On Thursday, February 28, the National Honor Society Crusader Chapter at Wellington High School will be hosting a blood drive through American Red Cross. This event will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. The blood collected will go towards those in need in the Sumner County area.
Saturday wrapped up the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Wichita. Melissa Buchanan, Elizabeth Vaughn, and Rane Case shared the results of the 16-student membership at WHS:
Those qualifying to attend the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim are:
The Wellington FFA Chapter will be holding it's annual Spaghetti Feed and Live Auction on Monday, February 18! Dinner will begin at 5:30pm, with a silent auction going on till 6:16pm and then the live auction at 6:30pm. It will be held at the High school in the commons and auditorium.
Congratulations to the new 4A State Scholars Bowl Champion, Topeka Hayden! Coming in 2nd place today at WHS in the State 4A Tournament was Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege. 3rd Place honors went to Garnett-Anderson Co. and 4th place to Towanda-Circle. Other 4A State Qualifiers included Winfield, Augusta, Abilene, and Tonganoxie.
Wellington High School (Scholars Bowl Coach Sarah House and the WHS Scholars Bowl Team) will be hosting the STATE 4A SCHOLARS BOWL TOURNAMENT on Saturday, Feb. 9th. The tournament action at Wellington will be just 1 of 6 STATE TOURNEY sites on Saturday. Teams competing at each location are listed below.
CLASS 6A @ WICHITA WEST
The WHS Forensics squad has had an eventful week. They competed in Medicine Lodge on Monday, where Gabe Hyer took 2nd in Original Oration, earning him a spot at State in May.
(This courtesy picture is from the tournament they competed in, at El Dorado last night / L to R Gabe Hyer, Quinn McCue, Austin Harriger).
During the halftime of the Girls Varsity Game Friday,another exciting event, Senior DeAndre Washington received his official invitation to this coming June’s SHRINE BOWL in Dodge City. Many SHRINERS were on hand (no go-carts thankfully) and made the invitational presentation to DeAndre with his family and fans looking on! Congrats DeAndre – that is a great honor, it’s been 15 years since the IRONDUKES last had a participant in the SHRINE BOWL. Way to represent young man!
The DUKE DANCE was the final chapter to a week of royal fun for students at WHS and other schools across the district. On Friday, Dakota Lynnes was crowned the 2018-2019 WHS DUKE. Following that announcement and the rest of the Boys Varsity basketball game, it was time to dance. The pics below are COURTESY PICS from WHS YEARBOOK!!
Congratulations to Dakota and the other candidates - it was a fun week for all!
The 2018-2019 WHS DUKE was crowned Friday evening at WHS during halftime of the Boys Varsity game. Congratulations to DAKOTA LYNNES, the new DUKE who now reigns over his Crusader-dom...Other candidates included Devin Dickinson, Chase Pfalzgraf, Nic Reyes, and DeAndre Washington! Congratulations to all of them as well. Their escorts for the many ROYAL occasions this past week have been Jacelyn Buck, Skylar Troutman, Taylor Meyer, Juliette Hyer, and Arielle Pottier.
Coach Ross Foley at WHS, the Powerlifting Coach, wanted to remind all the workers slated for the Feb. 2nd Powerlifting Meet here at WHS, there will be a "worker information" meeting on January 31st at 6PM in the WHS Weightroom! See ya there!
The WHS 2018-2019 Duke Candidates were announced at WHS Friday. Congratulations to this year's selectees! Coronation will be on Friday, Feb. 1st during halftime of the Boys Varsity Game in the main gym.
The CANDIDATES, L to R are: Nic Reyes, DeAndre Washington, Devin Dickinson, Chase Pfalzgraf, and Dakota Lynnes
The WHS Varsity Debate team were given a BIG SEND OFF at WHS - the "Debaters" are State-Tournament Bound!! Devin Dickinson, Gabe Hyer, Austin Fink and Austin Harriger had all qualified earlier in the season at tournaments at Chaparral and Augusta.
Last month, the WHS Varsity Debate won first place at the 4-Speaker Debate Regionals in Parsons! In fact, the Crusaders earned a clean sweep victory with a 12-0 score!
