Stillwater’s Drew Russell – Academic Athlete of the Month Presented by BancFirst Stillwater

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By Corey Heim

In his time at Stillwater High School, Drew Russell has proven himself to be an all-around excellent athlete and student.

Russell runs cross country and plays baseball for The Pioneers. He began running in eighth grade and has played baseball for as long as he can remember. He began baseball due to the generational love his father and grandfather have for the sport that was carried down to him.

When asked about his favorite part about competing, Russell said that he like pushing himself to do his best and being an inspiration for his teammates.

“Competition is everything and the drive to do better every day,” Russell said. “It’s about competing with other teams but also with yourself to better than the last time. Our team plays a big part in that, we drive each other to be better every day.”

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He also credits his dad as being his biggest influence and supporter.

“My father has always been a great influence for me,” Russell said. “He’s taught me so much about hard work and how to be a good Christian man in the world, as well as in sports.”

Russell said he is always pushing himself to succeed and do the best he can in all areas of his life. Outside of athletics, he carries a 4.0 GPA, takes numerous AP classes, scored a 34 on his ACT, and is ranked first in his class.

“The pursuit of excellence in everything I do is something that I will always believe in and it most definitely applies to the classroom as well,” Russell said.

Beyond athletics and academics, Russell is also actively involved in his school community. He is a member of NHS, Beta Club, president of Young Republicans, involved in SMAC, Stillwater High School’s charity, and actively participates in his church.

After graduating, Russell wants to attend college to study mechanical engineering and pursue a degree with the Navy. He has applied to the Naval Academy at Rice and is eagerly waiting for his future.