(Mustang, Oklahoma – May 19, 2020) – The noun resilience stems from the Latin resiliens which means to "to rebound or recoil." English language synonyms include strong, tough, flexible, and the like. As a character trait, resilience refers to a person's mental ability to recover quickly from a negative incident, and that is just the word to describe the Mustang High School Class of 2020 according to former Mustang Horizon Intermediate Principal and current Director of Student Services (Norman Public Schools), Holly McKinney.
The Class of 2020 have been trend-setters and have been a group of students who have lived out resilience. As the first class of students who’ve always had to go through security checks when going to a Thunder game or a concert, or have always had to take off their shoes when going through airport security, they are no strangers to adversity. In a video tribute to Seniors that Mustang Public Schools produced and debuted last week, McKinney talked about another first; the Class of 2020 was the first in Mustang to start the Intermediate Schools. “[You] started the intermediate level in Mustang; something that no one else had ever done, and now you are ending the year in a way in which no one else has ever ended,” she said. “You are brilliant visionaries, and I have no doubt that you will change the world for the better.”
As the first Intermediate students in Mustang, the Class of 2020 wanted to find a way to commemorate the event, and decided upon the idea of a time capsule. “Students worked with their homeroom teachers to decide what they wanted their time capsule to look like,” said Kathy Blackwell, Principal at Canyon Ridge Intermediate School. “They presented their idea to the [school] Board and then wrote letters to themselves, collected memorabilia, and each school held a ceremony to seal the capsules. It was a really cool idea, and a great way to start our school.”
Flash forward six years, and these Time Capsules were opened last week to reveal a treasure trove of artifacts. “I had a blast looking into the Time Capsule,” Blackwell said. “Students put in things that were important to them at the time such as a signed class T-shirt, dodgeball bandanas, loom bracelets, and Frozen merchandise. One student even paid homage to their favorite game: Flappy Bird. The lead story in the included newspaper was about the OKC Thunder and Kevin Durant making a playoff run, and we even had a copy of The Hunger Games thrown in for good measure. I think they will really enjoy seeing these things at diploma pickup later this summer.”
Lots of items revolved around the theme of Service as both schools really focused on the intrinsic joy of giving back. “I think they will be really excited and pleased to see what they contributed to the capsule(s),” McKinney said. The schools plan to deliver their time capsules to Mustang High School where students will be able to get their individual letters at diploma pickup which will take place, as restrictions allow, later this summer.
About Mustang Public Schools
The Mustang Public School District covers over 72 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 certified and support employees. Voted one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces for the past two years, the school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.
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