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NSU honors Dr. Carey

Published 02/17/16

Caleb Salsman 

TNE Sports Editor

Dr. Karen J. Carey is currently an education leadership professor at Northeastern State University.  Years ago however Carey was a star tennis player for Tahlequah High School and NSU, eventually leading to her induction into the THS Athletics Hall of Fame on Jan. 30. 

“It was a very great honor, I had a great experience at THS and playing tennis for them years ago,” said Carey. “To be inducted into the THS Hall of Fame made the experience of playing tennis so much better years later.”

Carey developed a love for the sport of tennis at a young age, thanks in part to where she lived at the time.

“My dad built a house near the campus and the tennis courts were always in my backyard,” said Carey. “My dad was an athlete and I think I just inherited some of his good genes and my mother taught me how to play tennis as a young girl and that’s where my love for tennis started.”

Carey played all the way up through her high school years, was an All State selection in 1980 as well as a back-to-back conference champion in 1979 and 1980.  When Carey made her way to NSU she was the first female in school history to receive an athletic scholarship.

Carey now teaches graduate education courses at NSU and she also directs the honors program for students with an ACT score of 29 or better.  Carey continues to make a difference on and off the tennis court.


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