Good News Friday





Waynesville High School is proud to announce the Valedictorian and
Salutatorian for the Class of 2022! 

Andrew Weaver – Valedictorian
Andrew plans to attend the University of Dayton studying computer science.  During high school, Andrew was a member of the Strategy Gaming & Information Technology Club, as well as National Honor Society.  Outside of school, he enjoys playing Magic the Gathering and coding.  Andrew plans to spend this summer working at the MakerSpace in the Mary L. Cook Public Library, where there will be an emphasis in the 3D design and print equipment. 

Andrew is the son of Chris and Michelle Weaver.


Rachel Ingle, Salutatorian
Rachel Ingle will be attending Ohio University enrolling in the biology department with a focus on molecular and cellular biology aspiring to make an impact in the research and medical community upon graduation. Rachel has participated in track, swimming and the cross country team concluding her senior year as team captain. While participating in academic clubs such as foreign language and President of NHS, she has also been able to enjoy and take part in art club culminating in a trip to Rome and France. Rachel has enjoyed her high school career fostering life-long friendships while encountering inspiring and influential teachers along the way. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, exploring nature and outdoor adventures, discovering local arts and being active through running.  Summer highlights include relaxing by the pool with friends and family, vacationing in Key Largo, FL and simply enjoying the season before the next chapter in life.

Rachel is the daughter of Chad and Shelby Ingle.



The Community Celebration Graduation Parade is a memorable one!  This tradition began during the COVID pandemic and was so loved, that it has returned now for the 3rd year.  Mark your calendars now for Friday, May 20th. 
When:  Friday, May 20
Time:  6:00 PM

Congratulations to our Senior Award Recipients
Congratulations to the following local scholarships recipients who were announced at the Senior Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Waynesville High School.

Also, a tremendous thank you to our generous donors and community members who give to these organizations for the benefit of our local students!
The following local scholarships were awarded in the Fall.  Thank you again to our generous donors and community members for the below scholarships:
Alexei Van Schaik      $1,000  Ohio Sauerkraut Festival Scholarship
Rachel Ingle               $1,500  Founder's Scholarship
AJ Seidenschmidt      $2,000  Joe Coons Community Service Scholarship

Seniors pictured above from left to right:
Ashley Tudela, Rachel Ingle, Eryn Barrett, Kylie Kazmierski

Congratulations to Eryn Barrett, Rachel Ingle, Makayla Kamp, Kylie Kazmierski, Grant Kazmierski, Megan Spencer, and Ashley Tudela for passing the Seal of Biliteracy. 

Passing the Seal of Biliteracy means that these seven students are proficient in two languages.  They are not only bilingual, they are bi-literate which means they are able to read, write, speak and understand Spanish at a proficient level.  It takes dedication, hard work, taking upper level Spanish courses where they are fully immersed in Spanish, and the love of learning Spanish to pass this difficult test.  Students in Spanish IV and V are given the opportunity to test every year in April. The foreign language department hopes these seven students will motivate many more to challenge themselves and continue learning and taking upper level foreign languages classes during their high school career. 


Congratulations to the Class of 2022 and the guidance department for their advisory efforts, and dedication to placing information in the hands of our seniors.  So many of our 2022 graduating class members have already notified the school guidance office of their plans after graduation and we wish them all the very best of luck in their journey.  Whether our students have chosen to attend college and continued education, to serve our country in one of the branches of our armed forces, or to have a more direct path into the workforce, we wish them continued success and growth in their chosen field.  

*These photos reflect notifications already submitted, and may not reflect late decisions or changes made after the date of photos.




Please arrive at 12:45pm in the high school gym with your cap and gown in preparation for your elementary walk-through in front of the staff and students. Once complete you will return to WHS and begin the graduation rehearsal.  Rehearsal attendance is Mandatory.

Parade information

Seniors should arrive at 5:45pm to the back parking in the numbered spaces and should wear their cap and gowns. Note graduates will not be arranged alphabetical order.  Graduates may decorate their cars with their senior signs which are displayed in front of the school. (They may pick them up after graduation practice).  The parade will depart from the school and continue on the route approved by the Waynesville Police Department.

Safety Rules: In order to conduct the parade safely, the following rules should be adhered to:

“One Way” traffic pattern will be implemented during the event.  All Participants will remain in their vehicles at all times on school property and throughout the parade. Vehicles for the parade must be a registered vehicle with no attachments (trailer, etc.) Only one (1) senior permitted per vehicle.  Family members may ride in the vehicle (parents and siblings.)

