Making good grades, getting to basketball regionals, and promoting leadership. Those are a few of the goals that Empire High School’s Class of 2013 have on their lists as they returned to class Monday.
It was the first day of their final year and many seemed excited about what the year holds for them.
Tanner Shorter, who is team captain of the football team and an FFA officer, has aspirations for making it the best year.
“There’s a lot of young people coming up this year, so I’m wanting to show good leadership and pass on that vibe,” he said.
Fellow senior classmate and FFA officer Jesse Riedel, shared feelings about the year and their roles now as leaders.
Riedel hopes to get his siblings involved with the FFA program.
“I want to get my little brothers into FFA,” said Riedel. “It’s bittersweet (heading into the final year).”
Classmate and athlete Marissa Curtis also indicated she is taking on the role of being a leader, knowing that many of the youth will be looking to them for that leadership.
“I want to make regionals in basketball,” said Curtis, who has played for the Lady Bulldogs for the past three years. “In the past years, (the girls) have gotten down on themselves and I want to help lift them up this year.”
Even though they all have set leadership goals for themselves, they also want to have fun their final year.
“Everyone says that your senior year is the fun year,” said Shorter. “I’m excited and just want to get through it and make some decent grades.”
Empire High School Principal Jodie Roberts said she sees this year to be “awesome” based on what she saw Monday as students returned to the school campus.
While there were many factors including the nice weather, the students were a large part of what made the day the smoothest first day of school Roberts has had since she took her current position.
“We have some great kids, we always do and I love them,” said Roberts. “You get invested in them and I’m looking forward to see how they grow and mature.”
As for the Empire class of 2013, they are anticipating a good year and are looking toward the finish line of their secondary educational years. While some are aiming for college, others the work force and some the military, they all want to make good senior year memories.
“A lot of the juniors are my friends,” said Shorter. “ I have my ag teacher, Mr. (Billy) Cheatwood, twice this year. He’s my hero.”
First day enrollment numbers were not available yet for Empire.
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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