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One Year Later: Fire victims speak about life, loss, and lessons learned

March 6, 2017, started out like any other day. The warm sunshine was comforting after a cold winter. However, wind speeds were high, and moisture had been little, causing good conditions for a fire. Around 3:00 p.m, the first calls were . . .

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Upcoming all-school play to honor Kara McLain

RANSOM- Mark your calendars, because the annual all school play is sure to be a special one this year. For the first time ever, the cast will be performing a musical. More than that, it will be a musical to honor the life . . .

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Longtime bus driver enters 25th year of service: The wheels on the bus go round and round, thanks to Foos

RANSOM- Behind every successful school district is a multitude of individuals who don’t often get the recognition they deserve. Clarence Foos is one of these people. 25 years later, Foos has many miles and many . . .

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WPN Hoops for Heart raises $598.02

RANSOM- North Elementary students once again participated in a event called Hoops for Heart, with the help of P.E. teacher Charles Packard. The students raised $598.02! We asked him a few questions about this event and he was kind enough . . .

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Culver honored by WSU

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Times} WPHS junior Breanna Culver was recently recognized at the Shockers Scholars Honors Banquet at Wichita State University.   The banquet honored the top 10% . . .

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Students, veterans enjoy D.C. on Honor Flight trip

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Minion Pro'} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} RANSOM- On November 10th, 11th, and 12th, Western Plains students were privileged to travel with the Southern Coffey County . . .

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October 2016 Cat Tracks Issue

The Western Plains High School Journalism class produces a school newspaper each month, September-May. The paper is printed in New York and then shipped to Ransom, where students sort and then take it down to the Ransom Post office. . . .

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Longtime coach reaches career milestone

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Student-produced video sent to governor, state legislators

RANSOM-  The Digital Media class recently produced a video to help with an effort by the Kansas Association of School Boards to urge Kansans to accept Governor Sam Brownback’s invitation to submit what they would like to see . . .

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Colling keeps busy

RANSOM- Ann Colling, District Clerk here  at Western Plains, took over as the Ransom City Clerk on the first of August, doubling her work for the year.  When asked why she would take on the grueling task of both jobs, she said, . . .

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Guardians Prepare for Southern Coffey County Honor Flight

RANSOM- Western Plains will once again be  participating in Honor Flight, which will take place in just a couple of months in April. WPHS will be participating in Honor Flight in conjunction with Southern Coffey County Honor Flight. . . .

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Junior high ends basketball season at WWKL tournament

RANSOM- The junior high basketball  season came to a close on February 11th when the Bobcats traveled a far distance to their league tournament in Brewster, Kansas. The girls started off the day with a first round victory against . . .

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KAYs holding pennies for patients fundraiser:

RANSOM- Leukemia is a disease of the blood. Leukemia usually infects white blood cells, causing the victim’s immune system to fail massively.  The immune system, also called the lympathic system, is a system that is supposed . . .

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Spring Sports Quickly Approaching

RANSOM- Spring sports are just around the corner! Western Plains High School offers two sports in the spring, track and boys golf.  Many of our students go out for track, but only a few student have went out for golf in the . . .

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Students contact state legislator with concerns

RANSOM- News, news, news. Well, it seems that the news has caught our eyes with  House Bill 2504. HB 2504 would reduce the number of school districts in the state of Kansas from 286 to just 132.     Those in . . .

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The Key to Success: Hagans leads Scholars Bowl program into a strong tradition

RANSOM- Behind a successful program is a successful leader. Western Plains Scholars Bowl has benefited from the leadership of one such individual, who has built Scholars Bowl at WPHS into a proud tradition.  Mrs. Debbie Hagans has . . .

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"Hoops for Heart" Fundraiser

RANSOM & BAZINE- Elementary students in grades K-5 at Western Plains Elementary recently did a “Hoops for Heart” fundraiser. Hoops for Heart is where children learn how to play basketball skills, and they learn how to . . .

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"One Big Family": WP's newest employees speak out

RANSOM- Western Plains North has recently hired two new employees in our maintenance department, Sean Ries and Gertrude Summey.  Both Summey and Ries were most recently employed at USD 303, Ness City. The two are really enjoying . . .

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'Cat Tracks' Earns Award of Excellence from KASB

 RANSOM-The Kansas Association of School Boards holds a publication contest annually, in which schools can send in entries in various categories. The categories are centered around school publicity, such as websites, school publications, . . .

