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Recipients of the Anita Zuber Future Teacher Scholarship

Van Wert High School held its Senior Awards Convocation for the Class of 2022 on Friday, May 6, 2022, in the Saltzgaber Music Hall of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. 

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U.S. News & World Report magazine ranked Van Wert High School 160th in the state of Ohio and 4,196th in the nation for “Best High Schools”.

R.K. Thompson Students

It was the first full in-person gathering for the R.K. Thompson Self-Reliance Awards since 2019.

Rendering of the renovated Eggerss Stadium

Months of campaigning and spreading information paid off at the polls with the passage of a bond issue to renovate and improve Eggerss Stadium in downtown Van Wert.

VWHS promenade 2022

 The junior and seniors of Van Wert High School held their forest themed prom for 2022 Saturday evening.

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Van Wert High School has scheduled final semester exams for the 2021-22 school year for Wednesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 19, according to Principal Bob Priest.

VWHS Banquet

 It was an evening for laughter, tears, and applause as students and educators at Van Wert City Schools met at Willow Bend Country Club to honor those educators who have had an impact on students as well as those who will be retiring this school year.


The 2022 FIRST Robotics World Championships was presented in Houston, Texas, last Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the Van Wert High School Robotics Club participating in it for the first time.

On behalf of Van Wert City Schools, Kristi Fuerst, VWCS Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, accepts the Mark of Distinction award from Lou DeVincentis, OHSPRA President.

Van Wert City Schools was recognized with four professional Achievement Awards at the Ohio School Public Relations Association (OHSPRA) annual spring conference held in Columbus on April 28-29.

Monday, April 18, 2022 5 R.K. Thompson boy finalists named
R.K. Thompson Boys

Five area boys have been selected as finalists for the 2022 R.K. Thompson Self Reliance Award, according to Breanne Sudduth, Keri McClure and Anthony Adams, co-chairpersons of the Van Wert Service Club’s selection committee.

Friday, April 15, 2022 5 R.K. Thompson girl finalists named
Scholarship Girls

Five local girls have been selected for the 2022 R.K. Thompson Self Reliance Award, according to Breanne Sudduth, Keri McClure and Anthony Adams, co-chairpersons of the Van Wert Service Club’s selection committee.

Pictured are (from the left) Gloria Waterman, Optimist Club; Nancy Brown, VWHS Language Arts teacher; Mackenzie Jones, Kasee Stoller, Sydney Rauch; and Bruce Showalter, Optimist Club President. 

The Optimist Club of Van Wert awarded three Van Wert High School students as the winners of its annual essay contest. The students addressed the topic “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?”

Surrounded by coaches and family, Ethan Rupert signs his letter of intent to attend UNOH

Ethan Rupert, a senior at Van Wert High School recently signed a letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at the University of Northwestern Ohio. 

Robotics team bite their gold medals after advancing to the world championships

This past weekend, the Van Wert High School Robotics team competed in the big robot division at the Buckeye Regional FRC competition in Cleveland, OH with 59 teams from Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.

Mark Bagley speaks to the board of education during Wednesday's board meeting

Updates and various reports made up the majority of Wednesday night’s meeting of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education.

March 2022 The Cougar Connection cover page

The March 2022 edition of The Cougar Connection is now available for viewing!

Clayton Mosier, Lily Davis, Aaron Dowdy, and Mariana Ickes are the VWHS February PBIS winners

Congratulations to the February winners of Van Wert Cinema’s Student of the Month!

Senator McColley with the VWHS Robotics Team

Van Wert High School and Middle School welcomed Senator Rob McColley on Wednesday, March 9.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 VWHS Seniors Tour Local Businesses
VWHS seniors stand in front of the Cooper Farms sign

Van Wert High School seniors participated in the annual business tours on Tuesday, March 1.

FCCLA members and chapter advisor Mrs. Ragan hold a check for $1,000

For the third year in a row, Van Wert High School’s FCCLA students were awarded a $1,000 grant from Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) to help bring awareness to a traffic safety issue.

Connor Pratt surrounded by his family as he signs his letter of intent to attend Hillsdale College

Van Wert High School senior Connor Pratt recently signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career with Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 VWCS Releases 2021-2022 Quality Profile
2021-2022 Quality Profile with a graphic of the cougar head and cougar paw

Van Wert City Schools is pleased to release its 2021-2022 Quality Profile.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 VWHS PBIS Students of the Month
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Congratulations to the November, December, and January winners of Van Wert Cinema’s Student of the Month!

Evan Sroufe

Evan Sroufe, a senior at Van Wert High School, has been selected to perform in Cleveland on Friday, February 4, as a member of the 2022 Ohio Music Education Association’s All-State Band.

Chief King presented awards, tee shirts, and smoke alarms to Braxton Kouts (left) and Hunter Tinsley (right) on Monday.

A few short weeks ago, on the night of Jan. 5, 2022, two hometown heroes saved their family of seven adults and children from a devastating house fire.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2021-2022 VWHS Honor Roll: 2nd Nine Weeks
Congratulations VWHS Honor Roll with a graphic of a gold star

Congratulations to the following students for making the 2nd nine weeks honor roll:

Mark Bagley speaking to the board of education at Wednesday's meeting

Anthony Adams will again serve as president of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education.

VWHS Theatre proudly presents Cinderella

Van Wert High School Theatre Department is excited to announce our 2022 spring musical production.

Thursday, January 6, 2022 Allie (Clifton) Kalsow to be Recognized
Professional headshot of Allie (Clifton) Kalsow

The public is invited to join us this week as we celebrate Allie (Clifton) Kalsow, a Van Wert High School alumna, for her various accomplishments as a VWHS student-athlete.

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The Ohio Department of Education began the College Credit Plus program for all students enrolled in Ohio schools. 

Monday, December 20, 2021 Statement from Van Wert City Schools
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It is with profound sadness that we inform you about the tragic loss of an 8th grade student to our school community.

Matt Braun, the lead pastor at LifeHouse Church, speaks to the Board about a project which collected donations for needed clothing items for area children.

Van Wert City Schools Board of Education met Wednesday at First Federal Lecture Hall of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center and approved resolutions necessary for the Eggerss Stadium project.

Mariana Ickes prepares to sign her letter of intent with her family and coaches by her side

Van Wert High School senior Mariana Ickes recently signed her letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career with Bluffton University next fall.

Thursday, December 2, 2021 VWHS Recognizes Academic Award Recipients
2020-2021 Junior Academic Award recipients

Van Wert High School recently honored 146 students with an Academic Award for the 2020-2021 school year.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 Eggerss Stadium: Reflections and Renovations
A view of the current visitors locker room under Eggerss Stadium.

Recently I visited Eggerss Stadium on a crisp and breezy fall day.