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  • 7 Students Complete OSHA 10 Hour Certification

    These students completed the OSHA 10 hour certification, which is an industry recognized certification that employees in many “hands on” fields are required to acquire as a condition of their employment. The students also earned 1 college credit hour through Flint Hills Technical College for completing the certification. This certification can give them a marked advantage when it comes to getting a job. Congratulations students!

    • Nate Taylor
    • Sierra Robbins
    • Eli Mills
    • Shannon Rethke
    • Anitzia Mayorquin
    • Rylan Doyle
    • Jade Ketzner
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  • 2019-2020 St. Francis Community High School Academic, Attendance, and Citizenship Awards

    Please click the link below to watch the 2019-2020 St. Francis Community High School Academic, Attendance, and Citizenship Awards on Youtube.


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  • 2019-2020 St Francis Junior High Awards Ceremony

    Please click on the link below to watch the 2019-2020 St Francis Junior High Awards Ceremony on Youtube.



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  • Saint Francis Community High School journalists win at State

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  • Saint Francis Earns 2020 State Championship In Journalism

    Saint Francis Community High School journalists swept the 2020 KSPA 1A state championship title on Saturday with a cumulative 42 points. Burrton High School came in second with 25 points. 

    “I’m so proud of everyone!” said Cassidy Busse, Wigwam Editor-in-Chief. “I was so excited when I heard how well our yearbook staff did at state. With it being my last year to compete, I was just happy to hear I placed; but when I saw we got first as a team, I don’t think I could’ve smiled any bigger. Everyone works so hard all year. I couldn’t have asked for a better group or teacher to end the year with!” 

    Seniors Cassidy Busse, Audrey Meyer, Karly Bandel and Italia Gutierrez all placed at state. Busse earned first place in sports photography and third in sports writing. Meyer placed second in news writing. Bandel placed third in cutline writing and fifth in news page design. Gutierrez placed sixth in infographics. 

    Sophomores Hadleigh Hilt, Kara Maybury, and McKenna Poling all placed at state. Hilt placed third in copy editing. Maybury placed fourth in news page design. Poling placed fifth in advertising. 

    “It was reassuring to know that I am good at [copy editing,]” Hilt said. “I always doubt myself, but it’s hard to be doubtful when you place third at state. I really loved the opportunity to still be able to compete even at home.”

    Freshmen Bree De Waal and Rian Zimbal both placed at state. De Waal earned first place in photo illustration. Zimbal placed second in student life photography.  

    “It’s so exciting,” Zimbal said. “I’m so proud of us!”

    De Waal said it feels awesome to be a part of the state championship team as a freshman. 

    The following students all placed at regionals and qualified to compete at state: Seniors Karly Bandel, Cassidy Busse, Audrey Meyer, Italia Gutierrez and Yaneiri Quezada; Juniors Adam Krien, Emma LaLond, Colton Neitzel and Josiah Sims; Sophomores Hadleigh Hilt, Kara Maybury and McKenna Poling; and Freshmen Bree De Waal, Elle Krien and Rian Zimbal.

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  • Twenty-Six Achieve 2-Sport Letter Winner Recognition



    Congratulations to 26 St. Francis High School athletes for being 2-Sport Letter Winners for the 2019-2020 school year!  This is normally the 3-Sport Letter Winner award, but is changed for 2019-2020 because the KSHSAA canceled all 2020 Spring Sports due to the nationwide coronavirus pandemic—COVID-19.  Most of these athletes would have been 3-Sport Letter Winners if they had had the opportunity.

    Those students earning varsity letters for their performance in two sports are listed below:


    Karly Bandel – Volleyball, Basketball

    Brady Dinkel – Football, Basketball

    Alondra Gomez – Volleyball, Basketball

    Isaiah Lee – Cross Country, Basketball

    Jayce Nider – Football, Wrestling

    Hannah Zimbal – Volleyball, Basketball



    Jesse Baxter – Football, Basketball

    Shadryon Blanka – Football, Wrestling

    Emma Johnson – Volleyball, Basketball

    Adam Krien – Football, Basketball

    Cutler Mayer – Cross Country, Basketball

    Colton Neitzel – Football, Basketball

    Josiah Sims – Football, Basketball



    Jordyn Faulkender – Volleyball, Basketball

    Lyden Lampe – Cross Country, Basketball

    Elijah Mills – Cross Country, Wrestling

    Mia Morrow – Volleyball, Basketball

    Cutter Neitzel – Football, Basketball

    McKenna Poling – Volleyball, Basketball

    Shannon Rethke – Football, Wrestling



    Ben Busse – Football, Basketball

    Molly Gilliland – Volleyball, Basketball

    Jesslynn Houtman – Volleyball, Basketball

    Ellee Krien – Volleyball, Basketball

    Preston Witzel – Football, Basketball

    Rian Zimbal – Volleyball, Basketball


    Great year, Indians!  Thank you and all your teammates for all your time and efforts in support of St. Francis High School!  We are proud of you!

