WPS Class of 2020!

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Senior Spotlights

Seniah Bigfire
Seniah Dymond Bigire is the daughter of Rena Fear and Seneca Bigfire. Seniah participated in track before coming to Winnebago High School. Her favorite staff member is Nurse Julie. Seniah would like to join the military. She may attend Metro Community College in Omaha or lco Courte Oreilles Community College in Wisconsin. Her advice to underclassmen is, “Study hard and get your grades balanced.”
Evangeline Bird
Evangeline Bird is the daughter of LaVonne Snake and Marc Bird. Her favorite school lunch is pizza and her favorite teacher is Mrs. Sanford, “Because through all we went through she never gave up on me and is always here for me.” Evangeline plans to attend Wayne State College in the Fall and study Nursing and Psychology. Her words of advice to underclassmen are these: “Study hard. Your mind is the only thing people can’t take away from you. And, you can do anything you put your mind to. Believe in yourself.”

Phoebe Blackbird

Phoebe Cecelia Blackbird is the daughter of Rosella Tebo. She participated in volleyball in high school. Her favorite school lunches are chicken alfredo and chili fritos. Phoebe’s favorite teacher is Mr. Stoner, “Because he was always the most understanding teacher with his students and overall the best and coolest teacher I had during my highschool years.” Phoebe is planning to attend Little Priest Tribal College in the Fall. Her advice to underclassmen is, “Stay focused, work hard, and make these 4 years in high-school count and the best they can be, because these are the most memorable years you'll have and they'll fly by quick.”
Matthew Blackfish
Matthew Blackfish is the son of Dale Blackfish and Teresa Buchanan. While attending Winnebago High School, he participated in basketball but “didn’t stick with it sadly; still love the game tho!” Matthew’s favorite school lunch is chicken noodle soup and his favorite teacher is,, “Mr. Warren because he would tell me that I could get it done; he was a motivational guy.” Something Matthew will always remember about high school is that he got close to people he never thought he would. Matthew plans to attend trade school to study Auto Body Repair. Matthew has these words of advice for underclassmen, “Keep your head in them books and go out for sports or whatever you love doing because you’ll regret it in the end! Try to make all the memories you can."
Nannette Cline
Nannette Cline is the daughter of Idelle Grant and Henry Cline. While in high school, Nannette participated in cheerleading. Her favorite school lunch is pizza, and her favorite teacher is Mr. Mette. “He has a lot of stories to tell and he’s nice and very understanding.” Nannette plans to attend Little Priest Tribal College in the Fall. Her words of advice to underclassmen are, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help.”
Teton Contreras
Teton Contreras is the son of Oyate Means. His favorite school lunch is pizza and his favorite teacher is Mr. Austin Bales, because, “He’s helped me a lot through my highschool experience.” Teton plans to attend South Dakota State University and study Music Production. His advice to underclassmen is, “Plan ahead and never let anybody dictate how far you’re gonna go in life.”

Orion Cox

Orion James Cox is the son of Leland Cox and Colleen Bird. While in high school, Orion participated in speech, one-act, band, and quiz bowl. His favorite school lunches are popcorn chicken and brunch and his favorite teacher is Mr. Stoner. “First off he has my favorite male name in the world (I will be giving my first born son the same name). He has been a pretty great inspiration throughout the past few years. He really connects with his students and tries to help them any way he can. He's also a pretty great story teller.” Orion’s most memorable moment in high school was when he opened up Mr. Brown’s “stool” sample toy during Biology class, thinking it was going to be an animal dropping. It turned out to be a tiny 3-legged wooden stool! Orion is unsure what he will do following graduation. He may attend UNO and study Music or Music Education, he may join the National Guard, or he may just join the workforce.Orion want to share this advice with underclassmen, “Work hard, go out for every sport and activity you can, make your high school years as fun as you can make them. Don't regret not trying new things out and participating in fun events because these years go by really fast.”

Darius Earth

Darius Elon Earth is the son of Feather Earth. While in high school, Darius participated in football. His favorite school lunch is popcorn chicken and his favorite teacher is Mr. Feight because, “He was good at explaining my work to me.” Darius plans to enter the workforce after Covid-19. His advice to underclassmen is, “Ask for help and don’t act ridiculous in class.”

