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Waurika Crowns Royalty at Band Carnival

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 Saturday, November 3rd was Waurika High School’s annual Band Carnival held at Waurika High School. There were different activities like the ring toss, cake walk, face painting, football, and basketball. Before all the activities were opened up the crowning for King and Queen was held. The students range from Pre-K all the way up to High School. For the Pre-K and Kindergarten age group the Queen was Charleigh Baxter and her King was Jantzey Simmons. For the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade the Queen was Gabi Gunter and the King was Brodi Franco. In the 4th and 5th grade was Queen, Mia Garcia, and King, Tack Reynolds. For the Middle School, the Queen was Trish Julian and the King was Alex Gomez. The Waurika High School Band Carnival Queen is Emily Waid and Band Carnival King was Riley Cronin. 

“We had a great crowd, and these things take help from other people.  I’m proud of how things went this year,”  WHS Band Director Everett Hodges said.

Riley Cronin and Emily Waid are the High School Band King and Queen

 

Alex Gomez and Trish Julian are the Waurika Middle School King and Queen.

 

Charleigh Baxter and Jantzey Simmons won the kindergarten category

 

Gabi Gunter and Brodi Franco won for the lower elementary school category (grades 1-3).
(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. 

Cody Simmons Reflects on the Transition from Principal to Superintendent

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Although he began his student teaching in Waurika back in 2004, his history with Waurika schools goes back further than that. 

His family have deep roots in Jefferson County. 

After beginning his student teaching, he was hired soon thereafter in January of 2005 as the second grade teacher at the Elementary. 

For the past eight years he has served as the Elementary Principal. 

By now, everyone is probably aware that Cody Simmons is the new Waurika Public Schools Superintendent beginning July of this year. 

Over the past couple of weeks the reality of the role has sunk in. 

He says he has been getting more familiar with the high school.

Cody said he recently met with the high school principal and the athletic director. 

He is becoming more familiar with the high school.

The adjustment for him will be managing the overall school system rather than just the Elementary. 

He says he is looking forward to the new experience. 

Simmons says that one of his expectations for the upcoming year is to close the gap between the Elementary and the High School. 

He would like to see the school system be more of a whole than separate parts (Elementary, Middle School, and High School).

During his time as principal, the Elementary has achieved “Blue Ribbon” status. 

That status is determined by the test scores over three consecutive years. 

Simmons is a busy man.

 

Besides being a full time school administrator, he also enjoys mowing yards, working out, and most of all spending time with his family. 

He says right now they are enjoying ball games several nights per week. 

Simmons is also deeply involved in the community.

He was instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Park downtown. 

He is quick to give credit to others who have assisted in the success of the park. 

Craig Williams, he says was gracious to add his professional touch to the landscaping. 

Simmons also attributes the success of the Elementary, including its “Blue Ribbon” status, to the hard work and dedication of the teachers. 

“I feel like the teachers here are all high quality enthusiastic professional teachers. Whenever you surround yourself with [people like ] that good things will happen,” Simmons says .

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. 

Senior Profile: Gavin Fitzgerald

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1.  How do you feel about your last year?

Nervous about going to the navy 

2.  Sum up your school experience?

A lot of fun and working

3.  Activities/organizations you have participated in?

Powerlifting, baseball, votech, auto service

4.  Plans for the future?

Navy

5.  Favorite memory at WHS?

Hanging out with his friends Zach and Cameron

6.  What teacher /class prepared you?

Votech

7.  Give advice to underclassman?

Don’t be stupid, study and learn

8.  Anyone you want to thank?

Teachers and family

9.  Do you have a fear about leaving?

Yes definitely

10.  Are you going to miss being at WHS?

Yes

Waurika and Ryan Baccalaureate Pictures

(l-r) Samantha Horner, Riley Hobbs, Scotty Showalter, Devin Dobbs, Reagan McKelroy, JJ Skinner, Seth Cathey, Emmy Jones, Tyler Grant, Dalee Barrick, Brooklyn Sampley, Katelyn Lindsey, Kamie Gilmore, Braden Woods, and Derick Scott Photo by Curtis Plant
(front row left to right) RIVER WILLIAMS, ABBIE BOLIN, MACKENZIE LEWIS, RANDI LINTON, ASHLEY BURDEN, MORGAN MCGHGHY.
middle row: ANTHONY MUNOZ, CARA WILLIAMS, MICHAEL GORE, TEDDY BROWN, JAMES ELLSBURY, CASSIDY CHARMASSON, DAWSON TOMBERLIN, KAYLYN SELF.
back row: JOSEPH MARTIN, KRIS BRINK, JESSE HELLOMS, CAMRON VILLARREAL, WESLEY CLARK, TATE KIMBRO, TY GARRETT Photo by Sheree Hanson.
Tate Kimbro – Photo by Sheree Hanson.
Dalee Barrick Photo by Curtis Plant
Teddy Brown and Pastor Mghy Photo by Sheree Hanson
Reagan McKelroy
Photo by Curtis Plant
Ricky Phillips
Photo by Sheree Hanson
Michael Bryant and Riley Hobbs
Photo by Curtis Plant
Emily Waid
Photo by Curtis Plant