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VOL. 12 • NO. 5 • MAY 2017





Pomp and Circumstance!

Making it Grain

The Sparrow Project

Crossing the River

It's the day nearly every student longs for with a passion: Graduation! We celebrate the senior class at each of Moore's high schools, along with a trio of special graduates who have high hopes for the future.

Moore resident Patrick Glueck has a passion for beer and he's sharing that zest for all things hops and barley with the world through a hilariously informative video review series.

In a time when services to various groups are being cut all across the country, a group of local residents has banded together to create a unique support system for individuals with special needs.

Family and faith play a major role as Southmoore quarterback and top national recruit Casey Thompson chooses to continue his football career south of the Red River.

From the Editor May is a special time of the year for thousands of students across the Moore Public School District. The Cox Center will be full of family and friends as they take those important steps of transition from high school onto paths that will take each of them into adulthood. In this issue of the Moore Monthly, we celebrate graduation and the hope for the future that all of these young people share.

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You'll hear from one of the nation's best quarterbacks, Southmoore's Casey Thompson, who surprised nearly everyone by committing to the University of Texas. Also, a look inside the very unique Sparrow Project and how it's providing support and direction for the community's special needs residents as they look to establish a place in this world. Enjoy the May issue of the Moore Monthly! - Rob Morris Editor

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Moore Class of 2017 Madison Abell Dimitrius Acrey Cappaicino Adams Chase Adams Gretchen Adams Alexis Aguilar Rebecca Aguilar Bradley Aker Camron Alexander Luke Ames Austin Anders Phitsanu Anderson Sydney Anderson Tezla Anderson Maura Aponte Lilliandelrisa Arnold Mikayla Arnold Corbin Ary Gary Atkins Heather Atkins Shelby Avery Alanna Baker Carlo Balderas Huerta Jaqueline Barboza Kyla Barkley Alexis Barnett Bradon Barrett Kimberly Barrientos Timothy Barth Austin Bates Justin Baumel Tavius Baysinger Chelbi Bearden Marie Beausoleil Aubrey Beaver Kyle Beavers Isaiah Begley Levi Bell Matthew Bennett Briana Benson Emily Berghom Jill Berglan Samantha Bernal Mason Berryman Zachary Bingham Logan Biswell

Toby Black Cryslyn Blackburn Taylor Blagg Richard Blaskie Jenna Bleacher Stacy Bobo John Boggs Jonas Boren Jada Boyd Justus Bradley Aaron Brandon Brook Brannum Ian Briskey Katherine Brodie Tanasha Brown Huy Bui Asia Buie Bailey Burns Korde Busby Logan Butcher Tyree Campbell Daquan Carbajal Bailey Carey Leticia Caro Joshua Carrethers Keegan Carter Cassandra Casillas Alexander Casillo Dillan Casler Zoe Castillo Thomas Cavner Chelsey Chronister Reilly Clapp Courtney Clark Bianca Clift Madelyn Cockrell Kaylee Cole Madison Coleman Lakaya Collins Vaden Compton Jacob Conder Tyler Conger Quintin Conner Austin Cooper Casey Cooper Braden Corcoran

Kira Cornelius Brett Cornman Jesa Cornwell Jordan Cotton Tyrone Cozart Christine Crain Hannah Crewse Pamela Cross Zoie Crum Clarisa Crump Danny Cumpton John Cupps Deanna Daniel Antonio Daniels Christopher Daniels Billy Davidson Ethan Davidson Jonathan Davis Levi Davis Marc Davis Alexis Dawes Brooklyn Day Elaine Dean Hayley Dean Kyle Decoster Joshua Detweiler Charlie Dewberry Brian Diaz Melgar Tanner Dillon Kenneth Djanie Phuoc Doan Andrew Dobbs Marshall Dobbs Matthew Donelson Adrianna Dooley Justin Dossey Olivia Douthit Morgan Duffiney Christopher Dufresne Samantha Dumas Kayla Duncan Dimeon Dunlap Amanda Durbin Lucas Durocher Madison Dysart Quindyn Earnest

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The Graduates of Moore

May is graduation month for all three high schools in Moore. In this issue, we say congratulations to all of our high school students! In addition to printing the names of every graduating student, we have also highlighted a student from each high school. Dr. Seuss wrote, “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” and that is our sentiment exactly as we celebrate with our high school students who are Kourtnee Lewis Devin Logan Brooklinn Long Kobe Looper Karen Lopez Miguel Lopez Zechariah Loredo Logan Lujan Marley Lunsford Chelsea Mabry Kylee Manning Brianna Manvell Corrine Marchesano Karla Marin Caleb Marks Mireya Marquez Braeden Martin Braydon Martin Brooklyn Martin Kaleigh Martin Cesar Martinez Maria Martinez Gracie Mason Dawson Mata Cheyenne Maxey Zachary Mayes Brantley Mccart Hannah Mccarty Krysta Mcclary Noah Mccord Joshua Mccormick Eric Mccown Paul Mcculloch Maurice Mcgleish Nicolas Mcintire Mavin Mclemore Delaney Meade Taylor Meek Jorge Mendoza Natalie Mercer Anthony Michel Justin Middleton Corbin Milchesky Garry Milchesky Cameryn Miller Dylan Miller

Lofton Miller Jaden Milner Kennedy Mitchell Matthias Mock Emily Moffeit Bryce Moody Skyler Moomey Caitlin Moore Shelsea Moore Amanda Moreno Bryan Morgan Randell Morgan Steven Morgan Euriah Morris Noah Morris Raylee Morris Adrianna Morrison Dylan Mosley Corrine Murden Prince Murphy Ryan Musae Kylie Muzzy Ryan Myers Riley Nail Combs Tyler Nelson Filip Nemec Ryan Newkirk Caleob Newman Anne Marie Nguyen Katherine Nguyen Nadine Nichols Essence Nicholson Lauren Nicholson Michael Niehoff Cade Norman Richard Northington Rylee Novak Jayla Nowlin Jaci Noxon Lauren Oconnor Colton Oestreich Shannon Ohara Grace Ojeda Jaicee Olguin Carissa Oliver Makenna Orth

Connor Osborn Gabriel Osei Noah Owens Giselle Oyler Jared Oyler Brendan Palmisano Ashlyn Pappadopoulos Dan Paredes Caleb Parks Jermaine Parks Bailey Paschetti Jazzmon Paton Grant Patterson Ryan Paul Jenna Perdue Cindy Perez Ericia Perez Alyssa Perry Blake Perry Emery Perry Zane Perusse Kiley Peters Timothy Peterson Michael Pham Ray Pham Dayton Phillips Benjamin Plange Marc Pollard Austin Porter Samantha Porter Briana Prescott Gabriel Prindall Jasmine Randles Collins Grant Reeves Matthew Reeves Johanna Reza Ricky Rhodes Catti Rice Taylor Rice Dylan Richardson Lyric Rickard Tyler Rickman Ericka Rivera Nathan Rivera Dylan Roberson Aiden Roberts

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packing their bags for college, moving off for the very first time, getting their very first “real” job or their first apartment or are simply starting their lives as adults. Good luck to all of you! Remember where you came from, but focus on where you are going. But always be proud to call Moore your home. Congratulations Class of 2017! Brooke Robinson Nathan Robinson Shala Robinson Troy Robinson Monique Robinson Spratt Javier Rodarte Brian Rodriguez Natalie Rodriguez Taylor Rodriguez Kyle Rogers Maria Rojas Cody Rokitka Brittney Rossman Jacob Rule Michaela Rumsey Monterio Russell Hayden Ryals Jessica Sackett John Sadler Tristian Saenz Yvonne Saenz Elizabeth Salgado Mckenzie Salyer John Sanders Elizabeth Saner Burrell William Sappington Joseph Sarrington Riley Sathers Caitlin Sawall Autumn Schrader Damien Schroeder Marcus Seabourn Tashara Seay Tayvon Sedberry Ethan Self Stephen Selph Terren Shay Tyler Shelton Alexa Sheppard Madysen Shifflett Deija Short Caleb Simmons Allison Sloan Jada Small Andrew Smith Calvin Smith

Chaz Smith Dwanique Smith Katie Smith Morgan Smith Samantha Smith Troy Smith Tyler Smith Giann Solano Paipa Rylan Sorensen John Southerland Anthony Sprouse Jeremy Staley Micah Stanley Logan Stapleton Arien Stevenson Amanda Stiles Jason Stoliby Ashley Stone Harmonie Sullivan Jordan Summers Natalya Sutter Brooklyn Suttle Leslee Swinford Masashi Takashima Spencer Talbot Abigail Tarlton Michael Taylor Christian Terwilligar Austin Tharp Nicklas Tharp Jared Thompson Mikayla Thompson John Thornton Justin Tibbs Taylor Tolle Kate Tovar Anh Tran Anthony Tran Fortuneit Traylor Jacob Tremko Jeffrey Trimble Savannah Trotter Andre Tucker Vanessa Underhill Brianna Vance Ashley Vap

Jake Vaughn Tyler Vaughn Jaclyn Vestal Lydia Wagner Justin Wagnon Brenden Walker Charon Wallace Victor Ware Maddux Warren Charles Watkins Christofer Watson Logan Watson Jasmine Webb Nola Webster Zachary Wesner Madelyn Wharton Life Whitaker Alexzandra White Andrew White Tyler White Peter Whitfield Shaylah Whitthorne Caleb Wiedmer Emileigh Williams Dahliyah Williams-Cheatham Abel Wills Brooke Wilson David Wilson Morgan Wilson Weston Wingo Colton Winters Grace Wisdom Kyle Wise Amber Wolford Marissa Wong Emily Wood Hayley Woodruff Joann Woods Jerry Wooten Gloria Wright Emily Wyatt Taylor Yahola Christopher Yarbrough Chyna Zackery Brianna Zenzen Tyler Zielke


Moore High Student Earns Scholarship to Emory University

Senior Madelyn Haden from Moore High School has always done well in school, and she has the resume to prove it. With a list of clubs and organizations as long as my arm, it is no surprise that Haden was granted almost $40,000 in scholarships and grants to attend Emory University in Georgia in the fall. After earning a 33 on the ACT and a 1360 on the SAT, Haden had some choices to make for college, and that’s when she made the decision to go to Emory. Haden will be studying Global Health and Microbiology at Emory and hopes to someday work with the International Red Cross as a doctor or with the Center for Disease Control as a virologist. Haden wants to work with people who are in refugee camps. “There is not enough research being done about what happens when you put people in refugee camps,” explained Haden. “These people are being put into these camps without enough water or proper shelter, and no one is looking at how disease and viruses are being spread in these communities.” Haden has always been interested in science, but after placing third in state in Science Seminar her sophomore year, the program lost its funding.

“After my sophomore year at Moore, Science Seminar lost its funding. The year before, my partner and I earned third place in state with our research on blue green algae in Lake Thunderbird. We learned that calcium carbonate can kill it and keep it from reproducing. During our junior year, we had planned to conduct research on a bigger scale when the program was cut.” But Science Seminar is just one of many programs and activities that Haden belongs to. She was also on the leadership committee in Key Club, president of the Safe and Sound Program and vice-president of the National Art Honor Society. She is in National Honor Society, the National Society for High School Scholars, the National Junior Classical League and the Academic Team. Haden is also active in sports as part of her Varsity Track and Field Team and the Bowling Team. She is also a founding leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of The Jungle at Moore. She has taught for four years at Highland Baptist Church, is a Fall’s Creek Youth and Children’s sponsor and counselor, and a VBS mascot, teacher and worship assistant. In addition to earning a grant from Emory, Haden won the Moore Alumni Scholarship,

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was an Academic All-State and is a semifinalist for the Presidential Scholar Award (given to the top 800 students in the nation). She was also just recently nominated as the South Oklahoma City Student of the Year. Haden will graduate third in her class and has received recognition as Student of the Month, Pre-AP Chemistry Outstanding Student, AP Biology Top Student, Outstanding Science Student, 2016 Graduation Reader and the Artist Showcase Recipient. When asked about her most influential teacher, Haden didn’t hesitate, “Ms. Janet Roach. She taught me how to express my opinions in an eloquent way that would be more accessible to my audience, both in writing and in speech!” Haden hopes someday that her education will afford her the opportunity to be a medical missionary in Kenya, Southeast Asia or the Middle East. “We have the obligation to go from human to human where people don’t have anything,” explained Haden. “It’s an ethical responsibility that we all have.”