The Waynesville Police Department and Waynesville Fire Department will help monitor the route.

Observers: Family, friends and community are encouraged to remain off to the side throughout the parade route.  The Waynesville Police Department will have officers stationed throughout the route to help with traffic flow.

End of Parade: Vehicles will enter Spartan Way and disperse after all cars are off of Dayton Road.

May 22, 2022-Graduation Day

Seniors are to report to the 2nd floor of the high school by 1:15pm. The doors will open for families at 1:45pm.  There are no early reservation of seats; however, we will have seating available for those with physical disabilities/needs located on the first row of bleachers.



Dr. Arbernathy visited Mrs. Janusik and Mrs. Gaver’s first grade classroom this week! The first graders are learning about different animal groups. They had fun learning about a job that you can do with animals. The students got to dress up like a vet!  She read them a book about the different types of vets. She also brought fun x-rays for them look at. She showed them how to perform surgery on a dog. They had animal crackers for a fun snack. Thank you Dr. Abernathy!

Kendra Hickey, a student from the Warren County Career Centers Veterinary Science Program, came to teach first grade students about chameleons. First graders learned about reptiles and got to see firsthand what one looks like and how it uses its tongue to eat. Students listened to a story about how chameleons' mood can change their color and tail shape. Stormy, the chameleon, got a little nervous and started to turn a dull green and she straightened her tail. Stormy performed well and showed students how she snaps her tongue in and out to catch food. Thank you so much Miss Hickey for the amazing experience. 

8th Grade Washington DC Trip
The 8th grade students had an incredible experience this week in Washington, DC as they connected with history taught in the classroom while making a connection with America's government institutions on the trip.  

Thank you to our amazing chaperones:
Lindsay Smith
Jessica Harvey
Christy Baker
Holly Papanek
Scott Stiles
Jen Royalty
Chip Will





2022-2023 High School Newly Elected Student Council


Senior Class 2022-23

Class President - Grant Kazmierski
Class Vice President -Jordan Patterson
Class Treasurer - David Weaver
Class Secretary - Clara Kolaczowski
Additional members - Megan Spencer

Junior Class 2022-23

Class President - Makayla Kamp
Class Vice President - Maria Gill
Class Treasurer -  Ben Wolff
Class Secretary -  Danie Scamorza

Sophomore Class 2022-23

Class President - Addie Harrison
Class Vice President - Blake Amburgy
Class Treasurer -Caleb Ingle
Class Secretary - AJ Larsen
Additional members - Owen Burton, Baxter Hartsock

Freshmen Class 2022-23

Class President - Madeline Kolaczkowski
Class Vice President - Annabelle Dowell
Class Treasurer -  Kohl Johnson
Class Secretary - Ashlyn Callahan
Additional members - Lillian Aunspaw, Shree Patel, Izzi Sopczak

Isabella Hughes, Freshman at Waynesville Jr/Sr High
Congratulations and Good Luck Isabella!

5/13/2022 - 5/21/2022


Monday May 9 (1st postseason win):
 Waynesville 10 - Preble-Shawnee 0
The Spartans scored 10 runs on 12 hits led by JR Maddie Almeter (3for4;RBI;3R).  SR Darby Frederick (2 for 3;RBI;1R), SR Ashley Lukens (2 for 3;1R), and FR Lauren Rieger (2 for 4;RBI;1R) all had multiple hits.  JR Jenna Bulcher (1 for 1) and FR Ava Hallows (1 for 3) each had a double, RBI and scored a run.  FR Amanda Tudela chipped in with 2RBIs and a run.
Tudela was the winning pitcher allowing only 4 hits, no walks and had a season high 9Ks.  
Tuesday May 10:
Waynesville 13-Franklin 4
The Spartans scored 7 runs in the 6th to extend a two run lead and never looked back.  They totaled 16 hits in the game.  
Offensive Highlights:
⭐️FR Kylie Bailey- 3RBI; 3R- 💣#8
⭐️FR Lauren Rieger- 3for5; 3RBIs; 1R
⭐️FR Ava Hallows- 3for4; 2RBIs; 2R
⭐️FR Amanda Tudela- 2Hits; 2RBIs
⭐️FR Katie McKeehan- 2for4; 2R
⭐️SO Danie Scamorza- 2for3; 2R
⭐️JR Jenna Bulcher- 1for2; RBI; 1R
⭐️JR Maddie Almeter and SR Ashley Lukens- each scored 1 run
Defensively, FR Cheyenne Cameron and Alyssa Wynn helped put a stop to the Wildcats offense with clutch catches in the outfield.  The Spartans also turned a double play when a batter ran for first on a drop third strike and the runner at third attemped to go home.  
Almeter took the win going 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 4 runs and 4Ks.  Tudela threw 2 innings in relief allowing 2 hits and 3Ks.
Wednesday May 11 (2nd post season win)
Waynesville 12 - Northeastern 2
The Spartans racked up 13 hits, scored 12 runs and made some key defensive plays to hold the Jets from scoring several times which led them to their second post season win!  
The big inning came in the second inning when 7 runs crossed the plate putting them on top for good.  
FR Kylie Bailey went 3for4 (5RBIs; 3R) including her 9th 💣 of the season.  
FR Amanda Tudela went 3for4 with 2RBIs and 2R.  FR Ava Hallows went 2for3 with an RBI and 4 runs scored.  JR Maddie Almeter went 2for4 with an RBI and a run scored. 
FR Lauren Rieger (2for4) and Katie McKeehan also scored a run.  
Tudela (12–6) got the win on the hill allowing only 2 runs on 5 hits.


