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Waurika Students Place at Speech Contest

Regena Bradley and Kaytlyn Williams

This article was written by the staff of the Eagle Talk Newspaper:

 On Saturday, November 17, members of the Waurika High School speech team attended the Marlow Speech Tournament.  Of those attending, freshman Kaytlyn Williams and sophomore Regena Bradley both placed in their respective categories.

Williams, a first-time speech participant, competed in the Dramatic Interpretation event and placed third.  Bradley, a second-year speech club member but a first-time competitor, placed 2nd in her event, Original Oratory.  

Both girls will continue to practice their pieces in preparation for regionals, which will take place in the spring.    Other speech members will begin competing again in January when the team travels to their next meet. 

“I could not be more proud of these girls,” speech coach Jessica Cornelison stated.  “We really haven’t had a lot of quality practice-time, and both of these girls worked hard on their own to prepare.  To be first-time competitors and to step out of their comfort zone is a big deal, to begin with, but qualifying for regionals and bringing home trophies just proves how dedicated and talented these students are.”

Senior Profile: Gavin Fitzgerald


1.  How do you feel about your last year?

Nervous about going to the navy 

2.  Sum up your school experience?

A lot of fun and working

3.  Activities/organizations you have participated in?

Powerlifting, baseball, votech, auto service

4.  Plans for the future?


5.  Favorite memory at WHS?

Hanging out with his friends Zach and Cameron

6.  What teacher /class prepared you?


7.  Give advice to underclassman?

Don’t be stupid, study and learn

8.  Anyone you want to thank?

Teachers and family

9.  Do you have a fear about leaving?

Yes definitely

10.  Are you going to miss being at WHS?


Waurika Cemetery Damage Draws Concern


 Sometime around October 26th, someone drove through the Waurika Cemetery during the time when the area received an abundance of rainfall. 

Their actions left deep ruts across several graves including those of veterans. 

Submitted Photo

The Waurika Cemetery board is working closely with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Waurika Police Department as well as the District Attorney’s office concerning the matter. 

The cemetery board says they will take every action necessary to make sure the graves are repaired as quickly as possible. However, the weather has been a big factor. 

 Thankfully, no monuments were damaged that the board is aware of although some will need to be pulled up and reset. 

The cemetery board said they appreciate the concern and outpouring of support from the community. 

Several news outlets, some as far away as Oklahoma City, have covered the incident.

Hurricane Michael School Supply Drive


This year’s student council is putting forth an effort to help the victims of the Hurricane Michael in Florida. Any kids or adults can participate in this school supply drive. We are collecting school supplies to help all those who lost everything to get back into learning. Shelly Morgan, a high school graduate from Waurika in 2001, lives in the impacted region in Florida and is helping to organize relief efforts. Her mom Lupe Edwards, an employee at WES, is going to drive all the supplies to Florida during the Thanksgiving break. The supplies that will be taken up there will be pencils, paper, crayons, notebooks, and other school supplies. They will try their best to help these kids back into their routine. The faster they start learning the happier and better they’ll be. Currently, students in the impacted area of Florida are having school in transportable pods to get them back to a classroom setting. Some of the members helping thrive this supply drive are student council members, Gatlin Black a senior, Landry Forsyth a sophomore, and Madison Roberson a senior. They say they are happy to help and want all the support and care for these kids. Anybody who wants to donate to this school supply drive is welcome to do so. See Magen Allen or Jessica Cornelison at Waurika High School. Students were asked to have supplies turned in by November 14th, but donations will be accepted until Friday, November 16th. The student council appreciates everyone who donates.  

Waurika Hosts Honor Band Tryouts


Last Wednesday, November 14th Waurika High School hosted the tryouts for SCOBDA Honor Band for schools Class B through 3A.  In Honor Band, students audition using a specific piece of music, and the top students are selected to make up a band.   This band, made up of students from all over south-central Oklahoma, then meets for a 2-day music clinic with a guest director, and perform a concert at the end of the clinic.

This is the third year for WHS to host the SCOBDA Honor Band auditions.  When speaking with Band Director Everett Hodges, he stated he thought this year went great.  “We had 9 students qualify, 4 of which in High School, 3 junior high qualifiers, and 2 seventh grade band members. There were roughly 500 kids in attendance during the auditions, from about 20 different schools,” Hodges mentioned.   He also noted how appreciative he was to WHS and its faculty for making the auditions run smoothly each year. 

