Job Well Done

Taylor Gardner, Bryce Rowland, Sarah Fulton, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma Director of Development Kandy Parsons and Meredith McCasland congratulate each other on a successful assembly for the Wish Inferno. The goal of the Wish Inferno is to raise $7,000.

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

Despite much planning, it was the unexpected that made the event worthwhile.

Taylor Gardner and Bryce Rowland have been working to give life to the Wish Inferno, which is an offshoot of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. On Wednesday, an assembly took place in the Duncan High School Auditorium to give students insight into the program and to provide entertainment as a way to raise money.

The goal of the Wish Inferno is to raise $7,000 for 8-year-old Jordan Stewart, whose wish was to take a trip to Disney World.

“It’s not our limit,” Gardner said. “It’s just out goal.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation raises money to support children with life threatening illnesses. The guest speaker for the event was Kandy Parsons, director of development for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma.

“When you grant a wish, you effect not only the child but the entire family,” Parsons said.

Part of the way through the assembly, the student council members received news about the campaign. The Thomas McCasland, Family and Trust agreed to match what the youths raised this week, up to $3,500, which is half of the goal.

Meredith McCasland called her father during the program to see if the foundation would be willing to match. When the match was approved, Rowland headed straight to the podium to make the announcement.

Rowland said the additional funding will help reach the goal, but the student council will continue its fundraising efforts. Whatever money is raised above the $7,000 mark will continue to go toward Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma to help grant other children’s wishes.

During the program, students volunteered to eat interesting things for the entertainment of the crowd. Two students downed live goldfish.

Other odd appetizers included two freshmen racing to eat lemons, two sophomores racing to drink egg yolks, two juniors seeing who could actually swallow a spoonful of cinnamon and two seniors licking peanut butter off opposing sides of a clear piece of plastic.

SPAM also played a role in another competition. Two buckets were carried around to collect money to see if Matthew Terry, DHS coach, or Rachel Terry, ACE remediation instructor, would be dining on the ham product. The bucket with the most money determined the who would eat the SPAM.

As it turned out, Rachel Terry’s bucket collected more money, which meant Matthew Terry had to eat the canned meat.

Gardner said she was happy with how the program went and was impressed with the number of students who were willing to pay to get into the event.

“It was spectacular,” Gardner said. “Words can’t describe how I feel.

“There were more students here than I predicted.”

Rowland said Gardner and he were working on the project from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. to get ready for the assembly. Gardner has been working with Parsons for a year on the Wish Inferno and brought Rowland in to help.

Gardner said the student council members have been a big asset to the program. She said other people have also been

“There are a few people who have committed time who aren’t part of student council,” Gardner said.

— Derrick Miller is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 160, or via e-mail at

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