Gavin Farmer

Gavin Isaac Farmer is the son Claudine Cohen and Samuel Farmer, Sr. While attending Winnebago High School, Gavin participated in football and basketball and was a member of the Student Council. His most memorable moment in high school was when he was able to attend the National Unity Conference with the Student Council in Denver, Colorado in 2017. Gavin’s favorite school lunch is burgers and fries and his favorite teacher is Mr. Mette because he is a “cool cat.” Gavin plans to attend UNL in the Fall and major in Computer Engineering/Accounting. His final words of wisdom to underclassmen are, “Work hard and study.”
Savannah Fierro
Savannah Fierro is the daughter of Tammy LittleWalker and Darrell Fierro. While in high school, Savannah participated in volleyball and basketball, and her most memorable moments came when she was playing volleyball. Savannah’s favorite school lunch is chicken alfredo and her favorite teacher is Mr. Stoner, “Because he seems to understand his students and is always there to help students.” Savannah plans to attend Wayne State College in the Fall. Savannah has these words of advice for underclassmen, “ If you want to try something then try it. High school goes by fast, so enjoy it and do what you want to do.”

Delilah Flanders

Delilah Paige Flanders is the daughter of Rella Walker and Chris Flanders. While attending Winnebago High School, Delilah participated in cheerleading. Her favorite school lunches are Chicken Alfredo and Chinese. Spending her senior year of high school with her best friend made the year memorable. Delilah’s favorite teacher is Mr. Stoner, because “he’s really an understanding teacher and he connects well with his students. He has a great personality and he isn’t appreciated enough.” This Fall, Delilah plans to attend Little Priest Tribal College. She has these words of wisdom to offer underclassmen, and hopes that “you take them into consideration”: Most teenagers for granted their time at school, thinking “reading, writing, and taking notes won’t pay off. At the beginning of the year I had the same perspective, but now that I’ve reached the ending of my final year in school, I will say that I wish I would’ve listened and actually took the time to do these things. They pay off and you’ll learn so much more.”

Alayah Frazier

Alayah R. Frazier is the daughter of Kateri Payer and the granddaughter of Gregory and Victoria Neff. While in high school Alayah participated in volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, and dance team. She was also a member of the student council. Alayah’s favorite school lunches included homemade grilled cheese and peanut butter bars. Alayah has this to say about her teachers, “Love and appreciate them all down to every annoying moment.” Alayah had many memorable moments/events/opportunities while attending WPS, and she is very appreciative for all of them: went to Chicago; was in a music video; traveling for meets and tournaments; saw Bernie Sanders; was crowned “Princess Layah”; had the lead role in a play; attended the Nebraska Attorney General;’s Youth Conference. In the Fall, Alayah plans to attend Wayne State College and enroll in the Pre-engineering program as well as minor in Graphic Design. Alayah’s words of advice to underclassmen, “Really make the best out of high school and take advantage of the opportunities it offers.”
Azure Goodman
Azure Faull Goodman (LaRose) is the daughter of Kathy LaRose. While attending Winnebago High School, Azure participated in basketball. Her favorite school lunch is spaghetti and her favorite staff member is Denise Sterr. “She was always helping me and never gave up on me; she would always have me laughing.” Azure's most memorable moments in high school include making new friends and learning something new every day! Azure plans to attend UNL to become a nurse. These are her words of advice to underclassmen: “Don’t let nobody tell you who you are and what you are capable of; you have so much potential to be anything you want and do not give up! Life is beautiful and keep them grades up! School comes first before anything.”

Jeriah GrewOwl

Jeriah GreyOwl is the son of Shelly GreyOwl and Eric Littlegeorge. While in high school, Jeriah has participated in basketball and football. Making it to the State Basketball Tournament his Freshman and Sophomore years were his most memorable moments. Jeriah’s favorite school lunch is chicken noodle soup and his favorite teacher is James Gubbels a.k.a. “Little Gubbs,” because, “he always made sure I had my grades up and was always straight forward with everything.” He plans on attending Prep school after graduation. Jeriah’s advice to underclassmen is, “Don’t be afraid to ask teachers for help, and get your work done and handed in on time.”

