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 Finalists and three National Merit Commended Scholars! Additionally, we were named one of the Best High Schools in America by US News and World Report!
For those of you following the life of our school, you also know of our athletic and extracurricular successes last year. We were the City or Co-City Champs in Girls' Tennis, Boys' Swim and Dive, Boys' Cross Country, Girls' Cross Country, Boys' Tennis, Boys' Golf, Girls' Swim and Dive, Girls' Golf, and Boys' Track and Field; we were the Co-League Champs in Football; we were the Centennial League Champions in Boys' Soccer, Girls' Tennis, Boys' Bowling, Girls' Golf, Boys' Swim and Dive, Girls' Cross Country, Volleyball, Girls' Swim and Dive, Boys' Tennis, Boys' Wrestling, Girls' Wrestling, Baseball, Girls' Soccer, and Softball; we were the Regional or Sub-State Champions in Boys' Soccer, Girls' Golf, Girls' Cross Country, Girls' Tennis, Volleyball, Boys' Wrestling, Girls' Basketball, Baseball, Girls' Soccer, Girls' Wrestling, Boys' Tennis, and Softball; and we were the State Champs in 2-Speaker and 4-Speaker Debate, Dance, Girls' Basketball, and Boys' Wrestling.
Our extra-curricular and co-curricular programs continue to flourish. Our Air Force JROTC marksmanship team were the Air Force National Champion in the Orion National Air Rifle League Sporter Distinguished Division. The WRHS Music Department traveled to Orlando, Florida in March and performed at Disney Springs and Magic Kingdom. Our Theatre Department and cast of The Book of Will were selected for a Main State Performance and traveled to Bloomington, Indiana to perform at the International Thespian Festival June 20-24.
During the 2021-2022 season, our debate and forensics squads won close to 500 team and individual awards, including two KSHSAA 6A state team championships and 4 individual state championships. Our speech and debate program is ranked 13th in the nation in terms of our chapter strength (a combination of number of competitors and success) with the National Speech and Debate Association.
Our staff received numerous awards throughout this past year: Brian McFall was named District Master Teacher, Ivan Torres received the Kansas Horizon Award, Ryan Pfeifer was named a Milken Educator Award, and Penny Lane was the recipient of The State Award of Merit issued by the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. 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.