Musicians needed for Mass Bands finale
Any band musician who has been a sixth through 12th grader in Hutchinson Public Schools for the past quarter century is familiar with one specific piece of music – “A Mighty Fortress.” All 600-plus musicians play the song each year.
The district is asking the alumni to come back for another performance of the song.
“A Mighty Fortress” has been the thundering finale to the district Mass Bands Concert since the first one in 1988. The Mass Bands Concert features all district band students from sixth grade through high school each spring.
This year’s concert will be at 7:30 p.m. May 14 in the Salthawk Activity Center.
New for 2015, however, is a request for parents, staff and alumni to join with the students in playing the finale. There will be a practice for parents and community members at 8:45 a.m. on May 14 in the Salthawk Activity Center.
For more information, contact Daryl Koestel, HHS director of bands, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future Faris principal honored
The new principal for Faris Elementary School has been recognized for excellence by Newman University.
Dan Ackland, who takes over as Faris principal in 2015-16, will receive the Newman University Graduate Education Outstanding Achievement Award for the Building Leadership Program. Ackland was selected by Newman’s graduate faculty as one of two recipients of the 2014-15 award. This year, Newman has more than 500 students in its graduate education programs.
Ackland currently is a fifth grade teacher at Valley Center Intermediate School. He will replace Denise Neighbors as Faris principal. Neighbors will retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year.
Wintz to lead HHS boys’ basketball
A successful head coach from middle school to D-II college basketball will take the reins at Hutchinson High School in 2015-16.
Chad Wintz has been named head boys’ basketball coach at Hutchinson High School.
“I am excited to get a coach with Chad's experience and record of success,” said Eric Armstrong, HHS athletic director. “His experiences as a head coach are very impressive, and I believe will bring excitement to our program.
“Chad has been around our programs and knows what it will take to get kids in the gym and excited about playing basketball. I believe he will instill a strong work ethic and toughness that is needed when you play in a league like ours.”
Wintz replaces Nathan Henry who stepped down after the 2014-15 season to spend more time with his family.
Wintz’s most recent coaching job was as the head coach of the Hutchinson Middle School – 7 team in 2009-10 when his undefeated squad won both the league and the league post-season tournament.
Locally, though, Wintz is better known for his five years as head men’s basketball coach of Hutchinson Community College where he went 111-46 from the 2001-02 season to 2005-06. He also served as assistant athletic director at HCC for a year.
“I began my coaching career immediately after graduating from the University of Kansas where Larry Brown and his staff had a very strong influence on my career choice as a coach,” Wintz said. “Bill Self was my JV coach at the time. I spent 19 years coaching at the college level before getting out of the business to begin a career in the insurance business, which I still enjoy currently.”
Wintz will continue his career in life insurance sales with Hutchinson’s Fee Insurance in addition to being head coach at HHS.
“Chad's knowledge of how to build a successful program was key to this hire,” Armstrong said. “He knows what steps need to be taken to get kids, parents and the community excited about Salthawk basketball. I am excited to get started and I think our players will be as well.”
Prior to HCC, Wintz was head men’s basketball coach at Fort Hays State University from 1997 to 2001, a D-II program. He went 77-35 at Fort Hays and was Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2000-01 when the squad went 23-6.
Wintz’ first head basketball coaching job was at Dodge City from 1993 through 1997 where he went 67-57. His first head coaching position was as men’s golf coach at Fort Hays.
The coach also has been an assistant basketball coach at Fort Hays and Colby Community College. He was a graduate assistant coach at Wichita State under Eddie Fogler.
“I am extremely lucky to be working in a business that puts such a high value on not only educational support, but the support of the entire community of which HHS is certainly a vital part,” Wintz said of Fee Insurance. “This opportunity would not be possible without their support and vision.”
Senior one acts set for Thursday
The annual Hutchinson High School senior one acts are set for 7 p.m. Thursday (April 23, 2015) in the Performing Arts Center at HHS.
The seniors will direct short, 15-minute scenes. Actors in the scenes will be HHS underclassmen.
Senior directors are:
- Austin Heinlein
- Terrence Robinson
- Blake Zwickl
Admission is free.
Retirement Reception set for April 26
Hutchinson Public Schools will formally thank its retirees during a come-and-go reception at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in the Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle. There will be a brief formal program at 1:45 p.m. with the program completed by about 2:15 p.m.
Soon-to-retire or already retired staff members who have said they will attend include Valerie Blanchat, Jeanne Goodman, Denise Neighbors, Millie Brooks, Dawna Harris, Jerry Patton, Linda Burdette, Ronda Hicks, Rod Rathbun, Debra Field, Beverly Johnson, Shirley Foust, Chris Smith, Bobbi Gann, Debra Myers and Dorcas Smith.
Annual Kansas Kids Fitness Day set
An event that will draw hundreds of third graders to Don Michael Field will return for its 17th running Thursday, April 30, 2014.
