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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.” 

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.

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. 

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!

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Waurika Student Council

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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 Student Receives Letter From President Trump

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Several students in Jessica Coody’s class at Waurika Middle School sent cards to President Trump recently.

One received a reply.

His name was Jonathan Marlett.

Jessica hopes that more will receive a reply for their efforts from the president. 

FCCLA of Waurika Offers Halloween Safety Instructions

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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.

Waurika and Ryan Students Enjoy the Prom

This past weekend Waurika and Ryan enjoyed their annual proms. Below are the pictures.

Waurika Senior Class.
Photo by Curtis Plant

Ryan Senior Class.
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Waurika Junior Class
Photo by Curtis Plant

Ryan Junior Class
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Ryan’s King and Queen
Joseph Martin & Abbie Bolin
Photo by Sheree Hanson

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.

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.