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Waurika FCCLA Offices Ready for School Year

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Getting ready for a productive fall are the 2020-21 Waurika FCCLA officers. Serving this year are (back row) Trinity Barnes, Treasurer, Brooklyn Barnes, Vice President of STAR Events, Hannah Lamons, Reporter, Landry Forsyth, Vice President of Community Service, Kaitlyn Williams, Vice President of Public Relations, Grace Hill, Secretary, (front row) Hope Cummings, President and Mallory Adkins, Vice President of Fundraising.

Waurika Softball Senior Night

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Photo by Karlee Brinson

Waurika Softball Seniors were recognized prior to the game this past week:

(l-r) Hope Cummings 

with her mother Paige Cummings,

Brooklyn Barnes and her parents – Ashley and Chris Bayless,

Landry Forsyth and her mother Tonya Forsyth.

Senior Profile: Savana Ritter

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How do you feel about your last year?

I’m sad that it’s almost over, but excited for the future.

What Activities/Organizations have you participated in? 

XC, Track, Basketball.

What are your plans for the future? 

Go to college, be successful.

Favorite memory at WHS? 

My favorite memory is going to track.

What teacher or class has best prepared you? 

Coach Jessie, because it’s a lot of hard work.

Give advice to an underclassman?:

Don’t take things too seriously.

Who would you like to thank?

My family and friends. 

What fears do you have about leaving? 

Not making someone of myself.

What are you going to miss most about being at WHS?

Being around my friends and teachers.

What lessons have you learned from previous classes (class of 2020, etc)?

Avoid drama.

What event did/do you most look forward to this year?

I’m most looking forward to senior prom.

Do you have any regrets? 

Not trying to make friends until this year.

Senior Profile: Brooklyn Barnes

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How do you feel about your last year?

I’m excited for my last year, but nervous at the same time.

What Activities/Organizations have you participated in? 

I’m involved with cheer, softball, band, cross country, student council, and FCCLA.

What are your plans for the future? 

My plans for the future are to go to college and become a 2nd grade teacher, get married and start a family.

Favorite memory at WHS? 

My favorite memory at WHS is cheering at the football games with my best friend Hope.

What teacher or class has best prepared you? 

Mrs.Hodges was the teacher who best prepared me. She’s always pushed me to try my best. She also let me color a few times.

Give advice to an underclassman?:

My advice to underclassmen is to not care what people think. Follow God’s plan, be humble and kind, Always smile.

Who would you like to thank?

I would like to thank my family, especially my mom for always trying. I want to thank Hope and her mom. I also want to thank everyone who’s believed in me. I would like to thank all my classmates for the laughs and the great memories 

What fears do you have about leaving? 

My fears for leaving high school are failing and leaving my classmates.

What are you going to miss most about being at WHS?

I’m going to miss everything. The people, the school itself. I’ll miss everybody knowing everybody.

What lessons have you learned from previous classes (class of 2020, etc)?

Class of 2019 taught me friendship.

What event did/do you most look forward to this year?

I’m looking forward to our senior trip. It will live up to my expectations as long as I get to spend time and more memories with my classmates.

Do you have any regrets? 

My regrets are not getting out more to spend time with family or friends.

Beautiful Day Comes to Waurika

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Beautiful Day Birthday Program is coming to Waurika! The birthday program is scheduled to start in September 2020. 

Beautiful Day Foundation was founded by Leah Miller and Michele Johnson in Duncan, Oklahoma. Beautiful Day’s original mission began with a simple statement to elementary school age kids: “The day you were born was a BEAUTIFUL DAY. Your life and existence is worthy of being celebrated.” Beautiful Day Foundation is passionate about telling children this important message. They want kids to know that they are seen and loved by the community they call home. 

 Each month, Beautiful Day volunteers from the local community show up to celebrate children with birthdays in that month. They sit with them and get to know them. Volunteers ask questions about what they want to be when they grow up, encourage students and let them know, “The day you were born was a beautiful day!” Each local chapter fundraises within the community and recruits volunteers to help create these truly special events.

