Student Spotlight: Nathan BakerBy Arturo Lozano
One of the smarter and more quiet students at GHS is junior Nathan Baker.
Nathan is pretty well known for being one of the more quiet students in his class, but he shows that being quiet is an advantage for him. “I can get more information during class,” explained Nathan. “That helps me understand more.”
Being able to focus in class has helped Nathan achieve what he calls his greatest accomplishment. He went from making Bs and Cs in class to getting straight As for a whole semester. He did this by changing the way he acted. “I went from being a disruption in class to someone who is quiet and listens in class.”
After school, Nathan spends his time playing video games. “I like the creative games rather than the violent ones,” said Nathan.
He also enjoys having garage sales: “I have a garage sale at least once or twice every other week.”
In the future, Nathan plans to get a degree in biology at either OPSU, WSU, or OSU.
While he appreciates several things about GHS, he especially likes the way the students and teachers treat each other. “I like this school very much because all of the students have respect for each other and not many schools can say that.”
Eagles take to the roadBy Camden Duffy
For the past two semesters, many high school students have taken Drivers Education for class credit.
Coach Shawn Strain teaches the class during second period. The program focuses on bettering drivers. To complete the course, students have to have a total 30 classroom and 6 driving hours.
Before any driving occurs the students have to study Oklahoma driving laws. Junior Gabriel Medina explained, “We went over the book, and you couldn't fail a test or you can’t drive.”
Once they pass all the tests, students head out to drive with Coach Strain. For many, this is their first time behind the wheel. Medina, for one, thought the driving was much more difficult than the written part of the class.
The program puts new drivers through vigorous training to prepare them to drive as safely as possible. Strain explained that students practice driving through cones, making lane changes, and parking--among other important safety techniques.
Once students have passed the course and are fifteen and a half, they can get their driving permit from the DMV. Students have to take an electronic test and wait six months to take the driving test.
Drivers Education is open to all students over the age of fifteen.
Eagles Lose in second round of regional tournamentBy Gabe Medina
The Boys and Girls Basketball teams both participated in the Regional Tournament on Feb. 15-16. Both teams won their first-round games at Forgan, but ultimately lost in the second round at Elk City.
For the first round of Regionals, both Eagle teams came out with the dub. The girls game was closer than expected, but the Lady Eagles beat the Tyrone Lady Bobcats 41-40. It was a tough game but we pulled through, explained Freshman Kiley Slavin. “They were tall and athletic, but we’re happy to have won.”
Your Eagles beat the Forgan Bulldogs in the first round of the tournament and played with much enthusiasm. Sophomore JJ Espino said, “I was pumped when my name was called to go in the game.”
For round two, both teams headed to Elk City’s Pioneer Center to play Balko.
Your Lady Eagles started off the action. The first quarter saw the Lady Eagles locked in a shootout with the Lady Bison. The game was well-fought on both sides, but the Lady Bison pulled away during the second half, winning 42-22.
Pencie Stork recalled, “I feel we played well, but couldn’t get anything to go in the second half.” With this loss, the Lady Eagles’ season ended.
Your Goodwell Eagles boys also faced off against the Balko Bison, which was their third meeting of the season. Expectations were high since the Eagles had defeated the Bison at their first two games. But as the Eagles got better, so did the Bison.
The boys fought well through the game, but headed home with a loss. Regardless, Senior Nick Silva said, “I loved being there and playing with my teammates.”
Ag students compete at Local Stock ShowPhotos Courtesy of Calandra Rose
Eagles purchase class rings and moreBy Cale Halliburton
On Feb. 4, Herff Jones, a company who sells graduation items and class rings, visited our school.
Class rings are more than just a piece of jewelry you put on your finger. They are a reminder of all the memories you created from your time in school. Each ring is unique to the person who owns it.
Senior Marlin Hines said of his ring, “One side has my name and an eagle. The other has the sports I was in. And the top says Goodwell Schools.”
Class ring representatives have been visiting our school for years, and each time they visit, students are provided with an opportunity to create a lifelong memento of their time in school.
Coach Strain, who graduated from GHS in 1990, recalled that his class ring was white gold with a blue stone. “It had my football number on one said and said Goodwell Eagles on the other,” he said.
