The JagWire https://whsjagwire.com Student News Covering the Jaguar World Sun, 19 Dec 2021 05:38:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 Op-Ed: Dear Asians… let’s talk about our anti-black parents https://whsjagwire.com/7549/opinion/op-ed-dear-asians-lets-talk-about-our-anti-black-parents/ https://whsjagwire.com/7549/opinion/op-ed-dear-asians-lets-talk-about-our-anti-black-parents/#respond Fri, 17 Dec 2021 22:00:49 +0000 https://whsjagwire.com/?p=7549

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In the wake of Julius Jones case and the fiery anti-police protests in the midst of the George Floyd death, Asian Americans took to the streets and social media in support of their black friends and neighbors. However, not every Asian is in favor of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

When talking at the dinner table about the protests, senior Kim Nguyen grew with frustration as she was met with eye-rolls and lectures from her family. 

“As a Vietnamese girl with immigrant parents, I was taught to avoid African Americans. From exaggerated Facebook posts to family group chats discussing the news, they were portrayed as dangerous people,” Nguyen said.

So, why can’t others accept the Black Lives Matter Movement? It may be due to our anti-black upbringing. 

Anti-Black Origins

Most of the current Asian population in America is either first or second generation. Coming over after the 1970s, at the tail-end of the Civil Rights Movement, many immigrant parents enjoyed the results of said movement without truly seeing the struggles. 

The modern wave of Asian immigrants was saw the prejudice towards the black community and possibly had their own bad experiences with the black community. The divide between our two communities only grew and grew, adding to anti-blackness in families and ultimately in individuals.

This anti-blackness continues today. With various COVID-19-related racial attacks on Asians this year, people are quick to resist the Black Lives Matters movement. Why should we help them after they attacked us? Unfortunately, black people feel the same way towards Asians. This is a vicious cycle of each group feeling hurt and perpetrating that hurt back and forth between communities. 

A group of early Japanese immigrants arriving in Hawaii take a group photo. (Photo Courtesy of the Museum of Japanese in America)

“We should support our communities together because we both have something in common: racial discrimination. By having unity in the different communities, most of us will be able to find new perspectives and fix the stereotypes placed on both races,” senior Anna Hayashizaki said.

We have to support our black friends and neighbors without the condition that they will support us back. Despite what viral videos suggest, the truth is many black people and leaders spoke up to defend us against COVID-19.

Asians Struggles ≠ Black Struggles

This slogan has brought Asians and African Americans together in protests, though some say it falsely equates the struggles of the two communities. (Photo Courtesy of Medium)

While it is true that Asian parents escaped war-torn, impoverished countries and also faced racism here in America, the situation many parents came into was more stable to have a fresh start– much more than African Americans who have been here for centuries.

The Asian immigrant struggle is absolutely a struggle but a separate one. We cannot get defensive and compare plights, or else we devalue what the black community that has gone through and give into the “model minority” myth, created to bring down other minority groups. It pits selected immigrant successes against the shortcomings of other BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color). 

We must acknowledge Asians live in a different America than black people. Although we face racism too, the daily threat on our lives is not as widespread or great as those of black people.

“Black people went through slavery and segregation, and are still facing issues today.  Asians pretty much only get made fun of, and I don’t think as many people are actually killed for being Asian. I’m not saying it’s acceptable to go and start stabbing Asians for the Coronavirus, but what we experienced isn’t as bad as what black people have experienced,” senior Dyllan Doan said.

Confronting Our Parents & Fake News

Some are persistent and some are willing to learn. Everyone is different, but it is not impossible to change someone’s perspective. It might take several conversations before even making a little progress. It’s really up to you if you have the courage to stand up for what you believe in.”

— Ann Phan, 12

Social media platforms, notably Facebook, have been the culprits of fake news. They blatantly lie and misinform their readers by criminalizing black people and presenting inaccurate facts about the government. It is not the social media platforms themselves, but those individuals that post with no accountability. 

“My parents are conservative. Fake news videos on Youtube and Asian websites spread hatred for black people. This propaganda targets our elders and shows only bad things like extreme photos of rioting,” sophomore Huy Nguyen said.

“Talking to Asian parents about racism and current events is extremely difficult because they’ve grown up in different environments and with different beliefs than us. It’s crucial to stay humble and calm to get our points across. It is also important educate ourselves so we have enough information to back up key points and debunk false news. Also, speak from a personal perspective and make analogies. Whether it is about them or yourself, talk about the struggles. It may not be as bad as others’ experiences, but it opens them up to a more empathetic view,” senior Ann Phan said.

