Wilburton's Hailey Stanford – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit
Hailey Stanford has been busy throughout her underclassmen years at Wilburton High School. Now a junior, Stanford competes in a different sport for every season and can be seen working at the school or around the community as president of the Wilburton FFA chapter. Outside of the duties of the chapter president, Stanford competes in public speaking as well. When the Wilburton chapter isn’t competing, it can be seen helping out around the community.
“We volunteer and provide community service,” Stanford said. “We really just try to help around town in any way that we can.”
Stanford is a standout catcher for the Lady Diggers softball team, where she’s started since her freshman season. She’s also made it on the All-District team all three years and led the team in home runs last season with four.
As a sophomore, Stanford started on the Lady Diggers basketball team alongside four seniors. Each game, the defensive-minded guard typically draws the responsibility of defending the opposing team’s best player. Stanford will also anchor the defense inside the paint, where her toughness makes up for being undersized in the post.
“I ended last season with three black eyes that I got over the course of the season,” Stanford said.
The gritty guard helped her team to a winning record, ending the season on three straight wins at regionals before falling in the area tournament.
This spring, Stanford will join the Wilburton golf team as the first girl to ever compete on the high school team.
Upon graduation, Stanford wants to continue playing softball as she’s received interest from a couple of schools at the next level. Wherever she attends, Stanford would like to major in Ag Communications.
“There’s a lot of people who have pushed me to be the best and challenged me to work hard,” Stanford said. “My family being one of them.”