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  • West Liberty-Salem’s Olivia Williams wins 4th Congressional District Art Competition

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 5/2/2019

    Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated according to

    West Liberty-Salem had the privilege of entering several student pieces of art as part of the Congressional District 4 competition. Artwork from students in twelve counties were judged on April 29th, and Olivia Williams, senior at WL-S, received 1st place overall with a mixed media piece and Courtney Neer placed 3rd with a photo. Williams will be recognized at the Congressional Reception on Friday evening. Congressmen Jordan will be in attendance and offer an opportunity to meet with the students. Williams will also be recognized at the annual awards ceremony in Washington D.C.

    Olivia and Courtney’s work, along with other WL-S students Hailey Duncan, Rachel McGill, Addy Johnson and Ryan Motzko will also be on display during the reception, which takes place at the Houston House in Marysville on Friday, May 3rd from 4:30-7pm. The reception is open to the public.






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  • Eighteen students receive White TIger Award

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 4/29/2019

    West Liberty-Salem High School held their White Tiger Award Ceremony on Monday, April 29th, 2019. The White Tiger award is presented to students in grades 9-12 who work very hard, have a great attitude, give from the heart, and is a positive role model for other students. Like a white tiger, these students are very rare, and this ceremony is all about celebrating the unique impact they had on the staff member who nominated them. This year a total of 18 students were honored by a teacher, counselor, or athletic director. Each White Tiger recipient automatically qualifies for a scholarship provided by the Angie Warye Family. In addition to recognition and scholarship potential, each student receives a certificate, and a White Tiger Stylus provided by Solomon’s Garage. Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients!

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  • WL-S Students Selected for OHC FIne Arts Festival

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/13/2019

    Several WL-S students were selected to participate in the OHC Fine Arts Festival that took place Wednesday, March 12th, 2019, at First Christian Church of Springfield. Students were selected by their teachers for their effort and hard work. Students from area schools worked together and with guest artists and conductors all day prior to a final performance and art showcase at 6pm. Congratulations to the following students selected to represent our school!

    Courtney Neer - senior
    Addy Johnson - senior
    Rachel McGill - senior
    Hailey Duncan - senior
    Olivia Williams - senior

    Anna Louden - senior
    Maddie Estes - senior
    McKena Floyd - senior
    Zach McCall - senior
    Zane Woodruff - senior
    Andrew Stoner - sophomore

    Noah Cline – Sophomore
    Mady Ewing - Freshman
    Lauren Fowler - Senior
    Jamie Gluckle - Freshman
    Kaylee Harrison - Senior
    Hayden Hostetler - Senior
    Tyler Motzko - Senior
    Ashlie Spencer - Sophomore
    Landon Wolfe - Senior

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  • Key Club and Student Council Make Strides to Impact Local Area

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/9/2019

    West Liberty-Salem Key Club President Hallie Strapp and Vice President Cheyenne Gluckle presented donations to The West Liberty Cares Food Pantry and The Caring Kitchen on Wednesday. Marilyn Cohn with The Caring Kitchen and Gretchen Christopher from The Food Pantry were both on campus to receive checks from The Empty Bowls event held earlier this year. Key Club raised almost $800 during their first Empty Bowls Benefit, and it certainly won’t be the last.

    Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger and homelessness but is personalized on a community level. The students organized a soup dinner prior to a home Varsity Basketball Game in order to attract the largest crowd. Leading up to the event they held bake sales, prepared and delivered donation letters to local businesses, prepared and shared a PowerPoint presentation highlighting poverty needs in the community and beyond and volunteered many hours publicizing the event.

    The Caring Kitchen also received gently used clothing and books from the High School Student Council. In January, Student Council organized a competition between classes in order to increase donations. Students were encouraged to donate new or gently used clothing, coats and books. The class generating the most donations were awarded a class meal.

    Pictured left to right are Cheyenne Gluckle, Gretchen Christopher, Marilyn Cohn, and Hallie StrappCaring kitchen



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  • Aiden Taylor Advances to State Geography Bee

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/5/2019

    Aiden Taylor, West Liberty-Salem, Advances to Ohio State Geography Bee
    By Allison Wygal

    West Liberty-Salem 6th grader, Aiden Taylor, was recently notified by the National Geographical Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Ohio State Competition. The contest will be held at Winchester Trail Elementary in Canal Winchester on Friday, March 29, 2019.

    This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. The School Geography Bee, held in January, included students in fourth through eighth grades throughout the state to determine the school champion. Taylor, WL-S GeoBee Champion, moved on to the Regional GeoBee taking an online qualifying test, which was submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees.

