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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.

FCCLA of Waurika Offers Halloween Safety Instructions


On October 31st, members of WHS FCCLA dressed up in Halloween costumes and went to the elementary school to talk to the students about how to be safe on Halloween night.

FCCLA members split into groups and visited all the classes in the elementary school and talked to the children about safety while trick or treating. They also asked the children Halloween jokes and riddles and passed out pieces of candy.

The children and teachers thoroughly enjoyed FCCLA’s visit.

Waurika FCCLA offers Halloween safety instructions to students.

Celebrate Christmas on the Trail in Ryan


Make plans now to be a part of Christmas on the Trail in Ryan on December 1st.

There will be multiple FREE drawings throughout the day. However,  you must be present to win.

School kids will bring their decorated ornaments to place on the Downtown Christmas Tree between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

There will be pony rides, wagon rides, hot chocolate, face painting, vendors, a cake walk.

As a special bonus, the 2 Cajons food truck will be there as well.

We will see you there!

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.



TULSA, Okla.Roy Clark, the legendary ‘superpicker’, GRAMMY, CMA and ACM award winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed ‘Hee Haw’ television series, died today at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

Roy Clark’s decade-defying success could be summed up in one word — sincerity. Sure, he was one of the world’s finest multi-instrumentalists, and one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the pop and country charts. He was the pioneer who turned Branson, Mo., into the live music capital of the world (the Ozark town today boasts more seats than Broadway). And his talents turned Hee Haw into the longest-running syndicated show in television history.

But the bottom line for Roy Clark was the honest warmth he gave to his audiences. Bob Hope summed it up when he told Roy, “Your face is like a fireplace.”

“A TV camera goes right through your soul,” says the man who starred on Hee Haw for 24 years and was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. “If you’re a bad person, people pick that up. I’m a firm believer in smiles. I used to believe that everything had to be a belly laugh. But I’ve come to realize that a real sincere smile is mighty powerful.”

For a man who didn’t taste major success until he was 30, the key was not some grand plan but rather taking everything in its own time. “Sure,” he said, “I had dreams of being a star when I was 18. I could’ve pushed it too, but it wouldn’t have happened any sooner. I’m lucky. What’s happened has happened in spite of me.”

In fact, that’s what Clark titled his autobiography, My Life — In Spite of Myself! with Marc Elliot (Simon & Shuster, 1994). The book reminded many that there is much more to Roy Clark than fast fingers and a quick wit.

That he was raised in Washington, D.C., often surprises people. Born Roy Linwood Clark on April 15, 1933, in Meherrin, Virginia, his family moved to D.C. when he was a youngster. His father played in a square dance band and took him to free concerts by the National Symphony and by various military bands. “I was subjected to different kinds of music before I ever played. Dad said, ‘Never turn your ear off to music until your heart hears it–because then you might hear something you like.'”

Beginning on banjo and mandolin, he was one of those people “born with the music already in them.” His first guitar, a Sears Silvertone, came as a Christmas present when he was 14. That same year, 1947, he made his first TV appearance. He was 15 when he earned $2 for his first paid performance, with his dad’s band. In the fertile, diverse musical soil of cosmopolitan D.C., he began playing bars and dives on Friday and Saturday nights until he was playing every night and skipping school–eventually dropping out at 15. “Music was my salvation, the thing I loved most and did best. Whatever was fun, I’d go do that.”

The guitar wizard soon went on tour with country legends such as Hank Williams and Grandpa Jones. After winning a national banjo competition in 1950, he was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, which led to shows with Red Foley and Ernest Tubb. Yet he’d always return to D.C. to play not only country but jazz, pop, and early rock’n’roll (he’s prominently featured in the recent book Capitol Rock); to play with black groups and white groups; to play fast, to even play guitar with his feet. In 1954, he joined Jimmy Dean and the Texas Wildcats, appearing in clubs and on radio and TV, and even backing up Elvis Presley.

But in 1960, he was 27 and still scrambling. An invitation to open for Wanda Jackson at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas proved to be his big break. It led to his own tour, on the road for 345 straight nights at one stretch, and when he returned to Vegas in 1962, he came back as a headliner and recording star, with his debut album The Lightning Fingers Of Roy Clark. The next year, he had his first hit, The Tips Of My Fingers, a country song that featured an orchestra and string section. “We didn’t call it crossover then but I guess that’s what it was,” he says. “We didn’t aim for that, because if you aim for both sides you miss them both. But we just wanted to be believable.”

He was–on record and on TV, where his first appearances in 1963 on ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘American Bandstand’ showcased his easygoing attitude and rural sense of humor. “Humor is a blessing to me. My earliest recollections are of looking at something and seeing the lighter side. But it’s always spontaneous. I couldn’t write a comedy skit for someone else.”

Throughout the ’60s, Clark recorded several albums, toured constantly, and appeared on TV variety shows from Carson to Mike Douglas to Flip Wilson. “I was the token bumpkin. It became, ‘Let’s get that Clark guy. He’s easy to get along with.'” Then came ‘Hee Haw.’ A countrified ‘Laugh-In’ with music, shot in Nashville, ‘Hee Haw’ premiered in 1969. Co-starring Clark and Buck Owens, it was an immediate hit. Though CBS canceled the show after two-and-a-half years, despite ranking in the Top 20, the series segued into syndication, where it remained until 1992. “I long ago realized it was not a figure of speech when people come up to me and say they grew up watching me since they were ‘that big’.”

