Noble’s Timothy Whitehead – Academic Athlete of the Month Presented by Republic Bank & Trust


By Kelsey Baucom

Noble sophomore Timothy Whitehead has been running in cross country for four years but according to those around him, he has been a runner all his life.

“From one pen or pasture to another while doing chores at a young age and have never quit,” he said. “This love of running made [cross country] a natural fit for me.”

If his innate love of running wasn’t enough, Whitehead has found lots of other reasons to enjoy competing in cross country. He has grown very close with his teammates, and he likes finding new ways to challenge himself on the course.

“I feel that I am fortunate to be on a team that I not only think of as friends but also as a family,” he said. “I truly enjoy staying in shape and have found some great friends, but besides that I strive to always beat my last best time on the course.”

Outside of cross country, Whitehead has plenty of extracurricular activities to keep him busy.

“In 4-H I serve as President for both the local and county levels,” he said. “I am currently the Noble FFA secretary. I have been raising my own show lambs for about four years now. I am an active member of the youth group at EBC Purcell and play the piano in the youth band, and I have recently been accepted into the Explorer Post with the Norman Police Department. In the spring I will participate on the Noble High track team. When I’m not busy with those activities I also enjoy hunting and fishing with my dad.”


Most importantly, Whitehead knows the value of his education. It also doesn’t hurt that his mother is a teacher.

“I know the importance of my education as I am planning to attend college in the future, I am also aware of grade requirements for all extracurricular activities,” he said. “With my mom being a school teacher my grades have always been a priority. I keep eye on my grades, keep in touch with my teachers and always try my best. Making it a priority to be prepared for tests and project work and always be willing to look over and rewrite notes as needed.”

While Whitehead strives to excel in all his classes, he will admit that he has a favorite.

“I have had numerous amazing teachers and subjects that I enjoy but can clearly say that my Ag classes are at the top of my list,” he said. “It’s a class that I enjoy and am good at so that makes it an easy choice.”

Whitehead has received different acknowledgements for his commitment to academics, but he says that being named VYPE’s Academic Athlete of the Month is “pretty special.” VYPE is happy to shine the spotlight on student athletes who are working hard to be their best, on and off the field. Congrats and good luck, Timothy!


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