Medford’s Samantha Smith – Character Counts Presented by INTEGRIS Medford Family Clinic

By Ryan Stone

The Medford Character Counts honor goes to Samantha Smith, a junior cross-country runner for the Cardinals. With this just being the third cross-country season for Medford, Smith and her teammates have continued to get better.

“I’ve improved a lot from when I first started, I’ve gotten the hang of practices and going to meets the first year I did cross country was the first for the school, so nobody knew what we were doing at first,” said Smith.

With Samantha and the rest of the team still being relatively new to cross-country they have similar goals.

“My main goal for this season is just to get a faster time and to place more than last year, also to do good at regionals,” said Smith, “the team goal is just for everyone to get better personal records and just have more people going to state, I think we have a good chance of a few people going to state.”

Outside of cross-country Smith is also a star on the track team and was a stat qualifier the past two seasons in the high jump. She also starts as a post player for the Lady Cardinals basketball team.

Smith is also a standout in the classroom boasting a 4.0 GPA and is involved in several clubs. She is the Student Council President, the National Honor Society Treasurer, plays flute in the band, is in the Spanish Club and is on the Academic Team. Her involvement alone shows how much character means to her.

“I think having character is being able to do good for yourself and encourage others, you must be positive in what you do to even have a chance to do good at it,” said Smith.

After high school Smith is considering attending Oklahoma or the University of Central Oklahoma to become a family physician.