Norman North’s Grace Heefner – Academic Athlete of the Month Presented by Republic Bank & Trust

A twelve-year veteran of the softball diamond, Norman North’s Grace Heefner has made a move this season to help her team be successful.

“I moved to first base this year to help fill spots by seniors last year. I like that I’m involved in more plays,” said Heefner. “A huge theme for our team this year is family and that is what I love most about my team. I know that my team will be there for me in the good time and the bad and for that I am so grateful for them. Our team is young this year being that we only have four upperclassmen, but with that I think our team is strong and ready to complete at every opportunity given.”

Playing first base requires a lot of a player. Heefner has proven she is the right player for the job. She has done the same thing in the classroom at Norman North.

“My academics are very important to me because they will help me to succeed in my future plans of going into nursing school,” said Heefner.

Not only is she great in the classroom and on the field, Heefner is involved in other activities as well.

“I am apart of Norman North’s Student Council and I am also the royalty chair for my schools philanthropy week called SPUD,” said Heefner.

Heefner said her sister has been a big influence in her life, on and off the field.

“My played softball when she attended Norman North and not only was a great softball player but an even better person. She was the best teammate and has one of the biggest hearts in the world. A lot of people told me when I was a freshman that I had some big shoes to fill and I can only hope to come close to the person and ball player she was,” said Heefner.