Monthly Archives: November 2011

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Academic team advances to area

Kenzey Weaver
Staff Writer

Daniel Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School’s academic team won the regional tournament Nov. 12 at Inola.

The team will advance to the area tournament, which is slated for January.

Webster won all three of its games in the double-elimination tournament.

Webster’s first game was against Berryhill High School.

Seniors Tiffany Larson, captain; James Denny; Jasie James; and Kristy Fleming represented Webster for the entire game.

Webster trailed by 10 points at the end of the first quarter but took the lead during the second quarter.

The score at the half was Webster 90, Beryyhill 80.

The final score was Webster 150, Berryhill 130.

The team’s second game of the day was against Inola High School. Larson, Fleming, Denny and senior Vanessa Sparks represented Webster, with no halftime subs.

The score at the end of the first quarter was Webster 60, Inola 30. The halftime score was Webster 130, Inola 100, and the final score was Webster 190, Inola 180.

The final game of the day was against Wagoner High School. Larson, Denny, Fleming and James played the entire game.

Wagoner led Webster 50-30 after the first quarter and 80-70 at the end of the first half, but Webster caught up in the second half.

The final score was Webster 150, Wagoner 120.

Cooking for a crowd: ‘Lunch ladies’ keep Webster students fueled

Webster cafeteria manager Donna Hargis said her favorite part of her job is taking care of students. PHOTO BY MONUNIQUE SMITH

By Garrett Garroutte
Staff Writer

When they run out of food, Webster’s lunch ladies “freak out,” says Donna Hargis, cafeteria manager.

Hargis said they run to the back and make the quickest food possible — usually sandwiches.

Being short-handed is the hardest part of the job, Hargis said. When there are not enough lunch ladies, there aren’t enough lines, she said.

That and having too much paperwork are the worst parts of the job, she said.

Hargis arrives at school around 6 a.m. and starts preparing from then on.

Her goal on a daily basis is simply to keep students fed.

She said the best part of her job is taking care of students.

“It wouldn’t be worth it if it wasn’t for [students],” she said.

Sophomore Mikayla Massey said the lunch ladies are good people and hard workers.

Lena Oss, another sophomore, said she doesn’t like the food, but the lunch ladies are nice.

When asked what the limits were on what cafeteria workers could do to the food to improve it, Hargis replied, “We have to stick to the recipe.”

The cafeteria does not often have leftovers, but when it does, the workers save them, she said.

Hargis said students can help the cafeteria workers by recycling and not stealing. She said most of the students are great.

‘Mr. Wilcox’ said to haunt Webster

By Alexa Hibler
Staff writer

Is Daniel Webster Digital Media and Broadcasting High School haunted by a man who devoted his life to the school, or are the rumors false?

This question has been asked by many for years.

Hudson Wilcox was a teacher at Webster from 1953 until his death of natural causes in early 1978.

“He did a lot for the school,” said Dale Edwards, special assistant to the principal.

Edwards said Wilcox managed the auditorium and yearbook, and he taught English and photography classes.

He said that Wilcox also put together all the plays and drama concerts.

Edwards doesn’t believe the ghost stories.

“Imagination can do a lot of things,” he said. “There is no ghost, but we joke and call him ‘The Ghost of Hudson Wilcox.’”

Gary Arnett begs to differ.

Arnett was a teacher at Webster from 1971 to 2010 and a neighbor and good friend to Wilcox.

Arnett said he took over the auditorium when Wilcox died because he was always interested in theater.

He recalled multiple stories of sightings on stage and in the balcony of the auditorium — those that he himself experienced and those of others.

“I’ve seen the ghost multiple times,” he said.

Arnett told about times when he saw a figure in the balcony, but when he checked out the area, there was no one.

According to Arnett, other former teachers have seen the same thing.

Arnett also explained how the auditorium equipment would stop working instantly after it had been working perfectly; the lights would brighten and then go dim; the sound system would go out; and the curtains would move.

Teachers joke that flaws in the elevator are Mr. Wilcox at work, but one sophomore at Webster believes that the elevator doors’ habit of opening and closing on their own really is The Ghost of Hudson Wilcox.

Zach Justice explained that once, he was walking through the hallway alone, and the elevator doors were opening and closing nonstop.

Around the fourth or fifth time the doors opened, Justice saw a shadow of a man, but when the doors closed and reopened, there was nothing.

“My body went cold, and my fingertips went numb. I really think I saw something,” he said.

