FCCLA State Leadership Conference
SWH Regional Choir Results
The SWH Choir and Band members traveled to Garden City Community College on Saturday, April 1 to compete at the regional music contest. They competed their to have a chance to make it to State Music Festival on April 29 at Southeast of Saline. Both band and choir members had a great day and we are very proud of them! Here are the Choir results:
I Rating (Superior):
II Rating (Excellent):
III Rating (Average):
Congrats to you all!
The SWH Powerlifting team went to the state powerlifting meet on Saturday. The Mustangs had a great day with a lot of great performances. We are very proud of them and their achievements. Click here to view results.
SWH Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Southwestern Heights wishes to announce the valedictorian and salutatorian of the graduating class of 2017. Dan Frisby, Principal, has announced Robert Evans, son of Chad and Jennifer Evans, as valedictorian for the graduating class of 2017. Eleni Earnst, daughter of Rodney and Eva Earnst, was announced as salutatorian. These selections are based on the students’ cumulative grade point averages throughout high school.
Robert has been involved in Band, where he currently serves as President, FFA, FCCLA, KAY, Scholars Bowl, Student Council, where he serves as Treasurer, National Honor Society, where he serves as Vice-President, Tennis, Basketball Manager, Football Manager, and he is the Senior Class Vice-President. After graduation, Robert plans to attend Wichita State University, where he will major in Electrical Engineering.
Eleni has been involved in Student Council, where she currently serves as Student Body President, KAY, where she served as the Area 5 President, FCCLA, National Honor Society, where she is the Secretary/Treasurer, Band, Choir, Mustang Singers, Jazz Band, Forensics, Scholars Bowl, and she is the Senior Class President. Eleni plans to attend Friends University, where she will major in Pre-Law.
Both students were also named as Kansas Honor Scholars in the fall by the University of Kansas for being in the top ten percent of their graduating class.
Southwestern Heights congratulates these students for their achievements and wishes them well in their future endeavors. Graduation will be held at Southwestern Heights High School gymnasium on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm.
Chosen for a Youth Tour Program!
Each year, Southern Pioneer Electric offers sophomores and juniors in their service area the opportunity to be selected to attend one of two Youth Tour Programs. The first is a Washington, D.C. Government in Action Tour and the second is a Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Students from the following high schools are encouraged to submit an application and a paragraph explaining why they would be a good recipient for the youth tour program; Ashland, Cunningham, Fowler, Greensburg, Haviland, Kiowa-South Barber, Liberal, Medicine Lodge, Minneola, Satanta, Skyline, South Central, Southwestern Heights, and Sublette. Of the students that apply, two will be selected to attend each Youth Tour Program. This year 41 students applied for this opportunity. Of those that applied, 18 were asked back for interviews at either the Liberal or Medicine Lodge offices. Based on that application and interview, Christian Hernandez, a junior at Southwestern Heights, was selected as one of the two finalists to attend the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, CO this July. The camp brings together approximately 100 high school students from across Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming for a week long camp experience. During their time at Steamboat Springs, the students will establish a candy cooperative business, will learn about electric cooperatives, participate in team building activities and listen to a variety of different speakers. They will also get to enjoy some classic camp activities with his fellow campers. They will go on a white water rafting trip, go hiking, visit the town of Steamboat Springs, cheer at a talent show and end the trip with a dance. Members from the Southern Pioneer Electric Scholarship Committee came to SWH to let Christian know he had been selected with a balloon and candy bouquet.
FFA Discussion Meet
Congratulations to the SWH FFA for receiving 3rd Place at the SW District Kansas Farm Bureau Discussion Meet. Noeli Saenz (6th place discussion) and Makenzie Furman (8th place discussion; 10th place Jr. division speech). Great job!
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
On Friday, January 13 the SWH Mustangs hosted the Sublette Larks for their 2017 Winter Homecoming. The JV girls lost a close one 14-12 and the varsity girls’ team also lost a close one with a score of 30-29. On the boy’s side, the JV boys won 57-26, the C team won 22-11, and the varsity boys won with a score of 52-33. Homecoming was held during halftime of the boy’s game. All of the king candidates looked handsome and the queen candidates looked beautiful. After all the votes were tallied, the homecoming queen was Kaitlin Arellano and the homecoming king was Robert Evans. Congrats to you both!
SWH Contact Info
17222 Mustang Road
Kismet, Kansas 67859
Phone: (620) 563-7292
Fax: (620) 563-7383
SWH Quiz Bowl Takes First!
Southwestern Heights hosted their annual Scholar’s Bowl tournament on Monday, December 12. There were 14 total teams in competition, three from Southwestern Heights. The JV team went 3-3 in pool play, the 2nd Varsity team also went 3-3. The 1st Varsity team went 5-1 in pool play and were 1st in their pool. They went on to win their semi-final round against Cimarron and played the championship round against Syracuse. It came down to the final question, but SWH was victorius and finished the day with a record of 7-1 and 1st place at their home invitational. Congratulations to Coach Sheldon, Brendan Smith, Kaitlin Arellano
Christmasing in Plains
The Junior High and High School Band played at the Christmasing in Plains the first Sunday in December. The community came to watch them play before the parade began. Even through the close to freezing degrees the band played well and could be heard all over main street.
SWH Start Off Season With A Win!
The Southwestern Heights Basketball teams start off their season with a win against Lakin on Friday December 2. The final scores were: JV girls won 33-20, JV boys won 49-27, C boys won 57-23, Varsity girls won 64-42, and Varsity boys won 59-30. The Varsity teams will be traveling to Hugoton this week to compete in the Red and Blue tournament. The tournament kicks off on Thursday December 8. The C team girls will play in the Dodge City C Tournament on Monday and Saturday.
