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  • School is in session on Friday
    All Waynesville R-VI Schools will be in session on this Friday, April 3, to make up for a previous inclement weather day.
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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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  • WHS Inducts 55 New Members Into NHS

    Waynesville High School inducted 55 students into the National Honor Society on Sunday, March 8.
    Following the ceremony, students went to the Waynesville Career Center for snacks, jazz music and the art show.
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    This year’s inductees are

    Aldenberg, Trevor Donovan
    Anglin, Derick Anthony
    Arnold, Kelsey A
    Bauer, Noah Victor
    Bellamy, Elizabeth B
    Bernard, Gabriella Michelle
    Berrios, Steven Carey
    Black, Emily M
    Blau, Spencer Legrand
    Coffelt, Adam Joel
    Connor, Feline F
    Craven, Halle M
    Crum, Darien Dorsey
    Cruz, Katsi
    Cunningham, Mackenzie E
    Daos, Monica-Elese O
    Dooley, Katherine Elizabeth
    Dubose, Jayla Yvette
    Duprie, Breanne Nicole
    Finley, Rebecca Lynn
    Forbes, Monique S
    Gorenflo, Lacy A
    Green, Heather Marie
    Greening, Eva Nicole
    Henry, Mollie Kate
    Holbrook, Kevin Michael
    Holley, Hunter Raye
    Hosick, Hana Catherine
    Howell, Arva Anna May
    Joseph, Dominique Christine
    Laughlin, Jesse Dale
    Michels, Mason Patrick
    Montijo, Celeste Elizabeth
    Moore Jr., Jon Gilbert
    Moore, Jacob Andrew
    Morrison, Mikayla Deeann
    Mujahid, Aminah Hasana
    Museau, Jean Daniel
    Owens, Raymond K
    Pollman, John M
    Ray, Derek Preston
    Read, Calli M
    Reyes, Annaliesse Marie
    Rodriguez, Anthony Dion
    Saguisag, Marina A. Espinosa
    Schooley, Lane Michael
    Sleva, Brandon Michael
    Smith, Cheyenne Nichole
    Stoddard, Breanna Nicole
    Thompson, Dylan C
    Torres, Jessica M
    Tronstad, Lauren Rose
    Victor, Nicholas Scott
    West, David Ellison
    Zabek, Krystina Elisabeth

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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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  • US Army Drill Team at WHS
    The impressive U.S. Army Drill Team showcased their talents just prior to the trophy presentation ceremony during Waynesville High School’s first drill meet on March 14.
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    As part of the drill routine, 1st Lt. Lauran Glover walked through two lines of soldiers as their weapons crossed in front of and behind her. With perfect timing she walked down the middle. Glover made history in November when she became the first female commander in the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), which is based at the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
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  • There's no debate; WHS students are going to state
        The Waynesville High School Debate Team competed at the MSHSAA District Tournament hosted at Camdenton High School last weekend with entries in nine events. In addition, a one-act play took 5th place. Cinnamon Bragg advances to the state competition in April with a 1st place win in Prose Interpretation. Sean Lackey and Jacob Saylor placed 3rd overall in Public Forum Debate.
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    WHS Debate and Troupe 1669 members - (L to R)  back: Derek Ray, Jarrod Parker, Emily Heinlein, Kate Dooley, Rebekah Sharpe, Cinnamon Bragg, Isabelle Rice and Tyler Johnson; middle: Madison Conatser, Brooklyn Smith and Sarina Aguilar; front: Destiny Bernt, Timber Daniel and Zack Seiber.
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    WHS medalists at the MSHSAA District Tournament were (L to R): Cinnamon Bragg, Sean Lackey and Jacob Saylor.

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  • WHS Choir Students Advance to State
    The following Waynesville High School students received a “I” rating on their performance at the District Music Contest this past Saturday. These students have earned the right to compete in the state contest on May 1:
    Zoey Logan - vocal solo
    Resha Swanson - clarinet solo
    Marcus Collishaw - tuba solo
    Rebekah Sharpe - vocal solo
    Emily Anderson - vocal solo
    Alex Thomas - euphonium solo
    Jacob Meza - vocal solo and piano solo
    Ezechiel Daos - flute solo and vocal solo
    Kristen Thiemann - trumpet solo
    Xena Thompson - vocal solo
    Savannah Blau - tuba solo
    Irving Martinez - vocal solo
    Larry Clarke - alto saxophone solo
    Alexis Gaono - vocal solo
    Cinnamon Bragg - vocal solo
    Jon Lowe - vocal solo
    Rachel Slabaugh - tenor saxophone solo
    Michaela Watkins - clarinet solo
    Clarinet Trio - Resha Swanson, Michaela Watkins and Dominique Darville
    Saxophone Quartet - Resha Swanson, Rachel Slabaugh, Haley Robinson and Dominic Williams

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  • VISTA summer positions open
    The Waynesville Community Resource Office is currently hiring for the 2015 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program in Pulaski County. During 10 weeks of service, members can assist with summer education programs, build community-school partnerships, support veterans and military families and help fight poverty.
    The AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program is a great opportunity for recent high school graduates and college students to participate in service within the local community over the summer, earn a living allowance in the amount of $973/month, obtain valuable work experience, and receive either the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the amount of $1194.00 or an end of service stipend of $287.70.
    To be a VISTA Summer Associate, candidates must be at least 18 years of age by May 26, 2015, be a U.S. Citizen or a National or Legal Resident, able to commit and serve on a full-time basis for 10 weeks (May 26 - Aug 4, 2015), and have a GED or high school diploma.
    As a VISTA Summer Associate, your contributions will have an actual and credible impact on those being served. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Carla Davel at (573) 528-5330 or cdavel@waynesville.k12.mo.us
    The Community Resource Office is a grant-supported department of the Waynesville R-VI School District that manages district volunteers; AmeriCorps school tutors, AmeriCorps VISTA members, Club TIGER Afterschool Program, Snack in a Pack Program, Parent Workshops, Student Transitions, and more.


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  •  Race for the Ribbons to be held April 18
    Both the Waynesville High School and Waynesville Middle School Interact Clubs will host the 4th Annual Race for the Ribbons 5K on April 18.
    Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. and the registration fee is $25. The 5K race begins at 8 a.m. and the family fun walk begins at 8:10 a.m.
    Registration forms can be picked up at the middle school and high school offices. They also may be downloaded at the school website http://waynesville.schoolwires.net/Domain/10.
    To register using your credit card, go to http://racefortheribbons.itsyourrace.com
    Registration forms must be received by Friday, April 3, to be guaranteed a t-shirt. For additional information, contact Kelly Howley at khowley@waynesville.k12.mo.us or Frances Dutchuk at fdutchuk@waynesville.k12.mo.us
    This year’s proceeds will be divided between drug awareness (red ribbon), Snack in a Pack (orange ribbon), and the FLW Veterans Cemetery (patriotic ribbon).

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  • 399th Army Band assists with WHS Band
    Members of the 399th Army Band rehearsed with the Waynesville High School Band to help encourage students as they prepare for competition. The 399th Army Band’s
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    director is Mr. Rick Chapman.

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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:
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     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
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    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.