Marcus Harlan Jr

Marcus T. Harlan, Jr. is the son of Adanya Kearnes and Marcus Harlan, Sr. While in high school, Marcus participated in football. His favorite school lunch is pizza and his favoring teacher is Mr. Welsh, because, “ His classes were helpful and fun. I’ve learned many things relating to wood work.” Marcus’s most memorable moment in high school was being selected as a Freshman Homecoming attendant. In the Fall, Marcus plans to attend Briar Cliff University where he will study Criminal Justice and has received a scholarship to play football. Marcus has these words of advice for underclassmen: “Always try hard and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Tyler John

Tyler John is the son of Karen Buchanan and Curtis John. While in high school, Tyler participated in track, basketball, and cross country. His favorite school lunches are pizza and chicken noodle soup. His favorite staff member is Denise Sterr because, “She was nice and always made my day better.” Tyler’s memorable moments in high school were the times that he made the Honor Roll. Tyler plans to attend Western Iowa Tech and study to become an electrician. His words of advice to underclassmen, “Stay focused and Pay Attention.”

Lourde Kearnes

Lourde Kearnes is the son of Trina Solomon and Cain Kearnes. He participated in football, basketball, and track while attending WPS. Lourde’s favorite school lunch is spaghetti, and his favorite teacher is Mr. Stoner, because “He gave helpful advice and he really connects with his students.” Lourde’s most memorable moment in high school was achieving All-District Football honors his senior year. In the Fall, Lourde plans to attend Wayne State College, where he will major in Accounting. His advice to underclassmen: “Pay attention, take the time to study, and don't be afraid to ask for help.”

Kiana Lewis

Kiana Rose Lewis is the daughter of Tina Lewis. While in high school, she participated in volleyball and basketball and was a member of the Student Council and the Winnebago Chapter of the National Honor Society. Kiana’s favorite school lunch is chili over Fritos and her favorite teacher was Mr. Brown. “He was the coolest teacher. He was a teacher, friend, and a goofy person all in one. You could joke around with him and he wouldn't take it to heart, sometimes he'd even flame us back.” Kiana will forever cherish the memories she has from playing volleyball; she looked forward to volleyball season every year and recognizes these moments as her most memorable. In the Fall, Kiana plans to attend Wayne State College and major in Sports Management. Kiana’s advice to underclassmen: “Get out of your comfort zone and go out for sports and other extracurricular activities. All you need is time and effort and you'll discover what you can truly do. And please make it a trend to treat teachers with respect!”

Robbie Lovejoy

Robbie Dion Lovejoy, Jr. is the son of Rana Merrick and Eugene Gilpin. While in high school, Robbie has participated in football and wrestling. His most memorable moment was making it to state wrestling and seeing the school come together for his state send-off. Robbie’s favorite school lunch is pizza with ranch and his favorite teacher is Mr. Stoner, because he understands the students very well and is a “great person inside and outside of school.” Robbie plans to attend college in the Fall, where he plans to wrestle and study education. His advice to underclassmen is, “Make as many memories as possible. Be involved, get people involved also, don’t take things for granted. Don’t let one thing define what kind of person you are.”

Matthew McDonald

Matthew McDonald is the son of Dannelle McDonald. While in high school, Matthew participated in football, cross country, wrestling, and band. Matthew can’t really decide on one favorite teacher, because he says, “There were so many different teachers that had an impact on my high school experience.” However, he really liked, “chilling with Ms. Spirk in the choir room learning and playing piano.” Matthew plans to attend Western Iowa Tech in the Fall. He advises underclassmen to, “Stay focused.”

Ronald Painter

Ronald Painter is the son of Matthew Painter, Sr. While in high school, Ronald participated in football. His greatest memories in high school were made while he was playing football. . Ronald’s favorite school lunch is chicken alfredo and his favorite teacher is Mr. Johnson. In the Fall, Ronald plans to study Auto Mechanics at Western Iowa Tech. His advice to underclassmen is, “ASK QUESTIONS, and do what you love.”

Ed Payer

Edward Payer IV is the son of Janelle DeCora and Edward Payer III. While attending Winnebago High school,, Ed has participated in football, cross country, basketball, and track. His favorite school lunch is spaghetti and his favorite teacher is Mr. Bonneau, because, “He would always joke around.” Ed’s most memorable moments in high school were when he was able to be part of the basketball team that went to State. After high school, Ed plans to attend Western Iowa Tech and study Carpentry. When asked what advice he had for underclassmen, Ed responded, “Enjoy it cause it goes by fast.”

