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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Waurika and Ryan FCCLA Banquets

Waurika and Ryan recently held their annual FCCLA Banquets.

Waurika FCCLA Banquet

The Annual FCCLA Awards Banquet was held on April 17.  This year’s banquet theme was “It’s a Shore Thing” and followed a nautical theme.  Tables were decorated with a variety of nautical items, a lighthouse mural and nautical flags were hung, and a “Seas the Day” bulletin board completed the scene. Following a meal with fish donated by Bill’s Catfish, members and their guests enjoyed a slide show which highlighted activities carried out by FCCLA this year.  Adviser Suzy Bruner presented awards to members and Senior Brooklyn Sampley presented the FCCLA “Salutes” Award to Principal Nat Lunn as a show of thanks for the support he has shown the group.

 Awards were given to:

2017-18 Officers  

Pres. – Nicole Burton

VP of Service-Hope Cummings

VP of Fundraising-Brooklyn Sampley

Treasurer- Brooklyn Barnes

Sec. – Braden Woods

Reporter – Hannah Owens

Historian – Gabi Torrez

 

FCCLA Competitive Events 

Mallory Adkins – Creed Speaking, 2nd place district

Kaytlyn Williams – New member Facts Test, 2nd place district

Hope Cummings and Brooklyn Barnes – Illustrated Talk over “Mean Girls”, 2nd place district

Brooklyn Sampley – Focus on Children over nutrition, 3rd place regionals

 

Top Salesman, Tom Watt

1st year member Trinity Barnes sold $306.50. 

 

Top Salesman, Cookie Dough

Jr. Hayden Brown sold $208.  

 

Top Five Members

The Top Five Member award is decided by the participation points that are kept throughout the year.  

Mallory Adkins – 1st yr member

Trinity Barnes-1st yr member

Landry Forsyth – 1st year member

Grace Hill -1st yr member

Kaytlyn Williams – 1st year member

 

 Service Award

The FCCLA Service Award is presented to a member who has earned more points by participating in service projects than any other member.  

8th grader Kaytlyn Williams

Senior Recognition  

Kamie Gilmore (1st yr member)

Reagan McKelroy (1st yr member)

Brooklyn Sampley (3rd yr member)

Braden Woods (5 yr member)

Ryan FCCLA Banquet

Ryan elected their new officers for 2018-2019: Laken DeBoard, Holland Carter, Haley Poage, Keylee Switzer, Juliett Spangler, Tawny Vanover, Lilly York, and Emilee Martin

They also recognized fundraisers top sellers: Haley Poage, Emilee Lowry, & Liberti Sewell

2018-2019 officers: Laken DeBoard, Holland Carter, Haley Poage, Keylee Switzer, Juliett Spangler, Tawny Vanover, Lilly York, and Emilee Martin
Photo by Sheree Hanson
top sellers: Haley Poage, Emilee Lowry, & Liberti Sewell
Photo by Sheree Hanson
Senior Morgan McGhgy
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Karlee Berthaiume is Waurika’s 2018 Salutatorian

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 She has become a familiar face on the sidelines at the Waurika football games where she took award winning sports photos of the Eagles in action.  

As a matter of fact, that’s one of the fondest memories she holds dear of her time at Waurika high school and what she will miss the most. 

She loves photography – it’s her favorite hobby.

When she is not taking pictures she is reading. Her favorite genre is interesting fiction, preferably romance. 

Karlee has attended Waurika public schools all her life. 

Besides being a member in the Oklahoma Honor Society, she is also a member of Gifted and Talented as well as the Beta Club and the National Honor Society.

She is grateful for the teachers who have taken time out of their lives to help her become who she is. 

She loves the color purple and just about any kind of music. 

She has already taken six hours of college and would encourage others to take concurrent classes to prepare for their future collegiate careers. 

During high school she was involved in scholastic meets, the high school newspaper, the yearbook, fast-pitch softball, and Skills USA.

She recently passed her cosmetology boards after completing 1000 hours of instruction.

Karlee has served her peers as a leader in many different organizations.

She has served as a treasurer for Beta Club, reporter for the National Honor Society, vice-president of her senior class, and editor of the yearbook. 

Karlee has also volunteered her time at VBS and Sunday School, assisting younger children.

Karlee has received many awards during her high school years. 

