• Pride Article February 16, 2017

    Posted by Whitney Burrell at 2/16/2017

    Our wrestling Tigers continue to impress and set records just as they did this past weekend at their District Tournament.  Seven state qualifiers had been the most Tigers that had made the trip to the state tournament until Saturday when the Tigers qualified eight.  Going into the weekend knowing they had a chance to break another school/program record the Tigers were determined to do just that.  The first four Tigers to punch their ticket would be, Alex Garrett, Niko Chavez, Christian Smart, & Cameron Caldwell, who all won their semifinal match and moved into the finals, which would automatically qualify them.  The next four would have to do it in the most nerve racking round (some people refer to it as the “Blood” round or “Bubble Match), win and you are in or lose and your season is over.  There were six Tigers in that round, Riley Wertz, Tallon Heimbach, Morgan Earl, & Austin Hymer would all win and earn a trip to the state Tournament.  Unfortunately, Michael Finley would lose a heartbreaker 7-5 in overtime as well Jed Brandon dropped a tough 4-1 decision.  Niko Chavez and Christian Smart would both with District Championships as the team would earn a Runner-Up finish for the second year in a row.

    106 Riley Wertz 4-1 3rd Place (State Qualifier)

    113 Michael Finley 3-2

    120 Jed Brandon 3-2

    126 Open

    132 Alex Garrett 4-1 2nd Place (State Qualifier)

    138 Tallon Heimbach 4-1 3rd Place (State Qualifier)

    145 Niko Chavez 5-0 1st Place (State Qualifier)

    152 James Stagner 1-2

    160 Open

    170 Morgan Earl 3-2 4th Place (State Qualifier)

    182 Cameron Caldwell 4-1 2nd Place (State Qualifier)

    195 Christian Smart 5-0 1st Place (State Qualifier)

    220 Austin Hymer 3-2 4th Place (State Qualifier)

    285 Martin Eidson 1-2

    The State Tournament will take Place this Thursday through Saturday at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

    The basketball Tigers have now won 3 in a row over Blair Oaks, Neosho, and Webb City to run their overall record to 14-8 and are now 4-2 in the COC Large!  The boys will travel to Republic this Friday before traveling to Branson next Tuesday and Rogersville on Thursday.  The boys earned the #1 seed in the district tournament to be held in Waynesville on Feb. 25th - March 3rd.  They will play the winner of the Waynesville/Camdenton game in the semifinals on Feb. 28th.

    The Lady Tigers have hit a rough patch lately but continue to make us proud by playing hard and playing together!  The girls have two more tough road trips as they travel to Republic tonight (JV starting at 6:00pm - no freshmen game) and will go to Branson next Monday to finish their regular season.  The girls earned the #4 seed in the district tournament in Waynesville and will play Central on Feb. 25th in the opening round.

    Last weekend the Speech and Debate took a small group up to the rescheduled tournament in Liberty MO.  We competed in both the Varsity and Novice divisions.  It was a great weekend!

    At the Liberty Tournament Novice students that advance to semifinals: Raelyn Schapeler and Bailey Lynn in US Extemp. Sadie Gribben, Matthew Bishop, and Taylor Blake in Humorous Interp, Taylor Blake/Chloe Terry in Duo, and Sadie Gribben in Poetry.

    Novice advancing and placing in Finals were: Collin Black 3rd, Adora Snead 4th, and Raelyn Schapeler 5th in Dramatic Interp., Landen Kirkpatrick/Sam Amodeo 3rd in Duo, Bailey Lynn 6th in Humorous Intrep., and Adora Snead 2nd In Oratory. In Debate Raelyn Schapeler /Adora Snead placed 2nd in Novice Public Forum.

    Varsity advancing and placing in Finals: Sierra Akiona 6rd in Dramatic Interp., and Ethen Palumbo 5th in Program of Oral Interpretation. 

    Great job to all at this extremely tough tournament!

    Of the 15 DECA students that went to districts, we had four 1st place awards, two 2nd place awards, two 3rd place awards and two 5th place awards.  Seven students* will be traveling to Lodge of the Four Seasons to compete at State over spring break! Here are the Finalists!

