Homecoming is going to take on a new Covid-proof look next week as the Chargers prepare to take on the Uniontown Eagles. Students and staff enacted numerous changes in an attempt to make homecoming fun, but there were some disappointing decisions made. Student Council representatives met with principal Jan Hutley and discussed options for continuing with the traditional homecoming activities safely, although a few are still being prohibited.
Football looks to improve from a 1-8 record with a large group of underclassmen and hope for no COVID-19 outbreak on the team. The Chargers take the field against Mission Valley at 7 p.m Friday at home. The Charger interviewed head football coach Jess Rutledge.
School resource officer Taylor Schuldt said her main role is to form positive relationships with the students. “I think what a school resource officer does is kind of misconstrued a little bit. Before anything else, when I'm here, cop is the last thing on my list. I'm a mentor first. I'm a counselor. I'm here for that kind of stuff way before I'm here for anything criminal,” Schuldt said.
The Charger volleyball team begins its quest to defend a state championship Saturday in the Amy Schutter Memorial Tournament. The Charger interviewed head coach Tracy Capoun and seniors Jordan Magette and Maddy Wertzberger about the season.
Tennis enters the season with hopes to return some players to state and no large changes in protocols due to Covid-19. WHS hits the courts at 3 p.m. Thursday in Wamego. The Charger interviewed head coach Brendan Praeger and seniors Kendyl Bolinder and Reagan Feyh.
New art teacher Brianna Guinn enjoys gardening and watching TV. Originally from Tonganoxie, Kansas, Guinn now lives in Silver Lake with her fiancé, three dogs, and cat. She attended Kansas City Kansas Community College, Johnson County Community College, and Kansas University. After completing college she began teaching middle and high school art near Salina in the Twin Valley school district.
Returning to school during a pandemic is concerning for a multitude of reasons: the unknowns of how long we’ll be able to continue in person, the constant possibility of getting sick or spreading the virus, the potential loss of another school year and sports season. All things considered, we feel USD 329 is doing all that it reasonably can to keep us safe and in school.
Following the murder of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died at the hands of police officers in May, a wave of protests has begun around the world. The focus of these protests is to end police brutality and support Black Lives Matter (BLM). It is important to end racism once and for all in our country. Deaths like these are unacceptable and should not go without punishment. It goes without saying that these protests have been controversial for many reasons — All Lives Matter vs. BLM, looting and violent protests. Calls to reform policing and address racially charged issues like Confederate statues are filling the news.
Jackson Frank has been on the varsity squad for football, basketball, and baseball all of his four years at WHS. Frank has chosen to attend Ottawa University to continue playing basketball next season. “Jackson has had a love for basketball since I can remember and I am excited for him to have an opportunity to continue his career at the next level. He had an exceptional senior year and played very well demonstrating leadership to the rest of the team,” principal Jan Hutley said.
Cheering and Dance are two staples to every college. Shelby Wright will be a part of those staples at Allen County Community College next year. Wright has cheered for WHS during both football and basketball seasons. The WHS cheer team also doubled as the dance team, performing during the halftime of the football games and the boys basketball games.