High School Baseball
Varsity baseball had a big win 16-2, this week over undefeated Eaton.  JV and Varsity will conclude their regular season at home Friday night with a double header against Carroll.  JV will start at 5:00 pm followed by Senior Night recognition and the Varsity game at 7:15pm.  They will begin tournament play this Tuesday, 5pm at Bethel Tate High School.  All tickets must be purchased online at

High School Tennis
Boys Tennis finished 3rd in the league.  Evan Stupp and Ian Miltenberger earned 3rd place in 1st Doubles, and Will Damron placed 3rd in 1st Singles.  The team continued onto Sectional play at Mason on Tuesday.  Participants were Riley Glaser, Will Damron, Anthony Scamorza, Oriah Foley, Harrison Aunspaw, Evan Stupp, and Ian Miltenberger.
The JV tennis team finished up their season with a tournament at Thomas Cloud Park.  Owen Strong finished in 4th place in 2nd Singles.  Congrats on a great season!


Wayne Local Schools is pleased to announce that Ohio Department of Education has renewed the designation of Waynesville Elementary School and Waynesville Junior/Senior High School as Purple Star Schools.  The Purple Star Award recognizes schools that demonstrate a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s military.  The program is designed to help schools respond to the educational and social-emotional challenges military-connected children face during their transition to a new school and keep them on track to college, workforce, and life-ready.  Ohio’s Purple Star Advisory Board established important criteria that schools must meet to be considered for a Purple Star designation. 

We are proud to be recognized as a school making a commitment to serve our students and parents that have years of dedicated service to the military. 
For military information on our website: please click on the following link:
District Military Contact:  Mr. Scott Stiles
Email Address:


Soon to be "Teacher Retirees" Stephanie Krumholtz and Steve York walked the hallways and through the cafeteria as all staff members and students cheered and clapped with warm wishes for retirement. 

Carol Yearling Memorial Donation
Waynesville Elementary is very fortunate to be the recipient of Mrs. Carol Yearling’s decades-long passion and service in public education. Mrs. Yearling dedicated her professional career at Waynesville to young readers and instilled an excitement for the written word. The Title 1/ Rainbow Reading program was Mrs. Yearling’s vehicle for implementing and driving home the foundational skills for reading. Many students and families have benefited from her years of service and the reading program that evolved.  As an exemplary elementary teacher, Ms. Yearling was also a Project Excellence Winner as selected by the Warren County Area Progress Council. 
We were recently saddened to learn that Carol had passed away. On behalf of her memory, the Waynesville Retired Teachers Association has made a generous donation to the WES Rainbow Reading Program. Wayne Local Schools would like to thank the Retired Teachers Association and Mr. Pat Dubbs for his matching donation and contribution to our current and future readers of Waynesville Elementary and Rainbow Reading Program. 


This is such a great event for our kids and the culmination of our incentive program. We try to make this event as exciting as possible for the students. Not only to have some fun, but also to reward them for their hard work all year long! We are always looking for donations towards the auction and are not picky at all about the items we receive. If you are interested in donating any items, we would be eager to take them off your hands. I am including a list of some of the items the kids love to bid on, so if you have any of these treasures at home or would like to purchase for us, it would be greatly appreciated.

