WISD board discusses security, Baker Field plan and drug tests

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 30, 2022 In a regular meeting of the Whitney ISD Board of Trustees held Monday, June 20, the board discussed district security information, Whitney Wildcat Football League’s plans for the Baker Field restrooms and concession stands and an amendment to the random drug testing policy. Superintendent John McCullough said that he … Continue reading WISD board discusses security, Baker Field plan and drug tests

Firefighters respond to two fires

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 Multiple Whitney area fire departments were dispatched to fires Monday afternoon, June 20. At 1:15 p.m., Whitney, Lakeview and Peoria volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the 200 block of HCR 1246, just northeast of Whitney High School. Officials said that the blaze was caused by a hay baler … Continue reading Firefighters respond to two fires

WHS color guard, band members attend leadership camp

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 23, 2022 Whitney High School students attended the 48th Howard Payne University Band Leadership Camp June 13-17 in Brownwood. The camp offers leadership training in the areas of drum major, section leader, officer, marching skills, marching percussion and color guard. Members of the Wildcat color guard and band pictured above include … Continue reading WHS color guard, band members attend leadership camp

Whitney’s new athletic director looks to build on recent success

Reporter and KHBR Radio Personality: Jack Foley June 16, 2022 Whitney Independent School District has announced that David Haynes Jr. has been selected to replace Mark Byrd as the new athletic director and head football coach of the Wildcats. The 2004 McGregor High School graduate has spent 14 years as a coach, most recently as … Continue reading Whitney’s new athletic director looks to build on recent success

WHS grad signs with Austin College

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 Recent Whitney High School graduate Lupita Reel has decided to attend Austin College and play softball for the 'Roos. She is pictured with her mother, Kenda Campbell, and step-father, Jeremy Campbell, signing with the college. At back are Coach Bo Johnson and Coach Kylie Roos.

WHS seniors receive LW Garden Club scholarships

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 1, 2022 Dacey Allen and Amy Ward, Whitney High School graduates, have each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Lake Whitney Garden Club. The scholarships were presented at the Whitney High School Scholarship Program Tuesday, May 24. Dacy Allen Dacey, daughter of Chris Allen of Whitney, will be attending Tarleton State … Continue reading WHS seniors receive LW Garden Club scholarships

Class of 2022 to graduate Friday night

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 26, 2022 Whitney High School will present diplomas to the Class of 2022 at 7 p.m. Friday night, May 27, at Wildcat Stadium. There are 102 students in this year's senior class. Timothy Baker Valedictorian Graduating as valedictorian is Timothy Lonestar Baker, the son of Tim and Laura Baker. Baker plans … Continue reading Class of 2022 to graduate Friday night

Wildcats finish season in playoff battle

May 26, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity baseball team exited the playoffs Saturday, May 21, after losing to Franklin two games to one in the Class 3-A Regional Quarterfinals in Salado. Game three remained scoreless for the first two innings as pitcher Jaxon Montgomery (pictured) and the Whitney defense found ways to limit the … Continue reading Wildcats finish season in playoff battle

Whitney ISD to offer free summer meals

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 26, 2022 This summer, Whitney Intermediate School will connect children 18 and younger and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old with healthy, no-cost summer meals. Meals will be served at the intermediate school beginning May 31 through June 30. Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and … Continue reading Whitney ISD to offer free summer meals

Duncan family honored at WHS banquet

Reporter: Ellie Mahan May 26, 2022 Pictured (l to r): Tennis Coach Greg Davis, tennis player Amy Ward, Ann Duncan, tennis player Laney Beam, tennis player Macy McKinney, tennis player Donna Guille, Jim Duncan and Tom Duncan. For their years of dedication to the Whitney tennis team, Jim, Ann and Tom Duncan were presented a … Continue reading Duncan family honored at WHS banquet

WHS senior signs with college

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 25, 2022 Whitney High School senior Dalton Wooten recently signed with Mission Tech Prep Academy in Killeen to play football. Pictured in the front row are Dalton and his parents, Christina Mehaffey and Shawn Wooten. At back are (l to r) Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Mark Byrd and Coach Bo Johnson.

