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By Derrick Smith

Success is something that we all strive for in life. No matter what we are doing, we want to do our best and be the best. Athletes are no different. They put in hours of work in order to become the best they can, but along the way they experience something we all have experienced. How they handle it determines their success.

“It has taken a lot of failure and hard work for me to be successful,” said Hailey Stanford. “There have been times where it seemed like I was constantly failing, whether it be at the plate or in the field. More times than not I am going to fail, but you just have to get up and keep working.”

Stanford is a junior at Wilburton High School, where she is a multi-sport athlete. On the softball field, she mainly plays catcher, but can play anywhere needed. She is also a member of the school’s basketball team and will join the golf team this spring. Hailey has been playing sports for twelve years, starting with tee-ball. 

Hailey says that one of her biggest role models is her cousin, Daniel Flener, who taught her lessons she can carry throughout her life. “He has taught me that hard work will get you farther in life than anything else,” she said. “It is your own blood, sweat, and tears. Nobody else is going to do the work for you.”

While she has had some memorable experiences on the field, Stanford says that the best memory is knowing that she has made an impact on the lives of her teammates. “The biggest moment during my career has not been anything on the field,” she said. “It is the one where your teammates come up to you and tell you that they look up to you and that you are a role model to them. That means more to me than any trophy or win ever will.”

Along with sports, Hailey also serves as President of the Future Farmers of America chapter and is also involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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