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B.A. Volleyball Players Rave About World Cup

Courtesy BOB LEWIS

They didn’t win any medals, but a select group of young athletes from the Broken Arrow Volleyball Club carried home “a ton of golden memories” of what they are calling the most fantastic experience of their lives.

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New Turf at Nienhuis a Milestone for B.A.

On Friday, July 14, the City of Broken Arrow, along with the Broken Arrow Youth Football Association, celebrated the opening of two new artificial turf fields at the Nienhuis Football Complex, 3201 N. 9th St. Broken Arrow voters approved construction of the turf fields as part of the 2014 General Obligation bond package. The cost to install the artificial turf was $1.2 million. BA Youth Football contributed $50,000. Football and lacrosse teams plan to yse the fields year-round.

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B.A. Student Named All-Stater

JACOB TAYLOR: Broken Arrow High School environmental science teacher and District Teacher of the Year Donna Gradel congratulates Taylor, a 2017 Broken Arrow High School graduate, who was recently recognized as a 2017 Academic All-Stater by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence (OFE). Taylor chose Gradel to accompany him to OFE’s awards banquet, held in June, as a teacher who has had a significant impact on his academic career. Taylor received an All-State Scholarship sponsored by Cherokee Nation Businesses.

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B.A.’s Mary Collins Looks Forward to Senior Season

By MIKE MOGUIN

One of the top pitchers in high school area softball late this summer and early fall will be Broken Arrow southpaw Mary Collins.

Collins, a soon-to-be senior lefty, has high expectations for the Lady Tigers. Having played softball since age four, she is dedicated to the game and can honestly tell you that she likes everything about the game.

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B.A. Tigers Celebrate State Soccer Crown

By MIKE MOGUIN

If there was ever a memorable high school soccer game in boys’ championship history, Broken Arrow’s 2-1 win over Stillwater in a shootout on May 13 for the Class 6A boys’ title could be it.

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Presidential Scholar Semifinalists

Broken Arrow High School (BAHS) seniors Jada Holliday and Jacob Taylor have been named semifinalists in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. They are two of 722 semifinalists who were selected from more than 5,000 candidates. There were only 10 students selected from Oklahoma.

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C-Span Recognizes Student Video

In May, Broken Arrow High School seniors Hannah Green and Maria Franceschina were recognized as Honorable Mention winners for their documentary “Dear Mr. President” as part of C?SPAN’s annual student video documentary competition, StudentCam. 

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Applicants Needed for B.A. High School Visioning Task Force

Broken Arrow Public Schools is seeking applicants from individuals interested in joining the Visioning Task Force, which will provide additional answers regarding the school district’s High School Configuration Study.
The High School Configuration Study Steering Committee was expected to make a recommendation on the future framework of Broken Arrow High School (BAHS) in May.
However, due to further questions regarding academic programming and extracurricular activities, district leadership and the Steering Committee decided to pend the recommendation until the soon-to-form task force can provide additional information.
The application process for the Visioning Task Force is open to the public until Friday, May 12.
Approximately 20-30 applicants will be chosen to serve on the task force. Those individuals will be notified after May 19.
The ideal candidate should have experience in curriculum and program development, exemplify innovative instructional design in a classroom setting, and have experience in fostering community partnerships.
Anyone interested in serving on the task force, can apply at baschools.org.

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B.A. Produces Four State Champion Wrestlers

By MIKE MOGUIN

Another year. Another group of champion wrestlers.

Four names were added to Broken Arrow’s list of championship wrestlers for 2017 as sophomores Gavin Potter and Zach Marcheselli, along with seniors Skyler Haynes and Trenton Lieurance took first in their respective weight classes at the state tournament in Oklahoma City in late February.

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