Class of 2017 Recognized on Senior Night

Dalee Barrick, Editor

Every year, Waurika High School hosts a basketball senior night. On Tues., Feb. 7, the tradition continued with a night to remember as the Waurika Eagles took on the Grandfield Bearcats.

Members of the community, as well as family and friends attended the festivities to honor senior basketball players, members of the power-lifting team and managers. For many, the night was an emotional rollercoaster.

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Courtesy photo. Following the ceremonies the seniors and their proud parents gather for a group photo.

“I was overcome with emotion,” senior mom Jennifer Cathey said. “Seeing how grown-up Sage has become makes Scott and I extremely proud we are his parents. To top it off, we were given the honor to stand in for La’Quaras Augustine’s parents and, we are also very proud of him.”

Family and friends were not the only ones overjoyed for the class.

“Watching the seniors and their parents at senior night made me very proud,” WHS math teacher and senior sponsor Ann Hodges said. “It speaks highly of this group of kids who are in so many activities. The number of seniors being recognized was
almost overwhelming for a school this size, and didn’t even include the thirteen senior band students who played the National Anthem before the game. I am so pleased with the Class of 2017. I look forward to hearing of their future successes.”

Courtesy photo. Band director Everett Hodges leads senior band members in the National Anthem.

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Band director Everett Hodges leads senior band members in the National Anthem.

Senior Night is always an emotional time for those soon to graduate.

“On one hand, it is exciting to start a new chapter of my life, but on the other hand, I am sad that this chapter of my life is coming to a close,” senior basketball manager Destiny Zinn said. “Most of my classmates have grown up together and just the thought of not seeing each other every day is sad.”

Courtesy photo. Senior Logan Bernard gives his mom Mary an emotional hug.

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Senior Logan Bernard gives his mom an emotional hug before he and his parents (Jim and Mary) move to their place on the floor with the other parents and seniors.

Since it was the senior basketball players’ last home game at WHS, it was especially hard on them.

“Considering I have had difficulties with my shoulder, I have been unable to play for a majority of the basketball season,” Senior Basketball Player Logan Bernard said. “Being able to finally suit-up and play as a starter on Tuesday night was a big deal to me.”

Courtesy photo. Senior Skylar Bartling and parents (Roy and Sandy) wait patiently as her many accomplishments are announced.

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Senior Skylar Bartling and parents (Roy and Sandy) wait patiently for the announcing of her many accomplishments.

The Lady Eagles were victorious over the Lady Bearcats, 43–26. Senior Alyssa Masoner was the leading scorer with 14 points.

In the boys’ game, the lead changed numerous times; however, at the end of the game the Bearcats were on top, 50–47. Senior Tanner Faucett led the team with 19 points.

The Eagles and Lady Eagles basketball teams will play at the Southwest District basketball games hosted by Waurika on Fri. and Sat., Feb. 10-11.

The boys’ team plays on Fri., Feb. 10 at 8:30 p.m. A win allows them to advance to the finals on Sat., Feb. 11th.

After receiving a bye for the first round of play, the girls’ team automatically advances to the finals on Sat., Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

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