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Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:51

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By ROBERT PIERCE

• Leader & Times



A student from Turpin, Oklahoma, took home a top award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization in the Sooner State.

Turpin senior Dawson Batt was recently awarded the FCA’s All-State Athlete Of The Year Award at a banquet March 28 at Crossings Church in Oklahoma City.

Originally from Liberal, Batt, along with his parents, moved to Turpin after he had finished the fourth grade. Batt’s mother, Lisa Batt, took the job at the Beaver County school as leader of the FCA chapter there, and since then, Dawson has likewise been a part of FCA, though his involvement was not as big in his early days with the organization.

“I got to help and go enjoy it as much as everyone else did,” he said. 

Dawson was chosen by area huddle leaders with FCA, and out of thousands of Oklahoma youth, he was one of about 30 teens to receive the FCA award.

Along with that distinction, Dawson’s award also has significance in the Turpin district, and he was humbled by both designations.

“I felt very honored,” he said. “We’ve only had one person from Turpin ever receive it besides me. Out of thousands of people, I was chosen. It’s pretty special.”

Dawson plans to attend Oklahoma State in the fall, majoring in agribusiness and agronomy.

At the banquet, Dawson got to meet former Oklahoma football player J.C. Watts, who is also a former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Dawson said though he is going to OSU, he is a huge fan of OU, and thus getting to meet Watts was another exciting moment of his experience.

“It was cool just being able to meet an OU player, but even more interesting to know what he does with his job and how FCA is so broad and it’s affected so many people’s lives besides my own,” he said.

At Turpin, Dawson was a four-year athlete in football, basketball, baseball and track. His involvement in athletics is something he said he plans to continue after high school, and he said his involvement with FCA strongly affects his performance on the field.

“I’ve always done sports and always will do sports,” he said. “I plan to do them for the rest of my life, but whenever I put God at the center of it and give Him the glory, it changes the way that I play.”

Along with that, Dawson said having his mother as FCA leader has influenced his continued involvement with the organization.

“My parents are everything to me,” he said. “My mom’s always been there for me whenever I needed her. She’s always helped me with everything. She’s a real big influence on what I do with my life.”

Likewise, Dawson said his involvement with FCA will continue as he starts his life after high school.

“Because of how large FCA is in Oklahoma, I already know the head FCA leader at OSU, and I’ve already talked about what opportunities he’d be able to give me,” he said. “I’ve already made plans to work with him throughout the year.”

After his time at OSU, Dawson said he plans to come back to Turpin, and he said this is something many of the small community’s residents do eventually.

“A lot of people will move away, but eventually will come back after a little bit,” he said. “I’m going to move to OSU for four years, but I’m planning on coming back. Turpin’s just such a great community, and I really enjoy it here.”

Another influence for Dawson is the tightness of area communities, not only with Turpin, but with nearby towns like Tyrone, Oklahoma, Liberal, Plains, Kismet and Hugoton.

“Around here, everyone really supports everyone, especially when it comes to sports,” he said. “Turpin, their booster club is outstanding. They’ve helped us in so many ways. The communities around here are very supportive, and they’ve made me the way I am.”

Dawson said this is one of the biggest reasons he plans to come back to Turpin.

“It’s a pretty big factor,” he said. “It’s home to me.”

As for his parents, Lisa said she and her husband, Donovan, are proud of their son’s accomplishments and the leadership he has shown in his senior year.

“He has exemplified what it means to lead – to be a servant,” Lisa said. “It is a very prestigious award and such an honor that a small school like Turpin has two awardees when there are so many schools in Oklahoma.”

 

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