Jaidan Payer

Jaidan Payer is the daughter of Adrianne Blackhawk and the late Darren Payer. While attending high school, Jaidan participated in volleyball, basketball, and track, and she was a member of the Student Council and the Winnebago Chapter of the National Honor Society. Jaidan recognizes Ms. Loutsch as her favorite teacher because, “She’s always been the coolest.” Her favorite school lunches are chicken alfredo and pizza. Jaidan’s most memorable event in high school was being selected to the Homecoming court her senior year. She plans to attend UNL in the Fall. Jaidan’s advice to underclassmen is, “Don't take your high school years for granted because it goes by way too fast, so have fun and make memories.”

Marissa Picotte

Marissa Marie Picotte is the daughter of Marcel Picotte and Clarissa Hoffman. While in high school, Marissa participated in volleyball, basketball, choir, and robotics. Her favorite school lunch is grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. Marissa’s favorite teacher is, “Mr. Mette because he made art fun and something everyone enjoyed doing.” Her most memorable moments were winning the Outstanding Artist two years in a row at the Big Show in Wakefield, Nebraska. In the Fall, Marissa plans to attend Wayne State College where she will study Psychology. Her advice to underclassmen is, “Pay attention in class and study. Don’t be afraid to try new things and make new friends. Make school fun!”
Jayla Price
Jayla Starr Price is the daughter of James Price, Sr. and Pamela Smith. While in high school, Jayla has participated in cross country and basketball. Her favorite lunch is chicken noodle soup, and her favorite teacher is Mr. Stoner. “He’s ALWAYS been there for me as a basketball coach, teacher & just personally. He always had the right words to say & I definitely took his advice every time.” Jayla’s most memorable moment in high school was the game in which she scored her 1000th career point. Jayla plans to continue her academic and athletic careers at Southeastern Community College in Iowa where she will be studying education and playing basketball. Jayla has these words of advice for underclassmen, “Know that it’s okay to make mistakes, but grow & learn from them, and please don’t take ANYTHING for granted. Last, but not least, enjoy high school because it definitely goes by in the blink of an eye.”
Danian Spears
Danian James Spears is the son of Derwin and Christa Spears. Danian’s favorite teacher is Mr. Mette, because “He made art fun!” His favorite school lunches are: spaghetti, nachos, and pizza. Some of Danian’s most memorable moments came when he participated in Track and Field and Wayne; it was always fun!. Danian plans to continue his education after graduation. His advice to underclassmen is, “Work hard!”
Ivan Redhorn
Ivan Redhorn is the son of Rosalind Havlish. While in high school Ivan participated in football. Ivan’s all-time favorite teachers/staff members are Mr. Lile and Nurse Julie. This year, however, Mr. Stoner was a favorite because, “He is very cultured, self-aware and really knew how to teach the assignment in a more meaningful way when asking for his help, and he always had me in some deeper thought.” Ivan’s most memorable moment in high school was winning The High School Tolerance Essay Contest for the Sioux City Tolerance Week and presenting it at the Sioux City Orpheum Theater in 2017. Ivan plans to attend Western Iowa Tech in the Fall; he is unsure exactly what he will study, but is interested in several things: music/video production, animation, and photography. Ivan has these words of advice for underclassmen: “Channel your emotions into something creative.”
Lio Rios
Rosalio Rios, Jr. is the son of Trina Aldrich. While in high school, LIo participated in cross country and basketball. Lio’s most memorable moments were made during his freshman year when he was a member of the basketball team, something he regrets not sticking with. “It was always laughs and goofy moments.” Lio’s favorite school lunch is lasagna and his favorite teacher is Mrs. Sanford. “She was always quick to help - not just with me, but with the other students as well. And, she would always get my head right when she saw I was slacking.” In the Fall, Lio plans to study business at Western Iowa Tech. After receiving his Associate’s Degree, he plans to attend the University where he intends to eventually earn a Master’s Degree. Lio’s message to others is to “not take anything for granted,” and make your family proud. “The only person that could get it done is you - no one else! Always remember, God isn’t about to put you through something you can’t handle. Tell yourself that when you feel like giving up.”
Angelina Rodriguez
Angelina Paula Rodriguez is the daughter of the late Debra Elaine Free and Teo Rodriguez of Sioux City. She completed her Freshman year in San Simon, Arizona where she participated in volleyball. At WPS she enjoyed 3 years of Choir and Spring Musicals with Ms Spirk. Her favorite school lunch is chicken alfredo. Her favorite times were being a part of the Spring Musicals every year. Angelina’s words of advice to underclassmen: “Make every day count because it goes so fast!”
Summer Snow
Summer Zion Snow is the daughter of Tana and Jason Lawrence, Sr. and Chris Snow. Summer has participated in volleyball, basketball, and track while attending Winnebago High School. Summer’s most memorable moment of high school was being selected as the Homecoming Attendant her sophomore year. Her favorite school lunch is pasta. Summer’s favorite teacher is Mr. Stoner because he is “straight forward and gets to the point. He has a great sense of humor and it’s always fun joking around with him.” Summer plans to attend Haskell University in the Fall, where she will be studying Indigenous and American Indian Studies. Her advice to underclassmen is, “Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your teachers and get involved with activities in school; that’s where you’ll make the most memories.”
Ricky Suarez
Ricky Suarez is the son of Jorge Suarez and the late Saralee Suarez. Ricky has participated in football, wrestling, and track while attending Winnebago High School. His favorite school lunch is pizza and his favorite teacher is Mr. Bales. “He is the only teacher I had real conversations with and was pretty chill. His classes were fun too.” Ricky’s most memorable moment in high school was being crowned Homecoming King. In the Fall, Ricky plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he will be majoring in Business/Marketing. When asked if he had any words of advice for the underclassmen, Ricky had this to say, “ I would tell them to listen to their teachers and do their work and to enjoy the 4 years of high school.”

