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Western Hills High School News
2017 Governor's Scholars Named
Congratulations to the following WHHS students who were recently named 2017 Governor's Scholars. They were selected from a highly competitive field of 1,963 outstanding young Kentuckians. The Governor's Scholars Program strives to enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders. Established in 1983, the program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience.

  • Mindy Hatchell
  • Theresa Jaminet
  • Caroline Orange
  • Dawson McCoun
  • Clayton Patrick
STLP State Competition Results
On Wednesday, April 12th, members of the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) competed in 7 events at the State Competition which was held at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. 

Congratulations to Amber Lyons whose Digital Art entitled Tree of Life earned 4th place in the high school division of Digital Art. Kudos also to Sumobot team members, Garrett Palmgren and Zachary Young. Their Sumobot placed 4th in the double elimination high school division of the Sumobot tournament.

Garrett Brock and Palmer Collett created an amazing Showcase Project entitled Drones to the Rescue. They were interviewed by a reporter from The State Journal Newspaper as well as a news crew from WLEX-18 News. All morning long students, teachers, parents. etc. stopped at their project to hear about drones, simulate flying a drone, and in some cases actually fly a drone. Awesome project, guys!!!

The Robot Xtreme Challenge (RCX) team competed fiercely at State. Team members are Savannah Albers, Emily Brown, Amber Lyons, Jonah Pipes, and Jordan Woolums.  

Congratulations to all of these students on a successful season. None of them are seniors so look for even stronger performances in 2018.  
WHHS Learning Center Participates in Community Service Project
Mrs. Erin and Mrs. Marie’s Preschool class at Western Hills High School Learning Center participated in a community service project collecting new and gently used children’s clothing for the Frankfort Fraternal Order of Police Kentucky River Lodge 87 to help with their clothing drive to assist with Social Services and the families receiving children in emergency foster care in the county.  Their class collected several bags of children’s clothing to share. 

Pictured from left to right: Rick Rogers, Vice president of the lodge, Ashley Mulder, State Trustee and Shane Weber, President

Wolverine Bands Earn Distinguished Ratings at Districts
On Tuesday, March 28th, both Symphonic/Concert bands and Wind Ensemble received distinguished ratings from the judges at district assessment.

Symphonic/Concert performed grade 4 (out of 6, with 6 being the hardest) music and received 2 distinguished marks and 1 proficient mark from the stage judges, then received a distinguished in sight reading for an overall rating of distinguished.

Wind Ensemble gave the performance of a lifetime, receiving straight distinguished marks from all 4 judges while performing grade 5 music.

This makes all instrumental ensembles at WHHS Distinguished for another year, continuing our tradition of excellence!
Capital Area Arts Guild Annual Student Art Exhibit Recognitions
Congratulations to all these Visual Arts Students at Western Hills High School who received ribbons and honorable mentions in the Capital Area Arts Guild Annual Student Art Exhibit held March 9-23, 2017 in the Farmer’s Bank of Frankfort.

The Top Blue Ribbon winners are Megan Aldridge for her water color and Jillian Word for her colored pencil drawing. Yulie Spade, sophomore, got a 2nd Place Red Ribbon for her landscape in water color.  Third Place Ribbons went to Madison Rayburn, senior, for her water color landscape and to Jayda Robertson, sophomore, for her water color still life.

Honorable Mention Award Winners include:  McKenna Vest, junior, for her water color landscape. Megan Aldridge for her water color Garden, Taylor Perry, sophomore, for his water color still life, Courtney Cummins, senior, for her water color still life, Thomas Bennett, senior, for his water color landscape, and Cierra Riesch, senior, for her mixed media Spirit Animal.

