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.

Classifications

School/Class/Enrollment

  • 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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