Students qualifying from Waurika were:  7th graders Alexia Henry (flute) and Trish Julian (trumpet), 8th grader Hannah Lamons (trumpet); freshmen Kaytlyn Williams (flute) and Mallory Adkins (flute); sophomores Hope Cummings, Regena Bradley, Brooklyn Barnes (all clarinet), and senior Emily Waid (baritone).  

The SCOBDA, or South-Central Oklahoma Band Director’s Association, Honor Band clinic will take place January 11-12 in Marietta, with both jr high and high school concerts taking place on Saturday the 12th.

Senior Profile: Madison Roberson


 1) How do you feel about it being your last year?

I’m excited, but sad at the same time.

2) Sum up your school experience.

I moved here as a freshman and have felt at home ever since. 

3) Activities/Organizations you have participated in?

FFA for 4 years, Student Council 2 years, NHS For 3, OHS for 3, Gifted and Talented for 1 year, Basketball for 4 years, track for 4 years, cross country for 4 years, cheer for 1 year, softball for 4 years and film for 2 years.

4) Plans for the future?

My plans are to go to college to be a radiology tech and to grow up and be happy.

5) Favorite memory at WHS?

“Poopgate 2016” @LJ’s.  

6) What teacher has prepared you? 

Mrs. Hodges, I’d be lost without her.

7) Give advice to an underclassman.

Be outgoing, don’t be afraid. Everything will be okay, don’t stress!  WHS has your back.

8) Is there anyone you want to thank?

My basketball girls from present to past. Y’all have made my years so fun. I love each girl who steps onto the floor with me.

9) Do you have a fear about leaving?

No, I feel prepared for what is to come.

10) Are you going to miss being at WHS?

More than you can imagine! I love so many people here. This is my family and I’m not in a huge rush to leave them.

Waurika FCCLA Successful Food Drive


Members of Waurika FCCLA and FFA joined forces to host a Bedlam Food Challenge during OU/OSU Bedlam week at the High School;  The service project which benefitted the Jefferson County Helping Hands Food Pantry yielded 210 donated food items.

Okies for Monarchs Offers Best Holiday Gift and Stocking Stuffer Ideas and DIYs for Pollinator Gardeners and Monarch Lovers


Whether you are looking for the perfect holiday “something” for a gardening family member, wracking your brain for the perfect hostess gift for that friend who always stops and looks at the butterflies, or is wanting to inspire wonder when taking a unique gift to a curious child, Okies for Monarchs has you covered! Check out this winter-wildlife-wants “wish list” guaranteed to bring holiday cheer! From seed bombs to pollinator puddlers – you can be the coolest elf this season.

Okies for Monarchs, an initiative of the Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinators Collaborative, has a passion and mission to engage, educate and inspire Oklahomans to help pollinators and restore habitat. A few key things needed by pollinators, indeed all wildlife need, are water, food, shelter and a place to raise their young. 

In that spirit, and in time for the season of giving, the Okies for Monarchs team recommends a few unique holiday gifts that “give” to nature and are guaranteed to inspire others: 

  • “Bee” the best secret Santa with a surprise bee house! Made of wood, reeds, bamboo, and other natural materials, many unique shapes and sizes are available for pole or wall-mounted bee “homes” or “condos” that provide shelter for solitary and beneficial bee species. Or, make your own! Check out a few styles at https://www.almanac.com/content/bee-houses-solitary-bees
  • How about providing a “water feeder” for nature under the Christmas tree or to take as a hostess gift?! Sometimes called “puddlers,” these saucers (big and small) can be hung from a limb or set on a surface and are just the right size for butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators to hydrate. See examples at https://www.gardeners.com/buy/butterfly-puddler
  • Visit your local nursery, or one of the many great native plant growers across our state (in person, by phone or online) to order “ready to plant” milkweed or other native plants for delivery to your door (via mail) or to a spring plant festival near you (delivery w/out the shipping charges). Check out some of the many insecticide-free Oklahoma nurseries and vendors at http://www.okiesformonarchs.org/what-to-plant-where-to-buy/. Gift certificates may also be available from many growers. Shop locally when you can!
  • Buy non-GMO wildflower seeds just right for Oklahoma native (or migrating) birds, bees and butterflies through certified organic growers. Check out the native varieties available at www.Johnstonseeds.com. 
  • On a budget, or simply like to give gifts with a personal touch? Looking for a project to do with the children or at a party with a conservation-starter twist? Need a teacher gift? Wildflower seed “bombs” are fun to make, give and plant. You can research best perennial seeds for your Oklahoma eco-region (at www.plants.usda.gov) and then make your own bombs for stocking stuffers to keep your friends or the kids in your life bragging on you until spring! Check out this amazing step-by-step video from Payne County Master Gardeners – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhgLSF4x1Ac
  • Make a donation to Okies for Monarchs and support the advancement of pollinator-friendly gardening, best land management practices, and habitat enhancement across Oklahoma. Our volunteers can buy seeds, travel to provide education to schools and community groups, and print resource materials with financial gifts made through the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma Foundation. Donate or learn more at www.okiesformonarchs.org.

