Alva's Dylan Whitely – Character Counts Presented by Integris Alva

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By Derrick Smith

Athletes at any level have a goal and that is to be a champion. But according to Dylan Whitely, there is one other thing that is important if you are playing sports.

“I believe that in sports, you have to have fun,” he said. “At the end of the day we’re just some high school kids playing a game for four years.  And when you look back at it, you want it to be something that you enjoyed doing. I feel that if you go out there and you give it your full effort and be the type of player who can get along with the other players and try and do the best you can while still making the ones around you better, then success is sure to follow. You have to play as a unit in order for everything to flow smoothly. If you can’t get along with teammates and you’re constantly butting heads and disagreeing, then you can’t be productive in an environment like that. I try my best to be a guy who is making the best out of himself and others in order to be successful.”

Whitely, who is a senior at Alva High School, is a member of the school’s basketball, baseball, and golf teams. He is also the President of the senior class and a member of the Key Club and FCA. He says that being named a character athlete is something that is important to him.

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“It means a lot to me because I think that character is an important part of people,” he said. “It shows when you have good character. So to be selected as the character counts athlete means a lot because if I can be that guy who people enjoy being around and they know that I’ll always be there for them, that’s a big deal to me.”

There have been many people along the way that have supported Dylan and he is grateful for them.

“My parents, Darren and Marisa Whitely, have always supported me throughout my life in everything both on and off the court,” he said. “And also my former basketball coach, Coach Paul Duncan. He taught me a lot about the game and you knew every day when you went to practice that everyone was going to work hard and get better, while still having a lot of fun and sharing a lot of laughs. He was a great guy to be around and made the experience a blast.”

In the classroom, Dylan says that Halah Simon’s class was his favorite because she pushed him to do his best.

“My english teacher, Mrs. Simon is a good teacher whose class I really enjoy,” he said. “Whether it’s writing stories or making videos every day we’re always doing something. I like her because even if it sometimes it feels like she’s being tough, she’s just pushing you because she believes in you and knows that you can do it. I appreciate her for always pushing me to do the best I can in the classroom.”

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