If tensions get too high and the conversation gets ugly, take a break. You don’t wanna feel the wrath of a feather duster. The truth is that not everyone is ready to change or willing to listen. Change takes time and give it time to evolve.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”Mahatma Gandhi

“I have always been an empathetic person that puts myself in other people’s shoes. If I can overcome the pressure instilled in me from my family’s racist views and educate myself about discrimination and Black Lives Matter, why can’t other people?” senior Kim Nguyen said.

Opinions and views of this article were written from the author’s perspective.

RESOURCES

  • Ways to Help

https://blmsites.carrd.co

  • Starting the Dialogue Within the Home (International Languages)

https://lettersforblacklives.com/abou…

  • Anti-Racism Resources

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B…

  • Translated Vietnamese Letters About BLM

https://blmvietinfo.carrd.co/

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Students recall the the loss and mass hysteria of Moore War https://whsjagwire.com/7537/news-2/news/thatnight/ https://whsjagwire.com/7537/news-2/news/thatnight/#respond Fri, 17 Dec 2021 20:41:45 +0000 https://whsjagwire.com/?p=7537
Bleachers, once packed with the student section, become visible as spectators vacate the stands. Students, in mass panic, jumped on the field and over fences. (T.K. Hadden)

Bleachers, once packed with the student section, become visible as spectators vacate the stands. Students, in mass panic, jumped on the field and over fences. (T.K. Hadden)[/caption]

Friday, September 3 was a night to remember. For the first time in 20 years, the winning streak against the Moore Lions was broken, but that was not the only surprise of the night. With about 11 minutes left in the third quarter, chaos broke out on the home side where allegations of a gun being seen were made. The scare sent shockwaves through the crowd. The panic was under control within minutes, but the stories continue on. Everyone has a story and the following are in our students’ own words.

 

Junior Alecia Huff, Color Guard Captain:

“I was in the stands with every other person I’m pretty sure that was there. All I remember is looking over my shoulder to my left and seeing a police officer running up the stairs and then I was following him up. I was sitting there in shock. I even had a couple of panic attacks as it was calming down. When I got home I was sitting at the bar with my mom. We were just talking about it because she didn’t run. She listened to Ortega too. We were sitting there thinking what could’ve happened had it been real. She got over it quicker than I did. She said, ‘let’s not focus on the negative.’ I was like, ‘but if it was real I could’ve died.’”

Senior Xavier Ware, Receiver:

“We were doing a play. When the play was over, we turned around and just saw people yelling. I’m thinking in my head, ‘oh the crowd was getting lit they got faith in us.’ Next thing we know people start jumping off the ledge and we hear ‘it’s a gun, it’s a gun.’ We were disappointed at the crowd, like who would do something like that at the game? But we came back and we just pushed forward and said it was a mistake. We just got to move forward from it.”

Sophomore Callie Elrich, Cheer:

“I was on the sidelines and we were in the middle of doing a chant. Then I realized everyone was gathering together. I thought there was a fight at first. Then I realized that everyone was running away. So, I didn’t know what to do until Pom started running and our coaches told us to start running. I grabbed my poms and I ran because everyone was running. We didn’t want to get trampled on by the student section because they were jumping. I was just in a state of shock because I didn’t know what was happening until someone said there was a gun. Just the initial shock of it and seeing everyone. Even if there was no actual threat, it was a very stressful emotion to go through. I think anyone involved would say they felt very stressed and they wouldn’t want to go through that again.”

I wasn’t sure how to handle the situation. So, I just got down, started ducking, and waited for it to be over. Then I hear ‘duck,’ ‘get down,’ and ‘gun.’”

— Callie Castor, 12

Junior Avery Romines, Athletic Trainer:

“At first, it was really hyped, but after the whole incident happened, it just went downhill, but we’ll be back at it. I was on the sidelines. I just saw people running, so I ran over to my head athletic trainer, Tucker, and I told him what happened. I ran over to my dad, and I told him what happened. I kinda just stayed back, and then I heard it was a false alarm. I honestly got mad. Like, how did that even happen? I think it was just some kids messing around, saying things they shouldn’t, and it caused panic. And then it just grew. I just couldn’t believe it. I just never thought it would happen, especially during my years at Westmoore. It just took me by surprise. I just went silent. I didn’t know what to think. It was very weird.”

