Posted Date: 09/19/2022
Union High School, 6636 S. Mingo Road, has named Makayla Goode and Grayson Tempest its Seniors of the Month for September. Goode is the daughter of Floyd and Shanita Goode of Tulsa, and Tempest is the son of Tony and Jennifer Tempest of Broken Arrow.
Goode is active in speech and debate as co-captain, Black Scholars as vice president and now president, Delta Gems hair car drive, and served as a Tulsa Debate League judging volunteer. Goode has won several honors for her debate skills including 1st place in the TDL city policy debate in 2022; 1st place in regionals, third place in the MLK Speech contest, and first place for the Jack and Jill oratory competition.
While Goode has not selected a college yet, she does plan to attend and is actively studying for the LSAT.
“One thing I am involved in that I am passionate about is speech and debate,” Goode said. “Speech and debate helps me with my research and public speaking skills while also giving me a voice to speak on topics I am passionate about. Even though I would like to describe myself as a leader, in order to get there, I try my hardest to be a team player. My role as a team player is important to me because I feel a good leader finds a way to work with the team instead of just telling people what to do.”
Goode said she is resilient. “I adapt to different situations, and I try my hardest to learn from my mistakes and bounce back when I fall.”
Goode said the English classes at the High School have made a big impact on her “because it means so many skills that I hold on to, to use in the real world. Sentence structure, research skills, analysis and great commentary are all things I use today and will continue to use, probably for the rest of my life.”
Tempest is active in football as team captain, baseball, Special Olympics, Leadership & Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Junior Honor Society, Student-Athlete Advisory Council. He volunteers with youth football camps, food drives and youth group mission trips with his church and visiting nursing homes. Honors include being named the Backyard Bowl Academic Scholar Athlete, a top-five candidate for Homecoming, an academic honor roll honoree since his freshman year, a special citation from Oklahoma State Rep. Ross Ford, and was the 8th Grade Student of the Year. He also served as class president his freshman and sophomore years and was a Student Council representative his junior year.
While his college plans are undecided, Tempest said, “The class that has had the biggest impact to me is AP Language and Composition. Not only did Mrs. McCrary and Mrs. Anoatubby implement a teaching style that went beyond that of just the lessons and into your personal life, but the class taught me how to write effectively and productively. Writing is used throughout life in many instances, and learning how to write effectively early in your life gives an obvious advantage in the workforce.”
Tempest said “I would say I lead by example, which goes hand and hand with being a team player. This role is important to me as I always strive to be the best, but most important I strive to maximize the success of others. I attempt to accomplish this goal through friendship, teammates and all the acquaintances I encounter. I pride myself in this goal, as seeing others succeed beside me is important to me.”