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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


WE BLEED PURPLE. During the honor grad announcements the LGI was full of a see of purple to show support of the Wildkats that we have lost this year.

Students need support through journey to honor grad

by Summer Rains, VOW editor May 18, 2022

Support - that is what has carried many of the top 15% through the past four years of high school. Whether it came from parents, a teacher or friends, support was a key element to success.  And after...

STEP ONE. Showing off her Lone Star degree, senior Melody Medina poses after commencement exercises on Thursday. Medina graduated with her associates degree before her high school graduation. .

Two seniors earn college degrees before high school diplomas

by Stephanie Keele, VOW Multimedia editor May 15, 2022

During the week of senior finals and prom preparations, two seniors added another important milestone to their calendar. Before ending their high school careers, they picked up associate degrees from Lone...

AN ADVENTURE BEGINS.  English teacher, Anthony Lane, plans to sail the world with his 15 year-old-son.

English teacher begins around-the-world journey in the Atlantic

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager May 13, 2022

A young child sits in his seat as the boat makes its way to their fishing spot in Trinity River. He casts his small rod, bobber barely visible due to limited early-morning light. He carefully watches and...

PRESS ON. At the Magnolia Silos in Waco, the UIL group takes a picture before exploring the top attraction in town. Pictured are senior Katherine Lee, Summer Rains, Stephanie Keele, Jason Clark, Reed Henderson, Heather Jackson, Danica Sunquist and Michel Schlowinski.

UIL journalism, speech students travel to Baylor for regional competition

by Jason Clark, VOW Sports editor May 6, 2022

Genuine Czech kolaches. High octane wiffleball. 1990s music videos. The road to UIL regionals was full of unexpected fun that helped make the stakes just a little more bearable.  Overall, the journalism...

THANK YOU TEACHERS. May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week.

May 2 kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week

by Stone Chapman, VOW writer May 2, 2022

Coming to school early in the morning, working for seven hours and then staying after for another two. Teachers work hard everyday and often don't receive the recognition they struggle to earn.  Teachers...

NEVER FORGOTTEN. Proud of her new podium, cosmetology teacher Callie Brown poses with the furniture bearing her name. Brown who fought a valiant fight against cancer, passed away in March.

School reflects on loss of cosmetology teacher

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager April 20, 2022

The teacher is giving her lesson on how to properly apply roller sets when a favorite song plays over the speaker. She and her students break into song and dance for a few minutes of kicks and giggles...

WILDKAT PROUD. After being accepted to Ivy and top-tier universities across the nation, senior Misael De Los Reyes has a big decision to make. He will start touring the schools this month before he makes his choice.

Wildkat brings pride to Willis with Ivy League acceptances

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager April 10, 2022

A student frantically types on his keyboard as the clock ticks much too fast. The applications are due today, and all of this work might be all for not. They may have nothing to show for it at the end...

FFA PROUD. Members of the horse judging team shows off their ribbons and trophies after a successful competition at the Houston Livestock Show. Members are Brooke Carr, Morgan Christopher, Maeghan Evans, Kendall Higgins, Paris Egbert, and Haley Higgins. Kendall Higgins placed first and Haley Higgins placed 3rd overall.

FFA horse judging team wins big at Houston Livestock Show

by Summer Rains, VOW editor March 12, 2022

Most people classify horses by their color.  "Look at the pretty white one. I like the one with spots." The experts may know the breed. "That Appaloosa has a nice build. The Palomino has promise." Then...

RODEOHOUSTON. The line up for entertainers is a varied as the people of Houston.

World’s biggest rodeo entertains with music, food, competition

by Stephanie Keele, VOW Multimedia editor March 9, 2022

Bright lights filled the entire stadium as the cowboy started strumming his guitar. As local country-star Cody Johnson kicks off the rodeo as the voice of the rodeo, his new song's lyrics echo off the...

FLASHBACK. In winter 2004, world geography teacher Alina Planchard at 10 years old and her aunt in  one of the central parts of Kharkiv, Ukraine. Planchards aunt is still in the Ukraine.

Ukraine, Russia war hits close to home for staff member

by Stone Chapman, VOW writer March 9, 2022

Ukrainians went from living a normal life to a new nightmarish reality when Russia began invading in late February. The dilemma seems so far away, but there are staff members who have connections...

SPRING BREAK DREAMS. With just a few days until break, students would love to head to the beach or have fun at the amusement park or bowling alley.

Students create spring break plans of fun, family and relaxation

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager March 7, 2022

Students turn in the last major grade of the quarter. They scramble to finish their assignments before the grading period deadline. They sigh as they complete their last test because they know a time of...

IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND. Staying updated on the latest information, senior Stephanie Keele looks at an Instagram post from @theworldwidetribe about the Ukrainian President.

Unlimited information impacts how students learn about, react to war in Ukraine

by Summer Rains , VOW editor March 4, 2022

Families displaced from their homes.  Newlyweds rushing off to enlist.  A baby being born in a subway station. Grandparents coming to fight for their grandchildren. As the Russian soldiers...

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