Her favorite past time, Mariah Ralston said, is reading. It is only natural her favorite classroom subject is English. “And it’s just easy for me,” Mariah told a guest to Sunnyside Elementary School, where she is a fifth-grader in Kristal Anderson’s home room. “I love to read. Mysteries, mostly. But I don’t have a favorite author.”
Bus driver. Teacher’s aide. Copy maker. Encourager. The litany of Nancy Criner’s many jobs led on Wednesday led to a big announcement. “Nancy Criner: Secretary of the Year.” Criner, secretary at Deep Rock Elementary School, was nominated by her principal, Teresa Shaffer. She was chosen by anoutside group, according to Walter Webb of the Cushing Public School Foundation. “We don’t pick the winner but I read through the nominations,” Webb said, “and it would have been very difficult to choose one.” Criner said Shaffer “is a very good writer.” “I am incredibly surprised,” Criner said.
PERKINS — Reed Aldrige singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday and Perkins-Tryon beat Cushing 1-0 in a spectacular high school baseball game. The Demons completed a season sweep of CHS when Aldridge’s single caromed off the glove of Tiger second baseman Dylan Palmer and into center field. It drove home Dillon Longbrake, who reached on a single and advanced to third on a pair of walks.
KELLYVILLE — With its collective back to the wall, Cushing High School’s slow-pitch softball team made a little history. The Lady Tigers on Thursday won back-to-back games under elimination pressure and captured the Class 5A District 13 championship. Cushing beat Berryhill 10-7 and 14-2 and advanced to next week’s regional playoff round.
The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University has long been known for offering educational programs for adults. However, there is something for the younger set as well. A couple of years ago, to coincide with the open houses offered at The Botanic Garden at OSU, which take place the first and third Saturdays of each month, the garden Ambassadors group began offering programs designed specifically for children 6-12 years of age, said Laura Payne, volunteer coordinator at the garden.
Bands have also been chosen for the 20th annual Bar-B-Q and Blues Festival. The Dust Bowl Brothers will open for the Red Dirt Rangers at the Friday night private party on June 12.