Photos by Maham Shah
A ROYAL GROUP—Ten junior girls and boys were named 2016 homecoming royalty candidates at an assembly of juniors Friday in the auditorium following an on-line vote of all juniors. Current freshmen-juniors will vote for the King and Queen of homecoming following a formal presentation of all candidates in the fall.  
 

Senior Survey reveals post-graduation plans
Survey of 479 potential graduates conducted by newspaper staff


Each spring the Orange & Black staff surveys the graduating class at WHS to find what each senior plans for after graduation. 

This information is collected from a volunteer, non-scientific survey of all class members. The Orange & Black also asked seniors to provide their favorite memory and a piece of advice to underclassmen. Some of these are also included in the survey results. 

Below are the results of the survey. After the name of each student, listed alphabetically, students indicated what school, branch of the military or work opportunity they plan to pursue next year.

All quotes and information were edited for style, space, grammar and taste considerations. Seniors who left items blank or did not return a survey may not have their names listed or have incomplete information. The responsibility for the accuracy of the information rests solely with the respondents. 

The list of graduating seniors was as accurate as possible as of our survey date, April 1. We apologize for any oversights. 

The survey includes all graduates and potential graduates who are eligible to receive a WHS diploma, including some who are currently enrolled at other sites.

Survey compiled by Orange & Black editor Hannah Smith with help from other members of the newspaper staff.


2016 Senior Survey results at a glance:

Below, you will find the newspaper staff’s yearly survey of student plans and an explanation of how that survey was conducted. Here, find an overview of the survey of graduating seniors’ plans. 

Not all seniors provided responses that were easily categorized. Those are represented in the “No reply/undecided/other” category.


South Dakota Schools
•Augustana University    8
•Black Hills Beauty College    3
•Black Hills State University    1
•Dakota State University    13
•Dakota Wesleyan University    2
•Globe University    1
•Lake Area Technical Institute    5
•Mitchell Technical Institute    1
•Northern State University    1
•S.D. School of Mines and Technology    6
•Sioux Falls Community Campus    2
•South Dakota State University    44
•Southeast Technical Institute    43
•Stewart School of Hairstyling    4
•University Center    2
•University of Sioux Falls    19
•University of South Dakota    63

Out-of-state schools
•All Iowa schools    9
•All Minnesota schools    23
•All Nebraska schools    4
•All North Dakota schools    2
•Schools in other states    20

Military
•U.S. Air Force    3
•U.S. Army    6
•U.S. Navy    3
•S.D. National Guard    1

Other responses
•Specific work plans    24
•No reply/undecided/other    166

Survey totals
•Total seniors surveyed in 2016    479
•Total seniors surveyed in 2015    554
•Change since last year.    -75
 

Senior Survey 2016:


Tyra Luella Aasen
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory of WHS is of being with all my friends, laughing during lunch, and also learning so much in photography class.”

Sabah AbibHassan Abdullahi

Narayani Adhikari

Niraj Adhikari
•University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory of WHS is of homecoming. My advice to underclassmen is to work hard and do your homework on time.”

Viviana Dut Akot
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice for underclassmen is to take AP classes! It might sound scary, but it really helps prepare you for college. Always remember to have fun and make lasting memories.”

Angel Adaeze Akurienne
•Gustavus Adolphus-Minnesota
“My favorite memories of WHS are of every time I got to perform on stage. My advice to underclassmen would be to step out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to get involved.”

Kevin Josue Aleman Fuentes
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“One of my favorite memories at WHS is when we won the 2015 state football championship.”

Jordan C. Allen
•Minnesota State University, Mankato
“My favorite memory at WHS is of performing every year at Beach Bash and homecoming. My advice to underclassmen is to find a group of friends to experience your four years with.”

Zachary Blaine Almont
•Work
“My favorite memory at WHS is of competing in the Warrior Olympics. My advice to underclassmen is to work hard and keep your grades up.”

Tarek Alobaidi
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice to underclassmen is to do your homework during school so that you can enjoy your weekends.”

Fabrizio Alvarez-Castellon
•U.S. Army
“My favorite memories at WHS are of homecoming. My advice to underclassmen is to work hard and show up to school every day.”

Wilder Orlando Alvarez-Castellon
•U.S. Air Force
“My favorite memories of WHS are of homecoming each year. My advice to underclassmen is to work hard in order to be successful.”

Jenson James Amdahl
•Dakota Wesleyan University-Mitchell
“My favorite memory at WHS is of winning a state football championship with all of the guys I worked so hard with for all four years.”

Brittana Jayde Amos
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories at WHS are of going to Beach Bash and all of the pep rallies, as well as being a part of the best student section in the state.” 

Kate Elizabeth Anderson
•University of Kansas
“My advice to underclassmen is to get involved! Some of my best friends and memories are all because I put myself out there and tried new things.”

Elizabeth Natividad Andres
•University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories of WHS are of the dress-up days. It’s very fun to watch the different ideas that other students come up with.”

Joseph Damien Andrews

Adhieu Angelo
•Duke University-North Carolina
“My advice to underclassmen is to follow your dreams and make sure you enjoy your time here, because time flies fast.”

Jessica Andreina Argueta

Osmin Alejandro Argueta

Sydney Dawn Arrington
•Bemidji State University-Minnesota
“My advice to underclassmen is to have as much fun as you can in high school and get involved. You can sleep when you’re dead.”

Halee Renee Auch
•University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories at WHS are of going to many sporting events with my friends and cheering for the Warriors. I also enjoyed Mr. Brian Aukerman’s English class.”

Michaela Kenzie AuslandPeters

Deng Chol Ayom

Laide Tuka Babi

Mona Kidane Badi
•Stewart School of Hairstyling-Sioux Falls
“My advice to the underclassmen would be to turn your homework in on time and be in class every day so that you will have good grades that will make you happy one day.”

Mussie Tsegay Balihu

Nathaniel Thomas Barker

Jenny Guadalupe Barrera
•Attend college after a year off
“My favorite memories at WHS are of spending time with my friends at school activities and cheering for our Warrior teams, as well as having open lunch and going out with friends. I also enjoyed having class with Mrs. Alison TerHorst and all of the activities we did in her class.”

Yordy Barrera-Mendoza
•Work
“My advice to underclassmen would be to take all required classes in the first years of high school so that way you can have four P.E. classes during your senior year.”

Anika Faye Bartels

Princess Monconjay Baryogar
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory at WHS is of homecoming. I love seeing the teachers come out on the floor to try and shape ‘WHS’ with their bodies.”

Madison Rose Bauman-Holec
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice to underclassmen is to avoid slacking your freshman year. Make friends, cherish the time, keep your grades up, and don’t forget to have fun.”

Koy John BearsTail

Trenton Joseph Bechler
•Globe University-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories at WHS are of the sports I played. We always had the most fun in baseball and bowling.”