The High school Mustangs have been practicing very hard these past few weeks; all starting strong with Two-a-Days the first week of practice. Their first week was nearly all about conditioning and mental toughness. Learning to work as a team and become strong together. A few weeks have passed and they now practice drill by drill, play by play, all for their opening game on Friday, December 2 @ Southwestern Heights. Good Luck Mustangs!
The musical “Charleston” was directed by Mrs. Argo and Mrs. Saucedo and it was very successful. Each person involved worked very hard to make this musical a success. Each member of the choir was very motivated and dedicated to make the musical flawless. They had a lot of talent and a lot of people were impressed by their performance. They have all worked very hard as a group and have improved so much! They took their time learning their parts and they even stayed after school many times to perfect each of their parts. Overall, the musical was a great success and they all look forward to next year’s musical... View Pictures...
Six members from the SWH Scholars Bowl team competed on Monday, November 7th at Satanta. The team had a record of 7-2 in pool play and advanced to the finals. Finals were the top 3 teams from each pool competing in a round-robin. The team went 3-2 in finals and placed 3rd. Way to go team! Members included Ernesto Hernandez (9th), Rylee McDaniel (9th), Marco Puentes (10th), Logan Cox (11th), Brendan Smith (11th), and Elian Puentes (9th).
Kansas Honors Program
Each year, the KU Alumni Association recognize the top 10 percent of the graduating classes in the state at regional Kansas Honors Programs. On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 5 students from Southwestern Heights were honored at the Kansas Honors Program held at Seward County Community College. Additionally, nine other high schools from the area were represented. The students were served supper and Heath Peterson, KU Alumni Association President, gave a speech about the 12 things that make for successful students. After the remarks, each high school introduced their top 10% and each were presented with an American Heritage Dictionary. The students that were honored from Southwestern Heights were Lexie Amerin, Robert Evans, Nick Chandler, Eleni Earnst, and Kaitlin Arellano.
Cross Country Season
The cross country team had a great season this year. They work hard as a team and also were strong by themselves, improving their own skills. The team improved overall and each member of the team improved individually. Coach Mayhew’s goal at the beginning of the year was to keep everybody positive and to enjoy running. Everyone that went out also finished the season! The cross country team brought home some medals and made themselves better throughout the year. When asked what his favorite memory of the season, Coach Mayhew responded: “My Favorite moment was the beginning of the year water fight we have on the first Friday.” Noeli was asked what she will remember most about this season? She answered: “My miniature family (XC family) that put up with me. We’ve made great memories and had great laughs.” Grady was asked which race was his favorite and why? He answered: “Johnson, because I liked their course the best.” Freshman cross country runner, Felipe, was asked what is one moment that he will never forget. He answered: “The first week of cross country we all motivated each other.” By all standards, the cross country team's season was a great success. Runners continued to improve their times throughout the season and not a single member of the team quit. That is something to be proud of. Coach Mayhew and the underclassmen runners are already looking forward to the next season!
FCCLA Leadership Conference
Twenty-two SWH FCCLA members attended the District Fall Leadership Conference at Dodge City High School on Wednesday, October 26. While at the conference, they heard Josh Roesener, a DJ from 96.3 The Marshall radio station, talk about the importance of networking for career success. Members also participated in breakout sessions where they found out about the history of Dodge City, and learned about Italian cooking and how to make homemade pasta. One of their favorite sessions shared the dangers of driving while impaired. Students were able to wear "drunk goggles" and drive tricycles to simulate how dangerous driving while impaired can be. SWH FCCLA had a successful day as they were awarded a State Active Chapter Award and won 2nd place for their poster about the chapter's community service projects!
SWH FFA Members Shine at Conference
The SWH FFA organization placed 5th out of 17 teams on the FFA Information Test at the Southwest District Greenhand Conference in Dodge City on October 5th. Caden Louderback placed 4th individually on the test. Miss Goossen was very proud of their performance!
See You At The Pole a Big Success!
Students at Southwestern Heights gathered around the flagpole on Wednesday, September 28. This annual event gives students an opportunity to gather together in a united cause to lift up the school, faculty, staff and students in prayer. The official gathering time was 7:30, but since the Student Council had to leave for a conference at 7:20, they came at 7:00 a.m. to participate.
Both Junior High and High School students, along with faculty, staff and community members came to make the total number around 80 people! Leon Toews, of Meade, came with his guitar and led the singing. As everyone held hands around the flagpole, many prayers were offered for the school, community, and nation.
Afterwards, everyone enjoyed donuts to start the day. Many students expressed what a blessing the event was. “I really liked this. I didn’t know what to expect, but I really liked it!” remarked Liz Sanchez, a Senior at Southwestern Heights.
KAY Pack Christmas Boxes
Ten members of the KAY Club helped to pack 1000 shoe boxes in Meade, on Sunday October 2, at the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party. The event was organized by local community members and churches and publicized by KJIL radio.
Six long rows of tables were loaded with notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, coloring books, toiletries, markers, toothbrushes, socks, shoes, bags, ribbons, tools, and toys. Each row was designated for either a boy or a girl of a certain age. The KAY members walked along packing their boxes and once filled, they wrote a personal note to the child who will eventually get the box.
The theme for the SWH KAY club this year is: We are here to serve. We are here to inspire. We are here to Love. Taking time out of their weekend to pack these boxes fulfilled every aspect of this year’s theme!