Dear WGSD Community,
For many of us in the education business, the end of the school year always brings a wide range of emotions as our children, and often colleagues, transition to something new and different. Graduation signifies this transition for high school seniors. It was a joy to see the emotions on the faces of seniors as they approached the stage to receive their diplomas and think about the unique journey each took to arrive at that point. Every bit as fulfilling was watching the reactions from loved ones who were present for that special moment.
In addition to honoring the individual journeys of the students who walked across the stage, the class of 2018 as a group had much to celebrate. Here is a sampling of the academic honors shared that evening:
- 47 members of the Class of 2018 graduated with an accumulated GPA of 4.0 or higher.
- 246 graduated with an accumulated GPA of 3.00 or higher (71% of the class).
- The Class of 2018 has 6 students recognized through the National Merit competition, and 52 who received recognition for scoring 31 or higher on the ACT test.
- Two members of this class were recognized as being among the top 100 scholars in the State of Missouri.
- 242 students earned at least one scholarship to various colleges and universities.
- More than 103 of our students can receive tuition reimbursement from any public community college in the state because Webster Groves High School is an A+ School.
- Overall, this class earned scholarships totaling over $31.5 million dollars, a number you will not find in many high schools!
The accomplishments of the senior class, individually and collectively, are noteworthy. Congratulations first to them, and to district staff, parents, and all who supported them along the way in the WGSD.
Lastly, this graduation will be remembered for the sustained, standing ovation offered to Dr. Jon Clark and Dr. John Raimondo. They are two extraordinary human beings and school leaders who were participating in the final high school graduation ceremony of their careers, each retiring June 30. Dr. Jon Clark was participating in his 22nd ceremony at WGHS, the 15th as high school principal, and Dr. John Raimondo was participating in his 28th graduation ceremony at WGHS, the 24th as assistant or associate principal. We will forever remember and be thankful for these two wonderful people and leaders, and the positive and lasting effect they’ve had on WGHS and the district community.
Each child, Each day…John
- Congratulations to Catie Barnes (Steger) and Kelaiah Killmade (WGHS) who were 2 of 21 students to receive Rosemary Zander Awards through Special School District this year. To learn more of their accomplishments, click the following link and then their names: https://goo.gl/8YuUiA.
- Senior Chris Moore was recently named “Tops at Tech,” the big South Tech High award, for his achievements at the school. He also recently came in first at state in SkillsUSA’s internetworking competition in Springfield. He will participate in the national event this month.
- Congratulations to Hixson Middle School’s Book Battle team! The Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle, held at Pattonville Heights Middle School, was a trivia style competition where participants read 20 novels and answer tricky and detailed questions about those books. This year, Hixson took 2nd place out of 42 schools! Team members include Abby Fitzgerald, Cate Curtis, Eva Vognild, Maya Ensor, Molly O’Neill, Elisabeth de Foy, Nora Jennings and Chloe Topel.
- Hixson Middle School held a “Purple Tie Ceremony” for students who had participated in the Boyz 2 Men group. The club introduces positive role models for the students and encourages them to reach their full potential.
- Congratulations to Avery students Ruthie Helton (Kindergarten) and Brynn Aranda (1st Grade) who finished in the top 3 of the 2018 Diverse-City Art Competition! “DAP’s Diverse-City Art Competition gives students the opportunity to express, through art, their understanding and awareness of diversity and inclusion within their communities and schools.”
- Of the 36 seniors who participated in the Webster challenge, 33 have received college scholarships. A handful of these students are pictured below wearing a shirt with the college or university they’ll be attending.
- Congratulations to WGHS Senior Anthony Brown who was awarded a top scholar athlete for Missouri by the National Football Foundation. In the fall, Anthony will continue as a scholar/athlete at Washington University where he’ll major in engineering and play football.
