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2015 Waynesville High School Graduation


  • Thursday, May 28, 2015
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  • WHS Seniors Engage in Day of Service  

         About 125 Waynesville High School seniors engaged in a day of community service on Tuesday, April 28, in Waynesville.
        “The city was thrilled to host the WHS Senior Day,” says Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman. “The work the kids do is amazing and helps the community so much. Best wishes to the class of 2015.”
        Seniors helped at the animal shelter, raked leaves and cleaned the Waynesville cemetery, raked leaves in the park, swept parking lots, picked up trash, worked at Good Samaritan of the Ozarks and more. Kiwanis also were involved in the day by grilling food for the seniors, but some seniors opted to keep working at their job site so they could complete the projects. Others continued after lunch even though they were given the opportuity to stop for the day.
        “I am so proud of our students and all that they accomplished,” says WHS Principal Courtney Long. “When they look back on this day, I hope they remember the collective difference they made. I also hope they continue to do individual service in whatever community they call home in the future.” 
       The day of service was initiated so that all juniors could take the ACT in an appropriate test-taking atmosphere at the high school. Other seniors job shadowed for the day.
        A special thank you goes to the City of Waynesville, Bruce Harrill, Good Samaritan and the Kiwanis for making the day possible.
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    Waynesville High School seniors spent Tuesday, April 28, doing community service, including spending time with pets at the city’s animal shelter, raking leaves in the Waynesville city park and clearing debris around headstones in the cemetery.

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  •  JROTC
    On April 23, with their swords raised in the air over a red carpet, JROTC Tiger Battalion members honored their seniors, including Cadet Clausen, recognizing each for their outstanding accomplishments.
    In addition, battalion officers for the 2015-16 school year were announced. They are as follows: Eloria (Nica) Burch - battalion S-1; Oliver Pagel - battalion S-2; Isaiah (Hunter) Ball - battalion executive officer; Timothy Hutchings - battalion S-4; Niya Moon - battalion commander; Jonathan Bogart - battalion S-6; Ashley Wolfe - battalion S-3; Alexander Shick - company commander; Konner Delk - company commander; Celeste Montijo - battalion operations sergeant major; and Steven Berrios - battalion command sergeant major.
    With hands together in a symbol of unity, Kelsey Blink, the outgoing cadet commander, and Niya Moon, the incoming cadet commander, cut the cake at the end of the award’s ceremony.

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  • Tiger Preschool
    Both preschool and high school students are learning new lessons in Tiger Preschool this spring. Tiger Preschool is a preschool run by Waynesville High School students who are enrolled in the child development II class. The preschool applies the high school students’ knowledge of the characteristics of play and developmental growth of 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children as they plan and prepare lessons for the preschoolers. Tiger Preschool covers math, science, language, handwriting, music, art, cutting and physical education.  This year more technology, including the use of iPads, has been added into the lesson plans. 

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  •  Beasley Signs with Missouri Southern State University
    Samara Beasley has signed with Missouri Southern State University to cheer for the Lions. Pictured are Stacy Beasley, father; Micah Beasley, sister; Samara Beasley; Lori Beasley, mother; and Shauna Smith, WHS cheer coach.

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  • Waynesville Tennis Tournament
    Brian Fields serves during the Waynesville tennis tournament on Saturday, April 25.
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    Also at the April 25 event, Fields and his doubles partner for that match, Ricky Petitt, exchange high fives after winning an important point. Petitt is among the 11 seniors recognized on April 30 before their Osage match. This year's tennis seniors are Kyle Roberts, John Parker, David Lund, Ricky Petitt, Jakob Miller, Brent Hudson, Cezar Roman, Alex Munoz, Ethan Dietz, Tristan Gallego and Hector Cruz.

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  • Waynesville's Graduation to be Broadcast Live

    The video production program at Waynesville Career Center will provide live coverage of the 2015 Waynesville High School graduation ceremony on Cable America Channel 12 and online.
    “This is an important milestone and we want to ensure every graduate’s family can watch them receive their diploma,” says Tim Wallace, Waynesville R-VI School District’s video production instructor and district programmer.
    The May 22 ceremony will be televised live without advertisement or commercial interruption. The link is already on the district's main webpage at waynesville.k12.mo.us.
    In addition to the live TV broadcast, graduation will also be streamed online. Anyone with a high-speed Internet connection can watch live on a computer or mobile device.
    “The school district has televised high school graduation for many years, but this is just the second year for us to stream the event live in high definition without commercial interruption,” Wallace says.
    DVD copies of the 2015 Waynesville High School graduation ceremony will also be available for purchase. The cost is $10.00 per disc and all proceeds benefit Waynesville Career Center SkillsUSA.
    Viewers can access the live video stream by visiting the Waynesville School District website. www.waynesville.k12.mo.us. Live coverage of the ceremony begins Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:30 PM CST. For DVD order information visit the Waynesville Channel 12 & Tiger TV facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/waynesvillech12 or emailing ch12@waynesville.k12.mo.us

