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By Travis Sloat

Emily Stout is a junior basketball and volleyball player for the Verdigris Lady Cardinals, and she said a major influencer in her success has come from both her coaches and her fellow teammates.

“Coach Buntin has had such a big impact on me,” Stout said. “He has not only shaped me as a player but as a person as well. He has showed me how to work hard and how to never give up and always be there for your teammates. As a person he has taught me life skills and positive relationships.”

“All of my teammates have such an influence on me also,” she continued. “They all push me to play my hardest and never let me hang my head low. The bench is always hyping each other up and is energetic all the time. Everyone who steps on the floor is always playing their hearts out and giving it their all for the team.”

But the buck doesn’t stop at Stout’s teammates. She said she puts a great deal of stock into personal accountability as well.

“Character means a lot to me,” she said. “Having character, to me, means having courage both on and off the floor. To always be willing to do the right thing. That you will always do your best and never give up. On the court, I like to display leadership and promote teamwork. I also have the courage to believe in not only myself but everyone on the team. Off the court I like to set a good example for everyone by always doing the right thing no matter what.”

In her free time, Stout said she likes to hang out with her friends and family. After high school she plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in psychology, then go to medical school and become a pediatrician.

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