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May 2012 Vol. 10 Vinita High School, Vinita, OK
Issue 5
Perusing the parking lot at school, the following items
were spotted in vehicles: Prom dresses, wallet, flat iron,
license plate, grocery, car-seat, fanny pack, almonds,
leopard blanket, dress from Dillard’s, Bacone College
envelope, McDonald’s sack, Extra Dessert Delight gum,
mothballs, cheerleading shoes, fishing net, football
helmet ear pads, paper with tic tac toe game (x’s won of
course), and a belt.
Parking lot finds....
Inside this edition
Courtesy of VHS music department
The Vinita High School Blue Notes Show Choir had the opportunity to perform at the Clay Cooper Theater in Branson, Mo. on May 4. The award-winning group of
students danced and sang for a live audience under the direction of music instructor Paula Hiseley.
by Jasmine Harrel/VHS Varsity Blue staff
The Vinita High School Top Scholars for the Class of 2012
include eight valedictorians, one salutatorian and one top
Valedictorians are: Lane Boyd, Jake Bullard, Clay Decker,
Ashley DuBois, Jake Roach, Alexandra Rush, Harley
Sparkman and Caitlyn Spurgeon.
The salutatorian is Kelli Gibson.
The top scholar is Nathan Reed.
In order to be named a VHS valedictorian, a student must
have a 4.0 or the highest GPA in the class, as well as have
completed 8 out of the 13 honors or AP courses.
The salutatorian has the second-highest GPA in the class and
must have completed 8 out of the 13 honors or AP courses.
To be a top scholar, students must have a 3.9 GPA or higher
and have completed 8 out of the 13 honors or AP courses.
Boyd is the son of Gavin and Stefanie Boyd. His activities
and honors include: Student Council, National Honor
Society, FFCLA, and Drug Free Youth (DFY).
Bullard is the son of Debbie and Jim Bullard. His activities
and honors include: being named to the All-State basketball
team and becoming Vinita’s alltime leading scorer in
basketball. He has also been active in track.
Decker is the son of Lecreatia Decker. His activities and
honors include: being named to the OSAO Quartz Mountain
Arts, National Youth Tour Essay winner, All-State chorus,
NCDA District Chorus 6-year member, Student Council
president, Spanish Club, Math Club, NHS, knitting club,
Senior Rotarian, and worship leader at First Christian
Church, Vinita.
DuBois is the daughter of David and Michelle DuBois. Her
activities and honors include serving as district president of
FCCLA, senior representative of Student Council, and being
a member of NHS.
Roach is the son of Tony and Tammy Roach. His activities
and honors include: being a four-year letterman in basketball
and football; a member of the National Honor Society;
Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and Seven Church Youth
Rush is the daughter of Bob and Kelly Rush. Her activities
and honors include: VHS Dance Team, 2-time Dance State
Champion, 2-time All-American Dancer, 3-time OSTDA
Academic All-star, Spirit and Technique Ribbon Receiver,
DFY youth, CEC, DECA, NHS, Junior Lion, Senior
Rotarian, Academic Bowl captain, 2012 Academic Bowl
District Champion, head crosscountry trainer, basketball
trainer, and head track trainer.
Sparkman is the daughter of Denise and Bryan Sparkman.
Her activities and honors include: NHS, Student Council,
Mat Maid, wrestling homecoming queen, Jr. Lion, Senior
Rotarian, and Girls State delegate.
Spurgeon is the daughter of John and Cindy Spurgeon.
Her activities and honors include: being named to the All-
State basketball team, becoming Vinita’s all-time leading
scorer in basketball, track, crosscountry, NHS, and Senior
Gibson is the daughter of Michelle and Tim Gibson. Her
activities and honors include: basketball, softball, track,
crosscountry, and cheer.
Reed is the son of Shelley and Scott Reed. His activities
and honors include: crosscountry, basketball, track, FCA
president, Boys State delegate, NHS, Senior Rotarian, and
member of 2012Academic Bowl district championship team.
Top scholars named to 2012 VHS graduating class
By Jasmine Harrel
For Earth Day, to get the
high school aware and in-
volved, StuCo was in charge
of a recycling project.
It was a competition to see
which class could gather up
Photo by Jasmine Harrel/Varsity Blue Hornet Media
Vinita High School’s top-ranking students in the Class of 2012 include eight valedictorians, one salutatorian
and one top scholar. They are (front, from left) valedictorian Ashley DuBois, salutatorian Kelli Gibson, vale-
dictorians Caitlyn Spurgeon (seated), Alexandra Rush, Harley Sparkman. Back: Jake Roach, Lane Boyd, Clay
Decker, Jake Bullard, and top scholar Nathan Reed.
the most recyclable material.
The senior class won hands
down, said StuCo adviser
Kathy Sooter.
They had piles and piles of
material collected. The entire
school raised several hundred
pounds of recyclable items
such as newspapers, maga-
zines, and plastic bottles.
The items were taken to
Grand Lake Recycling, and
the folks there insisted that
they pay for the items that the
students collected.
Sooter added that StuCo
received $100 from Grand
Lake Recycling, which they
will use for next year’s pep
assemblies and other StuCo
Students collect items for Earth Day - and reap the benefits of recycling
Congratulations Class of 2012!
We are proud of you!
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