Michael James Beebe
•Attend a school in Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories at WHS are of being with friends and meeting new ones. My advice to underclassmen is to help others.”

Eden Gezahegne Bekele
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memories of WHS have come from serving as a tutor through the ‘Shoes and Boots’ program.”

Jesse A. Belrose
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“I would tell underclassmen that they should study hard, work hard, and not procrastinate. Make new friends and enjoy your time at WHS, as well.”

Morgan Daye Benson

Samrawit Berhanie
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memories of WHS are of my friends and all of the people I met at WHS.”

Bo Daniel Berke
•Work-self-employed
“My favorite memories of WHS are of football. I would tell underclassmen to do their work.”

Brady Keith Berke
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory of WHS is when DECA went to Kansas City. I would tell underclassmen that it isn’t about how hard you get hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

Shelby Lynn Betzing

Sawyer Andrew Bills

Demetri Jamar Bishop

Radhika Biswa
•Augustana University-Sioux Falls

Purni Maya Biswa
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories of WHS are of meeting new students. My advice to underclassmen is to work hard.”

Ashok Biswa
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen would be to work hard if you want to succeed in what you are doing.”

Matthew Robert Blom

Keirstin Renee Blom
•Lake Area Technical Institue-Watertown
“My favorite memories of WHS are of all the laughs I’ve had along the way and going to every football game to support the Warriors.”

Brett Edward Louis Bormann
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory at WHS is of the Mr. WHS Pageant. I would tell underclassmen to stay motivated and keep trying, because you will be a senior before you know it.”

Damien Gage Bowers
•Mitchell Technical Institute
“My best memories at WHS are of all of the nice, kind-hearted people. My advice to underclassmen is to make sure you focus and get your work done on time.”

Margaret Marie Bowie
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice to underclassmen is to never let anyone treat you like you’re 2011 Kylie Jenner. You are 2015 Kylie Jenner! Also, get involved.”

Brianna Bradley
•Clark Atlanta University-Georgia
“My favorite memories at WHS are of participating in the plays. I didn’t know anyone as a new incoming junior, but I gained a lot of friends from the theater department.”

Mya Sierra Breaux-Hansen

Matthew L. Brekke
•Work
“My favorite memories at WHS are of the basketball games. Also, I would tell underclassmen to finish your homework and study for tests.”

Hunter Anthony Brown

Bryson Arend Bultje
•Lake Area Technical Institute-Watertown
“My favorite memories of WHS are of going to the DakotaDome and watching the Warriors win.”

Adam Claude Buske

Anna Marie Buxengard
•Morningside College-Iowa
“My advice to underclassmen is to do what you want. Don’t get caught up in the need for popularity or certain friends. You will find friends wherever you go, so do what you love.”

Emily Renae Byllesby
•University of Minnesota, Mankato
“My favorite WHS memory is of being part of two bowling team championships as well as cheering on the best football team by screaming in the best student section in the state!”

Tristin KimberlyJo Carlton

Alayna Justice Chastain

Steven Dy Chheng

Ajit Chhetri

Mamta Chhetri
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory of WHS is of homecoming my freshman year.”

Ashleigh Meyjin Chov
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memories are of joining so many activities and broadening my horizons. This helped me meet new people and become more outgoing.”

Travis John Christensen

Ryan Jacob Christie
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite WHS memories are of going on the jazz band trips. My advice to underclassmen is to get your work done and have fun while you can.”

Caitlyn Nicole Christy
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memories of WHS are of chilling with the squad in the library and playing in the WHS orchestra.”

Rosita Contreras

Codi Rae Cook
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“I would tell underclassmen that dating will be a waste of time during high school. There is too much drama and you guys won’t last. So, just make memories and great friends instead.”

Stephen Tyler Cordell
•Dakota State University-Madison
“Some of my favorite WHS memories are of working long hours in order to eventually earn a state championship in football, as well as winning the Warrior Olympics with all of my day-one friends. “

Antonio Daniel Corria
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice to underclassmen would be, like the great Wiz Khalifa said, ‘work hard, play hard.’”

Chan’te MaykaylaShaye Cortez

Keenahn Charles Coyle
•University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite WHS memories are of homecoming, Beach Bash, and football and basketball games.”

Danny R. Crosley

Rachel Rosemary Nicole Cruse
•Attend Brigham Young University-Utah after serving an 18-month church mission
“My favorite memory of WHS is of the 2015 Oral Interpretation State Competition. The song ‘You Make Me Wanna Die’ by The Shivas will never be the same again.”

Kevin Anthony Cruz
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen is to save all of your money so that you can have funds for a business.”

Samantha Evelyn Curry
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory of WHS is of meeting my future roommate, senior Ashleigh Chov. I also enjoyed becoming close friends with senior Diane Haiar.”

Adam Kyler Daly
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“I would tell underclassmen that you can always re-do homework.”

Kieu My Thi Dao
•McNally Smith College of Music-Minnesota
“My favorite WHS memories are of anything that involved marching band and drumline.”

Jared Michael Darland

Alexsiy Yuriovich Davidyuk
•Dakota State University-Madison
“My advice to underclassmen is to do something you love to make high school more fun and less dreadful. For me, it was starting the WHS disc golf club.”

Jade Allison Davis
•Undecided
“My advice to underclassmen is to respect the upperclassmen.”

Nathan Douglas Day
•Lake Area Technical Institute-Watertown
“My advice to underclassmen is that when there is ice outside, you’re going to fall. Don’t be embarrassed—get up and keep walking.”

Nyanbee Deah

Michael Daniel Deaver
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory from high school is of eating Kellogg’s Apple Jacks cereal for breakfast every morning. Fact: Apple Jacks are the best cereal ever. If you have a different opinion, it is wrong.”

Brady Allen DeBelts
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice to underclassmen is to try your best at whatever you’re skilled at. Get involved even if it’s something you don’t feel too strongly about.”

Christian Lawrence Derby

Lucy Marie DeReu
•Stewart School of Hairstyling-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories from WHS are of my freshman year when everyone is scared of everything. I made so many new friends and met cool teachers.”

Anyieth YohannaChol DeRieg
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite WHS memories are of being involved in SALSA and attending all of the football and basketball games.”

Alex Joseph Derr
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice to underclassmen would be if it’s raining outside, you’re going to get wet.”

Hallie Marie Deters

Chandrakala Dhimal

Joseph Robert Dickerson

Jozey Eugene Dossett

Blend Dragusha
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen is to enjoy your time here at WHS. You’re going to find your true self and figure out your impact on the world. Make sure that you’re happy before anyone else.”

Kamala Devi Dulal
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories at WHS are of homecoming and career day. My advice to underclassmen is to try new things and always give your best.”

Logan Roy Eckhoff
•University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“My favorite memory of high school is when we won the State Championship for football. My advice is to get involved early because it will open up many doors for you later in life.”