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Act Tests Prepare Students for College

RANSOM-The ACT test is a staple of the high school career of many a student. It is a test that students must take in order to become admitted to college. On December 12, WPHS students traveled to Ness City for ACT testing. There are . . .

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Bobcat Cheerleaders Host "Future Bobcat" Clinic

RANSOM- On January 16th the high school cheer squad, along with their sponsor Sarah Grafel, hosted a “Future Bobcat” cheer clinic for girls in the first through fifth grades. There were a total of 10 girls who attended the . . .

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Booster Club Gives Generous Donation for New Camera

RANSOM- The Western Plains Booster Club  has made a very generous donation to the yearbook and journalism  staffs at WPHS, helping to make the purchase of a brand new digital camera camera possible. The Booster Club is a very . . .

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Box Tops for Education

RANSOM- Box Tops for Education is an organization that allows schools to collect box tops to raise money.  North Elementary recently  received a check for $342.60 from the amount of Box Tops colleteced by the community. . . .

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FBLA Chili Cook-Off was a Tasty Event!

RANSOM- The Future Business Leaders of America club hosted a new event this year for a fundraiser. The event happened before the Christmas concert. The club had a chili cook-off and there were different categories for the types of . . .

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FFA Sells Fruits And Meats to Raise Money

RANSOM-As another year at Western Plains rolls on into the winter, school clubs continue fundraising to ensure their ability to operate. Yearly, the Future Farmers of American (FFA) club sells Seitz products. Seitz offers speciality . . .

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First Semester Wraps up; Second Semester is Underway

RANSOM- December was a busy month for students and teachers at USD 106. Finishing up the semester includes tests, projects, class parties, and of course the annual Christmas concert. The winter concert was held on December 17th at . . .

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Forensics Season Begins

RANSOM-Forensics, which is more commonly known as speech and drama, is once again ready to begin! There is a lot of interest in Forensics and the team looks to be about the same size as last year’s team. Students look forward to . . .

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Honor Flight Fundraiser

RANSOM- WPHS Honor Flight will be hosting an evening supper on Saturday, February 6, at the Ransom VFW from 5 P.M. through 7 P.M.             Students that will be participating as guardians in this . . .

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Junior High Takes Trip to NCK Tech

BAZINE- Trying to figure out what to do with your future? On Friday, December 4, the junior high, led by school counselor Mr. Charles Packard, took a trip to the Hays NCK Tech.             The students . . .

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Mascot Mania Costume is on the Way!

RANSOM- Recently, thanks to the support of Bobcat Country, Western Plains won the statewide Mascot Mania contest. The grand prize for winning the contest was a brand new, custom-made mascot costume, valued at $3,500. Amy Flax, who . . .

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Scholars Bowl Team Places 2nd at League

RANSOM- The 2015-16 Scholars Bowl season at Western Plains High School is nearing its end.  This season ending also means that the seniors are nearing the end of their Scholars Bowl career in high school. Seniors that participate in . . .

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Should the government be able to "take away" our guns through executive order?

RANSOM- In short, executive orders are consecutively ordered documents in which the president manages the operations of the federal government. Gun control is an increasingly big issue and a question that has been lingering around in . . .

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Student athletes say long hours are worth it

RANSOM-- What does it take to be a student athlete? Senior and multi-sport athlete Nicolas Jasper was asked this very question. “Putting in the effort in the classroom and on the field or court means that you are willing to pay . . .

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Student Council Collects Socks for Flood Victims

RANSOM- Did you know that socks are one of the least donated but most needed items following a flood? Student Council recently did a sock drive called Operation ‘Sole’ Mates.You may have seen the “Sox Box” set up . . .

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Students Complete "Kansas Communities that Care" Survey

On January 19th, high school sophomores and seniors participated in this annual survey. From the Greenbush website: “The Kansas Communities That Care (KCTC) Student Survey is a vehicle for schools to track teen use of harmful substances . . .

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WPHS students are more than just students

RANSOM- The life of a student can be extremely busy, with homework, sports, and activities. At Western Plains, there are students that have part time jobs in addition to everything else they do. Sophomore Star Jasper is a waitress at . . .

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Classes Offer Life Skills

RANSOM- Many types of education are given at Western Plains High School.      Dylan Sargent, Western Plains sophomore, is working on life skills which will prepare him for life after graduation.     . . .

