WES student Bethani Tibbs + karate = SUCCESS

posted Jul 12, 2019, 7:15 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Jul 12, 2019, 7:15 AM ]

This past Saturday, Wauseon’s Bethani Tibbs competed in the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) World Martial Arts Championships at Coronado Springs Disney World in Orlando, Fla., winning two titles.

The titles she won were in Continuous Sparring and Clash Sparring. She came in second place in Point Sparring.

Tibbs competed in the 8- to 9-year-old Advanced Division against some of the best competition from around the world. She beat girls from the United States, Australia, and South Africa. She has won a total of three ISKA World Championships in the last two years.

Her next big competition will be in November, when she fights for Team USA at the World Championships in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Tibbs trains out of Iron Body Dojo in Wauseon, as well as American Kenpo Karate Dojo 

Article and picture from the Fulton County Expositor article 

WHS Softball NWOAL Champs!

posted May 15, 2019, 11:37 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated May 15, 2019, 11:37 AM ]

The Wauseon softball team defeated Swanton 5-0 to claim the 2019 NWOAL Softball Championship. The team finished 6-1 in the NWOAL. They also won the NWOAL in 2018. This is the 9th NWOAL softball championship for Wauseon High School and the 135th league title overall. In the decisive game at Swanton, Macee Schang pitched a no-hitter and struck out 17 along the way. 

Congratulations to Coach Schang and the members of the team on a great accomplishment!

Interested in substituting?

posted Apr 16, 2019, 8:46 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Apr 16, 2019, 8:47 AM ]


posted Feb 26, 2019, 7:48 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Feb 26, 2019, 8:12 AM ]

Congratulations to our WMS Mathcounts participants!

We had 10 WMS students compete in the MATHCOUNTS competition this past Friday.

Individual placers were:

Ryan Marks - 4th place
Josh Freestone - 5th place & 3rd place in Countdown Round

The team of Ryan Marks, Josh Freestone, Parker Black and Daniel Lilly placed 1st and will be competing at the State Competition on March 9th in Columbus.

Good luck!!

Calamity Day Update 2-1-19

posted Feb 1, 2019, 8:02 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Feb 1, 2019, 8:02 AM ]

OHSAA/NFHS release joint statement

posted Jan 30, 2019, 6:04 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Feb 1, 2019, 8:02 AM ]

By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and Jerry Snodgrass, Executive Director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Ohio, this message is primarily for you. 

When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, cool it.  

Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Ohio has an alarming shortage of high school officials.  

It’s true. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistle blowing. Why? They don’t need your abuse.

Plus, there’s a ripple effect. There are more officials over 60 than under 30 in many areas. And as older, experienced officials retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. If there are no officials, there are no games. The shortage of licensed high school officials is severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled—especially at the freshman and junior varsity levels.  

Research confirms that participation in high school sports and activities instills a sense of pride in school and community, teaches lifelong lessons like the value of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitates the physical and emotional development of those who participate. So, if the games go away because there aren’t enough men and women to officiate them, the loss will be infinitely greater than just an “L” on the scoreboard. It will be putting a dent in your community’s future.

If you would like to be a part of the solution to the shortage of high school officials, you can sign up to become a licensed official at Otherwise, adult role models at high school athletic events here in Ohio are always welcome. 

Article from The Village Reporter 

Calamity Day Update 1-23-2019

posted Jan 23, 2019, 5:06 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Jan 23, 2019, 5:06 AM ]

Veterans invited!

posted Nov 9, 2018, 7:37 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Nov 9, 2018, 7:38 AM ]

We cordially invite all veterans to our Veterans Day programs!

Monday, November 12th at 8:30 a.m.

Monday, November 12th at 10:00 a.m.

Monday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m.

Thank you!!

posted Nov 7, 2018, 9:12 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 9:13 AM ]

On behalf of the Wauseon Board of Education, we would like to thank the entire Wauseon School Community for their support of the 3.99 Mill, 8 Year Renewal Levy for our schools.

We were especially pleased to see that the emergency levy renewal passed in each of the 9 precincts for the Wauseon Exempted Village Schools. This straight renewal levy assessment does not raise the total dollar amount collected from taxes. It will permit us to continue the educational programming that we have offered to our students in recent years.

Olivia Clark to dance in Macy's parade!

posted Nov 7, 2018, 7:13 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 7:13 AM ]

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will get a boost this year from an aspiring local talent.

Olivia Clark, a sophomore at Wauseon High School, has been selected to be one of only seven dancers appearing with Macy’s Great American Marching Band (MGAMB) in the holiday parade in New York City. She was notified of the prestigious honor in July after applying and submitting an audition tape. The dancers will perform to the Aretha Franklin hits “Respect” and “Think.”

Currently a member of the WHS marching band and theater troupe, 15-year-old Olivia said she’s fired up about the opportunity, and hopes it will be a springboard for her dream career as a professional dancer.

“I’m very excited. I’m ready to take this on,” she said.

Now in her 13th year of dancing, Olivia has been steeped in the art form since first taking the floor at age two at In Step Dance Center in Columbus. She won her first competition there at six before moving on to Kim Hohman’s Danceworks in Van Wert, then to Dance Expressions in Maumee after her family moved to Wauseon.

Olivia danced at Disney World the summer before entering high school, and is currently with the Toledo Ballet, following a tough 1 1/2-hour placement audition that won her an upper level position. Last year, she performed in the ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

Dancing and musical theater are in her blood. Her father, Don Clark, is the WHS band director; her mother, Jamie Clark, is the Color Guard director for the Falcon Marching Band at Bowling Green State University. Olivia said over the years she’s watched some of her mother’s former students perform in the Macy’s parade.

The audition tape for a spot with MGAMB was demanding. Olivia had to dance to hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, and jazz music, then demonstrate marching to a specific tempo, all in a three- to five-minute video that was posted to YouTube.

“I was so nervous. It was one of those things where I couldn’t mess up, and I wanted to get everything right,” she said.

She did three takes of each performance, and, with help from her father, combined the best to create the video.

Kelly Schlegel, MGAMB event chair, said being chosen for the dance team is no small feat. “Anybody who tries out has to be the top of the top,” she said. “The people we have reviewing them are very advanced in the field, and very picky concerning what they’re looking for.”

A professional dancer makes the final selections after reviewing audition tapes. While the dance team can hold up to 10 people each year, this year only seven applicants from across the country were chosen.

Olivia and her fellow dancers will automatically receive invitations to join MGAMB in the Thanksgiving Day parade again next year, an honor they can accept until graduating from high school.

But the honor doesn’t come cheap. The cost to appear, not including airfare, is $1,800 which includes hotel accommodations, tickets to a Broadway musical, and Macy’s souvenirs. A GoFundMe account for Olivia’s expenses has been established by her mother at – enter the name Jamie Knox Clark under the “search” mode. Olivia is also pursuing corporate sponsorship, and private donations may be delivered to Don Clark’s band office at the high school.

Olivia will arrive in the Big Apple the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving to begin practice, and will attend a dinner and dance held after the parade for all participants. She’s also planning to look at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York University, and Marymount Manhattan College as potential performing arts colleges to attend .

“I want to be able to dance beyond high school, and New York is that place to be,” she said. “I love dancing because you’re never done learning. There’s always something you can improve on.”

For now, Olivia practices dance five hours a week, and has been cast as Bianca in the WHS production of “Othello.” She plans to audition for the school’s spring musical, “Footloose.”

“My dream is just dancing in New York – musicals, Broadway,” she said. “I naturally love performing. I have a passion for this.”

Information provided By David J. Coehrs of the Fulton County Expositor 

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