Western High School, Russiaville, Indiana
January proved to be a challenging month for Western High School, as weather delays and call-offs threw a wrench into our usual school days. Despite these obstacles, the resilience and adaptability of the students, staff, and parents shone through. Whether it was adjusting to last minute changes in school related activities or finding alternative ways to stay productive during closures, the WHS community pulled through together with the spirit of cooperation and understanding.
As January draws to a close, WHS is not only wrapping up its winter sports season but also gearing up for the intense competition of the IHSAA Tournament. It's a testament to the dedication and hard work of our student-athletes and coaches that they've persevered through the challenges of their seasons thus far.
To all those involved in making January a month of resilience and flexibility, thank you. Your patience, cooperation, and positive attitude have made a difference in navigating the unpredictable weather and scheduling disruptions. As we look ahead to February, let's continue to support one another and strive for success in all sports, competitions, and activities our school participates in. Good luck to our Choir, Band, Welding Team, and sports teams competing in ISSMA, IHSAA Tournaments, or events - your Western High School community is behind you every step of the way!
WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL
Elementary Students Get a Taste of STEM
Industrial Technology teacher Mr. Turner hosted a group of 5th graders and showed them some of the projects in his class.
Students Learn about the French Culture through Characters
Mr. Bowers gave his students a real-life look at some famous characters in French history and fiction. During the month of January, he dressed as a character from a novel, movie, or historical period.
Robotics Team Gears Up for March Competition - One Participant's Perspective
Panther Tech (Robotics club) is an experience for all to enjoy. There is a job for anyone and everyone; if you are more hands on then you will shine in building and creating the materials fitting the robot with the metal it needs, or adjusting such components so it will fit on the robot. If you are more interested in the tech side of robotics, then you can help program and implement devices inside the robot. If you are interested in playing online games and sports, then driving and controlling the robot is a perfect role for you. You watch as weeks worth of training and hard work come together to form a masterpiece to put in the test during competition day. Competition day is a day where everything that you worked on gets put to the test in various tasks. These competitions help us view how we can adjust our robot for next year and improve upon the design. Now, lend a hand, and put your teamwork, mechanical, engineering, design, and driving skills to test and join Panther Tech, where you and your friends can have fun building and designing robots, because Panther Tech is a lot more than just robotics.
Hardarsh Basraon, 10
FFA Hosts District V Volleyball Tournament
Mr. Spurgeon and members of FFA hosted an evening of volleyball and games for FFA members from other schools in their district.
APC - Why I Chose This Class
If you're a student at Western High School looking to challenge yourself and live an overall healthier lifestyle, then you should consider enrolling in the Advanced Physical Conditioning (APC) class taught by Mr. Stewart (below with McKitrick), our dedicated and knowledgeable football coach. In APC, Mr. Stewart creates a structured weightlifting program where you lift four times a week, focusing on upper body strength for two days and lower body for the other two, ensuring a balanced approach to muscle development. At the start of each semester, Mr. Stewart conducts baseline tests for key exercises, including the squat, bench press, power clean, alongside assessments of your vertical jump and 40-yard dash time to measure your athletic progress. Not only does this class offer you the opportunity to build strength and power, but you also will learn proper techniques and gain knowledge about physical health that will benefit you long after high school. By joining APC, you're almost guaranteed to make progress in your sports or overall health, while being supported by a coach who truly cares about student development.
Matthew McKitrick, 10
HANNA JACKSON In her first year at Western High School, Mrs. Jackson not only planned a new curriculum but also planned a wedding. She got married on December 16, 2023. Mrs. Jackson is from Illinois and attended the University of Evansville, where she studied History. Although this is her first year at WHS, Mrs. Jackson has taught for seven years. One of her goals this year is that the students “grow as individuals by challenging and applying themselves and learn something new about themselves in the process.” Mrs. Jackson likes spending time with her pets, reading, and watching Formula One racing.
MELISSA HARNISH Whether you are a student, staff member, or faculty, one person in the building is the “go to” for questions, supplies, and needs: Mrs. Harnish. She has been a school secretary for 25 years, the past nine at WHS. As a stay-at-home mom, she decided to go to work in a school district when her boys started school so that she could be on the same schedule as they were. Mrs. Harnish loves to spend time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She enjoys working in the office at the high school (her “co-workers are the best!") and getting to know the students. Even though she’s an Eastern graduate, she’s become a dedicated Panther.
Wrestlers Rack Up Wins
Senior Finishes Strong
Senior Chloe Linn finished in 6th place at the girls' State Wrestling competition.
A Rundown of the Hoosier Conference Meet
The boys' wrestling Hoosier Conference Tournament started at noon on a cold winter day. Weigh-in was at 10:00 a.m., so the Western wrestlers showed up at 9:00 to warm up, both physically and mentally, for a dogfight. It was a tough, well-fought meet. The Panthers showed their pride and placed second overall. They came up short two points to Rensselaer, who took home the trophy. Several Western wrestlers placed high in their weight classes:
113 - Brady Shannon (3rd place)
120 - “3 year state qualifier” Tanner Tishner (1st place)
126 - Keegan Tedder (2nd place)
132 - Tyler Linser (1st place)
138 - Erik Hunt (3rd place)
144 - Brady Comer (4th place)
150 - Campbell Robertson (3rd place)
157 - “3 year state qualifier” Mitchell Betz (1st place)
175 - Brody Burns (2nd place)
190 - Brock “City Boy” Frazier (1st place)
215 - Hayden Dillinger (2nd place)
285 - Garret Heady (1st place)
The coaching staff and Aaron Hyman kept the Panthers focused throughout the meet!
Chase Sullivan, 10
WHS Wrestlers Advance to Regional in Boys' Competition
Both Tyler Linser and Mitchell Betz won their weight class in the Sectional competition. Several other Panther wrestlers also placed high enough to advance to the Regional round.
Gymnastics Team Hosts Invitational
Balancing Strength with Grace
Gymnast Ava Wenger performs her routine on the balance beam at the Western Invitational.
Another Victory for Boys' Swimming and Diving
Western Swimmers Win Conference
The Western boys' swim team once again came away victorious with an impressive win in the Hoosier Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.
THE 2023-2024 YEARBOOK ON SALE!
Senior Ads for Sale
The 2023-2024 yearbook is now on sale. To order online, click on the following link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/8741.
Also, Seniors, if you would like to place a Senior Ad in the yearbook, click on the link below, or pick up a form in Room 202. Make your last book memorable!
Student Services hosted a day for 8th graders to learn about the elective courses offered at the high school. Below, Mrs. Coble speaks to students about taking Japanese as a foreign language elective.
SAVE THE DATE!
The ASVAB test is scheduled for April 4.