Gardening with the Scouts

On the evening of September 17th Boy Scout Troop 318 braved the heat and helped the Harbor Committee make quick work of mulching around our most recently planted trees and in the gardens at the South Entrance. These boys were hard, capable workers. The job was completed in a little over an hour!

The trees, gardens and Foundation say Thank You!

Boy Scout Troop 318

Foundation Board Welcomes New Members

We are pleased to announce that Linda Byerley, J.K. Campbell, Robert Hartley, Scott Schoon have recently joined the USD 465 Foundation Board.

We are excited they have decided to share their skills to help enhance the education of students in Winfield.

USD 465 Elementary School Scholarship Winners

All USD 465 Elementary Schools encourage their graduates to continue their education after graduating from WHS by proudly supporting a scholarship to help their past students. We are happy to share the names of the 2018 winners.

Country View Elementary Scholarship: McKia Lemon and Isabella Hunt
Irving Elementary Scholarship: Abby Huff
Lowell Elementary Scholarship: Randi Hutto and Derek Bryan
Whittier Elementary Scholarship: Julie Thongsvanh

Scholarship Winners Announced

The Foundation proudly awarded $16,700 in scholarships this spring to WHS graduates. Congratulations to our Winners!

2018 Graduate awards
Anglemyer/Fralic Scholarship – Derek Bryant, Fynn Jackson, Julie Thongsavanh,
Damian Annuschat Scholarship – McKia Lemon, Taylor Byerley
James Annuschat Scholarship – Abbie Huff, Randi Hutto, Megan Owens, Megan Smith
Taylor Bradbury Scholarship – Ben Bradbury
Carmen Gonzales Scholarship – Megan Smith
Hawk Scholarship – Isabella Hunt, Eddy Phiouphongphang
Ritchie Meils Scholarship – Kylie Randall
Plank/Lowe Scholarship – Mia Pentz
Viets Scholarship – Emma Bate, Derek Bryant, McKia Lemon, Bailey Phillips
Awards to Graduates with previous college credits
Graham Scholarship – Sydney Fox, Shelley Moran, Mia Pentz, Robert Pickering, Eddy Phiouphongphang, Kylie Randall

Bill Medley Scholarship – Sydney Fox

2018 Reunions

WHS alumni are busy planning this year’s reunions. Don’t miss yours.
Check out the 2018 Reunion Schedule.

Come Celebrate our WHS Orchestra!

The WHS Orchestra is 130 years old. Established in 1888 it is considered to be the oldest public school orchestra in the United States.  While other schools had orchestras, they were either student led during the day or met after school with an adult leader.  Winfield was the first public school to hire a teacher who taught orchestra during the school day.

With the help of the WHS Art Club, a mural commemorating the history of the orchestra is being installed outside the orchestra room. In addition there is an extensive display at the public library that traces the history through newspaper articles, pictures and old programs.

We are celebrating this exciting event on March 2 and 3.  There will be an Alumni Recital Friday March 2 in the HS Auditorium at 7:00.  Saturday March 3 in the HS Gym at 7:00 all of the district string orchestras grades 6-12 along with alums will present a historic concert. This will feature the PREMIER of our commissioned piece and conclude with a mass performance of Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  T-shirts can be purchased to help support this great event and legacy!  T-shirt order form.  Orders are due February 14th, 2018.

Join us and help celebrate this very special part of Winfield’s great music tradition.  For more event information, please visit the Facebook event page and the USD 465 Orchestra page.

WHS Orchestra Celebrating 130 Years

August 24, 2017 written by Julie Thompson

Did you know that Winfield High School Orchestra is the oldest High School Orchestra in the Nation?

We think this 130 year tradition is definitely a reason to celebrate. We’ll have talented grads returning, concerts and more. Mark March 2-3, 2018 on your calendar and look for further details here in the future.

2017 Reunion Schedule

February 24th, 2017 written by Julie Thompson

The new 2017 Reunion Schedule has been posted.

A New Viking Ship Mosaic

January 10th, 2017 written by Julie Thompson

For the Harbor Opening in April of 2009, the Viking ship mosaic done by 1975 WHS graduate, Time Otte, was proudly showcased. Since that time that mosaic sadly deteriorated. It was repaired multiple times but this past summer we found it needed to be replaced using different materials that will last far longer.

The Habor Project’s landscape architect, 1974 WHS grad, Teri Rhodes Farha connected us with artist Jennie Becker. Jennie is well known in Wichita for having done beautiful mosaics for Botanica’s Chinese Gardens among other works. She agreed to work with us to create a new Viking ship mosaic.

