Cade Phelps / Avery Rusk - OUTSTANDING ATHLETES! ** Jack Walton - TRUE CRUSADER AWARD (John Gifford)

Create: 05/10/2018 - 09:50

The annual WHS Sports Banquet was held Wednesday evening, with a large crowd of student athletes, parents and fans on hand as participants in all Crusader Sports and Cheer were honored and recognized for their achievements, not just on the field or court, but also in the classroom.

The reoccurring thought that went through my head throughout the 2+ hour event, as Class of '18, '19, '20 and '21 participants received their well deserved praise, was this - we have a mighty fine group of students at Wellington High School, it was great to see them all on stage and in the spotlight. Seriously, some really fine kids we can all be proud of. 

Some mighty fine coaches, parents and community members as well. Guest speaker and 1995 Outstanding Male Athlete recipient, Jesse Cornejo, reminded all in a most heartfelt way, how lucky we are to live in Wellington, how lucky we all are to have each other. Indeed we are.

Congrats to Senior Jack Walton...the 2017-18 & 14th JOHN GIFFORD TRUE CRUSADER AWARD recipient since it was first awarded to Jamie Dixon, a senior on the 2004 Football Team!! Pictured with Jack are his head football Coach Zane Aguilar and Coach John Gifford!! Way to go Jack!!

Seniors Avery Rusk and Cade Phelps were named the Outstanding Female and Male Athletes for the 2017-2018 school year. Congratulations to them and to all, for a stellar year, packed full of what will always be stellar memories.

A potluck dinner followed the ceremonies, a great evening to be a Crusader, just 1 out of 365 such evenings that occur each and every year. GO WHS!!


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Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1974 and then Wichita State University (with honors) in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice; his minor was in Sociology. Steve has held several positions ranging from Juvenile Court Service Officer, to District Manager in Circulation at the Wichita Eagle, Q.A. Planner at Boeing, Caregiver, Psychiatric Technician, Limo Driver, Ranch Hand, Photographer, Webmaster and Website Developer and a die hard Crusader Fan since the early 1960's. Contact the ole boy at or on Facebook or at any Crusader and/or Knight event year-round.