Westmoore Class of 2017 Nadia Aitouddahi Jacob Alcorn Adrian Almaguer Julisa Alvarez Bayleigh Anderson Dylan Andrews Lawrence Anlauf Manuel Aponte Lacy Archer Jemima Armenta Enely Arroyo Bryan Ausmus Shannah Autaubo Johlon Babb Elizabeth Baker Max Baldridge Alaina Baltrush Colby Banks Bailey Barber Harshil Barot Hector Barraza Brady Bateman Katya Bautista Oscar Bautista Brice Beasley Preston Beavers Derek Beier Justice Bennett Mila Bennett Aubrey Beres Amada Berrios Devin Birdwell Tyler Birkicht Caymen Bishop Savonne Black D Maurie Blackburn Brittany Blake Ryan Bleecker Jacob Blumenthal Natalie Bohanan Romeo Bolden Grace Bourn Taryn Boyland Alize Bradford Shyla Bradford Brandon Branham Kyle Branham Caroline Brewer Matthew Brockman

Taylor Brooks Britt Brown Gabriella Brown Kristen Brown Lacie Brown Lauren Brown Brandon Bui Mason Butler Rachel Campbell Jasmine Cardenas Dante Cardoza Corey Cargill Marely Carrasco Adrianna Carrion Sydney Carson Aaliyah Carter Carlos Castellanos Kristin Caster Eli Caudillo Aaron Cavazos Caitlin Chance Kwan Choi Ethan Claude Cody Coats Cody Cockrum Bryce Cody Bryce Coleman Spencer Cook Nicholas Coolahan Grant Cooper Laurenne Cordon Russell Sarah Corn Riley Corona Maegan Cory Logan Cottrell Jessica Cowell Caleb Cox Britney Crowe Steven Cummings Elijah Cunningham Jeremy Curliss Nathan Daniel Tyler Darlin Haley Davey Blake Davis Kade Davis Samantha Davis Kyleigh Day Jackson Dedrick


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Westmoore’s Roman Wright Headed to OBU Senior Roman Wright from Westmoore High School is no ordinary student. It’s not enough that she scored a 35 on her ACT, or that she is an All-State actor or first alternate to nationals in Speech and Debate. It’s not enough that she is an officer in the National Honor Society and a senator in Student Council. Wright was also granted a full tuition scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee to study nursing. “The nursing program at OBA is incredible!” explained Wright. “But I still wasn’t sure if that’s where I wanted to go to school. So, I also visited Baylor University, and that’s when I realized that no matter where I went, nothing would compare to OBU.” Wright came to Westmoore via private school her sophomore year. “I came from a private Christian school where I had nine people in my class” said Wright. “It was hard to come to Westmoore initially, but I have adjusted, and I’m so glad I made the change.” Wright credits Westmoore for giving her the self-esteem she needed to succeed. “Being in a private school that small, you don’t have as much of an opportunity to meet people, and you get stuck in your comfort zone. Being at Westmoore made me a lot more confident to actually step-out, and that boosted my self-esteem.” One of Wright’s best memories at Westmoore was with the drama program. “I went to a private school until my sophomore year, so when I came to Westmoore, I learned that getting recognized as an All-State actor is actually a thing! So, the best memory I have is at one act play contest at state this year. When I heard my name called to be an All-State actor, that was just an incredible experience.” Wright also qualified for state in humorous duet acting and dramatic interpretation acting, placing fourth in dramatic interpretation at state in Speech and Debate. She also won

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first alternate to nationals in dramatic interpretation. When Wright first started at Westmoore as a sophomore, she met a teacher that would forever change her life. “Deanne Pence is the teacher who made the most difference for me at Westmoore,” explained Wright. “And I say this without hesitation. I came in my sophomore year and I had to be in a lot of freshmen classes to catch up. Ms. Pence and I had a connection from the start. She was my biology teacher and my volleyball coach. She is always encouraging me. She’s an exceptional teacher and coach. She is really good at making personal relationships, and she is very good at making you feel valued.” Senior principal Billy Langford said that Wright is one of their most well-rounded students, “She’s had the total experience here at Westmoore, both academically and with extra-curricular activities. She represents Westmoore every day in very high standards. We’re lucky to have her here.” But Wright still has some worries about starting college in the fall, “My main concern is that I will jump in head first and overwhelm myself. Nursing is not an easy major and I’m also doing the honors program, so I’m worried that I’ll take on more than I can handle. And I’m already notorious for not saying no.” But Wright has a great support system. Between her parents and her teachers and coaches at Westmoore, she is on the right track. “I am resistant to change, so stepping out of that bubble is scary.” With Wright’s track record, she has nothing to worry about.


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Southmoore’s Quindon Lewis Heads to Memphis Southmoore senior Quindon Lewis is a talented young man. He has earned a full scholarship to play football at Memphis in the fall. He’s a great motivator. He’s well-liked by his teachers and peers. He has a great outlook on life. He set a goal for himself early on in life and achieved it. But one more thing is for certain. Lewis appreciates the people who helped him become who he is today. Lewis lives in a house with strong women, and his mom Latrisha Lewis has always been in his corner. “My mom is pretty crazy!” explained Lewis. “She’s more competitive than I am, and she is the loudest at all of the games!” And his sister makes sure to keep Lewis in line as well, “She’s the craziest one! She’ll try to tell me what to do with girls and things!” And senior principal Julia Black has been supporting Lewis from the beginning, “When Quindon was in elementary school, he and his friends would come to the games, and he would beg to come on the field. If we were winning and there were not many people on the sidelines, I would sometimes open the gate and let them in. Even at that age, Quindon used to say, ‘I’m going to be playing one day Ms. Black.’” And at the last home game of this season, Lewis did not forget Ms. Black. “He brought me the game ball,” Black said, trying to hold back the tears. Lewis explained, “Ms. Black has done wonders for me. When I was a freshman, I didn’t even know how hard she was working behind the scenes to help me. She helped me so much. She’s like my second mom.”

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Things didn’t always come easy for Lewis. The NCAA has requirements to earn a scholarship, including a certain GPA, and Lewis was slacking a bit. “Between my sophomore and junior year, Ms. Black set me down and explained, ‘You’re either going to do this or football will be out the window.’ She got me on the right track. There would be times I would tell her, ‘I’m not feeling class today Ms. Black!’ And she would walk me all the way to class! But it’s not just me. It’s every kid. She touches every kid’s life, whether they’re in sports or not. She never turns away anyone. She loves her job.” When asked why he chose Memphis State for college, Lewis had a simple response. “It was the family environment,” said Lewis. “It’s hard to find real people out there. Every college recruiter will say the same thing, so you have to find out who is real and who is just telling you stuff. Memphis State just stayed consistent throughout the recruiting process starting my freshmen year.” When Lewis talks about football, it’s clear that he loves the game. “Football teaches you a lot about life. You go through hard times in football, and you learn to just push through it. And when you go through certain things in life, football prepares you for what you need to do to push through it.”



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Students with Intellectual Disabilities Soar in Sparrow Project By Beverly Ferree

In August of 2016, Allison Richey and her team from the Sparrow Project began a dream to create opportunities for post high school adults with intellectual disabilities that promote work skills, life skills, creative interests and social activities. Their goal was to provide something for these young adults once they graduated from high school. Several volunteers later and a waiting list for students to join, the program is still soaring. “We wanted to enhance the lives of adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities,” explained Allison Richey, one of the founders of the Sparrow Project. “We had students that went through Moore Public Schools, but once they got out of high school, they were watching their siblings go off to college, and they did not have the same opportunities. Once they graduated, they hit a brick wall. There is nothing for them. I retired to stay home with my daughter, but that’s not an option for some of our parents.” And that’s how the program started, with a pipe dream and the determination of Richey and co-founders Madelin Altom and Marilyn DiSalvatore and the families associated with starting the program. Matthew 10:29 in the Bible describes how God doesn’t deem anything insignificant, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” This verse so moved the creators of the Sparrow Project, that their project name reflects the verse. The program is taught completely through volunteers. “We have special education teachers, two retired special ed teachers, fabulous dance instructors, artists, musicians. They all come in and donate their time,” said Richey. Artist Mindy McNair from Tuttle wanted to work with the group. “We were commissioned by Moore Public Schools to do art work for their third floor. Our group created a huge piece of artwork that’s just incredible,” said Richey. “We don’t just do macaroni art! We do really cool stuff!” But the students are also taught to give back to their community. “With school budget cuts, we knew there might be a need for us, so the students from Sparrow volunteer to do the shredding at the schools,” said Richey. “And they love it! It gives them a chance to give back and to feel part of the community.” Jessica Rimmer, Vice-President for Student Engagement and Success at Mid-American Christian University,


said the school was so grateful to be a part of the Sparrow Project. “We see this organization and the good they’re doing as something we can be a part of,” explained Rimmer. “We are so excited to be a part of the lives of these students and to be a part of their experience of being in college. And we feel every bit as blessed.” When Rimmer first took this opportunity to the President’s Cabinet for approval, she did not anticipate the reaction she received, “We had multiple members of the President’s Cabinet who have persons in their families with special needs, and I do, too. There was an overwhelming positive response from everyone in the leadership position. I did not expect the kind of ‘yes’ response I received from the cabinet. The response was ‘of course we can do that. Of course, we need to do that.’” The students meet twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays at MACU. They stay about two hours each day, except when they eat lunch with the college students and attend chapel. “Our students are just as excited to volunteer their help and to work with the students,” said Rimmer. Sparrow University’s smaller project is called Nest, which is an evening social fraternity. The students also do two social activities per year. “During our first dance, we had about 125 people,” said Richey. “The OU linebackers came, they did karaoke. We just don’t want to short change this group.” Richey said the program gets calls from parents on a weekly basis asking how they can get their kids involved. “Our one concern for the future is how can we serve more people,” explained Richey. As of now the program is full, but they are reaching out to more volunteers so that they can expand the program. “If you call now, we will definitely send you a packet,” said Richey. “But you may have to be placed on a waiting list. We are working hard to find more volunteers so that we can add more people to our program.” And for those of you who would like to get involved and volunteer, there is a very minimal requirement. “People can volunteer for just two hours a month,” said Richey. “There is some very minimal training and background checks, and then you can come work with our group!” They are also asking for people with specific skills and talents to volunteer, from arts and crafts to music and singing and Taekwondo to cooking. Everyone has a skill they can bring to the program.

But if you simply don’t have the time, you can donate money to the project as well. Simply go to their Facebook account by searching for The Sparrow Project in Moore. If you’re interested in getting your child involved, they must be post high school, 18 years old and above and be intellectually disabled. About 20 people are currently in the program. “Classes are full,” explained Richey. “But we don’t want families to get frustrated. Our game plan is to use the spring and summer to work out the kinks in the program and to bring on more volunteers so we can add services.” Richey also asked that if you’re interested to contact them, “Sometimes we can slide people in when someone cancels.” Program co-founder Madelin Altom reminds us that these adults just want to belong, “The school system included them in everything, until they graduated high school. Then there’s limited things for them to do. I think people forget these young adults are in our community. They want to be invited to things. They want to be included.” Altom encourages people to include them in things you do, “I tell people to invite them to your barbecues. If you own a business, hire them for ten hours a week. Don’t let our kids have their best years until they’re 21, and then they have nothing.” Program co-founder Marilyn DiSalvatore explained how necessary this program is, “I have two daughters that graduated from Westmoore High School together in 2014. Elizabeth on a college bound track and Katie who has down syndrome. Because Moore Public Schools provide so many opportunities for inclusion, they both had a terrific high school experience. But that fall, Elizabeth left for college and Katie stayed home. It was a difficult time for her. There were limited job and social opportunities. What she really wanted to do was go to college and have some of the same experiences as her sister. With this new partnership, Katie and all of the other young adults in Sparrow will have this opportunity. This is a dream come true for them.” But the students are not the only ones who benefit. The volunteers, MACU students and staff and parents all benefit as well. Anyone who has ever spent any time with these young adults benefit. If you can, please visit their Facebook page and donate to this program. It’s well worth your time and effort.

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Sketches of Moore

The Life and Times of Phillip Shroyer By L.T. Hadley

When the land run of 1889 took place, a group of six brothers and cousins came to Oklahoma from Kansas and successfully staked claims, not in the township of Moore, but in the vicinity. The claim of one of the brothers, Franklin Shroyer, was near 44th and May. He later married Gabriella, daughter of a nearby settler. The couple traded their homestead for the one east of Moore that was forever referred to as “Ole Home Place.” Of their first four children, only Philip survived childhood. Philip grew up working on the family farm due to his father’s ill health. After finishing eighth grade, he spent the next six years helping to support and raise six younger brothers and sisters. He never lost his compassion and concern for these siblings. In 1918, during World War I, Philip was drafted and sent to Camp Pike, Arkansas, where the flu epidemic raged. His detail was to find and bury soldiers who had died in their pup tents. Next, he was ordered to the high-casualty fighting on the French front lines. Within hours of reaching the position, the firing suddenly ceased as the armistice was declared. After a short occupational day, he returned to civilian life, having been gone only six months. The hundreds of young men returning from war faced disappointment in finding jobs. Phil and T.M. “Mat” Ward attended a five-week automotive school in Kansas City, and Mat came home to a life-long career in auto mechanics. The Shroyer family received notice that they were conscripted to volunteer several weeks of labor to help the County Commissioners with road improvements and bridges east of Moore, and Phil volunteered. A fellow volunteer took note of his diligence and ability and hired him to build a barn. When the barn was finished, a barn dance was held to celebrate. At that dance, Phil met Dorthea Lunow who, two years later, became his wife for 53 years, until her death. Phil got a job with the Post Office Department as a mail clerk, traveling by rail between Newton and Kansas City, Kansas. Upon advice of an uncle who was a rural mail carrier in another town, he

took the test to qualify for a carrier route. Eventually, Route 3 in the Moore area became vacant, and he was appointed to the position. Route 3 consisted of 35 miles of rural roads east of Moore, six days a week. For two years, he delivered mail by buggy and a horse named Dolly, then bought a car to replace the horse. He delivered the eastside route for 12 years, then delivered the 54-mile west side route for another 20. “Neither rain nor snow nor sleet, etc.” Phil was more than a mail carrier to the people on his route. He delivered their catalog orders of chickens, plants, seeds, clothing and shoes, along with general news. At times, he was their only contact with the outside world for many days. He began investing in real estate, bought 12 lots on East Main and Turner, and in time built at least three houses that he and various members of his family lived in during his life. He invested in more land, both town lots and farms. His motto was, “You can spend money only once. You can invest it many times.” He accumulated four farms during his career and built several buildings on city lots. One was an automotive garage on the south half of the 100 block on the east side of South Broadway that eventually became the Howard Motor Company, which had a long history in Moore. A grocery replaced that business and it is now a funeral home. Phil, like other men of his time, was actively involved in the development and progress of his community. He was one of the men who helped to formulate plans for the new city government in the early 1960s. He was a meticulous and fastidious man, careful with details and loyal to his commitments. The eulogy of one of his three sons was, “He was a capable, industrious man with high morals, deeply anchored in a faith that was seldom spoken, but consistently lived.”

Shroyer Land Grant, ca. 1889

Note: This edition of Sketches of Moore was first published in a previous issue of Moore Monthly.


Senior Living

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep You want a good night’s rest. Getting enough sleep helps you stay healthy and alert. Many older folks don’t sleep well. If you’re always sleepy, it may be time to see a doctor. You shouldn’t wake up every day feeling tired. Sleep and Aging Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger folks – 7 to 9 hours each night. Seniors tend to go to sleep earlier and get up earlier. There are two kinds of sleep – REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and nonREM sleep. Dreams mostly occur during REM sleep. The deepest sleep occurs during non-REM sleep. Older adults spend less time in deep sleep which may be why older people are often light sleepers.

