Monthly Archives: November 2009

Creative writing spotlight

A NOTE FROM THE JUDGE, ARTRA RICE: 

Last month the Webster Weekly chose one creative writing submission for publication in our section in the Tulsa County News. Included below are three additional outstanding pieces from our first contest. Entries for the next Creative Writing Contest are due Nov. 17. E-mail entries to websterweekly@gmail.com.

I chose these three pieces, and I have such appreciation for them, because they express a peculiar description of themselves and their self value according to their own observations and standards, not anyone else’s or the media’s. The recognition of personal value and individuality is much needed in our youth, and that is something Royal and Wilson both have.

SAVANNA ROYAL
Where I’m From

I am from laundry lines.

From a dog house with a chimney

I am from the rose bushes in the yard

(beautiful, thorny, smells so good.)

I am from the school yard

The play ground out back.

Whose slides I went down,

Where I scraped my knee.

I am from Pepsi cans and ashes,

From Hazel and Otis

I am from the drug addicts

And the drunks.

I am from not knowing

Where my religion lies,

But forgetting it’s in my heart.

I am from a family tree,

Chicken dumplings and Kool-Aid

From when my mom told

Me I’m royalty.

Saying my dad died from being brave.

My most prized possession lies under

My bed, a painting of a girl praying.

Pictures of family long gone.

A dream capture to catch the bad ones.

It broke my dreams released.

And now I dream no more.

CIERRA WILSON

O-Well!!!

So, what’s different about me? Please tell!

What! My eyes, my short hair, or my big size?

Or is it my hot style or my cute smile?

Well, whatever it is you sure ain’t wise

Sphh…! For you to think about wanting to

Leave THIS! But it’s koo! I’m sure this prize will

Surely open someone else’s eyes. Boy!

I sure won’t cry I’ll just wave you GOOD BYE!

SAVANNA ROYAL
I’m Just Like You

It is I, I am here.

It is I, I am near.

I came back to see.

I know you do not believe.

But it is me, come hold my hand.

I’m just like you, I am man.

You can see my flesh, see my blood flow,

I’m just like you, I am whole.

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Previewing Webster wrestling

By Ashley Hurlbut

Staff Writer

I interviewed Head Coach James Harper about the Webster wrestling team.   

Q. Coach Harper, are you looking forward to wrestling season?

A. “I am looking forward to the wrestling season, but I want to see the football team win the championship.”

 Q. What do you think of the team for this year?

A. “I think we have a great team.”

Q. Did you have training over the summer?

A. “We had wrestling training camps this summer.”

Q. Are there any returning wrestlers?

A. “There are some returning wrestlers. Most of the wrestlers are also on the football team.”

Q. How many wrestlers are on the team this year?

A. “There are about 20 to 25 wrestlers on the team.”

Q. Do the wrestlers have to eat certain foods during wrestling season?

A. “The wrestlers have to eat healthy, and they have to watch their weight during the season.”

Q. When is the first match of the season?

A. “The first wrestling match is on Dec. 3.”

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Training future business professionals

 By Jasie James

Staff Writer

Business Professionals of America, a school organization at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School, helps students with college and career readiness.

One of the organization’s faculty sponsors, Sharman Sanders, said that the officers are getting ready to train in the areas of making a difference through community service, becoming a leader and giving presentations.

Some of the ideas for future fundraisers that the BPA student members came up with at their Nov. 5 meeting were selling soap, beef jerky or chocolate roses. Mrs. Sanders said the organization has already raised money by selling $15 signs for the royal court coronation. After paying for officer dues, that fundraiser left the group with $271, she said. BPA might be getting blazers later this year, she added.

BPA members also discussed possibly visiting Tulsa University or Oral Roberts University. They said a trip to ORU could happen as early as December.

The organization also discussed getting guest speakers like Jeff Reasor, the president of Reasor’s. BPA has not finalized any decisions on future fundraisers, college visits or guest speakers.

The first event the organization did this year was a ropes course challenge. Mrs. Sanders also said that BPA had their induction ceremony at Booker T. Washington High School on Oct. 13. Later this year they will be going to the state convention, she said.

Other faculty sponsors for BPA are Linda Bingaman, Eugenia Latimer, Tracy Ogle and Lora Reynolds.

The officers for BPA are Nathaniel Redd: President, Eduardo Aguayo: Vice President, Treeon Williams: Secretary, Heather Taylor: Treasurer, Whitney Cox: Historian, Bria Coleman: Chaplain, Krista Dillingham: Reporter and Brittani Garell. However, new officer elections were scheduled for Nov. 11.

Sam Jamison contributed reporting.

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Webster students becoming college ready

By Heather Taylor

Staff Writer

Fifty-three Webster students are participating in the Educational Talent Search at Rogers State University, allowing them to visit colleges, attend workshops and go on cultural fieldtrips, Wanda Murphy, Webster’s ETS coordinator said.

Webster Digital Media Magnet High School partnered with ETS in 1995 and has since helped approximately 210 Webster students become college ready, Mrs. Murphy informed.

This year freshmen have visited the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, the sophomores have visited RSU and the juniors and seniors have visited Oklahoma University and University of Central Oklahoma.

John Redfearn, a 17-year-old Webster junior, said he learned “that college is a very serious thing and it doesn’t need to be taken for granted.”

The ETS program is a federally funded U.S. Department of Education program with no cost to the students. Mrs. Murphy informed that participating students in the ETS have met the eligibility criteria and are first-generation college bound students.

