LONGHORN NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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2017 Halloween Carnival planned, King and Queen candidates annouced
The candidates are...
Pre-K - Jarrett Shi & Paisley Underwood
Kindergarten - Cope Otey & Annabeth Carnes
1st grade - Bentley Mills & Lillie Alcorn
2nd grade - Kolton Kohler & Kara Pettijohn
3rd grade - Hays Heldermon & Trinetee Stewart
4th grade - Braden Neil & Kenzie Beauchamp
Science spotlight: The 5th grade Oobleck
What is Oobleck? A suspension of cornstarch and water, it's a scientific anomaly, a non-Newtonian substance that turns solid when pressure is applied and becomes liquid again when pressure is removed. An Oobleck is also the sticky mystery substance that threatens an entire kingdom in Dr. Seuss' book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck.
Shown above and below, Mrs. Loggins' 5th grade science class created messy, goey, anomalous Oobleck last week. Read more about this substance in Scientific American. Learn more about Bartholomew's adventures with Oobleck here.
History spotlight: Alex students learn about Te Ata, Chickasaw cultural icon
Alex 3rd and 9th grade Oklahoma history students traveled to Bricktown in Oklahoma City last week to view a movie about the life of Mary Thompson Fisher, a famous Chickasaw performance artist who assumed the stage name Te Ata, meaning "Bearer of the Morning." Te Ata was born Dec. 3, 1895, near Emet, Oklahoma. She became an accomplished actor and teller of Native American stories. View the official website of the Te Ata movie here.
Baxter named Fast Pitch Offensive Player of the Year
Alex hosted the Grady County Fast Pitch Softball All-Star game on October 9, 2017. Three Lady Longhorns - Cristen Alcorn, Shandalyn Delk and Kylie Baxter - were named to the All-Star team and Baxter was awarded Grady County Fast Pitch Offensive Player of the Year. The Alex players competed on the same team, which won the game.
Shown left with Coach Justin Williams, Baxter displays her Offensive Player of the Year award. Below, the Alex All-Star Fast Pitch players celebrate their achievement with Coach Williams. Bottom, the 2017 Grady County Fast Pitch All-Stars gather for a group photo.
Good job, Lady Longhorns! And congratulations, Kylie Baxter!
Heldermon qualifies for State Cross Country Competition
Shown above left, Freshman Kye Heldermon was one of four Alex runners who competed at the Regional Cross County Track Meet at Velma-Alma on Oct. 14, 2017. Out of 139 competitors, Heldermon received a medal for her 10th place finish and qualified for the State Cross Country meet to be held next week. Above right, Alex runners Julia Brown, Breanna James, Kye Heldermon, CJ Sweat, all Freshmen, competed at Regionals. The top 15 finishers in the Regional Cross Country competition are shown below.
5th and 6th basketball participates in Verden Tourney
Alex 5th and 6th grade basketball played in Ninnekah the Verden Elementary Tournament during the week of October 2, 2017. Above, Taryn Noll (left) plays defense and Sage Heldermon (right) plays offense. Below, Nick Brandon (left) and Rilan Neil (right) shoot the ball against Ninnekah.
Football blows out Burns Flat, 78-30
Shown above, big Senior Justin Hankins plows the road for the Longhorn ball carrier during the Alex v. Burns Flat-Dill City Football game played at Burns Flat on October 13, 2017. Alex came away the victor with a decisive 78-30 win that upped the Longhorn season record to 5-2. Next week, Alex faces Geary in the season's only Thursday night game, scheduled for 7:00 pm on October 19, 2017, at Geary.
No change in Alex's 2019, 2020 Football district assignment
The OSSAA announced Oklahoma High School district assignments for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 High School Football seasons. Alex will remain in District B-3 along with Burns Flat-Dill City, Carnegie, Cyril, Geary and Snyder. View statewide district assignements here.
Two from Alex audition for Chorus
Alex 8th grader Gracie Anderson and 7th grader Codi Rodriguez just completed a strenuous and exhaustive audition to be part of the OKMEA All-State Children's Chorus. The audition was a studio-recorded audition that consisted of three parts: singing a set of five scales, harmonizing to a track and recording an a cappella melody with no accompaniment. If selected, they will perform at the OKMEA music convention all-state concerts in January. Music instructor Landon Lewis reports that Gracie and Codi have worked exceptionally hard and Alex is very proud of them!
In memory of Ryland Ketchum
Ryland Ketchum, a lifelong Alex resident and 2014 graduate of Alex High School, was killed tragically in an automobile accident on October 4, 2017. Alex School and the entire community would like to express our deepest condolences to the Ketchum family and others who knew and loved Ryland. Ryland's sister, Olivia Ketchum, is currently a student at Alex and his father, Tom Ketchum, is the Alex School Board President.
Read Ryland's obituary here.
Planning for education or training after high school? Don't miss the newest Alex Counselor's Bulletin
Alex Counselor's bulletins feature continually updated information for students seeking additional education and/or training after high school. The bulletins include information about when and how to obtain your high school transcript from the Alex Counselor, upcoming ACT test dates, tips on arranging a college visit, scholarship opportunities and much, much more.
View or download the October 2017 Counselor's bulletin here or access it from the Higher Ed page under the Student Services menu.