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Car Wash Fundraiser April 20 For FSHS Golf

Car Wash Fundraiser
at Typhoon Bay, by
Fort Scott High School
Boys Golf
Saturday, April 20th from 8am-12pm
Come get your auto cleaned, dried, and vacuumed while supporting a great program: FSHS Boys Golf!
Typhoon Bay Car Wash
1510 S. National Ave.
(next to Heidrick’s True Value)
For more information, contact
John Horn at: 620-224-7120
Special thanks to Typhoon Bay Car Wash for sponsoring this event and providing supplies!

Teacher Lynette Jackson Retires After 31 Years

Lynette Jackson. Submitted photo.

Lynette Jackson, a second-grade teacher at Winfield Scott Elementary School, is retiring after 31 years in education.

“I taught first grade for one year in Shawnee, Oklahoma and thirty years have been with USD 234 as a K-3 teacher and instructional coach,” Jackson said.

Born and raised in Fort Scott, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University.

Several factors influenced her to become a teacher.

“One was the relationships I had with my former teachers,” she said. “I have great memories of school because my teachers made school fun and exciting. They also made me feel very secure and important. Although I’ve enjoyed school throughout my lifetime, my elementary years are the most memorable to me. Therefore, I became an elementary teacher.

“In thinking about all the teachers I’ve had from elementary school through college, I must say that the great majority of them had some influence on me, one way or another. I’m reminded of how important it was to be assured at school that I had potential and skills, that I could use in life to be successful. It was very important and with gratitude, I will never forget what they did for me as I was growing up. All my educators impacted my desire to teach and I hope I have repaid the debt to my past teachers that invested in me.”

Jackson believes a  teacher has a mission.

“Being a teacher means being a nurse, counselor, substitute mom or dad, cheerleader, and disciplinarian,” she said. “It is my hope that I have been all these roles for my students over the years. I am flattered when a child says to me, ‘I want to be a teacher just like you.’ Have I given that youngster the best example I could to pattern his or her life and career?”

Jackson has had the privilege to work with colleagues that were past students.

“There is no better honor than working with someone that you once taught,” she said. “To see these students, grow up and have a career in education, is overwhelming. It is my hope they enjoy their careers and have many years in education as much as I have.”

As with all professions, there have been challenges.

“Several challenges I have faced over the years have been balancing the different learning styles of students, technology in the classroom, budget constraints, office politics, and lack of time to collaborate or implement new resources,” she said. “I would urge the community to get behind our schools and become knowledgeable about the educational trends we use at USD234 and become involved with our local school board and legislation.”

Jackson said she is hoping to spend time with her family and “enjoy attending my son’s school events.”


FSHS National 2019 Qualifiers For Debate

The South Kansas District completed their last National Qualifier of the season at Pittburg High School on Saturday April, 13, and Fort Scott HS qualified four more members to Nationals.
Congratulations to the 2019 National Qualifiers who will be competing in Dallas, Texas, June 17-21.
If you see these students please congratulate them!
Dalton Womeldorff- World Schools
Ashton Nave – World Schools
Jorden Willard – World Schools
Madison Toth – Program of Oral Interpretation and Congress Senate
Rebekah Sweyko – Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and Congress House
Jonie Antonio – Congress House
Brooklyn Lyons – Humorous Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation
Zoe Self and Hunter Adamson – DUO Interpretation
Zoe Self – International Extemporaneous Speaking
Shekhar Gugnani and Neil Gugnani – Public Forum Debate
Elizabeth Ngatia – Program Oral Interpretation and Original Oratory
Mark Adams – Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and Lincoln-Douglas                             Debate
Pictured L-R: Top: Shekhar Gugnani, Ashton Nave, Neil Gugnani, Mark Adam, Dalton Womeldorff
Pictured L-R: Middle: Jonie Antonio, Elizabeth Ngatia, Brooklyn Lyons, Jorden Willard
Pictered L-R: Bottom: Madison Toth, Rebekah Sweyko, Zoe Self
Not Pictured: Hunter Adamson

Angella Curran 

Fort Scott High School
Speech Communications
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David Brown: New Fort Scott Middle School Principal

David Brown. Submitted photo.

David Brown, 55, was recently hired by USD 234 to be the Fort Scott Middle School Principal.

” My wife and I will be moving back to Fort Scott in June into my childhood home,” Brown said. “I look forward to the opportunity to once again serve my community. Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger.”

Brown is a Fort Scott native.

He is a 1981 Graduate Fort Scott High School, 1982 Graduate Fort Scott Community College, 1985 Graduate Baker University Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and History,  and in 2015  he graduated from  Pittsburg State University with a Master of Science in Educational Leadership.

