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NHS Teacher Awards

posted Apr 27, 2017, 8:14 AM by Steven Reed   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 4:44 AM by Jennifer Swindler ]

Congratulations to the following WHS Teachers for being recognized at our recent National Honor Society Banquet:


Student Speech by: Camryn Barton, Vice President   

Teacher: Cindy Morris

NHS Pillar: Service


    How does a teacher demonstrate service? The simple answer is by demonstrating dedication to her students, the school, and the people around her. However, this year’s recipient has done so much more than that. Mrs. Cindy Morris, our Intervention Specialist, has worked at Wilmington High School for three years. During that time, she has created a home for her students and has ensured they have become part of the Wilmington High School family. The amount of projects she and her students lead around the school are too many to count. These projects include overseeing our lunch recycling program, delivering copies for teachers, running a school-wide lost and found, completing cleaning errands, and working at the after school snack shack. With every endeavor, Mrs. Morris is there--smiling, encouraging, and helping her students realize their potential. Her students are familiar faces in the hallway, and we have Mrs. Morris to thank for that.
    But Mrs. Morris’s service has extended beyond the students in her class. She has been a friend to numerous people--including myself--while teaching the peer helping peer class. Allowing other students into her classroom has afforded us the chance to watch her interact with her students. Her genuine care and desire to support her students makes Mrs. Morris a role model.
    Mrs. Morris is an amazing woman. Her students can sometimes be impatient and emotional but she gives them a shoulder to lean on and accompanies them through every obstacle. Service stands for a person’s drive to put others before his or herself. Mrs. Morris, I want to thank you for everything you have done--for me, for your students, and for the school. There is no one else who deserves this award more than you. It is my pleasure to honor you with the National Honor Society’s Service Award.


Student Speech By:  Jessica Angst, Treasurer

Teacher: John Gray

NHS Pillar: Leadership

Leadership is being able to establish respect and a following among individuals. When you google the definition of leadership synonyms also pop up: guidance, direction, and influence were among some of them. These are all characteristics of Mr. Gray. Whether it is in the classroom or at a sporting event he makes a difference. Usually people think that Mr. Gray is tough all the time, but one time at an away football game people started to leave because it started to rain and Mr. Gray saw me at the top of the stands. He came over with his granddaughter and shared an umbrella. He’s been through a lot and is still able to put on a strong face, and that takes a true leader. That is why we believe Mr. Gray deserves this year's Leadership award.




Student Speech By:  Lindsey Murphy, President

Teacher: Tracy Worthington

NHS Pillar: Scholarship


One of the four pillars we will begin the awards with tonight, is scholarship. It consists of the commitment to learn, cultivation of mind and a person’s drive to seek knowledge, and the decision to put forth maximum effort to achieve the attributes of scholarship. When thinking about scholarship, one specific person comes to my mind. I have been given the privilege to witness her job as an intervention specialist. This comes with more obstacles and responsibilities than one would think, and before aiding in her classroom, more than I definitely thought.


She never ceases to believe in her students and is always helping them whenever she can, sometimes even coming to school on weekends to work on lesson plans for each of the kids she teaches. Her class consists of lessons formatted to help each student the way they need it. Even when her students struggle to understand a concept, her dedication to scholarship is evident in her refusal to give up on them. She has influenced not just the students in her own classroom, but those around her, even if she isn’t always aware of it. She is a person who teaches all of those around her to push through the struggles, both in academics and in life. With this, I would like to present Tracy Worthington the scholarship award.



Student Speech By:  Averi Vance, Secretary

Teacher: Karen Merkle

NHS Pillar: Character


    The third pillar of National Honor Society is one that distinguishes a person from another. It demands six important qualities: respect, responsibility, citizenship, trustworthiness, fairness, and caring. Our guidance counselors have busy jobs and are sometimes hard to get a hold of with there being 999 other students trying to get their attention. But there is always a constant support in the guidance office. She is there to entrust all of your important forms with or to help you as best she can because she cares for all students.


    She first began her work at East End Elementary so for some of us she has been there throughout most of our lives. Most will comment on how her office always smells like a fresh batch of cookies. In my entire high school career, I have never seen her show frustration and she always holds a welcoming smile on her face. She is a motherly figure with her soft, kind voice and personality. Her compassion and patience is shown everyday with each unique problem she encounters. Her ability to take on responsibilities that may not even be her own are admirable. For this, we would like to award Mrs. Karen Merkle for her outstanding character.




Important Senior Information

posted Apr 7, 2017, 4:18 AM by Steven Reed



Wilmington High School Senior Information

1. If you receive a scholarship/financial award or other award and would like it announced at the Senior Award Night on May 18 at 7:00 p.m., please notify the Guidance Office with a copy of the award on their letterhead by Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Awards will also be published in the Wilmington News Journal.

2. To verify your high school graduation date, the college you plan to attend next year will want to receive a copy of your final transcript. To request that be sent, please bring in an envelope addressed to the college with the proper postage attached. Leave the return address blank (we will stamp the high school return address there) and put your name on the inside flap. If you have applied to more than one school, it is courteous to notify theschool(s) you will not attend of your plans.

