BOE Recognizes 4A State Forensics Duo Interpretation Champions
The Board of Education recognized Blaine Hupe and Lauren Shaffer who were the first ever 4A State Forensics Duo Interpretation Champions. They also finished 36th at NCFL Grand Nationals Forensics with the same Duo Interpretation.
The Board of Education also recognized as Blaine Hupe, WHS Student, for earning the first place $3,000.00 scholarship in the 5th Annual Kansas Financial Scholars Essay Contest sponsored by the Kansas Banking Commission, the Kanas Securities Commission, and the Kansas Insurance Department.
This is what Jina Kugler had to say about Blaine:
Blaine Hupe has been a dedicated student as well as a positive influence in our school, always demonstrating respect, integrity, responsibility and a strong work ethic. At the end of the year he received a plaque from the speech & drama department, recognition for community service hours, the art department medal, was a designated state scholar, received a National Honor Society Scholarship, and the Semper Fi Musical Excellence Award. He also won first place in the Kansas Financial Scholars Essay Contest. As part of the application process he had to write about a real life event that affected his money management, interview someone in a career field he aspires to and then write an analysis including information comparing costs of higher education, the positive and negatives of taking out loans for college or paying his way through college with scholarships, work, or attending a less expensive school, and the earning potential of his chosen degree including the average debt load and pay-off time. This was a state-wide competition with more than 80 entries. Blaine earned $3000 for his first place essay.