Dee Harris is no stranger to the field of journalism having worked in graphic design, multimedia production and marketing communications for over 25 years before dedicating herself to education. Harris has been in “the field” as a producer, newspaper reporter, technical writer, art director, book illustrator, graphic designer, videographer, and photographer.
She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a BA in English and a minor in Sociology and holds teaching certifications in English and Journalism. She is a member of the Journalism Education Association, Assembly for Advisers of Student Publications (an assembly of National Council of Teachers of English) and the Public Relations Society of America. She studied with the Intensive Journalistic Writing Institute in 2011 and 2012 in Washington, DC and Boston and is a 2012 recipient of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism, Oklahoma Scholastic Media Grant Initiative.
Jarad, a Bixby High School junior, is very interested in computers and loves Apple products. He stays up-to-date on all the latest software and announcements from Apple. He is a HUGE Oklahoma Sooner fan, and wants to get a degree in Meteorology from OU. When he graduates, he wants to be a stormchaser. He loves thunderstorms, lightning, and especially tornadoes. He is the Web Creative Director for the Spartan Post and manages all aspects of the website from updates to creative design. He is also the Producer and director for the live broadcasts. Go Spartans! Boomer Sooner!
Tiffany Casper is a co-producer of SPN, “In the Halls” columnist, and Student Life editor for the Spartan Post. Tiffany enjoys reading, photography, playing with her cat, and writing. Tiffany loves many things, such as drawing, the ocean, Doctor Who, Sailor Moon, mix CD’s, and rain. “Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight.”
Taylor dreams of being an author, living all over the world, and spending her life exploring.
Taylor is obsessed with John Mayer and green tea.
And loves to creative write and to spend time with all the people she loves.
Senior Savana Claxton, a reporter for Spartan Post, loves music. Since she was a girl she has loved different varieties of music. “I get the passion from my dad,” she said.
If you were to look at her iPhone playlist you would find Phillip Phillips most played. “His unique tone and passion is addicting.” She never goes a day without listening to her favorite song by Phillips, “Volcano.”
She’s also very passionate about the military and particpates in Bixby High Schools MCJROTC. This year she has earned her title this year of 2nd Lieutenant.. She writes all stories for the program and participates in all events that she writes about.
When she graduates at the end of this year she will be going to TCC and then considering the Marine Corps along with several of her cadets.
Diego is a junior at Bixby High School. He is the Sports Editor of the Spartan Post and also serves on the production crew of Spartan Post News (SPN). He can always be seen watching, playing, or discussing sports. While his favorite sports are football and basketball, he enjoys all types of sports. He’s a huge Oklahoma Sooners fan. His favorite NFL team are the New England Patriots, and his favorite NBA team is the Oklahoma City Thunder with his favorite NBA player being Kevin Durant. Although not a big baseball fan, his favorite MLB team are the New York Mets, and while not being a soccer fan, he still enjoys watching a little bit of fútbol. When he graduates, he would like to attend college (preferably OU) and become a sports journalist. Overall, he enjoys watching, playing, and discussing any type of sports or teams. Go Diego Go!
Lindsey Hamilton is a bright and sunny young girl. She can draw (pretty much do anything artistic) and she loves to write. She is a focused student and has a lovely life outside of school. Mainly she just draws and writes all day and sometimes reads when she has time between school, homework, hanging out with friends, and the occasional sleeping and eating. She always wears a smile on her face and loves to laugh and be with her friends. She can’t wait for great finish to her high school career and she is honored to be the Spartan Post Editor-In-Chief and OpEd contributor.
Darby, a reporter and movie reviews columnist for the Spartan Post,
Has shown an interest for writing her whole life. Growing up and to this day, Darby has always had curious outlook on life. She most definitely has not grown up in a sheltered life. From listening to a variety of music like classic rock bands such as Def leppard and Kiss and mostly everything from the 90’s, and still listens to a variety of music today. Such as, ‘Of Monsters and men’, Jack White, Kings of Leon, The Beatles, Karman and many more. What she really has an interest for is -watching movies-. She has practically watched every genre of films. If she has money, you can bet that you will find her at the movies on the weekends. In some words you could call her a ‘Film fanatic’. If you were to ask her what kind of person she thinks she is, she will reply with “Geek and Proud”. Not only is she a geek with music and movies but she is also a ‘COMIC BOOK GEEK!’ But not just any kind of comic books, but the one and only -Marvel comic books- quote by Darby “the greatest man known to live and also my idol Stan Lee.”