2 liters of pop
Bags of chips or popcorn
Stuffed animals (can be gently used)
Gift cards Candy (all kinds and sizes)
Games or gently used puzzles
Drink cups
Colored pencils and markers

Remember what is junk to one person is someone else’s treasure! Please send any of your donations to the elementary school, room 219.

Way to go Jack - Dayton Dragons MVP! 
Congratulations to fourth grader Jack Fountain, who was chosen by the Dayton Dragons organization as their featured Dragons MVP on Opening Night 2022!   Jack was chosen as an MVP by his teacher Ms. Ferguson. She later received word Jack had been selected out of hundreds of MVP's in the area to be spotlighted.  The Dragons MVP program is for grades four and five throughout the Miami Valley. Teachers may submit five students who exemplify outstanding citizenship traits in February and March. Those students are rewarded with two tickets to a Dragons baseball game. 

We are so proud of Jack representing Waynesville Elementary. Way to go!


The Seniors look forward to the end of the year Senior Drive-In with not-so traditional vehicles.   It was a rainy morning, but the rain did not dampen their spirits! 

"It won't rain on her parade!"
Senior Class Advisor and Secretary, Sharon Vogel, is always there for her seniors, rain or shine! 

6th Grade Science Fair

Waynesville Elementary was proud and excited to resume the district’s annual Science Fair. This year, Waynesville’s 6th grade students took the helm and the stage to show off their science expertise and ingenuity. Wayne Local Schools would like to congratulate and thank our students and their families for their time and efforts in completing their Science Fair Projects. Wayne Local Schools would also like to thank Mrs Jennifer Bradley, sixth grade science teacher, for her organization and collaboration for this event. Finally, our judges, WES Science Fair judges, are recruited on a volunteer basis. We would like to thank the many judges who took time off of their busy schedules, careers, and professions, to come to our district and judge our students. 

Thank you to Mr. Rickey, Mr. Rickey’s Science Assembly, and Waynesville Elementary PTO for bringing the wonderful world of science to life, right here in our cafeteria.  Waynesville Elementary students were dazzled and amazed by the different experiments, explosions and wonder of his presentation. 




On Thursday, May 5th, Waynesville Elementary students (Prek-5) got to experience a different kind of learning environment and play for the day. With great gratitude in our partnership with our Elementary PTO, we were able to have ‘Super Games’ return to our campus and set up a variety of activities and games for our students to participate in. This day of fun is fun for everyone! It is a great way for us to celebrate, appreciate and reward our students for their great efforts in this 2021-2022 school year.

Field Day is just one of many culminating activities for our building as work to wrap up yet another spectacular year. Alongside Super Games, WES PTO also treated our students, staff and volunteers to a Kona Ice treat. Field Day cannot be possible without the collaboration of our PTO, staff and the dozens of volunteers participating. Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Field Day a success. 

Student-Led Career Fair at Waynesville Elementary!
On Monday, May 2nd, 9th grade WHS students in Careers and Transitions presented a Student Led Career Fair to Waynesville Elementary students. Students were grouped by the 16 Career Clusters and were required to research their cluster along with various careers within that cluster.  Students were also required to dress up, create an activity, and provide props that coordinated with their cluster and career represented. Both WHS and WES students enjoyed the Career Fair and learned a lot. 

Congratulations Kylie!
College Signing to George Washington University

2022 Waynesville Youth Basketball Camp
The 2022 Waynesville Youth Basketball Camp will be held on May 24, 25, 26 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.   Deadline to sign up is May 9th. Please review the camp flyer for additional information.  Contact Travis Williams or Tim Gabbard with any questions. Spartan Pride!


WSA is a recreational SAY soccer league with programs and divisions for ages 3-14. 

Our Tots program is a special program we added for the littles (3-4 year olds). We focus on a fun introduction to the game in a 4- game mini-season without practices. Little ones get comfortable going on the field in a relaxed encouraging environment with Mom and Dad there to support. 

Our other divisions (5-14 years old) all play a regular season. Games start at the end of August and finish in late October. Teams will practice 1-2 times a week and games are mostly on weekends (although there are occasional weeknight games).
Questions? Email:





The USDA has announced that the National School Breakfast and Lunch program will continue to be free for all students during the 2021-22 school year.  This means that students will not be charged for breakfast and lunch “Class A” meals.  Extra/ala carte items will be available for purchase. 

However, we encourage all families to complete a free and reduced application form if you feel you might qualify.   Approved applications determine eligibility for your child’s schools fees to be waived, child’s P-EBT cards, and any additional state and federal program benefits that you may qualify for. 

