Alderman a National Merit Finalist

Senior Maddie Alderman and her parents Sara and Roger Alderman, learn that she has been named a National Merit Finalist for 2019.

Senior Madison Alderman has been named a National Merit finalist for 2019.

She was first named as semifinalist last fall.

“When we took the PSAT as juniors, it was like the application to become a semifinalist,” Alderman said.

Alderman completed an essay, resume and found references to become a finalist.

Being a finalist could mean scholarship money. There are 15,000 finalists and about half should receive scholarships.

“It’s a highly respected, sought-after honor by students whose academic achievement is exceptional,” principal Jan Hutley said. “There are rigorous requirements and students must maintain those requirements throughout their high school careers.”

— Abby Oliver, @AbbyOliver27

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.

Blog at

Up ↑