• Waynesville Schools are running Snow Routes on Wednesday, March 4. These routes will be run both in the morning and afternoon.  Click Here to view Snow Routes.
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  • Vernon recognized for serving 33 years as head football coach

    Friday the 13th of February proved be a very lucky day for Waynesville High School’s Head Football Coach Rick Vernon. In addition to a packed public reception, Vernon was honored before the boys basketball game with a proclamation and coin from the City of Waynesville, a proclamation from State Rep. Steve Lynch, Cardinals tickets from Security Banks of Pulaski County, a Tiger district coin from Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent, and a custom made trophy from Waynesville High School. 
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    Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent of the Waynesville R-VI School District, presents a school district coin to Coach Rick Vernon.  This is only the third Tiger coin to ever be presented by the district.
    Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman’s Proclamation recognized Vernon for his hard work, dedication, leadership and mentorship of football players and for his meritorious service, loyalty and dedication to the City of Waynesville, WHS and community.
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     Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman and Councilman Jim Mathews present a Proclamation and coin to Coach Rick Vernon with his wife, Cheryl, by his side.
    State Rep. Steve Lynch recognized Vernon’s outstanding accomplishment of building a strong, winning tradition, as well as, positively impacting students. He presented a Resolution on behalf of the Missouri House of Representatives, in celebration of Vernon’s legendary career.
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    State Rep. Steve Lynch presents a Resolution to Coach Rick Vernon.
    WHS Principal Courtney Long and Athletic Director Josh Scott presented Vernon with a custom trophy while the following was read about him, “Coach Vernon is about more than just football.  Rick embodies what it means to be a Tiger.  For 33 years, nothing has been about Rick or Cheryl. The Tiger football family won a state championship; the Tiger football family sent players off to college; the Tiger football family has players in the NFL; and the Tiger football family has been where students felt at home. The Tiger football family has built a tradition of excellence on the field, pride in our school and a responsibility to represent our community.  Coach, thank you and Cheryl for giving us your family, while leading ours. For the first time in 33 years, we want to thank just you. We will all work to continue the tradition you have set for what it takes to be a Tiger.”
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     WHS Principal Courtney Long and Athletic Director Josh Scott present Coach Rick Vernon with a custom trophy.
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    Keith Pritchard and Mike Dunbar present Cardinals tickets to the Vernons.

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  • WHS to hold academic assembly on March 6 to honor 334 students 

    Waynesville High School will hold an academic assembly at 1:40 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the gym, to celebrate and recognize the 334 students enrolled in AP and/or dual college enrollment courses.
    They will also celebrate the fact that WHS is the first in Missouri to implement a college readiness program from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). The initiative, made possible through a $300,000 grant from the Department of Defense Educational Authority (DoDEA), has helped WHS expand its AP course offerings. AP courses are college-level courses offered during high school. While students receive high school credit, they must pass a national AP exam to be granted college credit for the course. 
    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. 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.)
    “Thanks to this initiative and our dual enrollment courses, today’s students will be better prepared to meet the demands of college and their future careers,” said Courtney Long, principal at Waynesville High School. “Students who have cruised through other courses find AP and dual enrollment courses to be more challenging and demanding. While the courses are more difficult, they will help make it easier for students to transition to college  and improve their chances of long-term success.”
    AP courses also help reduce college expenses; instead of paying hundreds for a single college course, the DoDEA grant will help underwrite the cost of each AP test, which is $91, according to the College Board website.
    NMSI is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to help improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NMSI makes a dramatic difference in qualifying AP scores. First-year scores in the U.S. increase 72 percent on average in math, science and English, with an average 144 percent increase over three years. Since 2008, NMSI has worked with more than 500 high schools in 22 states, using a combination of teacher training, student study sessions and incentives.
    The  NMSI College Readiness Program focuses on:
        • Changing school leadership’s expectations of students
        • Encouraging more students to take college-level math, science and English courses and then equipping them to succeed
        • Raising the academic bar in public schools by demonstrating that more students can master rigorous AP coursework, especially in math, science and English
        • Increasing the number of students scoring a three or better on the five-point AP scale
        • Making it easier for students to take AP courses by eliminating barriers, including cost
    Increasing rigor and relevance for students helps meet the first goal of the Missouri Department of Education’s Top 10 by 20 initiative: all Missouri students will graduate college and career ready. The initiative calls for Missouri to rank in the top 10 states in education by 2020.

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  • WHS football players receive state recognition

    Rick Vernon, head football coach at Waynesville High School, presented certificates during the February Board of Education meeting to the following athletes for their outstanding achievements during the 2014 season:
     Academic All-State All-State State Records
     Jackson Haedt Sam Roberts Seth Hedrick
     William Finch Seth Hedrick Kareem Isaac
     James Congdon Daren Garcia 
     Varon Martinez  

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    Football players receiving awards included front row: Kareem Isaac, Jackson Haedt, Seth Headrick; back row: Daren Garcia, James Congdon, William Finch and Varon Martinez.

