Okemah's Abby Harelson – Muscogee Creek Nation Athlete of the Month
By Ember McElrath
Abby Harelson, a junior at Okemah High School, is the Muscogee Creek Nation Athlete of the Month.
“I am honored and appreciative to receive this award,” said Abby. “I realize there must be many athletes of the Muscogee Creek Nation.”
Abby plays basketball for her high school as a shooting guard, usually on the wing. She also competes in track, running the 400 meter, four-by-four relay, and occasionally the 800 meter run and four-by-eight relay.
Abby started her athletic career in the first grade, trying out little league basketball as well as T-ball and coach-pitch softball.
“I wanted to see if I liked these sports, and I soon realized I liked basketball the most,” said Abby.
Being a busy student, athlete, and member of the Muscogee Creek Nation and Thlopthlocco Tribe, staying on top of her schoolwork is very important to Abby. Prioritizing her schoolwork first so she can then focus on basketball and her other activities is key. Abby is also an active member of the First Baptist Church of Okemah where her and her family attend on Sundays.
“My favorite part of playing sports is the teamwork and being around my friends, and also having fun in my sports, while hopefully being successful in my sport,” Abby said.
Abby is looking forward to seeing what accomplishments her and her teammates are able to achieve even depsite the difficulties and obstacles this year may present.
“As a team, I think we can do great things if we set our minds to it,” said Abby.
Not only is Abby busy with athletics at her high school, she is also part of student council, BETA Club, as well as serving as the secretary for her junior class.
Abby has been part of the Muscogee Creek Nation tribe for seventeen years.
“The Muscogee Creek Nation offers many benefits for the tribe that I am very appreciative for,” Abby said.
When Abby was younger she also participated in the JOM program and attended the summer youth track day. Muscogee Creek Nation means a lot to Abby and her family.
“They have been very generous over the years,” said Abby.
In her free time you can catch Abby with her friends and her very large family, as well as watching her favorite Netflix shows. Abby has two older sisters, and she lives with both of her parents.
After high school Abby has plans to attend college to earn a bachelor’s degree and then to attend optometry school.