The Kansas Kids Fitness Day is a statewide event, sponsored by the Kansas Council on Fitness, to increase awareness of physical activity and safety for third graders across Kansas.
In Hutchinson, the Kansas Kids Fitness Day will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Don Michael Field, 17th and Severance in Hutchinson.
Hosted locally by USD 308, the event is expected to draw more than 700 students from schools across Reno County. Statewide, the event draws nearly 18,000 students each year at more than three dozen sites in Kansas.
A project of USD 308 elementary school physical education teachers, more than 100 volunteers will be working on the project, including Junior and Senior Leaders from Hutchinson High School under the direction of Cindy Knox, physical education teacher at HHS. The volunteers will staff activity and safety stations during the afternoon.
Others involved in the project include the elementary and high school physical education staff, local firefighters, police officers, Red Cross, Hutchinson Recreation Commission, YMCA and USD 308 Nutrition Services.
foundation, CTC host 5K run
Hutchinson Public Schools Endowment Fund and Communities that Care are hosting
a family-friendly 5K run/walk on April 25.
district foundation provides Hutchinson Public Schools with resources for
special projects, including library books and the sixth grade honor choir.
Communities that Care screens the district’s volunteers and provides student
leadership training at both Hutchinson Middle School and Hutchinson High
The Superhero 5K is a chip-timed event, ensuring all
participants will have an accurate finish time. Medals will be awarded to the
top three finishers in each age group and division. Age group medals and
costume awards will be presented following the 5K and 1K kids fun run.
Registration and packet pickup begins at 8:30 a.m. April 25
along 13th Avenue near Hutchinson High School. The 5K run begins at
9:30 a.m. There also is a 1k kids run starting at 10:30 a.m. from in
front of the adjacent YMCA. All routes end up in Gowans Stadium and do not
cross any major streets.
Registration information is available at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=121139
SD 308 News Release 620-615-4029 March 31, 2015
RCHD, District to hold immunization clinics
The Reno County Health Department and USD 308 will partner to make vaccinations available in district elementary schools this spring.
Kansas’ law requires students to be vaccinated for a variety of childhood diseases prior to attending school each year. Many of these are timed prior to pre-school and kindergarten while another group of vaccinations have to be taken prior to seventh grade.
To help make it easier, the Reno County Health Department and USD 308 will have the clinics at the following schools. Vaccinations for both the early childhood and the seventh grade shots will be available.
- Morgan: April 7, 2 to 4 p.m.
- McCandless: April 10, 2 to 4 p.m.
- Avenue A: April 14, 2 to 4 p.m.
- Faris: April 15, 2 to 4 p.m.
- Graber: April 16, 2 to 4 p.m.
- Lincoln: April 21, 2 to 4 p.m.
- Wiley: April 22, 2 to 4 p.m.
- Allen: April 24, 2 to 4 p.m.
Parents of sixth graders who fill out and sign both two forms they will be emailed that provide parent permission and designate what vaccinations to be administered will not have to be present for the clinics. The forms will be emailed to sixth grade parents prior to the clinics and will be available at school as well as a short one-page summary of shots needed. The forms also will be available via a link on the district homepage.
Pre-school students wishing vaccinations will have to have parents present.
The Health Department will bill health insurance for the vaccinations. The department also has a sliding scale for individuals with no insurance.
Henry steps down as boys’ basketball coach
Six-year veteran coach Nathan Henry has announced his resignation as boys’ head basketball coach at Hutchinson High School.
Henry was named head coach in March 2009 after serving briefly as interim head coach and leading the Salthawks to a state tournament appearance that March. The long-time USD 308 educator will remain at HHS as a social studies teacher.
HHS Athletic Director Eric Armstrong will begin the search for Henry’s successor immediately.
testify on impacts
block grants on USD 308
Three staff members from Hutchinson
Public Schools testified Monday (March 9, 2015) about the impact of a
legislative proposal to turn the current school finance formula into block
grants. The trio testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee on
House Bill 2403, which was proposed late last week.
Shelly Kiblinger, Executive Director of Fiscal Management Lori Blakesley and
Hutchinson Middle School Principal David T. Patterson testified before the
House Appropriations Committee shortly before noon Monday. Dr. Kiblinger told
the committee the current school finance formula is complex because meeting the
needs of all Kansas students isn’t a simple task.
“The formula is complex because the
needs in each school district are each different,” Kiblinger testified. “The
formula was designed by legislators to provide precise amounts of funding based
upon the needs of the individual students and to be flexible as the numbers of
students and needs rise or fall within a district. The formula also provides
equity to all children regardless of a district’s high or low property
valuation. Lastly, the courts have ruled the current formula is
sley told the committee that a
majority of the additional funding for the current year went to local taxpayers
as the Legislature was directed by the courts to equalize funding. USD 308
taxpayers saw their mill levy drop by 9 mills. The block grant proposal,
however, does away with the equalization.
