Since the beginning of the school year, Duncan Middle School has taken a more active role in counteracting bullying.
On Thursday, the middle school sixth and eighth-graders gathered in the Simmons Center Theatre to hear a presentation about bullying. Those grades were chosen because of the sixth-graders being new to the middle school and the eighth-graders preparing to move to the high school level. Next year will capture this year’s seventh-graders who will be teamed with this year’s fifth-graders.
Country singer and songwriter Kylie Morgan led the program, talking to students about various types of bullying and the harm it can cause.
“If you see someone bullying and you don’t do something, you’re saying it’s OK,” Morgan said.
She opened the program by playing a video of her song “Phoebe,” which is about a girl who committed suicide because of bullying. Morgan even admitted to being bullied herself.
Morgan said the best way to do something about bullying it to tell an adult who can help. She said it’s important for youths to keep an open dialogue on bullying because it can help rectify a situation.
In addition to talking about bullying, Morgan also answered questions from the students.
Among the question was one about why bullies start bullying. Morgan said many bullies have been bullied themselves, whether by a parent, a sibling or another student. And bullying becomes a way for them to act out.
Morgan said bullying can be a simple as talking behind someone’s back or messaging them online.
“We need to boost them up,” she said. “We need to build up their confidence.”
She discussed her anti-bully project, where students can take a pledge and a stand against bullying. The program, titled “It Matters What We Do,” is named for one of Morgan’s songs.
Morgan said it takes people standing against bullying to make a difference. She said one of the perks to talking to students about bullying is having some self-proclaimed bullies telling her they’re done with bullying.
Toward the end of the program, Morgan and her band performed a short set for the students. Some of the songs included anti-bullying themes.
“Think about the impact you can make,” Morgan said.
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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.
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Duncan High yearbook team proves they’re ‘smoking hot’
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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.
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