This year’s student council is putting forth an effort to help the victims of the Hurricane Michael in Florida. Any kids or adults can participate in this school supply drive. We are collecting school supplies to help all those who lost everything to get back into learning. Shelly Morgan, a high school graduate from Waurika in 2001, lives in the impacted region in Florida and is helping to organize relief efforts. Her mom Lupe Edwards, an employee at WES, is going to drive all the supplies to Florida during the Thanksgiving break. The supplies that will be taken up there will be pencils, paper, crayons, notebooks, and other school supplies. They will try their best to help these kids back into their routine. The faster they start learning the happier and better they’ll be. Currently, students in the impacted area of Florida are having school in transportable pods to get them back to a classroom setting. Some of the members helping thrive this supply drive are student council members, Gatlin Black a senior, Landry Forsyth a sophomore, and Madison Roberson a senior. They say they are happy to help and want all the support and care for these kids. Anybody who wants to donate to this school supply drive is welcome to do so. See Magen Allen or Jessica Cornelison at Waurika High School. Students were asked to have supplies turned in by November 14th, but donations will be accepted until Friday, November 16th. The student council appreciates everyone who donates.
Waurika first grade students are participating in the Oklahoma City Thunder Reading Challenge. We are proud to announce Landon Brackett and Juan Garcia are the winners for the month of January!
by Katelyn Washburn and EagleTalk staff
WHS Senior softball players played their last home game Tuesday, September 11 against the Ryan Cowgirls. While the game ended in a loss for the Lady Eagles, the team still celebrated by recognizing its four senior players: Destiny Barnes, Madison Christian, Olivia Ralls, and Madison Roberson.
Barnes has played softball for WHS since she was a freshman, and has mixed emotions about the season coming to an end. “I am happy it is our last home game and upset we lost. I’m kind of sad that it is over.” Christian agreed, stating “I’m happy that it was the last home game, but sad we lost, and [the season] is almost over. The game didn’t go as well as we wanted.”
As is true with most events during a senior year, senior Lady Eagles girls had mixed emotions about the season wrapping up. Olivia Ralls was also happy that it was their last home game, but added, “I’m sad knowing that I will never be able to play again.”
Madison Roberson summed it up best, saying, “It was sad, but a good night. We may have lost, but we all were in high spirits and that’s really all that matters to me in softball.”
Head softball coach Sloan Roberson spoke fondly of the four Lady Eagles who will be leaving WHS after this school year. “Our last home game was awesome,” Coach Roberson stated. “We honored four seniors for their hard work and dedication during their years of softball.”
Two of the seniors, Madison Roberson and Destiny Barnes, were career Lady Eagles. “Madison Roberson was a 4 year starter for the Lady Eagles and a huge asset to the team. She held pitcher, catcher 3rd base, 2nd base and short stop duties throughout her career. She also had the one of the highest batting averages on the team for each of the four years.
Destiny Barnes was also a 4 year starter for the Lady Eagles. She was a huge asset on the mound. She was penned the name ‘Hoover’ for her amazing skills at 3rds base as well,” Coach Roberson stated.
Roberson also spoke well of the two seniors who came to WHS in the middle of their high school softball careers.
“Madison Christian played for the Lady Eagles for 3 years. She was always there to root for her teammates and did anything and played any position she was asked. She was an amazing center fielder and was always there with a positive attitude.
“Olivia Ralls was a 2 year Lady Eagle softball player. She came to us from Texas and was always willing to give 110% every time she stepped on the field. We will miss her enthusiasm and team spirit”
Waurika High School has selected Aaron Nitka and Madison Roberson as this year’s Mr. WHS and Ms. WHS.
The first runner up in each category were Gatlin Black and Emily Waid.
The second runner up in each category were Seth Waid and Kylie Waters.
The third runner up in each category were Turner Mora and Lily Jones
This month the Waurika FFA has been very busy! Members have participated in the Jefferson County Free Fair, Ag in the Classroom Reading Program, and the officer team attended the 2019 C.O.L.T. conference. Several members attended all activities. The Ag in the Classroom activity consisted of Waurika Ag. Education students reading to the classes at Waurika Elementary School. Everyone had a great time and are ready to continue being active.
He can solve a Rubik’s Cube in about a minute, hit a pop-fly to center field, and this coming fall he will be playing on the field at Oklahoma State University as a member of the Cowboy marching band.
Although he was born in Houston, Texas, Michael Bryant, Jr. has attended school here in Waurika his whole life.
He has participated in band, football, baseball, the academic team, FFA, the Beta Club, and is a member of the National Honor Society.
So why did he try out for the OSU marching band? It’s not because one of his favorite colors is orange.
The simple answer is that he has a deep love for music. Two of his favorite genres is country and classic rock from the vinyl era.
Although he can play the tuba, he favors the trumpet because of its versatility.
Bryant tried out for a place in the marching band back in February and was informed the day of the try out that he had been accepted.
He will attend band camp a week before the official move-in date in order to prepare for the marching season.
He says his most memorable moments while attending Waurika High School are the times he competed with the band at state competitions.
Even though he has many accolades and achievements under his belt, some of the qualities he possesses that makes him memorable among members of the community is his genuineness, maturity, and ability to communicate with people from all levels of society.
His plans are to major in Agriculture and possibly go on to become a Veterinarian.
Whatever he chooses to do in life he will go far.