Do you have more great gardening gift ideas or pollinator projects that would make holiday festivities more fun? Please share your ideas (and photos) on your social media feed and tag #OkiesforMonarchs. 

About Okies for Monarchs 

An initiative of the Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinators Collaborative, Okies for Monarchs, is a statewide campaign to educate, engage and support Oklahomans in the creation of more habitat and food sources for monarchs and pollinators. Their website, okiesformonarchs.org, is a robust online resource with free access to a comprehensive set of tools, calendars, and resources for all Oklahomans including residents, corporations, government, farmers/ranchers, tribal nations, teachers/students, utilities and energy right-of-way land managers. 

About the Contributing Writer

Mary Waller is the director of the Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinators Collaborative. She is a 20-year-veteran communications consultant, award-winning writer, and “not by the book” gardener. She hopes Santa will bring her a bat house this year.

Cameron University vocal students to present “Amahl and The Night Visitors” and scenes from “Hansel and Gretel”


The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts Department will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors” as well as scenes from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” featuring performances by CU vocal students. Performances are slated for Thursday and Friday, November 29-30, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, military members, and students. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted at no charge with CU-ID. As seating is limited, patrons are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance by calling 580-581-2336.

Student performers are Khalil Cabrera-Tosado, Codie Cowan, Celita Gonzalez, Eric Malloy, Corbyn Nauman, Josie Smotherman, all of Lawton, as well as Destiny Abila, Gabriel Caron, Mykayla Reuter, Altus; Heather Martin, Cache; Rachel McCurry, Comanche;Mikayla Stephenson, Duncan; and Reagan Williams, Newport, R.I.  Williams and Stephenson will perform the role of Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” – Williams on Thursday and Stephenson on Friday. Nauman will perform the role of Amahl on Thursday, and Abila will take on the role on Friday. In addition to her role in “Hansel and Gretel,” Martin served as choreographer for “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”

The presentation is a result of the Opera Workshop class, in which students not only sing but create the sets, costumes, props, and lighting. “Amahl and the Night Visitors” is directed by Scott Richard Klein, with musical direction by Christian Morren. Scenes from “Hansel and Gretel” are directed by Christian Morren.  Pianists Doris Lambert and Yuika Chan accompany the operas.

Scenes from “Hansel and Gretel” will also be performed at two local elementary schools.

“We want to introduce young children to opera with a familiar story and in a fun way,” Morren says. “Both our campus performances and the school outreach are supported by the Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild. We are grateful to that local group for providing scholarships and funds to promote opera at Cameron and in the community.”

Cameron University closing for Thanksgiving; Aggie Rec Center hours modified for holiday period


Cameron University will be closed from November 21-23 for the celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. No classes will be held during this time, and administrative offices will be closed. Classes resume and offices re-open for normal business hours on Monday, November 26.

The Cameron University Library will be closed from November 21-23 and will re-open with normal business hours on Saturday, November 24.

The Aggie Rec Center will be closed on Thursday, November 22.  Hours for Monday, November 19 through Wednesday, November 21, and Friday, November 23, will be 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and on Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. On Sunday, November 25, the Aggie Rec Center will be open from 1 – 6 p.m. Normal hours will resume on Monday, November 26.


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