Bixby students send messages to mentors during graduation


BIXBY, Okla. – It’s graduation season and as the students finish their senior year, a graduation photo gets a lot of attention.

It shows dozens of Bixby High School graduates on their phones during the graduation ceremony.

“During the graduation ceremony last week, Mr. Adams at the very beginning just made an announcement to everyone and told all the students, asked them to get their phones out and everyone to pick up a selfie, now send it to someone who helped you get here,” says Ray Blake, head wrestling coach at Bixby High School.

Students thanked teachers, mentors and parents.

“When we made that announcement, after about 10 to 15 seconds, I felt my pocket start to buzz,” Blake said.

Blake said he received not one or two, but three texts from some of his students. This was Coach Ray’s first year at Bixby and Oklahoma. He says the student texts were very special to him after moving here from across the country last year.

“As a coach or an educator, you don’t do it for the money and you don’t do it for the recognition or the fame,” Blake said. “You do it to hopefully help some people along the way.”

He says he hopes his students will translate this graduation lesson into the real world, understanding the impact they can have on others.

“Remember the lessons and values ​​they’ve learned here at Bixby and at home so far and take them with them and recognize: you don’t get a place on your own. It takes a village. And be grateful for the opportunities and the people who helped them get to where they are today.


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