The Cushing Chamber of Commerce Business After School held their first reception of the 2014-2015 school year on Monday, October 27, 2014 for the months of September and October. Business After School is a Chamber program that honors Cushing’s education community.

Each month, one educator, one support staff and two high school seniors are honored. A reception is held at 4 p.m. in the Cushing Chamber of Commerce board room the last Monday of each school month (with the exception of September and December). Receptions are open to the public.

Those honored for the month of September were: Christie Malone, teacher; Anita Morris, support personnel; Brooke Hightower, CHS senior; and Guy Parker, CHS senior.

Those honored for October were: Whitney Wardrip, teacher; Paul Gayetty, support personnel; Courtney Hood, CHS senior; and Ian Jones, CHS senior.

Here is a little bit about the honorees:


Christie Malone is a kindergarten teacher at Deep Rock Elementary. She is married and has two children. She loves to watch sports and her favorite thing about being a teacher is seeing the excitement when the kids learn new things.

Anita Morris is a teacher assistant at Harmony Elementary. She is married with one son. Before working at Harmony School, Anita worked for Meals on Wheels. She enjoys traveling and reading mysteries.  Anita said she loves her Harmony family!  Her favorite food is lobster and she would love to go to Europe, especially Italy.

Brooke Hightower, CHS senior, likes to hang out with friends, play with her baby brother and dance in her free time. Her favorite food is sushi. She states, “I have been blessed with the ability to dance and while at dance, I get to influence the younger girls, which I love.” In five years, she sees herself in her first year at medical school.

Guy Parker, CHS senior, no information available.


Whitney Wardrip is a teacher at Harmony Elementary. She is involved with Relay For Life and enjoys fishing, hunting and anything outdoors. Whitney is married and has two dogs. Her greatest joy as a teacher is watching her students progress and become excited about what they learn.

Paul Gayetty is a custodian at Cushing Middle School. He has three sisters and two brothers. He enjoys watching pro and college football, working or cars and trucks and landscaping.

Courtney Hood, CHS senior, is the editor for the CHS yearbook and is currently creating a book. Her favorite food is anything Mexican and Paul McCartney is her favorite Beatle. She states that she is a pretty hard worker and customer service means a lot to her. When asked where she sees herself in the next five years, she stated, “Hopefully in college with my life together.”

Ian Jones, CHS senior, would love to spend the day with Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. He says he doesn’t really like to brag about himself but likes to think he’s pretty good at football. His favorite food is chicken. In five years, he sees himself going wherever God leads him.