Editorial Briefs | Winter sports finishing strong

Junior Cade Oliver shoots a three during the Chargers 52-23 win over Rossville February 22. The boys defeated Kansas City Christian 68-45 Monday night to advance to the second round of substate. They face #1 seed Jefferson County North at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mission Valley. The girls traveled to Kansas City Christian Monday night for their first round matchup. Photo by Kendyl Bolinder.

Winter sports wrapping up

Wrestling finished another strong season with two state placers and boys basketball got a playoff win for the first time since 2017. The girls face Kansas City Christian tonight and the boys play Jefferson County North at Mission Valley 5:30 p.m. Thursday. It was great to see a return of school spirit, as the parents and pep band participated in an ’80s theme Monday night, and it makes us even more excited to eventually pack the gym again.

Teachers getting vaccinated

It’s great that some USD 329 staff members are finally getting vaccines, and we look forward to the time when we can all get vaccinated and get back to normal. Most students won’t be eligible for quite a while, but we can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Students compete online

Last week journalism students competed in regional competitions online, and FFA judged meat virtually as well. Groups like scholars bowl, FCCLA and FBLA have also participated in online competitions this year. So far the competitions have gone well, and we are glad that organizations have found a way to adapt rather than cancelling competitions because of COVID concerns.

Juniors take ACT

The junior class, as well as juniors across the state participated in the ACT Tuesday morning. It’s great to have the opportunity to take the test during the school day, without travelling, and without paying for the first attempt. Some students opted to take the Workkeys assessment instead, which they took Wednesday. 

Spring sports begins

Although some winter sports are still wrapping up this week, Monday marked the beginning of spring sports (baseball, softball, track). Except for one week of practice last season, it’s been almost two years since we got to hit the track and ball fields. Look for previews of spring sports when we return from spring break.

Students elected to state offices

On Monday, junior Kaelyn Conrad was elected Vice President of Public Relations for state FCCLA and Sydney Holthaus, Jacob Meseke and Kara Hafenstine were selected as peer education members. We love to see Chargers in leadership positions.

Spring Break always welcome

It stinks that travelling and other activities are mostly off the table for spring break, but everyone is at the point of the school year where their brains need a break. We’re hoping for some decent weather so we can recharge for the last quarter of the year.

Area Girls win individual wrestling titles

Several area girls brought home state wrestling titles, including Rossville’s Kendra Hurla, Mission Valley’s Hope Blake and Council Grove’s Jolie Zeigler. It’s great that KSHSAA finally elevated girls wrestling to a varsity sport, and we’re hoping some Wabaunsee girls take to the mat in the future.

Editorials are the opinions of the Charger staff. Please send letters to the editor to whscharger@gmail.com.

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