    1st Place

    Aaron Suggar* in Principles of Finance

    Gage Voss* in Human Resources Management

    Evan Stober* in Marketing Communications

    Kasey Brower* in Quick Serve Restaurant Management


    2nd Place

    Haley Havens* and Madi Zwerink* in Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making

    Brody Patillo in Start-Up Business Plan


    3rd Place

    Tara and Makenna Wallis in Fashion Merchandising Plan

    Austin Ware* in Automotive Series Marketing


    5th Place

    Jenna Lane in Human Resources Management

    Rich Hayes in Retail Merchandising  

    FBLA had a great day at our District Leadership Contest.  48 students competed in 30 events.  By the end of the day, we had 15 of our kids qualify for state in 14 events, and Willard FBLA placed 3rd overall!  They will advance on to State Leadership Conference to compete for a shot at Nationals.  We had District Finalists in 7 other events.  

    In addition, Kasey Brower campaigned for, and was elected as the District 13 FBLA President for the next year.  She will attend State Leadership Contest in April, and participate in workshops with district officers from all over the state, as well as officer events this summer and next school year.  It was a very good day for our program.

    The following won awards:

    State Qualifiers:

    Caden Abramovitz - District Champion - Introduction to Business

    Caden Abramovitz, Grace Conner, & Landon Summerville - District Champion - Public Service Announcement

    Kasey Brower & Landon Summerville - District Champion - Emerging Business Issues

    Mason Gammill - District Champion - Job Interview

    Hayden Windmiller - District Champion - Impromptu Speaking

    Cody Parker - District Champion - Computer Problem Solving

    Allie Marshall - 2nd Place - Business Law

    Kaitlyn Cook - 2nd Place - Healthcare Administration

    Dyllon Schmel - 3rd Place - Healthcare Administration

    Brett Stofer - 3rd Place - Insurance & Risk Management

    Cody Parker - 3rd Place - Introduction to Information Technology

    Brooke Perkins - 3rd Place - Journalism

    Sydney Schader - 4th Place - Introduction to Business

    Zach Strong - 5th Place - Agribusiness

    Emily Hein - 5th Place - Business Communications


    District Finalists:

    Jarett Fickbohm & Mason Gammill - 2nd Place - Banking & Financial Systems

    Krystalynn Melton & Aaron Scheurger - 2nd Place - Entrepreneurship

    Kasey Brower - 2nd Place - Future Business Leader

    Madisyn Jones - 3rd Place - Business Ethics

    Hayden Windmiller - 3rd Place - Public Speaking 2

    Holden Bridges - 4th Place - Client Service

    Tina Pan - 5th Place - Public Speaking 1


    Please join us at Willard High School for a night of theatre arts. Performances begin at 6:45 PM on Thursday, February 16th.  There's so much to consider about red shoes and refugees, fleeting and intangible fashion memories, and visits from Greek gods and goddesses. See all 3 one act performances.  All tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, please visit our site http://whstheatre.blogspot.com/.

    It’s good to be a tiger!

    Jeff Staley

    Activities Director

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  • Pride Article February 9, 2017

    Posted by Whitney Burrell at 2/9/2017

    "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" - John Wooden

    Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year when our Tigers truly shine.  Their tireless efforts to continue to improve and represent YOUR community and school district is an awesome thing to witness.  I'm so proud of ALL of our Tigers and if you are as well, take the time to tell them so because they WANT to make you proud!  It really does light up their face when someone tells them "Good Job".

    Our wrestling Tigers are nearing the conclusion of a historic season.  Not only did they finish 2nd in the COC (best finish ever!), they also set a new school record with 19 dual wins!  We are currently ranked 4th in the state and have 7 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their weight class.  They will head to Camdenton this Friday and Saturday to compete in the district tournament.  The top 4 wrestlers in each weight class will move on to the state tournament next week in Columbia.  Good luck Tigers!

