Longhorn news and announcements
2014 Alex Junior-Senior Prom slated for Saturday, April 26
This year's prom will be held in the Alex Elementary gym on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The theme is THE GREAT GATSBY. Promenade begins at 7:30 pm. After Prom party will be held in the Alex High School gym. Contact Junior Class sponsor Valerie McCauley for more information.
Alex students, families and teachers support entire Graham family in their Special Olympics efforts
Special Olympics is a life-long sporting competition and the entire Graham family of Alex (shown left - James Graham, Sr, his wife Marie and their children Jesse and James) participates from young to older. The Grahams belong to the Athletes of Grady County Cats, a county-wide group of Special Olympic athletes aged eight through adulthood, led by Coach Lisa Sykes. The Grahams practice for their events all year long, meeting after school and on Sundays. The Cats participate in various area meets, preparing for the state competition held each May at Oklahoma State University at Stillwater. The Grahams also compete in area bowling meets. James and James, Sr, have qualified to compete in the Special Olympic State Bowling meet.
On April 4, 2014, the Graham family competed at the Great Plains Special Olympics track and field meet and a group of Alex students (shown below) and teachers accompanied them to provide support. Marie, James and Jesse Graham all earned first place in the turbo javelin throw. James Graham, Sr, placed second, and Leroy, a recent Alex graduate, placed fourth. Each family member also competed in a track event: Mr. and Mrs. Graham each participated in a race walk and James, Sr, won first in his age group in the 100-meterwalk. Marie placed fifth in her age group in the 25-meter walk. James and Leroy each ran a 100-meter dash, finishing third and fourth. Jesse also competed in the 100-meter dash and earned first place.
On April 5, 2014, James, Jesse and their parents competed in the Boomer Sooner Area bocce meet. Bocce is an ancient sport played outdoors, somewhat like a lawn bowling game. The boys practiced with their Special Olympic teammates and at school with their friends and classmates. Some high school students laid out a court on the football practice field, and James and Jesse taught some of their fellow students how to play.
On April 12, 2014, a group of Alex students volunteered at the Boomer Sooner Area bocce competition held at Norman High School. Sponsors included Marsha Franklin and Debbie Fancher. Students who volunteered at the event included DarlaAnn Pettijohn, Raeanna Snider, Brennae Hines, Jason England, Lydia Stewart, Terry McDonald, Jacob Otey, Cerissa Jones and Dakota Stanart. These students helped manage the softball event in which over 100 male and female Special Olympic athletes ranging in ages from eight to 50-plus competed.
Earlier this spring, the Athletes of Grady County traveled to Cushing, OK, to compete in a softball skills event. James, Sr, and Leory each won a first place medal, and James, Jesse and Marie each earned a second place medal.
Article and photos by Ms. Fancher
CONGRATULATIONS, GRAHAM FAMILY. YOU'VE DONE WELL!!!!
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High School Track and Field competes at Comanche; Anderson brings home two golds in hunt for record Senior season
Senior Holly Anderson earned gold medals in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles at the Comanche Track and Field competition last week.
Left, Junior Xiong'Ni Euwins took silver medals in both the long jump and high jump. Right, Junior Faith Alexander placed third in the girls Shot Put competition.
Left, Freshman Samuel Pearson hands off the baton to Sophomore Dalton Hefner in a relay race. Right, Senior Cody Carnes competes in the boys Shot Put competition.
Jr. High Track competes at Lindsay
Brennae Hines earned the gold medal in the Jr. High girls 100-meter hurdles at Lindsay on April 3, 2014.
Tony Craddock finished first in the Jr. High boys 100-meter dash at Lindsay on April 3, 2014.
Elementary Track competes at Waurika meet
The 5th and 6th grade girls relay team finished 2nd in the 400 meters at the Waurika Elementary Track Meet on April 10, 2014.
Baseball falls to Rush Springs in 2014 Grady County Tourney
Left, Juniors Bronsen Williams and Jacob Otey both go for the out against Rush Springs last week during the 2014 Grady County Baseball Tournament held at AmPo. Right, Senior Sam Harris makes the shoe string catch against Rush from left field.
Jr. High and High School Slow Pitch defeat Verden
Left, Desa Reyes gets the out at home in the Jr. High game. Right, Senior Tessa Langford stretches for the fly ball over second base.
Anderson receives two post-season basketball awards
Senior Holly Anderson received honorable mention on the Oklahoman's 2014 Class A All-State basketball team. Read the full story here. She was then chosen by the Oklahoma Coaches Association as a Class A West All-Star, recognizing her as one of the top 12 senior girls basketball players in the west side of Oklahoma.