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Friday, March 22, 2019

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.

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.

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.

Waurika Crowns Royalty at Band Carnival


 Saturday, November 3rd was Waurika High School’s annual Band Carnival held at Waurika High School. There were different activities like the ring toss, cake walk, face painting, football, and basketball. Before all the activities were opened up the crowning for King and Queen was held. The students range from Pre-K all the way up to High School. For the Pre-K and Kindergarten age group the Queen was Charleigh Baxter and her King was Jantzey Simmons. For the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade the Queen was Gabi Gunter and the King was Brodi Franco. In the 4th and 5th grade was Queen, Mia Garcia, and King, Tack Reynolds. For the Middle School, the Queen was Trish Julian and the King was Alex Gomez. The Waurika High School Band Carnival Queen is Emily Waid and Band Carnival King was Riley Cronin. 

“We had a great crowd, and these things take help from other people.  I’m proud of how things went this year,”  WHS Band Director Everett Hodges said.

Riley Cronin and Emily Waid are the High School Band King and Queen


Alex Gomez and Trish Julian are the Waurika Middle School King and Queen.


Charleigh Baxter and Jantzey Simmons won the kindergarten category


Gabi Gunter and Brodi Franco won for the lower elementary school category (grades 1-3).
(Submitted Photo)


Senior Profile: Gatlin Black


This will be Gatlin Black’s last year attending Waurika Schools. 

1. How do you feel about your last year?

“I’m going to miss it, but I’m ready to see the world.”

2. Sum up your school experience?

“It has been adventurous and unpredictable.”

3. What activities and organizations have you participated in?

“I’ve been involved in baseball, basketball, football, FFA, cross-country, student council, NHS, and the academic team.”

4. What are your plans for the future?

 “I plan on studying business.”

5. Favorite Memory at WHS?

“Definitely going undefeated and becoming district champs for my senior year.”

6. What teacher’s class has best prepared you for the future?

“Coach Jessie’s history class, he taught me to respect and wisdom. He also taught me to be ready for the real world.”

7. Give advice to underclassmen?

“Learn how to cheat early.”

8. Anyone you want to think?

“Family, friends, teachers, Rickey Bobby, and God.”

9. Do you have a fear about leaving? “No.”

10. Are you going to miss being at WHS?

“I will miss the good times and memories, but I’m ready to see the rest of the world.”

Waurika Student Council


Back row:  Falyn Durbin, Turner Mora, Bobby Aldape, Seth Waid, Aiden White

Middle row:  Jordan Wadsworth, Riley Cronin, Madison Roberson, Gatlin Black, Landry Forsyth, Karlee Brinson, Kylie Waters

Front row: Olivia Ralls, Niecsa Camarillo, Alayna Stallcup, Aubree Showalter, Corley Coffin, Lexie Streeter

Not pictured:  Gavin Torrez, Trish Julian, Hunter Hester(submitted photo)

Waurika Celebrates Homecoming; Crowns Queens

Aaron Nitka crowns Lily Jones as the High School Homecoming King and Queen for 2018. The Crown Bearer is Rowdy Dyer and the Flower Girl is Bean Walker. Photo by Adam Brinson

Waurika High School and Junior High crowned their respective Homecoming Queens at the Homecoming Football game this past Friday evening.

Homecoming King and Queen Candidates

7th grade- Aubree Showalter and James Breitigan 

8th grade- Liberti Simmons and Trenton Torrez 

9th grade- Tallin Mora and Gabriel Jenkins

High school attendants:

Freshmen- Tallin Mora and Gabriel Jenkins

Sophomores- Kaci Reynolds and Bowden Forsyth

Juniors- Kameron Zaciek and Edwin Garcia

Senior queen candidates:

Madison Roberson 

Katelyn Washburn

Lily Jones

Senior King candidates:

Zachary Brown

Colton Bryant

Austin Dyer

Gatlin Black

Aaron Nitka

This Year

This year’s Homecoming King and Queen are Aaron Nitka and Lily Jones

Aaron Nitka crowns Lily Jones as the High School Homecoming King and Queen for 2018. The Crown Bearer is Rowdy Dyer and the Flower Girl is Bean Walker.
Photo by Adam Brinson


This year’s Junior High Homecoming King and Queen are Gabe Jenkins and Aubree Showalter

Gabe Jenkins and Aubree Showalter are this year’s Junior High King and Queen. Aspyn Fox is the Flower Girl and the Crown Bearer is Jason Chumley. Photo by Adam Brinson

Motivational Speaker Nick Moore Visits School


On September 26, motivational speaker Nick Moore visited WMS and WHS to speak to the student body. Moore’s speech focused mainly on motivation and to never give up. Moore, 47, spoke passionately about reaching your goals and striving to be the very best you can be.

Moore, from Wichita Falls, Texas, visits 65-80 schools a year to spread his message and his story. Moore is not only a motivational speaker. He is a father, a youth fitness trainer, a referee, a personal fitness trainer, and an author. His book, Never Too Late, is a motivational book. He pulls from his own experiences in his book and in his talks in order to help children.

Moore originally wanted to be an NFL football player, but an injury in college and having a child led him down a different path. He was and still is very passionate about sports and in motivational speaking he found a way to combine his passions, sports and helping people.

During his speech he pulled volunteers from the audience. He had them try to shoot shots from the free throw line, 3 point line, and half court. While not all the students made all the shots they tried, which was the point of the demonstration. It may not always work out, but as long as you try that’s all that matters. When asked why he was so passionate about what he does he said his elementary school principal contributed to it a lot. Moore went to Sam Houston Elementary school in Wichita Falls, Texas. “You know, being in elementary, my grandparents didn’t go to college so I was thinking I was just gonna work straight out of high school. College wasn’t even an option until he introduced it to me,” Moore is quoted saying. Moore attended college in Arizona and has his Associate’s degree in sociology and is currently working on his Bachelor’s and Masters.

When asked to provide advice for students in high school he said, “Just believe in yourself, push yourself, have some goals in front of you, short-term and long-term goals. Figure out what you want to do and kind of figure out a path. Google anything you need to know online on whatever it takes to be successful in this career. Just go figure out what school you can apply for and get in. Apply for that school. If you get in , accept the scholarship, accept the financial aid, get in that school and just push. That’s the big thing, just push yourself and try not to start something and don’t finish. Thats a big thing, try to finish whatever you can.”

You can find Nick Moore on social media. His Facebook is Nickie Moore, his Instagram is mtovatornick, and his twitter is NickMoo8888.


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