3. To participate in the graduation ceremony, you must attend the practice session on Friday, May 26 at 10:00 a.m. There are no exceptions to this requirement. The graduation ceremony is at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.). Both the ceremony and practice are held in the Wilmington Middle School gymnasium. You should not write anything on the top of your cap. If we see anything on it during line-up before commencement, it will be taken and you will receive a different cap to wear. Caps/gowns can be picked up April 25 at lunch.

4. Seniors will receive ten (10) tickets for graduation. These can be picked up on Tuesday, May 16 in the auditeria during lunch. (Laurel Oaks students will receive their tickets on May 15 following senior awards practice. Scarlet Oaks and Live Oaks students may pick up tickets in the Guidance Office on or after May 15, 7:30-4:00, Monday through Friday.) There will be no extra tickets available until the morning of graduation. Seniors do not need a ticket for themselves, only their guests. Every guest attending, except for infants (under 2 years of age), will need a ticket to enter. If you are not on track to graduate due to incomplete credits, VLA classes, or OGT, you will receive your tickets at the completion of all requirements. Any cap and gown that are paid for but were not picked up can be picked up in the Guidance Office.

5. There will be a senior breakfast the morning of graduation at 9:00 a.m. (before practice) at the Hurricane Youth Football Complex behind the high school.

6. Tassels – If you want to buy just a tassel, they will be for sale at graduation practice for $10. If possible, Please purchase one ahead of time so we do not run out the day of graduation.

7. Chromebooks - All Chromebooks will need to be returned or purchased before graduation.  There will be a Chromebook turn-in day in late May.  At this time all Chromebooks will be turned in and inspected for damage.  Any damages will need to be paid for before graduation.  Any senior who wants to keep their Chromebook may do so for a $100 price.  If you purchase your Chromebook, it will be removed from the WCS Network and will be yours to do with as you please.

8. Yearbooks - April 22 is the last chance to buy a 2017 yearbook.  Yearbooks can be purchased online at yearbooksforever.com or a check for $75 made out to WHS Yearbook can be sent to the library.  There are a
limited number of yearbooks available this year.  When they are sold out, no more will be available. Yearbooks can be picked up at WHS sometime in the fall. The last week of April (24-28) will be Then & Now Week for seniors wanting a Then & Now picture in the yearbook. Pictures will be taken 5th period in the Media Center during this week. Cost is $5 per person per picture. BRING YOUR OLD PICTURE WITH YOU! There is still time for parents to put Baby Ad messages in the yearbook as well. The deadline for this is April 22, and they can be done at www.yearbooksforever.com

9. The last day for seniors is Monday, May 22.

Any action of any senior during the final quarter that causes damage to the building or extra work by any staff to clean up will result in that senior being banned from walking in the graduation ceremony.

2017 College Credit Plus Annual Notice

posted Jan 24, 2017, 7:42 AM by Tyler Williams   [ updated Jan 25, 2017, 5:53 AM by Jennifer Swindler ]

Please see the attached document for the 2017 CCP Annual Notice for Wilmington High School. Our next CCP Information night will be on February 16th at 6pm in the WHS Auditeria. All parents with students eligible for CCP (7th-12th grade students next year) who are interested in the program are STRONGLY encouraged to attend. 

Student Welcome

posted Sep 22, 2016, 6:04 AM by Steven Reed

Welcome to Wilmington High School


Wilmington High School provides numerous opportunities for its students. Our amazing staff and supportive community help students accomplish their goals and achieve their dreams. Teachers and coaches strive to provide the best education possible for students to succeed during, and after high school. We are proud to call ourselves Wilmington Hurricane.

We want students to be involved and find out what they love and enjoy. The possibilities are endless here at WHS! Wilmington High School offers a variety of opportunities to become involved. We have groups ranging from government, to community service groups, to interest oriented clubs. We have prestigious theater, band, and choir groups just waiting for you to join! We want students to be able to participate in anything that will expand their learning experience.

With that said, make the most out of your high school experience. So get involved and try something new! Our community, staff, and peers will always support you.

From the senior leadership representatives, we welcome you to Wilmington High School and remember: it is a great day to be a Hurricane!



Averi Vance

Student Council President


Lindsey Murphy

National Honor Society President


Savannah Morgan

Senior Class President

College Credit Plus Information on WHS Guidance Page

posted Feb 22, 2016, 11:04 AM by Tyler Williams   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 5:14 AM by Don Sutton ]


Do you have questions about the College Credit Plus program? The WHS Counseling team has created a new page on their website dedicated specifically to CCP. For more information, check out this link: http://canecounselors.weebly.com/college-credit-plus.html 

Make sure to email your counselor if you have any questions!

PLTW Information

posted Jan 27, 2016, 6:09 AM by Steven Reed

Attached is a presentation and some videos that explains our Project Lead the Way program here at Wilmington High School.

What is PLTW?


PLTW Engineering


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