Bartlesville’s Emma Shelley – Academic Athlete of the Month Presented by American Heritage Bank

Bartlesville High School golfer Emma Shelley completed an amazing high school golf career at the state tournament held at Earlywine Golf Course in Oklahoma City. Shelley finished runner-up with a two-day score of 148. Her score of 71 on day one put her in the lead, but a 77 on day two would move her to the second place finish. Regardless, Shelley enjoyed the tournament and the end of her high school playing days. 

“For me, the state tournament was both sentimental and enjoyable. It was a great way to cap off my high school career and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Shelley. “This season was very enjoyable and fun for me and it was also a really big eye-opener for my teammates. I can confidently say that they gained a lot of experience throughout this year.”

Shelley enjoyed the season and her teammate to the fullest this year. Her goal was to make plenty of memories this year and she accomplished that as the team performed well all year and finished the year in eighth place in Class 6A. 

“I love how each girl on the team has a very distinct personality in which not one of them are the same. I can genuinely say that I have had a lot of fun times and good laughs with this group of girls—memories that will last for a long time down the road,” said Shelley. “From our old lady nicknames to the never-ending ocean of one-liners and inside jokes we’ve built this team up on good terms which goes hand in hand with the mental side of their golf games. I am very proud of each and every one of them for all the progress that they have made both on and off the course throughout this year. Even though we poke fun at each other from time to time, we are still one big happy family which is what I love most about my teammates.”

Being a student-athlete and representing Bartlesville High School has brought a lot of pride to Shelley and her teammates. 

“I love the atmosphere of it all and how supportive the teachers and other students are with both my athletics and academics. BHS truly gives me the full experience of participating in athletic events while still receiving the quality education that I need to continue on my career path. Through this, I have learned the valuable lessons of hard work and time management,” said Shelley. “Watching my girls ride the rollercoaster of golf through their early years of high school has been very influential for both them and me—seeing their ambition to grow as student athletes has held a close place in my heart and given me a sense of accomplishment as a leader. It means a great deal to me to represent Bartlesville in each golf tournament because it gives us the opportunity to showcase how great our program is and how hard we work to prepare for competition.” 

Shelley has played the game of golf for as long as she can remember. Her plans after graduation include college pursuing a degree biochemistry. 

“After I graduate I plan to go play golf for the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) and major in biochemistry. The ultimate goal is to make it into dental school to pursue a career in dentistry,” said Shelley. 

As a student-athlete Shelley was involved in National Honor Society, Student Council and Environmental Club. She also served as the school mascot this year.