A special meeting of the Board of Education of the Altus Public Schools was held Monday afternoon at the Altus High School Cafeteria to recognize the Altus High School Football Team as Class 5A State Champions.
School board member Debora Phillips called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Superintendent Roger Hill opened the meeting by welcoming and thanking the audience for attending the special meeting.
Board members commented on the teams championship. Board member Steven Barnett told the team how he declined a Las Vegas trip scheduled for the weekend of the state championship because, “I believed in you, but most important you guys believed in yourselves, and we are all very proud of you.”
John Thomas praised and thanked Coach Reed and his coaching staff on their fine work, and also joked about “being glad he had taken his heart medication to the game.”
Deborah Phillips mentioned that the Bulldogs winning the State Championship “has brought back a great spirit to Altus and it is contagious, and has reawakened the Altus Public School System.”
Board member Kelley Duncan stated, “I am beyond proud of these amazing young men, both on and off the field. It makes my heart explode that you guys have brought back the spirit that I experienced when I was an Altus Bulldog.”
Keith Phillips told the team, “I remember playing Altus High School football, and we were good, but we didn’t get the job done. You guys did. You might be saying right now, ‘what’s the big deal’ but cherish this moment forever and hang onto it, because when you return to your 20th class reunion years from now, it will be a big deal!”
Coach Reed opened his comments by thanking the Altus School Board and administration along with the Altus Community for their unending support. “Whatever sport season Bulldog fans are present. ‘Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog’ is not to be spoken lightly. It is truth.” Reed recollected how he entered the Altus High School Athletic Department program and a time when it was at a drought and had the opportunity to help a group of people rejuvenate the program. “Two words come into mind as I look back on this team, Pride and Belief. This group of young men love playing, and playing proudly for those before them, and the belief that comes from the Altus community is tremendous. It doesn’t matter that we were 3-7 two years ago. Because today we stand here State Champions.”
Altus Chamber of Commerce Brian Bush praised the team for a great job and for being ambassadors to Altus. He cited several letters addressed to the Altus Chamber from Senator James Lankford, Congressman Frank Lucas, Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, and Governor Mary Fallin, as well as a plaque from Senator Jim Inhofe. Bush also gave the invitation from Senator Mike Schultz and Representative Charles Ortega, for the Bulldogs to visit and be honored at the State Capital in February 2016.
Christina’s House of Frames and David Dickerson Photography presented the Altus High School with the 2015 Championship photo “to memorialize that day forever. “
The meeting ended with Superintendent Hill thanking That Altus Band for their hard work and the Alma Mater.
(see more photos on today’s sports pages)
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