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Excitement building for Macy’s Thanksgiving parade for NHS cheerleaders

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By BARBARA GREEN
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The cheerleading squad of Nocona High School will leave Nov. 18 to take part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 23.
The squad was invited back in early April after a parade scout saw some videos of the girls at games and pep rallies. Sponsor Rebecca Wilson said she first thought it was a scam, but after finding out it was legitimate and a parent meeting it was confirmed they wanted to go.
The squad will perform in the parade with Spirit of America Cheer, a large group with members from all across the United States. The girls have to pay airfare and hotel, while Spirit Production pays for their costumes, gear needed for the parade and some meals. They will be in the city six days arriving on Nov. 18 and leaving the day after the parade.
Once the decision was made to attend, the girls launched into a massive fund raising campaign to pay their expenses. Thanks to the support of family, friends and the community they were able to meet the goal that will send 11 girls to the parade. Three of the girls from the 14-member squad will not be attending. There also are parents going along as chaperones.
Wilson said they fly to New York on Nov. 18 and there will be rehearsals every day, mornings and evenings. The girls have already received their costumes and gear, and all provided by the company. They also have received the choreography and have begun learning the routine.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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M3 readies paint party fundraiser

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Bowie High School’s Mighty Marching Maroon Band will host a fundraiser paint party from 6-8 p.m. on June 18 in the high school cafeteria.
Cost is $30 to paint an 11 X 14 pre-traced canvas with $15 of each prepaid ticket going to the boosters. The band boosters will be providing snacks, and all supplies such as paint, brushes and canvas are provided.
Host will be Shannon Adkins of Texas Gals Creative Studio.

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Five schools ready graduation ceremonies for this weekend

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Five Montague County high schools will conclude their year with graduation ceremonies this week including Bowie, Forestburg, Gold-Burg, Nocona and Saint Jo.
Saint Jo graduates on May 23, Bowie, Nocona and Forestburg on May 24 and Gold-Burg on May 25.
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The Jackrabbits of Bowie will walk the stage at 8 p.m. on May 24 in Jackrabbit Stadium. The senior class selected Coach Aaron Chokas to be the class speaker. He is the boy’s head track coach and a Bowie graduate.

Read the full story and meet the top graduates of the five county high schools graduating this week across Montague County in your mid-week Bowie News.

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NHS Burnt Ends earn national title spot

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The Nocona High School barbecue teams competed at the state contest last week with the top 91 teams and it was a tie-break tri-tip cook that earned the Burnt Ends team a wild card spot in the National competition.
Deanna Meser, one of the team sponsors, explained while the teams did not score in the top 10 of the five events that counted for a national bid. Only the top 10 are given points no matter what your score is for each event.
“Both teams turned in their best meats of the season in every event. Both teams worked together all day long. We started the year with two returning students and ended the year with eight pitmasters,” Messer explained.
The Burnt Ends took part in a national tie-breaker event cooking tri-tip and took the grand championship. Messer said the final details of the contest were a bit confusing but the Burnt Ends’ pork chop made it to the finals table placing them in the top 24 out of 87 high school teams. They were selected for a wild card because of that and their tri-tip championship.
Nationals will be in Branson, MO. Members of the Burnt Ends are Heyvan Ramsey, Keegan Norman, Owen Crossen and Josiah Messer.

Burnt Ends earn a spot in the national competition. (Courtesy photo)
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