Enid’s Kimbree Layton – Academic Athlete of the Month Presented by Lyle Nickel AAA Insurance

By Derrick Smith

The key to being a student-athlete is balancing school work with practice and games. While some may find this difficult, for Kimbree Layton it is what you have to do.

“I have always put school and school work ahead of softball,” she said. “Sometimes, I will have to do homework on the way to practice and games and the way back. I don’t really find in difficult to balance both because I am used to doing it like this.”

Kimbree is a sophomore at Enid High School, where she is a member of the softball team. She is mainly a pitcher, but can also fill in at first or second base if needed.

There are many people that support Layton, but she has a core group that are always there for her. “My parents and my siblings are a big inspiration to me,” she said. “They are always cheering me on and supporting me no matter what.”

And while learning is not always fun, Kimbree has a teacher that she enjoys learning from. “My favorite teacher is Mrs. Garis,” she said. “She was my math teacher this year and also when I was in sixth grade. She is my favorite teacher because she has made learning math fun and now math is my favorite subject.”

Balancing school work and athletics, can be difficult by itself, continuing to better yourself on the field adds more pressure. But Layton says you just have to be willing to put in the time. “It has taken me many hours of practice and dedication. I have learned that putting in the little bit of extra work will pay off in the long run.”

There have been great moments for Kimbree on the softball diamond, but overcoming an injury is her favorite moment. “I think the highlight of my career has been me coming back after breaking my leg,” she said. “It took a lot of practice and hard work but I was able to come back and finish the season with the team.”

And if she was not busy enough with school work and sports, Kimbree is also a member of Select Choir, the Principal Advisory Group, and the National Honor Society. She also plays for the Oklahoma Athletics traveling softball team during the summer and fall.