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HS Basketball Tips Off

RANSOM- The winter sport of Basketball is about to begin! The first exciting day of practice was November 16th.      Head coaching the boys once again is Charles Packard. When he was asked how he expects the season to go . . .

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Jostens offers Student Memories

RANSOM- Every year Jostens comes and visit our school to sell items that commemorate a student’s high school career. Students look forward to these visits because they enjoy purchasing momentos that will forever remind them of high . . .

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Jostens Offers Student Memories

RANSOM- Every year Jostens comes and visit our school to sell items that commemorate a student’s high school career. Students look forward to these visits because they enjoy purchasing momentos that will forever remind them of high . . .

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Junior High Scholars Bring Home the Hardware

BAZINE- The junior high Scholars Bowl team is trying their best to compete in every meet. They work as a team to solve a problem, and then the fastest one buzzes in. So far, their method is successful as they have finished well several times . . .

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Scholars Bowl team Learns, Grows

RANSOM- The start of November brings the start of fall. It also brings the start of the Scholars Bowl season. High School Scholar’s Bowl is starting up, for they have already played a large portion of their season. This year a great . . .

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Student Athletes Take Trip to the Movies

RANSOM- On Tuesday, November 3, student athletes from WPHS had the opportunity to attend a school sponsored trip to the movies in Hays. The movie was called Woodlawn, which is a movie about a football team overcoming racial adversity.  . . .

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Buzzing Into Scholars Bowl Season

RANSOM- The Scholars Bowl team is “buzzing” with excitement as their first meet quickly approaches. Mrs. Debbie Hagans is once again coaching the team. Senior Vanessa Mendez is looking forward to the meets. “I’m . . .

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First 6-Man Football Season Sees Highs, Lows

RANSOM-Football season is officially over at Western Plains High School. Football is a fun, aggressive sport that is filled with ups and downs. The team went 0-4 in their first year back at it. While their record was not good, the learning . . .

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Late Starts Have Effect on Schedules

RANSOM- There is something new happening periodically at the Western Plains schools: late starts to the school day on certain Wednesdays  throughout the year. On these late start days,  school begins at 10:00 a.m for students, . . .

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Locked Wifi Password is a Necessary Evil

Now at WPHS. Many high school students, including myself, have been questioning the newly placed password on our wireless internet. Many students are complaining about the password because in the past, we never had one. Now, with the password . . .

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N. Elementary Raises Money for a Great Cause

RANSOM-The Elementary at WPN recently did a fundraiser called Pennies for Patients.            According to Pennies.org, since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare . . .

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Senior Class Meetings

RANSOM- The senior class has been meeting regularly to make decisions about their final year of high school, such as graduation and other topics. This is always hard for the seniors because they know that this is the last year they will be . . .

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WPHS Clubs Hold Fundraisers at Oktoberfest

RANSOM- The Ransom Oktoberfest was great day, with lots of school spirit involved. In addition to the other activities going on, there were many vendors selling merchandise. Among these vendors were groups from Western Plains High School. . . .

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WPHS Says Goodbye to Custodian, Friend

RANSOM- Sam Rivera, former custodian at Western Plains, has moved on to a new job. Rivera, a 2014 graduate of WPHS, worked at Western Plains as a custodian for two years. Rivera started working at the school the year right after he graduated . . .

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September 2015 PDFs

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Western Plains Welcomes New Superintendent

RANSOM- A big change has taken place this year at Western Plains. The 2014-15 school year said farewell to superintendent Roger Stumpf, and the 2015-2016 school year welcomes in a new superintendent, Mr. Jeff Jones. In addition to being . . .

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Picture Day is September 3

Lifetouch picture day is coming to Western Plains on Thursday, September 3rd. Lifetouch will be at both the north and south locations on this day to take the photographs.  Students have the opportunity to purchase the pictures but . . .

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Class Observes Local Government in Action

RANSOM-Learning about local and national govenment is one of the focal points of study in Mrs. Debbie Hagan's Political Science class. It is extreamely important to be knowledgeable about what is going to around us and the deiceisions . . .

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Making the Right Call: WP Grads Become Referees

RANSOM- If You’ve attended any home basketball games this season, you probably have noticed some familiar faces out on the court, other than that of the players in the white jerseys. That’s because 2014 Western Pains . . .