Tuesday, WHS students in the Ag Leadership class took advantage of the good weather to finally install the new Agriculture Education School Farm sign across the street from the Agriculture Building on the Farm Property.
The Ag Fabrication, and Advanced Ag Welding classes built the sign and students in the Ag Leadership class painted the sign last fall.
The WHS POWERLIFTERS need your assistance! On Feb. 2nd, the WHS Powerlifting Team (over 40 Crusaders/Lady Crusaders are participating), will be hosting a multi-team Powerlifting Meet at WHS. The action gets underway at 9:00AM.
The WHS Scholar's Bowl Team - participated in an 18 team tournament Monday @ Chaparral HS and did better than 17 of the other teams! (i.e. GOT FIRST PLACE!!!) Awesome bunch...!!
Left to Right: Caleb Starnes, Karsten Gill, Hunter Bryant, Devin Dickinson, Julia Starnes, and Jason Jeffery! (Courtesy Pic)
Bishop Carroll HS finished 2nd, Douglass HS 3rd
The squad is coached by Sarah House.
The WHS Debate Team competed at Augusta on Saturday (DEC. 1st) and "2" more Crusader Debaters are State Tournament bound in January! Congratulations to Devin Dickinson and Gabe Hyer who placed 6th with an overall win/loss rating of 4 wins & 1 loss. Great job gentlemen!
The WHS CHOIR under the direction of Jessica Coldwell are working hard to raise $$ for their NEW YORK trip in February! They are getting CLO$E! They truly have worked hard!!!!
Enhance your holiday season and help out a talented and spirited bunch of Crusaders and hire them to come by your home, your neighbor's home, another family member's home or a friend's! Only $15!!
They'll be out "CAROLING" on Saturday, Dec. 8th between 1pm-5pm...brighten someone's day and the choir's as well - it will get you in the holiday mood...
Students in Mrs. Defore's World History class completed their first big project of the year, "Conquest and Its' Impact".
The WHS Debate team, coached by Caitlin Hendrix, traveled to Chaparral on Saturday to compete in a varsity tournament with positive results!
Austin Harriger and Austin Fink qualified for state by earning a first-place ranking with a win-loss rating of 5-0! It is their first clean sweep! Alivia Holgate and Lucas Lyne earned a 7th place ranking with a win-loss rating of 2-3. Aidan Young and Nicole Holdaway earned a 1-4 rating, winning in their last round.
Mrs. Melissa Buchanan's "Youth Entrepreneurship Class" had their Market Day this week at WHS. After a lot of planning, the group went shopping on Monday and then on Wednesday, their pop-up businesses were setup and in action Wednesday during all "3" lunch periods. Profit reports are not in yet - suspect though there was more black than red on the post-day ledgers! The pics below are courtesy of WHS Yearbook Staff!
The "Crusaders of the Stage", under the direction of new drama directors Bob and Michelle Brown, opened Thursday evening at WHS. Well performed and received by those present. Originally scheduled for Friday evening also, that performance was cancelled and moved to Saturday due to Sectional Football action Friday at Sellers Park. The finale's will be performed on Saturday, a matinee at 2PM, and the last performance, 7PM. There's a large cast of characters:
On Thursday, November 1, the National Honor Society Crusader Chapter at Wellington High School hosted a blood drive through American Red Cross. This event took place from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. The blood collected will go towards those in need in the Sumner County area.
The Wellington FFA Chapter is having it's annual Fruit and Meat sales now thru November 9th. If you are interested in purchasing fruit or meat please contact an FFA Member or call/email Mrs. Chase at the high school. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reality U returned to WHS on Tuesday, WHS Sophomores and students from Argonia, Caldwell, and South Haven participated in the financial literacy excercise.
MONDAY OCT 15, 2018
The WHS scholars bowl team was 1 of 30 teams who competed in the pre-season Entertainment tournament Thursday at Wichita West HS. All questions asked revolved around Entertainment. When all questions had been asked and answered, WHS walked away with 2nd place! Congratulations to team members (L to R) Lydia Dridi, Julia Starnes, Dakota Lynnes, Tanner Dillon, Mason Lough, Gabe Hyer.
