A special thanks to Tyler Plant for producing, filming, and editing this video.
On October 26, nineteen Members of Waurika FCCLA traveled to Duncan to attend the South 4 District Leadership Meeting. This years meeting, held at the Simmons Center, was centered around a carnival theme. Around 500 members from 20 schools enjoyed the keynote delivered by hypnotist Johnie Fredman. For their service project, the group donated over 500 needed items to Oklahoma Kids Korral, a home for children battling cancer begun by Toby Keith’s Foundation. Family, Career and Community Leaders is a student organization that focuses on leadership, service and personal
Waurika School Board Hires Bryan Plant as New Teacher and Hires Pat Cook as the New Elementary Principal
It was a bitter sweet meeting for Roxie Terry as he finished his last school board meeting as the Superintendent of Waurika Schools.
He looks forward to retirement. Terry said he wants to enjoy time with his family and friends.
In other business, the school board hired a teacher and a new principal for the Elementary school.
Bryan Plant, a graduate of Waurika, was hired to teach the second grade.
He has taught school at Fox and Elmore City and is looking forward to teaching here in Waurika during the 2018-19 school year.
Pat Cook has been teaching in Waurika Public Schools for the past 16 years. She was hired by the board as the new Elementary Principal.
After the meeting she expressed that she is excited about the upcoming school year and looks forward to working with the students and the teachers.
The board approved a one year contract with Craig Computers for computer maintenance. The contract was approved for around $15,500.00.
The contract for lawn maintenance for the school and the athletic fields was awarded to Joe Masoner.
Allied Lab Inc. of Lawton will handle the drug and alcohol testing for the school during the next term at the same price as last year’s agreement.
Mr. Hodges reported that starting next summer the OSSAA has mandated 9 days around July 4 when coaches can have no contact with athletes. This will allow the coaches and the players to have some time off. Hodges said this is something he voted for and will be good for everyone.
Last but not least, the board approved a new policy allowing the Waurika Schools to add “weighted” classes to the curriculum. This will encourage more students to take challenging classes. (More about that in another issue).
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 Public Schools has selected the Oklahoma State School Boards Association to assist in its search for the next superintendent, and school board members is including the community in the search process.
“Waurika has a lot to offer and we are obligated to our kids and our community to maximize our recruitment efforts in order to find the best candidate,” school board President Kimberly Gholson said. “OSSBA provides an organized plan to accomplish a critical task of obtaining a top leader who will inspire and make a difference in our district.”
The board hosted a community forum on Tuesday. An online survey will be available through March 16 so parents, school employees and other community members can share what qualities they believe are important in the next superintendent. The survey is posted on the school district’s website.
Gholson said board members will use information gathered via the survey and employee forum to help guide its decision making. The board hopes to select a new superintendent in April or May 2018.
Waurika dropped two straight games in the Class A District Tournament at Ringling last Thursday to conclude what has been a tough season.
The Lady Eagles dropped a tough 10-7 decision to Wilson in the first game of the tournament and then were eliminated by Ringling, 11-0.
Ringling took the district title with two straight wins over Wilson, 9-1, and 12-0.
Waurika played one of its better games of the year in the tourney opener against Wilson.
Waurika took the lead in the bottom of the first inning with two runs.
Faith Roberson had a lead off walk and stole second and that was followed by Gracie Walling being hit by a pitch.
F. Roberson stole home to give the Lady Eagles a 1-0 edge and then Walling scored on Landry Forsyth’s bases-loaded hit by pitch. That put Waurika ahead, 2-0, but the Lady Eagles left the bases loaded without scoring another run.
Wilson took the lead in the top of the second with four runs and carried a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the third inning.
Waurika moved back in front in the third with three runs.
Brooklyn Barnes got things started by being hit by a pitch and Forsyth followed with another hit by pitch.
After two outs, F. Roberson managed a walk to load the bases. Walling slapped a double to center field that cleared the bases and gave Waurika a 5-4 advantage after three innings.