Senior Callie Castor, Student Section Attendee:

“I wasn’t sure how to handle the situation. So, I just got down, started ducking, and waited for it to be over. I was sitting in the student section watching the game and I saw a fight break out at the very top by the concessions. I looked and then just continued watching the game while my friend got a phone call from my mom. She started freaking out, she ran away and I was confused as to if she was okay. Then I hear ‘duck,’ ‘get down,’ and ‘gun.’ I just looked at my friends to see what they’re doing when they heard this. I see everybody rushing towards us and grabbing each other. People were jumping the fence to get onto the field, so I got down and held my head. When I looked up I saw the football players running off the field. I just kept being pushed around by everybody else that was running. When I finally calmed down and stopped crying I went to the very top of the bleachers and waited for them to let us go home. I was calling my mom and dad to tell them what was going on and when I started to leave I saw the cops on the sidelines.

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Angelic Yields: WHS organizations serve the community https://whsjagwire.com/7442/clubs/angelic-yields-whs-organizations-serve-the-community/ https://whsjagwire.com/7442/clubs/angelic-yields-whs-organizations-serve-the-community/#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2021 19:56:58 +0000 https://whsjagwire.com/?p=7442 With the year in more need of assistance, Westmoore delivered the holiest of yields. Angelic or holiest yield is a TikTok trend in which people return goods not only to restrooms but also to other locations. It is more than just returning goods at Westmoore. It is about giving back and sticking together during difficult times.

Wrestling Team

Required by the coaches to have 30 to 50 hours of community service a year, Westmoore’s wrestlers multi-task the sport while hitting the most angelic yields. Sharing Tree, Regional Food Bank, feeding the homeless, and picking up trash at school are some virtuous “hits” the wrestlers did.

“There are so many needs in our area, so it is nice to give our student-athletes a chance to help meet these needs. It allows them to build the habit of helping others. We hope we can simply positively impact the community. We want the community to know that there is a generation of great kids coming up,” wrestling coach Robert Hadden said.

Asian American Society

Asian Night Market Festival was one of Asian Americans Society’s bigger events. This year’s event tripled in size and was finally recognized as Oklahoma’s final cultural district with a mural on 25th and Classen.

“Despite the heat and labor though, AAS’s members stuck through and had a fun time looking at people’s smiles, enjoying the festival. We had members volunteer the day before for several hours, carrying cinder blocks, and setting up tents along the streets. On the actual day of the event, we had volunteers work shifts throughout the entire festival in different tents and booths, as well as activities for kids and adults alike,” AAS’s President, senior Chad Kim said.

National Honor Society

National Honor Society (NHS) also participated in their unique forms of angelic yields. The annual blood drive hosted by the Oklahoma Blood Institute was one event, in which both students and staff participated. That could save at least three lives. Determined to bring in the most donations, as they competed against Moore and Southmoore. NHS brought in a total withdrawal that can save at least 165 lives. They take part in many events including the Regional Food Bank, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Take Steps Walk, and Touch A Truck for the Pioneer Library System. Members recently volunteered for Haunt The Zoo at the Oklahoma City Zoo during October.

“I feel like we have made a strong impact on the community both in and outside of the district. Each year we also do gift wrappings and volunteer at the zoo, but we also reach out to wider issues like climate change and food shortages,” NHS Vice President senior Vivian Ha said.

Whether it is as little as picking up trash or setting up a big festival across three streets, the contribution from every student unifies the community. As with everything, this is only the beginning of us sending out our angelic yields with many more to come.

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LGBTQIA+ Experiences https://whsjagwire.com/7450/student-life/lgbtqia-experiences/ https://whsjagwire.com/7450/student-life/lgbtqia-experiences/#respond Fri, 05 Nov 2021 01:42:57 +0000 https://whsjagwire.com/?p=7450 Disclaimer/ Editor’s Note: Moore Public Schools condemns hate speech of any kind and is committed to creating an inclusive school environment for all. MPS believes meaningful discussions are imperative. Due to the sensitivity of this article, in order to protect the identities of students involved, names have omitted from this publication.

“I think that Oklahoma is working to be better, and I’m so proud of the community we have created together. I have a group that I can lean on and it becomes so much better to be a queer person living here. I’m so grateful for everyone who has helped me through things in the past.”

