Monthly Archives: October 2011

Lunch policy attributed to safety issues

By LaSha Walker
Staff Writer

At Daniel Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School, it is policy to stay in the lunch room at lunch.

Students have to remain in their seats after they receive their tray. Students cannot go outside or into the gym. This rule was implemented in 2009.

A Webster administrator, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the new lunch policy is due to safety issues.

The administrator said there is not enough security to patrol the campus, and kids were going off to Reed Park.

The administrator added that students asked why they have a new policy and were told why, but they did not want to accept it.

Students have to obey the policy or receive consequences, the administrator said.

“I think the new lunch policy has been very well accomplished,” the administrator said, adding that the advantage of this would be having an adult around before things start to get out of hand.

The administrator also would like to have seven adults in the cafeteria during lunchtime.

Morgan Rich, a Webster freshman, likes the policy.

“It makes me feel safer because it’s less intimidating with all the security guards around,” Rich said.

Cassie Hale, a senior at Webster, said she doesn’t like the new policy.

“I feel like we should be able to enjoy our beautiful campus,” Hale said.


Academic team defeats McLain

Webster’s academic team picked up its third win of the season in an Oct. 13 matchup against McLain. PHOTO BY ALEX DAVIS

By Mikayla Massey
Staff Writer

Daniel Webster Digital Media Magnet High School’s academic team took another win on Oct. 13 against McLain.

The final score was Webster 250 to McLain 80, improving the Warriors’ record to 3-1.

At the end of the first quarter, Webster was ahead 120-0.

McLain and Webster each scored 20 points in the second-quarter speed round, bringing the halftime score to Webster 140, McLain 20.

At halftime, Jasie James subbed for Vanessa Sparks for Webster, and McLain’s Sarah Gilliam subbed for DeAnna Pete.

In the third quarter, McLain scored 50 points, and Webster scored 60, ending the quarter with Webster ahead 200-70.

In the fourth-quarter speed round, McLain added 10 points, and Webster scored 50 more.

Webster’s captain, Tiffany Larson, said her team prepares by practicing twice a week. 

Expressing how he felt after the game, McLain player Micah Surratt said playing Webster was like “riding an angry tiger into a tropical thunderstorm.”

Teens save lives with blood drive

By Garrett Garroutte
Staff Writer

Vicky Adsit had taken blood about 20 times by sixth hour on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Adsit, who was collecting blood as part of a blood drive for the Oklahoma Blood Institute, has been taking donors’ blood for the past six years.

She said the goal for the day was to collect 30 pints, and Webster already had exceeded that goal.

According to her, participants already had donated 45 pints.

“Sometimes they get a little light-headed,” Adsit said of the donors.

Darian Varnell, a Webster student, said Oklahoma Blood Institute only takes a pint of blood per person.

He has given blood in the past.

He said he felt fine afterwards until he had to make his way up the school steps.
Jacob Farmer, also a Webster student, said he didn’t feel any different.

That might be because this is his seventh time giving blood.

He plans on hitting eight before he graduates.

Farmer has been giving blood twice a year since he was a freshman.

Robert Stegeman, another Webster student, attempted to give blood but could not due to having his ears pierced recently.

Donors can’t give blood if they have a recent tattoo or piercing.

The blood is donated to Oklahoma Blood Institute to save the lives of those in need.

The next drive should be sometime next semester.

Ceremony honors 18 students

Patricia Washington helps the new Miss Daniel Webster, Courtney Asberry, with her dress as Asberry and Warrior Chief Jakii Moore prepare to leave the stage. PHOTO BY JASIE JAMES

By Shante Johnson
Staff Writer

This year’s Royal Court consists of 18 Webster students:

Miss Daniel Webster the 74th is Courtney Asberry, who enjoys movies and hanging out with friends. Her favorite subjects are history, sociology and English. Her father, James Asberry II, was the 1991 Warrior Chief.

Girls' basketball coach James Asberry, the father of Miss Daniel Webster Courtney Asberry, was Warrior Chief in 1991. FILE PHOTO

Warrior Chief the 67th is Jakii Moore, who enjoys PlayStation 3, flag football and hanging out with family. His favorite subjects are math and science.

Senior brave Jason Johnson enjoys hiking, boxing, grappling and shooting. His favorite subjects are anatomy, physiology, chemistry and EMR class.

