Her dream is to become a physical therapist. She’ll begin that journey this school year as a freshman at Seminole State College and a member of the President’s Leadership Class.

Taylor McClure, from Tecumseh, is the 18-year-old daughter of Rick and Colette McClure. She graduated in May from Tecumseh High School and ranked 14th in a class of 122 graduates. Her overall grade-point-average was a 3.70.

During her senior year, McClure served as Oklahoma State Beta Vice President.

“It’s close to home but far enough to get away,” she said, as one of the reasons for choosing SSC.

“I took some concurrent courses at SSC my senior year and really liked it,” she added. “I hope to have a nice transition from high school to college. Seminole State is just the right size. That’s what I liked about my concurrent classes. They were small and the teachers know your name and everything,” McClure continued.

McClure pointed out, “I came from a small town. Having 20 in a class at SSC is a lot different than having 300 like some larger schools have.”

McClure explained she took three credit-hours of concurrent courses in government at SSC and about 20 credit-hours at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Seminole. Those hours were in digital media, she said.

McClure is living in one of the SSC residence halls and is going to major in health sciences. After SSC, she hopes to attend Oklahoma University’s Health and Exercise Science Program, obtain her bachelor’s degree, and go on to the Physical Therapy School at OU.

She will also be the manager for the men’s basketball team at Seminole State this year and she is really looking forward to it. “I get to travel with the team and go to the practices,” McClure said.

McClure stated she really wanted to work with athletes, so she contacted Trojan Coach Don Tuley about being a manager, and it happened that he needed someone.

“I attended a four-day athletic training camp at Missouri State University this summer. I also acquired my CPR and AED certificates along with First Aid this summer through the American Heart Association,” she said.

She believes her role as basketball manager is a good way to gain experience toward her goal of becoming a physical therapist.

She has one younger brother, Hayden, 11, who will be a sixth grader at Tecumseh Middle School this year.

McClure admits when she was a sophomore she wanted to go college in Georgia. “That was kind of a fantasy – far away and super expensive.

“My junior year English teacher made us do a paper on a college in Oklahoma. I did mine on OU. I realized then there were lots of options in Oklahoma,” she concluded.