Well, here we are at the end of the school year—and what a year it has been!
For those of you that have been following the life of our school, you know of our academic, athletic, and extracurricular successes this year. We are the 2017-2018 Centennial League champions in Boys' Soccer, Girls' Tennis, and Girls' Golf; we are the State Champions in Girls' Golf and 4-Speaker Debate; we are Regional Champions in Boys' Soccer and Girls' Bowling; we are the Sub-State champions in Volleyball. Our spring sports are in full swing and doing quite well!
Our extra-curricular and co-curricular programs continue to flourish. Our Air Force JROTC unit received "Exceeds Standards" on their evaluation earlier this year. Our Band recently completed a fabulous trip to Orlando, Florida. 152 band students participated in the "You're Instrumental" Workshop as a combined concert band at Disney's Hollywood Studios and marched down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom Parade. Our Debate and Forensics squads have won close to 500 team and individual awards this year. We are currently ranked 7th in the nation in terms of our chapter strength (a combination of number of competitors and success) with the National Speech and Debate Association. Add to that qualifying 18 students who will go on the represent us at the National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale this summer, and one quickly realizes that the parents, staff, students, and community which WRHS serves have much to be proud of. It has been a truly exciting year!
Of course, this time of year also brings a great sense of excitement and anticipation for the upcoming summer months. In the past, some of this excitement has been shown in ways that reflected poorly on our school—most notably, the graffiti that frequently appears on road signs, streets, and the personal property of homeowners in the district. It is disheartening to receive calls from the community when this occurs—particularly from the elderly, many of whom are not physically able to remove the graffiti themselves. If we all communicate the costs of such behavior, I am sure we can collectively address this concern in an effective manner!
On behalf of the staff at WRHS, I would like to wish you the best of summers! It has been an honor and pleasure working with you this year.