Westville’s Gabrielle Guthrie – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Mountain View Meats

By Derrick Smith

Success is something that every athlete strives for, but not all are able to achieve. It requires more than just practice, it requires working after practice to make sure that you are your best. It means putting in extra time to continually get better. Gabrielle Guthrie says that talent is good, but hard work is better. 

“In order to be successful, it definitely takes hard work,” she said. “I can’t tumble lights out, I can’t spike the ball really hard every time, I don’t have the best technique in dance, or whatever the case may be. I do believe though hard work beats talent, so whatever I am doing I do it like it’s my last time ever doing it.”

Guthrie is a senior at Westville High School, where she is a member of the volleyball, soccer, sideline cheer, and competitive dance teams. Outside of athletics, she is also student council president, a member of the National Honor Society, and Vice-President of the Student Wellness Action Team. She also serves on the Arvest Leadership Board and the People’s Bank Board, and she is on this year’s yearbook staff.

While she has many people supporting her, Gabrielle says that there are two ladies that are role models that she looks up to. “My cousin Whitney Perry and Sheila Ketcher,” she said. “Whitney is more of a sister to me than a cousin, and she gives the best advice. Sheila Ketcher is one of the strongest people I know, and no matter how stressed out she is about hospital bills, or if she is just having a rough day she always takes care of everyone around her and has a smile on her face.”

Helping others is important to Guthrie, so she started a project called Cozy Christmas Tree. She began the project in honor of her great grandparents. “I hand deliver a two foot, decorated Christmas tree to an elder or elderly family in need of some Christmas Cheer. As my great-grandparents started getting older, it was hard for them to put up decorations, and that is what sparked this idea.”