Shattuck’s Jena Bay – Character Counts Presented by Jess Wales Chevrolet

By Derrick Smith

The title character athlete is not something that every athlete can bear. It takes a special kind of person. And Jena Bay says that along with that title comes a big responsibility.

“It means a lot to be called a character athlete,” she said. “Just knowing that younger kids are always looking up to me and watching what I do. I love that I can have a positive influence on younger kids, just through playing sports.”

Jena is a sophomore at Shattuck High School. She is a member of the Lady Indians’ fastpitch and slowpitch softball teams, playing centerfield and pitcher. She began playing t-ball at the age of five and has played softball ever since. She is also a member of the school’s basketball team.

This season has brought change to the Shattuck softball teams, but Bray says even so, it has gone well.

“This season has been pretty good so far,” she stated. “It has been very different, bringing in almost an entirely new team from last year. There has been some hard times throughout this season, but I feel like we are always working hard and getting better everyday.”

There are a number of people that Bay looks up to in her life, but there are two people that have made the biggest impact on her life.

“My parents are definitely my biggest role models. They are always encouraging me in all aspects of my life.”

Her coaches have also play a big role in who Jena is today, both on and off the field.

“My favorite teachers would have to be my coaches,” she said. “They are always teaching me life lessons, for sports and for life in general. Coach Oakley and coach Shoaf are constantly talking about focusing on the process, not the outcome. That has been something that I have really tried to instill into my life.”

Become the softball player she is today has not just been something Bray has magically turned into.

“It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to try to be the best I can be.”

Outside of athletics, Jena is also a member of the Future Farmers of America Club.