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Waurika Hosts Honor Band Tryouts

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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.

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. 

Senior Profile: Madison Roberson

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 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

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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 FCCLA Annual Banquet. Last one for Seniors

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Waurika FFCLA Seniors (l-r) Hayden Brown, Olivia Ralls, Katelyn Washburn, Riley Cronin, Garrett Dodson, and not pictured is Destiny Barnes. Photo by Adam Brinson

Waurika recently held their annual FCCLA Banquet at the Waurika High School. The seniors were recognized. It was a bittersweet moment as this will be the last banquet for them.

Below are pictures from the event:

Waurika FFCLA Seniors (l-r) Hayden Brown, Olivia Ralls, Katelyn Washburn, Riley Cronin, Garrett Dodson, and not pictured is Destiny Barnes. Photo by Adam Brinson
FCCLA (l-r) Kaytlyn Williams, Karlee Brinson, Trinity Barnes, Brooklyn Barnes, Mallory Adkins, and Mrs. Bruner.
Photo by Adam Brinson
Photo by Adam Brinson

Senior Profile: Trenton Helloms

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1. How do you feel about your last year? It has been hectic and emotional

2. Sum up your school experience: It has been interesting and frantic.

3. Activities/Organizations you have participated in? I have only been in band.

4. Plans for the future: One of my plans is to go straight into the work force to be an auto body painter and detailer.

5. Favorite memory at WHS? There are too many to just chose just one.

6. What teacher or class has best prepared you? English unless I can count VoTech as a class.

7. Give advice to an underclassman: Don’t forget to turn in your work and don’t slack off

8. Anyone you want to thank? All the teachers dealing with me since I am a lot of work

9. Do you have a fear about leaving? Somewhat, but not really 

10. Are you going to miss being at WHS? Honestly, I will miss it some but not a lot.

Waurika Celebrates Homecoming; Crowns Queens

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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

Waurika Senior Night

Waurika honored their seniors at the last home game of the season this past Friday evening. 

Here are their profiles.

 Gatlin Black (Basketball) was escorted by Wilma Rickard. He is the son of Chad and Miranda Black. He has attended Waurika schools his whole life. His school activities included, Football, Basketball, FFA and Student Council.  His fondest memories of his  school days are hanging out with his friends in the parking lot. After he graduated he plans to go to college in Louisiana and get a degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Zachary Brown (Basketball & Powerlifting) is the son of Michele Salazar. He has attended Waurika Schools his whole life. His school activities/awards included, baseball, basketball, football, new comer of the year in football, and all conference outfielder in baseball. His fondest memories of his school days would be football season, and the boys winning the prank war, not the girls. After he graduated he plans to play baseball at Murray State or taking over the Richardson Ranch.

Colton Byant (Basketball & Powerlifting) is the son of Michael and Heather Bryant. He has attended Waurika School his whole life. His school activities included, Football for 4 years, Track for 4 years, XC for 3 years, Basketball for 3 years, and Powerlifting for 2 years. His fondest memories of school days are making it to the State Quarterfinals his last year in football and freezing in Mrs. Allen’s classroom. After he graduates he plans to attend college and major in Education and become a coach. 

Austin Dyer (Basketball & Powerlifting) is the son of Bobby and Lisa Dyer. He has attended Waurika Schools for two years. His school activities included, Baseball, Basketball, Football, FFA, and Yearbook. His fondest memories of his school days were freezing in Mrs. Allen’s class everyday. After he graduates he want to become a game warden, and go play baseball somewhere. 

Oliva Ralls (Powerlifting) is the daughter of Danny and Jacinda Ralls. She has attended Waurika Schools for two years. Her school activities included, Track, FCCLA, Powerlifting, Cheer, and Softball. Her fondest memories from her school days were moving here and making memories and friends that could last a lifetime. After she graduates she is going to college at Cameron University to get a degree in Nursing. 

Aaron Nitka ( Basketball) is the son of Daniel and Sloan Roberson, and Michael Nitka. He has attended Waurika schools for eleven years. His school activities/awards included, Baseball, Football, Basketball, Beta, NHS, FFA, All-State eight man Football, Oilfield All Conference Baseball, ad All- District Football. His fondest memories from his school days were stealing the Smart Board Remote from Mr. Brown. After he graduates he plans to be a Physical Assistant. 

Madison Roberson (Basketball) is the daughter of Kasey Elliot, Daniel and Sloan Roberson. She has attended Waurika Schools for four years. Her school activities/Awards included, Southern 8 Conference MVP, Daily Oklahoman honorable mention Allstate, Valedictorian of Class 2019, Scored 1,000 career points as a junior, cross country, student council, NHS, OHS, and gifted and talented. Her fondest memories from her school days included, spending the summer going to camps with the basketball girls, and making Lexie do hilarious things to strangers. After she graduates she plans to become a Radiology Technologist. 

Katelyn Washburn (Basketball) is the daughter of Becky and James Washburn. She has attended Waurika Schools for two years. Her school activities/awards included, basketball, FCCLA, yearbook, and All-American Cheer. Her fondest memories from her school days were when some of us students were having a war on sarin wrapping, and putting stuff on our vehicles, Boys vs. Girls. (Girls won). After she graduates she plans on going to NOC to cheer and get her degree in English. 

Madison Christian (Manager & Powerlifting) is the daughter of James and Amy King. She has attended Waurika Schools for five years. Her school activities/awards included Powerlifting, softball, cheer, track, and All-American Cheer. Her fondest memories from school days were having Melissa come to school here and having all the friends that I have. After she Graduates she plans on going to the National Guard.

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.

Motivational Speaker Nick Moore Visits School

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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.