The KW Boost is the Booster Club blog featuring articles about topics including:
   -the Booster Club,
   -grants we've funded
   -academic programs
   -athletic programs
   -activity programs
   -teacher interviews
     and more!
Past newsletter  issues of The KW Boost  are archived here:
Issue 01 - February 2018
Issue 02 - March 2018
Issue 03 - April 2018
Issue 04 - Summer 2018
Issue 05 - September 2018
Issue 06 - October 2018
Issue 07 - Winter 2018-19

KW Wrestling Team Wins State First Time in School History

Written By Debbie Ehlers 2/2019
This year the wrestlers volunteered to referee for a local youth tournament.  The team also hosted a wrestling camp for kids of all ages in the summer.

Coach Peak started wrestling when he was in First grade.  He said he has, “Been in love the entire time.”  Peak says he is passionate about wrestling because it builds confidence in kids and brings them a sense of pride.  “It seriously makes kids better people and gives them the tools they need to be successful adults.  When you see what it does for people, it’s easy to be passionate about it,” Peak continued.

Peak said he does not have a favorite color.  “I’m an Art Teacher.  I love them all.  I try to avoid orange now though,” he joked.  Coach Peak had 22 MMA fights before becoming a full-time husband and father of three toddlers, ages 2, 3, and 4.

Coach Peak said that he “Really appreciates that the Booster Club is up and running again.  Parents and complete buy in from families is what makes an athletic community stronger and the culture better.  You can build teams and team culture, but when the community and families step in and pass that down to new, up and coming families, that raises the level.”

 
The KWHS Wrestling Team Won the State title February 23rd in Casper.  Four wrestlers place first, while others placed well in the consolation round.  KW Wrestling Coach Travis Peak said the team had several great showings this season and placed higher at every tournament than any other KW team has done previously.   

This season about 40 kids wrestled.  In the past three years, about 60 kids tried this winter season sport at KW.  The team traveled frequently this season.  They only had three home dual meets and one tournament at home.

Peak said, “We seek out some of the toughest tournaments in the region. We attend a tournament in Colorado before Christmas that has 72 teams in it!  We took 7th this year.  We also attend another tournament Colorado that is smaller, but tougher than that one.  We started our own, home tournament where we try to invite only full, strong teams from surrounding states.”  Peak added that the most fun competition is always against NC.  The wrestlers love it when fans attend the home duals and yell loudly.

KW’s FFA Chapter One of the Best in the Nation

Written By Debbie Ehlers 2/2019
KWHS Ag Teacher and Windy City FFA Advisor Jessie Bower has been involved in FFA for 19 years, but KW has only had a chapter since 2011.  November 11, 2018 was the groups 8th birthday.  About 50 students are participating in KW’s FFA program this year.  The official name is the National FFA Organization.  The program as not been called Future Farmers of America since 1988.

We recently asked Jessie some questions about KW’s Windy City FFA Chapter.

What makes you passionate about the KW FFA Chapter?   
FFA grows strong leaders for students directed towards any career!  It gives scholarship opportunities, opportunities to travel across the globe, socialization opportunities, colleges recruit FFA members, employers recruit FFA members, and above all it is a BLAST!

What is your favorite FFA event?  
I love state FFA convention!  It is in Cheyenne and KW’s 17 teams get a chance to compete against the other 53 chapters in the state in order to try and win and compete at nationals in Indy.

How do people watch/support FFA?  
We mostly need financial support.  The competitions are not for public viewing except for the speaking contests.


What are some of the most recent FFA Chapter’s achievements?  
We have had eight state championships in the eight years we have been a Chapter.  We have ranked 11th, 12th and 2nd at Nationals in varying events.  (Nationals includes competition from all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).  We have had a state FFA officer (top leader chosen to lead the state association) and we have ranked 2nd and 3rd the last two years as a Chapter in the state (out of 53 chapters) and received a three-star rating at Nationals, which is the highest ranking possible!  KW’s Chapter is one of the best in the Nation!


What is something unique/interesting about the FFA Chapter?  
The FFA has over 600,000 members that strive to be the best they can.  FFA is extremely competitive and Wyoming is also very competitive nationally.  For the Windy City FFA from KWHS to be recognized nationally, especially as such a young chapter, is an OUTSTANDING feat!


Anything else you would like to add?  
FFA is not only for “country kids” or “animal lovers” or “cowboys,” etc.  There is something for everyone in FFA.  A lot of it has nothing to do with animals or plants.  We have won state championship in Sales, Marketing, and Job Interview—these have nothing to do with Cows and Plows!