Questions of the Week August 30. What are you most excited for this school year? How are gas prices affecting you? What was the highlight of your summer?
On October 7, 2011 the Charger football team was 0-5 headed into its rivalry game with the Mission Valley Vikings. The Chargers put together their best game of the season, earning their first win 21-7. The Chargers kick off the season 7 p.m. Friday night at Mission Valley High School.
The tennis team opened its season Thursday at Wamego, with both singles players bringing home medals. Senior Mayah Mumpower went 4-0 to place first in #1 singles and sophomore Baylie Tharman went 2-2 to finish second in #2 singles. Though the team numbers are a little lower than usual, coach Brendan Praeger sees this as an opportunity to improve. “We graduated 7 people, so initially we dealt with small team issues. As we continued, this pushed players to work harder. These players can just get in more reps, and I’ve seen the younger players improve a lot more quickly than in previous seasons.”
The Wabaunsee volleyball team expects to achieve great things again this season. The team returns four starters, with three previous state appearances for the senior class — taking second as freshmen, first as sophomores and third as juniors. Though the team is bringing in a lot of previous players, there is a new addition to the group: head coach Chris Smart.
As the school year begins, the Charger staff is excited to resume its work covering the stories and opinions of WHS students. But before we begin, we'd like to make our goals for the year clear and address some issues we face as student journalists. First of all, our mission statement: “The mission of the Charger newspaper and related media is to inform the students and school community about relevant issues in a fair, accurate and timely manner, to advocate for all students and serve as an open forum for student free speech.”
USD 329 has a new face this year with the addition of Charmin Miller to the staff as Covid Coordinator. Her duties this year as Covid Coordinator are to educate the students and staff on covid safety guidelines and to oversee testing of those who have been exposed to the virus.
On August 25, the Wabaunsee High School Student Council invited Chet Kuplan, CEO of Sports in Kansas, to speak to all High School and Junior High students.
“I had seen the posts of visits to schools throughout the last year. Comments made were positive and I felt that due to the impact social media has on all this could benefit students and even adults,” said STUCO adviser Amy Cassell.
New WHS special education teacher Lance Fuller is already playing many roles in the district. In addition to teaching, he is the head baseball coach and assistant junior high football coach. Fuller, who grew up in Ottowa, attended Kansas City Kansas Community College for two years, Barton Community College for one year and got his Undergraduate at Fort Hays State University.
After working as the WHS Spanish Teacher for two and a half years, David Amer is adding another role in the district this year.
Amer is now also the district mental health liaison for WHS who works with Crosswinds, an organization focused on giving therapy to those who need it within the school run by the Kansas Department of Education.