A Year in Review
The 2014 – 2015 school year began with six new teachers and increased space for students with the addition of 3 new spacious classrooms. The girls volleyball team’s season was in full swing and the HFAA cheer squads were off to their first competition! We learned that HFAA had received an A+ on the State Department of Education Superintendent’s Report Card and that we were included in the top ten high schools in Oklahoma by the U.S. News & World Report newspaper. Students and teachers alike were taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; the HAA Martial Arts team won 8 first places, 8 second place and the Grand Champion award at their first competition. The student newspaper "The Beat" went completely digital.
In October, the drama department performed the play "Icarus’s Mother" by Sam Shepard to the OSSAA 4A One Act Play Competition. HFAA played HCP in the first ever faculty basketball game and Show Choir & Show Band did the Time Warp!
Two elderly ladies (played by HFAA’s Veronica Bryant and Emily Johnson) poisoned their suitors in Arsenic and Old Lace in November. The Firehawk basketball teams had amazing seasons and we watched Queen Miles perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Junior Rhea Brown-Bright was named Oklahoma’s first Youth Poet Laureate.
In December, the students of HFAA showed that it is better to give than receive as the National Honor Society donated 237 pounds of canned goods to the Regional Food Bank and Student Council adopted a Salvation Army Angel Tree. The Classical Guitar ensemble to a trip to Austin and we were treated with performances by our vocal, instrumental and dance programs.
HFAA has been granted charter membership in the National Speech & Debate Association & competed in Marlow in March and our annual fundraising campaign exceeded the goal of $12,000 and our Leadership in Arts & Education Dinner raised over $50,000!
In February, HFAA students Keegan Kinniburgh and Jasmine Johnson were named Oklahoma Regional Gold and Silver Key winners in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition and HFAA completed an intensive year-long reaccreditation process with AdvancED.
The annual Ignite Arts Festival and Youth Art Contest took center stage in March and the speech & debate team competed in the Oklahoma regional competition. The incredible talent of our students were showcased at the Student Talent Show and martial arts students broke boards during P & E in March.
In April, HFAA students Carlie Preskitt, Veronica Bryant, Taylor Fitzsimmons, Jasmine Johnson and Keegan Kinniburgh received an Award for Arts from the State Superintendent. Samantha Basave (violin), Zachary Edwards (violo) received Excellent ratings and Jamie Drew (violin) and Hayden Linse (bassoon) received Superior ratings at the OSSAA District Solo and Ensemble Contest. HFAA drama students wowed audiences in Dreamgirls and the HFAA Speech & Debate team received a 2nd Place Sweepstakes State 4A win. Construction began on new dance and drama rooms.
In May, we will say goodbye as our 2015 seniors graduate. On behalf of the HFAA faculty and staff, we wish all the best in what lies ahead!