    The basketball Tigers are 11-8 on the season and 2-2 in the COC as they will be hosting Neosho this Friday. This will be Senior Night for not only the basketball players, but also the cheerleaders, Tigerettes, and Jazz Band!  Next week they will be on the road as they travel to Webb City on Tuesday and Republic on Friday.

    The Lady Tigers are also 11-8 on the season and 2-2 in the COC.  They will be having their Senior Night tonight as they host Neosho.  There will be two games with the first game starting at 6:00pm.  Next week the girls will be traveling to Webb City on Monday (also a two-game night starting at 6:00pm) and then to Republic on Thursday.

    Last weekend the speech and debate team competed at Bolivar against 25 schools and placed second in Sweeps!
    The following students advanced to semi-finals: Tyler Simpson in Humorous Interp., Kira Ray, Adora Snead, and Taylor Gibbs in Dramatic Interp., Cole Baker/Joe Amundson in Duo, Kathryn Prier and Kaitlyn Textor in Program of Oral Interp., and Alex Gilbert in Student Congress.
    Going to finals and placing were: Elijah Pitts 3rd in Informative and 3rd in International Extemp., Ethen Palumbo 4th and Ethan Gambriel 2nd in Humorous Interp., Aly Marshall/Tyler Simpson 3rd and Bryson Phipps/Ethan Gambriel 1st in Duo, Bailey Lynn 6th and Ethen Palumbo 1st in Program of Oral Interp., and Jayce Burney 6th and James Ritzendollar 1st in Student Congress.
    In debate Ethan Davidson/Pierce Reichard placed 4th in Novice Public Forum Debate.  In Lincoln-Douglas Debate Tina Pan placed 4th and Cole Baker placed 1st! Great job to the whole team!

    A special congratulations to NJROTC as they traveled to Oklahoma City two weeks ago and brought home not only the Area Nine Championship but also qualified for the national competition in Pensacola, Florida in April!  This is a huge accomplishment for our Tigers!!

    Another special congratulations to senior John Daehling on his commitment to continue his education and baseball career at College of the Ozarks!

    It's Good To Be A Tiger!

    Jeff Staley

    Activities Director

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  • Pride Article February 2, 2017

    Posted by Whitney Burrell at 2/2/2017

    The basketball Tigers have started the conference portion of their schedule and they are off to a great start with a resounding 68-37 victory over Carthage on Tuesday for "Throwback Night".  The Tigers are now 10-7 on the season and will look to continue their winning ways tomorrow night as they travel to COC opponent, Carl Junction.  Next week, they will be hosting Ozark on Tuesday and Neosho on Friday (Senior Night).

    The Lady Tigers are also on a roll as they won their 3rd game in a row on Monday defeating Carthage 71-63.  The girls are now 11-7 on the season and 2-0 in the COC!  The girls will travel to Carl Junction (ranked #1 in the state) tonight before hosting Ozark on  Monday and Neosho (Senior Night) on Thursday.

    The wrestling Tigers traveled to Drury University to compete in the first ever wrestling event held in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.  The COC conference tournament took place last Saturday and the Tigers had another good weekend.  Tigers would finish 2nd as a Team behind the Neosho Wildcats, this makes 2 straight years the Tigers would be Conference Runner-Ups.  The tigers were able to close the gap on the Wildcats this year but were still unable to overcome the 7-Time State Champs.  Tigers would place 5 wrestlers in the finals and 3 others in the 3rd Place match.  Riley Wertz was able to overcome and earlier season loss and claim a Conference Championship making him the 3rd  Willard Freshman to be a Conference Champion.  Niko Chavez would claim his 3rd Conference Championship in impressive fashion, pinning his state ranked opponent in the second period.  Alex Garrett, Morgan Earl, & Christian Smart would all finish 2nd while Jed Brandon, Tallon Heimbach, & Austin Hymer would bring home top four medals.