 

Lesbian

“I came to terms really early with my sexuality. Fortunately, I live in the city, and I rarely have come across people that have been hateful towards me. I’m not very open about my sexuality, and I prefer to not tell people about this side of me. In school, I hear students sling around words that sometimes make me feel unsafe. I could barely come out to some of my friends because I was unsure how they felt. I had a friend that told me all lesbians are predatory and that she didn’t want to be around me. I don’t like being stereotyped like this, because it makes me feel very isolated. This friend kept naming all of these stereotypes, but blanketed them with ‘no offense.’ She introduced me as her ‘gay friend’ to everyone I didn’t know. This made me feel more closed-up and anxious. It didn’t make me feel more self-conscious about myself, but it really made it hard to trust other people. I couldn’t be friends with her after that.”

 

Transgender

“I transitioned about three years ago. I wasn’t expecting anything negative, but there’s always the anxiety of “what if”, but for the most part everyone has been really nice and understanding. A couple of people did stop talking to me. Although they weren’t super close friends, it still hurt. I have been called a slur before. Some have been malicious in what they are saying, but others just say it without any anger behind the word. There have been a couple of people who have threatened to beat me up. I used to have long hair, and before I ever came out as trans I was finding reasons to cut my hair. Things like: oh, it’s heavy, I just want to have short hair, if I don’t like it then I’ll grow it out and in the back of my mind I’m just like- it’s because you’re a guy. My family struggles with names and pronouns, but they try. Sometimes I forget about my dead name, so if a sub is calling out roll, I forget to answer, which is really funny. I don’t mean to disrespect teachers when they call me by my dead name. I just haven’t seen myself as that person in a very long time. I have a really good support system with friends, classmates, and parents. I feel like I have really found the community I belong in.”

 

Non-Binary

“Sometimes it’s scary because I’m not out to my family. I don’t think I’m ready to come out to my family yet. They wouldn’t understand and definitely misgender me. I remember when I was really young, and I would try my brother’s clothes and I would feel really weird. Then when I wore my own clothes, I felt weird. Nothing really seemed to fit. I just don’t want to feel like I’m always masculine or feminine. I want to dress more androgynous, but I don’t want people to ask me about my gender. If I came out, my mom would probably tell me that I’m a girl. I don’t feel like a girl. I don’t really feel like anything. Sometimes it feels very trapping, especially in public because I get misgendered a lot. It hurts when people misgender me. There are people who misgender me on purpose, and it feels like no matter what I do, I’ll always be perceived as a girl.”

 

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Origins of Westmoore’s Women’s Wrestling https://whsjagwire.com/7491/uncategorized/the-origins-of-westmoores-womens-wrestling/ https://whsjagwire.com/7491/uncategorized/the-origins-of-westmoores-womens-wrestling/#respond Sat, 30 Oct 2021 05:39:01 +0000 https://whsjagwire.com/?p=7491 MOORE, OK – Stepping out under the big lights, a new team makes its debut. All weighed in and refueled, the competitors make their way to the stands. Now, it is a waiting game. The wait of who will be first on the bracket, who will battle, who will win within the top five, who will lose, who will leave a legacy – only one place would answer all these questions: the mat.

Sophomore Shelby Kemp and alumnus Mireya Lopez were the first to compete as the only female wrestlers. Last year, this new women’s team was created with the employment of Coach Kaitlin Ramos and these two pioneers.

“It was hard at first. We didn’t know what we were doing, but we kept showing up and it paid off,” Kemp said.

Last year, Kemp carved her name into school history as the first female wrestler to qualify at regionals for the state tournament. Not only was Kemp a freshman, but she had just begun her wrestling career.

My favorite part is that there’s a few of us, but the ones that are there are committed. You can tell. It’s great to be around people like that, that can push through being the minority and being the only ones there. You always know you have somebody. ”

— Shelby Kemp

“It felt great to qualify. It was the moment I realized all the work I did pay off, and it is when I finally realized that wrestling is what I want to do in high school and maybe college,” Kemp said.

Since Lopez graduated, it is now up to Kemp to carry on the legacy. She returned this season, joined by freshmen and transfers from other schools to the women’s program.

One special move-in was junior Aubrianna Smith, who relocated from Stillwater High School (one of the most decorated Oklahoma wrestling schools). She holds the title of Oklahoma Junior High State champ, two-time Oklahoma High School state placer and Iowa National Champion team member.

“I love it. I actually get to wrestle here because Westmoore accepts girls,” Smith said.

Last year, there were less than five girl wrestlers. Fourteen girls are now in the growing high school and junior high programs.

