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Strother Ironman Welding Contest

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Kolby Goff and Isaac Gholson competed in a welding contest last Friday. They placed 3rd , there were 40 teams competing.

Ace Dyer Serves as Principal for the Day

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Ace Dyer served as “Principal” for a day this past Monday. He won the opportunity as a part of a drawing during the Elementary School Carnival. 

 Ace Dyer served as the Principal for the day Monday 

He turns seven today!

It was the luck of the draw at the recent Elementary Carnival that allowed him to serve in the highest office of the Elementary School in Waurika. 

It’s something that only happens once a  year. 

Dyer said they began the day by greeting the kids with Principal and newly appointed Superintendent Cody Simmons. 

After that they went to the gym and had Rise and Shine.

Dyer and Simmons then enjoyed a great breakfast together. 

After their morning meal they went around looking at things that may need improvement at the school. 

He said they looked for cracks in the walls and the condition of the ceiling tiles. 

Dyer said he and Mr. Simmons had to go to the store to get a new radio. 

Dyer looked comfortable setting behind the big desk. He was dressed in a pressed long sleeve shirt and a tie. 

He is in the first grade and its his only time to ever get to serve as Principal for the day. Dyer said he was very lucky because this is the last year that Mr. Simmons will be the Elementary Principal. 

When he grows up he may be a rancher and a principal. Although he said the principal has a lot of work to do. 

At the end of the day they made announcements to all the students. 

It was a great day for Dyer, it’s one he will never forget. 

Patrick Dudley Re-elected as School Board Member

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Election Results

Patrick Dudley 207 votes

Tony Roberts 95 votes

The voters re-elected Patrick Dudley Tuesday.

The early voters last week voted for Dudley with 34 votes to Roberts 9 votes. In absentee voting Roberts garnered 5 votes while Dudley received only 2.

Here are the results precinct by precinct:

Precinct 1

(Waurika Methodist)

Patrick Dudley 71

Tony Roberts   28

Precinct 2 

(Jeffco Fair Bldg)

Patrick Dudley 55

Tony Roberts   40

Precinct 3 (Hastings)

Patrick Dudley 15

Tony Roberts     3

Precinct 4 (Addington)

Patrick Dudley 7

Tony Roberts   4

Precinct 5 (Wau. Sr. Ctr)

Patrick Dudley 10

Tony Roberts    4

Precinct 6 (Ryan)

Patrick Dudley 2

Tony Roberts   0

Precinct 8 (Fair Building)

Patrick Dudley 10

Tony Roberts    2

Precinct 9 (Ringling)

Patrick Dudley  1

Tony Roberts    0

Thunder Reading Challenge

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Ace Dyer, Bella Morrison, and Lundee Brackett are the 1st grade winners for the Thunder Reading challenge for the month of March! 

Waurika Bands Hosts Third Annual February Fiesta

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The Waurika Bands will be hosting their 3rd annual February Fiesta this Sunday at Waurika High School.  A Mexican Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  At 1:30, the Waurika Bands will be featured in a concert.  It will be the first concert for the Waurika Beginning Band.  The High School band will play its OSSAA contest program, as well as some popular tunes, and a grand finale with America the Beautiful, featuring soloist Rylee Townsend.

The dinner will be $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids 10 and under.  It will consist of soft and hard tacos, nachos, and enchiladas.  Rice and beans, chips and salsa, drink, and dessert all come for one low price.

We encourage the community to come out and support our kids in this effort.

Waurika School Enrollment Aug 6,7, & 8

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 Open enrollment for Waurika Elementary is August 6th, 7th, & 8th from 8:30- 12:00.

Enrollment for Waurika Public Schools MS/HS is August 7th & 8th. 9:00 am to 1:00pm for 6th – 8th graders. 5:30 – 7:30 pm for 9th – 12th graders.

Back to School Night for Waurika Elementary is August 13th at 6:00pm.

The elementary school supply list is posted on the school website, waurikaschools.org, under elementary.

The first day of school is August the 15th.

Waurika’s First Day of School

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Photo by Ivy Fitzgerald

Waurika students returned to school this past week to begin another year of education. Below are pictures from that first day!