Board discusses Baker Field plans, hears presentation on police force

Reporter: Ellie Mahan May 19, 2022 In a regular meeting of the Whitney ISD Board of Trustees held Monday, May 9, the board discussed the demolition of facilities at Baker Field, heard a presentation on the possibility of a school police force and congratulated the German Club and Royelles Drill Team for their accomplishments. In … Continue reading Board discusses Baker Field plans, hears presentation on police force

Wildcats win bi-district championship

Photo by April Sanders May 12, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity baseball team won the bi-district championship Saturday, May 7, after a three-game series against Scurry-Rosser. The Wildcats lost the first game played in Whitney Friday, May 6, by a score of 5-2, but went on to win the second game 9-2 in Scurry … Continue reading Wildcats win bi-district championship

Local athletes advance to state

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 12, 2022 Whitney High School sophomore Marcus Wilson will compete in the 300m hurdles at the state track and field meet after his performance at the recent 3A regional meet held in Midway. Wilson posted the fastest third-place time in the state, earning him the wildcard spot and a chance to … Continue reading Local athletes advance to state

Whitney ISD to serve free summer meals

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 12, 2022 This summer, Whitney Intermediate School will connect children 18 and younger and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old with healthy, no-cost summer meals. Meals will be served at the intermediate school beginning May 31 through June 30. Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and … Continue reading Whitney ISD to serve free summer meals

Whitney couple celebrates 74th anniversary

Reporter: Ellie Mahan May 12, 2022 The Ryans on their wedding day, May 2, 1948 Bill and Gwen Ryan, Whitney residents, celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary Monday, May 2. Bill and Gwen were married May 2, 1948, at the First Baptist Church in Estancia, New Mexico. The couple has five children, 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren … Continue reading Whitney couple celebrates 74th anniversary

Correction

In last week's edition of The Lakelander, we reported that Whitney High School athlete Orrin Green's long jump of 22 feet and 5.75 inches was a school record. However, in 1967 Whitney High School junior Pete Cook won a first-ever state title for Whitney with a long jump of 22 feet and 8.75 inches. Mr. … Continue reading Correction

WHS senior signs with college

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 12, 2022 Whitney High School senior Emilie Booth signed to play softball at Dallas Christian College last week. Pictured are: front row - Emilie at center with her mother, Tiffany Booth, and her father, Justin Booth; back row - Athletic Director Mark Byrd and Softball Coach Kylie Roos.

Wildcat advances to state

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 4, 2022 Whitney High School senior Orrin Green advanced to state in long jump at the 3A regional track and field meet held last weekend at Midway High School. Green's long jump of 22 feet and 5 3/4 inches earned him a second-place finish at regionals to advance to state. He … Continue reading Wildcat advances to state

Author draws inspiration from time in Whitney

Reporter: Ellie Mahan April 27, 2022 Murray Richter, now a published author of two children’s books, attended Whitney High School and graduated in 1988. When he moved from Alice to Whitney in the early 1980’s, he spent time fishing, skiing and soaking up all the nature and fun that Lake Whitney had to offer. His … Continue reading Author draws inspiration from time in Whitney

WMS culinary program holds inaugural class

Submitted by Whitney Middle School April 27, 2022 Students prepared kolaches during the school's first culinary class, Saturday, April 9. Tony Dudik, seventh grade Texas History teacher, developed and taught the Texas Historical and Cultural Culinary Course. Seventh grade Texas history teacher Tony Dudik taught the inaugural culinary class at Whitney Middle School Saturday, April … Continue reading WMS culinary program holds inaugural class

