Cushing’s Ava Brichacek – Character Counts Presented by Cushing Primary Care

Cushing’s Ava Birchacek is a seven year veteran of the softball diamond and this month’s Character Counts spotlight. Representing Cushing High School is something Birchacek loves to do on and off the field. 

“I love being a Cushing athlete and being able to represent my school. The girls that I play with are extremely talented and I love to play and win with them,” said Birchacek. “I love that we act like we’re all a family and have each other’s back. That we work hard and work for what we want.” 

This season the Lady Tigers were ranked No. 5 in Class 5A with a record of 24-13 under the leadership of coach Nikki York. Birchacek and her teammates made it to the semifinals of the state tournament. 

“Our season is the best we’ve had out of my two years at Cushing. We started very strong and then we went through a slump. But we managed to let God help us pull us out of it to come back and make it to the state tournament and make it past the first round,” said Birchacek. “What I love most about being a CHS athlete is that we have the opportunity to leave the classroom and go play the game we love. I also love how many opportunities our coach gives us to play.” 

Speaking of the classroom, Birchacek is a member of the Key Club, Book Club and Prom Committee. Academics are always at the forefront for Birchacek. 

“My academics are seriously important to me and I work very hard for my academics in school,” she said. 

Her future plans include going to college and pursuing a degree in nursing. 

“I plan to go to the University of Oklahoma and get a degree in Neonatal Nursing or a Nurse Practitioner,” Birchacek said. 

Being involved in her community came and bringing a strong work ethic to everything she does comes natural for this Lady Tiger. 

“In my free time I work on my family farm, community service, practice softball on my own, and sometimes play volleyball.”