— Hundreds of students lined the hallway adjacent to the Willmar Senior High commons area, eager to cheer on their teachers and support staff before the start of school on Thursday, May 4, as they walked the halls in flashy dresses and dapper suits during the annual staff prom.
This year's king was agriculture teacher Mesay Doyamo, who escorted queen and science teacher Amanda Sellner through the sea of students and staff while donning their flashy crown and tiara headwear. Grand marshals this year included Willmar Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Holm and cultural liaison Michelle Vazquez.
This year's Grand March for Willmar Senior High School students will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the main entrance of the high school on Friday, May 5.
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Willmar students won the Minnesota Technology and Engineering Educators Association Supermileage Challenge at Brainerd International Raceway with a car that recorded a top performance single run of 532.55 miles per gallon.
Law enforcement and community members pay their respects to slain Pope County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Owen during his funeral at Minnewaska Area High School on Saturday, April 22, 2023, in Glenwood, Minnesota.
Willmar Public Schools' meal program, particularly in elementary grades, has very high participation and that fact should help in planning for the fall, when Minnesota schools will provide meals to all.
A regional crisis team, in addition to local counselors and social workers, is helping students and staff cope with the death of a 17-year-old Willmar Senior High School student. The crisis team will be in Willmar through the week.