The Beautiful Day Waurika chapter is run by Lindsey Forst and Elizabeth Scott. Beautiful Day Foundation currently has chapters in schools throughout the state of Oklahoma.  To learn more about Beautiful Day, make a donation or sign up to volunteer, please visit their website: beautifuldayfoundation.net.”

For more information contact:

Lindsey Forst 405-503-3066

Elizabeth Scott 580-512-7967

Senior Profile: Cache Dunn

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How do you feel about your last year?

I’m not ready for it to be over.

What Activities/Organizations have you participated in? 

Cross Country, Basketball, Track

What are your plans for the future? 

I want to run track in college.

Favorite memory at WHS? 

Being state runner-up in track.

What teacher or class has best prepared you? 

Mrs. Allen’s class.

Give advice to an underclassman?:

Don’t grow up, be a kid for as long as you can.

Who would you like to thank?

Coach Masoner and my family

What fears do you have about leaving? 

Becoming an adult.

What are you going to miss most about being at WHS?

My friends

What lessons have you learned from previous classes (class of 2020, etc)?

Cherish every moment because it goes by fast

What event did/do you most look forward to this year?

I’m most excited for the 800m dash.

Do you have any regrets? 

Not taking running seriously from a younger age.

New Elementary Principal Ready for New Year

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 Waurika’s New Elementary Principal, Meaghan Johnson, is excited and ready for the upcoming school year. 

The Central native enjoys the close knit family atmosphere of Waurika’s rural setting because it reminds her of her own upbringing. Johnson was born, raised and educated in Central. It’s the place she calls home till this day. 

After graduating from Central High School, Johnson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Cameron University, then later went back and acquired her Master’s degree in Education Administration.

Johnson served 7 years as a teacher at Central. She only left to serve in Lawton as an Elementary principal to gain experience as an administrator. Her heart’s desire has always and continues to be able to serve in a rural school setting. 

After leaving Lawton, Johnson spent a year teaching for Epic. She believes this experience will serve her well in the upcoming years because of the experience she gained while teaching in a virtual environment. 

She enjoys being an advocate for her students and teachers. She longs to give her teachers the tools they need to better educate students. 

In her spare time she loves spending time with her family. She and her husband Aron have a plumbing company and raise cattle. When the opportunity arrises, they like to go camping as a family. The Johnsons have three children, Brock – 13, Jake – 8, Hank – 4 years old. 

We welcome Principal Meaghan Johnson to the community. 

Waurika’s New Track

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Waurika’s Track now has a new surface and new graphics thanks to the Bond Money approved by the voters in the School District. Thank You Waurika!

Waurika Graduation 2020 A Night of Firsts and Lasts

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It was a night of firsts and lasts. 

It was the first time graduates were limited on the number of guests they could invite. It was the last  night the class of 2020 would gather officially as a class. 

It was the first time the graduates had to be spaced six feet apart. It was the last time they would congregate in front of Mr. Simmons and Mr. Lunn. 

It was the first time diplomas were not handed out by the administration. It was the last time many of them will ever hear their names announced over the PA system at the Waurika  Football Field. 

It was the first time a graduation had been held so late in the year because of a world-wide pandemic. It was the last time the class of 2020 will be honored as a group. 

With all the firsts and lasts, it will possibly the most memorable graduation in Waurika’s history. 

Editor’s Note: A complete story and pictures of the Waurika and Ryan graduations will be in the July 2 Special Graduation Edition.

Graduations were delayed because of COVID-19. 

Sorosis Honors Traditional Tea in innovative way during lockdown

 The Waurika Sorosis Club has sponsored a Tea for graduating seniors for more than 25 years. This year club members had to be creative in honoring the Class of 2020 Graduates. On May, 6, club members delivered each WHS graduating senior yard signs with 2020 Grad, the student’s favorite pizza, a rose, a gift from the club and balloons. Club members drove separate cars and were careful to socially distance as the deliveries were made.

Nick Alvarado
Sara Ballard
Nicole Burton
Travis Etheridge
Payton Fletcher
Edwin Garcia
Linae Garner
Bryson Hernandez
Hannah Hobbs
Turner Mora
Madison Porterfield
Jordan Wadsworth
Seth Waid
Jordan Watkins
Hunter Wesberry
Kameron Zaicek