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NHS students volunteer to clean up stream, park

NHS students volunteer to clean up stream, park

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, members of the WHS National Honor Society, along with several Missouri Conservation officials, assisted in an effort to clean up community park and streams.


Approximately 60 NHS students participated in the project, which was led by Pulaski County Conservation Agent and District Supervisor Aaron Pondrom. Pondrom is also a member of the Waynesville R-VI Board of Education.

Upon arriving, the NHS members were divided into groups, with some walking through trails, others in canoes and the remaining at the banks of the Roubidoux and Gasconade Rivers. They started at the Interstate 44 bridge and finished at the Highway 17 bridge, gathering trash, debris and tires that have collected in the fields and streams. Guiding the students were Fishery Management Biologist Nick Girondo; Pulaski County Conservation Agent Casey Simmons; Wright County Agent Justin Emery; Texas County Agent Jeff Crites; Conservation Educator, Dwight Warnke and an administrator of Phelps County Crystal Allen.


The NHS students came together for this event on the national day of service for the memorial of 9/11, as a service project to the community and to show respect to those who lost their lives 18 years ago. A special guest also stopped by for this commemoration; Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman came to thank the students and agents for taking time out of their day to participate and presented everyone with a Waynesville Mayor’s pin.


NHS thanks all that participated with this experience.



WHS NHS students cleaning the stream. Photos by WHS journalism students Alan Mitchell and Dakota Mitchell



NHS Clean up

NHS Stream


Issued September 18, 2019