“Equalization in the current formula
provides equal spending power for school districts,” Blakesley said. “H.B. 2403
reduces equity and equal spending power for school districts and taxpayers.”
Going forward, the block grant
proposal would mean less money available to the classroom. Patterson told
legislators about decisions he is looking to make for the 2015-16 school year.
USD 308 is expecting to lose $313,000 of classroom money from the block grant
for next year.
“As a result, we are looking at
eliminating our Spanish elective, thus ending foreign languages for our
students,” Patterson said, referring to Hutchinson Middle School’s course
offerings. “We will also look at eliminating our in-school suspension program,
thus sending at-risk students home for out-of-school suspension. Out-of-school
suspension is detrimental to students academically, socially and behaviorally.
Their parents cannot take off work to supervise them. If a single parent with a
minimum wage job has a child suspended, they would lose their job by not going
to work in order to supervise their child. Students who serve out-of-school
suspension are highly at-risk and dropout at higher rates than their peers.”
Patterson, who prior to the current
school year served as the director of the Career and Technical Education
Academy, also expressed about the impact of funding on the state’s workforce.
“Kansas is struggling to have a well-trained
workforce,” Patterson said. “As we all know, a workforce that is drug-free,
literate, and college and career ready is desperately needed to keep and
attract quality jobs throughout Kansas. A highly skilled and trained workforce
does not begin at the postsecondary level, it begins before kindergarten. At-risk
funding that is separate and designated for specific purpose is vital to our
students, communities, and State.
“Losing vocational weighting would
be catastrophic to Kansas. Districts would be forced to choose between cutting
academic core classroom teachers and cutting elective instructors that prepare
students for the workforce. Students cannot wait to enter their junior year to
begin their career pathway, these classes must begin at the middle school level
or during the freshman year of high school.”
Sixth Grade Honor Choir concert slated
The annual sixth grade honor choir will perform at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the Performing Arts Center at Hutchinson High School.
About 100 sixth grade students were selected for the choir after auditioning. Clinician for the sixth graders this year is Jarl Moreland, HHS choir director.
The sixth graders will have their first opportunity to practice together at 10 a.m. March 13 at HHS. The group will spend the remainder of the school day in rehearsal.
At the 5:30 p.m. concert, the sixth graders will sing an African piece "Kusimama,"a spiritual "Hush, Somebody's Calling My Name," "Sing to Me" and "Swinging on a Star. After performances by the Hutchinson Middle School Adams Street Singers and a select group from HHS, the combined choirs will perform “Seize the Day” from musical Newsies.
The concert is free and open to the public.
District celebrates Youth Art Month
Hutchinson Public Schools annually celebrates March as Youth Art Month. This annual recognition of students and their art, provides them the opportunity to acquire new skills and enrich their educational experience.
In recognition of March being Youth Arts Month, schools in Hutchinson are conducting a variety of activities to spotlight student artists. They include:
Month of March, 2015: District wide art show representing elementary art in the Hutchinson Public Schools at the Administration Center. School-wide shows in the elementary schools.
March 5: Thirteen Hutchinson Middle School – 8 students of art teacher Kylee Baldetti will be in Topeka to work with two other schools on a collaboration project. The collaboration project will go on display at the Capital this weekend. HMS-8 student Max Logan is getting his project displayed with the other students attending the actual construction. Logan’s artist statement and display will be judged against other middle school students projects from across Kansas.
March 7: Art has been selected from the elementary schools to be part of an annual Youth Art Month Exhibit at the State Capitol Building in Topeka. This exhibit features artwork from students throughout the state. As part of the celebration student artists, families, and friends are invited to a reception at 1:30 p.m. March 7 at the Capitol Building.
Elementary student artists from Hutchinson include:
- Faris: Peyton Hefling, third grade
- Graber: Gabe Eye, fourth grade
- HMS Magnet School at Allen: Cahrin Pinkston, fifth grade
- Lincoln: Luciano Sausedo, first grade, Aubrie Duke, second grade
- Morgan: Lillia Jones, second grade, Jeremy Gentry, second grade
- Wiley: Zoe Tomac fifth grade
March 9: Presentation to the Board of Education at 7 p.m. by Hutchinson elementary art students and teachers.
Through March 18: All sixth graders in Hutchinson Public Schools were invited to show their best work of art in an online show. This is the 11th year for the virtual gallery. The show is online at: http://www.usd308art.com/. The public is invited to go online and vote for best of show. The top finalists will then be invited to display their art at the Hutchinson Art Center from April 1 to 16. There will be a reception for these artists and their families at 7 p.m. April 16.
HCTEA journalists receive national recognition
for second time in C-Span competition
For the second consecutive year, a pair of student broadcast journalists at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy at Hutchinson High School have been recognized for their work.