Jennie researched Viking ships before creating her proposed design. She makes her own tiles which allowed her to put in some of those learned details. Now there are shields on the side of the ship that spell out VIKINGS and it has a dragon figurehead on the bow much like the historical Viking vessels. The new piece has a different look than the previous one that was made with bright commercial tile. The new image changes as different light hits it during the day. It almost seems to have motion as it crashes through the sea.

We are very excited to have this new mosaic in the Harbor and consider it a lovely addition to our district’s art collection as well. We encourage all to come view the new ship and enjoy the lovely Harbor.

mosaic for website

Read more in Courier Traveler article

Restoring USD 465’s Art Collection

January 10th, 2017 written by Julie Thompson

Thanks to the work of our district’s art committee and the donations of generous patrons to the USD 465 Foundation’s Callison Art Restoration Fund, eleven of the Winfield district’s valuable pieces of art have been restored.

There are about 30 more needing revamping and protection. Look under Our Projects to learn more about this interesting and important endeavor.

Thanks to the Class of 1966!

January 10th, 2017 written by Julie Thompson

At their reunion this past summer, our wonderful Class of 1966 generously decided to give $500 to both the Marguerite Flick Scholarship and the Bill Medley Scholarship. These gifts are a huge help to our graduates as they pursue college.

The class also gave $500 to the Harbor Project. They will get two engraved class bricks for that one and help the project plant more trees to enhance the WMS/WHS campus.

Thanks so much 1966 grads!

Jim Annuschat Scholarship Created

January 10th, 2017 written by Julie Thompson

The Annuschat family has again generously remembered the USD 465 Foundation after losing another loved family member, Jim Annuschat. (see his obituary)

Jim was a social studies teacher at Winfield Middle School from 1991-2002. He died in November and memorial donations have been coming in to support a new Jim Annuschat Memorial Scholarship. The $500 award will be given each year to a Winfield High School senior planning to continue their studies after graduation. Jim started out as a backup singer for Capital records, went on to be a cook for 60 men on an offshore rig in Alaska. But in 1975 he went back to school and found he loved teaching. Winfield students benefited from that love and his dedication to them. He always strove to engage his students and make learning fun. We are thankful that Jim’s memory can carry on each year as another student receives help in the form of this scholarship.

(Link to Scholarship information page)

New Scholarship to honor Damien Annuschat

September 20th, 2016 written by Julie Thompson

Damien Annuschat was a proud 2002 Winfield High School graduate who definitely had a life well lived. He will be greatly missed. (see his obituary)

To honor him, generous donations are coming in to create a scholarship in Damien’s name.

He had a huge love for his college alma mater, Kansas University.  So appropriately, the Damien Annuschat Scholarship will be for WHS seniors who go on to attend KU.

(Link to Scholarship information page)

Four WHS Graduates receive the USD 465 2016 Graham Scholarship

July 13th, 2016 written by Julie Thompson

The Graham Scholarship was created by a bequest of Eugene H. Graham and Betty J. Graham to help students who need assistance to continue their College studies.
It is for students who have completed at least one semester of college and is awarded at a different time than our other scholarships.
This year four students will receive this $500 award.
Jennifer Demaree
Tessa Podschun
Caitlyn Ulbrich
Kylee Wollard

Winfield Elementary School 2016 Scholarships Awarded

July 13th, 2016 written by Julie Thompson

In the last couple of years some Winfield Elementary School PTO’s have created college scholarships for past students.
These scholarships promote the importance of continued education, encourage community service and attempt to help increase the likelihood of student success.

With the newly added Country View Scholarship there were three winners this year:

Country View School Scholarship – Adam Conklin
Irving Elementary Scholarship – Hannah Sultz
Whittier Elementary Scholarship – Alex Randall
Congratulations to Adam, Hannah, and Alex!


USD 465 Foundation Proudly Announces 2016 Spring Scholarship Winners!

July 13th, 2016 written by Julie Thompson

Anglemyer/Fralic Scholarship – Morgan Drake, Teresa Hensley, Lilya Woodburn
Taylor Bradbury Scholarship – Sydney Fox
Lloyd E. Craig Memorial Scholarship – Keaton Johnson
Friends of Music/Leoti Newland Scholarship – Jennifer Demaree
Carmen Gonzales Memorial Scholarship – Sydney Fox, Megan Powell
Graham Scholarship – Jennifer Demaree, Tessa Podschun, Caitlyn Ulbrich, Kylee Wollard
Hawk Scholarship – Alexandra Randall, Zack Taylor
Bill Medley Scholarship-For Education, From Educators – Jennifer Demaree
Meils Scholarship – Steven Green-Durham
Plank/Lowe Scholarship – Keaton Johnson, Hanna Sultz
Lola Viets Scholarship – Abby Bertholf, Kaela Massey, John Mull