Kecia Thomas

Kecia Thomas is the daughter of JoAnn Thomas and the late Jeffery Thomas, Sr. While in highschool, Kecia participated in volleyball, speech, and one-act. She loved it when we had brunch for lunch. Kecia’s favorite teacher is, “Mrs. Gant, because she's always there for you when you need it. She's also cool to joke around with about random things.” In the Fall, Kecia plans to attend the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Her words of advice for underclassmen, “Don't procrastinate work and try to enjoy your time in high school cause it will go by faster than you think.”
Cristoff WhiteEagle
Cristoff Oville Lee Louis WhiteEagle is the son of Christina Cleveland. While in high school, Cristoff participated in basketball. This experience was Cristoff’s most memorable time in highschool; his sophomore year was the first year he had gone out for basketball. He says, “It was hard, but I enjoyed it!” Cristoff’s favorite school lunch is chicken and his favorite teacher is Mr. Welsh, because, “He was funny.” Cristoff’s plans after graduation are to,” Wait for Covid-19 to go away.” He has these words of advice for underclassmen, “Study hard but also have fun, because it goes by fast.”

Whisper WhiteTwin

Whisper WhiteTwin is the daughter of Danielle Greene. Her favorite school lunch is spaghetti, and her favorite staff member is Mrs. Tremayne because, “because she was always nice to me & made me feel like I belonged..” The most memorable thing about high school for Whisper, was completing her graduation requirements and finishing a semester early. Whisper plans on going to college at some point and studying either Archaeology or Substance Abuse Counseling. Whisper would like to share this advice with underclassmen: “Everyone needs a friend in school, so don’t be shy to meet new people. Always make your peers feel welcomed & involved. Ask for help when you need it & turn in your assignments on time cuz it will give you more free time to do the things you want. You can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Never give up on your dreams & enjoy the rest of high school cuz that’s when reality hits. But the future is yours & I believe every single one of you will do great things. Stay positive.”
Willy Wingett
William Marvin Wingett is the son of Darla LaPointe and David Wingett, Sr. During high school, William participated in cross country, basketball, robotics and Science Club; he was also a member of the Student Council. William’s favorite school lunch is pizza, and his favorite teacher was Mr. Brown because of his, “science knowledge, his stories and humor.” William’s fondest memories in high school were the times he played basketball with his brother. In the Fall, William plans to attend Little Priest Tribal College. William has some words of advice for everyone, “Appreciate the incredible diversity and importance of life on earth. Realize how much damage humanity has done collectively. SAVE THE PLANET!!!”
Tia YellowThunder
Tia Raylene YellowThunder is the daughter of Melanie Parker. Tia has participated in volleyball and basketball while in high school. Tia’s most memorable times in high school were the times she spent playing volleyball; it is the one sport she felt passionate about. Her favorite school lunch is chicken Alfredo and her favorite teacher is Mrs. Benne. Tia has this to say about Mrs. Benne: “She’s a very understanding person, she really cares about all of her students and is a great teacher all around.” In the Fall, Tia plans to attend Wayne State College and study Accounting. Her advice to underclassmen is, “Enjoy high school while it lasts because it’ll go by quick and you won’t even notice, so don’t be afraid to try new things and make memories.”