EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first installment in an effort to publish profiles of all the members of Pawhuska High School’s 2020 senior class. Shelby Bute, a member and president of the class, is writing the profiles and posting them online. She generously agreed to provide copies of her profiles to the Pawhuska Journal-Capital to be republished in the newspaper. Ms. Bute is the author of the profiles. The photos of class members being used in the newspaper were provided by Ms. Sharon Holloway, of Pawhuska High School. The Journal-Capital intends to include numerous of the profiles in each of its upcoming editions, until the entire collection has been published. The paper thanks Shelby Bute and her classmates for access to these materials.
AUTHOR’S COMMENT FROM SHELBY BUTE: I got the idea to do a senior spotlight when the Oklahoma FFA Association started to recognize its senior members. As Senior Class President, I should be making announcements on behalf of the senior class. With this unfortunate turn of events, I thought what better way to celebrate than on social media? With the support of Mr. (David) Cash in giving me the reins, advice from Mrs. (Meghan) Davis, and extra pictures and additional information from Mrs. (Sharon) Holloway, I was able to create this page that has gotten a lot of attention. I want to remind my classmates that their accomplishments don’t go unnoticed. I’m beyond thankful to have such a supportive school board, faculty, senior sponsor, and community that supports all of us throughout all of our endeavors, school closure or not.
Meet Ally Robinson! Ally was involved in football and basketball as a team manager. She was also a Future Farmers of America member, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes member, and served as Senior Class Secretary. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Davis because “she cares more for the students’ well-being, than just their letter grade.” Her favorite PHS memory was the comeback football game to beat Stroud in the second round of the playoffs. Her plans after high school include attending the University of Central Oklahoma, and majoring in marketing/professional sales, with hopes of working for the National Skeet Shooting Association.
Meet Josh Justice! Josh was a player for the basketball and baseball teams. His favorite teacher is Mr. (Jared) Lemmons because “he is chill and a very good teacher.” His favorite PHS memory was hanging out with all of his friends in ag class. His plans after high school include attending Oklahoma State University, majoring in culinary arts.
Meet Hunter Hurd! Hunter was a player for the football, baseball, and basketball teams. He was also a National Honor Society member and an FCA member. His favorite teacher was Mrs. Davis because “she showed me how to excel as a student and an individual.” His favorite PHS memory is mastering senior skip day (surprise!). His plans after high school include attending Oklahoma State University, then switching to Oklahoma University for a law degree.
Meet Ace Hargus! Ace is a member of band, Vice President of the academic team, and was voted Band Homecoming King. His favorite teacher was Mr. (Joseph) Farrell because “he helped me realize who I was and accepted me.” His favorite PHS memory was when the band performed their punk-themed show in a competition in Skiatook. His plans after high school include attending Rogers State University, majoring in education with hopes of teaching at Pawhuska High School before moving to another state.
Meet Tatyana Curry! Tatyana is a cheer, softball, basketball, and track athlete, and an FCA member. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Davis because “she always cares for her students and is always there when we need her.” Her favorite memory of PHS is winning track state her sophomore and junior years. Her plans after high school include attending Cowley College for a nursing degree before switching to Rogers State University to finish school.
Meet Matthew Miles! Matthew was a cross country, golf, and basketball athlete. His favorite teacher was Coach (Mark) Frye because “he is a caring and funny guy. He’s been my favorite since he coached us in basketball in junior high.” His favorite PHS memory was when he made the free throw to go up four with a few seconds left against Pawnee in the Basketball Regional Championship game. His plans after high school include attending another year at Tri County Tech with hopes of getting a welding certificate and going into pipeline work.
Meet Bailey Henley! Bailey has been involved in National Honor Society, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) through Tri County Tech, Student Council President for two years, soccer team captain, football manager, and a class officer all four years. Her favorite teacher is Mr. Williams because “he taught me the true value to life, how to stand up for myself, and the true value of being a great leader.” Her favorite PHS memory is when the underclassmen mocked the seniors at the football team dinner for playoffs. Her plans after high school include attending Oklahoma State University, majoring in applied exercise science with hopes of going to medical school to finish a doctorate degree in physical therapy.
Meet Alyssa Reynolds! Alyssa was a track, cheer, softball, and basketball athlete, an FCA member, and a National Honor Society member. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Davis because “she genuinely cares about the students, and she gives the best advice.” Her favorite PHS memory was winning track state in her sophomore and junior years. Her plans after high school include attending Oklahoma University.
Meet Kaitlyn Adkins! Kaitlyn is a soccer athlete, wrestling matmaid, and an FFA member. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Davis because “she is so understanding and always pushes us to do better.” Her favorite PHS memory was wrestling state. Her plans after graduation include attending Oklahoma State University, majoring in Sociology with hopes of getting her master’s degree and becoming a social worker.
Meet Brayden Green! Brayden is a wrestling and boxing athlete. His favorite teacher is Mr. (Jakob) Price because “he’s helped a lot through school.” His favorite PHS memory is attending wrestling tournaments. His plans after high school include attending Tri County Tech for welding, and trying Mixed Martial Arts.
Meet Kaitie Mathes! Kaitie was a varsity cheerleader, and a member of the National Honor Society. Her favorite teacher was Jodi Culver because “she has always been there for me anytime of the day and night that I needed her, and she was a fun teacher all around.” Her favorite PHS memory was placing third at cheer regionals and making it to state her senior year. Her plans after high school include attending Rogers State University in hopes of getting an associate’s degree in criminal law, then transferring to the University of Central Oklahoma with hopes of getting a degree in forensic science.
Meet Tre Harper! Tre was an FFA member, FCA member, National Honor Society member, and a football, basketball, and track athlete. His favorite teacher is Mr. Lemmons because “I feel like he’s the closest teacher that I have and he has become a (professional) friend of mine over the years.” His favorite PHS memory was overcoming a zero point half and catching up over thirty points to win, bringing home another win to our fans and being able to hold a state championship plaque with his teammates. His plans after high school are not set in stone, but is leaning towards joining the military in hopes of working for the FBI, CIA, or the United States Secret Service.
Meet Sarah McNeil! Sarah was Key Club President, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) President through Tri County Tech, FCA President, Student Council Treasurer, FFA Treasurer, a National Honor member, Chess Club member, and Salutatorian of her class.
Her favorite teacher was Mr. Lemmons because “he sees potential in each and every one of his students, no matter their background. From the first day he had me in class, he pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and try new things. By doing so, he helped guide me into becoming a better leader.” Her favorite PHS memory was the car rides to and from Tri County Tech with Bailey, Ryan, and Gabe. Her plans after high school include getting a bachelor’s degree in nursing, then serving active duty in the U.S. Air Force.
Meet Jessie Gosvener! Jessie was an FFA member. His favorite teacher was Mr. (Brad) McNeil because he “enjoyed talking to him and he helped me with a lot throughout high school.” His favorite PHS memory was working for the school. His plans after high school include going straight into the workforce.