Warsaw Adult Education held the first-ever graduation ceremony at Gateway Education Center, Friday, May 12, for students who earned their High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma over the past few months.

Thirty-nine students were recognized for earning their HSE, formerly known as the GED. Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools, was the featured speaker and encouraged the graduates to pursue their dreams while congratulating them on their accomplishment.

Approximately 65 family and friends attended to witness the ceremony. A Warsaw Adult Education graduation ceremony will next be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Gateway Education Center.

Pictured (from left): Robin Johnson, Ramiro Castro, Alan Stephens, Mina I. Schildroth/Menchaca, Kayla Merley, Kateria Parsons and Tanesha Cook..
Warsaw Community Schools is excited to announce the return of the 5K Run, Walk or Roll this Saturday, May 13. The event is designed to raise funds as well as awareness of the abilities of all people.

Though in the past the fundraiser has been conducted on the WCHS Cross Country Course, in order to be more accessible to all participants, the 5K location has moved this year. The event, which features an all new course, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Warsaw Community High School track, circle the perimeter of the high school, Edgewood Middle School and Washington Elementary, and then finish with a loop around the track. MyTeamTriumph, led by Barb Martz, will join in the 5K.

The one mile race will begin immediately following the conclusion of the 5K. Wheels (wheelchairs and strollers) are encouraged but not required for the mile event.
Interested participants can register at . Race day registration begins at 8 a.m.

All proceeds raised from the event will support the WCS Unified Track Team, which enters its fourth season this year. The Unified Track team won the state championship held at IU Bloomington in its first and third years, and members are excited to be starting another great season this year.

The team is comprised of members with and without intellectual disabilities and allows students to demonstrate their tiger pride as a student athlete. As a result of collaboration between Indiana Special Olympics and the Indiana High School Athletic Association, unified track is an IHSSA sanctioned sport.

The only home meet of the Unified Track team will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11. Six area teams will be hosted by WCS with the Boosters on-hand at the concession to stand to offer guests grilled food. Please come out and support your Warsaw Tigers in this event.

Warsaw Community Schools invites you to attend the fourth annual Warsaw Robotics Vex Exhibition Tournament Friday, May 12. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will conclude around 9:30 p.m. in the Warsaw Area Career Center gym.

The tournament will feature two teams from Edgewood Middle School, coached by Abbi Richcreek; one team from Lakeview Middle School, coached by Justin Weaver; 19 teams from the WACC, coached by Paul Zakaria, Marc Huffer and Sharon Metz; four teams from Washington, coached by David Burden and Patrick Hazelton; and up to 10 teams from outside school systems.

Students participating in the event have been given six weeks to build their Vex robots for the tournament. The challenges students face during the event change each year in conjunction with the theme. This year’s theme is “Hoopla.”

Teams will compete at least six times in qualifying rounds before being ranked. At that point, the top eight teams pick two alliances and the finals begin. Tournament champions (three alliances) will be determined with two wins in the finals. There will be tournament runner-ups for the second-place alliance.

Each team involved in the tournament has approximately 2-5 students involved. Teams work together to demonstrate the design process as they design and build their own robot based on the challenge constraints. Referees inspect these robots before the teams play. Robots that do not pass inspection are unable to participate. If a team does not pass their inspection, they are able to revise their design until it does pass the rules.

“This is our fourth year of hosting this competition for our students and other local communities. Each year the event is a different challenge,” explained Richcreek. “I believe this is a great opportunity to promote STEM within our schools. Students are demonstrating their problem solving and engineering skills while collaborating with others.”

The student registration cost for the event is the donation of canned food items. A community service award will be granted to the team that donates the most items (measured by weight). Donated goods will be given to Combined Community Services.

No admission fee will be charged for the event and concessions will be available from 5-7 p.m.

A Warsaw Community Schools bus driver helped ensure student safety Wednesday, May 3, following the discovery of a small mechanical fire. Students were evacuated from the bus safely to await a new bus to be dispatched to their location. Thank you to the WCS transportation department for their quick and thorough response to the situation. 

Warsaw Community Schools and the Tiger Football program is excited about the future of Tiger Football, and the future is wearing flags.

With the assistance of USA Football and the National Football League, Tiger Football is on top of the movement toward creating a safe, fun, and educational experience for young children through the development, organization and operation of a flag football program.

This upcoming fall marks the third year for the growing program at WCHS – a program aimed at teaching all participants every aspect of the game in a fun, healthy and safe environment under the direct supervision of the varsity coaching staff and players.

Tiger football is among the growing number of programs nationwide making efforts to respond to concerns about the safety of the sport of football. Through the staff’s efforts to coordinate a program that combines instruction as well as a competitive element, each participant will be educated on all of the fundamentals in a non-threatening and safe environment. Skills such as proper blocking, proper and safe tackling techniques, throwing the ball, catching the ball, as well as agility and athletic movement drills will all be emphasized. Additionally, each participant will get a chance to play each position in both drills and in structured competitive situations.

The Warsaw Tiger/NFL Flag Football program operates in a safe manner designed especially for early adolescent children. Both children and parents learn about the game (and hopefully learn to love the game) without being subjected to repeated collisions and contact, including head-to-head contact that is common with fully-padded youth football.

Participants are surrounded by caring and qualified coaches concerned more about a participant’s safety and well-being rather than a final score.

The Warsaw Tiger Flag Football program is the only youth football program endorsed by Warsaw Community Schools, WCHS Athletics, and the Tiger Football staff.

League Information

All activities will take place at WCHS on Saturdays, starting Aug. 12. The league is intended for players in grades 3-6. All area athletes are welcome to participate.

The cost to register is $25. The registration fee includes a reversible NFL jersey, Flags/Belt, and membership for Players/Parents to USA Football.

Our first day will be Aug. 12. We will have eight weeks total, concluding on Sept. 30.

Outline of the Program Schedule

Fifth and sixth grades: 9-10:30 a.m.
Third and fourth grades: 10:45-12:15 p.m.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1 - Skills Camp

Week 2 - Skills Camp and Team Practice

Weeks 3 through 8 - Brief skills session and team practice, followed by a game with two 20-minute halves.

Games will be either 5-on-5 or 7-on-7, depending on the number of participants. We look forward to working with you on growing the game of football and investing in the future of our program and community.

To Register, click here. 

Article by Roger Grossman,
Warsaw Community High School Sports Info Director,
Sports Director at Lake City Media

The Warsaw Community School Board has approved the hiring of Jonathon Hoover as head girls' soccer coach.

Hoover has worked in the coaching field as the lead assistant coach of the women’s soccer team at Grace College since 2008. He was the head girls’ coach at Lakeland Christian Academy in the fall of 2008.

In addition to his coaching history, Hoover has also worked with students as a physical education and health teacher at Edgewood Middle School since 2008. Prior to his time at Edgewood, Hoover worked as the youth and family director for the Kosciusko Community YMCA.

During his time on the field as an athlete, Hoover was a member of the Grace soccer squad from 1997-2001; a three-time Mid-Central Conference all-conference second team selection; and was named team captain three times. He went on to be the goal keeper for an FC Indiana side that won the US Open Cup State Championship. He was also a high school track star who graduated with school records in the 55m, indoor high jump, 4x100 relay and javelin.

Hoover takes over for Peter Lucht, who resigned in the winter. The Lady Tigers went 16-5 in 2016, finishing 6-1 in the Northern Lake Conference. 

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