Movement Disorders Restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder and rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder are common in older adults. These can rob you of needed sleep. See your doctor for more information. Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep There are things you can do to help you get a good night’s sleep, such as: • Follow a regular sleep schedule • Avoid napping • Develop a bedtime routine that includes time to relax • Keep your bedroom dark, not too hot or too cold and as quiet as possible

Sleep Problems There are many reasons why older people may not get enough sleep. Feeling sick or being in pain can make it hard to sleep. Napping during the day can disrupt sleep at night. Some medicines can keep you awake. No matter the reason, if you don’t get a good night’s sleep, the next day you may: • Be irritable • Have memory problems or be forgetful • Feel depressed • Have more falls or accidents • Feel very sleepy during the day Insomnia Insomnia is the most common sleep problem in adults age 60 and older. People with insomnia have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you may: • Take a long time to fall asleep • Wake up many times in the night • Wake up and be unable to get back to sleep • Wake up tired • Feel very sleepy during the day There are many causes of insomnia. Medicines aren’t a cure for insomnia. Developing healthy habits at bedtime may help you get a good night’s sleep. Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is another serious sleep disorder. A person with sleep apnea has short pauses in breathing while sleeping. If not treated, sleep apnea can lead to other problems such as high blood pressure, stroke or memory loss. Feeling sleepy during the day and being told you are snoring loudly at night could be signs that you have sleep apnea. If you think you have sleep apnea, see a doctor.


• Have a comfortable mattress, pillow and enough blankets for the season • Exercise regularly but not within 3 hours of bedtime • Make an effort to get outside in the sunlight each day • Be careful about when and how much you eat • Stay away from caffeine late in the day • Drink fewer beverages in the evening • Remember that alcohol won’t help you sleep • Use your bedroom only for sleeping

Safe Sleeping Try to set up a safe and restful place to sleep. Make sure you have a smoke alarm near your bedroom. Lock the outside doors before going to bed. Other ideas: • Keep a telephone handy • Have a good lamp within reach that turns on easily • Put a glass of water next to your bed in case you wake up thirsty • Use a nightlight • Don’t smoke in bed • Remove area rugs • Don’t fall asleep with a heating pad on

Senior Living

Mourning the Death of a Spouse or a Loved One

In addition to feelings of loss, you may also need to put your own life back together. This can be hard work. You may be surprised by some of your feelings, but this is part of the mourning process. Some folks may feel better sooner than they expect. Others may take a lot longer. As time passes, you may still miss your spouse, but for most folks, the intense pain will lessen. There will be good and bad days. You will know you are on the road to recovering when your good days outnumber your bad days. For some folks, mourning can go on so long that it becomes an unhealthy situation. This can be a sign of serious depression and anxiety. If your sadness stays with you and keeps you from going on with your life, please talk to your doctor. What can you do? Here are some ideas to keep in mind. • Take care of yourself – Eat right, exercise and get enough sleep. Bad habits such as drinking too much alcohol or smoking can put your health at risk. • Talk to caring friends – Let your family and friends know when you want to talk about your loss. It may help to be with people who you are comfortable with and can speak honestly with about how you are now and what you are feeling. • Try not to make any major changes right way - It is a very good idea to wait for a while before making big decisions. • See your doctor – If you’re having trouble taking care of your everyday activities, talk to your doctor about your circumstances. • Join a grief support group – Sometimes it helps to talk to people who are also grieving.

• Seek out specialized counseling - On going depression and anxiety are not normal aspects of mourning. Counseling programs through organizations such as the Inspirations Program at Norman Regional Moore/(405) 912-3495 or Southeastern Oklahoma Family Services in Norman (405) 321-1231 can provide you with specialized outpatient treatment programs that can help you through these difficult times. Many people find that it helps to have things to do every day. Write down your plans each week. A few things you might try include: volunteering at a local school, joining a community exercise class, meeting up with old friends, visiting the Brand Senior Center in Moore to make new friends, getting a part time job, or consider adopting a new pet - a rescued animal can be an especially rewarding experience. Is there more to do? When you feel stronger, you may need to: • Write a new will. • Look into a durable power of attorney. • Put jointly held property in your name. What about going out? Changes in your social life can be hard. It may be scary to think about going out alone when you have been part of a couple for so long. It can be hard to think about coming home to an empty house. Here are some things to remember: • Go slowly. There is no need to rush. • It’s okay to make the first move when it comes to planning things to do. • Try group activities. Invite friends for a potluck dinner. • Find an activity you like. You may have fun and meet people who like to do the same thing. • Remember that friendship can come in many forms. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Get help from your family or professionals if you need it. Be open to new experiences. Don’t feel guilty if you laugh at a joke or enjoy a visit with a friend. You are adjusting to life and moving on.

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When you grieve, you can feel both physical and emotional pain. People who are grieving often cry easily, can have trouble sleeping, have little interest in food, and have problems with concentration.

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To lose a loved one is one of the hardest things we all have to face in life. When the loved one you lose is your spouse, your world changes dramatically and you find yourself in total and complete limbo. Your spouse has left you to go to a better place but you are left behind. You may be used to being in a care-giving role, but now what do you do? You may feel numb, shocked and fearful as well as overcome by grief and sorrow. At some point, you may even feel angry at your spouse for leaving you. All these feelings are normal. There are no rules about how you should feel. There is no right or wrong way to get through losing a loved one.

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Calendar of Events & Performances ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 103rd Annual School of Visual Arts Student Exhibtion, April 20 – May 14, 2017 in the Nancy Johnston Records Gallery. The Cultivated Connoisseur: Works on Paper from the Creighton Gilbert Bequest, Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Photography Gallery. On display Creighton Eddy Gilbert (1924-2011) was a renowned art historian specializing in the Italian Renaissance and was one of the foremost authorities on Michelangelo. He received his bachelor of art degree from New York University in 1942 and eventually earned his doctorate there in 1955. After teaching for a few years at Indiana University in Bloomington, he served as a curator at the Ringling Museums in Sarasota, Florida, as a professor at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and as a professor at Queens College in Flushing, New York. In 1967, Gilbert left for a position at Harvard University, then taught at Cornell University before joining the faculty of Yale University in 1981. The prior year, he was named the editor-in-chief of Art Bulletin, one of the leading journals of art historical research, and he remained in the position until 1985. Gilbert published extensively during his career, including the important texts Michelangelo: On the Sistine Ceiling (1994) and Caravaggio and His Two Cardinals (1995). In 2005, Dr. Eric Lee, then-director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, encouraged Gilbert to leave his private collection to the museum. The bequest includes a total of 272 objects, the majority of which are works on paper, spanning a time period from the fourteenth century to the twentieth. Gilbert collected broadly but focused on Old Master prints and drawings from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo periods.The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Avenue, Norman, OK. Journey Toward an Open Mind, on display through June 19, 2017. “Our journey has now be-come your journey. As you travel through this exhibition, you also travel through our minds.” The collages in this gallery were inspired by PHOTO/SYNTHESIS, a photography exhibition by Will Wilson on view Jan. 27–April 2, 2017. Adapting themes from the exhibition, including the way we identify and represent ourselves, several students from Mission Academy High School created their own mixed-media self-portraits with direction from Oklahoma City photographer Shelby Hartzell. Discovering who you are can be a lifelong process, and for many of us, this journey begins as teenagers. Mission Academy is a recovery-based learning environment that helps teens reclaim their lives from addiction while rebuilding a healthy sense of selfhood. The works in this gallery express a range of emotions that reflect this process, but ultimately create a powerful statement about hope and the art of finding yourself. On display in the Education Gal-lery 60’s, 70’s, 80s Decades Rewind, Friday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. Join us for an experience unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before! This brand new theatrical concert features more than 60 songs blended into unique medleys from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The most prominent decades in music history bring your memories to life with over 100 costume changes and videos that turn back time. From Aretha to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have you singing along and dancing in the aisles. Decades Rewind. Your music. Your memories. Your life. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: or call (405) 682-7576. The Bolshoi Ballet, Sunday, May 7, 2017 — 6:00 p.m. For one evening, the Bolshoi takes on a new challenge with audacity in Hans Van Manen’s Frank Bridge’s Variations, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Short Time Together and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons. This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis of bringing Van Manen’s formal beauty, León and Lightfoot’s intensity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level. For tickets visit events or call (405) 682-7576.

The National Theatre presents The Deep Blue Sea, Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) also features in Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed new production. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: upcoming-events or call (405) 682-7576. OCCC’S Got Talent, Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an experience unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before! This brand new theatrical concert features more than 60 songs blended into unique medleys from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The most prominent decades in music history bring your memories to life with over 100 costume changes and videos that turn back time. From Aretha to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have you singing along and dancing in the aisles. Decades Rewind. Your music. Your memories. Your life. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: or call (405) 682-7576. Yellow Rose Theater is proud to present the award-nominated “The Passenger”, Imagine Elvis, a moonshine-running granny, a shy librarian, a runaway and lost love. You have yourself a prescription for one first class comedy production. Joint all of the zany goings on at Talbert in a place sure to leave a smile on your face and warmth in your hearts. Oklahoma’s only award-winning dinner theater, in cooperation with VanKnight Productions and the Crown Foundation, are thrilled to bring this award-nominated play back to the Yellow Rose stage. This original production has thrilled family audiences time and time again with its great humor and message. Make plans now for a family night out to see. “The Passenger.” Tickets include dinner and show. Call (405) 793-7779 for tickets. CHURCH & SPIRITUAL CONNECTION Fresh Start Community Church Food Pantry, open the third Thursday of each month, 5pm-6pm., 309 N Eastern, West Campus-Family Life Center. Canned and dry goods available. Must be a resident of Moore (please bring ID).

Families and bicycle enthusiasts alike experience biking to school, work and for recreation. Two Route options for all ages. All experience levels are wel-come! Get involved with your community. Registration is requested. Contact Community Development to register 793-5054. To stay up to date with Bike Moore please like us on at 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff, Wednesday, May 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Station at Central Park. Celebrity judges will tackle the difficult task of choosing the areas best chili. All proceeds will benefit the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial. Cost is $5 per bowl For more information visit www. or call 793-5090. Food Truck Fridays, beginning May 19th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come join us on Fridays be-ginning in May and running through September 29th for lunch at Central Park: BBQ, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, music, and more. Food Truck Fridays. The food trucks will be set up at the Multi-purpose Pavilion. For more information visit or call 793-5090. Movie in the Park, Friday, May 26 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Central Park Aquatic Center, the Multi-purpose Pavilion, and Amphitheaer. Fun for the entire family as we celebrate the opening of The Station Aquatic Center. Activities include a concert by the band, “Superfreak”, food trucks, inflatables, and a night of family fun. For more information visit www. or call 793-5090. Rock the Park, Saturday, May 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Central Park Multi-purpose Pavilion and Amphitheaer. Activities start at 7:00 p.m. and The Secret Life of Pets starts approximately at dusk. Bring the whole family for a fun night under the stars. For more information visit centralpark or call 793-5090. VFW Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 29 at 10:00 am at Veterans Memorial Park, 1900 SE 4th St. Members of the Bruce January Memorial VFW Post 8706 and the American Legion will be holding the annual celebration. COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Soul Food Community Dinner, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Moore First United Meth-odist Church, 201 W. Main St. Food, fun, fellowship and friends. See menu at

Adopt-A-Pet, Moore Animal Shelter, S-I35 Service Road. Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., closed on holidays. For additional information call (405) 793-5190.

Join the Singles of FBC Moore for "Friday Night Live for HIM" Friday, May 19th.There's a dinner for a small charge at 6:30 p.m in the Atrium, followed by a wonderful time of praise & worship and a message from David Edwards. Fellowship and table games to follow until 10:00 p.m. Please call 793-2624 for more information or e-mail at 301 NE 27th St., just off I-35 South in Moore.

Big Trash Pick Up, Moore residents will be allowed two FREE big trash pick-ups a year and one free voucher to the city landfill for each physical address in Moore. Call (405) 793-5070 to schedule your trash pick-up. Neighborhood Watch Program, Moore Police Dept. is starting a Neighborhood Watch Pro-gram. If you’re interested in helping your neighborhood reduce crime, contact Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, (405) 793-4448.

CITY MEETINGS AND EVENTS City Council Meetings, Monday, May 1 and 15 at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Parks Board Meeting, Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Board of Adjustment Meeting, Tuesday, May 9, 5:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Planning Commission Meeting, Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Moore Economic Development Authority Meeting, Monday, May 15, 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. City Offices Closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Trash collection services will run as normal and The Station Recreation Center will be open for regular hours. 10th Annual BikeMoore Event, Saturday, May 13, meet at 9:30 a.m. at Plaza Towers Elemen-tary School, 852 SW 11th Street.


