The Pirate Log The student news site of Poteau High School Mon, 17 Feb 2020 19:04:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mrs. Willis Shares Scholarship Information Fri, 07 Feb 2020 15:18:44 +0000
  • Oklahoma Schools Insurance Group (OSIG) scholarship
  • Seniors, this application is somewhat different.  Poteau High School can only submit one finalist for this scholarship. Please read over the application carefully. If you would like to apply, I will need this complete application by Feb 28 so that we can determine which applicant best meets the criteria. Then we will mail these materials by the March 2 deadline.  Please apply! Oklahoma Schools Insurance Group (OSIG) scholarship 2020 (1)

    2. Erma Whittett and Lois Henderson Education Scholarship

    Please see attached scholarship application for students who want to be TEACHERS! Perfect for those who want to be a coach or an English teacher. I’ll run copies. Erma Whittett and Lois Henderson Education Scholarship Application

    3. Jimmie L. Dean Scholarship

    The Jimmie L Dean Scholarship Foundation is now taking applications for the 2020-2021 academic year through April 15, 2020 at their website  This foundation has provided individual scholarships every year since 2010 of up to $10,000.  Their mission?  To provide financial assistance to Oklahoma students who will attend Oklahoma colleges.   Students must have a minimum 25 ACT if they are planning to attend a four-year college/university and a minimum 17 ACT for trade schools.  Special consideration will be given to students pursuing degrees that are science related or students wanting to make or build things or serve in a health science field.  According to their e-mail announcing the scholarship, they will not consider “majors [of] music, performing arts, English, literature, Psychology, Sociology, Journalism, Business, Pre-law, Political Science, Music, Education or similar majors.”

    4. Some Local and State Scholarships

    2020 Frances Koop Parsons application (1)


    — PHS Class of 1963 Scholarship doc02973620200204081940 (1)

    — The C Robert Reed Scholarship doc02973720200204082009

    — The Bud and Margaret French Memorial Scholarship doc02973820200204082028

    Not a senior? Try this one if you are a junior!

    Rural Electric Youth Tour Letter Contest
    Here’s a great opportunity for Juniors to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. I’ve attached the Rules and entry forms. I also have copies in my office. Start writing! Rural Electric Youth Tour Letter Contest for juniors
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    Benefit Chili Dinner Scheduled for Britain Wilson/Sheila Castillo Fri, 07 Feb 2020 14:42:13 +0000 Britain is the son of Poteau Primary PreK teacher Sheila Castillo. He was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2019 while serving in the US Navy aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. He is currently receiving treatments at the Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Money raised from the benefit will help with Mrs. Castillo’s traveling expenses each week as she flies to and from Maryland and other unexpected expenses. 

    If you are not able to attend the benefit but would like to donate, donations will be accepted in the Primary School and PreK offices Tuesday and Thursday evening during conferences. 

    Britain Chili dinner

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    Academic Bowl Advances to State Fri, 07 Feb 2020 14:18:48 +0000 The Poteau High School Academic Bowl team is headed to state! The team were runner-ups at the area tournament that took place in Stigler on January 18.


    After losing their first round, the team won the next four. Two of the rounds (which included the final round) were particularly suspenseful as they ended in a tie and the winner had to be determined by a single question.


    The team was headed by starters Madeline Brennan, Bailey Pickle, Kenny Ni, Shelby Zink, with players Haley Zheng and Emily Teague subbing in when needed. The team was accompanied by assistant coach Tonya Vick, who teaches English at PHS, and Victoria Fisher, PHS’s Spanish teacher. Head coach Tom Brennan could not attend due to scheduling conflicts.

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    Ten Films You Should Watch Before the Oscars Fri, 07 Feb 2020 13:59:07 +0000 2019 was a spectacular year for film in all genres, from the comedic genius of films like JoJo Rabbit to the heartbreaking dramas of films like Marriage Story. With so many excellent films in the running, it’s hard to choose which one is most worthy of the coveted awards.


    Though nominations have not been announced yet, I’ve collected a list of the ten films you should see to prepare for the ceremony, based on the big winners of other awards thus far as well as the amount of buzz these films have garnered.


    There are some films that more important than others based off of their chances of winning, so the list is numbered from the most important in terms of the Academy Awards, to the least. Happy viewing!



    • The Irishman


    Directed by: Martin Scorsese

    Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci

    Available on: Netflix

    What is it about?

    • Simple truck driver Frank Sheeran gets involved with a powerful mobster. As he climbs the ranks to become a top hit man, he also goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa.



    • Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood


    Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

    Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie

    Available on: Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, or Google Play

    What is it about?

