Wooster 2017-2018 School Year Accomplishments

COLT 2017-2018 Accomplishments

  • Earl Wooster High School is ranked #12 in Nevada, #1726 in the National Rankings and earned a silver medal based on our performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. Read more about Best High Schools.

  • Wooster ranked #230 in the nation by the Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” As a public non-charter school, we are again #1 in Northern Nevada, and #1 in the state! We’ve earned this #1 ranking three years in a row!  https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/high-school-challenge-2017/

  • Class of 2017 graduation rate was 84% (up from 81% the previous year).
  • Forty-eight percent of the 2017 graduates earned honors & advanced diplomas (up from 46%).
  • Forty-two seniors earned the IB DP diploma (up from 38 the previous year).
  • Three seniors earned the IB CP certificate (up from 2 the previous year).
  • Three National Merit Scholarship finalists: Seniors Joseph Dailey, Hannah Quick, and Ryan Shaver
  • Two National Merit Scholarship Commended students: Nate Dimitroff and Rachel Winslett
  • Three National Merit Scholarship Hispanic Recognition: Patrick Durgin, Moises Martinez Camarena, Eliana Ornelas
  • The class of 2018 has 40 IB Diploma Programme candidates and 10 IB Career-Related Programme candidates (results in July).
  • The sophomore class of 2020 completed 73 Personal Projects, 61 Academic Letters earned.
  • Boys’ soccer 2nd place State Champions
  • Girls’ X-Country: Eliana Ornelas 3rd place State Champion
  • Girls’ Ski Team took 3rd at state; Boys’ team took 5th
  • Speech & Debate took 15th at state – four students qualified for nationals!
  • Wooster Players will compete at nationals in Las Vegas 
  • Wooster’s classes of 2018 and 2019 are benefiting from the GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant.
  • The Silver Upward Bound Math Science grant serves Wooster High School and has been funded for the next five years. Our 2017-2022 funding cycle will begin right away. This grant will serve 60 first-generation, income-qualified students with an interest in STEM fields. The funding competition was incredibly competitive, so we are very pleased to have been given this support.
  • JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) is a multi-year program that helps students explore different career fields while also developing skills in community awareness, employability skills, and leadership. Students learn practical life skills while being able explore their passions. JAG has been at Wooster for the past 6 years.
  • The Colt Battalion Raider Team took 1st place in Raider Challenge; The Drill Team took 2nd place at Spanish Springs Drill Meet and 2nd place at Panther Challenge Drill Meet; The WHS Rifle Team qualified for regionals and state level competitions; The Leadership Bowl team made it to 2nd round of competition; The Colt Battalion raised over $1900, collected over 1,000 lbs of food items for the annual food drive as well as 9 large bags of clothing for the WHS Gear Up Stay Warm clothing drive.
  • Twenty students competed in the Nevada State Thespian Conference and were chosen to represent the north with their qualifying one-act. 13 students qualified to move on to the International Thespian Festival in June. Wooster Players Thespian Troupe #7538 inducted 4 new members. In addition, we had 7 students reach the level of Honor Thespian and 1 student reach the level of National Honor Thespian. Of our graduating seniors, we have 2 Scholar Thespians (3.0), 4 Vice-Presidential Scholar Thespians (3.5), and 4 Presidential Scholar Thespians (4.0)
  • Wooster established it’s first Mariachi band this year, directed by Mr. Jose Flores. The band was invited to perform at the Reno City Plaza and at the Aces Ball Park in September for the Fiesta Latina. They performed at the inaugural UNR Mariachi Festival in April. Our lead singer, Alondra Edith Lopez is a candidate for the Reno Miss Cinco de Mayo and the Mariachi will perform with her during the pageant on May 6, 2018. Wooster Mariachi was awarded $5000 from the Hughes & Mayes Music Fund to purchase Mariachi instruments for our students.
  • Ten students represented Wooster in the WCSD Honor Band, with three students going on to perform in the 2018 Nevada All State Band. Nine Wooster students played in the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra this year.
  • Wooster social studies teacher Erin Atkinson was one of 25 teachers from around the world chosen to study “Thomas Jefferson and the Enlightenment” with Frank Cogiano at the University of Edinburg in Scotland, UK this summer. She was also selected for the James Madison Montpelier “Original Living Constitution” seminar in Montpelier, VA this past Fall 2017.
  • Wooster Social Studies teacher Nicolle Morrison was one of 25 teachers chosen from around the world chosen to study "The Kennedy Presidency" with Barbara A. Perry at Boston University this summer as part of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History. This will be Mrs. Morrison's third Gilder-Lehrman seminar having previously attended "The Age of Lincoln" at Oxford University and "WWII and the Great Depression" at Stanford University. 
  • Wooster Principal Leah Keuscher earned Secondary Principal of the Year for the Washoe County School District.
  • EL Teacher Heather Parkyn earned WEA’s Distinguished Performance Award.
  • EL Teacher Debra Harris earned WEA’s  Distinguished Performance Award.