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Mason Gomez: Starting inside linebacker for WPHS varsity football
Yareli Trejo
Prepping for the big matchup against Palo Duro, senior Mason Gomez warms up and enjoys senior night.

Senior Mason Gomez is the starting inside linebacker and is a part of the captain council for the varsity football team at West Plains High School. He started playing football at five years old after becoming inspired by his older brothers playing the sport. He immediately fell in love with the sport and hasn’t looked back since.

After the past few games this season, Coach Cummings has been really impressed by Gomez’s skills and believes that he has done a tremendous job of executing their defense, evolving as a player, and leading on the field. “He has been as steady of a leader and player as I have ever coached,” said head coach Adam Cummings, “You know you are getting his best everyday and he leads by example. Although he may not have the stats that other players might have, what he does for our team day in and day out is immeasurable.” Mason was honored to be chosen by Coach Cummings and said, “I think he chose me based on my leadership in and outside of athletics, my work ethic, and my character on and off of the field.” Both himself and Cummings said that he brings great energy, leadership, experience, motivation, and overall skills to the team and is a great asset overall.

Mason’s advice for the lowerclassmen is to, “really enjoy high school and soak it all in. Go to the games, hang out with your friends, go have fun. These four years you get in high school go by way too fast. You don’t have as much time as you think, and you don’t want to be a senior looking back with regrets. You’re going to make dumb choices, make mistakes, and get in trouble, but you can learn from those experiences.”

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Bella Wineberg
Bella Wineberg, Journalism Staff
Bella Wineberg is a sophomore at West Plains High. Her favorite thing to do is to play sports such as volleyball and softball. Their favorite part of journalism is getting to see the unseen side of West Plains and what it is really all about. Their advice to future West Plains students is: “Get involved in everything you have the opportunity to. You will meet amazing people that you wouldn’t have crossed paths with otherwise. Always be honest and true to yourself!”
Joey Hill
Joey Hill, Broadcast Journalism Staff
Joey Hill is a sophomore at West Plains High. His favorite thing to do is skate and play guitar. Their favorite part of journalism is getting to understand people and how their minds work. Their advice to future West Plains students is: “Everyone is looking for the light, everywhere but within.”
Eva Duarte
Eva Duarte, Journalism Staff
Eva Duarte is a sophomore at West Plains High. Her favorite thing to do is to read any book she gets her hands on. Her favorite part of journalism is showing her fellow classmates behind the scenes of WPHS. Her advice to future West Plains students is: “Have fun in high school and enjoy your time and youth here!”

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