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Please join us in honoring and celebrating Lindsey Dowell, Washburn Rural Middle School gifted facilitator, for being selected as a 2024 Kansas Master Teacher! Lindsey is one of only seven educators from across the state of Kansas to receive this award.

Established in 1954 by Emporia State University, the Kansas Master Teacher awards are distributed annually to a small selection of teachers who demonstrate the attributes of exemplary professional educators. The selection committee consists of representatives from the Kansas Association of Principals, the Kansas Association of School Boards, the Kansas State Board of Education, the Kansas Parent Teacher Organization, the Kansas National Education Association, and United School Administrators.

Lindsey will be honored at a banquet and awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 3 at Emporia State University's Memorial Union. Cheers to you, Lindsey! You are so very deserving!

Washburn Rural High School chemistry students put scientific technology to the test this week, using Vernier probes to gather real-time data and create linear graphs for analysis. Students examined three electrolyte solutions to determine which had the best conductivity based on slope. Hands-on experiments like this demonstrate practical applications beyond the classroom – in this particular case, how a solution conductivity lab can be used to identify the electrolyte solution most suitable for consumers. Science rocks!

Come support your Jr. Blues and all the students participating at tonight's Senior Night Varsity basketball games vs. Emporia tonight, February 23! Girls start at approximately 6:00 PM and Boys afterward around 7:30 PM in the WRHS Activity Center. Seniors of winter sports/activities will be recognized between the Varsity Girls and Boys games.

If you are unable to attend tonight's events, coverage will be livestreamed at

Construction is progressing rather nicely at the new Innovation Center at Washburn Rural High School. The 50,000-square-foot addition is scheduled to open during the spring 2025 semester and will provide new and expanded career and technical education opportunities students can apply directly to the workforce. The addition includes a video production studio, agricultural lab and greenhouse, biosciences center, and robotics and engineering makerspace.

For real-time updates on this and other Auburn-Washburn construction and renovation projects, visit

Students from the Math Club at Washburn Rural Middle School participated in the Topeka chapter MATHCOUNTS competition at Washburn University earlier this month. The team placed second overall, with five students placing in the top ten, including Prajeet Akula (2nd overall) and Brandon Jeon (4th overall). Other top 10 finishers included Akul Chamesh, Emma Smith, and Ethan Lake.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series has four levels of competition—school, chapter, state, and national. Each level of competition is comprised of four rounds—Sprint, Target, Team, and Countdown Round. The WRMS team will compete at the state contest on Saturday, March 2 at Washburn University. They are advised by Ms. Jenny Wilcox.

Our Junior Blues swim team did us proud at state this weekend with a third place team finish and two individual STATE CHAMPIONSHIP titles! Congratulations to the entire team for securing a podium finish and to the following athletes for their individual podium finishes:

Brogan Meier – 50 Yard Freestyle
Jack Miranda – 500 Yard Freestyle

Brogan Meier – 100 Yard Butterfly
Jack Miranda – 200 Yard Freestyle
Will Powell, Luke Lempke, Brogan Meier, and Jack Miranda – 400 Yard Freestyle Relay

Will Powell, Elijah Leenerts, Daniel Allen, and Brogan Meier – 200 Yard Freestyle Relay

You can view all results from the class 6A State & Diving Championships here:

REMINDER: Wednesday, February 21 is an early release day. All schools will dismiss 90 minutes early.

Established in 2003, the Washburn Rural High School Hall of Fame honors graduates and staff members who excel and achieve significant accomplishments at the state, local, or national level. We are pleased to announce this year's Hall of Fame inductees:

✨Kelsey 'Chipman' Stringer – A Kansas Volleyball Association Hall of Famer, Stringer was named Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year and 6A State Player of the Year while at WRHS. She went on to compete for Kansas State University on a full-ride volleyball scholarship in the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 seasons. During that time, she set numerous blocking records that still stand today. Kelsey stays connected to Kansas State University volleyball as a play-by-play broadcasting analyst for their televised matches.

✨2002 Boys Soccer Team – Led by Head Coach Lionel Suarez and Assistant Coaches Brian Hensyel, David Chooncharoen, and Louis DiLeonardo, the 2002 boys soccer team is the only undefeated soccer team in school history, city history, and Centennial League history. In addition, they are one of only four teams to go undefeated and win the class 6A state title.

✨1950 & 1952 Baseball Teams – Led by head coach Alton Haun, the 1950 team won the school’s first ever state championship and is the only undefeated baseball team in school history with a record of 11-0. Two years later, the 1952 varsity baseball team won the school’s second ever state championship. They only had one loss during the season, finishing with a 12-1 record.

You can read more about the inductees at

The 2024 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place tomorrow, February 16 at 5:00 pm in the WRHS Cafeteria. Inductees will also be recognized on the court in between the girls and boys varsity basketball games. Congratulations to our newest Hall of Famers!

Come support your Jr. Blues and all the students participating at the Varsity basketball games vs. Manhattan tonight, February 16! Girls start at approximately 6:00 PM and Boys afterward around 7:30 PM in the WRHS Activity Center.

If you are unable to attend tonight's events, coverage will be livestreamed at

Learn more about the Washburn Rural High School Theatre production, "Fiddler on the Roof," from Director Maeghan Bishop and student performers Griffin Reiff (Tevye) and Marriana La Mantia (Golde).
Washburn Rural ready to raise curtain on “Fiddler on the Roof”
Washburn Rural HS presents the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" Feb. 15-18. Get tickets at