Stillwater's Alyssa McWilliams – Academic Athlete of the Month Presented by BancFirst Stillwater

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By Corey Heim

Alyssa McWilliams has excelled in her time at Stillwater High School by playing as a guard for the Lady Pioneers basketball team. As a 17 year old junior, she began playing basketball six seasons ago, starting the sport in the fifth grade.

“I started playing basketball because it gave me something to do, it kept me in shape and it helped take out my frustration,” McWilliams said.

McWilliams has proven her hard work ethic throughout her time on the basketball court and also in the classroom. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is ranked 84 in her class.

Her favorite subjects are math and science, as she loves the attention to detail and hard work it takes to master those two.

“Math makes sense in my brain, and there are so many different ways of thinking about how to solve a problem,” McWilliams said. “I like science because there is still so much we haven’t learned in this world, that we will keep learning new things every day.”

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She has a great support system including her parents, friends, teammates, and faculty members who cheer on her successes and help her prioritize her academics over sports. The Stillwater girls basketball coach and Pre-AP Algebra teacher, Kendra Kilpatrick, is one of those supporters.

“Alyssa was a great student to have in class last semester,” Kilpatrick said. “She is one of the hardest working kids I have ever taught. She is the kind of kid every teacher wants to have in their classes.”

In addition to basketball and NHS, McWilliams is also active in her school program Unified Peers, an anti-drug awareness and support club.

After graduating in May of 2020, McWilliams plans to go to college and pursue a career in the medical field. She believes that the skills and knowledge she has gained as a Pioneer at Stillwater High School has prepared her to become a successful doctor.

 

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