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  • WHS students place in Science Olympiad

    Two Waynesville High School students will advance to state in April, thanks to their first-place finish in the Region 5 Science Olympiad contest at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.
    Individual results were as follows:

    1st place finish (earned a trip to State in April)
         Dakota Lannning and Javier Diaz: forensic science  

    3rd place finishes:
        Tucker Finch and Jackson Haedt: technical problem solving     
        Savannah Blau and Alex Munoz: dynamic planet

    4th place finishes:
        Tucker Finch and Jackson Haedt: Wright stuff
        Savannah Blau and Lindsey Krammer: disease detectives
        Savannah Blau and Kevin Holbrook: fossils 
        Savannah Blau and Alex Munoz: green generation 
        Dawn Vidt is the WHS Science Olympiad coach.

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  • Coach Drehle looks forward to move to Waynesville

    Coach Brad Drehle is looking forward to serving as the head football coach at Waynesville High School. He had the following things to say about his upcoming move to the Waynesville R-VI community:
    I am very excited about this opportunity for my family and am looking forwarding to moving to the Waynesville community. While Waynesville has excellent facilities, I most look forward to working with the students who are outstanding athletes. Coach Vernon has built a strong program and his positive influence goes far beyond the win-loss column, and that's the kind of coach I am and that's what really attracted me to this school. Waynesville is a Class 5 school with great facilities, tremendous athletes and a coach that built a great foundation and tradition. It also receives the support of the entire community."
    During this spring, I will be commuting back and forth to Jefferson City to work with the Tigers in the off-season because I can't wait to get started.  We will move to the Waynesville area this summer after my oldest son, Mikel, graduates from Blair Oaks. My son, Braden, is excited to become a Tiger and I plan on being here for a long time.
    A press conference to introduce Brad Drehle and his family will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Waynesville High School.

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  • Brad Drehle named new WHS head football coach
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    Brad Drehle, on right, at the MVC Hall of Fame induction this fall.
    The Waynesville Tigers will have a new leader on the sidelines this fall when Brad Drehle begins serving as the new head varsity football coach at Waynesville High School.
    This will be Drehle's 3rd head football coaching job in Missouri; he currently serves as the head football coach at Blair Oaks, a perennial football powerhouse whose junior and senior players have an impressive combined GPA of 3.5 and an average ACT of 25.  While at Blair Oaks, his record has been 97-22 and his overall record as head coach is 117-53. His teams have had five final four finishes and made three trips to the state championships, including a first place finish.
    The Waynesville R-VI Board of Education unanimously approved Drehle for the role on Tuesday, Feb. 3, during a special board meeting.
    "Brad has won a state championship; he has experience coaching on this level and knows what it takes to motivate students on and off the field," says Dr. LeRoy Fulmer, president of the board.
    While personnel issues are confidential, Fulmer says there was no shortage of candidates for the head coaching position that opened for the first time in 33 years with Coach Rick Vernon's retirement announcement.
    "The applicant pool read like a who's who in high school football coaches in the state of Missouri," Fulmer says.  "Our students are great and our facilities are among the best – if not the best – in the state."
     "When you have such a deep and talented pool of applicants, it's a challenge, but for the hiring committee, it came down to Coach Drehle's experience and success both on and off the football field," says Dr. Brian Henry superintendent of the Waynesville R-VI School District. "Having known Brad for over 20 years, I have observed the relationships he builds with students, and his concern for developing young people on and off of the field. While he has enjoyed tremendous success on the field, it is his character and commitment to students that make him the right fit for the Waynesville football program. He has the right combination – he's the total package and will create a culture and vision that Waynesville fans are going to love."
    When he's not coaching football players, Drehle will serve as a physical education teacher at WHS.  He and his wife, Carey, have two children and plan to move to the area this summer.
    To help the community get to know him better, Drehle will hold a press conference at Waynesville High School. Details about that event will be forthcoming.
    "He will have a tough act to follow in Coach Vernon, who has been a first-class coach on and off the field, but we believe Coach Drehle will continue to advance the tradition of great Waynesville football," Fulmer says. 
    In recognition of Vernon's many successes and accomplishments on and off the field, a retirement reception will be held for Vernon starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in the Lecture Hall at Waynesville High School. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
    Drehle's accomplishments include:
    Current senior class at Blair Oaks has a 3.65 GPA and an average ACT score of 26. When combining the junior class, the Blair Oaks Football Team has a 3.5 GPA and an average ACT of 25.
    While at Blair Oaks, Drehle has had 20 Academic All-State athletes, including 8 from this season.
    2013 Tri-County, District, and Columbia Tribune Coach of the Year.
    Coached at William Chrisman High School in Kansas City, Mo. Upon Drehle's arrival, William Chrisman had only two winning seasons since 1975 and, in 100 years of football, had never been to the state playoffs. Under Drehle's direction, this changed and Chrisman won their first-ever district title.
    Increased the number of students playing football nearly 70 percent at William Chrisman from 56 to 95 players.
    After Drehle's first season, William Chrisman was able to finish .500 or better in subsequent seasons despite being moved to the Suburban Big 7 (Blue Springs, Blue Springs South, and other large suburban schools).
    In Drehle's tenure, 21 players went on to play college football from William Chrisman, 11 players were All-State; 6 played in the Lion's All-Star Game; and 5 played in the prestigious Kansas-Missouri Metro Classic All-Star Game.
    While at Blair Oaks, Brad has a 97-22 record. Drehle's overall record as a head coach is 117-53.
    5 final four finishes.
    3 trips to the State Championship.
    1 state title.
    54 All-State players in his tenure at Blair Oaks.

