Cushing’s Emarie Looper – Character Counts Presented by Cowboy Driving Academy

By Derrick Smith

A character athlete does not carry that title only on the field of play, but also in the classroom and everywhere they go. That is why Emarie Looper says that a character athlete always has to be their best.

“Being a character athlete is being a role model and leader for the team,” she said. “Always remember someone is looking up to you at all times, so even when you’re having a bad day you have to continue to let your light shine. Being a vessel on and off the field or even at work and in the classroom shows that you are a great character athlete.”

Emarie is a junior at Cushing High School. She is a member of the school’s fastpitch and slowpitch softball teams, as well as a wrestling manager. She began playing softball since t-ball and she has loved the game since.

The past softball seasons were great for Looper and her teammates, they saw much success but are looking to build off of that. “It was a great season for me and our team,” she said. “We made it to State in slowpitch, but we were not able to get past regionals in fastpitch. We made a lot of great memories and life long friendships that go beyond softball.”

Role models can play a big role in an athlete’s success. And that is exactly the case for Emarie. “My main influence in life, first and foremost, would have to be God,” she stated. “Without Him nothing is possible. I have amazing role models as well, my mom and step-dad. They have been there through thick and thin. My step-dad, Lonnie, has been my rock many times. He teaches me everything I need to know on and off the softball field. Both of my parents have made me who I am today and I’m forever grateful.”

Looper’s favorite teacher is one that she can go to for help with more than just school work. “I would have to say my favorite teacher is Mr. Encinas, but we call him Mr. E,” she said. “He is always so positive and I know I can go to him for anything. He taught me to always be myself.”

Besides athletics, Emarie is also involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, FCCLA, and is also a manager for the wrestling team. She also attends LifeChurch in Stillwater, where she has attended for almost nine years. She serves on the Swerve team at LifeChurch.

Emarie is proud of her family and is thankful for them. “I have a huge family,” she said. “I have one brother and four sisters, and my mom is about to have my fifth baby sister. I am the second oldest of the children. There is definitely never a dull moment in our house. I love our awesome family and I would not trade it for anything. Our motto is God first and everything else will follow.