Members of the LGBTQ+ community at WHS share their stories

June is pride month in honor of the Stonewall Riots and to promote equal opportunity for members of the LGBTQ+ community. In honor of the month, we interviewed three members of the LGBTQ+ community at WHS to get some insight on their experiences in the community and what pride month means to them.

Schutter earns gold medal at state track

Junior Lauren Schutter needed all six attempts to achieve gold at Saturday’s state track meet in Wichita. Schutter, who medaled in the event as a freshman, took the lead on her second jump, 16’7.25”. It was good for a five-inch lead that looked like it might hold. But right before her sixth and final jump, two competitors pulled ahead. Horton’s Maliyah Soto jumped 16’9” and Syracuse’s Katelynn Riley jumped 16’8”, moving Schutter to third place.

McFarland students to attend Maple Hill next year

The USD 329 board made changes that will affect next year’s elementary students at its meeting Monday night. The board voted to change the variance line between Alma and Maple Hill Elementary schools to send McFarland students to Maple Hill. The vote went 4-2 with Jim Vapita, Jerom Hess, Tony Conrad and Kelly Oliver voting to change the line whereas Justin Frank, and Callie Meinhart voted against it. At the start of next school year, McFarland students will be included in the Maple Hill Elementary classes. The board hopes this will help even out the class sizes between the two schools.

Reves signs with Emporia State track

Senior Jace Reves announced his intent to continue his track career at Emporia State in a signing ceremony Monday at the WHS track. Reves was a state placer in 2019, finishing 8th in the 800. This season he competes in the 800, 4x4, 4x8, and 4x1, with a solid chance at returning to state in each event.

Charger recognized as All-Kansas news publication

For the first time in school history, the WHS Charger received All-State distinction from the Kansas Scholastic Press Association for its news publication. Publications are judged on their body of work throughout the year, including coverage, reporting, visuals, design and leadership. KSPA describes an All-Kansas publication as one that demonstrates a solid understanding of the news publication and its purpose, features well-written copy, attractive design and storytelling photography, and that is obviously produced to serve readers.

Students compete at tech fair

Senior Grace Spellman uses her glue gun on a model for competition at the Fort Hays State Technology Fair. She received a Blue Ribbon, Rosette and Certificate for Best in Class. “It’s a model of the house that my family hopes to build some day. I had floor plans that I used to create a... Continue Reading →

Bigger, Faster Stronger | Chargers prepare for summer workouts

With the school year winding down, athletes look forward to summer weights. Summer weights is a time for athletes to stay in shape throughout the offseason. There will also be practices for most all sports. “Summer weights can help athletes get more explosive, keeping them in shape, and getting their muscles ready so they are able to compete at a high level,” said weights coach Garrett Eck. 

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