Warhawk News

Information/Updates about Westerville Central High School

Message from Mr. Lanier

Warhawk Nation

Wow...this semester is flying past us at warp speed. It is hard to believe that we only have 3 1/2 weeks of school remaining before we celebrate the Class of 2019 when they cross the stage May 25 to accept their diplomas. May is jam packed with a lot of wonderful events. Please take a close look at this month's newsletter so you are in the know.

We have been discussing the importance of making good choices as we close the year. The following quote was shared with the building recently:

"Everything in life is a reflection of a choice you made. If you want a different result, make a different choice."

As the Class of 2019's time at Central nears the end, the students are certainly facing numerous choices about their future. Our family had two graduates last year, one from high school and another from college. I know the stress that comes along with the changes that are occurring during times of transition, especially when the choices are uncertain. All I can say is to stay calm; listen more than you talk; and trust your gut as it will never steer you wrong. Stay focused on your goals and be mindful of the choices you make to ensure that you are moving toward them instead of away from them.

Let's have great May!!

"It's Time to Soar Warhawks"

Mr. Lanier

Important Dates


29: GEM Awards. 6-8 p.m. @ WNHS. Ms. Farris from Central will be honored.


3-6: Spring Musical, "Hello Dolly." 7 p.m. Friday/Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday Matinee

6: New attendance reporting system begins.

6: Jazz Band/Orchestra Concert. 7:30 p.m.

8: Choir Concert. 7:30 p.m.

9: Band Concert. 7 p.m.

14: Evening of Excellence for the Class of 2019. This 7 p.m.

16: Senior Breakfast w/ Chris Cakes. 6:45 a.m. in the stadium. Senior moms volunteers.

17: Senior Walk. 1:55 p.m.

20: Senior trip to Cedar Point

21: Night of Reflection. 7 p.m.

21-23: 2nd semester final exams.

24: Graduation practice (mandatory, 8:30 a.m. @ Ohio Expo Center)

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

New Attendance Reporting System Begins May 6

Warhawk Nation. Starting May 6 Central will use a new attendance reporting system to help streamline the attendance process. Please carefully read the pdf below to learn more about how to report a student absence. It's super easy and convenient for families. Please do not hesitate to contact the school with questions about this new system.

Mr. Roshawn Parker joins Warhawk Nation

Pending Board of Education approval on May 6, Mr. Roshawn Parker will be joining WCHS as our next Assistant Principal.

Mr. Parker comes to us from Pickerington Local Schools, where for the last six years he has worked as an assistant principal at both the junior high and high school levels. He also brings six years of classroom teaching experience in the Columbus City Schools and Whitehall City Schools. Mr. Parker holds his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from The Ohio State University, as well as his Teacher Certification in English, his Master of Education in Educational Administration, and Superintendent License from Ashland University.

Central 'Top Ten' Students honored at the Kiwannis Academic Varsity Banquet

This year's Kiwannis Academic Varsity banquet was held April 17 at WNHS. Congratulations to the following students who represented Central as the school's Academic Varsity.

Jordan Mori

Callie Barry

Gianna Brooks

Maxwell James

Benjamin Middleton

Olivia Loesch

Sarah Wolfe

Briana McNeal

Not Pictured:

Camron Hubble

Jacob Yaussy

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AP Exam Schedule

Click the pdf below to view this year's AP Exam schedule.

Film by ESL Students at Westerville Central Chosen for Screening at Ohio Shorts Festival

A film created by seniors in Jodie Brown’s ESL Cultural Studies class at Westerville Central High School has been selected for screening at the Ohio Shorts Festival. Of 245 entries, just 21 films were chosen for viewing.

Brown’s pupils did their Capstone project on their experience of writing to state representative about the importance of alternate pathways for second language learners. They both advocated for themselves and made a short film about it, called The Graduates. The film can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/324214070 (Password: usa).

Ohio Shorts will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in the Film/Video Theater at the Wexner Center, which is located at 1871 North High Street in Columbus. A Jury Award ($500) and Audience Choice Award ($300) will be announced at the reception that follows the screening. Each entry selected for the showcase will receive a $50 screening fee in the form of a check on the night of the screening. Tickets cost $5 and the event usually sells out.

Mr. Adams Earns an A+ Award

Mr. Adams and his wife Pat attended the April 22 Board of Education meeting where Mr. Adams received an A+ Award from the district.
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April Students of the Month

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Class 2019 Name in Lights

Click the pdf below to learn how to honor your 2019 graduate by having their name displayed on the front electronic sign after graduation.

2019 Academic Booster Scholarship Award Winners

Top Academic Warhawk $1000- Sarah Wolfe

Top All Around Warhawk $1000- Kennedy Jacobsen

Top All Around Warhawk $1000- Kylie Collins

Top All Around Warhawk $1000 - Gianna Brooks

Top All Around Warhawk $1000- Michayla Brenning

Top All Around Warhawk $1000- Elisabeth Steele

Silver and Black Awards for $500

She Terria Sparks

Payton McCarthy

Maxwell James

Jordan Mori

Olivia Loesch

Shayla Ta

Malia White

Briana McNeal

Amber Hockstock

Allison Saas

Cameron Hubble

Alexander Kennedy

Devin Smith

Safety Corner

Stop the Bleed Training Update:

Westerville Central High School senior Payton McCarthy wants to be a nurse. She plans to get her degree from The Ohio State University. She also possesses some stellar leadership skills, as evidenced by an event she organized for her school on April 2 – Stop the Bleed training for students, staff and parents. McCarthy received this type of training last summer at West Chester Hospital, where she was attending the Exploring Healthcare Careers Camp at the University of Cincinnati.

McCarthy first proposed her idea during a meeting of the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, conducted by Dr. John Kellogg to give students a voice in the Westerville City School District. She wrote and received a generous grant from the Westerville Education Foundation to buy 100 tourniquets which will be placed in the school’s EJAM Go Buckets, containers in every room that are filled with toiletries and first aid items to be used in case of a long-term emergency lock down.

McCarthy realized the tourniquets were of little value unless people knew how to use them, so she teamed up with Assistant Principal Brad Adams to bring Stop the Bleed training to Westerville Central. On April 2, medical professionals from OhioHealth, along with a number of Genoa Township firefighters, gathered in room 2301 to meet with and provide free training for 50 individuals in how to stop bleeding after an injury. A trauma surgeon from OhioHealth got the ball rolling with a slide show presentation, which was followed by hands-on practice for each participant.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. It is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. In response to increased gun violence and mass casualty events in the country, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security created “Stop the Bleed,” a national campaign to help improve survival from life-threatening bleeding.

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.

OCC Art Invitational Students Named

Westerville Central art students were recently named as participants in the OCC Art Show. Student artwork will be on display at the STRS building through the beginning of May. We are so proud of these students.

The artists are:

Taylor Downard, Elisabeth Steele, Morgan Meissner, and Kaila Aaron.

Westerville Summer Theatre Information

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.

2nd Semester Exam Schedule



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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