Mrs. Blickenstaff, a 2001 GHS graduate, had a silver ring with a purple stone. She recalled, “On one side was my name and basketball number. The other side said FCA 2001.”
Herff Jones also offers class merchandise. Hines, for example, purchased a Class of 2019 sweatshirt, and several juniors also bought hoodies.
Thanks to companies like Herff Jones, people can customize their rings, as well as other items, to represent what they’ve accomplished during their time in school.
Students learn laws of railroad crossingsBy Arturo Lozano
On Friday, Feb. 1, Officer Andrew Ramirez spoke to GHS High School students about the importance of being safe when crossing the train tracks during lunch.
Ramirez explained that if a train is stopped on the tracks, students should not climb over, under, or between the train cars since they don’t know if another train is approaching from the opposite direction. Instead, students must find a crossing that is at least 500 feet away from the stopped train.
Ramirez also stated that people have been badly injured and killed when they crossed the tracks when a train was stopped because they thought it was safe. However, it can be difficult to hear another train approaching, so students need the 500-foot space to see if it is actually safe.
Ramirez ended by explaining that when a train hits someone, there is a low chance of that person surviving. He also said, “I don’t like having to scoop up your body off of the tracks or tell a person’s family what happened.”
He hopes students will be more careful when walking across the tracks during off-campus lunch.
Track season to begin March 2By Kate Ross
The 2019 track season will begin as soon as the Eagles and Lady Eagles basketball season comes to an end on March 2.
Coaching the GHS track teams are Mike Stevens and Billy Pier. While Stevens is a returning coach, this is Pier’s first year.
“My goals for the team this year are to make it to state and finish in the top 3 in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200,” said Coach Stevens.
This year’s girls team will have six members, and the boys team will have eighteen. In addition to veteran runners, the team will have several new members this year.
Junior Nayely Licea said, “I’ve never done track before, and I just want this high school experience. I want to make new friends and try something new.”
This Thursday, Feb. 8, the school is hosting a pasta dinner in the GHS cafeteria as a send-off for the Eagles and Lady Eagles. The proceeds will go to the track teams.
Practices will be held after school at the Guymon Track & Field Arena. The first meet of the season is March 15.
Varsity Basketball to compete at District TournamentBy Gabriel Medina
This Friday, Feb. 8, the Eagles and Lady Eagles basketball teams head to Boise City to compete at Districts.
The Lady Eagles begin Districts playing a team they have already beat once this season, the Hardesty Lady Bison. If they win this game, on Saturday, they will face the Boise City Wildcats, who defeated the Lady Eagles 58-32 at their last meeting.
Head Coach Cary Corbin said that the girls have been spending a lot of time at practice to prepare for Districts. Sophomore Jaci McDaniel said, “By running pressure drills, we’re focusing on how to avoid turning over the ball.”
The boys’ road to the District Championships is a bit different.
Since the Hardesty Bison do not have a boys varsity team, the GHS Eagles will play the Boise City Wildcats on Saturday. The Eagles have a solid record against the Wildcats, beating them twice already this season. If the Eagles are victorious, they will advance to the Regional Championship.
Boys’ Coach Shawn Strain likes this match up but explained, “I know we are still going to have to come out and compete against Boise City.”
The top two finishers in this weekend’s tournament will advance to the Regional Tournament Feb. 14-16. Both teams hope to take one of these coveted spots.
With Districts nearing, community to attend send-off dinner for basketball teamsBy Cale Halliburton
This Thursday, Feb. 7, Great Western Dining is hosting a dinner in the GHS cafeteria to show support for the varsity basketball teams before they travel to the District Tournament on Friday.
The dinner will be from 5pm to 7pm. Tickets are $10 for teens and adults, $5 for elementary students, and free for kids in kindergarten or below. Funds raised will go to the GHS track team to help with costs for their upcoming season.
“Having this dinner is a great way to show support for the athletes and athletics programs here at GHS,” said Sophomore Tryan Grice, a varsity basketball player.
Come and enjoy a good meal while showing support for your Eagles and Lady Eagles this Thursday.
Library gets makeoverBy Camden Duffy
Over the summer, faculty and staff renovated the school’s library, moving K-12 books from their old site to two new locations. The change allowed Mrs. Schreiner to relocate her English classroom from the old middle school annex to the High School hall.