South OKC Chamber Golf Tournament, Monday, May 1st from 10:30 am. to 6:00 p.m at Hidden Trails Country Club, 6501 S. Country Club Drive, OKC. The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce invites you to play in our annual Golf Tournament on May 1, 2017. Now is the time to sign up your team! The entry fee is $800 for a four-person team and your team receives a tee box sign, mulligans, a special player gift, and a chance to win door prizes. There will also be dinner and presentation of awards following the Tournament. This event is open to members and non-members. To sign up please call 405-634-1436. MACU Athletic Awards Ceremony, May 2 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Jim Thorpe Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, 4040 N. Lincoln Blvd, OKC. The MAACs is a night where MACU Athletics can honor its student-athletes for all of their hard work throughout the year. It is a semi-formal event, where student-athletes, parents, and supporters, can enjoy a night of fun and laughter

as well as honor and recognition. For more information contact Cole Cleveland at The Moore Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Tuesday, May 8 at Belmar Golf Club, 1025 E Indian Hills Road. The Chamber's annual Golf Tournament has come around again - but BIGGER than ever! It will be a full day of fun with a buffet lunch and 19th hole treats, 18-holes of golf, prizes, added games and opportunities to win, and MORE! Get out of the office and make connections on the course.Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. with lunch at 11:00 a.m and a 12:00 p.m. tee-off. Golf packages include golfer registration, lunch, and 19th hole, plus 4-drink tickets. $550 per team, $700 for hole sponsorship and team. For more information contact Kathy or Kim at the Moore Chamber of Commerce. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Seriously Fun Networking: Margarita Party for Cinco de Mayo. Thursday, May 4th. This will be a special event for the Seriously Fun Networking Group to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! We always mix in some fun with our work, but this special Margarita Party hosted by Village on the Park (at their location: 1515 Kingsridge Drive, OKC) will be super-fun! Seriously Fun co-chair Karen Proctor will also give a member spotlight in addition to the round of self-introductions! Join us for the fun and networking! No fee for Chamber members. Event Coordinator and Co-Chair: Linda Richardson, HMI promos - Tel. 405-473-8008 Co-Chair: Karen Proctor, Village on the Park, Tel. 405-692-8700 South OKC Chamber of Commerce Dream Team Networking Group, Wednesday, May 10, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Bill’s Steakhouse and Saloon, 1013 SW 89th St. The Dream Team opens this session for all Chamber members to join us for this special event! We will celebrate summer with a California Dreamin' event with half a dozen classic cars on display (to get everyone in the mood for the chamber's BIG car show). In addition, there will be music from the 60s & 70s playing in the background! There will be lots of fun and networking over a dutch lunch! Contact Information: Linda Richardson, HMI Promos: (405) 473-8008. Moore Chamber of Commerce Networking Lunch, Tuesday, May 9 at 11:45 a.m. at the Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W. Main. Cost is $10. Visit to register. Moore Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, Thursday, May 11, at 8:00 a.m. at the Moore Public Library, 225 S. Howard in Moore. This event is a business networking opportunity for Moore Chamber of Commerce Members. Food and beverages are served. No cost to attend. Visit for more information. Lunch n’ Learn - Twitter, Tuesday, May 16 at the Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W. Main. Cost is $10 and includes lunch and materials. The Chamber ”Lunch n’ Learn” Series is an innovative and creative program as noted. Chamber members who are experts in their fields are invited to share their expertise with other Chamber members over the lunch hour. Each lunch will focus on topics related to professional and personal development. Visit to register. Moore Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast, Thursday, May 18 at 8:00 a.m. at the Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W. Main. Cost is $8. Join us on the third Thursday (unless otherwise noted) of the month for great food and an opportunity to share new ideas and connect with our business community. Visit to register. Moore Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Thursday, May 18, at 5:00 p.m. at Fort Thunder Harley Davidson, 500 SW 11th Street. This event is a business networking opportunity for Moore Chamber of Commerce Members. Attendees can make meaningful connections that can result in successful business leads. Food and beverages are served. Visit

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South OKC Chamber of Commerce Seriously Fun Networking: St. Paddy’s Poker Run Event. Thursday, May 18th at Victoria’s Pasta Shop, 2000 SW 104th Street, OKC. Join the Se-riously Fun Networking Group where we mix some fun in with our work! Join us for the fellowship and extend your network! Seriously Fun co-chair Karen Proctor will also give a member spotlight in addition to the round of self-introductions! Join us for the fun and networking! No fee for Chamber members. Event Coordinator and Co-Chair: Linda Richardson, HMI Promos - Tel. 405473-8008 Co-Chair: Karen Proc-tor, Village on the Park, 1515 Kingsridge Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73170 - Tel. 405-692-8700 South OKC Chamber Business After Hours, Thursday, May 18th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at First United Bank & Trust, 10731 S. Western at 6:00 p.m. It's 5 o'clock at First United Bank & Trust and we're cookin' out and coolin' off with cold beverages. Join us May 18, 5 - 7 p.m., for some summer fun, some incredible giveaways, and be prepared for some Back Yard fun and games! Presenting Sponsor: Eskridge Honda, Gold Sponsor: OKC Energy FC and Resthaven Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, Host Sponsor: First United Bank & Trust. For more info call 405-634-1436 or email South OKC Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Tasting by Nosh at Catering Creations Restaurant, Friday, May 26, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The end of the month will never be the same. Introducing 4th Fridays Tastings, hosted by Nosh. For just $8 ($6 in advance), you get samplings of appetizers and take and bakes, live music and an electric atmosphere. Pre-order your tickets with the cashier. Contact Cathy Hanselman for info.

KIDS’ CORNER Agape: First United Methodist Church Moore, Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 201 W. Main. Homework and Hangout for Youth (7th–12th grade). Community Dinner at 5:30 p.m. (cost is $1 for dinner), Family Activities & Church School at 6:00 p.m. Menu: Afterschool Matters, First Moore Baptist Church, Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This program helps students work towards academic success. Available to 1st – 6th grade. Contact director Carissa Taylor at to learn more about enrolling your child or to volunteer. Boy Scouts Meetings, Mondays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Children’s Chimes, Moore First United Methodist Church, Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., 201 W. Main St., children 4th – 6th grade will learn to read music. Cub Scouts Meetings, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Girl Scouts Meetings, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. LEAP (Learning Enrichment Arts Program), Moore First United Methodist Church, Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., 201 W. Main St. Open to kindergarten – 6th grade. Choir, life skills games, snacks and help with homework. YMCA Before and After School Care, Moore Community Center. Call (405) 378-0420 for participating schools and more information.



Bootcamps: • Morning Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. • Evening Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for info.

Southern Hills School of Fine Arts, 8601 S. Penn, Oklahoma City. Enrolling children and adults for private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, strings, brass and woodwinds. Call Sarah Gee at (405) 735-6387.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Judo, classes held Monday – Sunday at 117 Skylane Drive in Norman for ages 7 and up. A non-profit organization, all classes are offered in a family friendly environment. Fees are $20 per month for an individual or $40 per month for a family. Discount uniforms are available. For info call (405) 465-1925 or email to Adult Salsa Classes, every Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Adelante Dance Studio (Inside Moore Old School) 201 N. Broadway, Suite 201. $10 per class or $35 a month. Call (405) 586-0201. First Moore Baptist Church of Moore Community Life/ Recreation Center, The Link is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday open 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Two basketball courts and racquetball courts, fitness center and walking/running track. For info, call (405) 735-2527. Karate, First Moore Baptist Church, every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The classes are free for anyone ages 8 and up. Uniforms available at a discounted rate. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Morning Fitness, First Moore Baptist Church, every Monday at 9:00 a.m. Ages 40 and up pre-ferred. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Christian Life Center Zumba, Mondays at 7:15 p.m. at the Christian Life Center located at 201 W. Main St. $3 fee per class.

HOPE Addictions Recovery, every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Beth Haven Baptist Church, 12400 S. Call Pastor Rick Carter at (405) 691-6990 for information. VFW Bruce January Post 8706, the second Thursday of every month, 7:00 p.m., Lynlee Mae Event Center, 501 W. Main St., Moore. All veterans welcome. Call Mike Eaton at (405) 831-4405 or go to for more information.

SENIOR CONNECTION AARP, the fourth Tuesday of every month, 6:00 p.m., Brand Senior Center, 501 East Main Street, Moore. Programs are on subjects of interest to persons 50 years and over. Potluck dinner follows the program each month. For info, contact Mary at (405) 826-2315. Moore Senior Citizen Nutrition Site, Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m., Brand Senior Center, 501 E. Main, (405) 793-9069. Call by 1:00 p.m. the day before to request a meal. Donation for a meal for seniors 60 and above is $2.25. Required cost for meal for guests under 60 is $5.00.

VFW Bruce January Post 8706 Auxiliary will have its first meeting at the Lynlee Mae Chapel, 507 E. Main St. Meeting time is 7:00 p.m. For the institution of the VFW Auxiliary and election of officers, Joyce Caldwell, Department President will be at the meeting. For more information call Judith Lewis at 405-300-9244 or email Women: Moms Club of Moore, the second Thursday of the month, Westmoore Community Church. For more information, go to

P.A.L.S. Program for Seniors, Seniors are assigned to a buddy who will call every day to check on you. Sign up with Sgt. Lewis, Moore Police Dept., (405) 793-4448.


Project Return Home for Alzheimer’s Patients in Moore, For information about enrolling a loved one, contact Virginia Guild at (405) 793-4478 or Sgt. Jeremy Lewis at (405) 793-4448.

American Cancer Society seeks volunteers who would like to help drive patients to their cancer treatment and/or volunteer with our local Relay for Life event. For more information visit or contact Mel Rogers at (405) 8415817 or

Transportation: • Metro Transit will provide van service for age 60 and older on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the Moore area to Oklahoma City for medical appointments. Call Jackie at (405) 297-2583. • Moore Council on Aging. Seniors may have transportation anywhere in the city of Moore for errands or appointments. 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Call (405) 799-3130 at least one day in advance. • “Share-A-Fare” for age 60 and over or disabled. Purchase taxi fare at 40% off.

Blue Star Mothers of America. Moore City Hall is a donation drop-off for items for our service members overseas. For needs, see or go to City Hall. Help Deliver Meals to Moore homebound residents. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Darlene Carrell, 793-9069, Brand Center. The Hugs Project, a non-profit organization, puts together care packages for our troops in the Middle East. For more information, call (405) 651-8359 or

SERVICE, COMMUNITY CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS RECOVERY AND SUPPORT GROUPS • Faith Crossing Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery, Mondays, 13701 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City. • First Moore Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery, Thursday nights, 6:30 p.m., First Moore Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street. Call (405) 793-2600 for info. Support and help for those struggling with addiction. • Fresh Start Community Church Celebrate Recovery 12 Step Program, Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m., 309 N Eastern. Call (405) 794-7313 for more information. Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group, Village on the Park, 1515 Kingsridge, Oklahoma City. Contact Karen Proctor at (405) 692-8700 for meeting times and details. Divorce Care, First Moore Baptist Church, Wednesday nights, 6:15 p.m., 301 NE 27th Street. Support group for those going through a divorce. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Grief Share Support Group, First Moore Baptist Church, every Monday night at 6:30 p.m., 301 N.E. 27th Street. Support group for individuals and family members struggling with life events such as death, divorce, and disappointments and learning healthy ways to cope with life. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Grief Share Support Group, Fresh Start Community Church, every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 309 N. Eastern, Moore, Fresh Start Community Church Fireside Room. We offer help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Please contact the office at (405) 794-7313, Lyn Jacquemot at (405) 326-5554, or to register or participate.

Moore Food Resource Center, a part of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, allows volunteers to help fight hunger in Moore. Volunteers at the Moore Food Resource Center will assist with a variety of tasks, including serving as client shopper helpers, assisting with loading and unloading vehicles, sorting and shelving food items and cleaning. The Moore Food Resource Center is located at 2635 N. Shields. For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Alex Strout at or (405) 600-3186.

American Legion Meetings, every Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., 207 SW 1st St., Moore. Open for all veterans. Call (405) 794-5446 for more information. Malcolm Hunter Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, the second Wednesday of each month, Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, 6600 S. Penn, at 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact Pat Towns at (405) 376-5653. Moore Horseshoe Pitching Club, every Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Fairmoore Park. For more info: (405) 237-1171.

Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited. For more information about volunteering, please contact Mr. Nathan Johnson, Regional Director for Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited at (405) 315-0093 or Mr. Randall Cole at (479) 220-9735.

Moore Old Town Association, the fourth Tuesday of every month, First United Methodist Church. For more info, contact Janie Milum at

Serve Moore. Are you looking for a way to help others? Serve Moore is looking for volunteers to help with disaster relief and renewal projects. If you would like to volunteer or need volunteer help, visit to submit a request. You can also visit the Serve Moore headquarters located inside the Community Renewal Center at 224 S. Chestnut Avenue in Moore. For more information, visit or call (405) 735-3060.

Moore Rotary Club, Wednesdays at Moore Chamber of Commerce. Moore Rotary Club is a civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in the community. Moore Toastmasters, every Thursday, 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St., Moore. Become the speaker and leader that you want to be. Join our group as we practice Toastmasters’ proven learn-by-doing program. The Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization, the third Saturday during the months of February, April, June, August, October and December, 11:00 a.m., Sunnylane Family Reception Center, 3900 SE 29th St., Del City. Info: call (405) 445-7040.

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South Oklahoma City Rotary Club, every Friday, 12:00 p.m., Southwest Integris Cancer Center, SW 44th St. and S. Western, Oklahoma City. A civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community.


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Movie Guide - May 2017


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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' continues the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.

Alien: Covenant The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon.

Low Riders A young street artist in East Los Angeles is caught between his father's obsession with lowrider car culture, his ex-felon brother and his need for self-expression.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw's 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg's newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

The Lovers Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a long-married, dispassionate couple who are both in the midst of serious affairs. But on the brink of calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance. The Dinner A look at how far parents will go to protect their children. A feature film based on a novel by Herman Koch.


The Wall Two American Soldiers are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only an unsteady wall between them.

Baywatch Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

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When Moore resident Patrick Glueck started drinking beer about four years ago, he could not have imagined it would lead to home brewing and a successful YouTube channel where he reviews different beers. But with his YouTube series called “Making It Grain,” Glueck is quickly gaining followers because of his witty sense of humor, laid-back attitude, and passion for describing brews. “When I started drinking beer, I was about 23. I would always drink the lighter stuff like Corona or Bud Light,” Glueck explained. “Then I started getting out of my shell and trying different things. I learned there are beers made with chocolate and vanilla. I actually just made a beer with avocado, and it was awful, but it’s cool trying different things!” Glueck explained that when people make home or craft beer, they usually start with other people’s recipes. But he doesn’t do that. “I make beer like I cook,” said Glueck. “I never follow recipes! So, I just kind of threw in the avocados one day, and it was awful. I had to add a lot of cloves, and it didn’t help. It didn’t turn out well!” But when it comes to reviewing the beer, Glueck loves the stouts. “I’m a stout guy, and I really like thick dark stouts with a lot of sweetness. Barrel aged is my favorite. They age the beer for about a year or so in bourbon, tequila or whiskey barrels, and the beer gets a hint of that taste.” Glueck started his YouTube channel just for fun but seems to have found a niche in the community in which fellow beer enthusiasts are eager to support. He reviews different types of beer, about two to three a week, and it's always a fun show to watch.


