Medford's Carter Bowen – Character Counts Presented by Integris Health Medford

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By Corey Heim

Carter Bowen, an 18 year-old senior at Medford High School, has certainly made an impact on his school and community in his four years as a student athlete.

Bowen is currently the center for the Cardinals basketball team, catcher for the baseball team, plays golf and throws shot put and discus.  He’s played basketball and baseball since he was four years old, golf since he was eight years old, and track since fifth grade. Bowen says his love of sports is due to his competitive nature and they provide a perfect outlet for him to be competitive and challenge himself.

“I enjoy all parts of competition,” Bowen said. “The ups and downs, the training and the games, and just the general atmosphere of sports in general.”

He credits his teammates and parents as being his biggest supports and influencers in his athletics. He enjoys playing on teams where his teammates are just as dedicated to working hard and winning as he is.

“My parents have been the biggest influence in my life,” Bowen said. “I’ve been so blessed with great parents that have instilled hard work and dedication in me. My opinion was valued since I was young and I’ve tried to share that with as many people as possible.”

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Bowen has also proven himself to be an exceptional athlete at Medford, but also a gifted and involved student as well. He holds a 4.0 GPA and is ranked first in his class. His ACT score qualified him to apply for Oklahoma Academic All State. His Spanish teacher has been his biggest influence academically, providing him with college and career advice, and teaching him in his favorite subject.

Bowen is also President of the National Honor Society, Co-President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Vice-President of FCCLA, as well as a member of student council and Spanish club.

His basketball coach, Nathan Jones, spoke nothing but praises when asked how Carter has impacted his school and community, both in his athletics and academics, but also as an individual.

“Carter is a trustworthy, reliable, good-humored student-athlete, and friend who supports others in and out of the classroom,” Jones said. “I’m confident that he will continue to demonstrate the same diligence, perseverance, and optimism that he showed his peers and myself. “

After graduating in May, Bowen has plans to attend Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and will be competing on their track team. He wants to study business and double major in business administration.


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