    • Aging actor Rick Dalton’s career is quickly declining, and he finds himself struggling to come to terms with the end of a very successful chapter of his life. As a new chapter unfolds, Dalton and his stunt double, Clint Booth, become intertwined with the fate of Sharon Tate and the Manson Family in Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film.



    • 1917


    Directed by: Sam Mendes

    Starring: George MacKay, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch

    Available in: theaters

    What is it about?

    • World War I rages on, and two British soldiers are tasked with delivering a message that would save thousands of lives in a race against the clock.



    • Joker


    Directed by: Todd Phillips

    Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz

    Available on: Amazon Prime, YouTube, Vudu, or Google Play

    What is it about?

    • In this gritty origin story of an iconic villain, failed comedian Arthur Fleck slowly descends into madness and he faces rejection from the world around him.



    • Marriage Story


    Directed by: Noah Baumbach

    Starring: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, and Laura Dern

    Available on: Netflix

    What is it about?

    • Theater director Charlie Barber and his wife, Nicole, are getting a divorce. Tensions soar as their once cordial relationship begins to break down under the stress of attorneys and courts.



    • JoJo Rabbit


    Directed by: Taika Waititi

    Starring: Roman Griffin Davis and Scarlett Johansson

    Available: Nowhere right now, but it will be released soon!

    What is it about?

    • In a comedic take on Nazi Germany, JoJo Betzler, a Hitler youth who believes that Hitler is his imaginary friend, discovers that his mother is illegally hiding a young Jewish girl in their home, endangering both of their lives and enraging JoJo’s blind prejudice.



    • Little Women


    Directed by: Greta Gerwig

    Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Timothée Chalamet

    Available in: theaters

    What is it about?

    • In Civil War era America, Josephine “Jo” March aspires to be a writer, but struggles against sexist restrictions of the time and the drama of her life and the lives of her four sisters.



    • Parasite


    Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

    Starring: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, and Cho Yeo-jeong

    Available on: Amazon Prime

    What is it about?

    • Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.



    • Knives Out


    Directed by: Rian Johnson

    Starring: Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, and Chris Evans

    Available in: theaters

    What is it about?

    • In this murder mystery, famed detective Benoit Blanc must find out who murdered esteemed novelist Harlan Thrombey, and the suspects are his various family members.


    1. The Two Popes

    Directed by: Fernando Meirelles

    Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, and Luis Gnecco

    Available on: Netflix

    What is it about?

    • This drama covers the abdication of Pope Benedict and his relationship with Pope Francis.
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    Jami Hackler Receives Teacher of the Year Award Fri, 07 Feb 2020 13:46:29 +0000 During a routine sixth hour on January 27, Jami Hackler received the news that she was chosen as the Teacher of the Year for the 2019-20 school year. Mrs. Hackler teaches Web Design (Video Production) and Desktop at PHS. The person awarded is voted on by the teachers. To be an eligible candidate, the teacher must have been teaching for three or more years. 


    “It was very humbling, I sure don’t feel like I deserve it. It’s quite an honor,” Hackler said regarding her achievement. “If anything, it’s just validation to keep pushing.”

    On February 5, Mr. Ballard made an all school announcement declaring that Hackler had not only won the PHS Teacher of the Year Award, but that she would also be honored with the District Teacher of the Year Award.

    Teacher of the Year Jami Hackler shows off her award after receiving it during her sixth hour class.

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    Poteau seniors were able to choose four career sessions to attend while college representatives were set up for the duration of the conference to answer any questions the students had about applications, enrollment, financial aid, and other opportunities offered.  Guest speakers came with plenty of wisdom to share with the students about experiences in their career field as well as wisdom on how to reach their goals. Speakers were encouraged to have open and honest conversations with the seniors about things such as salary, realistic expectations, work ethic, and communication skills.  

    Reagan Bullard
    Poteau senior classmates listen intently to a law enforcement career presentation with officer Joshua Blake.

    Seniors, like all Poteau High School students, were given the task of creating an account on the  which gave them the opportunity to complete three different career assessments based on their career interests, personal skills confidence, and work values.  From this valuable data, we were able to focus on the top career choices where the students showed the most interest. Business, Health Science, Human Services, and Communications were among the top picks.  Specific careers such as nurse practitioner, pharmacy, athletic training, law enforcement, business, news anchor and production, and psychology and counseling were among those represented at the conference. For students interested in other training options besides college, KTC had their booth set up to offer information on special skills-training for a wide variety of careers.  Colleges such as OU, EOSC, NSU, Carl Albert State College, OSU Tech, the University of Tulsa, and UAFS were represented for students to gain one-on-one information to wrap up any last questions and to note any approaching deadlines. 


    Reagan Bullard
    Poteau Senior Angel Schmidt visits with a representative from NSU at the ICAP Senior Conference.

