Warhawk News

Information/Updates about Westerville Central High School

Message from Mr. Lanier

Warhawk Nation

I want to share a quote from Abraham Lincoln that I read on the announcements recently; "Good things come to those who wait BUT only the things that are left by the people who HUSTLE." We are coming to the end of the 3rd grading period (March 8) and the emphasis in the building will be on making sure that we 'hustle' to the very end. We're asking our students to 'hustle' in the classroom and in living up to the CORE values that drive our daily mission (always do your best, be kind, and embrace uniqueness). We're asking the adults to 'hustle' in preparing engaging and exciting lessons along with holding ourselves to a high standard when it comes to modeling the CORE values. Please bare with us as we move into the spring testing season and our perseverance to 'hustle' is challenged. We know that by staying positive and working together we will finish the year strong and our 'hustle' will pay huge dividends.

Enjoy the March edition of the newsletter.

"It's Time to Soar Warhawks"

Mr. Lanier

Important Dates


1: District Wrestling tournament (4 p.m. @ Hilliard Darby)

2: District Wrestling tournament (Wrestle backs begin at 9 a.m.|@ Hilliard Darby).

District Bowling tournament (10 a.m. @ HP Lanes)

5: Choir concert (7:30 p.m. in the theater)

6: SAT test administered to students in the Class of 2020 (adjusted bell schedule with a double

bus run. Non-testing students should report at the later start time).

Jazz Band and Orchestra Concert (7:30 p.m. in the theater)

7: Symphonic/Concert Band Concert (7:30 p.m. in the theater)

8: End of the 3rd grading period

Poetry Out Loud State Competition (5 p.m. @ King Arts Center )

12: NHS Induction Ceremony

14: Early Release (adjusted bell schedule)

Winter Sports Recognition Assembly (6:00 p.m. in the theater)

25-29: Spring Break (No school)

Information for Class of 2019

Senior Dates: (Mark your Calendars)

May 14: Evening of Excellence (7 p.m. by invitation)

May 16: Senior Breakfast w/ Chris Cakes (6:45 a.m. in the stadium)

May 17: Senior Walk (1 p.m.)

May 20: Cedar Point Trip

May 21: Night of Reflection (7 p.m.)

May 24: Graduation practice (mandatory, TBA @ Ohio Expo Center)

May 25: Graduation Ceremony (10 a.m. @ Ohio Expo Center)

Central to Administer the SAT March 6

Students in the Class of 2020 will take a free administration of the SAT March 6. Students have access to free SAT prep courses that can be tailored to meet their needs based upon their PSAT scores from the test they took in October this past fall. Click the link below to learn more about how to connect your student's scores to Khan Academy and start the SAT prep process.

Students in the Class of 2021 also took the PSAT this past fall and have access to the same free SAT prep offered to our Juniors.

Feel free to contact your student's School Counselor to find out more details.

SAT Bell Schedule: March 6

7:30-11:15: SAT test administration for Class of 2020 students only. *

11:20-11:45: 2nd period/HR

11:50-12:20: 4th Period

12:25-12:55: 5th Period

1:00-1:30: 6th Period

1:35-2:05: 7th Period

* There is a double bus run available. Non-testing students should plan to ride the 2nd bus run which will pick students up 3 hours later than their normal time. Students who walk or have their own transportation should not come in until 11:10 a.m.

Black History Month Program

Westerville Central celebrated Black History Month with it's annual educational program the evening of February 13th. This year's program was called 'Social Justice' and it featured Central students reciting their own spoken word poetry; a historical re-enactment of the Little Rock Nine students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, AR, in 1957; and a lot of singing and dancing performances that moved the audience. A powerful contemporary dance about the Trayvon Martin tragic shooting was performed by Kennedy Kandi and Ricky Hyatt. Central social studies teacher Kyle King and Central community member Demia Kandi served as the adviser and director of this year's program. The dynamic duo of Mr. King and Mrs. Kandi have worked together on this program for the past four years and strive the make the experience educational and uplifting for all involved. Over 70 students were involved in the production of the program and collaborated with Mr. King and Mrs. Kandi to ensure that the goals for the program were met.

Emily Enyame competes in the Poetry Out Loud State Competition

Central junior Emily Enyame is set to compete in the Poetry Out Loud State Competition Friday, March 8, at the King Arts Complex in downtown Columbus. Emily will recite 3 poems from memory, one of which is a 19th Century poem that is very challenging. Emily is working with Ms. Farris and several English teachers to prepare for the Friday's competition. The winner of Friday's recitations will move on to compete at the national competition in Washington D.C. where they can win scholarships to a college of their choosing. Central wishes Emily the best of luck in effort to bring the title to Central!!
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School Safety Corner

Central conducted an intruder response drill February 28. Students and staff were informed of the situation and then worked through their response protocol based upon the information that was shared with them. The Central administrators and safety committee continue to research using a communication tool provided by Navigate Prepared that allows for mass communication and accounting for students efficiently in the case of an emergency. The students and staff performed very well during the drill and the feedback from their experience continues to help improve our response to safety issues that arise.

