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. 

Drama to perform ‘Crazy’ spring play

The drama class will be presenting its spring play, “Crazytown,” Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m.  This play is structured as a local news channel in a wacky small town. It’s a lighthearted comedy with four parts. These include an interrogation, a political debate, a sports scene and an infomercial. 

WHS adds new elective to schedule

WHS is expanding opportunities for students to enroll in fine arts classes. Wabaunsee High School has recently added a new guitar class that will be taught by current band and choir teacher Jamie Rogers. 

‘12-sport’ athletes participate every season

Two Charger seniors have been a constant presence in athletic events for the last four years. Eli Mumpower and Jace Reves are this year’s 12-sport athletes. To be considered a 12-sport athlete, students have to play three sports each year for all four years. These athletes have no break between seasons. When one season ends, the other is often already underway. 

Some students eligible for COVID vaccine

With Kansas lessening the restrictions on who can get the COVID-19 vaccine many students may be wondering how they can get it.  Currently Wabaunsee County is in Phase 5 of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan which means any person over the age of 18 who wants the vaccine can get it. So far all the people who are 65 years old and older and wanted the vaccine have gotten it. 

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