Monthly Archives: September 2011

Good morning, Webster: Students gain real-world experience

Chasity Asberry, left, and Gabbie Wright record the morning announcements for Webster in the broadcasting studio. (PHOTO BY STEPHEN SMITH)

By Myesha Barber
Staff Writer

Broadcasting teacher Jeff Mason and his students Victoria Howard, Damon Morris, and Gabbie Wright are a part of Webster’s broadcasting studio.

They started broadcasting Aug. 21 at Webster High School.

They said broadcasting is a lot of fun and very creative.

Gabbie Wright says she gets to work with cameras and be on television.

“There isn’t a bad part about being on TV. I like it,” Wright said.

She said she chose broadcasting because her friend said it was fun, and she likes working with cameras, even though she makes mistakes sometimes.

“I try to play it off,” she said, “even though sometimes it doesn’t work.”

Mason said students get to use their creativity, and broadcasting is a fun subject.

He has been in video production 10 years. He started teaching at TCC for a few years, and a spot opened at Webster, and he took it.

Mason gets encouraged by teaching. He said he thinks he has the best job in the world.

“I get to do what I love,” he said.

Mason said he’s better behind cameras than in front of them, because he has no stage presence.

Victoria Howard said broadcasting is easy — getting out of class, shooting videos, and standing there, looking at the camera while her script is in her hand.

She is following in the footsteps of her older brother, who worked in the studio until he graduated last spring.
“I feel like my brother Nick is helping guide me through what I have to say,” she said.

Damon Morris said the best part of broadcasting is showing his face on television.

Making small mistakes on television is the hard part, he said.

“When I make a mistake, I laugh and just keep on going,” Morris said.

He said Mason asked him to come to his broadcasting class, and he gladly accepted.

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Student organization plans bullying prevention activities

GSA members set up a table to inform Vision West Block Party patrons about the organization. (PHOTO BY ALEX DAVIS)

By Alexa Hibler
Staff Writer

Every Thursday morning before school, a group of students at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High school meet to make their school a safer environment with Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).

Serena Henry, a GSA member and sophomore at Webster, said, “It’s a place for people to feel comfortable with themselves without being worried.”

Some of GSA’s efforts include making posters and other decorations to put around the school that promote bullying prevention, especially since next month is National Anti-Bullying Month.

GSA President Gabbie Wright, a junior at Webster, is going to talk to the administration to get GSA intensely involved in Anti-Bullying Month.

GSA was brought to Webster this year by Youth Services of Tulsa, although Wright and other students tried to promote programs like GSA last year.

GSA also held a booth at the Vision West block party Sept. 17.

“Gabbie was sitting at the booth nearly the whole time. She was really into it,” said Joseph Ahlfinger, a sophomore and GSA member at Webster.

The booth was very colorful, with the GSA sign and many flyers and packets on bullying, Ahlfinger said.
GSA hopes to be involved in other activities like this.

The group meets at 8:15 a.m. every Thursday in Room 204.

Webster adjusting to schedule

By Ryan Naeve
Staff Writer

Starting with the 2010-2011 school year, some Tulsa schools, including Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School, began using alternative class scheduling called block schedules.

Instead of having a regular seven-class-per-day schedule, students go to four classes every school day for longer periods of time than if they had the standard seven classes per day that last about 50 minutes.

The classes students report to alternate by day; for instance, students will go to their first, third, fifth and seventh periods one day and their second, fourth, sixth and eighth periods the next.

There are definitely some benefits of the new schedule.

“We originally started block scheduling to give kids the opportunity to earn more credits and to give kids more time in class,” Webster administrator Saundra Ford said.

The new schedule allows students to earn eight credits in one school year instead of just seven.

Students also have more room to take elective classes, and since they go to half of their classes every other day, they will have more time to complete any homework they may have.

Still, there are those who don’t like the change.

“I don’t like the block schedule,” said Webster sophomore Jennifer Ramey. “It’s stressful having to be in one classroom for an hour and a half, and you don’t know where you’re supposed to go most of the time.”