Seniors Brooks Armstrong and David Sotelo produced the video “Defending Our Heroes” on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the C-Span StudentCam 2015 competition. The seniors placed third regionally and received a prize of $750 for their efforts. Overall, there were 2,280 videos from nearly 5,000 students submitted and only 150 received a prize. The students were from 45 states, the District of Columbia and Taiwan.
The pair were the only students recognized from Kansas.
The video by Sotelo and Armstrong is available at http://www.viddler.com/v/af59f41f
The winners of the 2015 StudentCam competition were announced Wednesday, March 4.
Since Armstrong and Sotelo won third prize, HCTEA will receive $125 to spend on digital equipment for the school. Leann Gleason teaches broadcast journalism at HCTEA.
The most popular topic for student videos in 2015 was education. Twelve percent of entries were about education issues such as Common Core, No Child Left Behind and standardized testing. Another 11 percent were about health care while 10 percent were about the economy.
High school students competed on a regional level with the U.S. being divided into three regions – west, central and east. Middle school students were judged on a national basis. Grand prize winners were selected nationally among all regions and grade levels.
The annual competition is sponsored by the C-SPAN Education Foundation. Videos were evaluated by a panel of educators and C-SPAN representatives based on the thoughtful examination of the competition’s theme, quality of expression, inclusion of varying sides of the documentary’s topic and effective incorporation of C-SPAN programming.
All the winning videos may be viewed at www.studentcam.org.
HHS presents Blood Wedding
The Hutchinson High School Drama Department will present the play Blood Wedding at 7:30 p.m. March 5 to 7 in the HHS Performing Arts Center.
Blood Wedding is a tragedy by Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca. Written in 1932, it was first performed in Madrid in 1933. The play is about a simmering vendetta between two families in 1930s rural Spain.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for eighth grade and younger and $2 for HHS students with their student ID.
Cast for the play includes:
- Mother: Laura Miller
- Bridegroom: Colton Harper
- Bride: Shayla Bellamy
- Bride’s Father: Austin Heinlein
- Leonardo: Hunter Grin
- Leonardo’s Wife: Bethany Allen
- Mother-In-Law: Sage Williams
- Maid: Alexis Cruz
- Neighbor: Gabby Hernandez
- Woodcutter No. 1: Cole Steinle
- Woodcutter No. 2: Jake Lemonds
- Woodcutter No. 3: Blake Zwickl
- Moon: Eddie Ibarra
- Death: Jocelyn Reed
- Young Men: Draven Duggan, Daniel Yapp, Cody Murray, Colin Tighe
- Young Girls: Julia Kendall, Aleseyah Seibel, Jules Martinez, Alex Miller, Laura DeWitt, Michelle Blackburn
Coffman to visit Graber
National Football League veteran Paul Coffman will visit Graber Elementary School, 1600 North Cleveland, Friday. March 6.
Graber launched a YouTube campaign to get the Green Bay Packers to send a representative to the school. The campaign drew national attention, even in Green Bay, Wis., itself.
While the Packers told Graber staff they wouldn’t be able to arrange a visit by current players, retired Packer Coffman has said he would visit. Coffman will do an all-school assembly at 10 a.m. Friday.
HHS announces second tri honor roll
HHS announces second tri honor roll
High School has announced its second trimester honor roll for 2014-15.
Brooks A. Armstrong
Kyrstan M. Bishop
Michelle M. Blackburn
Sonya S. Carrillo
Jacelyn M. Chambers
Leland T. Clark
Kassidie R. Davis-Clark
Cade A. Dyer
Justina L. Friesen
Benjamin J. Graber
Rachel E. Hammer
Baylee R. Heitschmidt
Tasha M. Humphries
Angela J. Johnson
Mykhaylo V. Kostynyuk
Chase M. Laflen
Cody A. Lagreca
Savannah R. Luoma
Jaydon M. Mattison
Halle J. Morris
Fermina L. Orosco
Jason M. Paine
Brandi A. Phillips
Piper M. Reid
Rachel M. Rivas
Megan M. Sauer
Hanna M. Schreiber
Jordyn M. Snow
Miranda E. Stanley
Jaden R. White
Kevin P. Zuck
Blake A. Zwickl
Shannon J. Bellamy
Lauren E. Ewing
Colton J. Fee
Ashley M. Ford
Jaedyn A. Hambrick
Sarah K. Hansen
Cleandro D. Hardy
Jack D. Howard
Samuel T. Koob
