Noble's Spencer Simpson – Academic Athlete Presented by Republic Bank & Trust


There is one thing that student athletes must do in order to be successful. They must know how to balance school work with their athletics.

“Balancing school work and sports really comes down to knowing your priorities,” Noble High senior Spencer Simpson stated. “Understanding that school work comes before sports and a personal life will set you up for success.”

Simpson has been a two sport athlete since the seventh grade, running track and playing basketball. During his senior year, he elected not to play basketball in order to focus on running track. His final track season went well, as he made it to the state track meet, finishing sixth in the 300 meter hurdles. Along with the hurdles, Spencer also ran the one mile relay and the 800 meter relay.

In the classroom, Simpson’s hard work the past four years has paid off. He was named Valedictorian of his graduating class.

“Being valedictorian is one of the most rewarding things in my four years of high school,” he said. “It really represents all the work and time I put into my school work. To be honest, it was not as hard as some may think. All it really took was focus and the drive to get my work done on time and done well.”

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“Spencer is the prime example of hard work and dedication,” said Spencer’s coach Brock Vinson. “The Valedictorian of his class and a state medalist in the 300 meter hurdles is a rare combo. I was honored to have coached such a wonderful young man!”

Spencer has has a lot of support to help him succeed both in and out of the classroom.

“Some of the biggest influences in why life would be my parents, coaches, and teachers,” he said. “My parents really pushed me to do well in school and were supportive with whatever sport I wanted to play. My sprint coach is the one who set me up for success in the hurdles.”

After graduation, Spencer plans to attend Oklahoma Christian University and earn a degree in engineering. He also hopes to continue his track career at the next level as well.