Mrs. Schreiner’s former classroom now houses elementary and middle school fiction, most nonfiction, and all reference books. The high school fiction and some nonfiction is in Dr. Ondyak’s English classroom.
“I think that the library is a good fit for the high school classroom,” said Dr. Ondyak. “It fits nicely in the back of the room. Plus, students can access the books easily and see new additions on a regular basis.”
Many people divided the labor, including Mr. Schreiner and his family, Dr. Ondyak, Jori and Dalli Simmons, and Mr. Stallings. Dr. Ondyak weeded and separated the books before the Schreiner family moved the shelves to the new locations. Mrs. Simmons and her daughter, junior Dalli Simmons, then did most of the heavy lifting and moved the books.
The location change also allowed faculty to review and adjust the books in the library’s collection. Junior Christopher Hays said, “I didn’t like the old library because the books were just falling apart.” Junior Dustin Glover added, “I like the new library because it is convenient in Dr. Ondyak’s room and the books are in good condition.”
Although the number of books has decreased, over $200 dollars of new books are now available to students. Dustin said, “I like the new books because they are interesting to more readers.” Thanks to a generous monetary donation from a local church and the funds raised last spring by selling off old or duplicate books, students can choose from more modern books that appeal to our generation.
New school schedule provides time for improvement By Cale Halliburton
GPS has made many changes this year, with the most noticeable being the new schedule. The school day now ends at 3:00, with some Fridays ending at noon. The school day also has seven, rather than eight, class periods. According to school officials, the abbreviated schedule offers opportunities to better the school as a whole.
Proposals for a new schedule began last spring. Administration created several schedules that teachers voted on. After the vote, the school board approved the winning schedule.
It’s unknown if the new schedule will be better than the old one, but for now it seems teachers and students prefer it to the old one.
Senior Brody Hines is one such student who thinks this schedule is better than the old one, saying he likes it better because you get out earlier and have more time after school to do what you want.
English teacher Mrs. Schreiner also commented about the schedule change, saying she likes it because it gives teachers time to complete their state-required professional development training.
The schedule change allows teachers more time to improve as teachers since they have more time to focus on training or organizing their classrooms or lesson plans, which help the school function better. One type of professional training helps teachers learn how to differentiate instruction so students can better understand the material. All of this couldn’t be done as efficiently without the change of schedule.
So far the community has raised no objections about the change, so the new schedule will continue until a need is required.
“Be somebody you can be proud of”By Goodwell Tribune Staff
Goodwell’s Chief of Police, Andrew Ramirez, visited GHS on Friday, Aug. 17 to address responsibility and respectability with 6-12th grade students.
Ramirez, who has lived in Goodwell for 12 years and has been the chief-of-police for 11 and a half years, has two children who are currently enrolled at GPS.
He thought it was important to visit the school, stating, “I wanted to have a chance to empower you with the realization of how much power you have as individuals and a group.”
His message focused on ways to set goals and persevere both inside and outside of the classroom.
Ramirez explained that by setting long-term goals, students will be able to “Be your best self.” He added, “You all have the ability to be successful.”
To help students understand how to successfully reach their goals, Ramirez advised, “Focus on how each day gets you closer to your goal.”
He explained that every action you take is either a step towards or a step away from your goal, so we should all be aware of our choices.
“We are all guides for someone,” Ramirez said. He challenged students in 6-12 to be positive role models for those in elementary grades. He also motivated them to make time for younger students because this interaction will help them feel important and behave responsibly.
Ramirez also suggested that students take time for themselves. He challenged them to “treat yourself better than you do now.”
He ended his motivational speech by telling the students of GHS, “there is nothing wrong with you. You are your own person, so work toward your goals.”
He hopes that students will “take away that they have an immeasurable impact on their community, the quality of their own lives, and improving their own and others’ experience in the school and in their personal lives.”
And the students did respond positively to his message. Sophomore Kyle Franklin said, “I thought it was very motivational. It can help kids who are struggling with motivation about things, like achieving their goals.”
Junior Avery Evans agrees. She said, “It was inspirational. It taught me a lesson about life: always believe in your dreams.”
Ramirez’s message resonated with GPS students, and the event was an all-around success.