“I see the girls’ program growing in the future. I think that I was only the beginning and that there are going to be a lot more girls that will make it to State,” Kemp said.

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Tracy Tanyan Jr. continues his family’s dancing legacy https://whsjagwire.com/7483/showcase/tracy-tanyan-jr-continues-his-familys-dancing-legacy/ https://whsjagwire.com/7483/showcase/tracy-tanyan-jr-continues-his-familys-dancing-legacy/#respond Sat, 30 Oct 2021 05:07:03 +0000 https://whsjagwire.com/?p=7483 DRUM! DA! DRUM!

Bouncing to the beat of the drum, junior Tracy Tanyan Jr. shines like a star at his first-ever powwow. Tanyan Jr. first fell in love with powwows (Native American dances) around age six. Being surrounded by this culture his whole life, Tanyan Jr. was not shy to jump into the spotlight. His passion, love-to-learn and progress sprouted rapidly as he watched his family. Tanyan Jr. progressed exponentially as if he was meant to do this.

“I’ve been doing this ever since I first started to walk and haven’t stopped since, it’s one of the things that truly brings me happiness, ” Tanyan Jr. said.

The Tanyan family legacy is of successful dancers, whose presence still flows strongly within him and his siblings. When he was young, it was evident there was something special about Tanyan Jr. and dancing. As he continued dancing, he set a goal to succeed his older brother, Dan Tanyan. Dan played a big role in the Tanyan Jr.’s growth, from helping his little brother on the floor to supporting him in life. Having someone to compete with only deepened Tanyan Jr.’s hunger to improve.

Around age seven is when it really got more competitive to me. It felt great to be as good, if not better than my brother who is a well-known dancer.”

— Tracy Tanyan Jr.

Dan admitted that Tanyan Jr. progressed even quicker than he did when he was growing up. He has never seen Tanyan Jr. with fear in his eye. His goal never changed.

“Around age seven is when it really got more competitive to me. It felt great to be as good, if not better than my brother who is a well-known dancer,” Tanyan Jr. said.

He believes it is crucial to spread the ways of his people, especially after all the trauma they have been through. To him, this art form is a perfect way for him and his people to share their culture with the rest of the world. Being a part of the Ioway Tribe of Oklahoma and Seminole Nation as well as the Blackfeet Nation, Tanyan Jr. takes pride in educating others and proudly representing his beloved culture. With a passion, he intends to pass this art down many generations to come.

“His passion for dancing, athletics and even life is something I’ve always admired. He always keeps a positive outlook on life and doesn’t deter from what he believes in. I respect that,” Dan said.

Participating in powwows all over Oklahoma led him to win in 2019 the Men’s Grass Dance Special in Quapaw.

“It was amazing and an experience I’ll always remember for the rest of my life,” Tanyan Jr. said.

He has recently become the face of the newly opened First American Museum in Oklahoma City, which promotes awareness and educates the broader public about the first American nations.

Tying little Tanyan’s roach, Dan Tanyan saw his little eight-year-old brother perform at a Witchita powwow. (Photo Courtesy of the Tanyan Family and Friends)

“My biggest accomplishment is being able to be part of the First American Museum in OKC. It truly was special to represent my culture to such a big audience,” Tanyan Jr. said.

From first entering the dance arena in Perkins, Oklahoma at the Ioway Tribal Powwow to being the face on a momentous museum, Tanyan Jr.’s beliefs and love for dancing continues today. Every time he steps on the floor for a powwow, he has the same excitement he did when he was an eager kid.

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Atnip Brings Positive Vibe https://whsjagwire.com/7480/sports/brooklyn-atnip-cross-country-runner-proves-effort-is-more-important-than-talent/ https://whsjagwire.com/7480/sports/brooklyn-atnip-cross-country-runner-proves-effort-is-more-important-than-talent/#respond Fri, 29 Oct 2021 17:59:52 +0000 https://whsjagwire.com/?p=7480
Running the Westmoore practice course, sophomore Brooklyn Atnip finishes another lap during sixth-hour athletics. (Photo by Hannah Snow)

Inhale.

Exhale.

Sophomore Brooklyn Atnip throws one foot in front of the other, finish line in sight. She is home, surrounded by her teammates. Every day, Atnip proves that you don’t have to be the fastest runner to make an impact. You just have to show up and do the work.

Cross country is not a sport for the faint-hearted. With intense, almost daily practices in the blistering heat, one is easily tempted to give up and find a different sport. However, Atnip, a new runner, is not so easily swayed.

