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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

Landry Forsyth Selected for Council

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 Waurika’s Landry Forsyth has been given the distinct honor of being one of 74 students across the state to serve on the 2019 Student Advisory Council instituted by State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.

 The Advisory Council will have their first meeting in 2020 on January 29th at the State Capitol. 

At the meeting the council will discuss issues related to the youth in the State of Oklahoma. 

Hofmeister chose these students because of their perspective and willingness to serve. “These are among Oklahoma’s best and brightest high school leaders, and we look forward to learning more about the student perspective on matters of school policy,” Hofmeister said in a prepared statement. “Working with these outstanding young people is a highlight of every spring and their input on topics as diverse as bullying, career readiness and school funding has been instrumental to our state-level decision-making. 

The first Advisory Council convened in 2016. 

FCCLA Honored by OHCE & Friends of Waurika Library

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 Members of the FCCLA were invited to a Tea provided by the Oklahoma Home and Community Educators along with the Friends of the Waurika Library in appreciation for the time and energy the FCCLA has donated to the community. 

A donation from the OHCE was also given to the FCCLA. 

Members of OHCE & Friends of the Library include Pat McGriff, Carolyn Watkins, Star Herron, Deb Ferrar, June Griffin, Orbie Smith, Vicki Etheridge, Melicia McFadden, Darren Biby, Tara Brown, Frances Hall. 

The 2019-2020 FCCLA Members include:

Mallory Adkins

Bobby Aldape – local

Trent Arellano

Brooklyn Barnes

Trinity Barnes

Regena Bradley

James Breitigan

Karlee Brinson

Nicole Burton

Hope Cummings

Shealynn Dees

Falyn Durbin

Landry Forsyth

Angel Garcia – local

Skylar Garrett

Alex Gomez

Brittney Helterbran

Faith Hill

Grace Hill

Hannah Hobbs

Riley Howell – local

Trish Julian

Derek Karban

Hannah Lammons

Karlie Landes

Alana Lewis

Tallin Mora

Hannah Owens

Madison Porterfield

Faith Roberson

Cheyenne Quick

Liberti Simmons – local

Mackenzie Taylor

Treyton Torrez – local

Haleigh Wade 

Gracie Walling

Adrian Wesberry

Kaytlyn Williams

Members of the Oklahoma Home and Community Educators presenting a donation check for $100 to the officers of Waurika Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

Sara Ballard Receives Scholarship from OCU

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Sara Ballard was recently awarded an Academic Scholarship from Oklahoma Christian University.

She has a 4.0 GPA

As a senior she is involved in many activities. 

FCCLA Attend Leadership Meeting in Duncan

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 Members of Waurika FCCLA recently attended the South 4 District Leadership Meeting in Duncan.  Approximately 500 students from southwest Oklahoma attended the meeting held at the Simmons Center. This year’s meeting, called “The Great Leadership Adventure”, centered on an outdoor camping theme.  Members wore their new chapter tshirts, which followed the theme.  FCCLA chapters collected 400 pounds of aluminum pull tabs to donate to their service project, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oklahoma.  The highlight of the meeting was the Oklahoma City dance troupe, Generation Why, which entertained the students, as well as delivered messages about anti-bullying, suicide prevention and overcoming adversity. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is the student leadership organization that accompanies the Family and Consumer Sciences program at Waurika High School.