Darby has basically been around Bixby her whole life. Most of her family lives here. She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended Union until seventh grade and has been at Bixby schools ever since. She is now a Sophomore at Bixby high School. Darby wants to attend Oklahoma State University and get a master’s degree in Journalism. She wishes that someday she can become an investigative reporter for ‘The Washington Post’ newspaper (the same newspaper that cracked the watergate case). She also will minor in special education. If she does not become a reporter, then she will become an IEP teacher and work with students who learn differently just like herself. “What’s better than giving them a teacher that actually knows how they learn from my own experiences.” said Darby when she said why she wants to minor in special education.
Darby loves her baby boy named ‘Dallas’ who is her 3 year old Chihuahua. Dallas is her pride and joy and she never knew she could love something so much. Darby tends to sound like a mother around him, because she talks to him in a baby voice. She absolutely loves the color Purple and zebra stripes. But most of all she loves all of her humongous family. She is a naturally obnoxious goofy person, but under the jokes and laughter she’s a very shy, sweet and caring person. She will always be there for people she cares about or people that need her help.
Kayla, music reporter for the Spartan Post, grew up around her father’s love of music. A majority of her time is divided between both playing bass and listening to music. Her favorite bands include Kings of Leon, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Black Keys, and The Kills. When walking into her room, one is taken aback at the plethora of posters, CD’s and records.
Kayla has spent the majority of her life attending Bixby schools, and wishes to attend the University of Oklahoma to study Forensic Psychology. More than anything she has high hopes to work in the music industry.
Kayla loves gold and purple, is fun and vibrant. She always sticks up for the kids who need it, and is not limited to whom she talks to.
Emily Grace Thornton’s one true passion is writing. As a sophomore at Bixby High School she takes seven classes a day, all so she can do as much writing as possible. She attends Newspaper and Creative Writing. Her highest priority is the Spartan Post, and she has community beat along with being Junior Editor.
Besides the articles, Emily loves to write fictional stories, from poems to novels. She even self-publishes her short stories on Kindle. She discovered her talent in fourth grade when she realized she wanted to tell a story, and the only way to do that would be to write a book. From then on she collected notebooks, at least a dozen, and filled them with her fictional plots. At last her hand-writing came to an end upon receiving a laptop, which makes it more possible to write her current novel, The Three, which she promises you’ll see on the shelf someday.
Writing falls under the category of art, but really Emily does anything under that group. For music, she’s played piano for six years. She’s always been sketching and drawing, even if most of it takes place in the margins of her homework. Painting, using pastels, and sculpting are all performed by her.
Over all, she doesn’t title herself Author, Reporter, Artist, or Pianist, but Adventurer. “Adventure Awaits” is her motto, and she lives it out daily.
Now and for life Emily will be a fictional author, and for a career plans on becoming an Investigative Reporter.
Reagan Rinehart is a sophomore at Bixby. She is the Graphic Design Editor and is on the Student Life Beat for the Spartan Post. She enjoys photography, films, music, and spending time with her friends and boyfriend. She is also fascinated by the mind and the way people think, and hopes to persue a career in psychology. School is very important to her, and maintaining good grades is her highest priority. Taylors Reeves, a fellow Bixby journalist describes Reagan as “spunky” and having cool shoes. Reagan is not fond of sports, and instead enjoys doing her hair and makeup, as long as it doesn’t mean waking up early, which she can’t stand.
Mallory is a junior at Bixby High School. She works on SPN as a photographer and video editor and is a part of the Spartan Post News (SPN) production crew. Mallory is very passionate about sports and plays basketball at Bixby. Mallory is very outgoing and loves to meet new people and spend time with her friends and family. She plans to continue with sports and one day go into medicine and become an orthopedic surgeon. She also loves to do photography, which makes her a perfect fit for SPN. Her favorite season is fall, because she loves cold weather. Mallory also loves cats.
Kenzie King is a junior at Bixby High School. She is the Sports photographer and is apart of the Spartan Post News (SPN) production crew. She has a passion for sports as well as photography, so being the sports photographer is right up her alley. Kenzie is very outgoing and meeting new people is one of her favorite things to do. Her other favorite things include summertime, passion tea lemonade, and hanging out with her family and friends. Kenzie has a heart for God and smile that could light up any room. Her favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no recored of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”