Some of these awards include a distinguished merit for online news reporting, excellent sports photo, superior online news photo, academic award for English II and English III, Skills USA local second place hair and second place make-up. 

Karlee also has a strong work ethic. 

She has worked during the summers at the reading program offered by the Waurika Library and is employed by the Duncan AMC Movie theater.

Working at the theater is very enjoyable for her. She loves being able to see the latest movies for free. 

She will continue working at the theater while taking summer courses as well as her fall semester at Cameron University. By the spring semester she will already be classified as a sophomore. 

Her goal is to finish her degree in three years. She says she is on a fast track and will take classes year around to accomplish her goal.

She plans on majoring in Elementary Education. 

She was inspired by her grandmother Bertha Bersherse, who was a long-time Elementary teacher at Waurika. 

She likes the idea of helping to shape and mold the minds of future generations. 

Education is something she talks about with a gleam in her eye. 

It’s something she feels called to do. 

Karlee will do well as an educator. She is great with kids. One day she will help inspire young people to be the best they can possibly be. 

We wish her well! 

Waurika High School students receive science and technology award

 Science teachers from across the state and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) are honored for the April 2018 Oklahoma Science & Technology Month. Students nominated by their teachers will receive certificates of recognition signed by Governor Mary Fallin and OCAST Executive Director Michael Carolina.

The annual event is designed to showcase Oklahoma’s outstanding students who excel in STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students from each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties have been recognized during the special observance since its inception 24 years ago.

The students being  honored, however, are not aware of the awards and will not receive their certificates until the awards assembly later this month. 

The following teachers and students are local participants being honored:

TEACHER

Deborah McGhee

STUDENTS

Landry Forsyth, 9th Grade Physical Science

Hannah Owens, 9th Grade Physical Science

Sara Ballard, 10th Grade Biology

Nicole Burton, 10th Grade Biology

Aaron Nitka, 11th Grade Chemistry

Dalee Barrick, 12th Grade Chemistry

Science & Technology Month is an opportunity to promote education in science and technology related courses and to emphasize the importance of these fields to Oklahoma’s economy.

“We all know the students who excel in the math and sciences now will be the innovators who will lead the way for our future. It is incumbent upon us to do everything we can to encourage, teach, remove barriers and find a way for our students to achieve levels of greatness that will drive the industry of tomorrow,” said Carolina. 

OCAST is the state’s technology-based economic development agency created in 1987 to expand and diversify Oklahoma’s economy and foster new and higher quality jobs. For more information about OCAST or Science & Technology Month in Oklahoma, contact OCAST at 866-265-2215 or visit the web site at www.ocast.ok.gov.

Senior Profile: Gatlin Black

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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.”

Five Students from Waurika Band Qualify for Contest

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Five students from the Waurika Band recently qualified for the OSSAA State Solo and Ensemble contest.  These High School students, along with 3 other middle school students, all made Superior ratings on their solos or ensembles at the District contest held February 17th at Lawton MacArthur High School.

Riley Hobbs and Michael Bryant, WHS Seniors, both played solos from memory and got Superior ratings.  Hope Cummings, Regena Bradley, and Brooklyn Barnes, all freshmen, played a Clarinet ensemble and also made a I rating.  These will play at Stillwater in April at the State contest.

In addition, seventh grader Karlee Brinson made a Superior on a bells solo.  Mallory Adkins, on flute, and Chloe Adkins, on trumpet, also made Superior ratings.  Kaytlyn Williams, an 8th grade flutist, Mackenzie Horton, and Hannah Lamons, 7th grade trumpet players, made Excellent ratings.

Band Director Everett Hodges, in his 11th year at Waurika Schools, said, “Five making it to State is our biggest number in several years.  These students all put in extra work and it shows what that can bring as a result.”

Waurika FCCLA Attends State Convention

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Sixteen members of Waurika FCCLA have recently returned from the 72nd annual Oklahoma State FCCLA Convention.  The meeting was held on April 12, 2018, in the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. This year’s theme was “Leadership Land” and followed a “breaking news” newscast format.  Students received a great motivational message from well-known keynote speaker, Hoan Do. “He equipped the students with skills for keeping a positive attitude, defeating negative self-talk and flexing their courage muscle with his fun, uplifting ‘That was Whack’ talk”, according to Suzy Bruner, Waurika FCCLA Adviser.  Waurika students also attended a break-out session with Do where they mixed with other members and got practice refining goals.  FCCLA is a vocational student organization that is open to students who are taking, or have taken, a Family and Consumer Science class.  It focuses on personal and career development skills, such as leadership, decision making and character development. 

