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May 18, 2014

Local valedictorians look to the future

Note: This year, we thought it would be fun to hear some thoughts from the Woodward High School valedictorians as they each move on past high school and into their lives of education and service to not just the Woodward community but communities throughout the world.

Woodward's graduation ceremony is today at 3 p.m. in the high school gym.


Kody Shoff – Kody is the son of Leigh Ann and Allen Huckins. He is graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He says he plans to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a major in pre-pharmacy.

“I might go into bio-chemistry because I want to maybe go into the research aspect of pharmaceuticals,” he says.

Kody likes to spend time with his friend, he enjoys computer gaming in his spare time.

He says he is inspired by a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt at times when the work of his own life seems daunting. He wants to leave behind the quote since it helped and continues to help him.

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


Sarah Meinders – Sarah is the daughter of Ingrid and John Meinders. She is graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She plans on attending Oklahoma State University, partly because it is her father’s alma mater and partly because it’s simply where she has always wanted to go.

She plans to major in mechanical engineering, she says. “I think this will be a way for me to use math and science, which have always been always been my good subjects. But I’m not quite sure I want to do with it yet."

But the truth is, she does have a fuzzy vision skipping around in the back of her mind.

“I think it would be really cool to develop prosthetics,” she says.

When the going gets tough for Sarah, she remembers a simple quote that gets her through.

“Well I like a Babe Ruth quote that says, ‘Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game,’” she says.


Kaity Shoaf – Kaity is the daughter of Tonya and Todd Snider. She is graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to make her college home at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and major in nursing.

For fun, Kaity loves to apply all her energy outside of school to sports such as basketball and soccer. “I also love being outdoors, fishing, hunting and camping,” she says.

That’s probably a good thing, since Kaity’s long-term vision for herself, which she received when working on a mission trip in Africa, involves working in some tough environments.

“The poverty over there really spoke to me, touched me, “she said. “I think medically that is a great way to help people, through medical mission trips.”

She also would like to work in a Christian hospital such as St. Jude’s.

What keeps this spirited young women inspired? A short and easy mantra she speaks to herself when the road looks pretty rough,  “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”

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