“Yeah, there are times when you want to give up because it’s kind of frustrating, like on the days you are super tired but you still have to keep going,” Atnip said.

Although cross country kids run individually at meets and strive for their personal best times, it is still very much a team sport. Atnip has become a huge part of the team by cheering on teammates at each meet with her optimistic attitude.

“She brings a positive vibe to the team and doesn’t ever complain,” Assistant Cross Country Coach Jennifer Everson said.

Finishing the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, senior Karsyn Hayes and junior Tykota Lena embrace after a long meet. (Photo Courtesy of the WHS X-Country Media Team)

Motivation and determination play a role with each run. It is with true grit that Atnip and her teammates accomplish their goals. She willingly puts her head down and keeps pushing, even if she is not always the fastest.

“I’m definitely not the best, but there’s always going to be people better than me. Just trying to be up there with them and trying to be better than them is pushing me to keep running,” Atnip said.

From start to finish, Atnip has shown what it takes to run a race– to run her race. Showing that it is not times that matter, but instead how to achieve those times. No matter the circumstances, she will give it her all.

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Students VS. Dress Code https://whsjagwire.com/7454/student-life/students-vs-dress-code/ https://whsjagwire.com/7454/student-life/students-vs-dress-code/#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2021 18:40:56 +0000 https://whsjagwire.com/?p=7454 Jordan Long: Have you heard about the protests down in Mustang?

Sutton Dozier: I’ve heard a bit about it, but I’m not an expert on it. Doesn’t it have to do with the dress code?

Jordan Long: Yeah, so basically students went outside the school and held up signs that read, “My body is not a distraction,” “Stop sexualizing girls,” and more. I heard 30 students got suspended because of it!

Sutton Dozier: That’s crazy! I’ve seen posts on Snapchat stories about possible walkouts but I didn’t know this wasn’t just a local thing, and nothing like that has happened at Westmoore.

Jordan Long: I never saw an actual walkout or any physical forms of protest, there have just been some verbal disputes here and there.

Sutton Dozier: I might ask around to see what I can find.

Jordan Long: That’s a great idea!

Sutton Dozier: So, I interviewed sophomore Ava Moody, and she talked about her experiences with dress code and how there seems to be a difference between how it is enforced on boys versus girls.

Jordan Long: Oh yeah? So what did she say?

Sutton Dozier: She had good insight. Specifically, “I don’t like how the dress code is being addressed to girls. It makes us insecure; the fact that we have to cover our stomachs whenever we pass teachers because we are afraid of getting dress-coded for our midriff. I understand bras and things like that but I don’t understand why it matters that we have two inches of our stomach showing.”

Jordan Long: I can kind of understand that. Did you ask anyone else what they thought?

Sutton Dozier: Yeah, I did. I decided to interview a boy to see if his perspective differed in any way. So, I interviewed senior Carson Hennessee.

Jordan Long: What did he have to say?

Sutton Dozier: He had an interesting viewpoint on the topic as well. His explicit words were, “I can say that having a dress code is definitely better than having to wear uniforms. For the most part, it’s a school, not a fashion show.”

Jordan Long: That’s understandable.

I don’t like how the dress code is being addressed to girls. It makes us insecure; the fact that we have to cover our stomachs whenever we pass teachers because we are afraid of getting dress-coded for our midriff. I understand bras and things like that but I don’t understand why it matters that we have two inches of our stomach showing.”

— Ava Moody, 10

Sutton Dozier: So what’s the deal with the dress code anyway? We’ve always had one so why do you think it’s being protested now?

Jordan Long: I think some girls feel targeted by the dress code and other students, teachers, and administrators feel like it is outdated. If girls are being sold shirts that show their shoulders and their stomachs, or anything else against the dress code. It’s hard to try and find clothing that fits within the dress code if that’s just not what stores are selling. Also, I think they’re being inspired by protests happening at other schools. Now, this isn’t to say I’m trying to take one side or the other, that’s just what some students are thinking right now you know?

Sutton Dozier: Makes sense. I would definitely like to see what some of the principals have to say on this. Get an administrative point of view on this, you know?

Jordan Long: That’s a great idea! I’ll interview Mr. Braggs if you’ll interview Mr. Ross?

Sutton Dozier: Works for me. Let’s see what they have to say.

Jordan Long: My interview with Mr. Braggs gave me a good laugh, but he touched on a topic that I’ve been really curious about for a while.