Central is also excited to announce that we are bringing a safety training called "Stop the Bleed" to our school April 2. Senior Payton McCarthy took the training earlier this year and thought that it would be a good idea to bring it to Central. Payton worked with Assistant Principal, Brad Adams, to coordinate the training for staff and students. The program trains people to provide basic medical care in the event of an emergency.

Sunshine Rotary Student of the Month

Congratulations to March Sunshine Rotary Student of the Month Briana McNeal.

Briana McNeal was named as a Lymphoma Society Student Leader this year. She is leading a fundraising team that has set a goal to raise $25,000 for cancer research. Briana and her team will sell "Warhawk Life Saver" t-shirts for $10 beginning Monday, February 4, under the Hawk's Nest during lunches. In addition her team will host a fundraising event at Melt Bar and Grill at their Short North and Easton locations February 14. Download the attached Melt flyer and bring it with you to eat in order for 20% of the cost of the meal to be donated to the cause. All the proceeds raised by Briana's team will be donated at the end of the school year to the Lymphoma Society.

Central students are doing great things to support their community!!

Chick-Fil-A Scholarship Award Winner

The folks from Chick-Fil-A, along with their cow mascot, stopped by Central recently to surprise Kendall Allen with the news that she had won a $2,500 scholarship to college from the company. The scholarship is renewable from year-to-year. Kendall is an active member of the Warhawk community and brings a positive energy to Central everyday. Congratulations Kendall on this well deserved honor.
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Academic Boosters Update

Warhawk Nation receives tremendous support from our Academic Booster organization. This group of community parents work throughout the year to raise funds for our students and staff at Central.

Some highlights of what this group supports includes:

* College Scholarships: Over $30k in scholarships were awarded to students in the class of '18 this past school year.

* Educator Grants: Teachers at Central can apply for $$$ to support cool ideas and programs in their classrooms that benefit our students.

* Purchase the awards for the Underclassmen Awards Night and the Senior Evening of Excellence events.

* Sponsor the Student of the Month program that recognizes students throughout the school year for their excellence in doing their best, exhibiting kindness, and embracing uniqueness in themselves and others.

* Conduct several Teacher Appreciation events throughout the school year.

* Sponsor the Senior breakfast during Senior Week in May.

Please consider supporting this group by joining the Boosters and volunteering some of your time. Single membership costs just $5 and family membership costs $10. Many hands make light work!! Click the links below to learn more about the great work that our Academic Boosters do for Warhawk Nation and where to buy your Warhawk Spirit gear for the '18-'19 school year.

February Students of the Month

Salih Warsama: World Language (Spanish)

Emily Enyame: Media Center/ELA

Katherine Birath: World Language (French)

Jessica Rodriguez: ELA

Justus Roper: Business

Lea Ware: Math

Abrar Al Ibrahemm: English Language Learners

Kerrington Mack: Instrumental Music

Laura Wolfe: Science

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Athletics Info

Please visit our Athletic Webpage for the latest in Warhawk Athletic News and upcoming contests.

Athletic Director Andy Ey at eya@westerville.k12.oh.us.

Central Bowling Teams Win District Titles

Westerville Central's domination of the district bowling tournament continued March 2 when both the girls and boys teams took home district championship titles. Both teams will compete in the State tournament March 8-9 at Wayne Webb Lanes in south Columbus. The girls tournament is Friday and the boys will bowl Saturday to see if Central can add to the State Championship won by the boys in 2017. Best of luck to both teams.

Pins & Wins

Nick DeRose dedicated this season to raise money for military veterans. Nick gathered sponsors that donated money for every pin and win that he had during this year's wrestling season. Nick raised over $1,000 in donation money for this worthy cause. Congratulations Nick!!

Boys and Girls basketball celebrate their Seniors.

Warhawk Lady Swimmers make waves at the State Meet

Central's Warhawk lady swimmers had a highly successful state meet this past weekend including 3 top 10 finishes!! Central placed 19th in the State as a team. Macey Swearingen placed 15th in the 100 free and 9th in the 100 backstroke; Kiah Smith (9th grader) was 9th in the 50 free and broke the 24 second mark; the 200 free relay team of Kaila Aaron, Sophia Antonetz, Kiah Smith and Macey Swearingen took 10th. The relay moved up 4 spots from their seeding from 14th to 10th!! Congratulations to all of our Warhawk swimmers and their coaches on a great season.

