Sports

Whitehorn recognized for her achievements in the classroom and on the mound

Whitney Whitehorn is a senior at Oklahoma State University and graduated May 20 with her bachelor's degree in Sports Management with a GPA of 3.7. She will continue her studies throughout the summer to complete her minor in American Indian Studies. She remains eligible to play softball for two more years in college and plans to utilize the eligibility.

Whitehorn has been a pitcher and hitter for the Oklahoma State University Cowgirls for the past four years. She has plans to attend Law School after softball is over and study Native American Law, where she would prefer to work for the Osage Nation – but says any tribe would be okay.

“Whitney is the ultimate student-athlete. She has excelled in the classroom throughout her time at OSU as she has already completed her bachelor's degree,” said OSU Softball Head Coach Kenny Gajewski. “On the softball field, Whitney is starting to find her rhythm again after two hip labrum reconstructions. For most athletes, this type of injury would cause them to retire. Not Whitney, these injuries have only driven her more. Whitney is regaining her pitching form and is working her way into our batting line up."

Whitehorn recently was honored during the OSU student-athlete awards banquet in April. The athletes recognized for maintaining a 3.0 Cumulative GPA over the spring and fall semesters in 2016 and a combined GPA of 3.0 over all the semesters of 2016. Whitehorn was among those top student-athletes and received the award of a director's chair for her academics and achievements on the softball field.

"You are a student first and foremost and an athlete second,” she said. “Without time management and making sure your homework is done you would not be eligible to play ball and would fail all your classes."

Whitehorn was also on the latest cover of Oklahoma State POSSE magazine of student athletes.

Whitehorn would like to encourage young girls that whatever they have a passion for they do their best at their full potential and remember school comes first. She said a great athlete is also a great student.

Whitehorn is very proud of her Osage heritage and loves to participate in the In-Lon-Schka dances in June. She is a from the Zon-Zo-Li’n district.

She is the daughter of Anthony (Osage/Cherokee) and Jamie Whitehorn. Her grandparents are Dudley Whitehorn (Osage/ Cherokee) and the late Joyce Whitehorn. Her great-grandparents are Sam (Osage) and Hattie Whitehorn (Cherokee).