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NMS holds academic awards ceremony

Press Release NEWKIRK — The community gathered in the Newkirk Middle School gym Monday evening, May 6 for the annual academic awards ceremony. Students with the Highest GPA were, Claire Schieber and Waely Kirchner, fifth grade; Breck Ailey and Allison Schneeberger, sixth grade; Annalee Sewell and Blayne Vap, seventh grade; and Bailey Backhaus and Brooke…

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NES holds awards ceremony

Press Release NEWKIRK — Students, faculty and parents gathered in the Newkirk Elementary School cafeteria Friday morning, May 10 for the academic awards ceremony. Perfect Attendance:Bailey Davis, Tucker Morton, Teagan Morton and Taylen Horinek Greatest Growth in Reading:Serenity Lindsey and Shafer Shanks, first grade; Gunner Hobbs, second grade; Heaven Katcher, third grade; and Samilynn DeCosta, fourth…

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NES students raise funds for amphitheater

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — Newkirk Elementary School (NES) set out on a quest Monday morning, May 13, with one burning question in mind: how many quarters would fit around the Kay County Courthouse Square? They spent more than an hour finding the answer, and donated that change to the…

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Cross wins third at state history contest

Press Release NEWKIRK — History came to life September 2018, when several historic Newkirk citizens received special re-enactments, including Maude Gribble, portrayed by Kim Shafer Shanks. At the time, it was thought that she was the only Newkirk woman who served in the military during World War II. However, it was discovered that Agnes Wanko…

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School Board welcomes new faculty

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — The Newkirk Public School Board of Education convened for a special meeting Tuesday evening, April 30 and voted to hire several new faculty members for the 2019-2020 school year. Faculty hired include Megan Karsten, Drew Faulkner, Brandie Choate and Lesley Engle. Karsten will serve as…

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State enacts ban on vaping on school properties

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — Vaping, also known as e-cigarettes, has recently become a problem within many schools in Oklahoma, leading the state legislature to pass a measure banning them on school property across the state in an effort to crack down on an activity that is considered dangerous for…

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Community rallies for Pathway Day

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — The brilliant sunshine poured its rays across the Newkirk community Saturday morning, April 27. With a mild south breeze blowing through the town, it was a great day to be out – out walking and riding bicycles, out getting healthy. For many, that was exactly…

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