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Enid’s Taye Sullivan – Athlete Spotlight – Presented by Chick-Fil-A Enid

By Derrick Smith

Role models can play an important role in the development of young people. Not only do they serve as someone for them to look up to and model themselves after, in some cases, like Taye Sullivan, the role models make a deeper and longer lasting impact. 

“The biggest role models in my life are my grandparents,” Sullivan said. “My grandmother is one of the hardest workers I know. Her determination and dedication is something that I respect and try to model every day. My grandfather always has a positive attitude and is always willing to help others. I strive to have this same mentality in my life.”

Taye is a senior at Enid High School. He can play point guard, shooting guard, or combo guard, whichever his team needs him to be. He has played the game of basketball for about 14 years and enjoys it now as much as he did in the beginning. 

Throughout his career, Sullivan has not shied away from working hard and doing everything you can that will help the team. And he has proof that the hard work does pay off. 

“It takes a lot to be your best,” he said. “It has taken a lot of hard work, perseverance, and mental toughness to get me where I am today. But the work paid off during my sophomore year when we won the state championship. The satisfaction of knowing all of the work paid off was amazing.”

Along with playing sports, Sullivan is also a member of the Enid High School choir. He was recently selected to join the Honor Choir. At home he has two brothers, Taj and Tallas, that he says help keep him humble and grateful. 

Out of the numerous teachers that he has had over the years, Taye says that there is one teacher that stands out as his favorite.

“Matt Johnson would have to be my favorite teacher,” Sullivan said. “He has taught me the importance of paying attention to details and focusing on the little things as well as the big picture.”

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