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2015 Waynesville High School Graduation

Live video coverage of the 2015 Waynesville High School Graduation Ceremony can be accessed below. The event begins May 22, 2015 at 7:30 PM CST.


  • 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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  • Waynesville's choir and band concerts continue through May 

    The following concerts will be presented in the Waynesville R-VI School District:
      May 7 (Thursday) - Waynesville Choir Festival - WHS Theatre - 6 p.m. - Concert featuring Waynesville District Elementary Honor Choirs, Middle School Advanced Choir and WHS Chamber Choir
        May 11 (Monday) - Waynesville Beginning Band and Intermediate Band Concert - Parker Hall - 6 p.m.
        May 12 (Tuesday) - Thayer Spring Chorus Concert - Thayer Elementary Gym - 6:30 p.m.
       May 13 (Wednesday) - Middle School Choir Concert - WHS Theatre - 7 p.m. - featuring Middle School Advanced Choir, Seventh Grade Choir and Eighth Grade Choir
        May 14 (Thursday) - WHS Band Concert - WHS Theatre - 6 p.m. - Concert featuring WHS Jazz Band and Concert Band
        May 17 (Sunday) - WHS Choir Concert - WHS Theatre - 3 p.m. - featuring WHS Men’s, Women’s, Concert and Chamber Choirs

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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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    April 29--May 7
    Monday thru Friday, End of Course (EOC) tests.        

    Friday, May 1
    The A+ Scholarship Deadline is May 1st, 2015.  Free Application For Federal Aide (FAFSA) confirmation is due to the Third Floor Office by May 1st.  All tutoring/mentoring hours and log sheets are due to the Third Floor Office by May 1st.

    Saturday, May 2
    Junior/Senior Prom – Nutter Field House, Ft Leonard Wood- 9:00p.m. to 12:00 a.m. - All pictures will be     taken during Prom ONLY.  Cost of pictures is $20.00 to $100.00. Checks accepted. YOU MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL ALL DAY ON FRIDAY, MAY 1ST IN ORDER TO ATTEND PROM!!!!

    Thursday, May 7
    Waynesville Career Center Awards Ceremony - Waynesville Career Center - 12:30 p.m.

    Friday, May 8
    Senior Class Trip Cost Charter Bus $40.00, School Bus $25.00 - Six Flags at St. Louis Bus leaves 7:00 a.m. and returns 6:00 p.m. This is the only school authorized trip.  All students must go and return to school on the bus. NO ONE will be allowed to travel to Six Flags except by the school district authorized buses.  The signed permission form must be returned by Monday, May 4th.  Meet the buses at Waynesville High School parking area.  BAGS WILL BE SEARCHED BEFORE LOADING THE BUS.  ANY STUDENT WITH A FAILING GRADE* IN A CLASS NECESSARY FOR GRADUATION WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GO ON THE TRIP AND NO REFUND WILL BE MADE.
    *May 6th—Counselors will check grades.

    Wednesday, May 13
    East Elementary School Senior Reunion - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. for seniors who attended East Elementary School.  (Informal dress)

    Thursday, May 14
    Practice for Honor’s Night Program during Tiger Time.

    Sunday, May 17
    Senior Baccalaureate Program - Sponsored by FCA - Waynesville High School Auditorium - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    Monday, May 18
    Seniors may sign and pick-up 8 graduation tickets from
    Mr. Young.  Must have a ticket to enter the HOME side bleachers for outdoor seating.  If the ceremony is held inside tickets will be required for entry.

    Tuesday, May 19
    Senior Honors Program - Waynesville High School Auditorium - 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 20
    SENIOR FINALS - periods 1st, 3rd, 5th, & 7th -
    One hour final.

    Thursday, May 21
    SENIOR FINALS - periods 2nd, 4th, & 6th – One hour final.  Senior’s clean out lockers after last final.

    Thursday, May 21
    FOR TEACHERS:  Senior F’s due in Guidance Office by 4:00 p.m.    

    Thursday, May 21
    All Seniors must return library books, textbooks, guidance office materials, pay fines and fees by 1:00p.m.

    Friday, May 22
    All Seniors are to report to the auditorium promptly at 7:30 a.m. to pick up caps and gowns.
    Friday, May 22
    9:00 a.m. - “Passing of the Torch”- and Awards Ceremony.

    Friday, May 22
    After passing of the torch, all Seniors report to the football field to practice for the outdoor graduation ceremony.    

    Friday, May 22
    Graduation Ceremony - 7:30 p.m. - High School Football Stadium.  Must have a ticket to enter the HOME side bleachers for outdoor seating.  In case of inclement weather, the graduation ceremony will be in the high school gymnasium.  (Seniors will be issued eight seating tickets if this occurs.) If held indoors, tickets are required for entry.  Seniors report to assigned rooms at 6:30 p.m. BUSINESS ATTIRE for Seniors is required.  Wagner Studio will take pictures as each student receives their diploma.  You can view the pictures online at www.wagnerportraitgroup.com.

