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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


HELPING HANDS. As part of #WHSCARES Teresa Menges hands flowers to a patient at  Willis Nursing and Rehab.

Teachers take on challenge of service, grattitude

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager January 20, 2022

Groups of teachers scatter across Willis with a small sum of cash in their pockets. They search for those in need and find small ways to lighten the load of struggling community members through flowers,...

REDEFINING NORMAL. During the Defying Gravity number of Cabaret, the 2021 musical, junior Blake Connerly performs with members of the musical cast. Connerly was featured on a local news channel in hopes a doctor will assist him with a

Junior appears on local news in hopes of life-saving surgery

by Katherine Lee, VOW editor December 16, 2021

When students think of junior Blake Connerly, they think of his kind heart and infectious laugh. They think of his love for collecting hotel room keys, and how he can talk about anything and everything...

First annual Wildkat Christmas game brings holiday spirit to Shelly Field

First annual Wildkat Christmas game brings holiday spirit to Shelly Field

by Lainey Niederhofer, contributor to VOW December 16, 2021

Bad Santa and The Black Team. It is not the normal Christmas duo.  But on Wednesday, the members of the softball and baseball teams came together as team Bad Santa and The Black Team for the first...

GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN. Members of the senior class are planning a senior ad in memory of Bryan Valencia. Valencia passed away this summer while on a trip in Iowa.

Wildkats rally to raise money for beloved classmate

by Stephanie Keele, VOW Multimedia editor December 15, 2021

Not everyone knew his name or his face, but those who did now have a giant hole in their hearts. Bryan Valencia passed away this summer just before the start of his senior year. To many students, he was...

DONATIONS, FUNDS AND FOOD. Journalism students speak to potential donors for the TLC Food Pantry at Kroger Marketplace.

Students volunteer, help TLC Pantry with food drive

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager December 13, 2021

Songs about Rudolph and Winter wonder sands fill the aisles of Kroger Marketplace as band and choir members perform Christmas carols for the holiday season. As music is heard all around the store, cheerleaders,...

MAKING IT COUNT. The 2021 yearbook recently won praise from the Texas Association of Journalism Educators.

Journalism students awarded for efforts in yearbook, UIL contest

by Hannah Hartman, VOW Features editor December 10, 2021

Staying inside the box and following other people’s leads is a safe zone. However, trying something new and constructing new goals can help create new aspirations, take steps towards the future and...

CRADLE TO PIN. in a match last season against Foster, senior Nick Boies works to defeat his competitor. The team recently supported Boies during a tough time for his family.

Wrestlers stand by teammate during tough time

by Marina Wilson, VOW contributor December 7, 2021

Refuse to Lose.  Refuse to Lose is more than just a saying to the wrestling team. Refuse to Lose is an action. It's a feeling. It's a mantra.  When one of their own feels like they're standing...

JUST FOR FUN. Three new Instagram accounts now entertain the Wildkat community.

New Instagram accounts meant to entertain Wildkats

by Emma Lowe, VOW staff December 2, 2021

EDITOR’S NOTE: The students interviewed about the Instagram accounts in this story wished to remain anonymous. They feel the anonymous nature of the accounts allow more honest input from the school. Entertainment....

COME BACK. After having COVID-19, Lane is back at school and teaching Freshman English.

English teacher survives corona, double lung pneumonia

by Summer Rains , VOW editor November 19, 2021

His eyes are closed. He can hear the beeping of the heart monitor and smell the strong aroma of sterilization products. The medication is starting to wear off. He feels something in his mouth that snakes...

FIRST PLACE FISHERMEN. With the first place award in hand, senior Chad Baker, freshman Garrett Wilson, sponsor Steven Hillard, junior Jules Johnson and senior Dawson Davidson snap a photo on stage at the THSBA tournament in Livingston.

Basskats win big at tournament at Lake Livingston

by Janice Talley, VOW Around Campus editor November 18, 2021

Cast, catch and release. Cast, catch and release. Cast, catch and release. Win.  The Basskats fishing team had their first THSBA tournament of the season at Lake Livingston. As a team they won overall,...

BACK WHERE HE STARTED.  At the last home game of the season, Wildkat alum Morgan Luttrell was recognized at the game. Luttrell is running for Congress and hopes to replace Kevin Brady when he retires.

Willis grad throws hat into contest for Congress

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager November 18, 2021

A high school student living in the Piney Woods of Willis, Texas. A Navy SEAL in training living in sunny San Diego, California.  A soldier in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan.  A politician...

REMEMBER THE FALLEN. Members of the AFJROTC will volunteer as part of Wreaths Across America in Dec. 18.

Cadets honor veterans by selling wreaths, volunteering at wreath-laying event

by Brenan Mansker, VOW Multimedia editor November 16, 2021

Every year as the holidays draw near, students look forward to time spent with family, a break from school, and receiving gifts from those around them. While their friends are engaged with other activities...

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