    State Champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively. Each State Champion will advance to the National Championship for cash awards and college scholarships.

    Congratulations and Good Luck to Aiden Taylor! Way to represent WL-S!





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  • Science Olympiads Place 8th overall in weekend Invitational

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/5/2019

    Saturday’s eleventh annual West Liberty-Salem Science Olympiad Invitational tournament was an overwhelming success! We hosted over 1500 students, parents, and community members from six different states. Our team finished 8th out of 17th Winning medals for our team were Kylie Burgel and Logan Instine in the event “Game On”; Kierra Gilroy and Gabbi Hudson won medals in the event “Rollercoaster”; Maddox Havens and Lily Smith won medals in the event “Road Scholar”; and Lena Kauffman and Arianna Chapman won medals in the event “Write It Do It”. Next up for WL-S is the Piqua Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 16th. Our team hopes to qualify for the State Tournament for the fourteenth year in a row.Sci oly



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  • WL-S represents in Honor Band performances

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 2/18/2019 2:00:00 AM

    This weekend, Saturday February 16, 2019, Noah Cline (trumpet), Ashlie Spencer (trombone) and Andrew Marr (french horn) performed in the Cedarville Music Showcase Honor Band. They auditioned and were selected for their talent, hard work and dedication to their music. Rehearsals took place on Thursday and Friday at Cedarville University, leading up to the main event on Saturday afternoon. They did a wonderful job representing WL-S and the music department!

    WL-S would also like to congratulate 8th grader, Samantha Schwaderer (flute), who performed in the 8th Grade Scarlet Honor Band this weekend. This is the first year that West Liberty-Salem has ever had a Middle School student selected for the honor band! Ellie Cheetham was selected as an alternate, another huge accomplishment. Congratulations to both girls!

    Pictured below: Ashley Spencer, Noah Cline, and Andrew Marr

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  • Sixth Grade Students Rewarded for Effort

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 2/13/2019 1:00:00 AM

    On Friday, February 8th, sixth grade teachers threw a party honoring students who had no missing or late assignments for the entire second nine weeks. Students selected for the party enjoyed a game room complete with board games, a craft room, and art projects. They were honored with a hot chocolate bar where they were able to customize their orders in personal, decorated cups and a dessert and snack buffet. The sixth grade teachers collaborated with Mrs. Smith’s MRDD class, who provided the menus and servers for the event. Taran Logwood (pictured), sixth grader honored at the event, said, “It’s nice the be recognized for effort, and the food is great too!” The afternoon was a wonderful, collaborative event. Congratulations to these students for their hard work, and doing their Tiger best!

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  • WL-S Choir/Band Solo and Ensemble Students Excel

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 2/12/2019 2:00:00 AM

    West Liberty-Salem’s Music Department had an exciting weekend in the OMEA District XI Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event held at West Milton High School. Both Mr. Fannin, Band Director, and Brice Henry, Choir Director, had all students place either first or second in their respective events. This event is an important part of a student’s musical training and development as it exposes them to classical and chamber music. Students performed either alone or in their ensemble in front of a group pf spectators and a judge, and their performance’s are rated on a 1-5 scale, with one being Superior. The judge rates the performer’s competency in a number of musical elements including tone, intonation, and rhythmic accuracy to name a few.

    Students, who received Superior Ratings, are Tenor/Bass Ensemble-Hayden Hostetler, Jaison Council, and Michael Farquharson, vocal soloists, Jessie Boy, Dylan Domachowski, Anna Louden, Trumpet Trio-Lauren Fowler, Isaac Ridley, and Noah Cline, and piano soloist, Andy Marr.

    Students receiving an Excellent Rating include Vocal Soloists Avalon Roberts and Ashley Pratt, and French Horn Soloist, Andy Marr.

    It was an exceptional effort by all students and their directors. Please take a moment to congratulate these students on representing the WL-S Music Department well!




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  • Cheerleaders ‘Pink Out’ for Cancer

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 2/8/2019 3:00:00 AM

    The West Liberty Salem JV and Varsity High School Cheerleaders, students, faculty and community rallied together to support the Logan County Cancer Society in a "Pink Out" event, Saturday night. Fans were encouraged to wear pink to show support of the Cancer Society and to acknowledge that many that have been or are currently affected by Cancer. Donations were collected throughout both games by the cheer ream and an information booth was set up to share information about the benefits available through the Logan County Cancer society. They raised almost $200, and all proceeds directly benefit our Logan County Friends during cancer treatments.




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