The schedule is a big change to teachers as well as students.

“Although the block schedule takes a little getting used to, I think I do have preference for the block schedule over the regular 45-to 50- minute class period,” said English and French teacher Kimberly Kiss.

“The block schedule allows for a lot more flexibility in planning lessons and activities.

“The downside to the shorter class period is that every lesson has to be brief and does not allow for a lot of in-depth discussion or deeper inquiry within one class period. … I hope that we continue to follow the block schedule.”

Warriors fall to Fort Gibson

Fort Gibson defeated Webster 48-38 Friday night. (Photo by Brittani Cunningham)

By Rebecca Mallard
Staff Writer

The Webster football team suffered a 48-38 loss in a back-and-forth game Friday night at Fort Gibson.

Before the game, one of the Warriors’ senior captains, Robert Stegeman, said the Warriors did not beat Fort Gibson last year, but they got close — the final score was 24 to 20 — and this year, they hoped to take a win home.

At the beginning of the game, the Tigers kicked the ball, and #53 Andrew Friday caught it and scored the first touchdown in the first quarter.

On defense, with the coaches on the sideline cheering them on, the Warriors took Fort Gibson down with no problem, holding the Tigers back in the first quarter with a score of 6-0.

In the second quarter, the Warriors started off on offense. Junior Garrett Griffith tried to run a play down the middle, but it didn’t work out, so on the second down, the ball was snapped, and while the boys were covering the quarterback, #12 Zaqwaun Nelson made a run for the pass.

Griffith threw a perfect pass to Nelson, and the Warriors scored their second touchdown of the game.

The Warriors switched to defense, and the Tigers were pushing their way down to the first yard when they managed to score their first touchdown of the night.

The Warriors knew they had made some mistakes, so they were bringing their heads back together as the clock ticked.

Before they could turn it around, the Tigers scored another touchdown.

By halftime, the score was Warriors 12 and Tigers 26.

The game was not over yet. Down by two touchdowns, the Warriors started off on defense, and the Tigers made a touchdown on the first snap of the game.

Going back to offense, the Warriors snapped the ball, and Griffith threw it down the field to #4 Jakii Moore, one of the senior captains, who ran it all the way for a touchdown.

With the Warriors on defense, the Tigers scored again, but Moore answered with another touchdown for the Warriors.

After the game, Coach Don Gibson said the boys gave it 100 percent, but with five turnovers, the game wasn’t going to go so well.
He said the team could have fixed some problems by executing better.

Stegeman said the guys gave it their all and never quit. He said they played “decent” but had a lot of turnovers.

Next time, they could improve by not having any mental mistakes, Stegeman said.

Keaucha Wilson, water girl for the Warriors, said she has seen some good things in the team this year.

She said they are going to be really good this year as long as they keep their heads and play as hard as they did Friday.

Wilson said Gibson is pushing the boys hard to keep their grades up, and they have been doing well at staying eligible to play.

She said they definitely are making a change from last year.

Academic team disappointed in loss to Central

By Kenzey Weaver
Staff Writer

Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School was defeated in its first academic team competition on Sept. 22 at Central High School.

Captain Tiffany Larson and team member Vanessa Sparks, both seniors, were disappointed with the 290-130 loss to Central.

‘’I think we could have done better,” Larson said.

Larson, Jasie James, Kristy Fleming, and James Denny, all seniors, started off the competition.

At the end of the first quarter, the score was Webster 40, Central 90.

At halftime, the score was Webster 80, Central 130.

Webster’s sub in the second half was Alex Hulett, who went in for James.

At the end of the game, the score was Webster 130 and Central 290.

Central’s coach, Amy Scott, was happy with her team’s performance.

‘’I felt that my team did very well. They practiced a lot,” she said.

The captain of the Central team, Jacob Vance, said, ‘’I felt we did well. There were times I was kicking myself because I didn’t know the answers.’’

Webster’s coach, Patricia Pegues, said her team can improve.

“We’re going to do just fine this year,” she said.