- Ten choir students were selected to compete at the MSHSAA State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Singers represented WGHS well and received 5 Gold ratings and 1 Silver rating:
- GOLD SATB ensemble: Rachel Fisher(11), Olivia Bickford(11), Nicolaus Braun(11), and Mitchell Lazarow(12)
- GOLD SSAA ensemble: Rachel Fisher(11), Keillyn Johnson(12), Bekah Kinworthy(10), and Olivia Bickford(11)
- SILVER TTBB ensemble: Aidan Jurotich(11), Ray McIntyre(11), Sam Toskin(11), and Mitchell Lazarow(12)
- GOLD vocal solos: Reagan Austin(9) and Aidan Jurotich(11)
- Congratulations to our band students for their amazing performances at the State Solo and Ensemble competition:
- Solos Awarded Gold:
- Taylor Howard, clarinet
- Nita Isom, clarinet
- Myah Frank, flute
- Jessica Powell, trombone
- Jack Snelling bassoon
- Ray Wetzel-Meehan, trumpet
- Evan Palmer, trombone
- Sam Swaine, alto sax
- Ensembles Awarded Gold:
- Myah Frank, Nita Isom, Jack Snelling – woodwind trio
- Myah Frank, Maggie Stevison, Nita Isom, Barrett Light and Jack Snelling – woodwind quintet
- Nicole Preston, Kathryn Heddens-Kocher, Taylor Howard – Woodwind Trio
- Ray Wetzel-Meehan, Matt Muldoon, Samantha Weber, Max McArthur, and Ben Wieselmann – Brass Quintet
- Ensembles Awarded Silver:
- Sam Swaine, Sarah Kaul, Henry Tomiser, and Larissa Striber – Sax Quartet
- Solos Awarded Gold:
- Congratulations to our orchestra students who played in five events at the State level. Results as follows:
- Gold Rating:
- Brady Chrisler, Terry Johnson, and Jeremy Ling, violin trio
- Alex Bird, Anna Bussler, Jeremy Ling and Beady Chrisler, violin quartet Jeremy Ling, violin solo
- Hope Johnson—cello solo
- Silver Rating:
- Anna Bussler, violin solo
- Gold Rating:
- Our WG Climbing team won another competition last Friday. This propelled them to an overall team season top rope championship. They beat out a dozen area high school teams to take the season title by over 200 points in the inaugural climbing season competition
- Songwriter / producer Kelsie Johnson (JuiiX) recently made her first big break in the music industry. In January of 2018, the 24-year-old native of Saint Louis, Mo and Webster Groves HS Graduate sold her original song, Payroll, aired on May 2 in Season 4 of the #1 hit Fox series Empire. In February 2018, she signed a production deal with Fox to make music for both Empire and Star television shows. Payroll is now available to download on all media outlets including Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, iTunes and Amazon music.
- The drama department is proud to share that they have been awarded a grant to produce Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the fall. This grant was awarded to only 2 schools in the nation! The grant awards our school with the rights and royalties waived for the production and saves our department a great deal of money. The grant was written by Sam Toskin, and the show will be produced by students and staff!
- High School marketing students and teacher Kara Siebe organized the 17th annual Jim Schoemehl run held early May. The event attracted 443 runners and the students will be able to donate $14,000 to the ALS Association and a local family with a member who has ALS.
- The WGSD School Board earned the Missouri School Boards’ Association 2018 Governance Team Award which recognizes the value of ongoing learning for continuous improvement.
- The 2018 WGHS Senior Class earned over $31.5 million dollars in scholarships!
- Congratulations to our WGHS ECHO (journalism) students. JournalismSTL released its contest results.
- Superior Ratings:
- Ashli Wagner(12), Ethan Weihl(10), Leor Shomroni(12), Ryan Waelterman(12). Evelyn Trampe(11), and Elise Keller(10) for their feature copy “Webster staff members reminisce about prom.”
- Excellent ratings:
- Lindsey Bennett(10) and Emily Stisser(10) for their sports broadcast “Volleyball team remembers student, brings awareness”
- Wagner(12) for her news photo “Community members march in honor of MLK”
- Riley Mullgardt(12) for her news photo “Senior waits for Eclipse”
- Honorable mentions:
- Evelyn Trampe(11) and Sean Mullins(11) for their feature broadcast “Student Council representatives attend state convention”
- Cole Schnell(11) for his commentary copy “Act should be passed to protect student journalists”
- Sean Mullins(11) for his commentary copy “Electric Retrospective – Playtime’s Over: The Rise and Fall of Toys to Life”
- Natalie Johnson(12), Caroline Fellows(12) and Ashli Wagner(12) and Cole Schnell(11) for their commentary copy “More should be done to prevent sexual harassment”
- Trinity Madison(11) and Colin Shue(10) for their special projects broadcast “Students, staff discuss Halloween costumes,”
- Natalie Johnson(12) for her news photo “Senior participates in BLM movement”
- Caroline Fellows(12) for her feature photo “A cappella juniors perform duet”
- Caroline Fellows(12), Ashli Wagner(12), Natalie Johnson(12) and Cole Schnell(11) for their news feature copy “Students, staff recognize sexism at WGHS.”
- Superior Ratings:
- Webster Groves High School Principal Jon Clark is retiring at the end of this year. In lieu of gifts, we are accepting donations to the Jon Clark Student Support Fund, acct.780. This fund will allow students with financial need the opportunity to participate in field trips, experiential learning opportunities and other school experiences.
- Check out the WGSD vs KSD “Foundation Cup” event coming October 7! https://www.wgsdfoundation.org/golf-tournament-2018.html
- If you haven’t downloaded the Webster Groves SD app yet, head to the app store and do so now!
- Here are the 18-19 and 19-20 WGSD School Calendars:
- The Webster Groves School District understands the importance of communication as we work together to improve our schools. To help us improve our communication practices, we’ve created a brief survey to help determine how and what residents would like to hear from us as well as what we need to do to gather information to ensure that all voices are heard. Please help us by providing your valuable input. You can find the survey at the link below. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, June 16.