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BHS Students Honor Coach Rigdon During MAD Week

posted Apr 7, 2017, 1:18 PM by Tina Steele   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 12:43 PM ]

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Students throughout Bartlesville High School came together to help raise money during MAD week on March 27-29, 2017. “MAD” stands for Make a Difference. It is an annual event held by the BHS Student Council, and STUCO sponsors - Mrs. Lashbrook, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Hendrix and Mr. McQueen. This year, the focus was to raise money to help Coach Spence Rigdon offset his medical expenses. Coach Rigdon, boys’ varsity baseball coach and Bruin Academy teacher, has been suffering from cancer for some time.

As part of the MAD week festivities, every day was designated as a different dress-up day. Monday was Character Day and students dressed up as their favorite fictional character. Tuesday was Future Day where students dressed up as they saw themselves in the future. Wednesday students dressed in their favorite college gear or wore hats. Thursday students enjoyed Twin Day, where friends dressed alike. Finally, Friday was Destination Day and students dressed up to reflect where they would like to travel or places they would like to go.

Throughout MAD week there were several fundraising activities. Monday night a group of students paid $1 to smash a car. The event was held in the back parking lot of the high school campus, and students were provided with sledgehammers and goggles for smashing the vehicle. The BHS Student Council would like to thank Paul’s Wrecker Service for donating the car that was used in the event. Tuesday evening two teams of students played volleyball at Sonic to have fun and raise additional money. One of the most popular activities of MAD week was the student talent show held Thursday night. Nine students showcased their talents while a crowd of 70 people enjoyed the entertainment. The event was set up in a coffee-house style in the commons area, with hot drinks and cookies served to the audience.

The MAD Assembly topped off the activities on Friday morning with all students and staff assembling into the Field House. The new Bruin Spirit Team was present to help boost school spirit among students. To get the crowd fired up before the rally, the Cheerleaders, Pom and Bruin Spirit Team walked down the halls chanting and dancing to drum beats played by a small group of drummers from the Bruin Brigade. To open up the assembly, the BHS choir sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. The BHS Cheerleaders performed their award-wining routine from Nationals and the Pom Squad danced a special routine with male partners. School Spirit was very much on display when Coach Rigdon was honored at the assembly. Each grade competed for best school spirit by doing chants, cheers and the wave. The senior class won the spirit trophy for being the loudest and most enthusiastic. Students then competed against one another in a panty hose ball race. The rally was completed with the cheerleaders and spirit team performing a dance wearing giant faces of teachers and the principals. The total amount of money raised to help Coach Rigdon was $615.00 including $80 that was donated by the French Club.

Coach Spence Rigdon and Mrs. Rigdon
Coach Spence Rigdon and his wife are honored during the MAD Assembly.