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  • Candidates for Valedictorian for the Class of 2015
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    Waynesville High School has announced the candidates for valedictorian for the Class of 2015. They are front row, Salenna Hedgepath, Resha Swanson, James Congdon, Savannah Blau; and second row, Jon Lowe, David Lund and Mikaela O’Barr. Not pictured: Robert Dascanio.

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  • Giving a Table a Tiger Facelift

    A damaged tabletop needed a facelift and Waynesville High School Club TIGER students created the perfect solution – a one-of-a-kind tiger table topper. 
    Frances Dutchuk, AmeriCorps member and Club TIGER leader, enlarged the school district’s tiger logo to 54 by 54 inches to match the tabletop’s size. 
    “We cut the logo into 100 pieces and let all the students color their piece (see sample at bottom left) any way they wanted as long as the black lines stayed black,” Dutchuck says. “Then we put it all back together...and I have to say we are in love with how it turned out!” The bright, colorful and unique pieces that make up the table reflect the makeup of the after school program. “Our students have different styles and personalities but when we come together we are one beautiful picture!” Dutchuck says.
    The table received honorable mention at the Fort Leonard Wood art show. “We took the table top to the Fort Leonard Wood art show and they do not normally accept group entries, but because they’ve never seen anything like it they gave us an honorable mention ribbon,” Dutchuk says.
    Not only have they created lasting and functional artwork, the table has new life and should last for several more years, Dutchuk says.
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    WHS Club TIGER students create a custom tiger tabletop.

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  • JROTC Ranks 17 in Nationals

    For the first time in its history, the Waynesville High School’s JROTC Armed Drill Team competed at nationals, finishing 17 in the nation.
    “We are really proud of the cadets for achieving this level of success – especially since this was their first attempt at nationals,” says Col. (Ret) Charles Williams, senior Army instructor with the WHS JROTC Tiger Battalion. “Students spent hours practicing on their own time and their crisp performance showed they are national contenders.”  
    The Army National Drill Championships were held in Louisville, Ky., on April 11. Just the Top 7 teams from each region are selected to attend nationals – for a total of 48 teams – from a possible field of 1,716 schools.
    Waynesville’s JROTC team holds the following rankings and will maintain them until next year’s national championship competition:
        • Armed Drill Team:  ranked 17th in the nation
        • Armed Exhibition Team: ranked 10th in the nation (#1 team in Missouri)
        • Armed Color Guard Team: 13th in the nation (#2 in Missouri)
        • Armed Exhibition Solo: (Tim Hutchings) 13th in the nation (#1 in Missouri)
        • Armed Inspection: 22nd team in the nation (#3 in Missouri)
        • Armed Regulation: 36th in the nation (#3 in Missouri)

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    Armed Color Guard at Nationals.
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    Armed Inspection at Nationals.
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    In Armed Exhibition Solo, Tim Hutchings ranked 13th in the nation and #1 in Missouri.

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  • Snack in a Pack
    In March WHS Interact students and volunteers hosted a collection for Snack in a Pack at Walmart. They collected $941 in cash and $183 in in-kind donations for a total of $1,124.  Snack in a Pack provides meals for more than 300 students on weekends and holidays. 
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  • WHS bands, choir rate at state

    The WHS Music Department had a very successful weekend at the large ensemble state music contest. 
    On Friday night, both the WHS Concert Band and WHS Wind Ensemble received a “I” rating. 
    On Saturday, the WHS Women’s Choir and the WHS Chamber Choir received a “I” rating.  The WHS Men’s Choir and WHS Concert Choir both received a “II” rating.

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  • Parents Learn About Post High School Resources for Students with Special Needs

    Acting upon the invitation of their children, Waynesville High School parents met with local community agencies to learn about resources to help their students with special needs transition to “Life after WHS.”
    “We want to help our students transition to work and connect with organizations that can help them in that process,” says Britton DuBose, special education process coordinator at WHS. “This was a perfect opportunity for parents to ask questions and get connected to the organizations that can help students achieve their goals after high school.”
    Students advocated for their parents to attend the “Life After WHS” event.
    “Our students were very proactive,” DuBose says. “They made the invitations and made desserts for their parents.”
    In addition, students served soup, desserts and tea to their parents. 
    The transition team included WHS faculty and staff and representatives of these groups:  Vocational Rehabilitation, Choices for People, Pulaski County Board of the Handicapped, Pulaski County Sheltered Workshop and Easter Seals.
    Beyond this one evening, WHS offers a new transition to post secondary careers course. Nineteen local businesses participate in the program that places students with special needs in internships.
    “For a couple of our students, it has already turned into a direct school-to-work program,” DuBose says. “Three of our students are fully employed as a result of our post secondary careers course and that’s so rewarding for our students and for the businesses. It’s a win-win for everyone.” 