“I think the reason people like it is because I like to have fun, but I’m still informational,” Glueck said. “When I first started doing it, I had this segment called the Cat Taste Test where my cat would come in and sniff the beer, and she acted like she knew

By Beverly Ferree what she was doing. Now I do the reviews, and she’ll just come around and lay on the table in front of the camera.” But Glueck’s cat is not the only one who has stolen the show. “I did one with my wife recently, and she hates being in front of the camera. I’ve been doing this review show since August, and I have been trying to

get her to join me. So, she finally did and it was a lot of fun. We had a great time because our chemistry is so good. Our banter is really funny.” In that episode, he reviewed Funky Gold Citra from Prairie Artisan Ales out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. But one of the favorite beers he’s reviewed was out of Chicago. “They make a Bourbon County Brand Stout which is aged for a year in bourbon barrels and it was fantastic. They bottled it in 2013 so it was four years old. It’s kind of nice to get to taste those.” Sometimes people send Glueck things to try. “I’ve received beer from all over, like Alabama, Chicago, South Carolina, New York,” explained Glueck. “It’s awesome to try beers from different parts of the country.” As of this interview, Glueck had completed 62 episodes, usually based on a theme like Thanksgiving and Christmas. He has also done his birthday and an April Fool’s episode. Sometimes Glueck finds himself questioning why he does this every week, but his followers quickly remind him. “Sometimes I’ll go to beer events and people will come up to me and say, ‘Hey, you’re Patrick from Making It Grain!’ That’s really cool. They tell me why the love the review, and it just reminds me why I do this.” You can subscribe to Glueck’s channel by going to YouTube and searching for “Making It Grain” with Patrick Glueck. Plus, you are sure to run into him at local beer tasting events around the metro this summer. Have a crazy or unusual hobby? Send us an email and we might cover it in a future issue. Email


Activities at The Station YOUTH SPORT CLASSES BASKETBALL & ME DESCRIPTION: Introduce yourself and your Toddler to the great game of Basketball. As you and your child will participate in our fun and age appropriate activities, your child will be developing their large motor and socialization skills. The fun happens on the court and with Basketball and Me parents are part of the action for this 8 week class. All 8 classes included in each Session. Price includes 1 parent and 1 child to participate. WHEN: May 6th - June 24th Saturday Mornings (8 Classes) July 1st - August 19th Saturday Mornings (8 Classes) TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. & 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Gym AGES: 2-4 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: May 1st-June 30th for July & August Classes COST: $85 per session includes parent and child JR. CHEER SQUAD DESCRIPTION: Yell It Loud! Yell It Proud! Join us for this fun and engaging class that will introduce your child to the sport of cheerleading. The Cheerleaders will learn fun and basic cheerleading skills. Don’t miss out on the action and join today for this awesome 8 week class. WHEN: May 6th - June 24th Saturday Mornings (8 Classes) July 1st - August 19th Saturday Mornings (8 Classes) TIME: 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Gym AGES: 4-8 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: March 1st - May 5th for May and June Classes May 1st - June 30th for July & August Classes COST: $85 per session includes parent and child

YOUTH DANCE CLASSES COMBO DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is a class where we combine Ballet, Tap, and Jazz throughout the class so the student can get an even mix of the 3 styles of dance. High energy and fun. All Classes will have a Recital. Recitals to be Determined. WHEN: May 3rd - May 24th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) June 7th - June 28th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) July 5th - July 26th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) August 2nd - August 23rd Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M - 7:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 4-8 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: April 1st - June 6th For June Classes May 1st - July 4th For July Classes June 1st - August 1st For August Classes FEE: $45 per session INSTRUCTOR: Amy Shipman HIP HOP/JAZZ DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTION: This uses popular and current music the kids will know and recognize to learn dances and choreography with different elements. Age appropriate music that is clean and not derogatory All Classes will have a Recital. Recitals are to be determined. WHEN: May 4th - May 25th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) June 8th - June 29th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) July 6th - July 27th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) August 3rd - August 24th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 5:30 P.M - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 4-8 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: April 1st - June 6th For June Classes May 1st - July 4th For July Classes June 1st - August 1st For August Classes FEE: $45 per session


BABY BALLET DESCRIPTION: Without mom and dad, the child gets to learn the basics of Ballet through music, movement, and balance. Fun, positive, and appropriate for the little ones. All Classes will have a Recital. Recitals are to be determined. WHEN: May 4th - May 25th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) June 8th - June 29th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) July 6th - July 27th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) August 3rd - August 24th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 5:30 P.M. - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 18 months - 3 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: April 1st - June 6th For June Classes May 1st - July 4th For July Classes June 1st - August 1st For August Classes FEE: $45 per session TODDLER DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTION: Toddler will learn the basics of Dance all while having fun and making new friends in the process. All Classes will have a Recital. Recitals are to be determined. WHEN: May 3rd - May 24th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) June 7th - June 28th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) July 5th - July 26th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) August 2nd - August 23rd Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 5:30 P.M - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 3-5 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: April 1st - June 6th For June Classes May 1st - July 4th For July Classes June 1st - August 1st For August Classes FEE: $45 per session INSTRUCTOR: Amy Shipman

YOUTH ART CLASSES BEADS & STRINGS DESCRIPTION: In this class you will create, make, mold and build different art using beads and string. WHEN: September 5th - 26th Mon & Tue Nights (7 Classes) TIME: 3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: TBA FEE: $55 INSTRUCTOR: Tara Kerby YOUTH CLAY WORKS & CRAFTS DESCRIPTION: In this class you will create, make, mold and build different art using clay as your base. WHEN: October 2nd-October 24th Monday & Tuesday Nights (8 Classes) TIME: 3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: July 1st - October 1st FEE: $55 INSTRUCTOR: Tara Kerby YOUTH ARTS & CRAFTS DESCRIPTION: A class where kids get to use their imagination in a variety of different ways, making a variety of projects they get to take home. WHEN: August 7th - August 29th Monday and Tuesday Nights (8 Classes) TIME: 3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: May 1st - August 6th For August Classes FEE: $55 per Session INSTRUCTOR: Tara Kerby

ALL ABOARD KIDS CLUB: ARTS-CRAFTS-BOARD GAMES SUMMER BREAK Dates: May 26th - August 18th (M-F) Time: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

SPECIAL INTEREST CLASSES MARTIAL ARTS DESCRIPTION: Whether your interest is to become more knowledgeable in self-defense, karate, judo or you just want to be in better physical health try our Martial Arts Class. Here you will learn the basics and have a blast while doing it. WHEN: May 2nd - May 24th, Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) June 6th - June 28th, Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: Youth & Adults 5+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: April 1st - June 5th For June Classes FEE: $55 GUITAR LESSONS DESCRIPTION: Ever thought about learning how to play guitar but just never got around to it? Well now is your opportunity to do so. Learn how to count music, read music, and even play some songs in this class. It is recommended to bring a guitar but it is not a requirement. WHEN: July 6th - August 24th TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 12+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: March 1st - July 5th FEE: $65 per session GRILL MASTER 101 WHEN: June 6th - June 27th, Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) July 11th - August 1st, Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) August 8th - August 29th, Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M. - 7:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Catering Kitchen AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: March 1st - June 5th for June Classes March 1st - July 10th for July Classes March 1st - August 7th for August Classes FEE: $65 per session PERSONAL TRAINING The goal of our personal trainers is to help you identify your goals and achieve them by creating a personal fitness plan. When you join The Station, you will receive a free fitness orientation with one of our certified staff members. During the fitness orientation you will learn how to use the fitness equipment for your needs, set personal goals to achieve a healthy lifestyle and most importantly learn how fitness is fun. SMALL GROUP SESSIONS: Work out with a partner (2 or more participants required at registration) $40 per 1 hour session $50 per 1 hour session $250 for 5 sessions $450 for 10 sessions For more information visit the front desk to schedule your Personal Training session today!

PARENTS NIGHT OUT WHEN: May 5th TIME: 6:00 P.M - 10:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room & Child Watch Room AGES: 3 Years-11 Years Old REGISTRATION PERIOD: August 1st through the first day before Parent’s Night Out. FEE: $15 per child CLASS INSTRUCTOR: The Station Staff CLASS MAXIMUM: 10 children (3 years-6 Years) 20 children (7 years-11 Years) Schedule of Events Ages 3-6 6:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M. - Child Watch Room 7:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M. - Activity Room-Dinner 8:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M. - Child Watch Room/Movie Ages 7-11 6:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M. - Activity Room- Board Games/Art 7:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M. - Activity Room-Dinner 8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. - Gym- Sports Games 9:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M. - Activity RoomEducational Activity/Movie Schedule Subject to Change

FAMILY FUN EVENTS PING PONG MANIA DESCRIPTION: Whether you want to play just for fun or have a more competitive game, this is for you. Our team will also have a tutorial on how to play. WHEN: May 25th, June 22nd, September 21st, October 26th TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: Anyone - Kids 6 & Under accompanied by an adult. REGISTRATION PERIOD: No Registration free to come COST: Free FAMILY GAME NIGHT DESCRIPTION: Open for families of all ages with a variety of different games from Monopoly to card games like Go Fish and Ping Pong. WHEN: July 27th, August 24th TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: Kids 6 & under must be accompanied by an Adult. COST: Free REGISTRATION PERIOD: No Registration free to come INSTRUCTOR: The Station Staff

EDUCATION CLASSES SPANISH 4 ADULTS DESCRIPTION: Learn Spanish for beginners. Adult classes will teach the basics of understanding and be able to use basic Spanish in the real world. WHEN: May 1st - June 26th Every Monday Night (8 Classes) No Classes May 29th (Memorial Day) September 6th - October 25th Every Wednesday (8 Classes) TIME: 6:15 P.M. - 7:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 6-13 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: March 1st - April 30th July 1st - September 5th COST: $65 per session INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom SPANISH 4 KIDS DESCRIPTION: Spanish for beginners. Children will learn basic Spanish speaking skills. WHEN: May 1st - June 27th Every Monday & Tuesday (16 Classes) No Classes May 29th & 30th(Memorial Day) September 6th - October 26th Every Wednesday & Thursday (16 Classes) TIME: 5:15 P.M. - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 6-13 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: March 1st - April 30th July 1st - September 5th COST: $85 per session INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom

SIGN LANGUAGE DESCRIPTION: Sign Language is a system of communication using visual gestures and signs. In this class you will learn the basics of how to use and interpret sign language. WHEN: July 11th - August 29th Tuesday Evenings (8 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M. - 7:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 12+ year olds COST: $65 per session REGISTRATION PERIOD: April 1st - July 10th INSTRUCTOR: Torie Sangie

DOG TRAINING CLASSES PUPPY CLASS WHEN: May 13th - June 17th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) July 15th - August 19th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes0 September 9th - October 14th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) TIME: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. WHERE: Buck Thomas Dog Park AGES: Dogs up to 4 months old. Puppies must have had 2nd round of puppy vaccination shots (Distemper/Parvo, DHLPP). Copy of shot records must be brought to the Station and turned into the Front Desk before 1st class. REGISTRATION PERIOD: February 1st - May 12th for May & June Classes March 1st - July 14th for July & August Classes April 1st - September 8th for September & October Classes FEE: $95 per session BASIC MANNERS CLASS WHEN: May 13th - June 17th Saturday Mornings July 15th - August 19th Saturday Mornings September 9th - October 14th Saturday Mornings TIME: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: Buck Thomas Dog Park AGES: Dogs 4 months old and older. Vaccinations: We do require that your dog is current on Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella. Copy of shot records must be brought to the Station and turned into the Front Desk before 1st class. REGISTRATION PERIOD: February 1st - May 12th for May & June Classes March 1st - July 14th for July & August Classes April 1st - September 8th for September & October Classes FEE: $95 per session

ADULT SPORTS SPRING LEAGUES ADULT CO-ED SAND VOLLEYBALL SIGN-UPS: Coaches Meeting: May 4th, 6PM GAMES: Monday nights starting May 8th League runs 6 weeks + Tournament COST: $150 per team FOR: Men and Women 16 Years and older WHERE: Buck Thomas Park REGISTRATION TYPE: Online - Coach registers team Must Have 2 Men & 2 Woman playing at all times

ADULT DANCE CLASSES LINE DANCING DESCRIPTION: Learn how to do a variation of multiple line dances. Fun class. Class varies each time. WHEN: July 5th - August 23rd TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: Adults 18+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: April 1st - July 4th FEE: $55 per session or $8 per class INSTRUCTOR: Claudia Clark ADULT SWING DANCING DESCRIPTION: Learn how to Swing Dance and the many variations of Swing Dancing and before you know it you will be able to scoot across the dance floor like a pro. WHEN: May 3rd - June 21st Wednesday Nights September 6th - October 25th Wednesday Nights TIME: 7:30 P.M - 9:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room

AGES: Adults 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: January 15th - F ebruary 28th For March & April Classes March 1st - May 2nd For May & June Classes July 1st - September 5th For September & October Classes FEE: $55 per session or $8 per class INSTRUCTOR: Bob Gates

ADULT ART CLASSES ADULT MORNING PAINTING & DRAWING CLASS DESCRIPTION: Use several drawing media and various techniques in this class. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor. WHEN: August 14th - September 25th Monday Mornings No Class on September 4th-Labor Day TIME: 10:30 A.M - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: April 1st - July 9th For June Classes FEE: $65 per session for March and June Classes INSTRUCTOR: Donna Barnard ADULT PAINTING CLASS Use several drawing media and watercolor. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor. WHEN: June 5th - June 26th Monday Nights (4 Classes) September 11th - September 25th (3 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M. - 8:15 P.M. For March and September Classes 7:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M. For June Classes WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: March 1st - June 5th For June Classes June 1st - September 11th For September Classes FEE: $55 per Session For March and June Classes $45 per Session For September Classes INSTRUCTOR: Will Wilson ADULT DRAWING CLASS DESCRIPTION: Use several drawing media and various techniques in this class. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor. WHEN: July 10th - July 31st Monday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M - 8:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: April 1st - July 9th For June Classes FEE: $55 per session for March and June Classes INSTRUCTOR: Donna Barnard

SPRING ADULT TOURNAMENTS ADULT SINGLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT SIGN-UPS: March 31st – May 20th PLAYERS MEETING: May 23rd, 7:00 PM MEN’S TOURNAMENT: May 31st and June 7th WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT: June 2nd and June 9th Tournament only-Double Elimination Format, 2 Matches Guarantee, Best of 3 sets COST: $15 per person WHERE: Buck Thomas Park REGISTRATION TYPE: Online PLAYER MINIMUM: 4 for Men’s Division, 16 for Women’s Division PLAYER MAXIMUM: 4 for Men’s Division, 16 for Women’s Division ADULT DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT SIGN-UPS: March 31st – May 20th PLAYERS MEETING: May 23rd, 6:00 PM COST: $40 per team WHERE: Recreation Center REGISTRATION TYPE: Online – Coach registers team TEAM MAXIMUM: 24 DIVISIONS: Co-Ed 5 ON 5 FORMAT: Co-Ed must have 2 women on court to start game.