William A. Lewis
Abbie A. Martin
Brady R. McFadden
Laura Y. Miller
Alison M. Ochs
Kyle W. Oldham
Veronica L. Ratzloff
Victoria L. Rosiere
Tyler Aaron M. Smith
Margaret J. Williams
Brooke N. Young
Wyatt G. Akins
Shayla M. Bellamy
Braydon L. Bieber
Tyler R. Christian
Mia E. Clary
Mikayla L. Dallke
Anna M. Deal
Dakiree L. Depew
Laura E. Dewitt
Alyssa C. Ibarra
Joseph S. Labuda
Samantha A. McDaniel
Siynatee R. McGraw
Juan Jr Ocon
Eduardo S. Ramirez
Anastacia N. Razo
Larisa J. Reyes
Alison L. Rice
Matthew M. Schweder
Mariah J. Sibley
Christopher M B. Smith
Peyton A. Strobel
Micah L. Tomac
Zachary B. Towle
Nicholas R. Vogel
Isabella M. Wintamute
Natalie A. Wood
Yazmine O. Wright
Janaya D. Ellis
Emily A. Hendricks
Danielle L. Logue
Artadius D. Moore
Alexander J. Mora
Madalyn K. Siller
Ashlee J. Taylor
Abbigayle W. Tyler
Kaitlyn B. Ward
Kyara M. Wondra
Sadie M. Adams
Seraphim M. Adkinson
James E. Araiza
Chelsea L. Bell
Cheyne M. Belote
Caleb S. Brown
Christopher R. Brown
Socorro C. Bujanda
Cody D. Coonce
Elizabeth R. Crawford
Cheyenne R. Crenshaw
Perrie T. Crum
Heath A. Davidson
Shayla C. Degarmo
Roslynne C. Deines
Jordan E. Downing
Ryan A. Ediger
Ashley M. Evans
Celestia R. Favela
Jordan A. Flegler
Savanna E. Givens
Dylan M. Graves
Alisia M. Hahn
Clayton J. Hamby
Jacob P. Hardenburger
Christopher R. Hawk
Nicole E. Headings
Avery M. Heck
Dakota W. Hemphill
Tayler E. Henke
Jenna E. Higgins
Sydni Alicin J. Huxman
Emily F. Idler
Jaedan T. Kidd
Jayson T. Kidd
Gabrielle D. Kirkland
Cara A. Klinkerman
Dylan L. Labuda
Wen He K. Lai
Brooke A. Manny
Tayler J. Mason
Taylor P. McCook
Reanna K. McPhillips
Alejandro Jr Melgar
Diego A. Mendoza
Raul J. Mendoza
Mckenzie N. Miller
Adrianna A. Montaldo
Sydney L. Morris
Michelle J. Mungai
Destiny J. Parkhurst
Lottie E. Petrie
Alexa C. Pritchard
Cameron R. Reuber
Lawson J. Roberts
Alyssa N. Rose
Douglas G. Sherwood
Christian R. Sisler
Brianna N. Stanley
Caitlyn E. Stanley
Ellyssa M. Tomac
Nikita L. Traylor
Joseph C. Vieyra
Logan J. Weninger
Julie D. Wilson
Turner N. Wintz
Daniel J. Yapp
Andrew P. Ysac
Brooke C. Anderson
Jayde M. Bell
Jessica D. Burgey
Samuel A. Caffrey
Taja L. Casanova
Ethan D. Caylor
Noel D. Cordero
Zoe E. Crater
Michaela L. Cunningham
Savanna D. Curry
Lucas F. Dunbar
Kiara E. Flanagan
Melinda L. Floyd
Luke F. Freeman
Dewain D. Hall
Ted N. Hall
Roy L. Jr Handy
Meghanann S. Hargis
Christopher W. Hoffman
Garrett L. Justice
Dalton C. Kincaid
John Jr Lanham
Cheyenne M. Lawler
Anthony L. Marquez
Itzayana C. Mendoza
Madison D. Mong
Matthew P. Morrill
Jacob D. Mousa
Alison S. Pierce
Alexandra E. Pooler
Devin Z. Porting
Jadyn N. Potter
Abigail A. Prichard
Destiny K. Prior
Grace A. Proett
Gabriel C. Raigoza
Trey J. Richards
Darla M. Showalter
Daelyn A. Smith
Troy D. Speakman
Brian G. Suarez
Mariah A. Thomas
Zachary W. Thurston
Taelyn R. Valdois
Jessica R. Wade
Kaleb H. Wells
Nicholas A. Young
Noah W. Addis
Hanna R. Alvarenga
Sara C. Alvarenga
Madison P. Anthony
Tiffany V. Bass
Braelyn S. Beamer
Aliyah M. Beltran
Destiny K. Brown
Stephen T. Burson
Desirae M. Coonce
Dylan R. Cross
Ashlyn P. Foster
Jenna L. Garcia
Mia E. Garcia
Ehneijah P. Grissom
Alisa A. Harris
Nicholas S. Hawver
Elissa E. Heller
Hannah M. Hernandez
David J. Jennings
Sierra K. Littlejohn
Katlyn A. Martinez
Danessa L. McQueen
Jordan A. Middleton
Alix M. Miller
Brandan C. Moore
Tesa M. Moore
Cheyenne S. Morris
Dijimon M. Norman
Cloe N. Perry
Savanna S. Preston
Alexander A. Ratzlaff
Kimberly N. Reiser
Kevin A. Rodriguez
Braden L. Seems
Teesa G. Sneddeker
Savannah R. Stubbs
Aelora J. Tash
Othel T. Traylor
Madison N. Valentine
Lesley A. Villa
Garrison L. Wortham
Yelmy J. Alvarez
Makaila L. Bergeron
Ariyanna T. Brown
Tensly D. Brown
Kari D. Crawford
Fauntella M. Crumble
Clay W. Eckert
Jarod D. Ferguson
Gracie O. Gaines
Betty J. Gonzalez
Celeste R. Graciano
Maria T. Gutierrez
Allison M. Harner
Isabel J. Heller
Baylee M. Henderson
Evan W. Jefferson
Avandre A. Jones
Brandon F. Manny
Josephine A. Mayo
Tyler P. McClay
Colten J. Miller
Isaiah L. Miller
Ashlee K. Orrison
Madeline K. Schreiber
Zackery M. Tippie
Reis M. Wallace
Dominic J. Wilkinson
named HHS cross country coach
long-time runner, Adam Willis knows dedication to the activity is a key to
success. He knows there’s one other key.
