Sword & Shield - WHS Alumni Newsletter Fall 2019 Print

President's Report

Fellow Warriors,
As we close out our third year of the Western High School Alumni Association, I would like to thank the alumni who participated in our events and projects. A special thanks goes out to the board and executive board members for their support with the past year events. The Alumni Association has grown and improved every year thanks to your hard work and participation. Below is a brief recap of the past year’s events and a little information about future events.
Our first event of the year was the induction of nine new Warriors into the WHS Hall of Fame. Attendance was the largest of any Hall of Fame ceremony we have presented. We are currently receiving nominations for the 2020 Hall of Fame event which will be held sometime in March 2020. (more details to follow when plans are finalized)
Our next event was the annual Mike Linning’s picnic which included a silent auction. Between 250 and 300 Warriors reunited throughout the day. We are looking forward to seeing more people attend next year’s picnic and auction – most likely a Saturday in May. (more details to follow when plans are finalized)
Our final event for 2019 was the Alumni Golf Scramble in which eleven teams competed at Iroquois Golf Course in September. Additional information regarding the Golf Scramble is below.
All of our events are announced on our alumni web page: westernalumni.org. You'll find other important information and articles as well. Email addresses for each executive board member can be found at our web page should you wish to contact them directly. Committee members have a great time working together and enjoy creating events for alumni participation. If you’d like to join us in the planning and/or implementation of these events, please make your wishes known to one of the board members and we will connect you with the committee you'd like to assist. 
The positions of president and secretary will be up for reelection in November 2020. Any alumni association member can run for either of these executive board positions. A notification will be published on our web page when the nominations and voting will occur. 
The WHSAA is always looking for new ideas and new events to host for its members. The alumni association seeks the talents of all Warriors. Alumni involvement is crucial to the success of the association. You can contribute to its success by renewing your annual or lifetime membership. Reach out to fellow Warriors who are not members and let them know their membership assists in the betterment of the school itself. You can be a part of making the Western High Alumni Association the best it can be.

Hope to see you soon,
Jim Carter            

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Calendar of Events

fairway to describe the Golf Scramble is "a huge success" !

The 2019 Western High School Alumni Association Golf Scramble is in the books and would not have been possible without the efforts of the sponsors, workers and participants. We appreciate the eleven teams who played in the WHSAA Golf Scramble on September 28th. 

Thank you very much to the following hole sponsors:
Western High School Classes of 1965, 1966, 1967, 1975, 1976 and 1981
Kim Skaggs Counseling
Frontier Diner
Glenn’s Commercial
Craig and Landreth Auto Sales
Roosters on Dixie Highway
Western High School Teachers
Kentucky One Health
A special thank you to those who made donations to the Alumni Association as well as those who assisted with the Scramble. Western high school students and the WHSAA will reap the rewards because of your generosity.
Scramble Winners:
Peterson Grimes
Phillip Gaines
Richard Gatewood
Ryan Holmes
Door Prize Winners:
Lowe's Gift Card – Bob Burton
Dick’s Gift Card – Darrel Norris
Cabela’s Gift Card – Dennis Thornton
Texas Road House Gift Card – Rick French
City Barbecue Gift Card – Ron Schweinhart
Titleist Golf Balls – Mike Newman
Callaway Golf Balls – Kevin Alfred
South Park Country Club round of golf for four – Peterson Grimes
The Alumni Association truly hopes that you thoroughly enjoyed your day and will come back again next year. Enjoy these pictures of the day !

More Golf Scramble Photos

Western High School Alumni
Jim Carter, President

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WHS Hall of Fame


Whose names and faces will honor our WHS Hall of Fame Boad in 2020?  The deadline for submitting nominees to the 2020 WHS Hall of Fame ended October 31, 2019, and the ballot has been prepared. Hall of Fame categories are Athletics Achievement, Outstanding Achievement, and Faculty/Administrator. 

Voting will take place from December 6, 2019 until January 6, 2020. Each member will receive an email with a link and instructions to vote online, or you may print one out and mail it in. You must be a member in good standing to vote - only one ballot per member is allowed. The Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Celebration is tentatively scheduled for an evening in March of 2020.

Click here for a list of the candidates and their bios, and look for your email to vote!   Hall of Fame Candidate Bios - 2019


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Reunion News

Attention Class of '80!

The class of 1980 has a big 40 year reunion coming up!  Plans are getting underway for the big bash, which will be held at Kingfish on the River on Saturday, May 26th at 6 pm.  More details will be coming soon.  You can check their class of '80 facebook page for updates or contact Tracy Duncan Bleuel.

Class of '75 - SAVE THE DATE!

The Class of '75 is gearing up for their 45th reunion on September 19, 2020.  The location will be South Park Country Club at 915 S. Park Rd.  More details to come, but please save the date and make your travel plans now!




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WHS Store is Open!

Look how great our treasurer (Alice Skaggs) looks in her Western Alumni shirt ! Now you can get your very own Western High School Alumni Association T-shirt. They come in three great Western Warrior colors and are only $15. Sizes range from small to 3XL, and can be shipped to you for only $7. Check them out in our new catalog store. We hope to have more items available in the future !  

Are you proud to be a Western Alumni ? 