The ETS program is limited to assisting 20 students per grade for each school that participates, Mrs. Murphy said.

Mrs. Murphy continued, “It would be nice if they could include more than 20 students. Of course, that would require more federal funding.”

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New performance times for The Outsiders

By Nita Nelson

Staff Writer

Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School will soon be hosting a play called The Outsiders, and Drama Teacher Kim Evans has gotten approval to let qualified students watch the play during the school day.

For students to qualify, they must not have had Saturday school, after-school detention, TRAICE or a suspension for the month prior to the performance, which will be held in the afternoon on Nov. 12.

Students must have their school ID and must be verified to enter the play. There will be a $4 admission fee.

“I’m thinking the play will last about an hour and a half. I think it will be just fine,” Ms. Evans said.

Another performance, open to the community, will be held on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. That performance will also require a $4 admission fee.

“I have a really dynamic cast. I think the kids are very excited about it,” Ms. Evans said. “I have returning new talent, and lots of energetic new talent,” she added.

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Seniors hold costume contest

By Meranda Overton

Staff Writer

On Oct. 30, Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School’s senior class had a Halloween costume contest.

Heather Taylor, a 17-year-old Webster senior, won best overall, with a costume that she described as a “rogue elf.”

Jacie Havenar, an 18-year-old Webster senior, won the best homemade costume. “Halloween makes you feel like you can be a kid again,” she said. She dressed up as a pirate for the contest. Havenar said her favorite part about Halloween is the candy.

Brent Bacon, an 18-year-old Webster senior, was a member of the “Dukes of Hazard” group: He played Uncle Jessie, and two other seniors played different characters. Bacon said his favorite part about Halloween is the parties. “It’s fun because you get to dress up,” he said.

Hilary Admire, an 18-year-old Webster senior, said, “Halloween is best for the candy.” Admire, also a member of the “Dukes of Hazard” group, dressed up as Daisy for this contest.

Dakotah Chuculate, an 18-year-old Webster senior, said, “I think of Halloween as a time to have fun and get lots of candy.” Chuculate dressed up as Luke Duke, also from the “Dukes of Hazard” group.

The “Dukes of Hazard” group won best group overall.

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Meet your mayoral candidates

By Sam Jamison

Staff Writer

This year, the three main mayoral candidates are Republican Dewey Bartlett Jr., Democrat Tom Adelson and Independent Mark Perkins. The election will be held Nov. 10. Webster students who are 18 years old and who wish to vote in the election should see Mr. Larry Fincannon in Rm. 100 to register.

Republican Dewey Bartlett Jr. has been the president of the Keener Oil Company in Tulsa since 1994, and he is also a former city council member.

Democrat Tom Adelson is an attorney and he has served as the Oklahoma District 33 senator since 2004.

Independent Mark Perkins is an attorney who has no political experience. Perkins could not be reached for comment.

How do you feel about students that are of age voting?

Bartlett: I think it is a very smart thing for students to be able to vote, and students should take voting very seriously and appreciate the privilege.”

Adelson: “It’s critically important to me that young people exercise their right to vote, as doing so will set a positive example to all generations, and give our students the power to be a part of the process which is instrumental in the creation of Tulsa’s future. Young voters have a powerful voice in our democracy and change occurs when that voice is heard.  There are lots of ways to learn about the candidates now: Twitter, Facebook and television. But I encourage you to make direct contact, let your issues be heard.  I have a vision for our city which includes you, and I want to make sure that it reflects your ideas.”

What qualities do you feel you possess that will persuade students to vote for you?

Bartlett: “Well, I have lived in Tulsa all my life. I was born and raised here. The position requires a lot of experience, and I feel that I have that experience as a resident and business manager.”

Adelson: “As a father of four and a public high school teacher, I’m directly in touch with Tulsa’s youth.  Thankfully, my position in life allows for daily conversations with our students, and I’m blessed to have the knowledge needed to offer what I consider to be sound advice, as well as potential solutions to whatever concerns they may have. I work hard, and I listen. In the last five years in the Oklahoma Senate I have learned that to accomplish anything valuable you need to work in collaboration. I have experience working with big budgets in an economic downturn. But I also have a long-term plan for Tulsa which extends 25 years. Tulsa is on the verge of greatness and is poised to really transform into the exciting vibrant city we all want.”

Do you have plans to make Tulsa Public Schools better?

Bartlett: “Well, the mayor’s office doesn’t work directly with Tulsa Public Schools, but the mayor does work with the Tulsa Police Department. Therefore, the mayor can build a relationship with the superintendent and principals of schools in Tulsa, resulting in maybe getting better security on campuses.”

Adelson: “This is a fundamental priority to me.  As a Tulsa Public School graduate myself (and a father whose children have attended, and are attending, TPS), I know first-hand how absolutely essential it is for our city to have a public school system that can compete with, as well as surpass, public and private schools across the country.  We want to solidify our city and draw people in.  The only way we can do this is to have a public school system that entices others to settle here, and do more than just satisfy those who’ve already chosen Tulsa as their home. Yes, I am a graduate of TPS; my children go to TPS and I teach at TPS. The Mayor has no direct authority over the running of the schools, but I know that a strong and effective school system is critical for the growth of our city.  On my first day I plan to set up regular meetings with (TPS Superintendent) Dr. (Keith) Ballard.  Working together we can improve our schools and support our teachers.”

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