Graham High School has about a metric ton of school spirit, and just about everyone in the community knows that.
Most recently, that school spirit translated into a free Wade Bowen concert, which is slated for later this month.
Graham High School students participated in 95.9 The Ranch's Friday Night Lights contest during football season in late 2013. The contest, which has been held by the station for at least five years, is simple: entrants showing the most spirit win a live musical performance at their school. GHS and 11 other high schools signed up for the event.
“Many of the Student Council officers are fans of the radio station, 95.9 The Ranch, and heard about it through their advertising,” said Stephanie Talbot, student council coordinator at GHS. “They actually brought the idea to me, and, after looking into it, we obtained permission from administration.”
The contest ties in with high school football, and the Ranch invites a group of students, usually football players, cheerleaders or student council members, to come talk on the air about their school on the Ranch's morning show.
“It's an opportunity to show up and (display) how you have school spirit and Ranch spirit,” said Bryant Bott, promotions and marketing director of The Ranch. “It's a promotion, but we want to see school spirit and a car shoe-polished with ‘95.5 The Ranch.'”
The radio station also set up a portal on the Ranch website where students posted pictures and videos demonstrating school and Ranch spirit. The GHS Student Council invited other clubs and organizations to participate, and began organizing, making signs and brainstorming different ideas.
“I must say, they rocked it!” Talbot said.
She added that the FFA organized a skit for the pep rally, Interact incorporated their “Pink Out” activities and cancer awareness fundraising, GHS Cheerleaders put together chants and a country dance to a Wade Bowen song and freshman football players painted themselves pink and line-danced.
Even the sheriff and mayor helped the kids, with Mayor Barry White declaring Oct. 18 “GHS Friday Night Lights/Wade Bowen/The Ranch Day.” That same day Sheriff Bryan Walls escorted the radio station's suburban into Steer Nation all the way from Rock Creek.
Read more in Wednesday's Graham Leader.