A generation or two has also grown up listening to him. In 1969, Yesterday, When I Was Young charted Top 20 Pop and #9 Country (Billboard). Including Yesterday, Clark has had 23 Top 40 country hits, among them eight Top 10s: The Tips Of My Fingers (#10, 1963), I Never Picked Cotton (#5) and Thank God And Greyhound You’re Gone (#6, 1970), The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter Revolution Polka (#9, 1972), Come Live With Me (#1) and Somewhere Between Love And Tomorrow (#2, 1973), and If I Had It To Do All Over Again (#2, 1976). In addition, his 12-string guitar rendition of Malaguena is considered a classic and, in 1982, he won a Grammy (Best Country Instrumental Performance) for Alabama Jubilee.

A consummate musician, no matter the genre, he co-starred with Petula Clark at Caesar’s Palace, became the first country artist to headline at the Montreux International Jazz Festival and appeared in London on ‘The Tom Jones Show.’ Clark was amazed when guitarists from England credited his BBC specials and performances on variety TV shows with the likes of the Jackson 5 for inspiring them to play. But the highlight of his career, he said, was a pioneering, sold-out 1976 tour of the then-Soviet Union. “Even though they didn’t know the words, there were tears in their eyes when I played Yesterday. Folks there said we wouldn’t realize in our lifetime the good we’d accomplished, just because of our pickin’ around.”

When he returned in 1988 to now-Russia, Clark was hailed as a hero. Though he’d never bought a joke and doesn’t read music, the self-described, and proud of it, “hillbilly singer” was that rare entertainer with popularity worthy of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and respect worthy of the Academy of Country Music’s Pioneer Award and membership in the Gibson (Guitar) Hall of Fame; an entertainer who could star in Las Vegas (the first country artist inducted into its Entertainers Hall of Fame), in Nashville (becoming the 63rd member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1987), and at Carnegie Hall. Roy was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Roy’s many good deeds on behalf of his fellow man led to him receiving the 1999 Minnie Pearl Humanitarian of the Year Award from TNN’s Music City News Awards. In October 2000, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and he was actively involved with school children who attend the Roy Clark Elementary School in Tulsa, Okla.

From his home in Tulsa, where he moved in 1974 with Barbara, his wife of 61 years, Clark continued to tour extensively. For him — and for his legion of loyal fans — live performance was what it was all about. “Soon as you hit the edge of the stage and see people smiling and know they’re there to hear you, it’s time to have fun. I keep a band of great young people around me, and we’re not musically restrained. It’s not about ‘let’s do it correct’ but ‘let’s do it right.’”

At the end of each of Roy’s concerts, he would tell the audience, “We had to come, but you had a choice. Thanks for being here.” With responding smiles, audiences continued to thank Roy for being there, too.

Roy is preceded in death by his beloved grandson Elijah Clark who passed at the age of fourteen on September 24, 2018. Roy is survived by Barbara, his wife of sixty-one years, his sons Roy Clark II and wife Karen, Dr. Michael Meyer and wife Robin, Terry Lee Meyer, Susan Mosier and Diane Stewart, and his grandchildren: Brittany Meyer, Michael Meyer, Caleb Clark, Josiah Clark and his sister, Susan Coryell.

A memorial celebration will be held in the coming days in Tulsa, Okla., details forthcoming.

Award-winning actor Gary Busey to speak to students at Oklahoma State


(STILLWATER, Oklahoma, Nov. 8, 2018) — A familiar face is coming to Oklahoma State University. Broadcast in “America’s Brightest Orange” on the 6,000-square-foot video board during Cowboy football, Gary Busey’s screaming likeness has served as a distraction for opposing teams all season.

Now, the man himself is coming to campus. Busey, a prolific character actor since the 1970s, will speak to students at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16 in the Student Union Theater. The event is free, but seating is limited.

Busey has a new book, Buseyisms: Gary Busey’s Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. In it, he takes a word and gives it meaning, one letter a time. Love breaks down to “Living On Victorious Energy.” Change becomes “Creating Happiness And New Guiding Energy.” On his website, Busey said, “I have a hobby that’s really wonderful because it helps me understand the meaning of one word with a sentence.”

A book sale and signing will take place after his presentation.

Gary Busey, famous character actor, will speak to students at Oklahoma State University at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16. Busey will be promoting his new book, Buseyisms: Gary Busey’s Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

Busey began his college career at OSU but left to pursue a career in entertainment. He has appeared in more than 150 films. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story in 1978. Busey also had prominent supporting roles in Lethal Weapon, Predator 2, The Firm, Rookie of the Year and more.

On Dec. 4, 1988, Busey was in a near-fatal motorcycle accident when he was not wearing a helmet. As a result of a severe head injury, he was comatose for three months and had to relearn how to eat, walk and talk. After his recovery, he helped create the language for the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996, signed into law by President Bill Clinton.


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