Duncan High School students love Mike Taylor.
And they proved that love by raising $20,471.20 through Leggo Week, a week-long fundraising effort headed by the DHS Student Council. The goal is to use the money to buy a van with a wheelchair lift for Taylor to use.
This is the second year for Leggo Week. Last year, money raised went toward the construction of the new Stephens County Youth Shelter. This year, the student council members chose a more personal cause — their friend, Taylor.
“It was very appreciated,” Taylor said. “It was great.”
While Taylor did feel a bit overwhelmed at times by his popularity with the student body, he was touched by the generosity of his peers. Taylor is a junior at Duncan High School, who has mobility issues that keep him wheelchair bound most of the time.
Taylor recently underwent surgery on his legs in hopes to gain more mobility and started rehab last week. For now, when he’s at school, he uses a motorized wheelchair. The van with lift would help transport the wheelchair to him home.
“I’ve had a hard time balancing school work and learning to walk,” Taylor said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to walk more. That’s my life-long goal.”
Leggo Week was a welcome back for Taylor, following his absence from school. This is partly why Monday kicked off the fundraising.
Taylor had fun during Leggo Week, and he realized how much work had gone into the project. Student Council members began planning the fundraiser toward the end of 2012.
“Like always, it’s very interesting,” Taylor said of Leggo Week. “They enjoy it. They always do.
“I don’t want it to be too much like work for them. Then they wouldn’t enjoy it as much.”
Although Taylor had a lot on his mind during the week, from school work to Leggo Week to his rehab, he has also been working toward the regional competition through the DHS Drama Department.
Taylor was slated to compete in competition Saturday. His competition piece was a domestic extemporaneous piece where he talks up to seven minutes about current news, after selecting a topic from several choices.
As with Leggo Week, Taylor is excited to see where the drama competition will lead.
“I could move on to state,” he said.
Results from the regional competition will be available in an upcoming edition of The Banner.
Student Council raises funds to help Mike Taylor
Duncan High School students love Mike Taylor.
Duncan, Comanche, Marlow, Central High, Bray-Doyle, Empire and Velma-Alma schools are closed for Monday March 3.
Empire FFA champions
The Waurika P.I. recently held its annual FFA Opening Ceremonies contest at the First Baptist Church in Marlow. Chapters from Stephens and Jefferson County competed for first place and an opportunity to attend the state contest in Stillwater.
Seventeen teams competed with four coming back for the finals. The Empire FFA ninth grade team came out on top. Team members were Cale Schreiner, Anna Mitchell, Luke Davis, Alexia Newman, Ryley Dumas and Blake Cheatwood.
Greenhand quiz finalists
Ryley Dumas of the Empire FFA chapter and Ryan Kerr of the Duncan FFA chapter were two of 50 high school freshmen FFA members from across Oklahoma to qualify for the state finals of the Greenhand Quiz Career Development event held Oct. 21 on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
Central High FFA attends National Convention
Central High FFA attends National FFA Convention
A group of 11 students and five adults from Central High left the Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 30 on their journey to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ken.
Duncan High yearbook team proves they’re ‘smoking hot’
Deadlines, staff meetings and presentations are only a few of the reasons the Duncan High School Smoke Rings yearbook staff were awarded with Sweepstakes for the second consecutive year.
This year’s yearbook “Smoke Rings” and newspaper “Demon Pitchfork” staff attended Fall Media Monday, hosted by Oklahoma Scholastic Media, on Nov. 4 at the University of Oklahoma. Staff members had their choice of various sessions to attend throughout the first part of the day, then awards were announced for the 2012-13 yearbooks.
Schools receive A-F report cards
Most school districts may not be happy about the results of the A-F grading system released Wednesday.
The Duncan School District received a D+, a grade it shares with the Comanche, Empire and Velma-Alma school districts. Those grades make up half of the school districts in Stephens County.
Other county results included Grandview with a C, Bray-Doyle with a C+, Marlow with a B- and Central High with an A. Central High was the only school district to receive an A last year.
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Teacher of the Year candidates
Nine Duncan teachers were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Duncan School District. And in two weeks one will be selected as Teacher of the Year.
These nine teachers are this year’s teacher of the year nominees. They include Christy Jarboe, Emerson Elementary; Kyle McPherson, Plato Elementary; Cindy Millirons, Woodrow Wilson Elementary; Michelle Spurgin, Mark Twain Elementary; Amy Benton, Horace Mann Elementary; Tammy Bennett, Duncan Middle School; and Denise Clark and Lisa Snider, Duncan High School.
DHS Band places eighth in OBA contest
Duncan High School Band’s marching season is drawing to a close. And for its final contest, the band placed eighth overall, while giving what Band Director Jeramy Haas referred to as its best performance.
The band competed in the Oklahoma Band Association (OBA) contest Oct. 26 in Mustang. The contest featured 4A and 5A high school bands from around the state. And the DHS Band was one of the competing bands to make it to finals.
Otha Grimes Scholarship benefits 10 nursing students
Ten Red River Technology Center Practical Nursing students were recently awarded the fall Otha Grimes Scholarship by the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation.
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