Senior brave Robert Stegeman enjoys hanging out with family and friends and watching the Ravens play. His favorite subjects are lunch, P.E. and history.

Senior princess Jordan Williams is a member of varsity basketball and cross country. Her favorite subjects are anatomy, physiology and English 4.

Senior princess Samantha Wixon is cheerleading captain and wrestling manager. She enjoys cooking desserts and hanging out with friends. Her favorite subjects are sociology and psychology.


Matthew Friday enjoys basketball and football. His favorite subject is math.

Blake Jones enjoys graphic design and hanging out with friends. His favorite subjects are graphic design and math.

Summer Oglesby enjoys reading, writing, eating, shopping, volunteering and Facebooking.

Patricia Washington enjoys church, singing and hanging out with friends. Her favorite subjects are art and chemistry.


Austin Edmondson enjoys watching football. His favorite subject is history.

Alexa Hibler enjoys creating and listening to music, reading and writing. Her favorite subjects are science and history.

Kyle McAnelly enjoys hanging out with friends and family. His favorite subjects are history and math.

Jada Williams is an honor roll student. Her favorite subject is English.


Ciara Asberry, who is Courtney Asberry’s sister, enjoys basketball and shopping. Her favorite subjects are history and math.

Davion Brown enjoys cutting hair and repairing things. He is a member of the basketball team, and his favorite subject is math.

Aaron Nunez enjoys football and hanging out with friends. His favorite subject is math.

Kenzey Weaver enjoys being with family and hanging out with friends. Her favorite subjects are history, science and geometry.

Warrior Spirit longstanding tradition

By Brittani Cunningham
Staff Writer

For as long as anyone at Webster can remember, the Warrior Spirit has carried the lance that is handed off to the Warrior Chief during the annual Royal Court ceremony.

“The Warrior Spirit has been here as long as I’ve been here,” said Dale Edwards, former assistant principal, who has been at Webster for 44 years.

Edwards, who is retired, still comes to Webster every day and volunteers.

“Brett Coon is the person who picks the Warrior Spirit,” said Webster teacher Sharman Sanders, who coordinates the Royal Court ceremony.

This year, Coon picked Stoney Anderson, an 18-year-old Webster senior.

“I feel great,” Anderson said of being chosen.

Financial issues ended parade, treasurer says

By Brittani Cunningham
Staff Writer

Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School hasn’t had a homecoming parade in two years.

Webster’s homecoming parade was last done in 2009, said Saundra Ford, assistant principal of academics.

Homecoming was “funded through donations, and we had an account for the parade, but it got too costly,” said Cartha Coker, student activity treasurer.

Coker said it would cost $4,000 to $5,000 to have a parade for one year and have a little money leftover to start the next year.

She also said it took about $2,500 just for the Tulsa Police officers to secure the road.

A parade entry fee of $15 to $20 helped a little, Coker said.

If Webster wants another homecoming parade, it needs to “up entry fees and get donations and get it publicized that we’re accepting donations,” she said.

Shaniqua Harris, a 16-year-old Webster junior, said she would go to the homecoming parade if Webster had one. She also said she would help donate.

“Every little bit helps,” she said.

Webster should set up a homecoming committee, Harris said.

“(A parade would) be fun for younger and older kids — something to watch,” Harris said. “I think a lot of people would show up — probably half the school.”

Dance draws small crowd

By Morgan Rich
Staff Writer

Friday, Oct. 14, was Webster’s homecoming dance, following the homecoming football game.

Many students came to support the Warriors and went to the dance afterwards.

“It was a great oppor-tunity for students to hang out,” commented Rachel Boyer, a Webster freshman who attended the dance. “I just think it would have been more fun if more people showed up.”

Tickets were $5 each, and participants were required to show a Webster student ID to attend the dance.

Located in the cafeteria, the dance started at 9:30 p.m. and ended at midnight. About 60 students attended.

The dress code for the event was casual.

The dance included a DJ, strobe lights and concessions.

Students seemed to have a great time.

Everyone danced, listened to the music and hung out with friends.

“I think we should definitely have more dances! We need more exciting events at school,” said Sierra Compton, another freshman who attended the dance.

The dance was part of Webster’s homecoming festivities, which also included Spirit Week activities, coronation assemblies on Friday afternoon and a Friday night football game against Muldrow, which the Warriors won.