Dannielle Eichmann

Anthony ChristopherMic Elbers
•U.S. Army
“My advice for underclassmen is to get involved and get your work done.”

Garrett Ray Ellis
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice for the underclassmen is to challenge yourself and take AP classes. Make sure to study!”

Harvey Michael Enalls
•University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory is of winning state my senior year and sitting in the student section at basketball games.”

Irankunda Eric

Madison I. Falor
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memory was of catching up with old friends and making new friends, as well.”

Hani Abdi Farah

Hodan Abdi Farah

Matthew D. Robert Farniok
•University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“My favorite memory was of winning the state championship in football.”

Solomon Joseph Fast Horse
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice to underclassmen is to give everything you’ve got today, so when you look back tomorrow you’re not disappointed.”

Kyle Gregory Feltman
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory at WHS is of watching the football team win state.”

Isaiah James Feterl
•Augustana University-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory at WHS is of that foggy November night when we won the Class AAA State Football Championship.”

Brianna Joan Fields

Chayden Bryan Fitzsimmons
•Dakota Wesleyan University-Mitchell
“My advice to underclassmen is to never settle for anything less than what you expect.” 

Radmila Dawn Flickema

Kenneth Thomas Flowers

Alexander David Forbes
•S.D. Air National Guard
“My advice to underclassmen is to do your homework.”

Jared Michael Fox
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice to underclassmen is to not be afraid to try something new. This is the time to have fun and find out what you enjoy doing.”

Chalaya Connie Franklin
•Black Hills Beauty College-Rapid City
“My favorite memories at WHS are of the dress-up days.” 

•Kaylene Shavonne Franklin
University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory is of cheering for WHS at the football and basketball games.”

•Joshua Allan Freese
St. Cloud State-Minnesota
“My favorite memory is of staying home every weekend to do all my homework in a timely manner.”

•Abigail Jo Freese
University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory at WHS is of cheering in the student section at the state football game.”

•Dillon Andrew Friman
U.S. Air Force
“My favorite memory at WHS is of being able to go to out to CTE every day as a junior. Their engineering program is awesome.”

•Ashley Brooke Fuerst
University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory at WHS was going to the football games with friends. My advice for underclassmen is to not procrastinate.”

Nirmal Gajmer
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice for the underclassmen is to not be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something.”

Wendy Yaneth Galdamez
•Iowa Lakes Community College
“My favorite memory at WHS is of going to Brandon Valley with my choir group and performing.”

Daniela Fernanda Garcia

Mark Anthony Garcia
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory at WHS is of playing soccer.”

Fernando Garcia Galindo
•Attend college
“My advice to underclassmen is to smile and enjoy your last days here.”

Angelica Maria Gaspar
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice for the underclassmen is to work hard and have fun.”

Walter Ivan GaticaBarrientos
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“One of my favorite memories at WHS is of playing soccer for the Warriors.”

Nyakueth Gatluak Gatnoor

Gatnoor Jenin Gatnoor

Andrey Viktorovich Gayduchik

Justina Zanyonyah Gaye

Evelyn Gbaryee

Kailey Ann Germann
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice to the underclassmen is to get involved in something you may not have tried before. You might end up loving it.”

Samuel Adamu Gezehagne
•Undecided
“My advice for the underclassmen is to have fun, because it goes by fast.”

Justin Donald Glenn
•Traveling to Europe
“My favorite memory is of chilling in the library before school.”

Teara Justyne Glover
•Minnesota State University, Mankato
“My advice for underclassmen is to get involved. You won’t regret it.” 

Leah Marie Glovich
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice is to enjoy your high school experience. It goes by very quickly.”

Derek William Goeden
•University of Hawaii at Manoa
“My favorite memory at WHS is of going to state championship games and seeing my friends succeed.”

Caden Lee Goetschius
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice for underclassmen is to do your work and get involved in activities, and you will have a great high school experience.”

Anna Claire Goodhope
•North Dakota State University 
“My favorite memory of WHS is of being back-to-back state champs.”

McKaila Rae Gravelle
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice to the underclassmen is to be true to yourself. Stand up for yourself and for what you believe in. It’s OK to be different. Normal is boring. You never know how much fun you can have if you stay sheltered.”

ShaiLyn Marie GrimmThode

Abigail Renee Sansgaard Grinager
•Luther College-Iowa
“My advice for underclassmen is to get involved in as much as you can and do your best in school. Enjoy your time in high school.”

Grayson Michael Grosz
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory of WHS is of kickin’ it with my homies.”

John Anthony Guerra
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory at WHS is of winning the state football championship in 2015, as well as all of the great activities this school has to offer.”

Jared Carl Gully
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice to the underclassmen is to go to class and pay attention.”

Pritam Gurung
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice for underclassmen is to work hard and never give up.”

Ernesto Keanu Gutierrez
•University of Sioux Falls
“My advice for the underclassmen is to only have a dream while asleep, then wake up with a purpose.”

Shawn Douglas Haack

Diane Marie Haiar
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice for underclassmen would be to not stress out about the little stuff, because it’s not going to matter in the future.”

Brooke Logan Haider

Isaiah Tomas Hall
•Lake Area Technical Institute-Watertown
“My favorite memories at WHS are of all of the school activities that I have been a part of.”  

Samantha Lynn Halverson
•Black Hill State University-Spearfish
“My advice to the underclassmen is to try and challenge yourself by taking difficult classes. Take AP classes­­—they will help you financially in the future.”

Mitchell James Hamilton
South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice for underclassmen would be to make new friends.”

Nikita Marie Hammer

Jack William Hammond
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice to the underclassmen would be to work hard and always hit the ground running.”

Connor Jay Hanisch
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memory is of watching the state championship football game.” 

Robert Elliot Hannah
•Work
“My advice for the underclassmen is to not get lazy and to stay focused on a good goal.”

Carly Anne Hannestad
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice for the underclassmen would be to try something new and challenge yourself.” 

Mekayla Elise Hansen
•University of Sioux Falls
“My advice for the underclassmen is that in order to have fun at WHS, you have to be respectful and carefree. Avoid drama and don’t take anything too seriously. Always be nice to everyone, including teachers.”

Elexa Mariah-Jo Hanson
•Southwest Minnesota State University
“My advice to the underclassmen is to go to a lot of school events and get involved. These four years go by fast.” 

Kenzee Graham Hanssen

Kiara Kristine Harkema
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice for the underclassmen is to not be afraid to open up and be you. Try to get involved and make the most of what you can.”

Bailey B. Harris
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memories from WHS are of the countless nights spent in the freezing cold, cheering on our football team with great friends.” 

Nicholas Trey Jordan Hasche
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice to the underclassmen would be to make the most of your time.” 

Michael Dean Hauschildt
•University of Missouri
“My advice for the youngins is to relax. High school can be fun, if you make it.”