Whitney ISD board holds April meeting

Reporter: Ellie Mahan April 20, 2022 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, April 11, in a regular session to view 2022 mock STAAR test results, watch a presentation on the ACE Program and hear administrator reports. During administrator reports, Amber Seely, elementary school principal, reported that the campus enrollment is growing. Four new … Continue reading Whitney ISD board holds April meeting

WHS tennis players state bound

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 20, 2022 Three members of the Whitney High School tennis team are state bound after competing at the regional competition last week. Danna Guille and Laney Beam won first place in girls' doubles, earning the regional championship and a trip to state. Macy McKinney took third place in girls' singles, securing … Continue reading WHS tennis players state bound

WHS golfers advance to regionals

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 13, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity boys golf team recently finished third in district play. Members of the varsity team pictured above (l to r) are Rob Riney, Kannon Watson, Tate Winkler and Brendan Aguirre. Winkler and Riney will advance to regionals in Brenham April 18-19, after they each shot … Continue reading WHS golfers advance to regionals

Whitney High School athletes compete in district track meet

April 13, 2022 The Whitney High School track teams competed at the 2022 District 17-3A track meet in McGregor last week, and several athletes will be heading to area. The boys 4x100m relay team of Kyler Cryns, Orrin Green, Jordan Johnson and Marcus Wilson will advance. Orrin Green also qualified in the 100m, 200m and … Continue reading Whitney High School athletes compete in district track meet

Powerlifters compete at state

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 23, 2022 Whitney High School athletes competed in the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state contest in Corpus Christi Thursday, March 17. Alli McCreery placed fourth in state and improved 15 pounds on her total. Vanessa Cruz placed sixth and improved 25 pounds on her total. As a team, the … Continue reading Powerlifters compete at state

WISD board holds March meeting, hears reports from administrators

Reporter: Ellie Mahan March 16, 2022 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, March 7, in a regular session to review monthly district business and hear administrator reports for each campus. Superintendent John McCullough announced that the district will use its last bad weather day. Monday, April 18, will be a regular school day … Continue reading WISD board holds March meeting, hears reports from administrators

Powerlifters earn trip to state

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 9, 2022 Three members of the Whitney High School girls' powerlifting team have advanced to the state competition after competing at regionals in Dublin recently. Alli McCreery, Vanessa Cruz and Paulina Delgado (pictured left to right) will travel to Corpus Christi Thursday, March 17, to compete in the Texas High School … Continue reading Powerlifters earn trip to state

WHS German students earn regional awards

March 9, 2022 The Whitney High School German students earned second place at the North Texas Winterfest German Regional Contest held in February. The contest was once again virtual due to the ongoing pandemic, but this year there were a total of 35 participants from Whitney who collected 10 first-place individual and group wins. All … Continue reading WHS German students earn regional awards

May ballots take shape after filing ends

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 2, 2022 No Whitney elections after candidates withdraw, AISD calls bond election… Area voters will have several local decisions to make and two statewide constitutional amendments to decide in the Saturday, May 7 election. After the filing period ended Friday, February 18, it initially appeared that both the City of Whitney … Continue reading May ballots take shape after filing ends

Wildcats claim bi-district championship

March 2, 2022 The Whitney Wildcats claimed a bi-district championship Tuesday, February 22, before their season came to an end in the next round against Groesbeck Friday, February 25. The Wildcats defeated Scurry-Rosser 45-41 in Corsicana in the first round. Both teams felt each other out throughout the first half, with Scurry-Rosser taking the lead … Continue reading Wildcats claim bi-district championship

Whitney native to co-host ESPN fishing podcast

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 2, 2022 Murray Richter, a 1998 Whitney graduate and Dallas-area author, will co-host ESPN's Reel Talk Radio podcast with Captain Debbie Hanson, broadcasting from Ft. Myers, Florida. Listeners can listen live Saturday, March 5, at 6 a.m. Central Time at https://espnswfl.com/shows/espn- swfl-reel-talk/. The podcast will also be available in the show … Continue reading Whitney native to co-host ESPN fishing podcast