    The conference was held at the Poteau Reynolds Center giving the seniors a professional environment to focus on their future and also the opportunity to actually all be in the same place at the same time allowing them to network with their fellow classmates.  Seniors ended the conference with lunch and a word of encouragement from Bentley Hill, BSU Director at Carl Albert State College.

    The Poteau ICAP program would not be effective without the partnerships shared with individuals, businesses, colleges, and technical institutes.  A special thanks to Lisa Brence KNWA Fox24 News, Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, The Community State Bank, Leslie Hemphill Gear Up, Kris Williams KTC, Dr. Tamatha K. Holt Optometry, Wells & Company, Nicole Wilkins University of Tulsa Athletic Training, Jarel Hendricks Pinnacle Health, Chad Yandell Pharmacist, Hali Repass Carl Albert State College, Josh Blake Law Enforcement, Kristi McConnell Carl Albert State College,  Ben Glass Western Arkansas Counsel & Guidance Center, Brian Brooks Farmers Insurance & Financial Solutions, Chad Fox CDF & Associates, Roger Mattox Jr. Business Owner Fat Man’s Great Eats, Jody Adams Business Owner Jody Ray’s Cabinet Doors, Mike Soehlman District Manager Harps, and Chris Hawn Wister State Park for recognizing the value of sharing your career and academic knowledge with our students encouraging them to be the best they can be.

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    10 WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Mon, 30 Dec 2019 15:25:46 +0000 Now that the holiday season has arrived, it is time to get all of your friends the perfect gift, your parents the perfect gift, your boyfriend/girlfriend the most amazing gift, all while still being in high school juggling grades and taking finals. While this is still going through your mind you somehow have to study and pass all of your high school classes and if you’re a concurrent enrollee you have to find the time to study for those finals. 


    Though this is stressful, it is not good for your health to stay stressed for long periods of time. Stressing for long periods of time can cause heart problems, blood pressure issues, respiratory problems, stomach discomfort, and other problems.   Read more about the long term effects of stress at 

    With this being said, being stressed all of the time is not good for your health, but don’t worry, here 10 ways to destress:


    1. Take ten to fifteen minutes to yourself. Use this time to try out that facemask that has been in your room since the summer, or to paint your nails with that polish you’ve been eyeing at the drug store since last week.
    2. Have a dance party, while you’ve been stressed your muscles have been tense. It’s time to let loose and have fun!
    3. If your not into dancing, stretch it out! Stretching your once tense muscles will help you become loose and ready to tackle any problems coming your way.
    4. Take a couple of minutes to just breathe, don’t do anything else just take some deep breaths and focus on your breathing.
    5. Maybe you’re in your head too much, in this case I would suggest taking a walk outside. This can help clear your mind and help you regain your focus.
    6. If you are stressing about how you will ever start on all of the tasks at hand you should create a list. Creating a list helps keep you on track and helps keep distractions away.
    7. Listen to music, if your studying or just trying to catch up on overdue work listen to music. Listening to music helps you focus, but don’t listen to music that is just going to make you sing instead of working.
    8. Maybe you aren’t getting enough rest, maintaining an eight hours of sleep will help you relax.
    9. Take a long hot shower or bath, add some lavender oil to help you feel tranquil.
    10. Speaking or essential oils, it is said that eucalyptus can help you destress, go out and get a eucalyptus scented candle and burn it while you take a hot bath.


    I know that high school and college are stressful but remember to still make time to let loose and have fun. It may seem like a never ending workload but you can do this you will become successful!

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    THE YEAR OF ADAM DRIVER: “MARRIAGE STORY” REVIEW Thu, 19 Dec 2019 13:54:00 +0000 Arguably the best male performance of the year is Adam Driver for his role as Charlie Barber in Noah Baumbach’s ‘Marriage Story’. As the title suggests, the film tells the story of a marriage… through the couple’s divorce.


    The role of Charlie is one with a significant amount of material to grind through. Since the film is based on Baumbach’s own divorce, Charlie is very much Baumbach’s self-insert character, and the protagonist of the story.


    Charlie finds himself in a difficult situation: his estranged wife Nicole (played by Scarlett Johansson) has hired a ruthless divorce attorney (Laura Dern) in Los Angeles, requiring Charlie, a proud New Yorker, to put his own career on the line in order to travel back and forth to handle the divorce and see their son, Henry.


    Laura Dern’s Nora is ruthless and determined to paint Charlie as the bad guy in his relationship with Nicole. When Charlie hires an equally ruthless lawyer (Ray Liotta), much of the same happens, just vice versa. 


    In this way, Baumbach successfully paints the system as the villain of the story. Both Charlie and Nicole are relatable and sympathetic characters, albeit with some serious flaws. Charlie can be stubborn and oblivious to the wants of other people, especially his wife, while Nicole is a naturally restless person who, throughout the movie, often caves to the wills and opinions of others, and in particular Nora. 