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    Family members learn about local resources available for students with special needs after high school.
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    Students with special needs made the desserts and served their parents dinner at the Life After WHS event.
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    WHS students served their families during the Life After WHS event.

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  • WHS Yearbooks on Sale
    Buy by April 10 and receive free supplement
    Waynesville High School yearbooks (all in color!) are on sale now until April 24; those who purchase by April 10 receive a bonus supplement.
    Parents can purchase the book through a website called “yearbookforever.com” (select Waynesville Senior High School) or through Steve Ward, yearbook advisor, in Room 302 of the high school.
    Yearbooks start at $60, which is a significant reduction from the actual cost – thanks to local yearbook ad sponsors. In addition, those who purchase a book by April 10 will receive a free autograph supplement.
    “Technology changes over time, but a hard back book remains with students for the rest of their lives,” says Ward, adding that this year’s WHS yearbook staff has set some lofty goals to make this book even more impressive.

    “We are attempting to get every student into the yearbook at least three times,” says editor-in-chief Kelsey Blink.  “At a school our size, this is a difficult task, but it is something the staff wants to do.”
    For just the second time in the book’s history, the 2014-15 yearbook will feature cloud technology, which links still photos in the book to short videos online. This year, students who purchase a yearbook by April 10 will receive a 16-page autograph supplement for free. The supplement will arrive in May in time for students to gather signatures of their fellow students and teachers.
    “Years ago, the student body voted to have the book come out in August so that the entire year could be in one book. Otherwise, we have to stop production in January,” Ward says.  “The students want all of the spring sports and graduation in the book, so the yearbook delivers in August.  But the supplement will make it possible to get autographs before we go home for the summer.”
    The staff also is attempting to correctly identify and correctly spell each name, each time it appears in the yearbook.
    “This sounds like it would be an easy thing, but it isn’t. With 1,550 students and their names appearing three times, that’s a minimum of 4,650 names to check. Consequently, we are learning that it is the process of putting together the yearbook that matters,” says Blink.  “This is my fourth year working on the yearbook, and each year we take steps to improve the process which, in turn, makes the product better.”
    “My staff has been working hard,” says Blink.  “They set lofty goals and have ambitious layout ideas. If anyone is on the fence about buying a book, they can visit our Facebook page or webpage to see what we are doing.  I am proud of what we are doing.”
    Parents and students may also visit Ward’s website at http://www.waynesville.k12.mo.us/Page/3285 for more information.
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    The WHS Yearbook is on sale now.
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    Yearbook students learn teamwork, organization, leadership, discipline, writing, photography and how to complete a long-term project while working on the yearbook.
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    Yearbook students attend multiple events throughout the school year and work hard to get the best angle for that perfect shot. Their goal is to capture each student's image three times for the yearbook.

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  • WHS Doubles AP Enrollment, Celebrates

    Dressed in their uniforms, Waynesville High School’s players received cheers and celebrated their success – their academic success, that is. During Friday’s pep assembly, the 334 students enrolled in AP and dual credit courses sported matching black t-shirts with the words, “Challenge Yourself Tiger Style” in orange on the front and “Be Prepared. Not scared.” on the back.
    “It was so rewarding to look around the gym and see so many students in the matching t-shirts,” says WHS Principal Courtney Long. “To know that more than 20 percent of our students are taking college-level courses is impressive.”
    Col. Jay Reckard, chief of staff of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, served as the keynote speaker, sharing with students the importance of learning how to think so they can be prepared to make the decisions they will face.  He spoke about the multiple roles one must serve; beyond being a soldier, he is a husband, the father of WHS student, Haley, and a WHS Tiger fan.
    Taking these college-level courses could easily save students hundreds, if not thousands, in the future, Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent, told the teens. Henry also shared how college studies show that students are more likely to be successful when they have taken college-level courses during high school.
    School board members; Joe Driskill, executive director of Leonard Wood Institute; State Rep. Steve Lynch; and Jason Walker, the district’s NMSI representative who traveled from Dallas, all witnessed the assembly firsthand. They were not disappointed; the pep band played, the cheerleaders led class cheers, the WHS Armed Exhibition Team performed an impressive routine and the air was electrified by 1,550 students who were genuinely celebrating the willingness of their fellow students to tackle the tough, college-level courses. 
    “It was all I hoped it would be and more,” says lead organizer Cory Ace, assistant principal. “I really believe this will help shape a culture that succeeds through struggle.” 
    So why the big deal? WHS is the first school in Missouri to implement the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), made possible through a $300,000 grant from the Department of Defense Educational Authority (DoDEA).
    WHS has not only expanded its AP courses by five – bringing the total to 13 – but also more than doubled AP enrollment this year. The grant also funded teacher training last summer and will pay for pre-AP training for teachers this summer. In addition to the AP courses, WHS offers seven dual enrollment college courses, which allow students to receive both high school and college credit. (Students must pay tuition to receive the college credit in dual enrollment courses. Students enrolled in AP courses will take their exams for free due to funds provided by the district and NMSI grant.)