has been named the Hutchinson High School head cross country coach for the
2015-16 school year. Willis, a technology teacher at Hutchinson Middle School –
8, takes over for long-time coach Lisa Bonds, who stepped down after the 2014
philosophy is that you have to work hard and be dedicated in order to be good,
but you have to have fun at it,” Willis said Wednesday. “Finding ways to make
it fun for kids is one of my goals.”
has considerable running experience himself. He was a three-time all-stater at
Class 3A Hoisington High School, placing 20th, second and third in
the state. He ran collegiately at Butler County Community College and at
Pittsburg State University.
While at Butler, he was an All
American, placing 20th, and was a member of the second place NJCAA
He also was an assistant coach for
Pitt State’s 2007 national qualifying cross country team.
second year as an educator for the district, Willis knows some of the student
athletes he will coach next fall, which Eric Armstrong, district athletic
director, sees as an advantage.
Willis brings a successful background as a high school and collegiate cross
country runner,” Armstrong said. “I believe his knowledge and love of the sport
will enable him to build a strong rapport with our cross country athletes.
“Adam has been a teacher
and coach within the district for several years so he knows the kids in the
program as well as the students who will be coming up. I believe that will
be a big advantage in getting things off to a successful start this fall.”
his tenure in USD 308, Willis has been an assistant coach at HMS-8 for
volleyball and track. He’s also been a football coach and track coach, serving
as head track coach at Remington High School in 2013.
with Adam, I know he is excited to meet with the kids and set up workouts for
the summer,” Armstrong said. “It will be exciting to see how
Coach Willis leads the program in a new direction while
building upon a strong foundation created by Coach Bonds.”
available for Salthawk athletics
in Salthawk athletics?
an app for that.
for both the iOS and Android platforms, Hutchinson High School has joined the
National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association High School Sports
app allows schools to communicate sports information more effectively with the
community. The NIAAA app provides the school with mobile technologies common
with collegiate and professional sports teams and is a free service to the
school and the end user to download.
"Hutchinson High School is
excited for the launch of the NIAAA National High School Sports App,” said Eric
Armstrong, HHS athletic director. “Having one location for access to schedules,
rosters, news articles and broadcasts as well as links to our social media
accounts is an easy way to connect with our fans! The app is easy to use and
will be a popular download for Salthawk fans and alumni all over the
include schedules, scores, rosters, news, social media and live broadcasts. The app also sends automated alerts with final
scores after games. In the future, fans will have the ability to listen to live
games anywhere on the planet on a smartphone.
app can be downloaded for free on the App Store for iOS and Google Play for
Android. Search for the keyword “NIAAA.”
Jackson, Hahn winter royalty
Seniors Levi Jackson and Alisia Hahn were crowned Salthawk winter royalty Friday (Feb. 13, 2014) during the Hutchinson High School vs. Salina South basketball games.
Other king candidates included Dylan Graves, Cody LaGreca, Blaik Middleton, Ryan Stoecklein and Turner Wintz.
Other queen candidates included Chelsea Bell, Jordan Downing, Halle Morris, Molly Proffitt and Miranda Stanley.
The final activity of homecoming week was a dance in the HHS Cafeteria after Friday’s games.
HHS students honored in Scholastic Art
Four Hutchinson High School students were recognized in the 2015 Scholastic Art Awards Program.
Awards went to:
- Jacelyn Chambers, senior, Silver Key for painting
- Terrence Robinson, senior, Silver Key for portfolio (submission of a body of eight pieces of work)
- Kara Vaughn, junior, Honorable Mention for painting
- Emily Idler, senior, Honorable Mention in ceramics
Winners have their work on display at The Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 East Central in Wichita, through March 8.
Silver Key and Honorable Mention award winners will be recognized at an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Wichita Center for the Arts.