Whitney High School Sports Update

February 23, 2022 Click this link for a highlight video of round one of the boys basketball playoffs, where the Wildcats claimed a win over Scurry-Rosser Tuesday, February 22. Varsity Boys BasketballAfter defeating McGregor 47-39 Friday, February 18, the Wildcats entered round one of the playoffs Tuesday, February 22, in Corsicana vs. Scurry-Rosser. The team … Continue reading Whitney High School Sports Update

Whitney athletes selected for FCA Victory Bowl

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 16, 2022 Whitney High School seniors Kolt Byrd and Jaxon Montgomery have been selected to play in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Victory Bowl in June. Byrd was selected to participate in the FCA football game, and Montgomery was chosen for the FCA baseball game. Pictured (l to r) are: … Continue reading Whitney athletes selected for FCA Victory Bowl

Theatre teacher returns to the stage

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 2, 2022 Stephen Buse, a Whitney High School theatre teacher who the community rallied around after he was injured in a 2016 crash, is returning to the local stage as the professor in an adaptation of Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” at Lake Whitney Arts. “Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy … Continue reading Theatre teacher returns to the stage

Participants gearing up for county fair

Reporter: Ellie Mahan and Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 19, 2022 Events scheduled at Hillsboro fairgrounds next week… Whitney High School senior Cheyenne Delong will show a market steer and heifer at the fair. Young people throughout the county are preparing their livestock, creative arts and shop projects for next week's Hill County Fair. The fair … Continue reading Participants gearing up for county fair

WISD discusses COVID-19 protocol, benchmark data

Reporter: Ellie Mahan January 19, 2022 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, January 10, in a regular session to discuss COVID-19 quarantine protocols, review benchmark data and hear administrator reports. In honor of school board appreciation month, for the January meeting, the board room was decorated with handmade posters for the board members, … Continue reading WISD discusses COVID-19 protocol, benchmark data

WHS cheerleaders compete at state UIL contest

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 19, 2022 Whitney High School cheerleaders competed at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state cheerleading competition in Fort Worth last week. Pictured (l to r) are: front row - Macy McBrayer, Riley Cutrer, Hope Ivers, Mackenzie Cutrer, Caitlin Poore, Ragynn Ruesch and Claire Allen; back row - Ally McCreery, Macy McKinney, … Continue reading WHS cheerleaders compete at state UIL contest

Whitney High School band member advances to state

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 Jonah Cottongame Whitney High School band member Jonah Cottongame has been selected as a member of the 2022 Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) All-State Band. Cottongame, a sophomore, was chosen for the honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at region and area levels. … Continue reading Whitney High School band member advances to state

Lady Cats 4-1 in district play

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity basketball team's season is well underway, and the Lady Wildcats currently have a district record of 4-1. The team has defeated McGregor, Clifton, Riesel and Waco Harmony, and fell short to Troy by 11 points. The Lady Cats were set to face West Tuesday … Continue reading Lady Cats 4-1 in district play

Whitney High School band students wrap up intense competitive events

Submitted by Band Director Josh Nowlin January 12, 2022 Last Saturday, the Whitney High School band wrapped up a unique competition where students competed at the state level with literally tens of thousands of other band students across the state. They learned college level music and performed in a blind audition for a panel of … Continue reading Whitney High School band students wrap up intense competitive events

FFA Members Attend National Convention

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 Whitney FFA would like to thank the community for its help in sending Whitney High School students to the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana in October. Instructors reported that the students had a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet members from throughout the U.S. and participate … Continue reading FFA Members Attend National Convention

Wildcats win again, playoff game set for Friday night

Sports writer: Brent Cook November 10, 2021 Whitney to face Grosebeck at Waco ISD Stadium... The Whitney Wildcats took care of business Friday night at Wildcat Stadium, closing out the regular season with a 35-7 victory. Facing Life Oak Cliff, the Wildcats (5-5, 4-2) fine-tuned the game plan in preparation for a return trip to … Continue reading Wildcats win again, playoff game set for Friday night