Virgil James Hawkins

Caryn Grace Hazard
•S.D. School of Mines and Technology-Rapid City
“My favorite WHS memories are of the state volleyball tournaments, volleyball bonding/sleepovers, going to New York with Concert Choir, dressing up for homecoming and Beach Bash.” 

Jackson Philip Heiberger
•Work
“My advice for the underclassmen is to show your peers, upperclassmen, teachers, etc. the utmost respect at all times.”
 
Dana Lorraine Hein
•University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories are of going to football games and participating in the WHS Show Choir.”

Adrianna Lynn Heinert
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion 
“My advice would be to get involved. The people you meet in activities will more than likely become your closest friends. Don’t miss out on sporting events.” 

Mackenzie Hellwig
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice is for underclassmen is to make the most of your time. Four years is a lot shorter than it seems, and the memories you make during it will last a lifetime.”

Erikka Leeann Heptig
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls 
“My favorite memory at WHS would be of being a part of the girls bowling team and winning the state championship three out of four times.” 

Joseph Bladimir Hernandez

Isaac A. Hernandez-Garcia
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice is to study and challenge yourself by taking AP classes.”

William Herrera Estrada
•Work
“My favorite WHS memory is of the time the JROTC class went repelling at the Palisades.”

Thaniel Malachi Hofflander
•Dakota State University-Madison
“My favorite memory is of the time I got everyone in Taco Johns to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to a friend, even though it wasn’t his birthday, while on a marching band trip.” 

Jacob Paul Hoffman
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice to the underclassmen is don’t litter.” 

Lucas Robert Hoffman
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion 
“My favorite memory from WHS is of crowd surfing at my senior-year Spinsters Dance.” 

Austin James Hoflock
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory at WHS is of spending my hour of lunch with seniors Robert Speeks, Grayson Grosz, Sam Siganos, and Anna Goodhope’s mom, Laura Goodhope.” 

Megan Elizabeth Hoier
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite WHS memories are of going to all of the activities and having fun things like Warrior Olympics, football games, etc.”

Seth R. Hollingshead

Brennen Thomas Horan

Jacob L. Horn

Samantha Paige Howe
•U.S. Navy
“My favorite part of high school is the memories I made with my friends. I also loved the dress-up days!”

Braiden Christopher Huber
•Farm
“My advice to the underclassmen is to stay in school.”

Carter James Huber
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice for the underclassmen is ‘textbook & skill,” and not ‘Netflix & chill.’” 

Megan Lynn Hudecek

Masso Dambay Idris

Inna Yemelyanovna Ignato

Alanna Joyce Inthavong

Bridger Thomas Irons
•University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“My favorite memory at WHS is of winning a football state championship my senior year after two 3-6 seasons. It was amazing, because we worked all year for a chance to hold that trophy at the end of the season and actually got to.”
 
William Uriy Ivanchuk

Briana Jo Jacobs

Trey R. Jacobson
•Work
“My advice is to follow the rules. Listen to your teachers, and follow the classroom rules. Get to know your teachers and classmates. Have fun!”

Haley Rae Jahnke
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memories are of attending the sporting events and being a part of the best student section in the state.”

Jeremy James Janecek
•U.S. Army
“My advice for the underclassmen is to not mess up.”
    
Jordan Jon Janecek
•U.S. Army
“My favorite memories of WHS are of cheering at championship football games and going to open lunch.”

Alexis Jennifer Jansma
•Arizona State University
“My favorite memories include winning the state championship in dance three times and being able to cheer and dance all four years. I also enjoyed cheering on the Warriors from the sidelines, leading the best student section in the state.”

Allison Anne Jensen
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice would be to find yourself. You have others around you telling you what to do, but in the end all that matters is what you need for yourself.”

Caitlyn Marie Jepsen
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory of WHS is of the energy of the pep rallies.”

Andres Emilio Jimenez

Rocio Jimenez Salas
•Austin Community College-Texas
“My favorite memories are of WHS and how nice and friendly everyone is. The teachers are very helpful.”

April Lynn Johnson

Samantha Yvonne Johnson
•S.D. School of Mines and Technology-Rapid City
“Some of my favorite memories of WHS are of driving to the football games. The energy in the crowd was electric. Also, being a part of theater.”

Kaylee Marie Johnson
•University Center-Sioux Falls
“My advice is to wait. Everything will come in due time. It just takes patience.”

Hannah Grace Johnson
•University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“Get involved in everything possible and make decisions keeping in mind that you want to leave high school with no regrets.”

Aaron James Johnson
•Mount Mercy University-Iowa
“My favorite memories are of homecoming, the football games, and Beach Bash.”

Abigail Carolyn Johnston

Justin Michael Jones

Gracelynn August Jones
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice is to enjoy your time with limited responsibility.”

Sydney M.S. Jones
•University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory of WHS is of Link Crew. I enjoyed helping the future freshmen learn about high school and showing them why WHS is the best school.”

Abagail L. Juhnke

Nancy A. Juma

Mubarak Taman Kadir
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice is to not sleep in and not skip class. It’s a bad idea!”

Suleyman Kadirov

Kennedy Lauren Kampa
•Northern State University-Aberdeen
“My favorite memory of WHS is of going to all of the sporting events and being a part of the student section.”

Matthew Patrick Karschnik

Selame Luleseged Kassaye
•Grand Canyon University-Arizona
“Do your homework and try to get good grades!”

Jamie Nicole Kayl
•University of Hawaii at Monoa
“My advice would be to have an open mind with new experiences. Also, you should be willing to get to know new people.”

Salina Habtmiceal Keleta
•Minnesota State University
“My advice for underclassmen is to be chill.”

Carter Benjamin Keller
•University of Jamestown-North Dakota
“My advice is that none of this will matter in the near future. So live life, and live it to the fullest each day you get.” 

Amellia Lynn Klein
•Traveling
“My advice is to not be afraid to ask for help from your teacher when you are struggling.”

Andrew Christian Klemme
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory is of cheering on the Warriors in the student section.”

Kimberly Marie Kluesner
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice to for the underclassmen is not to care what the other kids think. Do what you have to do to get through high school.”

Colewyn Davis Knoblich
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memories of WHS are of being part of the greatest student section in the state, as well as being in cross country and track.”

Carly Grace Knutson
•University of Sioux Falls
“My advice is to always be social and ask for help if you need it.”

Jordan Davis Kpai
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memories of WHS are of being a part of the varsity boys basketball team as a manager. Being a part of the team for two years was the best part of my high school career.”

Alec Christopher Kray
•Augustana University-Sioux Falls
“My advice is to take school seriously…seriously.”

Trevor Alan Krueger

Betheny Rose Kruse
•Community Campus-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories of WHS are of being in school and having a fun time with teachers as well as getting on the honor roll.”

Gaaleak Samuel Kuach

Roselee Ntshuas Nplaim Kue
•Dakota State University-Madison
“My favorite memories of WHS are of winning the ‘Grand Champ’ title in the ‘Under the Sea’ show choir performance.”

