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WELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL * HOME OF THE CRUSADERS
1700 E. 16th St
Wellington, KS 67152

Office: (620) 326-4310 * Office Fax: (620) 326-4383
Counselor's Fax: (620) 326-4383
Library: (620) 326-4336
Cafeteria: (620)326-4392
IMPACT BANK'S SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, & NOVEMBER 2021 Students of the Month!
Congratulations CRUSADERS!
On Friday afternoon of February 25, WHS hosted Derby High School for our home SPECIAL K BASKETBALL game.  Always the feel-good event of the year, Special K Basketball draws spectators from all schools in USD 353 to cheer on both the home and away teams!  The score at the end doesn't matter--everyone present wins as we get to witness and take part in sportsmanship, healthy competition, people building each other up, a celebration of unique and different abilities, and a world where everyone gets their shot!
 
Photos by Payton Bright/WHS Crusader Yearbook
CONGRATULATIONS to our newly crowned DUKE of the 2022 Winter Homecoming - Hagen Wright!  He joins Kaitlyn Hain (who was crowned Duchess in the Fall) as homecoming royalty for the school year.
 
 
On Saturday, February 5, Freshman Kaleb Hamilton participated in the Regional Piano Festival held in Sebits Auditorium at Friends University. He received a II rating for a very difficult piece, Tarantella by Pieczonka. This was Kaleb's first time performing at the festival, and his piano teacher Hankie Holefelder and WHS choir teacher Jennifer Ault were on-site to support him--both very proud of their student for his hard work and willingness to challenge himself. Congratulations, Kaleb!!
 
(Courtesy Photo)
The team of Riley Anderson and Philip Starnes are representing Wellington High School at the Kansas 4A State 2-Speaker Debate Tournament January 14-15 in Silver Lake. Riley and Philip have a 12-5 record on the season. In this format, they will have to argue positions on both sides of the issue of protecting water resources. Blanche Provot and Katia Kuzmenko are also attending as alternates.
The WHS debate squad had an amazing season. Riley and Philip were the only veterans on the squad of thirteen. WHS had four different teams earn medals at tournaments over the season and placed in squad sweepstakes at two different tournaments. Eight students earned letters, six of them in their novice year. Things look very promising for the future of debate at WHS.
On Tuesday, January 11, senior and junior volunteers underwent training to become mentors/tutors in the Crusader Support program, an initiative started by Mrs. Defore's Leadership class.  Motivational speaker Bill Cordes was back in the building to facilitate the half-day workshop.   
 
(Photos by Celt Corley, Lily Macias, and WHS Yearbook Staff)

IMPACT BANK is sponsoring a new program this year at Wellington High School. It is called - "KINDNESS COUNTS"!

Here's how it works!

There are multiple staff members at WHS that have been selected as "anonymous observers". (they don't even know who the other observers are) Their task this school year, when they observe a student exhibiting KINDNESS, in any variety of ways, they will nominate that student for recognition, and in turn, IMPACT BANK will award the selectee, for their display of "KINDNESS", a $25 Gift Card!

We have our second IMPACT BANK "KINDNESS COUNTS" winner for this school year at WHS, and this is why she was nominated.

When taping a KWHS newscast, there is limited time and occasionally, a wrench or two can get tossed into the works, if you will. On Tuesday, that very thing happened. One of the main anchors was unexpectedly absent, and that can cause numerous script issues, last second shuffling of multiple assets, and other problems.

A young lady, not scheduled to rotate into the NEWSCAST class until next week, heard of the unplanned dilemma, and without any time to review the scripts, without any prior instruction or experience in front of the KWHS news camera and teleprompter, Sophomore Kendall Janzen volunteered without hesitation, to fill the void and the "show went on"! She even had the chutzpah, to quickly rearrange her schedule, as she was to attend a meeting in just a few minutes, elsewhere.

"Kindness" can pack a punch of positivity. Just like a rock that hits the water and sends ripples in all directions, that one voluntary gesture to step up and help, had a similar ripple effect of positivity on the issues at hand that day. IMPACT BANK knows that about "kindness", thus their sponsorship of such a program.

"Kindness" has a way of bringing us together and moving us forward. Thank you Kendall Janzen and congratulations for this recognition - you are awesome! Thank you Sophomore Class President Kate Haines for making the gift card presentation to Kendall!

IMPACT BANK is sponsoring a new program this year at Wellington High School. It is called - KINDNESS COUNTS!
Here's how it works!

There are at least "4" staff members at WHS that have been selected as "anonymous observers". (they don't even know who the other observers are) Their task this school year, when they observe a student exhibiting KINDNESS, in any variety of ways, they will nominate that student for recognition, and in turn, IMPACT BANK will award the selectee, for their display of "KINDNESS", a $25 Gift Card!

We have our first IMPACT BANK "KINDNESS COUNTS" winner and this is what he was observed doing.
The selectee was in the hallway, and introduced himself to a sophomore, who was walking down the hallway alone. The selectee walked up to the quiet and somewhat introverted underclassman, and asked his name. He introduced himself, shook the sophomore's hand, and having recognized the name, he told the sophomore to be sure to say hi to his older brother. This interaction with an underclassman, in such a manner, probably made the sophomore feel just a little more at home as the school year was getting started. It is commendable that a schoolmate, would greet him in such a way and afford him that feeling.

This same selectee, recently stepped up in one of his classes, to assist another classmate, when her "project partner" couldn't be there to assist with their class presentation. Without hesitation, our honored Crusader today, immediately volunteered to help with the presentation, averting a potentially embarrassing or awkward situation for the student.

The KIND person we speak of, in such high regard is SENIOR JACE BARTON!!
 
On behalf of IMPACT BANK, we are proud of you Jace Barton. You are an awesome young man. Presenting Jace with his $25 Gift Card from IMPACT, is the WHS Class of 2022 Class President, Trey Greenlee. His assistance with the presentation was most appreciated - he did an awesome job as well.

There are many GIFT CARDS to award this school year CRUSADERS - be KIND and the next gift card, might "IMPACT" you! GREAT JOB JACE - Thank you Class of 2022 President Greenlee!