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Prom Quickly Approaches

RANSOM- Planning and voting has started- are you ready for Prom 2015? The time has come to pick out your dresses and tuxedos for this year’s prom.      The juniors and their sponsor, Mrs. Nancy Jenner, are once . . .

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A Gem of a Store: Ransom Alum Enjoys Success of Own Business

  RANSOM- It can be argued that some of the best education is given in smaller schools. One on one time with teachers and lots of opportunities for participation are just a few of the reasons that make small schools special.  . . .

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Restoring the Roar: Board Casts Unanimous Vote; Football is Back at WP

RANSOM- Throughout the recent football season, all was quiet on the football field at Western Plains High School. No sweaty practices, no tough games, no loud fans, no clanking of helmets under the Friday night lights.  As many are . . .

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OPINION: Should Schools Provide Longer Lunch Periods?

After three and a half hours into the school day, I tend to lose focus and energy and have been notified by my rumbling tummy that it's time to eat. Our school provides lunch which is a plus, but is the lunch period of 27 minutes . . .

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Jostens Representative Visits

  On November 3rd, students had the opportunity to attend inform ational meetings presented by the multi-purposed company of Jostens.  A representative from Jostens traveled to Western Plains to help students with both the . . .

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Why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day, anyway?

  RANSOM- St. Patrick’s Day is an international holiday, originating in Ireland, and it has spread all around the world.      The holiday has been celebrated since the death of the renowned St. . . .

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January PDFs

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"Secret Sisters" Gains Popularity

RANSOM- "Secret Sisters" is a new tradition that has been started this year by high school girls' basketball coach Amy Flax. At the beginning of each week, each girl draws the name of a teammate. She then has the week to . . .

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OPINION: Should Whiteboards Be Banned From Our School Hallways?

  Before each school year begins, students make their way through a checklist of supplies that they need for the upcoming year. Among the necessities such as pencils and paper, many students also get supplies that help them to stay . . .

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Two Bobcats Earn All-League Volleyball Honors

Two Western Plains athletes have been selected for all-league volleyball honors. The Western Kansas Liberty League selection meeting was held at the Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center in Oakley on November 5. Seniors . . .

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Adult Classes Offer Opportunity

BAZINE -- Western Plain South has been doing an English program for adults that want to learn to speak and write English.  This program is through a website. It is to help people finish school, help them get jobs, and aid them in . . .

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Elementary Attends Annual Play

On October 8 th , the Western Plains Elementary students made a short trip to Ness City for a special occasion. They went to see the annual play put on by Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center Touring Company. This year’s . . .

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Give Blood: Save A Life

Each year, Western Plains High School hosts multiple Red Cross Blood Drives. Lately, even though the need for units increases, the number of donors continues to go down. Blood donation is a simple, nearly painless process. All you have . . .

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KSMEA Music Clinic

On Thursday September 26th, two Western Plains vocalists traveled to Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas for the Kansas Music Educators Association (KSMEA) Clinic. The students included were Kara McLain (sr.) and Jaymi Stewart (fr.). Music . . .

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Loaves and Fishes Comes to Town

RANSOM -- Most people in the community have heard of South Side Loaves and Fishes at Cedar Bluff Lake. Owned by Monty Roths and managed by the Roths family, Loaves and Fishes has been at the lake for a while, but is now making a move to . . .

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New Antique Store Opens in Ness City

Gina Horn, a resident of Ness City has opened a store called Prairie Treasures & Antiques, located at 117 East Main Street. It is just two doors East of Renberger’s Jewelry. You can look across the street of S & W Supply for the . . .

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Royalty for a Day: Fall Homecoming Takes Place

Western Plains High School celebrated Fall Homecoming on September 27th. This year was very unusual when it came to the ceremony. Usually the homecoming ceremony would be during the halftime of a home football game, but due to the lack of an . . .

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Students Explore Their Future

On September 29 th , Mr. Charles Packard and several students from Western Plains High School traveled to Scott City High School to attend the annual College Planning Conference. The event offered over 45 different college booths. Each booth . . .

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Western Plains South Establishes New Tradition

BAZINE – A new principle and new traditions are beginning at WP South. For example, the new tradition of starting the new assembly every morning has been enstated in Bazine. Each morning all south elementary and junior high students and . . .

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WP Offers New Art Class

The school year has begun with incredible new things happening. For one, our school has a new class. Graphic Arts is substituting the art class.   When asked what she was expecting from Graphic Arts teacher Amy Flax said, “ . . .

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