Enid’s Calista Rogers – Character Counts Presented by Curttright Honda

By Derrick Smith

Character Athlete is not a label that every athlete is able to wear. It takes a special person to be given that title. Someone who is trustworthy, honorable, and of high morals. Calista Rogers says there is another key part of being that kind of athlete.

“Character is integrity,” she said. “When playing a sport such as golf, character is everything. I live by this on and off the course. To be a character athlete is an honor because it reflects who I am.”

Calista is a senior at Enid High School, where she is first bag for the school golf team. She has played golf for five years and says she saw some growth in herself this past season. “I feel like I made some personal improvements,” Rogers said. “I golfed independently through the summer and also during the school year. I still feel like I have a lot of work to do but I stay eager to better my game.”

Rogers has had a lot of support throughout the years, in sports and in life in general. But there is one person that gave her some key advice. “My grandmother, Carolyn Holden, has taught me to live life to its fullest,” Calista said. “She also told me that every stroke is a new life.”

The teachers at Enid have also made big impacts on her life. One of her elementary teachers lesson still sticks with Rogers today. “Mrs. Susan Jacobs was my third grade teacher at Glenwood Elementary School,” she said. “She taught me that I can always do what I put my mind to and that I can be whoever I want to be, no matter the obstacles.”

Success is not something that is easily achieved, according to Rogers. “It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and staying focused and calm,” she said. “I continually remind myself that every hole on the course is a new hole.”

Golf has not always been the biggest sport in Rogers’ life. “Softball was a huge part of my life for many years,” she said. “I enrolled in golf my seventh grade year as an offseason sport. Golf felt natural to me and I fell in love with the sport.”

When she is not on the course, Calista is involved with National Junior Honor Society. She is also a Volunteen at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.

This fall, Calista will be taking concurrent college courses and exploring the possibility of an education degree.