For more information, contact Deb Ringler, art educator at HHS, by calling (620) 615-4100.
Nominations open for Davis TOY
Parents and community members are encouraged to nominate a Hutchinson Public Schools teacher for one of the Davis Teacher of the Year Awards.
The James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation will grant five awards this year for outstanding classroom teachers. Two will be selected from grades K-6, one from grades 7 and 8, and two from Hutchinson High School. Teachers must be currently serving in the Hutchinson Public School system to receive consideration. Administrators and other non-classroom and non-teaching personnel are not eligible to receive these awards.
To obtain a form, go to http://tinyurl.com/mxg5jss
Deadline for nominations is March 11.
HHS forensics wins Kapaun tournament
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad began the 2015 season in style winning Saturday’s invitational at Kapaun Mount Carmel in Wichita.
Hutchinson High School won the sweepstakes trophy at Kapaun Saturday (Jan. 24, 2015), given to the top team in the invitational.
In duo interpretation, the Salthawks placed three of the top six entries with Makenna Smutz and Laura Miller placing first, Julia Hardenburger and Ashlyn Foster placing second and Taylan Hayes and Nina Beaver placing sixth.
ger, Foster, Smutz and Miller qualified to state in duo. Additionally, the tournament was the first ever for Hardenburger and Foster.
In prose, HHS also cleared three of the top six entries with Smutz placing first, Jake Lemonds placing second and Hardenburger placing fifth. Smutz and Lemonds qualified for state in prose with their finishes.
In humorous interp, the Salthawks cleared two entries with Austin Heinlein placing first and Lemonds placing second. Both qualified for state.
Also placing in their events were Brooke Manny placing sixth in oration and Heinlein placing sixth in impromptu speaking.
“This was a fantastic way to start the season,” said Zach Brown, head forensics and debate coach at HHS. “We'll keep working hard to improve to keep up our winning ways.”
This weekend, HHS competes at Buhler and Goddard Eisenhower.
Wall of Honor to induct three
The 16th class of the Wall of Honor at Hutchinson High School features a trio of HHS alumni.
The 2015 honorees are Stanley Murdock, class of 1966; Sandy Woodson, class of 1968; and Dr. Terry McElwain, class of 1970.
Sponsored by the HHS Alumni Association, in cooperation with HHS Student Council, the group will be honored during a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the HHS Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend as the groups celebrate three individuals who have dedicated their lives to making Hutchinson and the world a better place.
Tickets for the banquet are $10 each and can be purchased weekdays at the HHS main office, 810 East 13th, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
These three honorees formally will take their place on the Wall of Honor during the HHS varsity boys’ basketball game against McPherson on Friday, Feb. 20. Tipoff for the game is about 7:30 p.m.
HHS places in Class 6A state debate
The Hutchinson High School debate team placed third, fourth and fifth in the Class 6A state two-speaker division Saturday (Jan. 17, 2015) at Derby High School.
Sydni Huxman and Brennan Schartz won three elimination debates at the tournament, advancing to semifinals and placed third. The seniors were closely followed by Riley Crane and LaKiyah Sain, who won two elimination debates and advanced to quarterfinals, where they placed fourth. The team of Zoe Crater and Julia Henry won their first elimination debate and finished in 5th place. All three HHS two-speaker teams entered in the tournament advanced to elimination rounds.
Additionally, the four-speaker squad competed and finished with its best placing in several years. The four-speaker team was comprised of Emily Fan, Makenna Smutz, Brooke Manny, Siynatee McGraw, Shelby Bergeron and Annie Blake.
“Across the state, the consensus among coaches and judges is that this year has been one of the most competitive and talented classes of debaters at all levels in at least the last decade,” said Zach Brown, HHS head debate and forensics coach. “This makes our accomplishments all the more impressive. The varsity debaters placed at every tournament where they competed, winning two tournaments. Varsity debate teams qualified to nationals, placed third at DCI (Debate Coaches Invitational) and traveled over 1,500 miles across the state to compete.”
For Brown, 2014-15 was his first year as head coach.
“As a first year coach, the accomplishments of the entire team at all levels is beyond my wildest expectations,” he said. “I knew that when I joined this team that I was going to be part of something special, and these students have amazed me at every opportunity.”
Brown and his students have little time off. HHS begins its forensics season on this weekend at Kapaun Mount Carmel High school in Wichita.
HHS thespians shine at conference
The Hutchinson High School thespian troupe received numerous awards and recognition at last week’s Kansas Thespian Conference in Wichita.
The HHS troupe as a whole, received the Gold Honor Troupe award. This is given to schools who complete certain criteria such as shows, types of shows and community service projects.
Individually, Terrence Robinson received one of 11 $1,000 Thespian Scholarships for his work both in shows and as a contributing member of the HHS troupe.
