids to make them feel like equals.”

Aside from being a proud sister, Rylee’s resume is filled not just with stellar athletic achievements, but academic as well.

Sudberry will proudly walk the stage with her fellow classmates in May as the valedictorian representative for Plainview’s Class of 2019, currently owning an overall GPA of 4.18 as well as scoring a 34 on her ACT examination.

She is also a four-year member of the National and Oklahoma Honor Society, as well as a Blue Ribbon Scholar and a Superintendent’s Honor Roll member.

Rylee is also the student council Vice President as well as a four-year scholastic team state qualifier. 

Athletically, Sudberry has been a member of the 2016 track and 2018 cheer state academic champions, along with being an All-American cheerleader, as well as a member of the 2016 and 2018 state runner-up Lady Indians track teams, on top of being a four year participant for both track and cheer teams. Rylee is also a member and a leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

In the community Rylee is a member and a children’s ministry volunteer at the Christ Community Church, as well as being a volunteer dance teacher at the On Your Toes Dance Academy, where she has danced for 15 years. She is also an Ardmore Youth Leadership graduate as well as a volunteer for the Night to Shine event. 

“Truly it was not easy balancing such a busy schedule,” Sudberry said about her numerous activities and community involvements. “Very often times that is something that is overlooked. You have to be very organized and diligent to keep those priorities in line. People don’t know about the midnight bus rides home where we have to study for an AP History test the next morning with your phone flashlight on. Some days you aren’t just leaving cheer practice to go rest either.”

“A lot of us girls work jobs in the evening after practice,” Sudberry added. “There’s also some of us who go to dance after cheer practice, go finish homework, or do church activities. It’s very challenging but it’s very rewarding. I feel prepared for college and the rest of my life because of my high school experience.”

With her future plans in front of her, Rylee now has the chance to add one more title to her high school resume in Cheerleader of the Year. She said the possibility of representing not just her family, but her school and cheer team with the honor would be a dream come true. 

“Personally it would mean that I’ve established myself in the way I’ve always wanted to,” Sudberry said about winning the award. “It would show I’ve been able to stand out in the best areas of my life. I hope that I’m regarded as someone who is kind and humble. It would make me proud to say I’m representing my faith, family, school and my hard work.”

“Whatever you do, you should do it to the best of your ability,” Sudberry said. “Be the best person, cheerleader and student you can be. I’ve been proud to be apart of a cheer squad at Plainview with amazing people on it as well as an amazing coach. Getting the opportunity to represent them would mean everything.”