Tonkawa’s Mikayla Myer: Character Counts Presented By Gateway First Bank

By Derrick Smith

The role of a character athlete is more than just being great at your sport. It is about who you are off the field as much as it is on the field. Mikayla Myer says it is also about taking care of your team.

“As a character athlete, you have to work hard at being a leader and not a follower,” she said. “You have to help keep your teammates up, as well as yourself.”

Myer is a junior at Tonkawa High School, where she is active in multiple sports. She is a member of the Lady Buccaneers’ cheer team, plays guard on the basketball court, and runs the 300 hurdles, two mile relay and the one mile relay on the track team.

Along with her athletics, Myer is also a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and the Humanitarian Club. She also takes Cosmetology at Pioneer Technology Center.

While she has a lot of people in her corner, there are a few people that have made a big impact on Mikayla’s life.

“My parents are definitely my biggest role models,” she said. “They always support me and have helped me become the person I am today. Also, my teacher, Mrs. Heinrich. She has a big heart and has shown me how to be strong and to just be myself.”

During her time running track, Myer has shown that her work ethic pays off.

“I made it to State in track in both my freshman and sophomore years,” she stated. “During my freshman year, I placed seventh in the 300 hurdles. That year, I also made it to State in the one mile and two mile relays, but didn’t place. Last season, I placed sixth in the 300 hurdles, finishing one spot better than the year before.

Mikayla’s favorite moment in her time in sports was last season.

“Last year, I got to cheer in the Class A Football State Championship game,” she said. “What made the win more special was that I was able to cheer for my brother during his senior season.”