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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

Hundreds of sixth-graders from across the district received a special treat this morning – a sneak preview of "Fiddler on the Roof" presented by Washburn Rural High School Theatre. One of the most popular musicals in American theatre, "Fiddler on the Roof" has entertained audiences for decades with songs like "Sunrise, Sunset" and "Tradition." Support these remarkably talented performers and crew members by attending one of their four scheduled performances:
🎟 February 15-17 at 7:00 pm
🎟 February 18 at 2:00 pm
Purchase tickets today at

Let's hear it for the Washburn Rural High School Scholars Bowl team! They placed🥉THIRD🥉in the Scholars Bowl State Championships this weekend! The Scholars Bowl is a head-to-head academic competition with teams providing quick response answers to various subjects, including language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science. Congratulations to these dedicated scholars on their tremendous accomplishment!

The best and brightest spellers from across the county came together today to compete in the Shawnee County Spelling Bee 🐝. We are beyond excited to share that Auburn-Washburn students claimed the top two spots! Congratulations to Rishik “Luv” Sinha, 5th grader at Jay Shideler Elementary School, for his first place finish, and to Jude Ludwick, 5th grader at Auburn Elementary School for placing second. Kudos to both of you on this extraordinary achievement!

WRHS Common Grounds, The Shack - WRHS, and WRHS Bank, the three school-based enterprises (SBEs) at Washburn Rural High School, were recently awarded gold-level certification for the 2023-2024 school year! They will be recognized during DECA's International Career Development Conference in April in Anaheim, California. Managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories, the SBEs provide students with realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction, enhance 21st century skill development, and prepare students for college and careers. Read more about their gold-level certification here: