Southmoore’s Myra Cartmill – Volleyball Spotlight Presented by Landers Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Norman

By Derrick Smith

One thing that every successful athlete knows is that, whatever level of success they have reached, it has not been without hard work and time. Myra Cartmill says that there is one other important ingredient. 

“To become successful in volleyball, I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices,” she said. “Things like going on trips or going to parties. It’s important that I’m dedicated every time I walk into the gym. Also, I’ve had to trust my teammates no matter what. In volleyball, you have to have chemistry with your teammates and that won’t happen without trust.”

Cartmill is a junior at Southmoore High School, where she plays outside hitter for the volleyball team. She began playing youth league volleyball at age seven and moved to a club team when she was eight. She says once she started playing, she fell in love with the game.

She says that in her life, there is one person that has made a huge impact on her life.

“My grandma is my biggest role model,” Myra stated. “She never gives up on anything no matter what. If I ever need help on anything she’s always there for me. Without her, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Her eighth grade math teacher, Mrs. Rodgers, was her favorite teacher, mainly because she really seemed to care about her students.

“She was tuned in to all her students. She seemed to know what we needed before we were even aware of it. She taught me how to handle stress using headspace which has been helpful in sports and in life.”

Myra says that the highlight of her career has been qualifying for the Beach Nationals in Virginia Beach and taking second place. Outside of athletics, Cartmill is also a member of the National Honor Society.