Please click on the following link:  F/R Application Form for a free and reduced application.  The application may be returned to any building office or emailed to

Click here to website             Phone: (513) 897- 4826

TEEN SERVICES:  (students entering 6 - 12 grade)

Friday, May 20:
School’s Out for Summer Party: 6 – 8pm. Celebrate the beginning of summer with games, food, fun, and friends at the library. Registration and parent permission required. Registration is open. 
Monday, May 23:
Smash Brothers Tournament: 5-7pm. Compete in a double-elimination tournament to see who is the Smash Brothers champion.
Friday, June 3:
Color Powder & Glowstick Party: 6-8p. Teens celebrate summer with color powder fun in our outdoor garden. Glowsticks and a pizza dinner party will be held in the Activity Room. Dress for a mess. Registration required. Register starting Wednesday, May 11. 
Monday, June 6, 20; July 11:
Stop Motion Monday: 2-4pm. Teens make a stop motion film with LEGOS, clay, and other found materials. Register starting Monday, May 16. 
Thursdays in June and July from 10:45am-12:15pm:
Reading & Science Buddies – Teen Volunteers Needed
Teens in 6th-12th grade, earn community service hours the fun way by helping children practice reading skills and helping them complete fizz-boom science experiments during the summer. For volunteer information, please contact Sarah at
1st and 3rd Thursdays:
Teen Anime Club: 3-4pm. Teens in 6th - 12th grade - join us for a new anime episode 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month. Vote on your favorite shows for our next meeting. Snacks and anime-inspired crafts will be available each meeting.
Thursday, June 9:
Evening Escape Room: 5-7pm. Teens work as a team to solve puzzles before time is up! Registration begins Thursday, May 19.
Monday, June 13:
Disco LED Anglerfish: 2-4pm. Teens make a flashing LED anglerfish with coin batteries, RGB LED wires and paint. See a demonstration in The Studio makerspace on how to cut out parts for this DIY project. Registration required. Registration is required and begins on Monday, May 23. 
Friday, June 17; July 1, 15, 29:
The Haunted Stacks Society: 5-7pm. Teens use local ghost history in this after-hour teen-led podcast. Registration is required and begins on Friday, May 27.

Thursday, June 23; July 28:
I'd Rather Be Reading: 1-2pm. A book club for 8th - 9th graders. Books can be picked up at the library’s front desk at the beginning of June and July. 
Friday, June 24:
Something's Fishy at the Surfside Shake Shack!  6-8pm. Teens work as a team to solve our after-hour surfside mystery. Pizza dinner provided. Register starting Friday, June 3.  
Monday, June 27:
Make Your Own Mandalorian Helmet: 2-4pm. Teens make a Mandalorian helmet from everyday materials. Registration required. Registration is required and begins on Monday, June 6. 
Tuesday, June 28; July 26:
Popsicles & Pages: 1-2pm. A 6th - 7th Grader Book Club. Books can be picked up at the library’s front desk at the beginning of June and July. 
Monday, July 18:
Animatronic Owls: 2-4pm. Teens make an animatronic owl with hobby servos. See a demonstration in The Studio makerspace on how to cut out parts for your creation. Registration is required and begins on Monday, June 27. 
Saturday, July 23
End of Summer After Hour Party: 6-10pm. Teens celebrate the summer with friends at the library. Group games, pizza, movies, more food, and fun galore! Registration begins Friday, July 1.
Monday, July 25:
Sew a Baby Bantha Plush: 2-4pm. Sew an adorable baby Bantha to add to your Star Wars collection. Registration required. Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, July 5.
Contact Sarah at with Teen Program questions.
Oceans of Possibility!  We have summer reading fun for all ages at The Mary L. Cook Public Library.
May 23 thru July 30: 
Be rewarded for enjoying books and improving your reading skills during the 2022 Summer Reading Program.  We are giving away great prizes, gift cards and more.

Fun programs each week for preschoolers - teens.

Register beginning May 24 at  Stop in the library to pick up a calendar for all the details and events.

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High School Students: 
The 99 is a group of Christians who aim to live out Jesus' teaching recorded in Luke 15. It is a welcoming community for anyone who wants to show up, and we invite any and all Waynesville High School students. The program will take place weekly, on Fridays from 6-7:30 at The Bridge, at 98 South Main Street, in Waynesville, Ohio. The first hour will be to hang out and build fellowship with our peers and the last half an hour is a Bible study, in which anyone can stay or leave as they wish. The first meeting will occur on April 22nd. To learn more about the meeting place, you can go to



People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

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