WC board recognizes wrestlers and speech students

The Webster City school board welcomed members of the high school large group and individual speech contest participants and the four state qualifying wrestlers Monday night during the regular meeting of the board.

Heather Noethe, large group speech coach, introduced Charlotte and Tucker Judkins, who took part in the large group events. The two advanced to All-State with their short film presentation. Sophia Seliger, individual speech coach, introduced Charlotte Judkins and Daniel Blankenship, two students who received I ratings at state speech contest in Forest City last weekend. A total of 7 entries received overall I ratings while three entries received overall II ratings.

“You know they always say that public speaking is one of the most terrifying things for most human beings,” said Dr. Mandy Ross, superintendent. “So congratulations on a pretty amazing accomplishment when most adults twice your age and then some wouldn’t want to do what you are doing.”

“It’s pretty awesome. Thanks for being good leaders, too,” said Board member Michelle Walters.

Coach Chad Hisler introduced Caleb Olson, Camron Phetxoumphone, Michael Gilbert and Drake Doolittle.

“The three seniors seniors had a cumulative grade point average of 3.51 so not only are they good wrestlers and good students, they’re good kids,” Hisler said.

“We really are proud,” said Ross. “Some of you also participated in the interviews for the activities director last week and I just am continually amazed at the leadership and the amazing students we have at Webster City High School.”

Also attending the meeting was Austin Lampman, National Merit Scholarship finalist.

“It’s a big honor and we’re proud to have you here,” said Kelli Reis, Sunset Heights principal.

A contract was approved for Chelsey Wagoner as assistant high school softball coach. A resignation was accepted from Riley Bedford, part-time high school custodian.

Ross gave an update on the high school principal search. She said the job listing had closed last week and screenings would begin later this week. Interviews are tentatively set for March 27 and 28. Students will have a part in the interview and will give tours to the candidates being interviewed, she said.