“I started my teaching career at Raymore-Peculiar High School and after a year I was fortunate to return to Fort Scott and assume a teaching position at Fort Scott Middle School where I taught Math, Civics, and History for 13 years,” Brown said. “I then transferred to the high school teaching history and PE. I coached football, basketball, wrestling, and track at the middle school during my time there and coached football, wrestling, track, and softball at the high school. I was head wrestling coach from 1995 until 2016. In 2016, I became assistant principal at Chanute High School and have been in that position until now.”

Brown’s first love was coaching and to coach is to teach, he said.

“I had siblings who had entered the field of education,” Brown said. “I could see how their influence on students inspired learning. I saw the joy that came over both student and teacher when that spark of learning and success took place. I knew I wanted to have that impact and that experience.”

“I believe every worthy educator has been inspired to teach but seldom is the inspiration singular. We educators are inspired by our own teachers, our family, and our friends. ”

“The joy of being in education is knowing you have a tremendous impact on the future. What we do every day in classrooms directly affects the lives of the children, families, and the community we serve. ”

He believes education is facing a challenging future.

“The children we are teaching today are experiencing access to information at a rate unseen in history,” Brown said. “The skills we provide them with are preparing them for careers and jobs that have yet to be invented. The ten most in-demand jobs today were not even in existence ten years ago. Our challenge is to equip our kids with the tools to achieve their dreams whatever that may be.”

Brown is married to Stacy and has four daughters: Cori, Morgan, Addi, and Riley.


Christian Heights Country Store May 4

Teachers at Fort Scott Christian Heights School. From left: Terry Chance, prinicpal; Jeremy Budy, history teacher; Larissa Hunter, pre-school and kindergarten teacher; Karen Schellack, 7-8 grade; Julie Going, 1-2 grade; Sarah Pridey, English; Esther Arnold, 3-4 grade; Amanda Bachand, 5-6 grade; Larry Davolt, science; and Jan Beltram, secretary.

Terry Chance, principal of Fort Scott Christian Heights School, told the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee attendees that the school was started in 1947.

The school educates children pre-school through grade 12.

“We are not funded by the state,” Chance said. “We are funded by tuition, donations and interest income.”

Country Store

To help support the school, each year a Country Store event happens at the school, located at 1101 S. Barbee.

This year it is May 4.

The Country Store includes a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a supper from 4-6 p.m.  and an auction at 6 p.m.

Chance thanked the businesses in town who contribute prizes, including silent auction items that help make the fundraising event successful.

Terry Chance speaks at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee on April 11. In back ground is the Chamber Announcer Robert Uhler.

5K Race

Prior to the Country Store event, the school offers a Crusader Charge, which is a 5K race and two-mile fun walk for persons 12 through 31-plus years old. The race will be conducted on Margrave Street.

The entry fee is $15, with t-shirts free for the first 60 paid entrants.

For more information contact Larry Davolt at 620-223-4330.

Fun Run

The Kids Fun Run and Obstacle Course is for children 6th grade and younger, and includes water balloon carry, gunny sacks, jump ropes and more.

Participants who pre-register by April 29, will receive a t-shirt and concession stand voucher.

The entry fee for this is $15. For more information contact Lacey Avery at 913-375-7608.

The kids event starts at 10 a.m. at the south entrance to the school.

Applications can be picked up at the school.

School Play This Weekend

This weekend it the FSCH Junior/Senior school play “Cheaper By The Dozen.”

Play time is 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13.

Chamber members converse before the announcement segment of the weekly coffee at Fort Scott Christian Heights School on April 11.





FSHS Students Compete in Personal Finance Challenge

On April, 10 Fort Scott High School Seniors Jenna Grado, Braden Shelton, Tyler Martin, and Shaylee Terry competed in the Kansas Council for Economic Educations “Personal Finance Challenge.”

These students were among 18 other teams competing for the opportunity to represent Kansas at the National Completion in Lincoln Nebraska.

Students had to first complete a preliminary test.  The top 20 teams in Kansas were then invited to Wichita State University to compete in the state championships.  Once at the tournament, students competed in three individual and one team test.

While not qualifying for Nationals, the FSHS team was in the top five teams across the state.

This activity was part of the Personal Finance class taught by Bert Lewis at the High School.

FSHS Prom is Coming: New Venue

Fort Scott High School Homecoming 2019 candidates are front: Kelcie Bailey, Rebekah Sweyko, Shaylee Terry, Karli Wright;  back row: Johnathan Gauthier, Nicholas Krebs, Gage Lamb, and Alan Santana.