Congratulations to all of these Visual Arts students taking Water Color or Art IV classes at Western Hills High School with art instructor Janis Kirstein.
Students Earn Proficient Ratings at State World Language Association Showcase
Several Western Hills High School Spanish and French students competed on Saturday, March 25th, at the State World Language Showcase at the University of Kentucky.  The following students competed in Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational tasks and received overall proficiency ratings.  
French Students: Katie Bennett, Megan Aldridge, Tamara Rudic, Meredith Spencer, Antuan Lemon, Carter Smith  

Spanish Students: Jayda Robertson, Kara Tucker, Zoe Ward, Alex Maines, Alex White 

Capital CIty Regional FFA Paperwork Day
Western Hills High School hosted the Capital City Regional FFA Paperwork Day on Thursday, March 23rd. Here are the results for WHHS student competitors.

Gracie Staude was elected as Capital City Region Vice President.
Graduate- Erica Nesselrode was selected as candidate for State FFA Office.

In record books (records about their Ag projects) WHHS students had a great day. Students who earn 1st place move on to state.  
Connor Dailey- Ag Mechanics Fabrication and Design Placement 1st
Haley Varney- Forage Placement 1st
Sidney Edwards- Landscaping Placement 1st
Logan Spaulding- Ag Communications Business 1st
Whitney Moore- Diversified Horticulture Business 1st
Jenna Harrod- Beef Business 1st
Jordan Smith- Vegetable Production 1st
Cameron Kenner- Vet Science Placement 1st
Dalton Tucker- Wildlife Management Business -1st
Gracie Staude - Swine Business 2nd
Andrew Taulbee- Turfgrass Placement 2nd
Alexis Dempsey- Diversified Livestock Placement 2nd
Keegan Dailey- Ag Mech and Repair Placement 2nd
Emery Moore- Poultry Business 2nd
Lucas Goss- Outdoor Rec Business 2nd
Whitney Marcum- Nursery Operation 2nd
Austin Thornberry- Equine Business 2nd
Hannah Ashley- Small Animal Prod 3rd
Jake Harrod- Beef Placement 3rd
Regional Star Farmer Candidate- Connor Dailey
Regional Star in Placement Candidate- Keegan Dailey
Students receiving state degrees- Maci Tackett, Lucas Goss, Austin Thornberry, Chey Warner, Connor Dailey, Keegan Dailey, Whitney Marcum
WHHS Students Win Awards at HOSA Conference
Students from Western Hills High School attended the HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) Conference in Louisville March 17-19. The following students won awards while there.

Taylor Disponette - Medical Photography 3rd Place

Courtney Cummins - Barbara James Service Award and Top 5 Finalist in Medical Terminology

Courtney Cummins, Taylor Disponette, and Mickayla Conner - Talent Show 1st Place
WHHS Delegation Had a Successful KUNA Conference
Students from Western Hills High School attended the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) Conference in Louisville March 12-14th. They represented Western Hills well and received the following awards.

 Outstanding Ambassador: Megan Varney

Outstanding Parliamentarian: Addy McCoun

Outstanding Resoulution Endorsed by the Secretary General: Caroline Orange, Trevor Onodu, Michael Wilson 

Outstanding Advocate, International Court of Justice Advisory Case: Nick Wooldridge

Outstanding Advocate Showcase Winner: Nick Wooldridge 

Group Delegation Awards:
  Outstanding Country sign ( 2nd straight year for this one! )

  Honorable Mention Global Village Booth

  Delegation of Excellence
WHHS FFA Shines at Regional FFA Competition
On Wednesday, March 8th, members of the Western Hills High School FFA competed at the Capital City Region FFA Day. Here are the results:

1st Place Swine Impromptu- Gracie Staude
1st Place Sheep Impromptu- Haley Nelson
2nd Place Dairy Impromptu- Mollie Cox
1st Place Nursery Impromptu- Haley Varney
2nd Place Creed Speaking Contest- Maddie LeCompte
1st Place Small Animal Impromptu- Emery Moore
2nd Place Floral Impromptu- Morgan Miller
2nd Place Equine Impromptu- Austin Thornberry
3rd Place in poultry impromptu- Shana Weber
3rd Place in greenhouse impromptu- Whitney Marcum
WHHS Course Offerings
Students and parents - Please use the course catalog to help in choosing your schedule for next year. The administration uses your requests to build next year's schedule and determine staffing so it is extremely important that everyone complete a scheduling sheet.

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