It's a great day to be a Crusader!
The Wellington "Potluck" Community Dinner took place Monday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in downtown Wellington. Table hosts (volunteers from the community) provided side dishes, drinks and tableware...Mrs. Karla Lawless from WHS and her FAC students provided the meat, tables and chairs. The meal was FREE for those that stopped in. The event ran from 5:45pm until around 7:00pm.
Courtesy Pics - WHS Yearbook (Abby Mohr and Averie Burns)
Catch all of the POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL action, Thursday, Sep. 20th @ Sellers Park! (Following the HOMECOMING PARADE downtown!)
The 2018-2019 WHS Duchess Candidates were announced recently - Coronation is slated for Friday, Sept. 21st @ halftime of the WHS vs Augusta Football Game @ Sellers Park.
The first PEP RALLY of the school year was held today at WHS! The Cheerleaders, the Band, and the new Crimson Dancers performed for the raucous crowd! All of the Fall Coaches introduced their teams to the student body and public guests. And then, in climactic suspense, the 2018-2019 DUCHESS CANDIDATES were announced!
WHS PEP RALLY @ Wellington High School FRIDAY @ 2:30PM! All of the FALL SPORTS teams will be introduced, the 2018-2019 DUCHESS CANDIDATES will be announced! And everyone is going to get WOUND UP because ANDALE is coming to town! The Cheerleaders, the Band and the Crimson Dancers - all will perform!
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED!!! THE PUBLIC IS INVITED!!!
Let's get PUMPED!!!
WPD and student helpers handed out "prize tickets" this morning at WHS to students as they entered the parking lots. If you were wearing your seat belt, you were handed the "ticket" and then the ticket could be redeemed as you entered the building for a new "SEAT-BELT AWARENESS T-SHIRT", compliments of Professional Body Works here in Wellington!!
The WHS Choir and Band hosted a fun event Friday evening, on the lawn outside of WHS. Neives' Tacos, Brown Box Bakery Cupcakes, and music, music, music. Enjoy the pics and look forward to some video from the event in the not-too-distant future! Proceeds from the event are going towards the Choir's trip to Carnegie Hall in NYC this coming school year! This coming school year's CRUSADERS OF THE STAGE directors were also introduced to the nice sized crowd - WHS welcomes Bob and Michelle Brown.
The WHS Crusader Marching Band are undergoing the pre-school rigors of getting prepared for the upcoming school year. Mr. Ben Olson and his group have been hard at work all week at the Middle School (and track area behind), rehearsing, learning new marching routines, and just having a good time as the start of the 2018-2019 school year is nearly upon us
WHS Drafting Instructor Ryan Elder, took several of his students to a job site tour Friday to learn "real-world skills" from Conco Construction and their superintendent Rick!
The 2018 WHS Commencement Ceremony was held Saturday afternoon at Wellington High School, with a near full house on hand, including the additional seating on the court behind the graduates. Dr.
The annual WHS Sports Banquet was held Wednesday evening, with a large crowd of student athletes, parents and fans on hand as participants in all Crusader Sports and Cheer were honored and recognized for their achievements, not just on the field or court, but also in the classroom.
Three Crusader musicians performed at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Larned this past Saturday.
Students and staff, Mrs Defore’s 4th period citizenship students are having a donation drive for items to give to Searchlight, a charity for Sumner County homeless.
Headline Wellington High School Celebrates Students in Career and Technical Education
What: Students and faculty at Wellington High School are celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE). This year’s theme is Oh the places you will go with CTE! Hundreds of CTE students will showcase their work. The public is invited to attend and support their endeavors.
Several Crusader musicians performed at the Regional Solo and Small Ensemble Festival at Goddard Eisenhower Saturday.
Receiving II (Excellent) ratings were Cameron Carter, Quinn McCue, and Michaela Adkins-Washington for vocal solos, KayCee Pennington for trumpet solo, and Alexis Tracy for baritone sax solo.
Earning I (Superior) ratings and qualifying for State were Mariah Grable for vocal solo, Julia Starnes and Marisa Black for flute solos.
Awesome representation Crusaders - CONGRATULATIONS!!