    Friday, May 22
    School parking lot will open at 5:30 pm, gates will open at 6:00 pm.

    Friday, May 22
    PROJECT GRADUATION after Graduation Ceremony.
    Buses will leave at 10:00 p.m. from Waynesville High School.

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  • WHS students to present ‘Wizard of Oz’ April 16-19
    With 17 human cast members, a dog and 20 crew members, the “Wizard of Oz” will be the largest show that Charles Davis, WHS speech and drama teacher, has ever attempted at Waynesville High School.
    But it’s exactly what he wanted to do.
    “I decided on this play because I wanted to have a show that would appeal to everyone in the community,” Davis says.
    In the well-known play, a young girl named Dorothy is whisked away to the land of Oz where she meets friends and villains in her search to get back home to Kansas. This is the Claude Townley adaptation, based on the novel by
    L. Frank Baum, not the MGM movie adaptation.
    In addition to the usual memorization of lines, constructing the set, getting down the curtain changes and aiming the lighting just right, a 15-foot throne had to be created for this play, along with a specific color scheme for some of the sets. 
    “Finding green and blue everything for Munchkin Land and the Emerald city was a unique challenge,” Davis says.
    The play will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the WHS Auditorum. Tickets are $3 for children; $4 for faculty/staff; and $5 for the general public.

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    The Wicked Witch of the West is not pleased when she learns that Dorothy’s friends have rescued her from the deadly poppy field.
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    The Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow rescue Dorothy.
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    WHS students rehearse for the play, “The Wizard of Oz.”
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  • Pageant of Bands
    The Waynesville R-VI Pageant of Bands ended with a grand finale on April 7 with the 399th Army Band, the Waynesville Middle School Advance Band, the Waynesville High School Concert Band and the WHS Wind Ensemble together playing  “Aces of the Air” by King.
    The 399th Army Band kicked off the Pageant of Bands on April 7 with the National Anthem at the WHS gym.
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    The Waynesville Middle School Band performed three tunes under the direction of Todd Walker and Jared Sabatasso.
    During the April 7 Pageant of Bands, the Waynesville High School Concert Band performed "Prelude and Revelation" by Moss and "Prestissmo March" by King. The concert band is under the direction of Jared Sabatasso, director, and Chelsea Handley, assistant director.
    The WHS Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jim Stockmann, performed "Beau Ideal" by Sousa, "On a Hymnsong of Lowell Mason" by Holsinger and "Light Calvary Overture" by von Suppe. Chelsea Handley also serves as the assistant director of the wind ensemble.  

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  • JROTC Takes First at Meet

    The Waynesville Tiger Battalion JROTC Raider Team took 1st place in the Fredericktown Raider Meet. 

    WHS cadets also won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall in the male and female category for fitness test: Alex Shick and Steaphie Trudell were 1st; Konnor Delk and Salenna Hedgepath were 2nd; and Eli Blashford and Danny Medina were 3rd overall.
    WHS cadets, Alex Wortley and Danny Medina, also won the Ultimate Male and Female Raider Competition.
    Results for each event are as follows:

    Raider Team 1 (Black Team) finished 1st, and were 1st or 2nd in each event.  Team captains are Eli Blashford and Alex Shick.
    -          APFT – 1st
    -          10k – 1st
    -          Gauntlet – 1st
    -          1 Rope Bridge – 2nd
    -          Cross Country Liter Carry – 1st
    -          Biathlon – 1st
    -          Obstacle Course – 2nd
    Raider Team 2 (Orange Team) finished 4th overall. Team captains are Salenna Hedgepath and Daniela Medina.
    -          APFT – 3rd
    -          10k – 4th
    -          Gauntlet – 3rd
    -          1 Rope Bridge – 6th
    -          Cross Country Liter Carry – 5th
    -          Biathlon – 10th
    -          Obstacle Course – 6th 

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    Waynesville JROTC cadets toss their weapons to one another during a previous performance at Waynesville High School. 
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    The year's JROTC battalion is focused on going to national competition.
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    Waynesville JROTC cadets demonstrate precision weapon placement changes while marching during a previous performance at Waynesville High School
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    Despite their 11 pounds, the weapons reach significant heights and from this angle,  this one appears to be in front of the U.S. flag.

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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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  • Pageant of Bands is April 7 at WHS

     The Waynesville R-VI School District will host its annual “Pageant of the Bands” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, in the Waynesville High School Gym.
    The public is invited and admission is free.
    The concert will feature the Waynesville Middle School Advanced Band, the Waynesville High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble and the 399th Army Band from Fort Leonard Wood.  Attendees will be able to hear band music performed from the second and third year band students to the professional musicians from the 399th.  As a special feature this year, all the bands will combine for a final selection. 
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    Band students have been preparing for the upcoming concert and are shown here during district band competition.
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    Jacob Meza participates in the district band competition. Students will perform at a free concert on Tuesday, April 7, at Waynesville High School.

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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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  • 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:
     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.