Tayla Shane Kuemper
•Work
“My advice to underclassmen would be to finish out high school strong. Don’t give up, because this is only the start.”

Nicholas Dean Kuhnert
•U.S. Navy
“My favorite memory of WHS is of the tug-of-war at Warrior Olympics.”        

Amira J. Maut Kur

Nydak Shoul Kur

Ciara Dawn LaCroix

Hanah Jean Ladenburger
•Augustana University-Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen would be to take fun classes your senior year so that you can travel for games and not get behind in classes.”

Marshall Tayler Langley
•S.D. School of Mines and Technology-Rapid City
“My favorite memories at WHS are of my freshman year. I would advise underclassmen not to procrastinate.”

Dakota Joseph Lannen
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memory at WHS is of homecoming day. My friends and I went to see the variety show and ate pizza on the football field.”

Dylan Joseph Larson

Christian Joseph Larson
•Dakota State University-Madison
“My favorite WHS memory is of meeting so many different people with their own aspects on life. Meeting so many great buddies was an amazing thing that I never thought would happen.”

MacKenzie Quinn Lee

Annalee Michelle Leggett
•University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“My favorite WHS memory is of sight-seeing and performing in New York City with the WHS Concert Choir. I created great friendships that will endure for years to come.”

Aliyah Phinox Leise
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite WHS memories are of making a lot of new friends and going to games. I would advise underclassmen to not procrastinate and to try not to skip all of the time, especially on test days.”

Tino Sabrina Leonard
•Work
“All of my best memories at WHS are of the shenanigans and stunts I pulled with my friends. More recently, I have become the ‘Twizzlers Fairy.’” 

Colton Michael Levitt

Zachary Martin Lindeman

Clayton Michael Lohr

Leonardo Neftali Lopez

Madison Michelle Lorenzini

Bryce Matthew Love
•Undecided

Quentin Michael Love

Bora Lyongola
•Augustana University-Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen is to do your homework, be on time to class, respect others, and make sure you are involved in an activity.”

Julia Ranae Maas
•University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory from WHS is of the Concert Choir trip to New York. It was a trip of a lifetime and I loved the group that I went with.”

Lesly Yohana Macario

Suk Raj Magar

Brandon Davis Maiersperger
•University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“My favorite memories from WHS are of my freshman year. I would advise underclassmen to do their work in order to graduate.”

Madeline Kay Maloney
•Augustana University-Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen is to make memories. These four years go fast, so make friends, get involved, and have fun.”

Dau Deng Mamot

Eric Robert Martinez
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories from WHS are of my freshman and senior years. I made great memories that I will cherish.”

Jamie Lourdes Martinez Donis
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory of WHS is of being a part of JROTC. My advice to underclassmen is to do your work and to stay in school.”

Kelsie Jo Massmann

Luis Mateo-Pedro

Justin Tyme McFarland

Dalton Cody McGinnis

Kendall Olivia McMahon
•Arizona State University
“My favorite memories at WHS are of being a member of Highsteppers and winning state twice, as well as being a part of the competitive and sideline cheer teams.”

Tavian Lee McMartin
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“The best advice that I can give to underclassmen is to get involved and to budget your time. Most importantly, just do it. If you think you want to do something, go for it. Ask him/her out, try out for the team, just do it.”

Miliyna Eshete Megosha

Alexandar Meh
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories at WHS are of being in an art show and taking creative classes like painting and drawing.”

Larissa Aline Messenbrink
Grand Canyon University-Arizona
“My advice to underclassmen would be to stay involved and make as many memories as you can. It’s true when they say that high school goes by fast, so make the most of it!”

Kane Michael Miedema
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“I would advise underclassmen not to slack. Keep your grades up and don’t worry about haters.”

Mearah Marie Miedema
•Augustana University-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory from WHS is of competing at state track meets. I would advise underclassmen to bring an extra pair of socks to school every day.”

Cameron Thomas Miller

Austin Jackson Miller

Alexander James Miller

Lauren Ashley Marie Miller
•Chapman University-California
“My favorite WHS memory is of the time I participated in tennis. I truly felt like part of a family, even from the very first day.”

Austin Thomas Miller

Simon Fekadu Misgina
•U.S. Navy
“My favorite memory of WHS is of participating in JROTC. I would advise underclassmen to learn how to stay organized and prioritize.”

Patience Marie Moberg

Morgan JoAnn Moe
•Augustana University-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories from WHS are of game days, because who doesn’t love sitting at Howard Wood at 5 a.m. for a 2 p.m. game?”

Makayla Rose Montecuollo
•University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory of WHS is of the Mr. WHS pageant as well as sitting in the student section at the homecoming games.”

Sean Tristan Montileaux
•University Center-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory at WHS is of winning the 2015 South Dakota State Football Championship.”

Mckyla Danielle Moon
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memories at WHS are of the football games. I loved dressing up for themes and cheering on our boys during our state championship victory.”

Juan Jose Moran
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen is to do good your sophomore year so that you can get open lunch your junior year.”

Alejandro Junior Morquecho

Mubarek Ali Muhammedsede
•Western Iowa Tech Community College
“My favorite memories from WHS are of the staff and the students. My advice to underclassmen is to never give up, no matter how hard school may get.”

Savannah Shea Murden

Hajrije Mustafa

Assetou Dewen Myers
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory at WHS is of doing creative things such as fashion design class and the art showcase as well as being a member of DECA.”

Shay Elizabeth Nackerud-Knutson
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories at WHS are of hanging out with friends in the WHS Anime/Manga Club and helping to plan and set up events with the Siouxland Libraries LibCats.”

Secretaire Nandamira
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice for the underclassmen is to do your homework and never give up!”

Calantha Joy Nankivel

Taylor Lea Nase
•Minnesota State University-Mankato
“In order to be successful at WHS, I would advise underclassmen to try new things and get involved with the school. Be yourself and make new friends.”

YouEav Nay
•Work in technology
“My advice for the underclassmen is to work hard and try to get homework done on time.”

Ashley Anna Needham
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memories of WHS are of time spent with all of my friends, from cheering on the Warriors in both football and basketball to attending talent shows. I also loved being involved in SALSA and the senior events committee.”

Alex Britton Nelson
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memories of WHS are of attending all of the different activities, showing school pride, and also being able to be a part of the baseball team.” 

Stephanie Rachel Neumeister
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“I would tell the underclassmen to try their best to attend as many school activities and events as they can. High school goes fast, so take advantage of all the events WHS has to offer before you graduate.”

Morea Patrice Nichols
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memory was probably traveling to New York with my friends in Concert Choir! I also enjoyed meeting new people through the arts.”

Olivia Grace Nieman
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memories at WHS include being in the student section at games, homecoming, being an emcee in variety shows, going to dances, and student council trips.”