Show it with a T-shirt!

Here is the link to order:  WHS Catalog Store


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Membership Corner

Membership Committee Report

During the past year, the WHSAA Board has sought volunteers for the Membership Committee and several alumni have stepped forward. We are pleased to announce that at the most recent Membership Meeting Kathy Rohleder Fautz was selected as the new Membership Chair.  Kathy graduated in 1983 and we are thrilled to have her onboard! Kathy has been an active member for some time and says, "I am humbled to step into the roll of membership chair, and am genuinely hopeful for renewed enthusiasm among our alums!"  Welcome Kathy!

If you are interested in joining the Alumni Association you can reach Kathy at [email protected] or go to our website to sign up at  Membership - Join Now!  


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Heritage News

Heritage Committee Report

WHS memorabilia is on display and available for viewing in the Alumni Suite at Western High School.  The Heritage Committee maintains the displays, and welcomes visitors. The holiday season is a perfect time to visit the Alumni Suite. If you would like to schedule a tour or have memorabilia to donate please contact the Heritage Committee at [email protected]


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Financial Update


The 2019 Alumni year was awesome from a financial standpoint. We had a great turn out for the Hall of Fame dinner and celebration in March, Mike Linnigs was a big success and a great fundraiser, and the Golf Scramble also turned out well netting us over $1,900!

The Board significantly lowered our expectations for the 2019 budget as far as income and thereby lowering our expected costs. We will finish the year under spent by about 20%. Income did exceed our expectations by about 20% mostly due to the Golf Scramble’s success.

With that income, we were able to fund our commitment to the HERO program, we provided funds for a Teacher Appreciation breakfast and we also helped the PTSA with a Basketball Homecoming Dance in February.

Our Membership was up slightly from last year and we are thankful for every Warrior. We desperately need a membership chairperson who can devote some time to looking up and connecting with former Warriors.

The Financial integrity of the Alumni is of utmost importance to us as a Board. For full transparency, we invite your questions and comments at any time via [email protected] As always, you can connect with us via Facebook and the website. We also try to make it easy to do business with us – we accept credit cards through Square, Venmo, and Paypal. –Alice Skaggs, Treasurer, Class of ’84.


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School News Update

Dear Alumni,

Over the past year, Western has shown amazing growth in its programming opportunities for our community and students. We currently continue to be JCPS’s only Early College program, where Western’s students are able to earn over 60 college credits by the time they graduate high school! Additionally, Western has become an Academy of Louisville School. This means that we have designed specific course work and personalized student supports that will help all students achieve the mark of earning College and/or Career Readiness. In doing so, we offer career experiences through electives and invaluable learning experiences with business partners in the following five areas: 1. Culinary Arts, 2. Graphic Design, 3. Carpentry, 4. Business, 5. Allied Health.

By offering these career pathways, our students are able to participate in cross curricular opportunities like JCPS’ Food Truck Competition. After seven weeks of hard work, Western High Early College and Academies of Louisville won the first annual JCPS Food Truck Competition with their concept, Taco ‘bout it. Working under the belief that every culture has a least one signature flavor that can be interpreted as a taco, 22 students from six different pathways came together to develop a fully working business concept. Taco ‘bout it’s menu features tacos with flavors from Korea, India, the Philippines, France, Ethiopia, and Italy. Besides the menu, the team fully developed the business and costing plans, a visual concept for the truck and menu, and two advertising promotions to attract customers and keep them coming back. The team also completed market analysis, field tested the menu items with the Western High staff, and conducted focus group research and analysis to improve their products. As part of the prize for winning, the team will work with JCPS Nutrition Services to develop the concept for JCPS’ new food truck. Go Warriors!

In other news, our Winter sports teams are gearing up! Our Boys basketball team hosted our Annual Green and White Night on November 8th. During the evening, our boys showcased their skills with player v. player competitions, a three point contest, a dunk contest, and a JV-Varsity Scrimmage! Our Girls team is also showing much improvement as we finish up pre-season training and are looking forward to their best season yet! Come out and watch our basketball teams this season – remember, Alumni get in free to all sporting events with an active alumni association membership. Additionally, our Wrestling team is showing great promise and is looking to bring home state championship hardware in both the boys and girls divisions (especially defending the first ever female championship title in the heavyweight division).

Finally, I cannot express my gratitude to the Alumni Association enough. From sponsoring our student reward program HERO, to helping the PTSA, to helping renovate the athletic facilities….the Alumni Association has truly engaged in making Western a school our community is proud of. If you are not already, please consider joining the WHSAA and help Western continue to build success opportunities for our students.


Dr. Michael Newman
Western High School, Early College

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New! Warrior Worldplay!

Puzzle answers from the previous newsletter:
1. carry bombs  =  barry combs
2. hammer soon  =  norma homes
3. mole king  =  mike long
4. and cottons  =  donna scott
5. by boy bra  =  bobby ray


The puzzle for this edition involves teacher spoonerisms.
1. terry hibbs  =  _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _
2. cosa rook  =  _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _
3. booper coldrick  =  _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
4. waggie made  =  _ _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _
5. like mayman  =  _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _

Check the next WHS Alumni Newsletter for the answers ! 

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