Isaac Glover auditioned and was cast in the first-ever all state musical James and the Giant Peach. More than 65 students from across the state of Kansas auditioned and only 20 were cast. Mariah Michaelis, meanwhile, interviewed and was accepted as a theatre technician for the all-state musical.
The group will be performing James and the Giant Peach at the conference next year and will have it adjudicated in the hopes of taking it to International Thespian conference in June 2016.
Additionally, four seniors – Terrence Robinson, Blake Zwickl, Austin Heinlein and Carley Miller – auditioned and interviewed for colleges in acting and tech. The seniors received numerous callbacks from colleges in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Finally, one of the HHS charades teams won third place in competitive charades.
Tobie Henline is drama teacher at HHS.
HHS debate team qualifies for nationals
A Hutchinson High School debate team qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association’s nationals in June at Dallas.
Seniors LaKiyah Sain and Riley Crane qualified as one of two teams from the West Kansas District Saturday at a tournament in McPherson.
As a team, HHS was represented well with Sain and Crane placing second, Sydni Huxman and Brennan Schartz placing fourth, and Julia Henry and Zoe Crater placed eighth.
Saturday, HHS competes in the Class 6A regional four-speaker debate tournament at Wichita East High School. The top two teams out of the tournament qualify for the four-speaker state tournament in January at Derby. Kansas offers state competition in both four-speaker and two-speaker debate.
Zach Brown is head debate and forensics coach for the Salthawks.
Shaban named HHS royalty
Sotelo was crowned king and Sara Shaban was crowned queen for fall 2014
Homecoming at Hutchinson High School during Friday’s football game with Garden
finalists for king were Brooks Armstrong, Cody Coonce, Spencer Cox, Colton
Harper and Josh Patterson. Other finalists for queen were Madison Brady, Shayla
DeGarmo, Taylor Engel, Baylee Heitschmidt and Lyric Martin.
Homecoming festivities concluded with
a dance Saturday night.
elected as state thespian officer
Hutchinson High School senior
Terrence Robinson was elected to a statewide office with the Kansas Thespians.
a weekend meeting of Kansas Thespians, Robinson was elected as one of state
thespian officers with the group. As an officer, Robinson will be responsible for
introducing shows and making sure the annual conference in January at Wichita
runs smoothly from a student perspective.
conference typically draws from 1,200 to 1,400 high school theater students
from around Kansas each year.
Thespians is the state affiliate with the Educational Theatre Association.
HHS debate wins at Blue Valley North
Hutchinson High School seniors placed first in the Blue Valley North Invitational in suburban Kansas City Saturday.
Seniors Sydni Huxman and Brennan Schartz had a perfect 5-0 record in preliminary rounds, advancing to the elimination debates as the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament. The pair then won their three championship rounds to go 9-0 and win varsity (top) division of the tournament.
Seniors Riley Crane and LaKiyah Sain had a 4-1 record in preliminary rounds and lost in the quarterfinal round to place fourth. Crane captured his second speaker award of the season, placing sixth.
Juniors Julia Henry and Emily Fan had a 4-1 record in preliminary rounds, and lost in the octofinal round to place fifth. Henry also was named the eighth best individual speaker at the tournament out of a field of 120 individual debaters.
“Our success this weekend is the result of an outstanding team effort,” said Zach Brown, HHS head debate coach. “Sydni and Brennan could not have had the success that they did if it weren't for the efforts of all debaters on the team to be there to practice and discuss arguments during the week, provide the newest and most updated evidence before each round, and be there to give moral support and to join them in celebrating their accomplishments.”
Overall, HHS’ combined record of 13-2 in preliminary rounds placed the squad third overall in the tournament’s sweepstakes competition. HHS placed third, despite having entries in only one of three divisions at the tournament. The varsity division featured 60 of the top Kansas teams.
HHS also competed at Derby, Buhler and Andover Central over the weekend.
The Salthawks travel to Garden City for an invitational Friday and Saturday.
squad in top 100
The Hutchinson High School debate
and forensics program has been named one of the top 100 schools nationally by
the National Speech & Debate Association.
Hutchinson High School ranked 61st
out of more than 3,000 schools nationwide in the organization, which until this
year was known as the National Forensics League.
Members earn points and degrees
through the honor society, based on competitive and service-related activities,
ranging from the degree of merit with 25 points to the degree of premier distinction
with 1,500 or more points.
addition to the group honor, HHS had four students – two graduates from 2013-14
and two seniors for the 2014-15 school year -- named as National Speech &
Debate Association All Americans for 2013-14.
graduate Brett Krambeer was 40th nationally on the All-American list
for 2013-14 with 2,829 points. HHS senior LaKiyah Sain was 64th
nationally last year with 2,645 points. Salthawk graduate Dayton Lamunyon was 110th
at 2,411 points. HHS senior Syndi Huxman was 146th at 2,251 points.
top 150 students each year are named All Americans out of the more than 130,000
students and coaches in the organization.
Brown coaches debate and forensics at HHS.