“It’s my senior year, and I don’t get to do it again,” Drake said.
“My favorite memory, I’m going to say trainer dinners. Whenever all the trainers get together, just us, or whenever we bake for the boys.”
As a trainer, Drake has spent numerous hours around McAlester’s football players. She said that definitely helped her get chosen as the 2013 Homecoming Queen on Oct. 4, continuing a recent trend of McAlester’s football team selecting trainers for the honor.
“I haven’t even been here a full year yet,” Drake said.
“The past years, the trainers have won because they spend the most time with the guys. But it was really surprising that I won because they’ve been friends with all those (other candidates) for all these years, and I just got here. I guess it kind of says something, as being a trainer, that the guys like you.”
When she’s not doing football-related activities, Drake sings second soprano in McAlester’s choir. She made all-district earlier this year and tried out for the all-state choir.
“Hugo didn’t have choir, so I didn’t really have the chance to do it,” Drake said. “I’ve sang in church, I’ve sang at the casino one time before someone else played. But I didn’t ever have an opportunity like this.”
Drake auditioned for All-State with Robert Schumann’s “Zigeunerleben” and Ralph Williams’ “Hodie Christus Natus Est,” singing in German and Latin, respectively. Drake said singing in foreign languages can be challenging, but learning a language’s cadence makes it possible to sing without knowing what every word means.
“I got it pretty quick,” Drake said. “My family’s pretty musical, so I think I kind of just got that trait.”