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How to Save a Life

Students Prepare to Give Blood Addie Roling   Staff Writer   There will be a blood drive on Friday, September 30, where students ages 16 and above will donate a pint of blood to the Carter Bloodcare center. “I want to give blood because it is for a good cause and I could possibly save someone’s life because of it,” junior Kate Pullen said. According to Carter Bloodcare, each blood donation can save up to 3 lives. This donation is called...

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Reaching Horizons

Seniors meet to watch sunrise   Mackenzie Brown    Co-Editor-in-Chief   To kick off the school year, some of the senior class met at the football field on September 22 to watch the sunrise together as a fundraiser. They will have the chance to meet again near the end of the school year at the Senior Sunset. “It was pretty cool to be the first class to do something like that,” senior Chloe Marsh said. The group of seniors woke...

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Monster Truck Rally

Education Foundation Hosts Annual Monster Truck Rally Isaac Rodriguez   Staff Writer   The education foundation held its 8th annual Monster Truck Fall Nationals on Saturday, September 10 at Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore. This show was the largest ever brought to East Texas, with 6 trucks and a motorcycle exhibition. Almost every part of the show was ran by school faculty and students, from elementary P.E. coach Mary Underwood selling shirts to superintendent Mike Gilbert directing vehicles in the parking lot....

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A Step in the Right Direction

Band members take new leadership positions     Kate Pullen and Aubrey Werner Staff Writers     In order to prepare for the upcoming marching season, the White Oak High School Regiment of Roughnecks began two-a-days on Monday, August 1. “I let the seniors have more control this year because a program only gets better when the people inside it actually take ownership for it,” Steele said. As the new seniors stepped up, the band experienced multiple changes. Many leaders...

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Lochte out of Heaven

US Swimmer disgraces nation     Sabrina Smith Staff Writer     After a fun night out with three swimmers on his swim team, US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte spoke to multiple news outlets claiming he had been the victim of a robbery at a gas station. As the story gathered speed, many people speculated his story was fabricated, stretched or a cover-up. They were right. After light was made of the fact that Lochte and three of his teammates...

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Community gathers for annual athletics kickoff     Kason Kienzle Sports Editor     Football players, volleyball players, cross-country runners, coaches, flag runners, trainers and cheerleaders all fill the room with one thing in common: chicken. Every year, every high school student and parent who participate in a fall event get together for the well-known “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.” Each year, with the school year just around the corner, the Chicken Dinner kicks off each upcoming fall sport. This year’s...

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8:25 Schedule

School board puts the first ever PLC schedule in place     Jesse Gaut Staff Writer     Starting on September 7, the Wednesday after Labor Day, the school is implementing a new schedule that will make school start at 8:25 a.m. on all Wednesdays instead of the traditional 7:55. “This is my first school I have taught at that has done something like this,” counselor Mrs. Pearce said. “I am very excited to see what this change brings.” This...

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FFA Stockshow

FFA hosts first annual livestock show     Mackenzie Brown Co-Editor in Chief     After a summer of planning, the White Oak Future Farmers of America [FFA] chapter hosted their first annual livestock show on August 21 at the Longview Rodeo Arena. “We starting by gathering sponsorships back in May of the last school year,” agriculture teacher Mrs. Meyer said. “We had a lot of companies and even some individuals donate their money to help us host this thing....

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Memorable Moments

The cast of White Oak’s One Act Play competed at the district level on Saturday, March 26. White Oak performed Brian Friel’s ”Dancing at Lughnasa.” The play is a story about a man, Michael Evans, that encounters the nostalgia of two distinct memories as a child. Throughout the play, the memories outline one of the beloved members of the family: the radio that brings a modern sound to a traditional Christian home. “Choosing ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ by Irish playwright Brian...

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Academic Advancements

After winning first place as a school at the district meet for the University Interscholastic League [UIL], White Oak High School will compete at the regional UIL meet on April 23 in Brenham. “We have some teachers that like to be winners, and we have the best kids in the United States, and they do not like to lose” principal Dan Noll said. “If you don’t like to lose, you won’t lose.” The regional meet will be hosted at Blinn...

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