USD 353 2018 Summer Drivers Education
Who can take DE? Students who have completed their eighth-grade year of school and who will be 14 years of age by June 4, 2018, but not yet 21 years of age by September 1, 2018.
The "Crusaders of the Stage" will be presenting "THE ORPHAN TRAIN", a drama written by Aurand Harris, beginning Thursday, (April 12th, 13th & 14th) at WHS - the curtain goes up at 7PM all three nights. The play, based on the true stories from 8 orphans, back in 1914, who were scooped up in New York City and sent to the Midwest on THE ORPHAN TRAIN in search of homes. A common practice during that time.
"Reality U" is about teaching teens how their performance in school today can affect their future. It provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice personal finance skills. It can mobilize the community to become involved stakeholders in education, particularly financial literacy education in their local schools. Through their 1 1/2 hour adventure, called "Reality U", the student uses rational decision-making and planning to set and implement financial goals.
Excerpted from THINK FAST INTERACTIVE Game Show put on at WHS, Tuesday, April 3, 2018
A large number of WHS students and sponsors, recently spent 4 days/ 3 nights in Washington, D.C. The group, flying out of OKC, early morning on March 16th, would spend the next 3-4 days, touring the city and all the sites, historical and otherwise, it has to offer. Here is the itinerary followed by the group...I was told by one individual, that one of the students' Fitbit tracker device logged 45 miles of walking during the 4 day tour. Shoe sales will be up in Wellington! :)
The WHS Junior Class took a couple buses on Wednesday to Abilene, KS for one of their annual trips down history lane. Abilene is an extraordinary visit and of course the hometown of the 34th President of the United States.(Eisenhower was actually born in Texas but raised in Abilene) The students spent time at the Eisenhower Library and Museum, which offers a complete layout of President Eisenhower's life and career, including his boyhood home.
WHS students Bryce Gilbreth, Alisha Waters and Mason Sparks attended the Technical Career Day at Davis-Moore in Wichita this past Saturday. There were several post-secondary institutions represented which allowed the students opportunities to explore training options. In addition, they were able to network with master technicians and see some demonstrations in the service area of Davis- Moore.
Several WHS FFA students toured Cargill Innovations Center on Wednesday, March 14th, and had the opportunity to speak with industry professionals that work for Cargill. The students discussed with these industry leaders, ways to develop plans on how to feed the world with growing populations and fewer resources and also, how they can shape the future of agriculture itself. During the session, WHS FFA Senior Malachi Tidwell addressed 300 students and the industry leaders about the importance of Agriculture and the FFA!
The Kansas All-Star Scholars Fund provides a one-time $1000 scholarship award for Sumner County and Mulvane HS students who will be enrolled full-time in post-secondary classes in the fall, following high school graduation.
USD 353 Choral Director, Jessica Coldwell, presented her KNIGHT and CRUSADER Choirs in concert Tuesday evening at Wellington High School and much to the delight of those within hearin' distance! Superb performances by both groups, singing some rather difficult selections too.
On Friday, March 9, the National Honor Society Crusader Chapter at Wellington High School will be hosting a blood drive through American Red Cross. This event will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. The blood collected will go towards those in need in the Sumner County area.
Mrs. Rane Case at WHS released the following results from this weekend's BPA - STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE.Congrats to the achievers and to Mrs. Melissa Buchanan and Mrs. Elizabeth Vaughn who assisted with student preparation and driving.
BPA - STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE RESULTS
Congratulations to the following WHS Students!!
Statesman Award Recipients: Marisa Black, Chaney Leonard, Dakota Lynnes
The WHS Choir under the direction of Jessica Coldwell were out and about today, singing "VALENGRAMS" to individuals and audiences across the Land of Crusaders! They started the day off at WHS, singing to the WHS teachers at their "Late Start Wednesday Meeting"...check out their sound - very good!! (courtesy WHS Yearbook)
The Wellington High School Special K Basketball squad saw HOME action Friday, hosting a team from Derby in front of a packed gym of fans and supporters for both squads. Wellington has "2" squads that rotated in and out, the RED team and the WHITE team - let's meet the athletes!
Wellington High School Senior Marisa Black continues to gather honors and attention as a flutist.