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Moore Entrepreneurs How do I predict & prepare for the challenges in my company’s life cycle? While business always has an element of unpredictability, there are six typical phases of a company’s life cycle. Read on for information about the phases and how to navigate your company through them. • Pre-Start Stage The business idea is germinating but there is not sufficient motivation to start the business. There is uncertainty, unknowns, insecurities, including the entrepreneurs fear that others might steal their business idea. Challenges & Focus Areas Generally, these challenges are overcome by meeting the right person(s) who can help remove some of that uncertainty. For example, a business advisor can provide insight and referrals, a supplier can confirm that they can produce the product; an investor can provide funds and expertise. Establishing the right network of people makes the idea much easier to develop into a viable business concept. • Start-up Stage. The company is established but makes no money and, therefore, the owner is forced to manage a seemingly insurmountable workload without any employees. This challenges a new business owner’s commitment and endurance and, never feeling certain there will be enough income to pay salaries, some startup businesses never get past this stage. Challenges & Focus Areas. The solution to the startup crisis involves several different

initiatives that must occur simultaneously. One single thing which will lift the business to the next level is to find a good, big customer – a customer that may give an order for a whole year’s work or that will enter into an agreement on a long term collaboration. With a customer like that there are now sufficient funds to develop the right product portfolio, which is attractive to customers. The owner then gets time for more than just the daily operations, including learning the basic disciplines necessary for building a strong business. • Pre-growth Stage. The company has regular customers and a steady income. The company is busy and may be experiencing a level of chaos due to lack of systems. Challenge & Focus Areas. Missing systems often prevent further growth and development because much knowledge and, therefore, responsibility lies with the owner/manager. Documented business procedures in the form of price policies, operations manuals, checklists, etc. must be developed so tasks and responsibilities can be delegated to someone other than the owner/ manager. The lack of systems also results in sporadic sales efforts in the pre-growth stage, as the owner/manager has too much responsibility for sales. • Growth Stage. The company has created an attractive business concept and has employees to sell and deliver it. New employees are hired on a regular basis. Customers are satisfied and keep coming

back. The business’s operations are under control, so they are making money. Challenge & Focus Areas. Growth stage is one of the most dangerous stages as this is when cash crises arise. Business liquidity comes under pressure from infrastructure investment and rising sales. The more that is sold, the greater the investment in raw materials, expenditures to build up stocks or the cost of new employees who do not yet earn their salary. Managing liquidity and ensuring financing for continuous investment, which can sustain the growth, through good credit limits or outside capital. Recruiting the right employees who can grow with the job and become leaders. If the owner cannot transform themselves from entrepreneur to effective manager, they may wish to consider changing to another role and letting a new manager takeover operations. Sometimes the business’s founder can prove to be the biggest barrier to the business’ growth. • Maturing Stage. The company functions well and has various divisions or subsidiaries that manage themselves. Liquidity is good and there is capital for further investments. A competent management group with complementary competencies has been hired. Challenges & Focus Areas. Competitors may be just as strong and are getting their piece of the market share. The businesses that are successful in the maturing stage are

the ones which maintain their competitive edge and keep their customers. • Transition Stage. Market share suddenly is lost due to new competitors, technologies or trends. The group of owners is breaking up or leading key employees leave the company. The company is purchased or merges with another company. Challenges & Focus Areas. The company has come full circle and there is once again a need for the entrepreneur’s expertise in creative thinking, reinvent its basic concept, business model, to create renewed partnerships with suppliers, move to an online platform for their sales. Although life cycles above cover some classic challenges that most entrepreneurs will recognize, there is a difference in when and how fast the challenges come. Some live through the whole life cycle in less than a year, but for others it may take several years to move from one stage to the next. Some will become stuck or cease in a particular stage. Great insight and inspiration can be gained to help reach the next level by understanding and overcoming typical and predictable challenges while being clear where to focus your efforts in conquering them.

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Ask the Tax Guy! I don’t have to report my bingo winnings

tar store or online. There is even a specific

your return; losses go on your Schedule A,

unless they give me a W-2G, right? My friend

line on the Oklahoma income tax return to

or Itemized Deductions. If you don’t itemize,

was saying her accountant said something

report this amount due. It is Line 20: “Use tax

you don’t get to take your losses. A net loss

different. Besides, for the year I lost more

due on Internet, mail order, or other out-of-

for the year does not “help”; the IRS requires

than I won, so I don’t have to report any-

state purchases.”

you to account for your gains or losses on

thing, right? Speaking of which, someone

what they call a “per session” system. For ex-

else said you have to pay state sales tax on

I had lunch with a friend the other day who

ample, you win $500 in one session (a day at

Internet purchases? Why doesn’t the gov-

told me that her son was living with her and

the slots). You lose $600 on day two. You do

ernment stay out of my wallet? Why am I

paying rent. I said, “Did you know you have

not have a net loss of $100. You report $500

asking a guy in a monthly magazine how to

to report that rent on your income tax re-

on the front page of your 1040, and, only if

handle my taxes?

turn?” She let me know I would not be pre-

you itemize your deductions can you take

paring her return!

the $600 loss from day two. There are re-

I get it. I finally get it. I get why taxpay-

quirements for record keeping that would

ers and clients don’t want to be fully forth-

But to get back to your original ques-

take more time and space than this column

coming with their tax preparer and/or the

tion, like many things involving the Inter-

allows. As usual, talk with your tax preparer

IRS. I understand why people buy things on

nal Revenue Code and the umpteen regula-

for details specific to your situation. Or don’t!

the Internet, but don’t report it to the Okla-

tions, etc., the Internal Revenue Service has

homa Tax Commission and pay the sales

come to administer the law. It’s somewhat

tax due. What? Sales tax (or Use Tax, as it is

complicated to carry out the requirements.

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called) is due all on applicable purchases

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whether you buy them in a brick and mor-

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Summer is just around the corner, and for many of us that screams barbecue and burgers! And the City of Moore is making it easier for you this summer with their Food Truck Fridays! Starting May 19, Central Park will be hosting a variety of food trucks from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Friday at the Central Park multipurpose pavilion by the amphitheater, located at 700 S. Broadway in Moore. “We will have about three to five trucks every Friday starting May 19,” explained Stuart Drake, Sales and Rental Coordinator for Parks and Recreation for the City of Moore. “There will be different trucks each week with a variety of food, including barbecue, onion burgers, hot dogs, Mexican, Greek, chicken and waffles and desserts.” The multi-purpose pavilion is located at the south end of the park. There are tables and chairs under shade for people to eat in a quiet location. “Last year was our first year to do this,” said Drake. “It was kind of new, so we just reached out to different food trucks, and they helped us spread the word. We got feedback from our patrons about what

they liked, and we reached out to those trucks again this year, in addition to new trucks.” Last year one of the most popular food trucks was Coit’s Root Beer, and they are returning this year. They serve root beer, of course, in addition to hotdogs, chilicheese dogs and frito-chili pie. Drake invites you to come to the park for lunch and go to the pool afterwards. “There will be trivia questions at the food trucks, and if you know the answer you have a chance to win guest passes to the pool. We want the community to come out and enjoy the park.” Summer festivities at Central Park start with a celebration on May 27, featuring the band Super Freak, various food trucks and games. And at the end of summer, on September 29, there will be a Friday Night Bites event with bands, kid’s activities and food trucks to celebrate the end of summer. You can check the city’s social media, like Facebook and Twitter, to see what trucks are scheduled to be at the park each Friday.


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Simple Seafood As the Fresh RX Program Manager for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma over the last two years, I’ve seen firsthand the impact diet has on our community. My job focuses on improving the health of our local neighbors and families by ensuring that they have access to healthy, nutritious food, regardless of circumstance. Food insecurity is linked to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases. One food I believe in recommending is seafood because it is a lean, healthy protein that contains Omega-3s that fight against heart disease and is an affordable food option for families. As a mother of two young boys, I know it can be difficult to figure out simple, healthy meals that the entire family will love. When it comes to seafood, though, I’m happy to say that it’s easier to find affordable family-friendly recipes than you might think. Did you know most seafood can be prepared in just 15 minutes or less? If you’re new to seafood, you can use your family’s favorite meals and substitute the protein with seafood. Here are some typical meal favorites that are easy to switch to a seafood success and still keeping the same flavors and taste:

o Chicken Parmesan: Use tilapia or Pollock with a parmesan crusted coating o Hamburger: Use canned salmon for the patty o Tacos: Switch beef for cod or tilapia o Salad with Chicken: Substitute canned or pouched tuna or shrimp o Stir Fry: Switch beef for shrimp Seafood Nutrition Partnership offers a lot of recipe options on their website and Pinterest page, which is very convenient and fun to try. I personally love their cooking videos with kids! Making your kids a part of the cooking process can help them try new foods, so ask them to help you cook a meal this week. The best part about seafood is that eating just twice a week— that’s like one lunch and one dinner—keeps you heart-healthy and reduces the risk of heart disease. That’s something you can be happy about. Go ahead and do something special for you and your family tonight: Say “yes” to seafood. —Ellen Pogemiller, Fresh RX Program Manager, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The national nonprofit Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is on a mission to help Oklahomans lead longer, healthier lives by incorporating two or more servings of seafood into a healthy eating plan each week. Two years ago the partnership began a public health campaign in the Oklahoma City area to raise awareness of the important benefits that come from enjoying seafood. Now that partnership is expanding from an awareness campaign to a statewide movement and call to action. It is time for us to move from being aware to taking action to improve our own health and well-being. SNP is enlisting ambassadors from all walks of life to encourage their friends, co-workers and neighbors to take the Healthy Heart Pledge at We have signed up more than 2,000 Oklahomans and have a lofty goal of enlisting 5,000 more to take the pledge before the end of 2017. Please join me in pledging to eat seafood at least twice a week. Your heart and brain will thank you for it. For more information, visit



Science Fiction Just Got Real: Meet Norman’s Immersion House By Brent Wheelbarger

ot so long ago (mid-1990’s), Hollywood science fiction movies like "Disclosure" and "Lawnmower Man" were depicting a futuristic concept called virtual reality; full immersion in a computer-generated environment. You put on video goggles, special gloves, and voila! You’re transported into an entirely different place, all created by a computer. But it was just science fiction, not something anyone could actually do. Fast forward to the present. Reality has caught up with science fiction…and right down the street. A virtual reality center called Immersion House recently opened in Sooner Mall in Norman, giving science fiction a run for its money. “People are very surprised at how immersive it is,” says Ryan Battles, co-owner of Immersion House. “It’s hard to explain it until you put the headset on. Even when you see people do it, until you put the equipment on, you have no idea just how real it feels. They’re very much surprised and have a look of wonder when they get out.” Immersion House provides several types of full-immersion VR experiences. The first is what they call an immersion square. You stand on an 8x8 space wearing a special virtual reality helmet and holding two devices that serve as virtual hands. According to Ryan, you can move about freely in that space, ducking, dodging, crouching and performing other maneuvers. A cord suspension column suspends the cabling above your head so that you’re completely free to interact with the virtual environment. In fact, there are two immersion square stations, so you and a friend can play a virtual game at the same time. One of the more popular titles is called Raw Data. “You start in a lab where robots are going rogue and coming at you from all directions,” says Ryan. “You have power-ups on your weapons, you’re moving in all directions. If you do co-op you have a partner in with you and you advance through phases. It’s terrifying at times, but so exciting.”

Immersion House also offers a seated experience designed for racing and flying. Presently, their feature title is a VR racing gamed called Project CARS. The chairs provide force feedback and six degrees of freedom to simulate the forces of the car. And with multiple chairs, Project CARS is becoming a popular outlet for tournament play. According to Ryan, “We offer monthly tournaments on the cars. In fact, we’re building a VR gaming community where people can come out and compete. Our configuration also offers a spectator event. We offer four, forty-inch monitors so you can see what every player is seeing in their headset, allowing spectators to watch the action.” If battling robots or racing cars isn’t your thing, the facility offers varied options like a 3D painting space with Google Tilt Brush. Or you can go sightseeing in faraway places or walk through a museum to see famous works of art in a fully immersive way. And according to Ryan, this is just the beginning. “Our end goal is to have a facility with race rooms, flight rooms, omni-directional treadmills, a fully immersed experience. We’re also looking to build a VR community in Oklahoma for developers. All of those things that are coming down the market, they need support. So we’re going to start a VR meetup for those getting into VR development in Oklahoma, and those looking to see what VR can offer industry.” To find out more about Immersion House, including options for birthday parties, group events and VR tournaments, check their website at Their first VR developer conference will take place in June. Email for more details. Editor’s Note: In preparing for this story, I actually tried Raw Data and Project CARS for myself. After several minutes into the Raw Data experience, I actually forgot I was in a mall…too many robots to fight!


Westmoore’s Halle Carr Heading to Washington D.C. By Beverly Ferree At first glance, you might think Westmoore

I was able to research and learn about

High’s Halle Carr is just a regular high school

the importance of providing energy for

junior, but after you meet her, you realize that

farmers and the impact not only locally but

there is much more to this young woman.

internationally as well.”

In addition to being a national qualifier for Speech and Debate, Carr was one of

As part of the trip, Carr will have an

only four students to win the Oklahoma

opportunity to visit the nation’s capital,

Electric Cooperative’s (OEC) 2017 Youth

tour historic sites and landmarks and meet

Tour contest. As part of winning this award,

Oklahoma’s legislators. She will also enjoy

Carr will receive an all-expenses paid trip to

a dinner cruise on the Potomac River, visit

Washington D.C.

the Newseum and Holocaust museums and watch a historical Broadway play.

To qualify, Carr wrote an essay about energy. Since she had the freedom to write

“I'm beyond excited for this trip,” explained

about anything related to the topic, Carr

Carr. “I'm so excited to meet new people and

chose to write about Executive Order 7037,

get to visit the various places in D.C. and

which began the advancement of energy

learn the history. Being in speech and debate

for rural farmers. Once she was selected as a

has grown my interest in government and

finalist, based on her essay and her resume,

politics, and this opportunity gives me a

her next step was to give a presentation with

chance to explore that.”

a visual aid. OEC is the state’s largest memberThe students made their presentations

owned electric cooperative and provides

at a formal banquet to a panel of judges,

electricity to over 43,000 members and

including Robin Stead, an oil and gas

54,000 accounts in seven central Oklahoma







development and community relations for Loveworks Leadership, Inc. and Rep. Scott

“Students return from the trip with a sincere

Martin, who has represented District 46 in

appreciation of American traditions and a

the Oklahoma House of Representatives

host of new friends,” said OEC’s Education

since 2006. The students were evaluated on

and Outreach Coordinator, Tory Tedder-

their communication skills, poise, audience

Loffland. “OEC is proud to be represented by

connection, creativity, delivery and how

these four outstanding young leaders. They

they responded to follow-up questions from

all four have bright futures ahead of them.”

the judges. Carr says she learned a lot from this competition,





1. Nominate a student who you believe is going above and beyond to make a difference. a. Elementary through high school students are eligible. b. Must live within the coverage area of the Moore Public School District. c. Home school and private school students are also eligible (who live within the MPS district). 2. Email their name, grade and why you believe they’re a Class Act to 3. Submissions for this quarter must be made by June 30, 2017. 4. Moore Monthly staff will review all submissions and select one student who especially stands out as a Class Act. 5. The winning student will be announced in July at their school and will be awarded a Class Acts certificate and a $100 gift card. 6. For questions or additional info, contact Rob Morris at 793-3338 or


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Moore Milestones to Celebrate!

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At the event we will also be honoring our Hometown Hero first responders. Norman Regional invites you to come out and thank these hometown heroes for all they do to keep our community safe and healthy. To do this, we need your help. If you have a story you’d like to share about a time a local first responder helped you or your family in a time of need, go to to tell your story and nominate your Hometown Hero. We will share some of the Hometown Heroes stories at the event on June 10 and will recognize our first responder heroes. We love being your hometown healthcare provider and look forward to many years of lifesaving care in Moore. On behalf of our more than 3,000 healers, thank you for your support.

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We invite everyone to join Norman Regional Health System as we celebrate these milestones with a free, community celebration from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 10, 2017. This free, family-friendly event will feature a health fair, demonstrations of exciting new medical technology, a bounce house obstacle course, children’s story time, Touch-a-Truck with our Hometown Hero first responders EMSSTAT, Moore Police and Moore Fire Departments, and the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, giveaways and prize drawings including a storm shelter generously donated by Atlas Storm Shelter, and much more!

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Fruits and vegetables give our body key nutrients that protect us against a variety of diseases. The recommended amount of fruit adults should be eating daily is 2 cups, while the recommended amount of vegetables is 3 cups. Fun facts about fruit: • Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes. • Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. They do not contain cholesterol. • Dietary fiber from fruits, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fibercontaining foods such as fruits help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Whole or cut-up fruits are sources of dietary fiber; fruit juices contain little or no fiber.

Fun facts about vegetables: • Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development • Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C. • Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and juice), beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and kidney beans.

Recently harvested fresh fruits and vegetables available in May: Okra Zucchini Pineapple Artichokes Asparagus Spring peas Broccoli Lettuce Cherries Apricots Eating the rainbow: It is recommended that we eat a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the day. A good way to do this is to eat those which are different colors. By eating fruits and vegetables which are different colors, we are able to intake a wider variety of vitamins and minerals compared to when we only eat fruits and vegetables that are certain colors. For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician. For further information feel free to contact 405.307.5730.


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The Storybook Knight Author: Helen Docherty Illustrated by: Thomas Docherty Review by: Darrie Breathwit, Children’s Services Associate, Moore Public Library “Leo was a gentle knight In thought and word and deed. While other knights liked fighting Leo liked to sit and read.” What’s a mouse knight to do when he prefers reading over fighting with a shield and sword? Leo sets off on an adventure yielding more than a knight’s typical arms, he brings a collection of his favorite books. As Leo progresses on his journey, he solves challenging situations using the power of the written word. Helen Docherty’s lyrical rhyming text and Thomas Docherty’s vivid, colorful illustration is a perfect combination and pull the reader into the story. Leo the knight encourages everyone he meets along his journey

and shares his love of reading. Although the book is written for children 5-9 years old, children and adults of all ages will find the book engaging. It is an excellent readaloud book and is certain to be a family favorite. “The Storybook Knight” is a perfect book selection for the Summer Reading Program that kicks off June 1 at the Moore Public Library. The annual program encourages children to keep reading every day during the summer to develop positive attitudes about reading and maintain & improve their literacy skills. Visit to download and print a free educator's guide and activity kit that includes interesting and creative learning activities for readers of all ages.

“The Storybook Knight” is geared toward children in kindergarten through 3rd grades with an Accelerated Reader level of 3.2 and is worth 0.5 AR points. You will find “The Storybook Knight” and other great reads in the Moore Public Library Children's Department. Please feel free to visit or call us at 405-793-4347 for recommendations or questions.

Adult Book Review

Anna Dressed in Blood Author: Kendare Blake Reviewer: Ashley Nixon-Amador, Information Services Librarian, Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay. When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she 58 | MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2017

used to call home. But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life. Let’s talk about Cas Lowood--or rather, Theseus Cassio. The king of strong voice, strong opinions, and major ghost hunting skills. He’s partly out for revenge, partly out to continue his father’s legacy of badass ghost hunting. With his athame and his mother’s Wiccan (she’s a white witch) skills, there’s no ghost he hasn’t been able to kill. In fact, he prides himself on his 22 kills (in the three short years he’s been hunting). Cas looks to urban legends and myth to find his next ghost, and when he’s tipped off about Anna Karlov, he becomes obsessed. Anna was murdered, found with her throat slit and wearing a white dress. No one found her killer, and now she haunts her house, killing anyone who enters. Cas has to have Anna. Cas can’t understand why it’s so hard to kill Anna (both because she’s so strong and because he’s finding it hard to even think about killing her). He believes finding out the truth behind her murder will help, but the truth doesn’t make things easier. And Cas, the ghost-killer, might just be falling in love with Anna. There were a couple things I wanted resolved. The biggest: Why did Anna not have to kill Cas? She says on

more than one occasion, “I don’t have to kill you...I don’t know why...” yet we never learn exactly why. Lastly, be warned, this book has a lot of language and some gory scenes so if you’re looking for a clean read, this isn’t it! Overall, five stars -- funny, suspenseful, consistent. A great horror novel.

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Beginners Yoga: Monday, May 1, 8, 15, and 22 – 6 p.m. Community Job Fair: Tuesday, May 2 – 9 a.m. Zumba: Thursday, May 4, 11, 18, and 25 – 6 p.m. Beginners Tai Chi – Chronic Pain and Diabetes: Saturday, May 6, 13, 20, 27 – 9 a.m. Intermediate Tai Chi – Chronic Pain and Diabetes: Saturday, May 6, 13, 20, 27 – 10 a.m. Spring Children’s Clothing Swap: May 11-13 Estate Planning: Tuesday, May 23 – 6 p.m. Library closed: Sunday-Monday, May 28-29

Southwest Oklahoma City Children Family Story Time and Craft: Monday, May 1, 8, 15, and 22 – 10 and 11 a.m. Baby Lapsit: Tuesday, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 10 a.m. Lego Quest: Tuesday, May 2, 4:30 p.m. Toddler Story Time and Play: Thursday, May 4,11, 18, and 25 – 10 and 11 a.m. Family Play Time/La hora de jugar en familia: Saturday, May 13, 2 p.m. Sensory Story Time: Tuesday, May 16, 4:30 p.m. Library closed: Sunday-Monday, May 28-29

Teen/Adult Tai Chi for All Ages: Monday, May 1, 8, 15, 22 – 6 p.m. Pilates: Tuesday, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 6 p.m. Network Security and Your Home Network: Wednesday, May 3, 6 p.m. Come and Go Knitting Group: Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. Estate Planning: Tuesday, May 9, 6 p.m. Nutrition for Parents and Kids: Wednesday, May 10, 10 a.m. Gardening Series: Vegetable and Herb Gardening: Thursday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. Penn Avenue Literary Society: Thursday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. Exploring Oklahoma’s Connections to the Historic Chisholm Trail: Tues, May 16, 6 p.m. Hands-Only CPR: Friday, May 19, 10 a.m. Library closed: Sunday-Monday, May 28-29

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Preschool Story Time: Tuesday, May 2, 23, and 30 – 10 a.m. Girls Who Code: Tuesday, May 2, 9, and 16 – 3:30 p.m. Barks, Books and Buddies: Tuesday, May 2 and 16 – 6:30 p.m. Lapsit Story Time: Wednesday, May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 – 10 and 10:45 a.m. Viva GLARt”: Saturday, May 6 – 11 a.m. Kids Club: Monday, May 8 – 4:30 p.m. Muffins with Mom Story Time: Tuesday, May 9 – 10 a.m. Viva GLARt at the Moore Food & Resource Center: Wednesday, May 10 – 11 a.m. Pre-K Play: Thursday, May 11 and 25 – 10 a.m. Duckling Story Time: Tuesday, May 16 – 10 a.m. Sensory Story Time: Wednesday, May 17 – 4 p.m. Read, Create and Play: Saturday, May 20 – 10 a.m. Tween Scene: Coding: Monday, May 22 – 4:30 p.m. Movie in the Park, at Central Park: Friday, May 26 – 7 p.m. Library closed: Sunday-Monday, May 28-29

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Summer Movie Preview By Rob Morris

ADVENTURE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 MAY 5 Directed by: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dauve Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone Director James Gunn took a group of b-level Marvel superheroes and turned out one of the biggest, and most surprising hits of the comic book movie genre. Suddenly THIS is the biggest Marvel sequel to come along since the Avengers…and when you realize that at some point the Guardians and the Avengers are going to meet up in the same movie, your head just might explode. Want to see rating: OMG, why hasn’t it started already?!?!?

WONDER WOMAN JUNE 2 Directed by: Patty Jenkins Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright While Marvel has been churning out comic book movie hit after hit, their counterparts over at DC just can’t quite seem to get it right. Aside from the abysmal waste that was Green Lantern (sorry, Ryan Reynolds), the Superman and Batman movies haven’t really been as bad as people make them out to be. Still, DC really needs a big hit to build some momentum for their upcoming Justice League movie. While the WW trailers have looked very good, especially since they’re shooting for this WWI period piece feel, it’s hard to believe that Wonder Woman is going to be what DC needs.


Want to see rating: Mildly excited with low expectations.

THE MUMMY JUNE 9 Directed by: Alex Kurtzman Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe So Universal is hoping to get in on the whole “expanded universe” bandwagon that Marvel has been rolling with The Avengers and DC is hoping to exploit with Justice League. Here’s the deal: Universal is planning to do the same thing with classic movie monsters like The Mummy, Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, The Wolfman, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Tom Cruise gets things rolling with the new version of the Egyptian monster who is a lady this time. Not to be confused with the campy fun that we had back with Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and Arnold Vosloo back in the late 90’s and early ‘00’s. Want to see rating: OK, I’m curious. This could be boom or bust.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT JUNE 23 Directed by: Michael Bay Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Gemma Chan, Laura Haddock Seriously? Michael Bay is still making movies. While you can certainly tip your hat to Bay’s passion for spectacle, it’s hard to believe that we’re about to endure yet another trashing of the planet by toys-turned-movie-stars. Want to see rating: Only if I win free tickets to see this one.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING JULY 7 Directed by: Jon Watts Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton After back-to-back debacles with promising Spider-man franchises starring Tobey Macguire and Andrew Garfield, Sony finally reached out to Kevin Feige and Marvel for help restoring the magic to one of Marvel’s most popular suits. Spidey’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War has everyone believing that THIS time the movie execs will allow the director to get it right. Please, Sony execs…leave the director and cast alone and let them make the movies. Want to see rating: Yes, OMG yes! But with the provision that I’m really nervous that some greasy neck-tied desk toad will insist that we need four supervillains for Spidey to fight.

COMEDIES SNATCHED MAY 12 Directed by: Jonathan Levine Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn OK, I can’t be the only one who thinks that Amy Schumer is vastly overrated compared to people like Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig and Amy Poehler. And yet, here she is again…in another female-version of a raunchy summer comedy. Want to see rating: I’d rather have somebody put a pencil up my nose and kick it.

BAYWATCH MAY 26 Directed by: Seth Gordon Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron This is a comedy for anyone who believed that the Baywatch television series should ever be taken seriously….at any point. Dwayne Johnson in the David Hasselhoff role? I’m in on that casting alone. And you know at some point everyone will run down the beach in slow motion. Want to see rating: Yeah, I’m up for killing a few brain cells with this one.

THE HOUSE JUNE 30 Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler It shouldn’t be possible for Will Ferrell to still be funny playing the same basic character after all these years…but his adolescent-inan-adult-body schtick never seems to run thin for me. Add Amy Poehler to the mix and you don’t have to ask me twice on this one. Want to see rating: Make me laugh, Will and Amy. Make me laugh!

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD AUGUST 18 Directed by: Patrick Hughes Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek I had no idea this one was coming until I saw the trailer with Reynolds and Jackson running through a hail of gunfire while Whitney Houston’s voice wails “And IIIIIIIe-IIIIIIII-e-IIIIIII will always love youuuuuuoo-uuuuuuu-oo-uuuuu!” Not gonna lie – this is a potentially brilliant pairing that we should all be lining up to see. Want to see rating: Take my money now!!!!


