Amanda Johnson stood on stage in the Duncan High School auditorium with her fellow Crossman nominees.
And as she listened to Superintendent Sherry Labyer talk about the leadership and teamwork each nominee put forth, she began to realize how fortunate she’s been to be involved at the Duncan High School.
Johnson was recognized with the high school’s top honor, the Crossman Award, during Wednesday’s awards assembly. Johnson is the first female student to win since Samantha Street tied Errick Claud in 2009. She’s the second consecutive class president to win the award.
“I feel very honored to be given the award by my classmates,” Johnson said. “I couldn’t imagine being on stage with anyone else (aside from the other Crossman nominees). They’ve all been my best friends since middle school.”
The Crossman Award was first presented at Duncan High in 1946, when Wade Koeninger was the initial recipient.
State-wide, the award originated during the 1930s, when the Stillwater-based Crossman Insurance Company started the program as a way to recognize a member of the upcoming graduating class.
Crossman Insurance didn’t survive the Great Depression and, over the years, many participating school systems have dropped the award. However, the award remains significant at Duncan because faculty members select the finalists and students elect the winner.
Johnson said the award could have gone to any of the nominees because of their involvement in the school and the Duncan community.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be as involved as I’ve wanted to be,” Johnson said. “Some students have had to get two jobs, have really had to grow up fast. They deserve this honor.”
Johnson was excited about winning the Crossman Award, but said she realizes it signifies only a week left in her senior year. She said graduation will be bittersweet, as she and her friends go their separate ways.
She said the DHS Class of 2012, has been close and is getting even closer as the school year draws to an end.
Throughout high school, Johnson has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations, including student council, Key Club and SADD. She has been class president all four years.
“It’s absolutely incredible,” Johnson said about being involved. “We have a strong group of kids in our grade. Our grade is full of leaders.”
She described the spring 2012 semester as the shortest semester in her high school career. Johnson said the seniors are ready to grow up, but a part of them wishes they could revert back to kindergarten, back to finger-painting.
“It will be difficult to leave this close knit group of kids,” she said
Johnson’s parents, Tim and Amber Johnson, said they’re proud of Johnson’s success and know she will continue to make them proud. Johnson plans to attend the University of Iowa to play golf and to major in international business.
“We’re extremely proud of her,” Amber Johnson said. “She deserves everything she gets.”
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.
Red Dirt Dinos roam the earth at Science Museum Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s largest Cretaceous carnivore and a claw-wielding predator on the hunt are among the life-like dinosaurs at the center of Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure which opened Oct. 14 at Science Museum Oklahoma.
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