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By Derrick Smith
Success is something that we all work towards. No matter what we are doing, we want to be our best and be successful at it. This is no different for high school student-athletes. They do not just want to be on the field or court just to be there, they want to excel and be the best athlete they can. 
There are a few things that go into being successful as a student athlete and Charie Barnett knows what they are. “Having a good relationship with my teammates on and off the floor is really key to being successful,” she said. “Also, hard work and the drive to do my best. My mom always tells me to do my best and God will handle the rest.”
Barnett is a senior at Morris High School. She plays post/center for the Lady Eagles basketball team. She began playing basketball when she was in pre-k and has played it since. 
While she has put in a lot of work and effort, Charie says that the support of her family, friends, and others has definitely helped her along the way. “Without a doubt, my parents have been the biggest influences on my life,” she said. “Along with my coaches and teachers, they have helped, guided, and pushed me to be the best that I can be. And in doing these things, I know that they care.”
Charie has made a lot of great memories throughout all her years of playing basketball, but she says that there is one memory that stands out as her favorite. “I have enjoyed a lot of great moments with my teams,” she said. “But I think one of the highlights of my career has been being able to win the Okmulgee County Tournament for the first time at Morris with my amazing teammates.”

Along with athletics, Barnett is also a member of the school band, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the National Honor Society. She also serves as youth representative for the Dr. Martin Luther King committee, assistant church secretary, and a part of the Oklahoma Mass Youth Choir, which represents Oklahoma at the Southeastern Regional Youth and Supervisors Conference. 

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