DURANT, Okla. —
Former Bullard High School tennis phenom Cassaundra Braaten has been named as the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
In addition, Braaten, who just completed her sophomore campaign at the Durant,Oklahoma institution, was a finalist for the Great American Conference Female Scholar Athlete of the Year honor.
She was nominated by her coach, Shawn Hamil, who stated in his letter of recommendation that Braaten “epitomizes the ideals sought after in a student-athlete.”
At Bullard High Braaten was coached by Tonya Bryant and was a multiple state Class 3A tournament qualifier.
This past season while competing at the NCAA Division II level at Southeastern Oklahoma, Braaten posted nine wins in singles matches, a pair of doubles victories and finished in third place in the GAC standings, after advancing to the conference tournament semi-finals.
Braaten notched a win in singles and in doubles play at the conference tourney.
Turning to academics, Braaten, a biology and chemistry major, maintained a 4.0 grade point average and was named to the President's Honor Roll three times.
Braaten's goal is to become a doctor and focus in pediatrics.
She plans on taking a break from her classes next semester while volunteering at a medical health center in Nicaragua.