Two of Moore’s High Schools Send Students to the Speech and Debate National Competition By Beverly Ferree There is no debate about it, all three of Moore’s high schools have some of the best Speech and Debate programs in the state, and this year two of the schools will be attending the Speech and Debate National Tournament this year in Birmingham, Alabama. Moore High School and Westmoore High School have both qualified several students for the national tournament to be held June 18-23. But with budget cuts overshadowing the students’ achievements, they may not get to attend without financial help. Speech and Debate is an academic event that requires hours of preparation, practice and perseverance. Students in these programs compete in several events throughout the year, including debate, speech and acting, at tournaments held throughout Oklahoma and other states. The level of their abilities is impressive, and the dedication and commitment the coaches have for their students goes way beyond their pay. If you would like to help ensure that the students who qualified get to go to nationals, you can do so by donating directly to the programs. MOORE HIGH SCHOOL Moore’s Ishmael Kissinger has been with the program for nine years. When he came to Moore, the team was small. He brought back policy debate and helped grow the team from approximately 20 students to almost 50. For the seventh consecutive year, Kissinger is taking students to the national tournament, and it's the 15th appearance in the school's 65-year history. In the past, Moore High has placed several students at nationals, with five students finishing in the top 60 and one student placing in the top 15 in prose interpretation. Senior Russell Hanson from Moore qualified for nationals in Policy Debate with his partner Adison Norbury. When asked about attending nationals, Hanson said, “I’m mostly excited to teach people about policies that shape our current relationship with China and to learn from my colleagues about other potentially beneficial policies.” Junior Paige Clark also qualified for both nationals and the Tournament of Champions in International Extemporaneous Speaking, “I am extremely excited to


represent Moore at the national tournament, and I’m so grateful for the support that my fellow competitors and coaches have given me.” Kieron Kessler, a junior at Moore, qualified for nationals in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, “I’m excited to go and see new speaking styles and meet new people at nationals. This is a great experience, and Coach Kissinger has done a lot to help me get to where I am now.” Coach Kissinger believes his students deserve to be at nationals, “They have practiced hard all year long to qualify for the national tournament. I know they are not only excited to represent our state, but they are excited to see how they compare to the rest of the country.” If you would like to donate to the Moore Speech and Debate program or sponsor one of the students to nationals, call Moore High School or contact Ishmael Kissinger: SOUTHMOORE HIGH SCHOOL This is the first year for Southmoore’s coach Brooke Perez, but she is already making a showing in competition. They did not attend the qualifying tournament for nationals, but she did have several students qualify for the regional competition. WESTMOORE HIGH SCHOOL Westmoore’s Speech and Debate coach Billy Elles has been with the program for only two years, but he has already made a huge mark in the coaching community. At only 25 years old, Elles has already achieved more than most coaches with years of experience. This year at districts, his team received the Outstanding Chapter Award, in addition to qualifying four students for nationals. Senior Dayton Skeels is in his first year with the program. He qualified for nationals in Original Oratory and plans to attend UCO in the fall. “I’ve never been to competition out of state before,” explained Skeels. “I’m excited to see the atmosphere at nationals.” Westmoore junior Halle Carr is in her third year with the program and qualified for nationals in Informative

Speaking, a relatively new event which is written and performed by the student. Carr is a repeat champion in this event, which makes her the only district champion in Informative Speaking so far. Carr has also received a bid to the Tournament of Champions and is excited for the trip to nationals. “I’m most excited to see people from other states perform,” Carr said. Lauren Berry (Humorous Interpretation) and May Viryapah (United States Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking) will also be attending nationals in Birmingham. Coach Elles believes there are more benefits to qualifying than just attending the national tournament, “In addition to the competition and watching, nationals is a time to experience different cultures. I’m a big believer in doing local things on our trip to nationals, and this year we’ll be able to visit Memphis on the way and New Orleans on the way back!” If you would like to donate to the Westmoore program or sponsor one of the students to nationals, please call Westmoore High School, or you can contact Billy Elles directly at (405) 888-7648.

Regional Qualifiers MOORE


Moore Speech and Debate qualified 21 students in 35 events for the regional tournament, with seven events progressing to state. Bryce Boyd finished second in state in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking and Russ Hanson and Adison Norbury placed fifth in Policy Debate.

Westmoore Speech and Debate qualified 111 events to regionals this season, crowned four regional champions, qualified 31 events to state, crowned two district champions and one district runner-up and has two students qualified for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions:

Bryce Boyd: Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking Paige Clark: Policy Debate, Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, Monologue Waymon Coulter: Policy Debate Hope Davis: Standard Oratory Kate Deason: Policy Debate Cameron Decker: Public Forum Debate, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking Olivia Douthit: Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking Kristen Duong: Policy Debate, Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking Jade Hall: Policy Debate Russ Hanson: Policy Debate, Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking Matt Huber: Public Forum Debate Dillon Johnson: Public Forum Debate, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking Kieron Kessler: Policy Debate, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Poetry Interpretation Caleb Lawson: Policy Debate, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking Han Le: Policy Debate Patrick Medina: Public Forum Debate, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking Adison Norbury: Policy Debate, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking Jaicee Olguin: Policy Debate, Humorous Interpretation, Monologue Jill Olguin: Monologue Ethan Seaborn: Policy Debate, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking Lauren Vinson: Policy Debate

Manuel Aponte: Public Forum Debate Lauren Berry: Humorous Interpretation (National Qualifier), Prose Interpretation (State Qualifier), Regional Champion Humorous Interpretation (State Qualifier), Dramatic Duet Acting (State Qualifier), Dramatic Interpretation, Monologue, Standard Oratory and Humorous Duet Acting Sydney Brinkley: Prose Interpretation (State Qualifier), Dramatic Duet Acting (State Qualifier) and Humorous Duet Acting Nate Buxton: Monologue (State Qualifier), Poetry Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation (State Qualifier) Malachi Campbell: Prose Interpretation and Dramatic Duet Acting Kassandra Camua: Original Oratory, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and Public Forum Debate Halle Carr: Informative Speaking (National Qualifier), Poetry Interpretation, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking (State Qualifier), Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory (State Qualifier), Public Forum Debate (State Qualifier), District Champion Informative Speaking (second year straight), Original Oratory (1st alternate at Districts, NIETOC Qualifier), UT Semifinalist Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, and Original Oratory and Team Vice-Captain Ethan Chavez: Prose Interpretation and Humorous Duet Acting Amber Cooper: Prose Interpretation Silas Cox: Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking (State Qualifier) and Public Forum Debate Aubrey Crook: Standard Oratory, Prose Interpretation and Humorous Duet Acting Teighlor Farris: Humorous Duet Acting and Standard Oratory Metra Foroozan: Humorous Duet Acting (State Qualifier) and Prose Interpretation Anthony Fulk: Humorous Interpretation (National Qualifier), Poetry Interpretation (State Qualifier), Regional Champion Humorous Duet Acting (State Qualifier), Dramatic Duet Acting (NIETOC qualified), Humorous Interpretation (State Qualifier; runner-up Districts), Monologue, Dramatic Interpretation (2nd alternate at Districts), UT semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Prose/ Poetry Interpretation and Team Captain Garrett Gappa: Public Forum Debate Oratory (State Qualifier), Public Forum Debate and United States Extemporaneous Speaking (2nd Alternate to Nationals) Ben Gillespie: Prose Interpretation Teegin Groves: Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking John Gutteridge: Humorous Duet Acting (State Qualifier), Dramatic Duet Acting (State Qualifier), Poetry Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation and Monologue Amaya Hamilton: Standard Oratory

SOUTHMOORE Southmoore Speech and Debate qualified students in 10 events at the regional competition: Tasheonia Dozier: Humorous Duet Acting, Humorous Interpretation and Prose Interpretation Emma Ferrell: Prose Interpretation Madison Molitor: Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Lincoln Douglas Debate Alexis Sowah: Dramatic Duet Acting and Original Oratory Zoe White: Dramatic Duet Acting and Humorous Duet Acting

Lauren Harman: Standard Oratory Breanah Haynes: Monologue, Poetry Interpretation (State Qualifier) and Dramatic Duet Acting Isabel Herrera: Poetry Interpretation, Monologue (State Qualifier), Humorous Duet Acting (State Qualifier), Dramatic Duet Acting and Humorous Interpretation Katelyn Johnson: Standard Oratory Caleb Karr: Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation (State Qualifier), Dramatic Duet Acting, Humorous Duet Acting and Original Oratory Sara Ketch: Humorous Duet Acting Anna Lee: Prose Interpretation (State Qualifier), Standard Oratory (State Qualifier), Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, Public Forum Debate and Humorous Duet Acting Sydney Loper: Humorous Duet Acting and Prose Interpretation Jacob Martin: Humorous Duet Acting (State Qualifier), Prose Interpretation (State Qualifier) and Standard Oratory Miah Naff: Standard Oratory (State Qualifier) Joy Okpoko: Standard Oratory (State Qualifier), Dramatic Duet Acting (State Qualifier), Prose Interpretation and Humorous Duet Acting Alec Pantoja: Humorous Duet Acting, Poetry Interpretation and Monologue Jenn Pham: Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, Public Forum Debate and Lincoln Douglas Debate Josh Reynolds: Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and Public Forum Debate Chase Rhodes: Humorous Duet Acting (State Qualifier) and Poetry Interpretation Trinity Richardson: Humorous Duet Acting (State Qualifier), Prose Interpretation and Humorous Interpretation Tyler Rogers: Dramatic Duet Acting Kiele Saxton: Poetry Interpretation, Monologue and Humorous Duet Acting Dayton Skeels: Dramatic Duet Acting, Poetry Interpretation, Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory (National Qualifier, State Qualifier; Regional Champion, District Champion) and Public Forum Debate (State Qualifier) Savana Snyder: Humorous Duet Acting (State Qualifier), Humorous Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation Parker Story: Monologue and Humorous Interpretation Weston Tomlison: Humorous Duet Acting (State Qualifier), Standard Oratory and Prose Interpretation Maggie Valentine: Humorous Interpretation, Original Oratory, Public Forum Debate and Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking May Viriyapah: United States Extemporaneous Speaking (National Qualifier), Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking (State Qualifier), Lincoln Douglas Debate, Original Oratory Regan Wilcox: Prose Interpretation and Standard Oratory Siamrya Wilson: Standard Oratory (State Qualifier) and Dramatic Duet Interpretation Roman Wright: Dramatic Duet Acting, Humorous Duet Acting (State Qualifier), Dramatic Interpretation (State Qualifier; Regional Champion, 1st Alternate to Nationals) and Monologue (3rd Alternate to Nationals) Rameen Zubair: Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and Public Forum Debate


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BASEBALL May 4-6 Regional Tournament – Location TBD

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SOFTBALL May 3 State Tournament@ Hall of Fame Stadium

SOFTBALL May 3 State Tournament@ Hall of Fame Stadium

SOFTBALL May 3 State Tournament@ Hall of Fame Stadium

BOYS GOLF May 1 Regional Tournament@Meadowlake May 8-9 State Tournament@Karsten Creek

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GIRLS GOLF May 3 State Tournament@Ponca City CC

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BOYS SOCCER May 2 State Tournament – 1st Round May 5 State Tournament – 2nd Round

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Due South: SaberCat QB Turns to Family as He Sets Sights on Texas By Rob Morris

With a Sooner family legacy and the University of Oklahoma looming just 10 minutes away, you might think there was a good chance Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson would choose to continue his college career close to home. But it’s clear that the youngest Thompson wants to chart his own course when he finishes his career at Southmoore. One of the nation’s top recruits, Casey revealed his decision to attend the University of Texas, surprising many who had predicted he was leaning toward the University of North Carolina. New head coach Tom Herman, hired after Charlie Strong was fired during the winter, has an office that’s tailor-made for Casey’s skills. Herman wasted little time courting the talented SaberCat. Even though his father and brother both spent time at OU, Casey says they’re totally behind his decision to cross the Red River Rivalry. “My dad is all for it,” said Casey. “He just 66 | MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2017

wants what's best for me and my whole family talked about the decision as a family. They love me and support me.” That support includes getting advice from older brother Kendall, now a wide receiver for the Washington Redskins. Casey says he and Kendall talked extensively about the decision over the last few months. “Kendall is a very strong person,” said Casey. “The journey for him was not as smooth as most people, so he has a lot of wisdom. He's my mentor and my role model.” The wisdom Kendall gained in a career that began, like his younger brother, as a top quarterback prospect with all of the athletic tools that fit the modern college offensive systems: speed, strength, and throwing ability. His career began at OU then moved to the University of Utah. While his career as a quarterback never

truly materialized, Kendall took advantage of a final season switch to wide receiver, impressing scouts from the Washington Redskins who invited him to camp last summer. Kendall took advantage of that opportunity, earning a spot on the NFL team’s practice squad. It’s not the career path the talented high school senior imagined when he committed to the Sooners years ago. But it shows the kind of tenaciousness the Johnson family has, the kind of grit that Kendall says his younger brother has in great quantity. Kendall’s advice: focus on the things you can know and the things you can control. “I told him throughout this whole process just focus on basic black-and-white facts for as far as what's best for him as a player and a student,” said Kendall. “Find a staff that genuinely wants you, a coaching staff that's willing to fight for you and will have your back.”

When Texas fired Charlie Strong and brought in Herman from the University of Houston, the entire Thompson family realized there was an opportunity for Casey. “I knew Herman had been looking at him when he was in Houston prior before he went to Texas,” said Kendall, “I remember the morning I woke up and saw that Herman got the job at Texas. I told him (Casey), ‘Man you might end up at Texas one day.’”Casey says he was more than willing to listen when Herman and his staff came calling. “You could tell he was very passionate about the game and his love for his players,” said Casey. “I haven't seen much of that, and that's what impressed me the most.” Throughout his announcement, Casey was sincere in his appreciation for everyone who has helped him reach this point

in his career. That includes friends, teammates, coaches, teachers, and trainers. But his deepest appreciation was reserved for his family and his faith in God. That faith is something his mother, Kori, says comes from a family that is built on faith.

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“He’s always been very mature for his age and very spiritual,” said Kori. “I felt like raising the kids a certain way and keeping them on a certain path and hope that they stay on that path so when they turn into a grown man or woman that they will hopefully stay on that path.”

It’s a path that will now take the youngest Thompson into what most folks in this neck of the woods consider to be enemy territory. It’s also a path that Casey Thompson embraces. “Faith is something that has always been inside of me,” said Casey. “I just want to make sure it doesn't stop with me because I’ve always wanted to be something greater than myself. I just use football in this game as a tool for life situations and positivity and to share what the Lord has done for me and in my life.”

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“We come from a family of pastors on my dad’s side,” said Kori, “My grandmother’s side of the family is Kiowa Indian and has a lot of sacred ceremonies and traditions that we follow, so he gets to hear a lot from that.”

Growing up in that blend of faith traditions has given Casey a foundation his mother trusts will keep him steady over the ups and downs of a lifetime.

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