The Student News Site of Willis High School

The Voice of the Wildkats

The Student News Site of Willis High School

The Voice of the Wildkats

The Student News Site of Willis High School

The Voice of the Wildkats

FIGHT BACK. Interact partners with Rotary International to raise funds for vaccines to battle polio.

Interact, Rotary work to fight polio

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager October 14, 2021

Clubs, organizations and volunteers around the world have been working for years to fight a devastating disease that arose more than 200 years ago. Children are left defenseless to an infectious illness...

THE REAL DEAL. Gossip and false facts are dominating the world of media while hard hitting stories are pushed aside.

Journalism core shatters as media turns focus to gossip, speculation

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager October 8, 2021

Investigative reporters, rebels and muckrakers. These are the people who got in the nitty-gritty of what was going on in their communities and fought for reform. They discovered the truth and passed...

SPOOKY SEASON. Festive Halloween traditions are beginning with Freeforms 31 Nights of Halloween.

Freeform’s Halloween picks disappoints lovers of spooky-season classics

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager October 1, 2021

Freeform recently released its 31 Nights of Halloween to start up all the spooky season feels, but this year's list has come as a disappointment to true fans of classic Halloween films.  This collection...

IN MEMORY OF MS. DENISE. The sudden death of long-time employee Denise Mathis has left a hole in hearts of those who knew her well.

Staff, students reflect on life of beloved employee

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager October 1, 2021

A smile. It was the first thing that greeted anyone who ever met Denise Mathis. If a person knew her for one day or 25 years, they most remember her smile, and the way she made everyone feel like a long-lost...

SONGS AND SNACKS. Choir is holding a concert tomorrow in the cafeteria at 7 P.M.

Short, sweet concert provides students with an opportunity to perform

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager September 22, 2021

The choir will put on their first concert of the year tomorrow at 7 P.M. in the cafeteria. It is titled the Short and Sweet concert due to its length and refreshments held afterward.  After hours of...

WE SAY WILLIS. Waiting for the student section to echo her cheers, senior cheer captain Mady Feist leads the cheerleaders at the game against Houston Bellaire.

Students hone leadership skills under the Friday night lights

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager September 17, 2021

Drum majors set the tempo as the halftime show begins. The cheer captain rallies the squad and decides which chant is best suited for the situation at hand. The iconic whistle of the lead sweetheart rings...

WORK OVERLOAD. Students take several high rigor classes leading to possible unnecessary mental strain.

Unnecessary advanced courses cause mental strain on students

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager September 17, 2021

AP Chemistry. DC English IV. Fast track math. The options for college-level classes are numerous. It is something that the school does better than most schools in the area, but with college-level classes...

IT IS YOUR TURN. With politics flooding social media and the internet, the information can sometimes be overwhelming and turn people away rather than informing them on the issues at hand. With social media and influencers actively trying to form and change opinions of their followers, teens can feel overwhelmed with the amount of valid and false information.  

Heartbeat Act brings up importance of keeping informed

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager September 15, 2021

The Texas Heartbeat Act was put into effect on September 1, 2021 after being signed into Law by Governor Greg Abbott this past May. This act makes abortion illegal in Texas after a fetal heartbeat can...

PSEUDO SOCIAL INTERACTION. Social media is a part of everyday life. Time, relationships and self confidence dwindle as screen times increase.

Social media creates disconnect between students, selves

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager September 6, 2021

Social media has become the norm for many students and the simple high school lifestyle. While sending snaps and posting stories can help people stay connected, there are benefits to getting off of the...

STARTING OUT STRONG. Before school even started, band director Joseph Dittfurth visits with the band during an outside practice. Dittfurth is not new to the students or the school. He was assistant director at the high school and at Brabham Middle School before being named Director of Bands this summer.

New fine arts teachers foster advances in programs, talent in students

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager September 4, 2021

The arts are everywhere. School mostly focuses on the academic aspect of learning, but electives, especially fine arts, are what affect people in their everyday lives. Choir, band, dance, art, theatre:...

OPT IN. The PSAT will be administered this year, but only to students who opt in. QR codes for registration are posted around campus, and the deadline is this Friday September 3.

PSAT opt in deadline Friday

by Heather Jackson , VOW photography manager August 31, 2021

IN OPERATION. Students work while relaxing in the newly furnished area. After the new carpet was installed, the library furniture was rearranged to be the most useful and appealing to students.

New school year brings new improvements to library

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager August 24, 2021

Books, books and more books. That is what many students envision when thinking of the library. After renovations and a grant from the WISD Educational Foundation, the library is evolving to a place that...

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