Waurika Elementary Honor Roll First 9 Weeks 2019

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Mrs Harper

Principal Honor Roll

Roxy Cathey, Sadie Fugett

Angelina Hyde

Annalynn Lewis

Chassidy Morgan

James Norris

Ethan Sewell

Zayne Taylor

Superintendent Honor Roll 

Chesney Berry

Kaden Cain

Marcos Castro Luna

Aidan Frost

Cadyn Tallon

Anthony Torrez

Dallie Young

Mrs. Cummings

Principal Honor Roll

Khloe Capes

Alexis Martin

Stony Sellers

Superintendent Honor Roll

Brycenn Bohot 

Elijah Foster

Tuner Graham

Lily Poage

Wyatt Taylor

Mrs. Tyler

Principal Honor Roll

Marely Herrera 

Zoey Venable

Superintendent Honor Roll

Bradlei Allen 

Gavin Bohot

Steven Denney

Dominic Killgore

Raven Lewis

Cassidy Shea

Jaxon Torrez

Mrs. Suter

Principal Honor Roll

Cherylanne Freeman

Gabi Gunter

Roger Gunter

Isaac Herrera

Trinity Lopez

Kinsley Richardson

Donovan Rosero-Patino 

Sarah Sloan

Superintendent Honor Roll

Savannah Figuerua

Sienna Marquez

Legder Watkins

Paisley Young

Mrs. Taylor

Principal Honor Roll

Dagen Burton 

Jayden Cain

Kyler Capes

Juan Garcia 

Rhyder Richardson

Niobe Rodriguez

Jade Stallcup

Superintendent Honor Roll

Brody Berry

Bella Morrison 

Jayden Owsley

Mr. Plant 

Principal Honor Roll

Uriel Herron

Cadence Elkins

Audrianna Largent

McKenzie Vanhouten

Superintendent Honor Roll

Jaxton Simmons 

Franklyn Smith

Aiden Jenkins 

Ryder Watkins

Austin Eck 

Delani Wesberry

Malory Jastremski

Mrs. Wingfield

Principal Honor Roll

Landon Brackett

Lundee Brackett

James Chumley

Bransyn Dean

Andrew Houston

Ava Beck

Ace Dyer

Allison Eck

Mrs. Watkins

Principal Honor Roll

Karson Arzola

Ryder Barenthin

Layla Camarillo

Emily Foster

Addison Franco

Brodie Franco

Dillon Hollaway

Breanna Mitchel

Hayliee Roy

Seth Turner

Superintendent Honor Roll

Harmony Hood

Chaney Sellers

Waurika Band Carnival

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The Waurika High School Band Carnival is Saturday night, November 2nd at the High School.  The Queen coronation begins at 5:30 p.m. There is a $1.00 admission to the coronation, but the ticket can be used for a free drink in the concession with purchase of a food item.  The kitchen will also open at 5:30.  Games for kids and bingo will start at 6.  Wristbands are available for bingo at $25.00 that cover 30 games. Wristbands can be bought in advance for $20.00 from both school offices.  There will be 5 bonus games.  Wristbands will also be sold for all of the bonus games for $15.00.  Bonus games will include a 32” Toshiba TV, $100 Quik Mart gas certificate, and a huge VISA gift card for the last game. 

The kitchen will feature Mama Josie’s Enchilada Dinner, Windthorst German Sausage, hamburgers, chili, and other tasty items.  

Carnival games include sand art, face painting, a bounce house, hair painting, cake walk, ring toss, football throw, basketball throw and many other fun games for kids.  In addition, there will be a dance after the carnival from 8 p.m. until bingo is over.  Admission for the dance is $3.00.

The Waurika Band program consists of over 90 students from grades 6 through 12.  The band has been a consistent winner at OSSAA contests, having been to state in 8 of the 12 years of Mr. Hodges’ years at Waurika.  These are the only times in school history the band has been to state. The High School band is planning on making their 3rd trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida in the May of 2020.  Funds will be used to help with that as well as supporting other activities of all the bands.  We ask for your support of our band program at this carnival.

First Annual Powder Puff Football Game

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On Tuesday, October 8th, the WHS Band sponsored a high school powder puff football game at Cy Sloan Stadium.  The teams were made up of sophomores/seniors and freshmen/juniors.  (Due to a lack of participation, some juniors had to switch teams).  The coaches of the sophomore/senior team were senior football players Turner Mora and Edwin Garcia.  The freshmen/junior team coaches were Payton Fletcher and Hunter Wesberry.  

Senior coach Edwin Garcia said, “It was pretty fun, but different due to not being on the field.”  When asked if this experience made him think about coaching in the future, he simply laughed and said “No…”.  The sophomore/senior team won with a score of 19-12.

Money raised from the gate, concessions, and shirt sales will help pay for the band trip to Disney in May.   “I think it was very successful, and everyone had a good time,” band director Everett Hodges said.  “It’ll most likely become an annual thing.” 

Waurika FFA News

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 This is an exciting time at WHS, with Blue and Gold orders and Homecoming floats the FFA kids have been extremely busy. October 22nd the W.A.E.B. will be hosting a hamburger feed at Sorosis Park, tickets are $8.00 for 12 and up, $5.00 for 5-11 year olds, 4 and under free.  There will be performances from Hunter Wesberry, Bailey Wesberry, Delaini Wesberry, Chloe Adkins, and Mallory Adkins. There will be a Halloween costume contest, ice cream freeze off contest, bounce house, face painting and a roping demonstration.  Raffle tickets will be available for a One Man- One Day, Management Buck Hunt donated by Stuart Ranch Outfitters. Tickets will be $10 each or $20 for three. There will also be a Pierce Cooler given away at the Festival. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE BENEFIT OF WAURIKA YOUTH AG PROGRAMS, 4-H & FFA.