Heaven Kahisu Nigus

Stanasia Makayla NoHeart
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite part of being at WHS is of being in the Okiciyapi Club and going over to Whittier to mentor Native American middle schoolers.”

Briton Pamela Nordmeyer

Jeremy Steven Nosbush
•The Art Institute of Colorado
“My advice for underclassmen would be to try your hardest and go to all of your classes.”

Allison Arlene Nothdurft
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories here at WHS are of all the wonderful people I got to spend time with along with the awesome pep rallies”
 
Hunter Austin O’Connor
•S.D. School of Mines and Technology-Rapid City
“My favorite memories at WHS are of various activities such as fishing and bird watching with my Outdoor Adventures class.”

Chase Edward O’Connor
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice for the underclassmen would be to make sure to do your homework, but at the same time be outgoing and find an extracurricular activity that you enjoy.”

Anna Catherine Odens
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memories at WHS include cheering on the Warriors at multiple sporting events along with homecoming and Beach Bash throughout my years at WHS.”

Tyler Jacob Olmstead
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice for the underclassmen is to get involved and go cheer at every event you can go to. Enjoy your time here, because it flies by.”

Spencer Jay Olson
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice to underclassmen is show up every day and get your work done.”

Barka Ibrahim Osman

Mady Oweet

Ethan Orion Parlet
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My best memories at WHS were spent with show choir and all four years of tech crew.”

Dakota John Pater

Ashley MaryAngela Pater
•Stewart School of Hairstyling-Sioux Falls
“My advice for underclassmen is to try your best and get involved.”

Ashley Kay Paulson
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My recommendation for the underclassmen is to just be honest with everyone and know who your friends are. Leave the drama at home.”

Amanda Lea Paulson
•Dakota State University-Madison
“My favorite memory here at WHS would be of going to school every day with my twin sister.”

Gaston Peralta
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice for underclassmen is to do all the hard classes now and then later when you are a senior you can do all of the fun classes.”

Christopher Joseph Person
•St. Cloud State University-Minnesota
“My advice for underclassmen is get involved. It makes high school so much better.”

Steven Michael Peshlakai

Joel Robert Peterson
•U.S. Army
“My advice for the underclassmen is don’t worry, be happy, and just go with the flow.”

Ethan James Peterson
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“You’re stuck at school until you’re 18. You might as well leave with a diploma.”

Cameron Thomas Peterson
•Morningside College-Iowa
“My favorite memories are of all of the good times that were had on band and choir trips and competitions.” 

Alyssa Mae Peterson
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“Nobody’s perfect. You gotta work it again and again ‘till you make it right.”

Casper Banouvong-Trevor Phommajack
•Southeast Technical University-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory from my time at WHS is of meeting all my friends and all of the activities I was in.”

Rebecca Lanette Pinkerton
•Dakota State University-Madison
“My advice to underclassmen is to ask questions. Without questions, you will never get the help that you need.”

Savannah Lynn Poe
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice to the underclassmen is that the best thing you can do is to get involved, whether it is sports, fine arts, or chess club. Trust me, you’ll be thankful for the memories made.”

Caroline M. Point
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice for underclassmen is not to stress about things that won’t matter five years from now. Keep in mind what is important, like studying for tests and always getting your homework in on time.”

Daniel Steven Prescott
•Lake Area Technical Institute-Watertown
“I would tell the underclassmen to keep your grades high and don’t skip school.”

Emily Ann Provost

Javery Joseph Purlee

Helen Quiah
•Stewart School of Hairstyling-Sioux Falls
“My advice for underclassmen is to do your best at everything. Don’t talk back to teachers and keep your grades up.”

Sarmila Rai

Suman Rai

Aita Maya Rai

Mongel Rai

Krishna Kala Rai
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories at WHS are of homecoming, HonorFest and having fun during lunch time.”

Arati Rai
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
My advice to underclassmen is to not be afraid to dream big. No matter how scary your dream might seem, if you work hard and never give up, one day you will surely achieve it.”

Dhan R. Rai
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite WHS memories are of making new friends and enjoying every class I took.”

Phul Maya Rai
•Work
“My advice for the underclassmen is to do your best in all of your classes and to get good grades.”

Alexis Marie Ramharter
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memory at WHS is of cheering in the state championship for football and basketball.”

Seth Francis Randall
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory here at WHS is of winning a really big ring with my really big team.”

Maria Camila Renteria Sandoval
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice for underclassmen is to be involved and make new friends. Don’t stay in your cliques, branch out and meet new people. Be unexpected and have fun, because these four years go by so fast.”

Angel Adolfo Resinos
•Universal Technical Institute-California
“My advice for underclassmen is to just keep trying.”

Cindy Esmeralda Reyes
•University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite WHS memory is of going to the Presidents’ Bowl with my friends and supporting the football team.”

Damian Ray Reyna
•Work
“My advice for underclassmen is to work hard in any situation so that you don’t have any regrets when you’re done.”

Evelyn Nohemi Rico

Madison Renae Rietz
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“I would tell underclassmen to take every opportunity given to them. Don’t leave high school with regrets.”

Brian Rene Rivera

Bhim Rizal
•Dakota State University-Madison
“My advice to underclassmen is to not take anything for granted.”

Aalayha Shaye Robb
•University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“My advice to underclassmen is as much as you hear it and don’t believe it, these four years fly by. Make the most of them.”

Cassidy Nicole Rodman
•Northwestern College-Iowa
“My favorite memories are of going to sporting events with my friends and running in track and cross country meets.”

Zachary John Roedler

Emir Osvaldo Rogel
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory at WHS is of homecoming, because I had time to hang out with friends and see the variety show.”

Grant Robert Rosheim
•Work
“My advice to underclassmen is to not listen to anyone. Make your own path.”

Nicholas Robert Rovang
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory at WHS is of being a part of the track and cross country teams.”

Mikaela Rose Rustand
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice to underclassmen is to go out and try new things. Talk to new people. Join activities and clubs. Participate in life. You won’t regret it. Some of my greatest regrets are missed opportunities.”

Shanna Elizabeth Rygg

Patrick Saaleephiw
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memory is of going to the football games and tailgating.”

Jayden Brianna Sagness
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice for underclassmen is to always keep going forward and to not let anyone hold you back. Stay positive, because before you know it you’re going to be graduating, too.”

Vincent Sunny Saiyasith
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory at WHS is of trying to find a parking spot when I’m late.”

Autumn Dee Salter
•Work
“My favorite memory is of being part of the drama club and making great memories with some of the most amazing people, teachers and friends.”

Jazmin Sanchez
•Work
“My favorite memories at WHS are of meeting new people who helped change my view of the world without even trying.”

Chance Jonathan Sanford
•Work
“My favorite memories are of meeting my friends from elementary school again when I moved back.”

Addison Ann Sannes
•Minnesota State University-Mankato
“My advice for underclassmen is to be involved and work hard, because it will pay off in the long run.”