Wellington High School will be providing the sophomore class an opportunity to be involved with a program called "Reality U".
One-Act plays are similar to a short story. There is a complete drama within one act. It is brief, condensed, and single in effect. One situation or episode is presented, permitting no minor plots or side actions that may distract attention for the single purpose and effect being developed. Characters are few in number, quickly introduced, and very limited in character development. Dialogue and Plot must carry the action forward smoothly and quickly.
CRUSADERS OF THE STAGE present
ONE ACT PLAYS
"2" one acts will be performed on January 26th and 27th at 7:00PM in the WHS Auditorium.
PLEASE NOTE /// 1 of the 2 plays raises awareness on bullying and suicide. Viewer discretion is advised.
Admission - Adults $5 / Students $3
The WMS/WHS Bands held their Winter Program Tuesday evening at Wellington High School. The production was divided into 4 groups, 6th grade, then 7th, then 8th grade bands performed, followed by the High School band. All were under the direction of instructor Ben Olson.
The WHS Crusader Choir and the Crusaders of the Stage presented "World War 2 Radio Christmas Show" to a nice sized crowd of holiday revelers both Thursday and Friday evenings out at WHS.
Back L to R: Jill Wiley, Keelie Cunningham, Jenna Rausch, Officer Yunker
The KU Honors Banquet, formerly held at WHS for all Sumner County schools each Fall, moved to Wichita North HS this year. The event is sponsored annually by the KU Alumni Association and honors the TOP 10% from area schools. Pictured are the Wellington Seniors that were in attendance at the event Thursday evening in Wichita. Congratulations Crusaders on your academic successes at WHS - way to represent!
On Saturday Nov. 4, several Wellington students auditioned for the Kansas Music Educators South Central District Honor Band.
The City of Wellington has been assisting the high school with their parking lot lights this summer, replacing the old lights with new LED lights that will burn brighter and be more cost effective. The gracious assistance provided by the City has been greatly appreciated by school officials.
PULLED PORK DINNER w/ Baked Beans & Cheesy Potatoes
Another PROM in the books, this one with a different start than usual but still a great time for the participants as many of them celebrate together for perhaps the last time! The decorations were superb (thank you Mrs. Lawless, Ms. Ford and all the student helpers), the food was "d-lish", the smiles, a-plenty!
Twelve WHS JUNIORS were honored by the local LIONS CLUB on Wednesday at the annual JR LIONS CLUB AWARDS ASSEMBLY at Wellington High School.
WHS Forensics competed at Medicine Lodge on Thursday.
Lizzy Santana earned 5th in Poetry, Austin Harriger and Gabe Hyer earned 4th in Improvised Duet Acting.
Forensics Coach Caitlin Hendrix and the WHS Forensics Team competed at Newton Saturday...two Crusaders qualified for State!
Austin Harriger placed 5th in Informative Speaking!
Gabe Hyer placed 3rd and qualified for State in Prose!
Austin Harriger and Gabe Hyer placed 2nd and qualified for State in Improvised Duet Acting!
Congratulations CRUSADERS!! Way to Represent!!
A "Royal" week it has been indeed. Tonight, during halftime of the boys varsity basketball game vs Augusta, a new WHS Duke will be crowned, carrying on a tradition dating back to World War II! Congratulations to this year's candidates, L to R below: (Candidates & Escorts) James Hinman, Lexi Saffell, Austin Sears, Jill Wiley, Ian King, Mekenna Adams, Jenna Rausch, Logan Jones, Abby Lowe and Hayden Baker!
Mrs. Amy Groom's Photo Imaging class at WHS, "painted with light" for their final exam on Monday. Check out the results!
The WHS Chapter of the National Honor Society,sponsored the Winter Formal Dance held this past Friday evening at Wellington High School. Several were on hand for the 2 hour affair and dressed quite nicely to boot! The following pics are courtesy of the WHS Yearbook Staff - Chaney Leonard and Madison Brown. Awesome pics - thanks!!
Mrs. Audrey Gill's PHYSICS class members were learning about Newton's "second law" at WHS this week. For those of you not familiar with Newton's 2nd law, here 'tis: