A formula for success: February Student Leader of the Year nominees say adding athletics, academics, service projects equals future

Michael Smith
Torree Wingo

Every student will rely on countless lessons from high school, whether they continue their education or move directly to the workforce. The February nominees for the Student Leader of the Year, in particular, expect to rely on lessons from their high school math classes.

For Healdton High School senior Torree Wingo, a future in biology will require strong mathematical skills to gather and analyze data. For Plainview High School senior Brock Parham, being a mathematics teacher would be nearly impossible without his high school math classes.

“I’m not necessarily in love with math but I think that may be what I do when I get older,” Parham said, adding Mrs. Wallace’s pre-calculus class may have influenced his future plans. “It was mostly the people in that class. It was a smaller class and I love that teacher.”

With a 4.0 GPA and multiple academic and athletic awards, Parham said he currently plans to follow in his parents’ footsteps and become a Plainview educator and coach. Academic awards, including National Honors Society and Blue Ribbon Scholar, will only add to a strong high school resume.

Parham has also proven himself in athletics and earned positions as team captain and Ardmoreite Athlete of the Week. Even though he spent three years as a starting point guard for Plainview boys basketball and two years as the starting quarterback for Plainview football, Parham spoke at length about his volunteer work at area athletic youth camps.

“It goes with my passion for football, and obviously seeing the younger generation being able to come up and have a good time, I think that’s cool,” he said.

Aside from Healdton High School being so small, Torree Wingo said her favorite part of high school has been the coaches over the years, specifically the impact left by Coach Bradbury. “He’s one of those tough coaches, but he tries to shape you into a good person,” she said.

She has since grown to actually work with coaches across the Healdton campus, even as an intern with elementary school coaches to teach basketball. Aside from basketball accolades and awards, Wingo was named to this year’s All-Ardmorite Fast Pitch Softball team.

Her regular appearance on the honor roll and 3.44 GPA has earned her a spot in the National Honor Society. Wingo also stays active with community service projects as a member of the Healdton student council, FCA, and FCCLA. Recently she helped collect donations for Christmas bags that were distributed to the Ardmore Veterans Center, one of her favorite places to visit for projects.

Wingo currently plans to pursue a degree in biology and remains open to the opportunities that it will provide. She said her absolute favorite classes in high school have been in mathematics and admits that not many other students would claim that, but the one-on-one instruction from Healdton educators has shown her how to make things add up.

“There are so many different ways to work out something, I think that’s really cool,” Wingo said about mathematics. “It’s like, never ending learning when it comes to math.”