    Johansson is horribly miscast in the role of Nicole. Baumbach understands that an actress cast opposite Adam Driver in a film about a couple getting a divorce has to be able to hold their own against Driver, especially in argument scenes; Johansson can’t. She has about four facial expressions that she uses in a regular rotation, and the fact that she has been nominated over the far more talented Lupita Nyong’o for Us, is maddening. 


    Driver, on the other hand, gives the best performance of his career as well as the best male performance of the year. With a simple quiver of the lip Driver can portray more emotion than more experienced actors could with a monologue.


    The range of his acting ability is best represented in three crucial scenes in the latter half of the film. The first is during a fight scene with Nicole, in which Charlie finally lets back all of the anger and frustration he’s been holding in a ruthless line: “Everyday I wake up and I wish you were dead!” Charlie screams. “Like, if I could guarantee that Henry would be okay, I wish you would get an illness and get hit by a car, and die!”


    The pure amount of emotion Driver exhibits in two simple sentences is insane and unlike any other actor working today, especially how his voice, while still yelling, cracks when he mentions their son.


    The second moment comes when Driver sings, in an impressively good singing voice, Stephen Sondheim’s Being Alive from Company. The song has a strong connection to Charlie’s journey in the film thus far, and Driver imbues an incredible amount of emotion into the song.


    The final moment is at the end of the film, when Charlie reads the letter Nicole wrote to him at the beginning of the film. Driver perfectly portrays the subtle heartbreak of realizing that love has passed you by. 


    Marriage Story is an entertaining watch as well as an emotional one. It manages to perfectly convey the complexity of human relationships as well as the hard ins and outs of divorce in a story that is raw, well acted, and human. 

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    FOOTBALL TEAM TAKES STATE Tue, 17 Dec 2019 23:11:59 +0000 The state final game was held in Edmond at the University of Central Oklahoma stadium. It was only the fourth time Poteau has even competed in the finals.


    Last year, the Pirates advanced to the semifinals before being defeated by Tuttle in Jenks. That was not enough for the team, though. They wanted to go all the way.


    The pressure was on for the Pirates to win. Mayor White declared December 6th ‘Beat the Eagles Day’ and schools across the county sent cards to the football coaches. Despite the pressure, many players on the team felt excitement more than fear.


    Many of the players were incredibly confident leading up to the big game, like seniors Easton Francis and BJ Kniesley.


    “I wasn’t really nervous. I took it as just another game,” said quarterback Easton Francis.  “just a bigger stage.” 


    “It was more excitement than anything,” BJ Kniesley, #7, said.  “We had it in the bag.”


    However, some players, like Jaydin Mankin, did not feel similarly.


    “I was 100% nervous,” Mankin said.  Mankin scored Poteau’s only touchdown during the game. “The feeling was great, but [winning] it with my brothers was the best feeling,” he said, regarding the moment he entered the endzone.  To see more of the Pirate Log’s interview with Mankin, click here


    Playing in a state championship can be intimidating, but Francis likes to get in the right headspace by listening to music. He also recommends this to other people. 


    “I just listen to music [in the moments leading up to kickoff],” Francis said. “Music should change people; it did me.” 


    “The words ‘4A State Championship’ will hype anyone up,” said Kniesley of mental preparation. 


    When the team arrived back in Poteau, they were greeted by crowds of people lining the streets cheering for them. Community members held signs and banners expressing their pride. Police cars led the buses from Spiro to Poteau. 


    “It’s like an army entering Rome,” said Coach Mike Odom of the football team’s final return to Poteau. 


    After arriving at the field house, Head Coach Werner personally presented each football player with a medal. Werner called out each of the 67 players’ names by memory.



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    INTERVIEW WITH JAYDEN MANKIN Tue, 17 Dec 2019 23:09:17 +0000 Reagan: How did you feel before the game? 

    Jayden: Nervous for sure but excited to play the games with my friends and my family.                                                                                                                                                           


    Reagan: What were your thoughts after you scored the touchdown? 

    Jayden: It was exciting, but no better feeling than winning it.


    Reagan: How does it feel to be a state champ?

    Jayden: it’s still kinda sinking in.  I still can’t believe it really happened; it always felt like a dream.  It’s something we always wanted to accomplish and it’s something our team always wanted for a long time and we finally got it. I don’t know; its just unbelievable.


    Reagan: What does it feel like knowing you were part of the team that made history? 

    Jayden: It’s definitely a big honor, especially to have all our town support us like they have.   Just all the constant recognition we’ve gotten and everything–it is just amazing. I couldn’t ask for anything better.                                                

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