Fort Scott High School Prom 2019 is this Saturday, April 13 at the River Room,  3 West Oak Street where it intersects with North National Avenue.

The public may view the prom site indoors from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

“Great Gatsby is the theme,” Bert Lewis, FSHS teacher and sponsor said. “Cars and vehicles will drive north on Judson and drop off at the corner of Oak and Judson. Valet parking is available. Oak Street will be blocked off at 2 p.m. Saturday through 12 a.m. Sunday morning to accommodate the walk-in.”

“Parent parking will be allowed in the public lots behind the old Downtowner (Currently the Boiler Room Brewhaus),”  Lewis said. “Please refrain from parking behind or east of Sharky’s and Nu Grill to respect these businesses.”

“Parents will be able to set up chairs, or watch from sides of the street,” she said.

The promenade walk-in is from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The prom is from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.







Door Prizes Sought In Support of Early Childhood Progam

The Fort Scott Preschool Center / Fort Scott Early Childhood Program
is seeking door prizes for their Early Childhood
Family Night
We are reaching out to local businesses in Fort Scott, to acquire door prizes for our early childhood Family Night.
We would like to have a drawing for the participating families that attend.
If you are interested in providing an item or gift certificate, we would greatly appreciate it.
(This would encourage them to visit your place of business and promote shopping local.)
If you feel there may be other businesses interested, please have them contact us:
Fort Scott Preschool Center
409 South Judson
Fort Scott, KS 66701

FSCC Celebrates 100 Years In the Community

Alysia Johntson announced the Centennial Celebration of Fort Scott Community College at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee Thursday at the college gym.

The school is oldest continually operating community college in Kansas and will celebrate one hundred years of existence September 20 and 21, Johnston told the coffee attendees.

Fort Scott Community College President Alysia Johnston.

“Fort Scott Community College started in Fort Scott High School in 1919,” Johnston told the coffee attendees.

That move allowed students who wanted to start college, but not have to go out of the community, to attend college, said Mert Barrows, a member of the Centennial Committee.

The college moved to the present site on South Horton Street in 1967, Johnston said.

“Today we provide online degrees and also have one of the best occupational areas around,” Johnston said.

“I was a student here for the 50th anniversary (of the college),” Harold Hicks, Centennial Committee Chairman, said.

“This college has a special place in my heart,” Hicks said. “Several members of the committee are graduates and much of our success in life, the seeds were planted here.”

To celebrate the centennial, there is a banquet and tailgate party planned for the community.

The celebration will kick off Friday evening, September 20, with a banquet for graduates, employees, and their families, according to a press release from FSCC. Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21, will feature a tailgate party at the stadium for all members of the community and conclude with the Homecoming game at 7 p.m.

Other activities planned include the burial of a time capsule, a series of featured articles in the newspaper, display cases around the campus, cake celebration, a video depicting campus activities, and appearances at local fairs and other community events, and other activities in the works, according to the press release.

Fort Scott Community College (then Fort Scott Junior College) was voted into existence on November 8, 1918, in a city-wide election. Rees Hughes, principal at Fort Scott High School, administered the newly formed college with fully qualified teachers to teach a program of consisting of foreign languages, English, mathematics, and science that would be identical to that offered by the University of Kansas, according to the press release.

According to a Fort Scott Tribune article published in April 1918, “By establishing the two years of college work in Fort Scott, it offers an unusual opportunity for students in Fort Scott and Bourbon County and adjacent counties to secure two years of normal school or college work while near home. The work done in the Fort Scott Junior College will be fully accredited at any of the colleges, normal schools or universities of the state,” according to the press release.

Centennial Committee members: Hicks, Barrows, Carolyn Sinn, Valetta Cannon, Bernita Hill, Robert Nelson, Bob Cable, Lori Cable, Rhonda Bailey, Ellen Fairchild, Leslie Damien, Karri Johnson, Marcel Normand and Kassie Feugate-Cate.

Contact person for the Centennial Committee is Harold W. Hicks,, Fort Scott Community College, 2108 South Horton, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Tel: 620.223.2700 X3150


FSHS Thespian “Theatre In Our Schools” Month

Fort Scott High School Celebrated Theatre in Our Schools Month in March

Fort Scott, KS Apr. 1, 2019— Fort Scott High School celebrated Theatre in Our Schools (TIOS) Month throughout March. The Thespian troupe planned a number of activities for both students and the community and travelled around the state to perform.