Chuda Sanyasi

Aaron Antonio Saravia

Kimberly Marie Sather

Konnor James Schaap

Jack Ryan Schelhaas
•University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories at WHS include playing football, cheering on my friends and the basketball team, going to the dances, and of course winning a couple of rings.”

Jasmine Leigh Schipper
•Undecided
“My advice for the underclassmen is to try to make every moment count.”

James A. Schmidt
•Community Campus
“My favorite memories at WHS are of homecoming weeks, especially the pizza parties and the inflatables.”

Reilly Ann Schneider
•St. Cloud State University-Minnesota
“My favorite memories would have to be of the smaller moments, rather than the bigger moments. I enjoyed the moments when I would be with a group of my friends and we would just be having a nice time together.”

Jaymi Alexis Schriever

Brice Eugene David Scott

Katherine J. Scott
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice for underclassmen is to not waste time on high school relationships.”

Rhaine LeAnne Scott
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice for underclassmen is to be responsible and don’t mess up too much. Have fun.”

Glendy Aracely Sebastian

Kiara Ann Seiler

Lance Mitchell Shemwell

Drake Michael Shimitz
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice for underclassmen is to make high school memorable.”

Jesse Michael Sievers
•Undecided
“My favorite part of high school was being a part of the baseball team.”

Jake Ryan Siewert
•S.D. School of Mines-Rapid City
“My favorite memory of high school is of having no obligations other than juggling four AP classes at once!”

Sam Isaac Siganos
•Concordia University St. Paul-Minnesota
“My advice for underclassmen is if you are in your feels, listen to Drake.”

Tylor Singmavong

Jacob Alan Skogstad
•South Dakota State Universtiy-Brookings
“My favorite memory at WHS is of winning the state championship in football, because we worked all four years for it.”

Micah Thomas Slendy
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice for underclassmen is to work hard and keep pushing forward. It might not be fun, but it will be worth it.”

Carly Joy Smith
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memories from WHS are of attending football games, performing in show choir and meeting new people.”

Hannah Marie Smith
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice I have for the underclassmen is that these really are some of the best days of your life. Be you, do what you love, and spend time with people who genuinely make you happy.”
 
Isaac Allen Smith
•S.D. School of Mines and Technology-Rapid City
“My favorite memories at WHS are of cheering at football games.”

Thayer Smith
•Work
“My favorite memories at WHS are of football. It brings people together.”

Ty Alan Smith
•University of Sioux Falls
“My advice for underclassmen is if it’s due Friday, do it Friday.”

Logan Dale Solberg
•Concordia College-Minnesota
“My favorite memories are of cheering on our sporting teams during the school year.”

Brian Anthony Sorensen
•Iowa State University
“The best advice I have for underclassmen is to make sure you do all your work and not leave it for later. Also, get involved with many things to help make it a good experience.”

Cole Steven Sorensen

Keenan Ishua Sorgdrager

Alexis Marie Sowell
•Southeast Technical University-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories here at WHS are of homecoming and catching up with people I knew in elementary school.”

Robert Speeks
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“I would tell the underclassmen to hit the weights before it’s too late.”

Bi Evan Spencer

Lucas Jackson Spielmann

Toni Rae Stanford
•Dakota State University-Madison
“My favorite memory from WHS is of cheering on the boys at all of the football games.”

Oneika SteeleRaet

Alec Cole Stekl
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice for underclassmen is to not fall behind in your classes because it all adds up fast.”

Peyton Ann Stenzel
•Augustana University-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory is of the Watertown football game and meeting some amazing people who shared the memories with me.”

•Nicholas Anthony Stephen
Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“I really enjoyed the time I spent in my automotive and shop classes. I learned a lot of basic car knowledge and made tons of new friends.”

Samantha Renae Stevens
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory is of homecoming, because it is always fun to get involved in the dress-up days and make new memories with friends.”

Megan Marie Stoneall
•Iowa State University
“My favorite WHS memories are of messing around with my band posse in and out of school as well as marching band.”

Abbie Marie Stotesbery
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“One of my favorite memories is of going to the championship game for basketball three out of the four years.”

Abigail Agnes Stverak
•Concordia College Minnesota
“My advice for underclassmen would be to go to games and cheer loudly. You’ll have more fun!”

Hayley Arana Styke
•Black Hills Beauty College-Rapid City
“My advice for underclassmen would be that your friends will come and go, but always keep your head up and stay yourself.”

Rajeep Subedi
•Dakota State University-Madison
“My favorite memories of WHS are of field trips and homecoming.”

Bishnu Subedi

Adage Kalta Suleman
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories of WHS are of being a part of the school and participating in the fun activities that are offered at WHS and attending the most awesome and great school in the whole country.”

Kristina Pavlovna Sushchik

Valerie Esther Sushchik
•School of Massage Therapy-Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen would be to be yourself and be friendly.”

Emily Nicole Swanger
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice to underclassmen would be to stick to the stuff you know. If you want to be cool, follow one simple rule—stick to the stuff you know, and stick to the status quo.”

Hannah Marie Sweatman

Riley Daniel Taborda

Bijaya Tamang

Winnieh Tarway
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice that I would give to the underclassmen is to always do your homework and come to school on time.”

Jalena Channelle Taylor

Desta Aregay Tesfay

Koln Michael Thie
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memory is of going to the football games and all the other shenanigans.”

Joshua Ethan Thomas
•University of Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen is to use your Chromebook wisely.”

William Clay Thompson

Erin Elisabeth Thompson
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memory is of being an emcee in the homecoming variety show. It was so much fun to come up with funny skits and getting the audience to laugh.”
    
Brittany Sue Tillett

Leela Tiwari

Nyakor John Tongyik

Duong Tran
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories at WHS are of the first time I came to school because I was helped by teachers and new friends around the building. For a freshman, that is the best thing ever.”

Yevgeniy Valentinovich Triguba

Samuel Alan Tschappat
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen is to use your resources wisely.”

Corey Ray Tumbleson
•Dakota State University-Madison
“My favorite memory is of general foods with Mrs. (Michelle) Baus, I could actually bake!”

Makayla Jean Uithoven
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite memory at WHS is of being a part of the best student section in the state!”

Nora Kendall VanAartsen
•University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“My favorite memories of WHS are out-of-town football games, because I got to road trip with my friends and eventually cheer on our Warrior boys. It is the reason why some of my best friends are my best friends!”

Branden Scott Lee Vanderwerf
•Work
“My advice for underclassmen would be to take the time to find yourself. Don’t rush into things.”

Selena Victoria Vargas

Mara Octavia Vargas Canales
•Work
“My advice to underclassmen would be to keep true to your real emotions. Don’t let depression and anxiety take over. 

Corinne Rose VerMulm
•University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“One of my favorite memories at WHS is of this past April when the Concert Choir took a trip to New York City. We saw all the major sights, and I got to spend the whole week with my best friend.”

