On behalf of the staff and administration of Washburn Rural High School, I am excited to extend to you our best wishes for a productive and exciting new school year. Let me assure you that the educational opportunities for students at WRHS are excellent, both by reputation and by the measured accomplishments of our students.
We enjoy one of the best reputations of any public high school in the State of Kansas! Last year, for example, we produced three National Merit Semi-Finalists or Finalists and seven National Merit Commended Scholars!
For those of you following the life of our school, you also know of our athletic and extracurricular successes last year. We were the State Champions in Girls' Golf and 4-Speaker Debate; we were the Regional Champions in Football, Boys' Soccer, Girls' Bowling, Boys' Bowling, Girls' Soccer, Boys' Golf, and Boys' Tennis; we were the 2016-2017 Centennial League Champions in Boys' Soccer, Girls' Tennis, Girls' Golf, Scholar's Bowl, Girls' Bowling, and Girls' Soccer; and, we were the Centennial League All-Sports Champion!
Our extra-curricular and co-curricular programs continue to flourish. Our Orchestra traveled to Dallas, Texas where they received superior ratings with unanimous 1's at the Director's Choice Musical Festival. Our Choral Program was quite successful last year as well! Choral and This Generation received gold ratings at the Heritage Festival in Chicago, Illinois. Six of our small ensembles received a superior rating at the regional festival. One of our barbershop quartets, The Melodics, achieved gold in the senior girls' division of the Harmony Explosion Barbershop Contest in Olathe, and for the 32nd year in a row, our Choral received three superior ratings at Stage Large Group Festival in Lawrence! Our Debate and Forensics squads won over 470 team and individual awards last year and qualified 16 students to the National Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama this summer. Finally, we were again recognized as one of the Best High Schools in the Nation by U.S. News and World Report. The parents, staff, students, and community which WRHS serves have much to be proud of. It was a truly exciting year!
In the coming year, I invite you to become a partner with us in your child's education, and in doing so, learn more about their "home away from home": Washburn Rural High School. Attend their athletic events. Go to their concerts. Ask them about their school work. Talk with their teachers. Ask how you can volunteer in our building. By developing a deeper understanding of all that is available to your students at WRHS, you will help us to unlock the extraordinary potential within each one of them.
We look forward to the upcoming year with great hope and an unwavering belief in the promise of our young people. We wish all of you the very best! If we can ever be of service to you, please do not hesitate to call.