8 journalism students place at regional competition

Eight WHS journalism students placed in 11 events at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association regional contest February 28.

In the writing contests, students are given quotes and information and must write a story in 90 minutes. The copy editing contest included a short test and a story to comment on.

Sophomore Emma Frey placed first in the editorial writing competition.

“Our students write a lot of stories throughout the year, which really prepares them for this competition,” newspaper adviser Brendan Praeger said.

The students will participate at state May 4 at KU.

Kansas Scholastic Press Association Regional Results

Copy Editing

Eleanor Badeker- Honorable Mention

Sean Dugger- Honorable Mention

Yearbook Copywriting

Laurel Barber- 2nd

Feature Writing

Kaytlyn Meseke- 2nd

Hannah Mumpower- Honorable Mention

News Writing

Eleanor Badeker- 3rd

Sean Dugger- Honorable Mention

Cutline Writing

Kaytlyn Meseke- 3rd

Editorial Writing

Emma Frey- 1st

Kendyl Bolinder- Honorable Mention

Yearbook Sports

Abby Oliver- Honorable Mention

Lift-a-thon to raise funds for weight room

WHS students are working to raise funds for the weight room.

Students are taking part in a lift-a-thon March 22 to raise money for the weight room. Students asked community and family members to sponsor or donate money for the cause.

Weights teacher Garrett Eck is leading the attempt to keep the weight room up to date.

“There is still stuff we can get more of to help increase our student’s ability, whether they want to use weights for sports or work,” Eck said.

Eck hopes to buy new equipment for the classes and for the community. A few things on the list include medicine balls, yoga mats, foam rollers, new bands, and possibly a new stair stepper.

Contact Eck at geck@usd329.com for more information.

Laurel Barber, @lawl_e_20

New English teacher ‘thrilled’ to join WHS staff

Miriam Barton has been hired to fill the Wabaunsee High School English teacher position. Starting in the fall of 2019, Barton will teach English II, English IV, and College Comp.

Barton is originally from the Texas Gulf Coast region, but has been in Kansas for several years. She has been married nearly 16 years and has two children, ages 11 and 13. She completed her undergraduate education at Kansas University and her graduate at Kansas State, where she taught English courses for two years while she worked towards getting her degree in English.

Barton’s favorite hobby outside of education is cooking.

“One of my life’s passions is cooking. I mean real cooking. Homemade, from scratch stuff,” she said. “I also have a love for beautiful things. Beautiful nature, beautiful music, beautiful art and so on.”

“When I’m not cooking or reading you can usually catch me outside doing something – I love being outdoors.”

While Barton enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, she is very passionate about books and writing, so she decided to further her education as soon as both of her children were old enough to attend school.

“Literature, and expressing myself through writing, have brought quite a bit of joy to my life, and I feel very called to share that passion and enthusiasm with young people trying to find their way in life.”

Barton said she is thrilled to be joining the WHS staff next year. “I am attracted to the kind of attention that I can give students in smaller class sizes and I feel like I can do a lot of good in the environment at WHS.  I love the literature for this age group and I am very happy to continue teaching college English courses there as well.”

Principle Jan Hutley says, “She is exceptionally qualified, and she currently teaches at the college level, so she’ll be able to teach our Hiland Community College English class. She comes highly recommended, and we’re excited to have her here. She has a lot of excitement in regards to teaching high school kids.”

— Kendyl Bolinder, @BolinderKendyl

Winter Sports Wrap-up: Girls Basketball finishes 3rd at State

Senior Abby Oliver goes to the basket during the 3rd place game against Trego Community High School. Oliver was named All MEL 1st Team, Capital Journal 2A All-State 1st Team, Sports in KS 2A All-Tournament Team and Sports in KS 2A Player of the Year. Photo by Sarah Vanstory.

The girls basketball team ended the season with a third place finish in the state tournament and a record of 22-4.

The Chargers entered the state tournament seeded number one and for the first round they played the eight seed, Heritage Christian Academy. WHS rolled to a 91-42 victory and moved to the semifinals.

“The first game, we came out and just played basketball like we know how. Unbreakable defense and fast breaks,” senior Abby Oliver said.

In the semifinals, the Chargers had a tough match up to four seed, Garden Plains. The girls came short of making it to the finals after losing a heartbreaker in overtime, 55-51.

After losing in the semifinals, the girls competed against Trego Community, the second seed, for third place. The Chargers were able to pull it through for the third place finish in the state with a final score of 49-36.

“The third game, I think was a rough start because it really wasn’t where we wanted to be playing, but we pulled it together the second half and brought home third place,” Oliver said.

The team was disappointed about not getting to play for the state championship, but was happy to end the season with a win.

“We worked hard at state and came up short, but I am just thankful we could end our season with a win and could leave (coach) Perine on a win,” junior Madelyn Hutley said.

The team supported each other throughout the entire season to get them to the state tournament.

“What made this season special is the whole year we worked together playing as a team. No one played just for themselves. We all had each other’s backs,” Oliver said.

The team finished the season with a winning record, a third place state finish, first place in the Royal Valley Tournament and second place in the Wabaunsee Invitational Tournament along with several players receiving awards.

Oliver was awarded with All MEL 1st Team, Capital Journal 2A All-State 1st Team, Sports in KS 2A All-Tournament Team and Sports in KS 2A Player of the Year. Hutley received All MEL 1st Team, Capital Journal 2A All-State 2nd Team and Sports in KS All-Tournament Team. Junior Autymn Schreiner received All MEL 1st Team and Capital Journal 2A All-State Honorable Mention.

The team looks to compete again next year, although it will lose seniors Abby Oliver and Alyssa Lohmeyer. The team will also be losing head coach Shanna Perine.