Wilson moved back in front with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, but Waurika answered with a couple of scores to regain the lead in the bottom of fifth.
Hope Cummings led off the rally with a single and stole second. She eventually scored by stealing home to tied the game.
Walling picked up her third hit of the game and came around to score on Madison Roberson’s two-bagger to left field that put Waurika back in front, 7-6.
Wilson came from behind with a run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to secure the win and Waurika could not answer in the final two frames.
Walling finished the game for the Lady Eagles with a 3-for-4 performance, three runs batted in and two runs scored.
In the second game of the tourney, Waurika had no answers for Ringling. The Lady Blue Devils scored four runs in the first inning, added one in the second, five in the third inning and one in the fourth frame to get the win in four innings.
The Lady Eagles could muster only two hits in the game by Kaci Reynolds and M. Roberson.
In the final regular season game a week ago Tuesday, Waurika outslugged winless Temple, 16-7, on the Lady Tigers’ home diamond.
Waurika jumped out on top of Temple with three runs in the first.
F. Roberson led off the game with a walk and moved to second when Walling reached on an error.
Destiny Barnes followed with a double to score F. Roberson and Walling followed with a score on M. Roberson’s RBI-ground out. D. Barnes came around to score giving Waurika 3-0 advantage and the Lady Eagles left two runners stranded.
Temple answered the Waurika uprising with a pair of runs to cut the margin to 3-2 after the first inning.
The Lady Eagles took control of the contest in the top of the third inning with five runs.
B. Barnes reached base after being hit by a pitch and she advanced to second on Forsyth’s free pass. Olivia Ralls was also hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Cummings reached on an error that scored B. Barnes. Forsyth, Ralls and Cummings each stole home for three more runs.
F. Roberson followed with a walk and eventually scored on another Temple error that put Waurika on top, 8-2.
Waurika added to the lead in the fourth inning.
Reynolds led off the inning by reaching on an error. Tallin Mora was the courtesy runner and advanced to third on walks by B. Barnes and Ralls.
Cummings was hit by a pitch that forced Mora home. Grace Hill, who ran for Ralls, and Cummings scored on Walling’s two-run single. Alayna Stallcup picked up an RBI-single that scored F. Roberson who had reached on a fielder’s choice.
The four-run rally put Waurika in front 12-2 and Temple was in danger of being run-ruled.
The Lady Tigers answered the challenge, however, and managed to score five runs in the bottom of the fourth to trim the Waurika lead to 12-7.
Waurika was not going to let this one slip away. The Lady Eagles answered the Temple rally with four more runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Two hit batsmen and a walk loaded the bases for the Eagles. B. Barnes scored on a fielder’s choice. Ralls and Cummings scored on F. Roberson’s two-run single to left.
Temple could not score and the game ended by the run rule.
Walling led the Lady Eagles at the plate with two hits in five at-bats. F. Roberson scored four times and Cummings scored three runs
M. Roberson picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Eagles.
Four Lady Eagles – D. Barnes, Madison Christian, Ralls and M. Roberson played their final games for the Lady Eagles in the district tournament.
Waurika finishes the season with a 3-18 mark, but the Lady Eagles showed marked improvement in the final couple of weeks of the season.
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
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.
Members of the FCCLA were invited to a Tea provided by the Oklahoma Home and Community Educators along with the Friends of the Waurika Library in appreciation for the time and energy the FCCLA has donated to the community.
A donation from the OHCE was also given to the FCCLA.
Members of OHCE & Friends of the Library include Pat McGriff, Carolyn Watkins, Star Herron, Deb Ferrar, June Griffin, Orbie Smith, Vicki Etheridge, Melicia McFadden, Darren Biby, Tara Brown, Frances Hall.
The 2019-2020 FCCLA Members include:
Bobby Aldape – local
Angel Garcia – local
Riley Howell – local
Liberti Simmons – local
Treyton Torrez – local
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.