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 four National Merit Finalists or Semi-Finalists and three 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 4-Speaker Debate, Cheer, Boys' Wrestling and Girls' Wrestling; we were the Regional Champions in Boys' Soccer, Boys' Wrestling, Girls' Wrestling, Boys' Bowling, Girls' Bowling, Boys' Golf, Girls' Soccer, Softball, and Baseball; we had several State Wrestling Champs, Jonathan Morrison: Boys' 106 lb. weight division, Jacob Tangpricha: Boys' 113 lb. weight division, Bishop Murray: Boys' 120 lb. weight division, Rebekah Smith: Girls' 155 lb. weight division, and Dajia Anderson: Girls' 191 lb. weight division; we had two State Track and Field Champs, Zsamar Sipple: 6A LJ and Marquel Russell: 6A 110 HH; we were the 2020-21 Centennial League Champions Boys' Soccer, Boys' Swim and Dive, Boys' Wrestling, Girls' Wrestling, Boys' Golf, Girls' Swim and Dive, Girls' Soccer, and Baseball; and, we were the Sub-State champions in Volleyball.
Our extra-curricular and co-curricular programs continue to flourish. Our Air Force JROTC unit completed over 1,000 hours of community service and continued to support the local community by presenting colors at numerous events. The WRHS Music Department is planning a trip to Orlando, Florida in March of 2022. It will be the first time our music department will travel together. All three groups are planning to perform at Walt Disney World. Our Debate and Forensics squads won close to 500 team and individual awards. Our Debate program is ranked 12th 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 cheerleaders were State Champs in the KSHSAA Game Day Cheer Showcase and Competition; the Dancin' Blues were State Runners Up at the same event in the Dance division.
Our staff received numerous awards throughout this past year: Kevin Bordewick was named the National Federation of State High School Associations, National Volleyball Coach of the Year; Damon Parker was named the National Federation of State High School Associations, Midwest Section Girls Other – Wrestling Coach of the Year; Matt Swedlund was named 6A Boys' Cross Country Coach of the Year; and Jay Mastin was named the 6A Baseball Coach of the Year. 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.