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The Voice of the Wildkats

The Student News Site of Willis High School

The Voice of the Wildkats


QUEEN OF THE RODEO. With her horse Rambeau, freshman Annabell Smith-Grimm shows off her crown and sash. She was named Ms. Houston Harris County Rodeo Teen for her skills in leadership and horsemanship.

Freshman honored with rodeo title

by Gracie Brumlow, VOW staff Mar 28, 2023

The lights in the stadium are very different from what she’s used to, but Annabell smiles brightly as she is congratulated by everyone around. A mix of glitter and dirt flies around her face as people...

BONDING TIME. Working on a project, a welder makes sparks fly. Wearing the proper safety mask is important during welding to avoid injury to the eyes.

Welders create projects, mold futures with skills

by Gaby DeLaRosa Mar 11, 2023

For five months, the projects have been taking shape in the welding shop. They may have started as tanks and random pieces of metal and wood, but each day, as the students learn and practice their...

ONE, TWO, THREE, WILLIS. The team celebrates after learning they qualified for state.

Hard work, talent, teamwork takes bowling team to state tournament

by Wildkat Media Mar 7, 2023

The members of the state qualifying bowling team are as different as the colorful balls they use to knock down pin after pin. There are Madeline and Ashlynn. They giggle about being professional benchwarmers,...

WOO HOO. Dressed to keep warm during the cold day on the lake, sophomore Mason Lightfoot almost hits the 10 pound mark at Toledo Bend. Lightfoot fishes with sophomore Mark Smith for the Basskats.

Basskats cast wide net for success

by Gaby DeLaRosa Feb 24, 2023

Lake Limestone. Lake Conroe. Lake Sam Rayburn. These all sound like nice places to camp with the family or spend a relaxing day with skiing and watersports.  But for the members of the Basskats, these...

UNCLE SAM APPROVED. On Red, White and Blue day, senior Reid Henderson shoots a picture of English teacher Chris Slovak dresses as a modern Uncle Sam. Members of Wildkat Media write stories, take pictures and work in designing and posting stories.

Week centers on importance of scholastic journalism

by Stone Chapman, VOW Staff Writer Feb 17, 2023

When an eighth-grader circles journalism on their schedule request form they often assume they will be met with an easy class. The possibility of taking pictures on the sidelines or roaming the halls with...

COFFEE TIME. As part of Generation Texas Week, seniors Savannah Paske and Taylor Hayes checks in to Coffee with Counselors with counselors Karol Smith and Victoria Reed. The event is just one example of events the group conducts throughout the year to help seniors focus on college and careers.

Week celebrates impact of school counselors

by Ava Hardin, VOW staff Feb 10, 2023

In this decade, high school students have been plagued with many issues stemming from social media, overwhelming school work, and general conflicts with their peers. School counselors provide a safe space...

10 FEET TALL. A statue of senior Cooper Stone and his father Shannon Stone was dedicated in 2012 by the Texas Rangers baseball team after Shannon lost his life in an accident in 2011 at the ballpark.

Senior baseball player reflects on father’s influence

by Reid Henderson, VOW Feature Editor Jan 27, 2023

Over the past decade, thousands of Texas Rangers fans have entered The Ballpark in Arlington passing by a statue of a father and his son. Little know its significance, but the statue tells a sorrowful...

TOP SEARCHES. Search engine google created a video highlighting the top searches of the year. Link is in the story.

Looking back on top searches of 2022

by Brody McNew, VOW staff Jan 24, 2023

Search engines are used every day for any sort of problem that needs to be solved.  In 2022, this was no different, the top most searched terms were Wordle, Johnny Depp and countless brand names commonly...

FOURTH QUARTER. Receiving his 10th of 12th rounds of chemo, Coach Michael Storms starts what he coined the fourth quarter of his treatment. After experiencing chemo with her husband, Coach Megan Storms recruited some of her volleyball players to spread cheer at the hospital where Storms and many others receive cancer treatment.

Volleyball team makes impact in community by bringing joy to cancer patients

by Stone Chapman, VOW Staff Writer Jan 23, 2023

The room goes silent as one is told they have a life-altering disease. They feel powerless as they decide which route to take to terminate the tumors and cure their cancer. As they go through chemotherapy...

NEW YEAR, NEW EFFORT. With the calendar now saying 2023, many students are contemplating a resolution.

New year, new opportunities

by Jason Clark, VOW staff Jan 23, 2023

Out with the old in with the new. For many the start of the new year is a time to remake oneself into a better version of themselves and, encouraged by the tradition of new year resolutions, they attempt...

2023 Reading Challenge. Print off the bookshelf to track your reading this year.

Challenge opens up world of reading

by Rosalyn Gutierrez, VOW staff Jan 10, 2023

With each new book comes the tantalizing and satisfying smell that the nose perceives as it pokes into the pages for the first time. The book is held open as the intrigued reader inhales the scent so deeply...

SLAY OR NAY. Although not on the list of popular slang on the Preply survey, slay is one of the most popular on campus.

Slang Survey: Slay or Nay

by Brody McNew, VOW staff Dec 15, 2022

Slang. It’s used everyday, whether they are loved or hated, is up to the user to decide. In 2022 the online Language Learning platform, Preply created a survey about slang terms that had surprising...

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