CHS graduate Cheyenne Bartling on Monday night attended the Hard Rock Hotel’s formal reception for the annual Henry P. Iba Awards.
Bartling was one of 10 Oklahoma female athletes nominated for the high school award – the Eddie Sutton Tustenuggee Award. Tustenuggee means “warrior” in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation language. Young athletes are nominated for their athletic and scholastic achievements as well as their level of service to the community. The Tustenugee Award went to another athlete, but Bartling said it was a dream just to be nominated. She was accompanied by her parents, Rusty and Cindy Bartling, and her former coach, Kayla Allen.
Iba Awards are presented to professional athletes exhibiting excellence in both the arena of sport and humanity and service. Keynote speakers were Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller and former NBA player Chris Herren. Iba Award winners were former University of Oklahoma softball player/current pro Lauren Chamberlain and MMA fighter Justin Wren.
Several Oklahoma celebrities were in attendance, including Sutton and his son Sean, Tyler Lockett and Billy Sims to name a few.
Bartling was a 2017 valedictorian and lettered in basketball and golf at CHS, a tireless community volunteer, and she is one of the top high school rodeo competitors in the country. She will compete for the World Championship in goat tying and light rifle shooting in Wyoming next month. She also has accepted a scholarship to the Oklahoma State University rodeo team.