Monthly Archives: October 2009

Webster on lockdown

By Heather Taylor

Staff Writer

At approximately 2:55 p.m. on Oct. 30, Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School went on lockdown after at least one shot was fired toward the school, Gary Rudick, Tulsa Public Schools Campus Chief of Police, said.

Chief  Rudick also informed that it was unclear as to whether the shots were fired at students or the building itself. 

“The allegation is that it’s a shotgun, but it’s hard to say,” Chief Rudick said when asked about the weapon.

Webster Assistant Principal Mike Crase added that the shooter was not a Webster student.

Mr. Crase continued by saying that the teachers, security and administration acted very quickly to secure the safety of all the students at Webster.

 The lockdown ended at approximately 3:40 p.m. when students were released to go to their seventh period.

“As of Monday, 11-2, the students and faculty should feel as safe as they did prior to the incident,” Mr. Crase said.

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Creative Writing Contest

A NOTE FROM THE JUDGE, ARTRA RICE:

I chose this piece because I admired the transition that was made in the piece. When I say transition, I am speaking of when she talks about how her life has changed. Also, I admire the way she appreciated where she was then and where she is now. Cierra Wilson’s maturity and resilience are eye-opening and encourage others to keep constructively moving through life, as she has.

More interesting Creative Writing pieces from our first monthly contest will be up on our Web site soon! We are looking for many more Creative Writing pieces. The next deadline is Nov. 17. For more information, or to submit an entry, contact the Webster Weekly at websterweekly@gmail.com.

Where I’m From

By Cierra Wilson 

I am from pork chops and fried chicken.

From warm Christmas days,

To holy Christian Sundays.

I am from hard-working women,

Who never ask for anything.

From spring cleaning,

To Wednesday family night singing.

From sharing a queen bed,

From having one car

To now nice owned duplex,

To three brand new cars

From being poor, and now sharing

Our blessings

I am from a back stabbing family,

To just we can make it on our own.

From cold-hearted people

To gang related crimes

From crying to laughing

From nothing to finally having

Something

I am from Victrice, Haylee, and Valarie

From friends who always care

From Ayanna, Keaucha, and Keaunna

A family that I know will always be there

I am from my mother’s back bone

To knowing I will always be a strong

Black woman

I am from Christ

The man who has blessed me my whole life

I am from rain to sunshine

And I will be from a weed

To a beautiful well-grown tree.

Keeping schools safe

By Felicia Hill

Staff Writer

The school administration at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet School does a lot to keep the students safe.

Webster’s Assistant Principal Michael Crase said that his goal is “to create an environment when the students enter the school building they can feel safe and won’t have to fear for their safety.”

Webster’s administration has made a lot of changes this school year in order to keep the students protected.

“We have implemented new procedures that address safety in regard to the dress code, setting boundaries at lunch and raising expectations for academic performance,” Mr. Crase said.

Tulsa Police Officer Gary Pitts also helps keep Webster students safe.

Officer Pitts said, “My sole purpose for becoming a police officer is to serve and protect.”

Officer Pitts has been a TPD officer for 21 years; he recently retired from the police force to assist TPS five months ago.

“My most challenging moment at Webster was getting to know the students. It’s still rough, but I think 85 percent of the students trust me. The other 15 percent I’m still working on.”

Knia Walton, a 16-year-old Webster junior, stated that she feels like the administration is doing a “fabulous” job with keeping the students safe.

However, Walton said she feels as if the school needs more help to make the students feel more secure. “It would be nice if we had more officers like Mr. Pitts around here.”

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Webster football player spotlight

By Antonio Dean

Staff Writer

Jakii Moore

Position: Wide Receiver/Cornerback

Age: 15

Grade: 10

Football stats (through the first seven games): 17 receptions, 340 receiving yards, 4 offensive touchdowns, 1 defensive touchdown, 33 tackles and 3 interceptions

Best moment this season: Moore said his best moment this year was when he caught the winning touchdown against Muldrow.