FCCLA Helps with Regional Food Bank

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Twenty-five members of Waurika FCCLA traveled to Oklahoma City on September 28 to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  The group was assigned to pack food items for the Back for Kids program.  While there, they packaged over 600 bags, or over 2,000 pounds of food.  Waurika Public Schools benefits from the Back Pack for Kids program.  The students said they enjoyed volunteering and knowing that their efforts will benefit Waurika school children.

Dalee Barrick is one of Waurika’s Valedictorians

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Dalee Barrick is one of the Valedictorians of this year’s senior class of Waurika. 

Barrick has a deep love for agriculture. 

She will be attending Oklahoma State University and majoring in agricultural communications. 

Her time serving in her church and spending time with her friends from her youth group at the Waurika Church of Christ is really important to her.

Barrick loves to sing and has participated at the state talent competition for both Beta Club and FFA. 

She recently received the Outstanding Freshman English composition Award from Cameron University. 

When asked about her favorite memories from high school she replied, “I suppose my favorite memories from high school weren’t necessarily at the school itself. Through these last four years, I have developed deep friendships with the people in my Church of Christ youth group. We have spent many nights doing anything from studying the Bible to playing cards and roasting marshmallows in my back yard. I have never been a student with gobs of friends. However, the friends I have are true ones. You can’t beat that.”

She has been a member of the academic team, Oklahoma honor society, FFA, Student council, national honor society, cross-country, power-lifting, and track. She also has participated in the drama club play. 

Barrick has served as a student council representative, class officer, Waurika FFA Jr. Officer, National Honor Society president, Beta Club vice-president, FFA president, and editor of both the Eagle Yearbook and the Eagle Talk Newspaper. As our readers know, she is also a frequent contributor to the Waurika News Journal & The Ryan Leader.

Besides that she has also served as a member of the speech team and co-captain of the academic team. 

Her academic awards include English 1, physical science, and algebra 1, and third place in creed speaking.

Her accomplishments in the livestock show arena include  Grand Champion heifer at the Waurika Livestock show, Breed Champion heifer at the Jefferson County Livestock show,  second in class Maintener Heifer State Fair, first place OYE Futurity Show and second place in the opening and closing ceremonies for FFA. 

Barrick has completed classes at Cameron University while finishing her Senior Year at Waurika. 

When asked about her favorite genre of music she states, “I can listen to just about anything. When it comes down to it, I think I’d have to say it’s a pretty even tie between 80’s – 90’s country and anything Frank Sinatra ever sang. Two completely different sounds, but I love them!”

She doesn’t necessarily have a favorite color. She says, “When I was younger, I thought my favorite color was purple, but now that I’m older I can’t say I have a favorite color necessarily. They all have a purpose, so I guess I love them all!”

To the younger students says, “I pray that the students of Waurika below me find their place just as I did. Join a school club, do your best in class, and let God be in your life. I can assure you if I hadn’t had done these things, I don’t know where I’d be.”

Dalee Barrick will enjoy a fruitful and successful collegiate experience. 

Her desire to serve God and her fellowman will be assets that will carry her far in life. 

Jefferson County Livestock Exhibitors Host Pancake Dinner at Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Photo by Kylie Waters

The Jefferson County Fairground was packed Thursday, Feb. 15th with people from all around the county to enjoy a great pancake dinner. This dinner, consisting of pancakes, sausage, and bacon, was a fundraiser for the Jeff Co. livestock exhibitors. All the proceeds will be used to supply the meal for the Waurika and Ryan Premium Banquet.

Emily Waid, Seth Waid, Lexie Streeter
Photo by Kylie Waters

The Waurika FFA would like to thank the members that attended and helped as well as the Waurika 4H and Ryan FFA and 4H members that got involved. There were also countless volunteers that helped prepare and serve the meal. The fundraiser would not have been what it was without these people helping.
The Waurika Local show will kick off this Thursday at the Jeff Co. Fairgrounds at 1:00 p.m. with the “teacher showmanship” competition. We hope to see you there in support of our local livestock exhibitors!

Riley Hobbs
Photo by Kylie Waters

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.

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