Zachary Joseph Viereck

Seth Vernon Vis

Jade Marie Visker
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice to underclassmen is to be happy and laugh a lot! Go Yotes!”

Makenzie Kristine Vital

Noah R. Wall
•University of Texas-Austin
“My advice to underclassmen would be to work hard and have fun!”

Haley Marie Wallace
•Work
“Some advice to underclassmen would be to turn in your work on time and go to school.”

Tyler Dale Waterbury
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My favorite WHS memory is of having first period with Mr. (Marc) Murren and hearing him sing every day.”

Brooke Morgan Weber
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion

Molly Elizabeth Weberg
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories of WHS are of the sporting events and different school activities. I would advise underclassmen to get involved and have fun!”

Joseph Michael Wehrkamp
•University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories of WHS are of winning the Warrior Olympics with the Scubba Steves and beating O’Gorman in the dome to win the football state championship.”

Nikki Erin Welzenbach
•Work
“My advice to underclassmen would be to take the required classes for graduation as soon as you possibly can and use your senior year to take classes that interest you or courses required for your college.”

Shanley Thomas Wheeler
•South Dakota State University-Brookings
“My advice to underclassmen would be to enjoy the ride, because it will be over before you know it.”

Hannah Marie Wheelock
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory at WHS is of winning state football this year.”

Garret Trevor Wiertzema
•Work
 “My favorite memory at WHS is of winning at the dome. My advice to underclassmen is to get involved.”

Kaylee Louise Wiese
•Wayne State College-Nebraska
“My favorite memories at WHS are of tailgating before football games, cheering on the girls basketball team when they won state last year and getting to know some good friends.”

Luke Rolland Wiese
•Work
“My favorite memories of WHS are of developing life-long friendships with both students and staff, while developing positive habits that will help me in college.”

Madison Jo Wiley
•University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“My favorite memories at WHS are of helping out being an emcee in the variety shows through student council, the homecoming dances, and the student sections!”

Sean Phillip Wiley
•S.D. National Guard-Army
“My favorite memory at WHS is of watching the football team win two state titles during my years here. My advice to underclassmen is to get involved and go to sporting events.”

Dain Darren Willard

Brendan Charles Wilson
•Dakota State University-Madison
“My favorite WHS memory would have to be of getting a standing ovation for singing ‘I Wished to be Single Again’ in Lincoln, Neb., my freshman year.”

Domenik Michael Winstead

William Dean Winstead
•U.S. Air Force
“My favorite memories at WHS are of making friends and having laughs.”

Kirsten Amanda Wiseman
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My favorite memories at WHS are the football games. My advice to underclassmen is to get involved.”

Kirby Cameron Wolff

Becca Jo Woodall

Elizabeth Rena Wright

Juan Jesus Yanez
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory from WHS is of going out to CTE every day.”

Lovetee Yoway
•Black Hills Beauty College-Rapid City
“My advice to underclassmen is to be careful who you pick as friends. As they say, ‘Show me your friends, and I will tell you who you are.’”

Hamda Faisal Yusuf

Fanuel Tewodros Zerefa

Amanuale Wubu Zewdie

Lloyd Tiger Zhu
•Dakota State University-Madison
“My favorite memory at WHS is of winning a giant turtle body-sized pillow on a marching band trip in California.”

Tanner Joseph Zittlau
•University of South Dakota-Vermillion
“My advice to underclassmen is to not waste time sitting around and watching Netflix. Get out and hang out with your friends, because you will miss them.”

Zachariah Allen Zomer

Martin Jesus Zuniga Garcia
•Southeast Technical Institute-Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory of WHS is of making new friends. My advice to underclassmen would be to just keep working on your homework.” 

 

Four staff members announce retirement
WHS loses 139 years of experience at end of current school year

By Hannah Smith
Four WHS staff members recently announced their retirement from WHS and were honored at the annual HonorFest, organized by the WHS Renaissance Committee on May 20. 

Retiring staff members will leave WHS with a mark of commitment, compassion, and experience, as their dedication to the students and other staff members at WHS touched countless students.

Teachers who have publicly announced retirement at the end of this school year include: 

Jeanne Green
English teacher Jeanne Green has taught for 35 years, the last 10 with the Sioux Falls School District at WHS where she has primarily taught English Language Learners. 

Green’s favorite teaching memory is having the opportunity to learn from students who have come from around the world. Green said she is looking most forward to sleeping in and spending time at her retirement home in Wisconsin next year.

Brian Hermanson
Physical education teacher and coach Brian Hermanson has been teaching for 32 years, all in the Sioux Falls School District.

Hermanson, a 1977 graduate of WHS, has spent the last 11 years teaching at his alma mater. 

Some of his favorite memories include the extraordinary school spirit that is always present and supporting students in all activities. 

In retirement, Hermanson said he is looking forward to new challenges in coaching and spending more time with family and friends. 

Doug Rinken
Science teacher Doug Rinken has taught for 33 years, 25 of those in the Sioux Falls School District.

Rinken has spent the last 20 years at WHS, where some of his favorite memories include meeting all of the great people that are part of the school. He said he will miss all of the great friends he has made over the years. 

Rinken said he is most looking forward to traveling to watch his son play college golf, spending more time with his wife, kids and grandchildren and just maybe spending a little more time hunting and fishing.

Sandra Schlenker
Family and consumer science teacher Sandra Schlenker has been teaching for 39 years, 30 of those with the Sioux Falls School District.

Schlenker has taught at WHS for the last 23 years, where some of her most cherished memories include being able to spend quality time with students, the great staff of WHS, and the extended WHS community as she was involved  in a journey of learning and stretching minds of students and colleagues alike. 

In retirement, Schlenker said she is looking forward to having the opportunity to share more moments with family members, friends, neighbors and people she has yet to meet, along with more opportunities for volunteer work.

 

Principal Jamie Nold leaves WHS to become assistant superintendent

By Addison Sannes and Taylor Nase
Principal Jamie Nold announced at a faculty meeting Feb. 25 that he will continue his career in the Sioux Falls School District as the new Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services  next school year. 

Prior to being named WHS’s head principal 10 years ago, Nold served as the assistant principal at Lincoln for five years and was also a math instructor in Sioux Falls and Watertown before that. 

Superintendent Brian Maher said he is excited to work more closely with Nold.

“Jamie brings a wealth of administrative experience, knowledge of the district and passion for educational excellence to this position,” Maher said. “During his time with the Sioux Falls School District, Jamie has assumed many leadership roles in the district and in the community.”

Nold has formed many long lasting relationships with the students and staff.

“Let there be no question I will miss WHS,” Nold said. “I have spent 15 great years as a teacher, coach and principal at the building. I have had the privilege to have built incredible relationships with students, staff and parents. I look forward to continuing my work with all the Sioux Falls Schools.” 

Current assistant principal Dan Conrad has been named to replace Nold next year.
 

 


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