Alva’s Hallie Durkee: Academic Athlete of the Month – Presented by Washburn Ford Lincoln

By Ryan Stone 

A senior at Alva High, Hallie Durkee is running track for the first time and competes in the 4×100, pole vault, 200 and long jump.

“Track is new to me and I’m just really enjoying being in a different environment. Our relay team has been placing every time and in long jump I’m continuing to improve,” said Durkee.

The 4×100 team has finished in third place at Fairview, Okeene, South Barber and Cherokee this season. The team also took third at the conference meet at Fairview. Durkee also placed sixth in the long jump at Cherokee. She and the rest of the team currently sit in third in the regional standings, but the team has higher aspirations.

“Our hand offs will be most important, because we have a pretty stacked relay,” said Durkee, “so our handoffs will be most important if we’re going to try to get first or second place. Our goal all season has been to win, so our goal all season has been to do really well at regionals and make sure that we qualify for state. We have a lot of talent in both boys and girls so just going to state has been our main focus.”

Hallie is also a star on the softball diamond, hitting over .350 this past season and striking out over 100 batters. Durkees performance on the field earned her a scholarship to NOC Tonkawa where she’ll play as an infielder. She has also played basketball all four seasons for the Goldbugs, including being a member of the State Championship team during her freshman season.

Durkee also shines in the classroom at Alva, boasting around a 3.8 GPA. She’s also a member of the Student Council and is in the Key Club. As a member of the Key Club Hallie has volunteered at the Alva Rec Center, nursing homes, clothing distribution centers and picking up trash around the school.

After graduation Durkee plans to major in early education and pursue a career in teaching. Hallie Durkee is well deserving of the Alva Academic Spotlight.