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  • Rodriguez named to All State Soccer
    Rodriguez named to All State Soccer  
    Caleb Rodriguez was recognized for being named to All State Soccer during the Waynesville R-VI Board of Education meeting in January by Mike Armstrong, WHS head boys soccer coach. The boys soccer team is the first in the school’s history to win a district championship. Rodriguez broke several individual records – 7 goals in one game; a season total of 33 goals and earned 77 points during the season. Among the other records, the Tigers also set a team mark of 11 goals in a game. 

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  • Bildner celebrates 1,000 points
    Kallie Bildner and some of her friends celebrated after she hit her 1,000th high school career point as a junior earlier this season. 

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  • Students selected to participate in the Central District High School Jazz Band
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    Earlier this month, Waynesville High School students Cezar Gervacio (trumpet) and Jacob Meza (keyboard) were among the students selected to participate in the Central District High School Jazz Band. Rehearsals started at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, and continued until 5 that evening when the Central District Middle School Band performed, followed by the jazz bands. Waynesville High School hosted the event.
    Photos by Steve Ward

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  • Basketball players get "General" lesson
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    WHS boys and girls basketball players received a “general” lesson on being resilient and goal-setting from Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, commanding general of Fort Leonard Wood.  He spoke with the teams in preparation for their Courtwarming activities.

    Junior Dwayne Morton took on Smith in a pickup game following his visit with the students.

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  • Diamond Thomas signs to play for Fontbonne
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    Diamond Thomas signed to play softball with the Fontbonne Griffins. With her at her signing was (back to front, from left) Waynesville coach Kelly Jackson, Fontbonne Admissions Counselor Jeff Zelenovich, Waynesville assistant coach Jodi Jones, mother Tracey Hayes and father Charles Hayes.

    Photo by Derek Dueker

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  • Courtwarming queen named at WHS
    Courtwarming queen named at WHS  
    Senior Ive Rios was named Courtwarming Queen on Friday at Waynesville High School before the varsity basketball game.  Escorted by family members, the Courtwarming court members are as follows (left to right): Gracie Barkefelt (9); Cheianne Felix (11); Queen Ive Rios (12); Janae’ Taylor (12); Resha Swanson (12); Chelsey Howser (12); and Nina Kizzee (10).
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    Following a week of activities, Courtwarming will be held this evening, Jan. 30, at Waynesville High School when the WHS Tigers take on the Glendale Falcons.  The Courtwarming candidates and their grade level are as follows (left to right): Gracie Barkefelt (9); Nina Kizzee (10); Cheianne Felix (11); Janae' Taylor (12); Resha Swanson (12); Chelsey Howser (12); and Ive Rios (12).

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  • Scott earns distinction as Master Athletic Administrator

    The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Joshua Scott, director of district MSHSAA activities at the Waynesville R-VI School District, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.  To earn this distinction, Scott has demonstrated exemplary knowledge, contributions and on-going professional development in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience, NIAAA leadership courses and professional contributions. It is culminated with a practical written project.
    Scott is one of a very elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.  The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 8,000 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.

    Joshua Scott, director of district MSHSAA activities at the Waynesville R-VI School District, receives a certificate of recognition from Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent, during January's Board of Education meeting.

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  • Thespian members showcase talents, 1 wins scholarship
    Waynesville High School took 14 members of the local chapter of the International Thespian Society to the annual conference in Kansas City.  The conference had more than 80 member schools and more than 1,700 students participating in everything from workshops to scholarship auditions.  WHS had two students competing for scholarships, three students for the individual event competition and an Improv Olympix team.  The Improv Olympix team received distinguished marks on their three rounds of performance from the judges and entertained the audience with their on-the-spot scene work and humor.
    The two students who competed for scholarships did spectacularly well. Four colleges called Hailey Hance to receive more information about attending their programs. Emily Heinlein won a $1,000 scholarship for theatre education, beating out 25 other students at the conference who made it to the final rounds.