“This season was special because it was our last season with Perine and I’m  gonna miss Abby so much and I know she will do great at Washburn,” Hutley said.

— Kaytlyn Meseke, @Kaytlyn_nelle

Wrestling season ends at regionals

The Wabaunsee wrestling team faced a sorrow-filled end at the regional tournament as no wrestlers qualified for state.

Despite the forecasted snow and the cancellation of school, the charger wrestling team traveled to Rossville to compete in the Regional tournament February 15 and 16. Individuals would wrestle through a bracket where two losses would end a season while a finish in the top four would grant a trip to compete in the 3-2-1A State Wrestling Tournament. Even though five wrestlers would be competing with no high school state experience among them, the team still hoped to do well in the competition.

“I felt pretty good and we had a shot in multiple weight classes,” head wrestling coach Joey Heersche said.

The team would wrestle hard and only freshman Marek Boatwright would have his season cut short at the end of the first day. Sophomore Eli Mumpower wrestled to the semifinals where a win would put him in the championship match, but lost by pin and would wrestle through the backside with another chance at state.

Senior Sean Dugger was the first match of the second day. A close match that finished in overtime, a loss ended his season and high school career. Sophomore Derek Wallin looked to come back after a tough loss in the quarterfinals, but met a tough opponent who put an end to his state bid and season. Freshman Koby Corp would be the next Charger on the mat. A match ending in a pin would signal the end of his season. Mumpower would once again be a match away from a trip to state. He pulled ahead in the first period by points, but his opponent came back and put Mumpower on his back to end season.

“It hurt to lose again,” Mumpower said. “I hope to make it next year.”

The team looked to rebuild after the graduation of two state champions and hoped to send multiple wrestlers to the state tournament. Despite having no state appearances this year, the team still looks forward to next year and the years ahead.

Despite a disappointing end, coach Joey Heerche is optimistic for the program’s future. “I feel like the immediate future is looking good, but the long-term is looking great with 60 club members, many of them returning from a previous season,” he said.

The team will graduate two seniors at the end of the year, Austen Bonnette and Sean Dugger.

“It has a lot of fun and such a huge learning experience,” Dugger said. “I had hopes to make my last season last a week longer than it did, but a bracket with seven previous state qualifiers made it very difficult.”

— Sean Dugger, @seandugger01

Boys basketball ends season in sub-state

The Charger boys basketball ended its season in sub-state with a 78-64 loss to Hillsboro.

Although the team was disappointed in the final record of 5-16, the team stayed competitive throughout the season, with five of the losses by single digits.

“The season went decent, we definitely improved from last year. Highlight was beating Rossville, we played very well that game,” freshman Cade Oliver said.

“It was definitely a building year. We got a new coach and we tried some new things. The highlight was winning the Wabaunsee Invitational,” junior Keaton Johnson said.

The team graduates seniors Conner Brown, Tanner Imthurn and Austin Magette. The team also loses junior Rhett Murray, who received All-League honorable mention. Murray transferred to St. Marys at spring break.

WHS announces winter royalty candidates, spirit days

Students vote for candidates Thursday morning in Cassell’s room. Someone placed posters campaigning for senior Maddie Alderman outside the building.

Winter Royalty

WHS announced the Winter Royalty candidates Thursday afternoon.

Queen candidates are seniors Maddie Alderman, Alyssa Lohmeyer, Kassidi Huff and Kylie Evans.

King candidates are Luke Barber, Connor Brown, Tanner Imthurn and Austin Magette.

The winners will be crowned January 11 at halftime of boys varsity basketball game against Rock Creek.

Spirit Days next week are ‘Merica Monday, Country vs Country Club Tuesday, Workout Wednesday, Dress to Unimpress Thursday and Class Color Friday (Freshman white, Sophomores Black, Juniors blue and Seniors red.

WHS stays in class 2A

Jayna Keller, @whscharger

With an enrollment number of 148, Wabaunsee High School enters the year in the 2A classification.

The classifications shifted more than usual this year due to restructuring by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. According to WHS athletic director Jeron Weisshaar, the state wanted to reduce the number of classifications that had swelled in recent years. 1A and 4A will no longer be split into multiple divisions, and the discrepancy in enrollment between schools in the same class should be reduced.

Several 4A schools moved to 3A and some 3A schools dropped to 2A.

While football classifications were decided in the spring, the new classifications will affect other fall sports. Volleyball heads to Herington and Wabaunsee hosts cross country October 20. Girls tennis heads to Hesston Friday for the 3-2-1A regional.



  • Wabaunsee/2A/148
  • St. Marys/3A/201
  • Silver Lake/3A/206
  • Rossville/2A/163
  • Riley County/3A/224
  • Rock Creek/3A/268
  • Mission Valley/2A/161

Program to address ineligible students

Abby Oliver, @AbbyOliver27

WHS staff plans to implement a new academic intervention program for students who are ineligible or failing class.

WHS already has an academic intervention program called ZAP (Zeros Aren’t Permitted), although it only applies to students with a failing grade and missing assignments in a particular class.

“This is intervention for students that are ineligible,” WHS principal Jan Hutley said. “If a student is failing a class, then their teacher for that class fills out a pass for advisor base. Then puts the pass in the box of that student’s advisor base teacher. At the start of advisor base, that student will report to the failing class.”

Students will continue to report to that class until the grade improves to a passing grade. Hutley wants WHS students to be as active and involved as possible, but to remember to prioritize the important things.

“I always go back to putting first things first and that is academics,” Hutley said. “But I also want them to be involved, because I think that’s a part of a successful school. My biggest goal is to keep kids eligible and to assist them in prioritizing their academics.”

WHS staff is gradually working to implement this new program.

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