Pep rally precedes game

By Brittany Wilson and Shaniqua Harris
Staff Writers 

Daniel Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School held a pep rally Friday afternoon ahead of its first basketball game against Bartlesville.

At the beginning of the pep rally, the classes competed to see who could do the best victory battle cry. The seniors won.

Math teacher Evan James made a game for the classes to play at the pep rally. Students who played said it was hard but fun. The seniors won.

After the game, the cheerleaders did a dance routine.

Another game started up, but this time it was for basketball players only.

Three members of the girls’ team — Courtney Asberry, Chasity Asberry and Lashawn Madden — played against three members of the boys’ team. Craig Villa, Kortney Smith and Anthony Wilson represented the boys’ team.

Each player had to attempt five three-pointers within 30 seconds.

Courtney Asberry made one, Chasity Asberry made two, Madden made one, Smith made two, Wilson made two, and Villa made two, giving the boys the win.

After the last game, the basketball players and wrestlers were introduced. The cheerleaders did a salute while the band played the Webster Alma Mater to conclude the pep rally.

The girls won 59-57 on Friday night. The boys lost 69-32.

Dance set for Friday

By Dazmine Manns
Staff Writer 

Webster’s basketball season begins Friday. The girls and boys will have their first game against Bartlesville. After the game, there will be a dance in the cafeteria.

Students can purchase a ticket in the Spirit Store or pay at the door. The dance is hosted by the girls’ and boys’ basketball booster club.

The person in charge of the music will be DJ Wynn. The event will include a dance, rapping and singing competition.

Refreshments and snacks will be sold at the dance.

James Asberry, coach of the girls’ basketball team, says he thinks there will be a good turnout and that everyone should come out and support the school.

Chasity Asberry, a junior at Webster, says the last dance turned out better than she expected.

She added that she definitely will be going to this dance.

“Come out and have a good time,” she said.

La’Sha Walker, a freshman and student at Webster, likes the idea of a dance.

“I think it is fun, and it will make kids show more spirit and think more positive of the school they go to,” she said.

The dance starts at 9:30 p.m. and ends at midnight. Tickets cost $5 each. The dance will be held in the cafeteria.

Vending: Food for thought?

Webster student Sabrina Jordan gets her lunch from a vending machine while fellow student Jessica Mercado waits in line behind her. Some students have questioned the placement of the vending machines, which are located in buildings where students are not permitted to eat. PHOTO BY ANAI GUTIERREZ

By Ashtyn Marshall
Staff Writer

Some students at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet School have wondered why vending machines are not in the cafeteria but are in the buildings where students are not allowed to eat.

Some students began to notice that it was really crowded around all of the vending machines.

The only time students can use the vending machines is during passing period, so not only are kids going to lunch, but they are also switching classes.

That sometimes causes traffic jams in the halls.

Cassie Hale, a senior this year at Webster, and Jackson Harrison, a sophomore, said the vending machines were in a “weird spot.”

“Considering we aren’t allowed to leave the cafeteria to get things out of the vending machines, I think they should move at least one set over to the cafeteria area,” Hale said.

She feels just one food machine and pop machine would do.

Harrison agreed.

“I think it’s weird because the teachers are always like, ‘No food in class,’ and then right outside the classrooms are the vending machines,” Harrison said.

Hale also said Webster should have regular pop in the vending machines instead of diet.

On the other hand, Harrison thinks that if adults want students to have healthy drinks, instead of diet pop, maybe they could offer fruit juice or V-8.

Harrison said he wants to know why there are so few healthy foods, but adults want students to eat healthier.

Hale pointed out that during the passing period, students don’t have enough time to get anything, and they can’t eat in class anyway.

If they go to the machines nearest to the cafeteria, by the time they get their snack, they’ve wasted half their lunch, she said.

“Why are they put where they are?” Hale asked.

Dale Edwards, former assistant principal at Webster, said back in the 1970s and 1980s, the school used to have vending machines over by the cafeteria, but that was before Sodexo got the contract for the vending machines at Webster.

He said there were too many instances of vandalism and break-ins, so the machines had to be moved.

Edwards said that they can’t be located near the cafeteria now because it causes the lunch program to compete with the vending machines — “sort of a small calamity.”

Access to power was another factor, he said.

“They are located where they are because that’s where the electricity is,” Edwards said.

He also stated that having the pop machines gives more money to the school, so students don’t have to do as many fundraisers.