Category Archives: Assemblies

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.

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Guest speakers discuss son’s suicide

By Shaniqua Harris
and Jalisa Fields
Staff Writers

An elementary student by the name of Ty Smalley was only 11 years old when he took his own life after getting bullied at school by another student.

On Sept. 26, his parents, Kirk and Laura Smalley, came to talk to students at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School about standing up against bullying.

The assembly, held a few days before the start of Anti-Bullying Month, was called “Stand for the Silent.”

The Smalleys came to talk about children committing suicide because of bullying — a story close to their hearts because of their son.

During the assembly, Webster students Martha Aguayo, Chris Jackson and Pierre Wilson stood onstage and read stories about kids who had been bullied and took their own lives.

“We hate to be the ones that have to do this,” Kirk Smalley said. He said he and his wife love Webster, and that’s why they do what they do to stop bullying.

Their son had been bullied by another student at his school.

When he retaliated, he got suspended, and when he got home, his mother asked him to do his homework and chores before she went back to work.

When she came home, she realized Ty hadn’t done his homework or his chores. She walked into her bedroom and saw that Ty had taken his own life with his father’s gun.

Kirk Smalley said he and his wife visited many schools in the past year and know of over 800 students from the ages of 6 to 24 who committed suicide after being bullied.

Bullying issue addressed

By Ryan Naeve
Staff Writer

It is October, which means it is Anti-Bullying Month.

Anti-Bullying Month is when people all over the world crack down on bullying in an attempt to put an end to it.

“I believe all schools have problems with bullying to some degree — some more than others,” said Webster counselor Jacarriah Johnson. “That’s why we’re trying to address the issue.”

On Sept. 26, a guest speaker from the anti-bullying group Stand for the Silent came to speak to the school about the dangers of bullying, and on Oct. 12, Webster will be holding Unity Day.

Webster students and faculty can participate in Unity Day by making orange the color of the day.

The theme will be, “Make it orange and make it end.”

Webster will be holding other activities in October to help put a stop to bullying.

Johnson said students are encouraged to sign a pledge at www.pacer.org/bullying/digitalpetition as a commitment to be a part of the solution rather than the problem.

The petition is called, “The End of Bullying Begins with Me.”

Dean Kelly Alexander was impressed with Webster’s students.

“Webster students care about each other more than students in other schools,” he said.

Webster’s faculty and staff will talk about the issue of bullying in advisory classes.

They plan to keep addressing bullying throughout the school year, not just during October.