    The wrestling Tigers competed in their last home competition on Tuesday night while paying tribute to eight seniors.  Bolivar came to town to face the Tigers. It was a back and forth dual for the first eight matches.  The score would set at 23-21 going into 170lbs when the Tigers would prove to be too much for the Liberators.  Morgan Earl would start a “Fall” fest as the Tigers would win the last five matches by fall and cap off the victory with a 53-21 score.  Tigers moved to 16-1 in duals tying a school record for most dual victories, they will travel to St. Francis Borgia Friday with the opportunity to break that record.

    It was a great weekend for Willard’s Speech and Debate at the Lebanon Tournament last weekend!

    Several students advanced to semifinals: Ethan Davidson in Novice Informative, Baily Lynn and Sadie Gribben in Novice Humorous Interpretation, Makayla Malachowski in Novice Dramatic Interp., and Sam Amodeo/Landen Kirkpatrick in Novice Duo. On the Varsity side, we also had the following: Carson Kroenke in Var. International Extemp., Derrick Barger in Var. Informative, Brooke Parton, Tyler Simpson, and Jonah Perry in Humorous Interpretation. Sierra Akiona in Var. Dramatic Interp., Ethen Palumbo, Kaitlyn Textor, and Kat Prier in Var. Program of Oral Interp., Kyle Tuter/L.J. Rybczyk and Hailey Rawhouser/Ashlyn Wadle in VAr. Duo.  Ethen Palumbo and Katie Baird in Prose, Sophia Daniels, Kat Prier, Sadie Gribben, and Kaitlyn Textor in Poetry, Taylor Blake in Storytelling, and Mallary Ackerman in Congress Supersession.

    Placing in Finals: Katie Baird 2nd and Raelyn Schapeler 3rd in Novice US Extemp., Raelyn Schapeler 3rd in Novice Dramatic Interp., Makayla Malachowski 4th and Emily Rawhouser 3rd in Novce Program of Oral Interp., and Taylor Blake/Chloe Terry 5th and Matthew Willkinson/Matthew Bishop 4th in Novice Duo.  On the Varsity side placing in finals: Elijah Pitts 6th in International Extemp., and 3rd in Informative, Ethan Gambriel 2nd and Brodee Turnbaugh 1st in Humorous Interp., Hailey Roawhouser 6th and Frey Chesnutt 3rd in Program of Oral INterp., and Cole Baker/Joe Amundson 2nd and Aly Marshall/Tyler Simpson 1st in Duo.  Also placing in finals: Hannah Stuart 5th and Shi Adams 2nd in Prose, Chloe Terry 5th, Bailey Lynn 4th, Brooke Parton 2nd and Ethan Gambriel 1st in Storytelling, and Cole Baker 2nd and Brodee Turnbaugh 1st in Radio.

    Placing in debate: Carson Kroenke/Jayce Burney 4th in Var. Policy and Matthew Wilkenson/Matthew Bishop 4th in Novice Policy.  Jonah Perry 4th, Ashlyn Wadle 3rd and Cole Baker 1st in Champ LD, Denzel Ransom 3rd in Reg. LD, and Raelyn Schapeler 3rd in Novice LD. Ethen Palumbo/Jett Bumgarner 4th in Champ PUF, Derrick Barger/Elijah Pitts 2nd in Reg. PUF, and Sam Amodeo/Bailey Lynn 3rd in Novice PUF.

    The team placed 2nd in Sweeps out of 14 schools!

    In keeping with the amazing things happening at Willard High School, we want to extend congratulations to the Willard High School Winter Guard for placing 1st out of eight groups in the Scholastic AA Class at the MCCGA Winter Guard Competition at Republic High School this past Saturday. This was the guard's first contest and we are very excited for them and look forward to what the season holds. We also want to extend an invitation to you to come out and see this group in action at Willard High School as we host the Winter Guard International Regional Competition on Saturday, March 4 and the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association Championships on Saturday, April 1.

    A special congratulations to the following football Tigers on signing Letters of Intent to play football and continue their education at the next level:

    Martin Eidson - Southeast Missouri State

    Sydney Mavengere - Evangel University

    Chance Hepola - Evangel University

    Austin Hymer - Central Methodist University

    It’s good to be a tiger!

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