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    WHS students cheered and celebrated the success of their fellow students who are enrolled in AP and dual college credit courses.
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    Col. Jay Reckard, chief of staff, served as the keynote speaker.
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    WHS cheerleaders set the tone for a spirited celebration.

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  • Waynesville’s PLTW receives national certification

    Waynesville High School received national certification this week for its Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program, a curriculum designed to promote science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on and real-world applications.
    “Waynesville High School should be congratulated for demonstrating its commitment to PLTW’s quality standards,” says PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “The real winners here, however, are Waynesville’s students. Students benefit from PLTW’s innovative, project-based curriculum that encourages creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking. We look forward to many more years of working together to prepare Waynesville R-VI School District students for the global economy.”
    Teachers Errica Vaughn and William DeMalade added that PLTW courses give kids experience seeing how a concept they learned in math applies to real-world projects.
    “The students are excited and eager to get started everyday on their projects and content,” DeMalade says. “These hands-on experiences will engage more students in science, technology, engineering and math—fields that they might otherwise never have considered.”
    In order to remain competitive in the global economy, America needs approximately 400,000 STEM college graduates annually, according to a National Business Roundtable report. Currently, the U.S. is graduating only 265,000 annually. PLTW is providing students with the skills, foundation and proven path to college and career success in STEM areas to increase the number of STEM graduates.
    “The PLTW program draws more students to engineering, math and science and gets them thinking about college and their careers,” says WHS Principal Courtney Long. “The project-based class really keeps the students engaged.”
    One of the first steps to receiving accreditation is a self-evaulation. Kymberly McCall, I-STEM-21 project director; the I-STEM-21 team; teachers Errica Vaughn and Bill DeMalade;  Principal Courtney Long; and counselors Theresa McNutt, Rick Vernon and Michael Armstrong; and third party evaluator Dr. Susan Gettys submitted a self-assessment of the high school and middle school’s implementation of PLTW’s engineering program. A site visit by a PLTW trained team followed. PLTW’s team met with teachers, school administrators, counselors, students and members of the school’s partnership team. A PLTW school’s partnership team (sometimes referred to as an advisory council) is comprised of teachers, counselors, administrators, post-secondary representatives, business and industry professionals and other community members who actively support the PLTW program within a school.
    PLTW, a nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs, offers a rigorous, world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life activities, projects and problems. PLTW also prides itself on high-quality professional development of its teachers and an engaged network of business, community and university partners to give students the fullest experience.
    The national PLTW recognition program distinguishes schools for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW’s national standards.
    Additionally, certification as a PLTW school provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW affiliate universities when they successfully complete select PLTW courses in high school. PLTW has more than 50 college, university and research partners, including Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.
    For more information on PLTW, Waynesville R-VI School District go to the district website under “Programs/Services.”  You may also contact Jennifer Cahill at the national office at (317) 669-0871 or jcahill@pltw.org.

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    Alexis Ouellette and Terrick Miller test their bridge building skills.
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    Waynesville High School students were interviewed during the certification visit by PLTW evaluators Mr. Hosick and Ms. Galbraith. Waynesville students who were interviewed included Natalia Bermundez, Austin Camplejohn, Alexis Ouellette and Michael Lewis.
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    Students in Errica Vaughn’s PLTW principles of engineering class test bridges.

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Welcome to Waynesville High School, a proud member of the Waynesville R-VI School District serving the communities of Waynesville, St. Robert and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  WHS is the first in Missouri to implement a college readiness program from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Department of Defense Educational Authority (DoDEA). NMSI is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to help improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.