INFLUENCE is defined as the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. Whether in practice or games involving sports teams, the classroom or in the community, the everyday actions of Wyatt Jarvis continue to help create a positive influence while supporting the efforts everyone he meets.
“I hope the people who know me best recognize me as someone who is respectful of others, disciplined and resilient to find an answer and solution to every encounter,” replied Jarvis, a senior at Ada High School. “Each of these traits is equally important to make a person great.”
The starting center on the Cougars football team and the 285-pound competitor for Ada’s wrestling program finds benefit from his experience in both sports. “I love the team aspect of football but I also enjoy the fact in wrestling I’m all alone on the mat, everything is on me and how I make the best of the opportunity,” said Jarvis.
Making the best of his opportunities to help others is what earns Jarvis praise from his coaches. “Wyatt is a tremendous leader and competitor that has a huge heart for his teammates,” replied Ada head football coach Chris Berus. “I’m thankful for the investment he has given to our program, school and community.”
Wrestling coach Kyle Bohannon recognizes Jarvis for his influence among others. “He’s a kid of high character. Whether in the classroom, athletics or just hanging out with buddies, Wyatt maintains his principles,” said the Cougars wrestling coach. “With his positive attitude and impeccable work habits, he’s proven to be a great mentor to our underclassmen.”
Jarvis is one of 97 Oklahoma high school students chosen by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister to assist the Oklahoma State Department of Education in matters of policy where students voice their challenges about issues facing students, teacher and administrators. This includes issues involving literacy, mental health, and high school testing, as well as the pandemic’s impact on the classroom experience. “It’s an honor. I was extremely excited to not only be selected,” Jarvis said in a humble voice, “but also have a chance to help my community as well as other students across the state.”
Following graduation this spring, Jarvis, who maintains a 3.87 GPA will major in molecular biology on a pathway including pre-med options and will cross the stage leaving a footprint that has made things better than when he first found them. “You are what you do and being an Ada Cougar is much more than just winning. For me, it’s all about letting sports and school mold you into the kind of man who works hard and is kind and seeks to make things better every day.”