"We know the amount of effort that you put into your jobs and we want to assure you that your efforts are truly appreciated. Thank you!"
Contributed by Coach Tricia Howard
Whitko's Lady Wildcats used the break between the Junior Varsity and Varsity matchups to celebrate teachers who have been impactful in their education and athletics.
First, standing with Junior Reese Bradford is Mrs. Benson, our beloved Study Hall Supervisor. Reese says, “Mrs. Benson always finds a way to make you smile whether it’s one of her jokes or her Friday fact of the day. She is always willing to try and help with any type of homework and I am very thankful for everything she does for us.”
Next we have Junior Morgan Dyck with Mr. Malicki, art teacher extraordinaire! Morgan had this to say about him, “Mr. Malicki is a great teacher who is always there to help and never fails to make me laugh!”
Standing with Junior Jaycie Thomas is the renowned voice of the Wildcats, Mr. Strayer! Mr. Strayer is one of the higher level math teachers here and Jaycie had this to say about him, “Mr. Strayer is a great math teacher. He’s so funny and always puts a smile on my face. He cares a lot about his students and I appreciate how much he wants us to learn and achieve in life.”
Next we have the always sweet Miss Pierce with Junior Graycee Sands. She says, “Miss Pierce always knows how to brighten my day and put a smile on my face. She is always willing to give me a hand with anything I need.”
The guest standing next to Junior Machaela Daeger is Mr. Holz, a new history teacher here at Whitko. Machaela says that she is so happy that Mr. Holz has come to Whitko this year! “Mr. Holz, you are truly one of my favorites and I am very excited to have you this year. I hope it’ll be a great year!”
Sophomore Morgan Howard invited Mrs. Fox, an English teacher and head of the Yearbook at Whitko, to be recognized this evening. Morgan says that Mrs. Fox is always energetic and tries to find creative ways to brighten our days. Mrs. Fox works hard to provide a good future for our school.
Next we have Mrs. Holloway standing with Sophomore Abbi Frank. Mrs Holloway is better known as Senora Holloway to all of her Spanish students. Abbi says, “Mrs. Holloway always has a smile on her face and never misses a chance to say ‘hola’! She is always willing to help and improve our Spanish and is never in a bad mood. She really cares about all her students deeply.”
Chemistry teacher and Master Volleyball Bookkeeper, Mr. Don Dyck, is being recognized by Sophomore Anna Arter this evening. Anna says that Mr. Dyck is a wonderful teacher who is always willing to help his students and wants us to succeed. I appreciate how his class is fun and interactive and I learn something new each day.
Standing with Sophomore Kirsten Schipper is Mr. Justin Jordan. Mr. Jordan is a new teacher at the Career Academy and is also the New Varsity Girls Basketball coach. Kirsten says that Mr. Jordan is a very goofy guy and never fails to make you smile when you’re around him.
Sophomore Brookelynn Coburn is recognizing Mr. Fullenkamp, a very patient Algebra teacher and even more patient middle school football coach. Brookelynn had this to say, “Mr. Fullenkamp has a very big heart and is my favorite math teacher. He always makes you strive for success and he is an awesome guy!”
Sophomore Alyson Tucker has invited Mr. Mays, the ever-popular Athletic Director for Whitko Jr/Sr High. Aly says that Mr. Mays is always looking out for what’s best for the student athletes. He is a very fun and enthusiastic person.”
Mrs. Walters, a healthcare instructor at the new Whitko Career Academy, is standing with Sophomore Brooke Schroeder. Brooke had this to say about Mrs. Walters, “She always greets us at the door with a smile. She’s extremely passionate about the healthcare field and is very intentional while encouraging us and helping us to enter healthcare.” (photo unavailable)
And rounding out the Sophomore class is Manager Kennedy Slone with her distinguished guest, Coach Mike Howard. And yes, this was a surprise to him! Kennedy says, “Mr. Howard - oh the man himself - he never fails to make one laugh at a joke that wouldn’t be funny of anyone else said it! And also, I will never forget that he LOVES Peanut M& M’s!”
Freshman Audra Brandenburg’s guest this evening is the one and only Mr. Carroll, famed Social Studies teacher and former Basketball coach. Audra says, “ I appreciate Mr. Carroll because he always notices when we are dressed for game day. He made every day in class a fun “family” conversation. He keeps me up to date on current events, even though nobody likes to write about them… Carroll is my all time favorite teacher and I love the way he adds his “dad joke” flare to the lesson. He supports all Whitko athletics and I hope I will have him in class again before I graduate.”
Our next guest, the delightful Mrs. O’Haver, a Whitko PE teacher, is being recognized by Freshman Katelyn Cripe. She says, “ I appreciate Mrs. O’Haver because she is always so easy to talk to and she is always there to listen. She’s also very encouraging and is pretty easy going. I really like her as a gym teacher.
Standing with Freshman Anna Sickafoose is one of our English teachers, the very kind and patient Mrs. Long. Anna says, “For as long as I’ve known her, she has never failed to put a smile on my face. She is always willing to give you a hand. I appreciate Mrs. Long and everything she does.”
Mrs. Rhodes, a beloved assistant and former study hall supervisor, is the guest of Freshman Chloe Clark. Chloe says that she appreciated Mrs. Rhodes because she works so hard for the school and she has lots of school spirit. Mrs. Rhodes drives bus as well as being a teacher here. She works hard and makes sure her students get their work done and tries her best to help all her students.
Freshman Jasmine Hamilton invited Edith Klingaman, an admired and long time bus driver, to be recognized this evening. Jasmine had this to say about her, “I appreciate Edith because she is very caring. She does so much for our community.”
And finally, we have the always helpful Joe McCudden, our Whitko Athletic Trainer as the guest of Freshman Allie Ridnour. And this is a surprise to him also! Allie says, “I appreciate Joe because he is very caring and wants to help every athlete to recover as fully and quickly as possible. He is very hard-working and always has a positive attitude. We appreciate him waking up early to hang with us! “
Again, thank you all for everything you do to make Whitko such a great school!