Kevin Burr, Tulsa Public Schools associate superintendent for secondary schools, and Kathy Henzel, Webster Gear-Up Coordinator, congratulate Zebulon Peterson Jr. for earning the Gates Millennium Scholarship.
By Meisha McDaniel
Zebulon Peterson Jr., a 17-year-old Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School senior, was awarded a $250,000 scholarship from the Gates Millennium Scholars. “I was ecstatic, I was very excited when I found out,” Peterson said.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is a foundation funded by Bill and Melinda Gates. Bill Gates is a philanthropist, author and chairman of Microsoft. Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates, is also a philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the sole purposes of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is to ensure that approved applicants will be able to go to any college or university of their choice. “I plan to attend OSU and major in philosophy, and psychology, then go to law school,” Peterson said.
My feelings about testing have changed. The older that I get, the more I worry about testing. I usually have a hard time sleeping, and I worry a lot and I have a hard time concentrating.
Testing in elementary school and middle school was way easier. The tests were very simple. The tests in elementary were like spelling tests, and most of the tests were easier to focus on, and I never had a hard time concentrating.
When I was younger testing was not a big deal for me, but now that I am in high school I worry a lot more because the tests in high school determine a lot more and affect a lot more than the tests that I took I took in elementary and middle school. These EOI tests determine if you graduate or not, and to me that is a very big deal.
Teachers have been stressing about End-of-Instruction tests lately, but everything is new to me with EOIs.
I’ve tested before in elementary and middle school, and I thought testing was a big deal, but now that I’m in high school testing, its importance has changed.
Elementary and middle school had the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test, and I always thought that’s what testing was called through every grade. The OCCT was always at the end of the year, and you used the booklet, bubble sheet and pencil – that’s it.
Webster seniors Devon Watts and Christopher Little help place one of the drill team’s trophies into the hallway display case.
By Rodney Stites and Lhoedia mack
Webster JROTC cadets participated in drill competition April 16 against nine different schools, scoring well in several different categories. The varsity color guard won third; individual armed won second; the dual exhibition with arms placed second and the regulation armed team placed fourth.
Webster’s team won third in the sweepstakes trophy.
The competition was held at the Sand Springs Armory. Categories included exhibition unarmed, exhibition armed, dual exhibition, individual exhibition and color guard.
By Niyasia Askew
It’s that time again, the End-of-Instruction tests. Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media will be testing April 11 through April 29. This is the last year graduating seniors can receive a diploma and go through graduation ceremonies without passing EOI tests. All freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have to pass four out of the seven subject tests to graduate. The EOI tests will take place in the Bill Allen Field House.
The EOI test results do affect this year’s seniors. They must have a score for all subjects that they have taken. The tests that the students are taking are Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English II, English III, United States History and Biology. Next year it is going to be very important because they have to pass to graduate. Another reason why it is important to pass is because the scores will be looked at by colleges.
Thomas Marler, a 16-year-old Webster sophomore, helped Webster’s junior varsity Color Guard win a fourth place trophy and also competed on the drill exhibition team which won second place.
By Subrena Northcross
Thomas Marler, a 16-year-old Webster sophomore, participated in the drill meet on April 16. He helped Webster’s junior varsity Color Guard win a fourth place trophy and also competed on the drill exhibition team which won second place.
Q. What was it like?
A. “Great. I was nervous – overall, awesome.”
Q. Did you make any mistakes?
A. “Two mistakes that anyone could see.”
Q. Do you like JROTC?
A. “Yes, the class is a little more relaxed than I thought, and the stuff that it allows you to do is awesome.”
By Meisha McDaniel
Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School is one of many high schools that does not provide childcare facilities for students. Oklahoma has been included on the top ten states in the U.S for the highest teen pregnancy rates since 2006. However, controversies concerning daycares and government-funded childcare facilities in high schools are a constant debate.
“Right now we do not have any funding on childcare. Simple matter of funding,” Webster’s Principal Jim Rector said in regards to childcare in Tulsa Public Schools.
In 2006, according to the Women’s Issues Association, 60,000 teenage mothers ages 15 to 19 gave birth in the state of Oklahoma. The Women’s Issues Association also reported that one in four teenage mothers under 18 have a second baby within two years of their first born child and that 70 percent of teenage mothers drop out of high school due to their pregnancy.