Wildcat of the Week #16 is Po-Hi Senior Bailey Anson

Ponca City Public Schools - February 27, 2023 8:11 am

The Heather Cannon Wildcat of the Week #16 for the 2022-2023 school year was presented to Po-Hi senior Bailey Anson. “Bailey is an impressively kind and sweet Wildcat who demonstrates teamwork with everything in which she is involved,” said PCPS Superintendent Shelley Arrott. “Bailey is highly involved in our musical arts program and is a member of both the Big Blue Band and the Wildcat Chorale, and this year she is the flute section leader for the band. In addition to her musical activities, she is a member of the National Honor Society, takes courses at Po-Hi, and participates in concurrent enrollment through NOC at the University Center. Not only does she maintain a 4.0 GPA, but she has exemplary attendance and her work ethic is extraordinary. However, what sets her apart is her helpfulness and kindness to others.”

“Every person I spoke with about Bailey honed in on the fact that Bailey is so kind, helpful and a great teammate. Mr. Davis, her band director, stated, ‘Bailey is very dedicated to band and her other activities. She is always on time, prepared, and excited about what the band is doing. She is always willing to help other students with not only their music, but with their homework as a peer teacher.’ Mr. Pratt, assistant band director, added, ‘Bailey is known by her friends as someone who always shows kindness, and is especially great at helping the younger band members and always leads by example.’ Her chorale director, Mr. Keilman, said, ‘Bailey is an excellent member of Chorale! She always models good behavior and attributes of the Wildcat Way, especially teamwork. Bailey has played flute for Chorale on a number of occasions during our Christmas concerts!’”

“Bailey, I was honored to present this award in front of the band this morning. As I told you and the class earlier, the Wildcat of the Week is sent to me by Team Radio with the anonymous nomination that is completed through their website. I do not know who nominated you but it did say they were a friend of yours. Among other things, your friend stated, ‘If you ask anyone, they will tell you how sweet Bailey is, and I want her to receive recognition for the hard work she puts in, for helping everyone, and for being such a kind person!’ Bailey, since the nominations are anonymous, I really do not know who makes them, but often times I can tell by how they are worded they come from a staff member or a relative. This may be the first nomination that I have seen that came from a personal friend, and it speaks volumes that your friends are so impressed by your kindness and helpfulness that they want you to be recognized! It was obvious when I was sharing this information, your classmates all agreed and were super proud you received the award. I could tell from the moment I met you what a sweet, kind, and humble Wildcat you are.”

“Bailey, when it comes to teamwork, you are always willing to step up and take on a leadership role when needed. You are dependable and reliable and your peers and teachers look up to you. With these selfless characteristics, it is evident you understand that the success of the group is more important than your own personal accomplishments and you are always willing to put the needs of others ahead of your own. I am certainly proud of your teamwork, but I want you to know that we all admire your kind spirit. Your encouraging words, helpfulness, and sweet demeanor lift the hearts of those around you and help create a positive environment that makes being around you pleasing to everyone. Much more kindness is needed in this world, and your contribution to making this world a kinder place is impactful to all you encounter!”

“You have already been accepted into Northwestern State University and I know you plan on majoring in psychology. This field of study is a great fit for you because you exude empathy and a genuine concern for others. I know you will excel in this profession, and as I mentioned earlier, you would make a wonderful school psychologist. PCPS would love to have you return to make a difference in the lives of your fellow Wildcats. Your family, your school, and your community are extremely proud of you.”

The “Wildcat of the Week” Award is sponsored by Heather Cannon Honda. The award is for a deserving high school student who follows the characteristics of the Wildcat Way which are Work Ethic, Improve, Leadership, Discipline, Compete, Attitude, and Teamwork. These characteristics may be exhibited in any setting and is open to all Ponca City High School students.

Several Ponca City patrons are involved in making the “Wildcat of the Week” a reality. These partners include Tina Christian, Senator Bill Coleman – TEAM Radio, Heather Cannon – Heather Cannon Honda, Danny’s BBQ Head Quarters, and Tyndall Dentistry.

Each week a new “Wildcat of the Week” will be selected from the nominations of TEAM Radio listeners and viewers. Winners receive a free BBQ sandwich meal from Danny’s BBQ Head Quarters and a T-shirt from Boss Custom Tees. PCPS will make the presentation weekly at Po-Hi. If you know an outstanding student at Po-Hi who is living the Wildcat Way, please use the form in one of these links https://www.poncacitynow.com//32875-2/, or visit www.PoncaCityNow.comwww.PoHiSports.com, or www.pcps.us.

Pictured: Trent Davis (Po-Hi Band Director), Bailey Anson (Wildcat of the Week) and Shelley Arrott (PCPS Superintendent)

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