Girls Volleyball make a donation to Volley for the Cure

Central's Girls' Volleyball team raised money for the non-profit organization "Volley for the Cure" this past season. Their fund raising efforts came in at $750 that they presented to the organization earlier this month. Another great example of Central students giving back to the community.
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Congratulations to WCHS Girls Indoor Track State Qualifiers

Moriah Johnson, Kendall Allen, Mabinty Kebe, Taylor Hickman, and Kayla Jones each qualified to compete in the State Indoor track meet held at Spire Fieldhouse the weekend of March 1-3. They are excited to get the outdoor season started as well. #hawkssoar

Hoops with the Hawks Fundraiser


Central staff took part in the Westerville Area Bowlathon that took place February 16 at the Columbus Bowling Palace. The team of Mrs. Wucinich, Ms. Guice, Mrs. Lemmon, Mrs. Johnson, and Mr. Kloepfer represented the School Counseling department and they took on the team of Mr. Ey, Mr. McIlwain, Mr. Nickel, and Mr. Lanier in an epic competition. The School counseling department defeated the administrators (Counselors had 1 extra bowler) by 3 pins!! Money raised from the event supports the Westerville Education Foundation, the Westerville Symphony, and the Westerville Scholarship Foundation.
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Registration Update

Central's school counseling team is in the final stages of meeting with students in grades 9-11 to finalize student course requests for the 2019-2020 school year. Students will receive a final verification form with their list of requests that both the student and parent will need to sign and return to confirm their final choices. The verification forms are due back to the counseling office no later than March 22. Families are encouraged to discuss the class selections with their student(s) to ensure that the courses chosen meet the needs of the student(s). The course schedule is developed based upon student course selections and changes to requests will be limited when students and staff return to school for schedule pick-up in August.

Winter Graduation

Congratulations to the seven students who earned their high school diploma this winter. Two students attended the ceremony at the February 25 board meeting, Anthony Johnson and Christian Smith celebrated their accomplishment with their friends and family.

Student Education Foundation

Students from Central are working with Colleen Moidu from the Westerville Education foundation to form the district's first ever Student Education Foundation (SEF). The goal for the the SEF is to provide students in the district with the opportunity to take their ideas for improving their schools and community and turn them into action and impact by connecting them with financial resources to make their action possible. Students from all three high schools came together February 7 and again February 28 to organize the group and examine some initial grant proposals. Assistant Principal Eric Nickel is working closely with the students from Central and Mrs. Moidu on this project.

Attendance Info

Students who attend school regularly will experience greater success than students who have poor attendance. Helping students with attendance issues is a team effort that includes the family, school counselors, administration and health care providers. Proactive communication around attendance will help the team work together to support students in their efforts to be successful in their academic experience.

Please find some helpful hints from our attendance clerk below to help get the school year started off on the right foot:

Attendance Office Phone #: 614-797-6820

Please call when you know that your student is going to be absent from school for any reason.


Occasionally students have a medical or dental appointment during school hours. In the event that such an appointment is necessary, the following procedure must be used or that student will be considered unexcused: A note from the parent/guardian prior to the appointment is appropriate. A phone call/voice mail message at least 1 hour prior to the student’s necessary dismissal time is acceptable. Parental/guardian calls and notes must be specific about the reason for and the time of the appointment and the approximate time of return. Prior to leaving the building, the student must stop in the attendance office to sign out. Upon return, the student must sign in to the attendance office and bring verification of his/her doctor, dentist, or court appointment.

Thanks for your help in helping us track your child's attendance.


Communication is a key fundamental in making sure that your student has all that they need to be successful in their high school experience. Please visit your PowerSchool account and update your phone numbers and email contact information to make sure that receive information from Central in a timely manner.

Central will use the following means of communication throughout the year:

* Daily announcements are found on our webpage.

* School Messenger: School wide messages will be delivered via phone calls and emails through our School Messenger account.

* Newsletter: I will send a monthly newsletter (Warhawk News) updating Warhawk Nation about the great things our students and staff are doing during the school year. The newsletter is electronic and will be emailed and distributed via Twitter.

* Remind 101: To receive text messages directly, consider signing up for Central's Remind 101 service. It's easy...text @6k39d7 to 81010.

* Twitter: Consider following me on Twitter @ThomasWLanier. I share lots of fun events and great pics about Warhawk Nation via Twitter. Be sure to tweet @ThomasWLanier and use the hashtag, #hawkssoar when you see great things that our Warhawks are doing.

Let's Hustle!!

Mr. Lanier visited Mrs. Perry's students to talk about what it means to 'hustle' and have a positive attitude. The talk ended by sharing a Warhawk fist bump with one another and a promise to help each other keep a positive attitude.
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Tom Lanier, Principal

Brad Adams, Assistant Principal

Nick McIlwain, Assistant Principal

Eric Nickel, Assistant Principal

Andy Ey, Athletic Director

School Counselors:

Monica Johnson, Counselor A-CO

Jim Kloepfer, Counselor CR-HE

Megan Lemmon, Counselor HI-ME

Erica Guice, Counselor MI-SA

Carrie Ackermann, Counselor SC-Z

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