Sutton Dozier: Nice! Well, let’s hear it.

Jordan Long: He seemed to talk more about the professionalism of the dress code, this is what he had to say, “You have every right to do what you think you need to do, but we need to keep order and safety within our school. We are trying to prepare you guys for the outside world because if you go sit in front of your boss wearing a Playboy shirt, that won’t fly unless your boss is Hugh Hefner.”

Sutton Dozier: That’s awesome, and he makes a good point there.

Jordan Long: I know right! Anyways, what did Mr. Ross have to say?

Sutton Dozier: He had good insight, and changed my perspective a bit on the whole “reason why” of the dress code. He said, “I have a duty to limit or eliminate disruptions to the educational process. When students walk out of class, it’s a clear violation of that. If I allowed it, even if it was something that I agreed with, I would open the door for there to be protests about any issue that a group of students agreed upon. But my sole golden rule is that I have to protect the sanctity of the educational process.”

Jordan Long: I never thought of it that way. Regardless, what even is the purpose of the dress code?

Sutton Dozier: I think a question like that is open to interpretation. The thing is, like Mr. Braggs said, a large factor of it is to prepare students for life after high school and professionalism. And like Mr. Ross said, the end goal is to prevent deviations from the educational process.

Jordan Long: I can see that.

You have every right to do what you think you need to do, but we need to keep order and safety within our school. We are trying to prepare you guys for the outside world because if you go sit in front of your boss wearing a Playboy shirt, that won’t fly unless your boss is Hugh Hefner.”

— Mr. Braggs, 9th Grade Principal

Sutton Dozier: And that’s why reform is such a big part of having a dress code in the first place. Like you said, a big part of all of this is that it can be perceived as outdated by some. And you’re right about fashion trends playing a major role in the controversy.

Jordan Long: Yeah, I mean, we’ll never really have any policy that students and teachers unanimously agree upon. Some things just don’t stand the test of time, and things that used to work, might not work now.

Sutton Dozier: Yeah, you’re right about that. Mr. Ross had some interesting points on that too. He said, “We will never make a policy that everyone agrees with. When I rewrote the dress code to what we currently use, I took a lot of heat from both teachers and students. I probably wasn’t the most popular person for a while, but I never felt like the standard of having a student come in, taking some sort of measurement, and saying ‘you’re good to go’ or ‘you can go home,’ was the best interaction to have with students. Right, wrong, or indifferent, that’s what I set out to change.”

Jordan Long: I like that. Something like this is what changes people’s perspectives on things and gives them a whole different light on a topic like this.

 

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Good News Only: Cheer, Golf, Drama, Clubs & More https://whsjagwire.com/7446/clubs/good-news-only-cheer-golf-drama-clubs-more/ https://whsjagwire.com/7446/clubs/good-news-only-cheer-golf-drama-clubs-more/#respond Wed, 27 Oct 2021 17:30:05 +0000 https://whsjagwire.com/?p=7446 Cheer

The cheer team recently attended the State competition in Tulsa and came back with third place. On Saturday, September 25th, the team cheered their hearts out and their hard work paid off.

“It feels like we’ve accomplished something. We’ve worked through the difficulties the year has provided and we’ve come closer as a team,” sophomore Matthew Carmen said.

Golf

And another hole-in-one for this young golf player! After playing golf for seven years, junior Jaeya Mathis received the offer of a lifetime to compete in a golf tournament in sunny California. After being announced on television as one of two juniors chosen for the tournament, Mathis competed in the Pure Insurance Championship and finished with a score of -6.

“It made me feel like all of my hard work has paid off from all these years,” Mathis said.

Clubs/Organizations

Black Student Union (BSU), Key Club, HOPE Club, and Anti-Slavery Project all stepped up to the plate to spread a positive message to the community. On Wednesday, September 29th, all four groups held a chalking social outside the main entrance of the school. They left behind hotlines, motivational messages and more uplifting inspirations for students to walk by every morning.

“It was nice to see all these different clubs and organizations working together on a project,” BSU Vice President junior Jasmine Crabbe said.

Fast-Pitch Softball

Another grand slam for softball. Softball recently competed in Regionals and advanced to State. The tournament was held at Westmoore on October 6th through the 8th. The team managed to go head to head with three other teams and won. “Regionals definitely made us a lot closer. We worked very hard during our season to make it to our position in the postseason, all of our hard work has paid off,” junior Kennedy Lord said.