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    The special Board meeting was called to order on the above date at 7:00 P.M. by Board President Cale Rieger, in a virtual online meeting setting with all members present. There were also six patrons in the online audience to observe and listen. 

    Board President, Cale Rieger, reminded patrons that they would not be able to make any comments at this meeting, but were encouraged to stay online and listen to the continuing education plan. 

    Dustin Andrist made a motion to approve the agenda; seconded by J.W. Milliken and carried. 

    New Business: Superintendent Penka presented to the Board the Waiver Application, Assurance Document, and Continuous Learning Plan put together by the administration and recommendations from the Kansas Department of Education. This was all necessary as a result of COVID-19 and the closing of all Kansas school buildings. A copy of such plan is attached. 

    After review and discussion, J. W. Milliken made a motion to accept the learning plan; seconded by Dustin Andrist and carried. 

    At 7:44 P.M., Danielle McAtee made a motion to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Dustin Andrist and carried. 

    The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for April 9, 2020 at 7:00 A.M. in the Administration Office. If the location and/or time changes, notifications will be sent out. 


    Waiver Application, Assurance Document, and Continuous Learning Plan

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  • 2020 KSHSAA State Basketball Tournament Sportsmanship Awards

    The Kansas State High School Activities Association, through its member schools, defines sportsmanship as those qualities of behavior which are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others.  Further, an awareness is expected of the impact of an individual’s influence on the behavior of others.


    The excitement of a basketball game can create concerns for fans, students and officials.  Citizenship/Sportsmanship Rule 52 addresses this by stating: “Win with character and lose with dignity.”


    Outstanding sportsmanship is acknowledged each year by presenting sportsmanship certificates, plaques and medals.  All 96 high school teams participating in KSHSAA State Basketball Tournaments may qualify for an award.  A “rating” system is used allowing schools to compete against a “standard of excellence”, rather than competing against one another.


    Due to the tournament being canceled after the quarterfinal rounds, there were no plaques & medals awarded.


    A special sportsmanship committee appointed by the KSHSAA evaluated and rated the cheerleaders, school cheering section, adult and non-high school followers, team and coach of each school.  The following schools qualified for sportsmanship awards at the KSHSAA State Basketball Tournaments:




    Class 1A Girls – 


    Ingalls: Joseph Meador, Principal

    Olpe: Shane Clark, Principal

    Otis-Bison: Brandon Rice, Principal


    Class 1A Boys –


    Little River: Audrey Herbst, Principal

    St. Francis: David Morrow, Principal



    Class 2A Girls –


    Bennington: Curtis Nightingale, Principal


    Class 2A Boys –


    Hoxie: Mark Wildeman, Principal

    Pratt-Skyline: Herb McPherson, Principal



    Class 3A Girls –


    Frontenac: Mike Copple, Principal

    Halstead: Joe Gerber, Principal

    Osage City: Tony Heward, Principal

    Scott Community: Brad McCormick, Principal


    Class 3A Boys –


    Beloit: Casey Seyfert, Principal

    Colby: Dr. Stephanie McNemar, Principal



    Class 4A Girls –


    Baldwin: Brant Brittingham, Principal

    Chapman: Kevin Suther, Principal

    Clay Center Community: Bud Young, Principal

    Eudora: Ron Abel, Principal

    Kansas City-Piper: John Nguyen, Principal



    Class 4A Boys –


    Augusta: Donna Zerr, Principal

    Buhler: Michael Ellegood, Principal

    Kansas City-Piper: John Nguyen, Principal

    Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege: Maureen Engen, Principal



    Class 5A Girls –


    Andover Central: Cheryl Hochhalter, Principal


    Class 5A Boys –


    Andover: Dr. Kristen Kuhlmann



    Class 6A Girls –




    Class 6A Boys –


    Haysville-Campus: David Morford, Principal

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