Football experience: Moore said that he has a lot of experience in football, mostly from his older brother, but that he is learning more every day.

Football career goals: Moore said he wants to make it to a Division One college and then go pro.

Future academic goals: Moore said he plans to attend college and get his masters degree, then go pro.

How he got to where he is today: Moore said he wouldn’t be where he is today without his family, friends and coaches pushing him to be the best of his ability.

Player stats courtesy of Coach James Harper

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The Academic Team sees success

By Destiny Rice

Staff Writer

The Academic Team at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School has been very successful this school year. They’ve had three meets so far: wins against Central and Rogers and a loss against Hale.

The team will have seven meets total, plus three tournaments. Their captains are Webster seniors Shaylynne Shanks and Jessica Richardson.

Academic Team Sponsor Patricia Pegues said, “It’s very competitive.” She also said that she loves teaching the Academic Team and that she expects her kids to be good.

Mrs. Pegues said that she wishes the Academic team was a seventh hour because they would be better and have more practice. She’s been coaching it for the eight of the 33 years she’s been at Webster.

Brittany Garrell, a 18-year-old Webster senior, said that she likes that it’s competitive and that she gets to compete against her friends.

Kayla Richardson, a 14-year-old Webster freshman, said that she likes being on the Academic Team because it helps her with education, and it’s really fun.

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The H1N1 virus hits Webster

By Ashley Aguero

Staff Writer

 Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School’s Nurse, Linda Calmus, has confirmed that, as of Oct. 1, a Webster student has had the H1N1 Influenza Virus. Due to privacy and confidentiality reasons, we are not allowed to release the student’s name.

 In order to prevent the virus, Mrs. Calmus gave simple procedures that we can do on a daily basis. “No. 1, wash hands for 15 seconds with soap and water. You can sing “Happy Birthday” twice also,” she said. “Teens should cough into their sleeve or cover their mouth.”

 Mrs. Calmus said she believes that the media is paying too much attention to the Swine Flu.

 “More people die from the regular flu. Unless you have a chronic disease, like asthma, you need to be taking care,” she said. “I recommend Flu Vaccine. I take it every year.”

 Mrs. Calmus also stated that Tulsa Public Schools will be giving their employees the Flu Vaccine on Oct. 20 and Nov. 3.

According to an e-mail sent by TPS Director of Health Services Pam Butler to all TPS employees, the Nov. 3 vaccination date has been cancelled. “The supply has been exhausted,” the e-mail stated.

According to the Centers of Disease Control, it’s important to note that not everyone who has the flu will have a fever. The CDC stated that you may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:

            * Fever

            * Cough

            * Sore Throat

            * Runny or stuffy nose

            * Body Aches

            * Head aches

            * Chills

            * Fatigue

            * Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

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Oktoberfest is coming up

By Artra Rice

Staff Writer

The beginning of October is here and that means Oktoberfest is around the corner!

Oktoberfest begins Oct. 22 and ends the 25. The festival opening and closing times are different each day, and for more information on the times you can visit www.tulsaoktoberfest.org. Admission for people 13 and over is $5.

Oktoberfest is a festival that is held annually; it is a family event, and there is plenty for the entire family to enjoy.

Amber Hinkle, executive director of Oktoberfest Inc., said, “We have entertainment for the kids, including a fantastic carnival!”

Ms. Hinkle added, “This year’s Oktoberfest will be held at the River West Festival Park.”

“Attendance for the festival is usually around 60,000 people in four days,” Ms. Hinkle said.

“Arts and Crafts vendors, along with food vendors, will be at the festival again this year,” she added.

Hinkle also said, “For performances not only do we have live German music, but we will also feature live music from local favorites like Thomas Martinez, Ordinary Outlaws, Band Camp and many more!”

When asked what the main attraction would be, Hinkle said: “It would have to be our authentic German music and food!”

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