Ponca City’s Tate Burdick: Character Counts Athlete Presented By Ponca City Speciality Clinic Stillwater Medical Center

In the water or on dry land, Ponca City’s Tate Burdick exhibits the qualities you want in a teammate and classmate making him the perfect recipient of the Character Counts Award.

Burdick is a member of the varsity swim team and this year will swim the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay in competition. As a member of the team, Burdick makes sure to encourage his teammates and lead by example.

“I’m incredibly honored to represent this award,” said Burdick. “I think a good teammate consists of being a positive person and just making good relationships with your teammates.”

Burdick considers his teammates family and you can see the connection in and out of the pool.

“I think of my team as my family. I spend a lot of time with them and I couldn’t ask for anyone better to spend everyday at practice with,” said Burdick.

As a representative of Ponca City High School, Burdick believes showing good sportsmanship is a lesson everyone can benefit from as athletes and competitors.

“Good sportsmanship is important because it builds teamwork, builds character, and teaches respect and makes an overall better environment for everyone,” said Burdick.

Not only is Burdick one of the top swimmers in his class, he’s also Vice President of DECA and a Student Council Representative. His future plans include graduating from PoHi and going to college at a in-state school.

“I plan to go to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater to major in Interior Design and maybe join Greek life,” said Burdick.

When he’s not studying or competing, you can usually find him at the lake.

“I love going to the lake and surfing and hammocking,” said Burdick.