Wildcats focus on playoffs with another district win

Sports Writer: Brent Cook November 3, 2021 With a last-minute touchdown run from senior quarterback Garrett Peacock, the Whitney Wildcats (4-5, 3-2) shocked the Maypearl Panthers Friday night with a thrilling 37-34 victory. “We for sure kept everyone in their seats until the final horn,” said Whitney Head Coach Mark Byrd. The Panthers mounted a … Continue reading Wildcats focus on playoffs with another district win

Local Veterans Day guest speaker is Whitney native

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 Fort Graham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution officials are pleased to announce that the featured guest speaker for the Veterans Day celebration at Lake Whitney Senior Center will be an accomplished Army Command Sergeant Major hailing from Whitney. Having graduated Whitney High School in 1987, CSM … Continue reading Local Veterans Day guest speaker is Whitney native

Whitney choirs plan concert and fund raiser

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 20, 2021 Whitney High School and Whitney Middle School choirs are joining together for a combined fall show concert, with a fund-raiser dinner and silent auction before the show, Thursday, October 28. Sheri Hayes, who has been the choir director of Whitney High School and Whitney Middle School for about 15 … Continue reading Whitney choirs plan concert and fund raiser

WHS student recognized for excellence

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 20, 2021 Amy Leech, principal of Whitney High School, is pictured presenting a certificate to Timothy Baker for being named a commended student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program for achieving scholastic excellence on his SAT. Approximately 34,000 commended students across the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic … Continue reading WHS student recognized for excellence

WHS student recognized by FCA

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 The Burton Lawless College Scholarship was presented to two recipients, including a Whitney student, at the 22nd Annual Grant Teaff Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Golf Tournament. Burton is a Leadership Board member in the Heart of Texas area and a Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys. The … Continue reading WHS student recognized by FCA

WHS Crowns 2021 Homecoming Queen

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 6, 2021 Whitney High School homecoming queen Macy McKinney was crowned during halftime ceremonies of the Wildcat football game Friday night, October 1. In a moving ceremony, Macy was escorted by members of the Waco Police Department as a tribute to her late father Michael McKinney, who was a Waco officer … Continue reading WHS Crowns 2021 Homecoming Queen

Lady ‘Cats defeat Riesel at home

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 15, 2021 The Whitney High School varsity volleyball team defeated Riesel 3-1 Friday night, September 10, at home. Riesel won the first set 27-25, and Whitney took the next three by scores of 25-18, 25-7 and 25-22. The Lady 'Cats were scheduled to take on Troy at home Tuesday, September 14, … Continue reading Lady ‘Cats defeat Riesel at home

Wildcats’ fight falls short against Rogers

Sports Writer: Brent Cook September 15, 2021 Senior Orrin Green paves the way for sophomore Demari Wilson to sprint past the Rogers defense. Wilson starred for the Wildcats in Friday’s game, racking up 124 all-purpose yards. The Whitney Wildcats started strong Friday night, but with a fourth-quarter stand, the Rogers Eagles soared to victory. Under … Continue reading Wildcats’ fight falls short against Rogers

WISD board makes decisions ahead of 2021-22 school year

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 The Whitney Independent School District Board of Trustees met in a regular session Monday, August 9, and considered a number of agenda items ahead of the new school year. Superintendent John McCullough reviewed the school's plan to address COVID-19 this year based on updated Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidance, … Continue reading WISD board makes decisions ahead of 2021-22 school year

WISD campuses preparing for registration next week

Registration dates for Whitney elementary school, intermediate school, middle school and high school are set for Tuesday, July 27, through Thursday, July 29, at each campus. The first day of school for Whitney students is Wednesday, August 18 Whitney elementary school Elementary school registration will be Tuesday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., … Continue reading WISD campuses preparing for registration next week