Photo by Ivy Fitzgerald

Photo by Ivy Fitzgerald

Photo by Ivy Fitzgerald

Photo by Ivy Fitzgerald

Photo by Ivy Fitzgerald

Photo by Ivy Fitzgerald

Photo by Ivy Fitzgerald

Photo by Janell Rochell

Photo by Ivy Fitzgerald

Photo by Janell Rochell

Photo by Janell Rochell

 

Love.Project Comes to Waurika

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 Berkeley Smith (granddaughter of Nick and Rita Foster and the great granddaughter of Bobby Fitzgerald in Waurika) is on a mission. It’s called the Love.Project. 

As a ten year old girl she has become aware of the needs of young women and the challenges they face in public schools when it comes to access to feminine hygiene products during the school day. It can be embarrassing for some girls to have to constantly grab their gym bag or purse before being excused to the rest room during class or perhaps needing to ask a teacher for the needed items if they were not able to bring them from home. 

In order to remedy this dilemma, she came up with the idea of installing cabinets in the ladies rest rooms that could be continually stocked with feminine products and available free of charge. The idea was implemented in her school at Zanies. The idea caught on and now Berkeley is branching out to other schools in the area. 

The Love.Project is now active in Zanies, Healdton, Wilson, and most recently Waurika—her mother’s hometown. Berkeley is the daughter of Jessica Smith, formerly Jessica Foster. She is a 2003 graduate of Waurika. 

The project has also been approved for Tahlequah and Tupelo Oklahoma. 

Niecsa Camarillo will be the project coordinator for Waurika. She is a member of the student council as the Seventh Grade Class President. Niecsa had wanted to start something similar in Waurika before she heard of the Love Project. In the mean time, Berkeley had approached Waurika and gained approval while Mrs. Jessica Cornelison was attempting to make contact with Berkely because she had seen the project on Facebook. Mrs. Cornelison says it was quite a coincidence that the two came together about the same time. 

Berkely would like to see the project reach all the schools in Oklahoma and someday reach schools across the nation. 

In order to raise money the project is selling t-shirts and bracelets. All the proceeds are used to purchase feminine hygiene products to be distributed throughout the schools. There will also be an Amazon wish list to allow local support of the Waurika schools project. Other fund raising efforts will be announced in the near future.

On Facebook search for “Love.Project” for more information. 

Click the link below to help support the Waurika Love.Project!

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2BHFVSTI3WIVD?ref_=wl_share&fbclid=IwAR2EpzQeHG6ChB4Ffk7im5T1I3aK4DTv7VwCpJKIWz-I5F-b0Oeq4gp5vw4

Waurika FCCLA Members Attend LEAD Conference

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On September 12, seven officers from Waurika FCCLA attended the LEAD Conference at the Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton. The state conference provides leadership training for chapter officers. In the morning session, students heard keynote speaker, Rameil Sampson, who informed them how they could be a H.E.R.O. to their chapters by being honest, energizing, reliable and optimistic.

He motivated the group to identify obstacles to reaching their goals and figure out a way to overcome them. The afternoon sessions were hosted by Oklahoma Challenge, a teen traffic safety program, where materials were provided for students to take home and share with their schools. Students enjoyed a traffic trivia game show format that concluded the conference.  Waurika FCCLA Adviser, Mrs. Bruner, said the conference is a great  experience for officers because they come back super motivated to start planning activities for the school year.

The WAEB Cohost Premium Fund Raiser with Waurika FFA and 4H

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Kolt Morrison served at the auctioneer this year for the Waurika FFA fundraiser. Photo by Dalee Barrick

The Waurika Ag Education Boosters (WAEB) collaborated with the Waurika FFA and 4H and hosted a premium fundraiser on Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. This event was assembled in order to raise money for the Waurika 4H and FFA livestock exhibitors at the Jefferson County Premium Sale.

Lexie Streeter

The premium fundraiser was a great success. There was an overwhelming turnout from the community in support of our Waurika Ag youth. A great amount of money was raised, and not one homemade dessert, silent auction item, or handmade fire pit was left after the night was over.

On behalf of the Waurika FFA, Waurika 4H, and WAEB, we would like to thank all the people that participated in making this event as great as it was. We would like to especially thank all the great men that voluntarily prepared the delicious hamburgers. It was a wonderful evening.