Northeast Tech Oct 1125

Kolby Vaughan’s favorite sports memory is easy.

When Vaughan was in the eighth grade, she proved to be the best in Oklahoma as she competed against male and female challengers and won the junior high powerlifting championship. She finished with a deadlift of 305 pounds to claim the gold medal first place honors.

“It was the best feeling,” Vaughan said.

Now a junior at Kansas High School, she is on both the powerlifting and softball teams. She points to sports as having helped to strengthen her character, citing her softball coaches and parents as the primary role models in her life.

“Both of my softball coaches, Coach Graham and Coach Lamont, have been my role models because they’ve seen potential in me when other people haven’t,” she said. “I couldn’t even see it in myself. My parents are also a big influence in my life. They’ve helped me with everything I’ve done and have traveled all over Oklahoma just to watch me lift and play. They are my biggest supporters and they believed in me when nobody else did. Also, Jager Pifer for showing me how to be a respectable student-athlete and lead in a way that makes others proud.”

Vaughan is also concurrently enrolled at Northeast Tech in the Health Careers program. Her goal is to attend Oklahoma State when she graduates high school and eventually become a registered nurse.

“One of my cousins is an RN,” she said. “I went to this OSU medical camp and it sparked my interest in medicine. I just get excited when I’m doing that stuff and when I’m learning about it.”

For the time being, she has her sights set on more immediate athletic pursuits, like finding success in softball with her teammates. Vaughan mainly plays centerfield, but also plays some first base and catcher. She has played the sport for about six years and still enjoys it as much now as she did when she first started.

“We work really well together as a softball team,” she said. “I feel like we can make it to state.”

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