Drama

And that’s a wrap! On October 9th Westmoore Drama competed in the OSSAA One Act Regional Competition. Up against Choctaw, Mcalister, and Shawnee, they placed third and are currently advancing to state with their play “When Bad Things Happen To Good Actors.”

“It felt very rewarding to place and make it to state because it validated all of the effort put in and the time we spent working on it,” senior Julia Gunter said.

POM

Get ready to dance! Pom hosted a dance clinic for kindergarten through eighth grade. The team taught a dance to the kids, who then performed it at the Homecoming game. “It felt really good. I know a lot of the girls don’t get to go to a dance studio, so at least having one day where they can come and dance is good. These girls really love to dance,” junior Kylie Echard, a pom squad member, said.

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate has held a grand legacy over the past couple years. With six state titles under their belt, they have made an impact at every competition. Led by Coach Billy Ellis, the team has won state, regionals, and has had national qualifiers and placers. Their determination grows bigger and bigger every year.

“The legacy of Speech is one that we’ve had to protect and uphold. The people that came before us built this program, and we protect it. Speech is so much more than competition. It is a community. It is crazy to step into a team that is very nationally competitive and reigning state champions. It’s our job to protect that,” senior Harper May said.

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The Unstoppable Mrs. Reed https://whsjagwire.com/7440/uncategorized/the-unstoppable-mrs-reed/ https://whsjagwire.com/7440/uncategorized/the-unstoppable-mrs-reed/#respond Wed, 27 Oct 2021 17:08:54 +0000 https://whsjagwire.com/?p=7440 Good Ole’ South Dakota

Mrs. Reed is not an Okie as many of her students may have assumed. She grew up in Rapid City Hills, South Dakota, and went to Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.

“It’s just a beautiful country, there’s clear water, clear streams, crisp cool air, every time I go home I wonder how I left it,” Mrs. Reed said.

South Dakota is a happy place to her, and it will always be a place of comfort. It is also the place where her love for theater and performing bloomed. Dancing on tables and singing at the bar with Mount Rushmore in the background, Mrs. Reed was a member of the Ragtime Ricky and the Deadwood Dolls in Deadwood, South Dakota. The theater holds many memories for Reed such as it allowed her to express her creativity and emotion to others.

“I was in a lot of theater productions in college, and very close to my college is the town of Deadwood, South Dakota. During the summertime back then, it was full of tourist attractions, and some of my theater friends and I were a part of a group called Ragtime Ricky and the Deadwood Dolls. We would do old-style family-friendly saloon dances for the tourists,” Mrs. Reed said.

On Air

Mrs. Reed has had many interesting jobs throughout her life. Switching gears in college, she had a stint as a radio show host for her college’s country station in the early ‘90s. She was able to meet many up-and-coming country artists. She never thought at the time she was in the presence of future celebrities and would be a part of their start.

“I was fortunate to meet Martina McBride when she was just starting and visiting different radio stations with her husband as well as Garth Brooks when he started his first big tour, ” Mrs. Reed said.

Hole-in-One

If you did not know already, Mrs. Reed is the Assistant Girls Golf Coach. The sport is nothing new to her and something she has done her whole life. Even though golf started as just a hobby for Mrs. Reed, her skills are anything but amateur. Mrs. Reed was able to score a hole-in-one at just 12 years old, and her best 18-hole score is 78.

“I’ve always loved golf because it was a family thing we did growing up. It’s a great way to be outside, leave the laundry behind, the phone behind, just get outside and enjoy yourself with some company,” Mrs. Reed said.

AP English Language and Shenanigans

Reed is no rookie when it comes to teaching AP English Language & Composition (AP Lang). She is one of the OG’s of AP Lang, teaching it first when it was introduced to Westmoore. Her many years of experience has brought plenty of funny stories. She also comes from a family of teachers, so teaching mishaps are no surprise to her.

“One day around Christmas time, I was taking attendance and I called out one of my students’ names, but I got no response. I thought I had seen him earlier in the day, but thought nothing of it. As I was walking around the room teaching, I walked past the mini Christmas tree in my room. All of a sudden I feel a hand grab my ankle! He was curled up under the tree the whole time,” Reed said.

AP Lang has a reputation for being boring or rigorous, but with Mrs. Reed’s unique flair and the energy she brings to class her students are able to express themselves and have fun.

“She tries to keep it lighthearted, real, and fun. It’s not stressful,” junior Whitney Pino said.

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