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Seniors savor experiences in school organizations

   For the seniors who chose to participate in academic organizations, the learning was just part of their experience. Many of the seniors report so many fun memories made as part of their experiences in clubs throughout high school.

   The Class of 2024 made a huge impact on ag teacher Amanda Smith’s teaching experience.

   “The class of ‘24 seniors are my first class I’ve had the pleasure of teaching since they were freshmen. They are all different and unique. They are brave, strong, liked, and try to always find the positive side in all situations,” FFA advisor Amanda Smith said. 

   FFA National convention was full of memories and firsts.

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   “A favorite moment of mine is from our trip to the FFA National Convention. The whole trip was memorable. It was full of firsts such as, the first time I had been out of Missouri and my first concert. One night the others staying in the same room as me got the idea that it would be funny to get me to say ‘Yo yo yo, what’s up dawg.’ For about two hours they tried to convince me to say it. After a lot of pretty pleases with a cherry on top and one with a ham sandwich on top, I gave in and finally let them have the satisfaction of hearing those words come from my mouth,” senior Erin Goodpaster said.

  FBLA was not just learning the business side, but also communication skills.

  “I learned a lot about the business side of things but I learned more about speaking, communicating, etc. Once you’re in FBLA, you realize you talk a lot whether in front of the rest of the club, or in front of judges correcting your presentation. It helped me learn how to word things better and communicate clearly,” senior Sarah Gilbert said. 

   NHS was a good way to volunteer and is good on applications and resumes.

   “Warsaw NHS has adopted a section of highway on 7. We have done 2 trash cleanup days so far and will do another on the last day of school. We also served at the Warsaw Historical Society Banquet. I enjoyed working with the students at that. NHS looks excellent on applications and resumes,” NHS sponsor Daniel Waller said. 

   Seniors have put in a lot of effort for school functions and school participation.

   “The seniors on the student council have worked hard to enhance school participation by taking charge of all of the assemblies and dances. Those are benefits, getting to make the choices of Homecoming and Courtwarming themes and dress up days, etc.”  student council advisor Bobbi Swisher said. 

   In this year’s FFA chapter it had been productive and full of fun memories.

   “This year’s FFA chapter has been full of fun moments. It started with a great officer retreat where the officers planned a set goals for a productive year.  The swimming pool at our cabin gave us some fun memories. Food for America was a beautiful day and all the seniors participated either by hosting a booth, being a group leader, or helping cook a wonderful lunch.  The National FFA Convention was next and we took our largest group since COVID. Eight seniors laughed, learned, and danced their way through one of the best trips I have ever been on. Upon return from convention we hosted our annual Barnwarming where our senior candidates Dallas Steinhoff and Benton Breshears won. Our Seniors are really good line dancers and they worked hard to teach the younger FFA members,” Amanda Smith said.

   For one student, FFA gave them a reason to want to be at school and enjoy it.

   “FFA gave me a reason to want to go to school everyday. My Ag class was the best part of my day each year because of what we learned and the people I have gotten to know through the organization,” Goodpaster said.


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Abbey Wilson
Abbey Wilson, Staff Writer
Abbey Wilson is a sophomore at Warsaw High school and this is her first year being a part of the Wildcat newspaper. This year on newspaper staff, she will write about events going on at WHS. Wilson is involved in cross country, track, soccer, FFA and FCCLA. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, traveling and watching Netflix. What she loves doing the most is being a big sister to her four siblings. After high school, Wilson hopes to go to the University of Central Missouri and major in Criminal Justice. This year her goal is to learn a lot and to have a great first year on the newspaper staff. Go Cats!!
Tanna Howe
Tanna Howe, Managing Editor - The Wildcat
This is Tanna Howe's second year with the WHS Wildcat News Staff. Howe is a sophomore, while being involved in volleyball, basketball, softball, and pep club for the 2023-2024 school year. For this year's Newspaper staff, she is the Print Managing Editor. In her free time, she enjoys playing on her travel softball team, traveling coast to coast with softball tournaments, and hanging out with friends and family, while maintaining her relationship with God. After high school, Howe plans to attend a Division 1 college on a softball scholarship. Tanna hopes for a great second year of writing for the WHS Wildcat newspaper staff. Go Cats! 

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