The troupe partnered with Fort Scott Community College to host a dinner theatre production of “Prescription Murder” at Ellis Performing Arts Center with all proceeds donated to the FSHS Thespian trip to the International Thespian Festival this summer. Thespian troupe leaders attended the Theatre Education Advocacy Day at the capitol in Topeka on March 11 to meet with Representative Trevor Jacobs and other state student leaders. They entertained the state house with a rendition of “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman with junior Mackenzie Peoples singing in the main ensemble. State Thespian Officers, including junior Mesa Jones from FSHS, presented to the House of Representatives, recognizing the importance of theatre education in our schools.

The Thespian Improv Troupe performed at Comedy City in Kansas City, MO at Operation Show twice in March. FSHS also presented the spring play “The Curious Savage” on the high school stage on March 15 and 16. Additionally, this past weekend, troupe director Angie Bin took Fort Scott Middle School students to the KS Jr. Thespian Festival at Johnson County Community College where they attended workshops and watched an Improv Show by Comedy City. Bin and sophomore Sage Hill led five sessions of a workshop entitled, “Unlocking the Mystery of Immersive Theatre” featuring the script FSHS students wrote for the Fort Scott Haunted Trolley Tours in the fall.

FSHS is the home of ITS Troupe 7365, the nationwide high school drama honorary society planning TIOS activities. TIOS is a chance for students, parents, communities, school boards, and elected officials to become familiar with the benefits of school theatre participation, which include development of the 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. 

To see ITS Troupe 7365, and the FSHS drama program in action, come to the next performance, of the Improv Troupe Comedy Night on April 27 at 7 p.m. You can also support the troupe by donating to their annual FSHS Thespian Rummage Sale which takes place on Apr. 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Apr. 20 from 8 a.m. until noon on the high school stage (please enter through the NW doors). Donations can be brought to the high school or you may contact Bin for pick-up. The troupe performs their original one-act plays featuring fractured fairy tales on April 29 at 7 p.m. in the HS Auditorium, followed by The Golden Thespie Awards Banquet. Young community members can experience the chance to be a thespian themselves at the Tiger Drama Camp on May 28 through June 7. Registrations are available at Buck Run. More information on all events is available at the Fort Scott High School Thespian Facebook page.

Theatre in Our Schools Month (TIOS) is a grassroots effort to educate everyone about the benefits of having theatre in the schools, and to draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. The campaign is jointly sponsored nationally by the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE), the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), and the International Thespian Society (ITS).

For more information about TIOS visit and follow
#TIOS19 and #TheatreinOurSchools on social media.

FSHS Thespians visit the capitol for Theatre Education Advocacy Day. Back row (l to r): Ivy Bailey, Carlee Studyvin, Ashanti Green, Sage Hill, Angie Bin. Front (l to r): Trevor Jacobs, Mackenzie Peoples, Christina Ramirez, Wynnter Snyder (PSU student teacher).

FSMS attends the Jr. Thespian Festival: (l to r) Cadence Tuck, Italeigh Harding, Lexi Hill, Kaitlyn Leavell, Sage Hill (FSHS), Elizabeth Moore, Beana Moore.

FSHS Thespian Vice President and State Thespian Office Mesa Jones stands two students to the right of the podium as KS Thespians is recognized in the KS House of Representatives

FSHS Thespian Improv Troupe performs at Operation Show at Comedy City in KCMO. L to R: Devin Stanley, Mason Moore, Christina Ramirez, Anthony Russo, Dominic Cannon, Jo Goodbody.


FSHS presents “The Curious Savage.” Above (L to R): Addy Labbe, Mary Gladbach, Hunter Adamson. Below ( L to R): Mary Gladbach, Dominic Cannon, Alyx Brooks, Jo Goodbody, Daniela Belcuore, Sage Hill, Karina Kantilal.

FSHS Talking Tigers Team Takes First Place at Caney

Fort Scott Talking Tigers competed at Caney Valley Tuesday March 26. Fort Scott took 1st place in Sweeps!
* indicates state qualifiers
5th – Dalton Womeldorff
6th- Brooklyn Miller
5th – Jonie Antonio
*2nd – Madi Toth *
*1st – Elizabeth Ngatia *
3rd place – Jade Russell
*2nd – Hunter Adamson*
3rd – Karina Kantilal and Audra McFarland
*2nd – Zoe Self and Hunter Adamson *
3rd – Shekhar Gugnani
*2nd – Zoe Self*
* 1st – Elizabeth Ngatia*
4th – Dalton Womeldorff
3rd – Mark Adams
6th – Jade Russell
3rd – Shekhar Gugnani
*1st – Zoe Self *
6th – Jade Ivy Bailey
*2nd – Mark Adams *
*1st – Dalton Womeldorff *

Submitted by Angella Curran.