Basketball season officially began with Junior High teams playing in the Calumet Tournament last week. Pictured are the Junior High girls who were consolation champs at the annual Calumet Tournament. The fifth and sixth grade teams and junior high teams play at home this week. On Tuesday, they face the Okeene Whippets starting with the 5th and 6th grade games at 4:30 and the junior high games beginning immediately after. On Thursday, the 5th and 6th grade teams play Lookeba-Sickles with the first game starting at 4:00. Saturday, 5th and 6th grade and Junior High teams travel to Gracemont with the first game beginning at 12 noon.
Story and Photo by Kelcee Standlee
Marla O’Nesky is our new MS/HS Special Education Director. Ms. O'Nesky, who just recently turned the big 45, has been happily married to her husband Dean for 15 years. She has a son, Dalton, who at age 25 attends college and runs the family farm. She has lived in Thomas for the past 15 years, but she grew up in Oakwood and went to school in Taloga. Ms. O'Nesky went to college in Portales, NM, for a semester before coming back home. She went back to finish her degree after her son was born and graduated from SWOSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, as well as a Master's Degree in Psychometry and Educational Administration. She taught for a total of 15 years in Watonga, El Reno, and Clinton before coming to Geary. She said she feels "very blessed and grateful" to be the Special Education Director as well as Middle and High School special education teacher at Geary. She grew up in a small town and was very excited to get to teach in one. Mrs. O'Nesky said the students, parents, staff and the entire community have been wonderful and she looks forward to spending many years here.
Mrs. O'Nesky and her family enjoy traveling to different places and seeing new things. She has been to Mexico several times, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and several states from Florida to California. She also likes to hunt and fish. Her son taught her how to use a compound bow several years ago, and she has been hooked on bow hunting since then. She likes to try new things and has a bucket list of activities she wants to do and places she wants to see. Mrs. O'Nesky would love to visit Italy, Ireland, and Scotland. She wants to go hunting in Alaska, Canada and New Zealand. One adventure she would like is to go into a shark cage and see Jaws up close! She enjoys a good laugh, so if you walk by her room in the High School, expect to hear some loud laughter coming out!
Student Coucil members attended the three-day State Convention in Ada where the focus was inclusiveness and serving others. The students heard from three great speakers in the general sessions and then attended small group rotations where they learned more about activities they could implement at Geary High School. In the evening there were activities such as a mixer, competitive games, and a "silent" dance that allowed them to make connections with students from schools across the state. Student Council members attending were Kadance Pitts, Maggie Glasgow, Kierra Evans, Maggie Cross, Gabe Kiener, Jose Briseno, Cameron Finney, and Max Glasgow. In the top photo, STUCO members are shown playing a fast-paced game of UNO as they wait to be released to the next session. They chose to play card games as a way to connect with each other rather than spend time staring at their phone screen, according to STUCO sponsor Shana Glasgow.
Four students went above and beyond the curriculum for Mr. Petrone's computer classes to earn web development certificates. The students worked on their own to complete a coding class through Tynker.com. Proudly holding their certificates are Joe Estep, William Boon, Makayla Pekah, and Jaclyn Anderson.
Geary High School is communicating with parents of students who will be juniors during the 2019-20 school year. Our school district plans to administer the ACT® test in spring 2020 to eligible juniors as part of the state contract with the Oklahoma State Department of Education and ACT. Last year over 95% of Oklahoma schools selected to administer the ACT. Our district believes this is an . . .