Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School

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Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School
Walker, Minnesota
United States
Type Public high school
School district Independent School District #113
Principal Peggy Novak
Staff 46
Grades 9 to 12
Number of students 265
Color(s) Blue and Silver
Mascot Wolf
Nickname WHA

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School (WHA) is a public high school located in Walker, Minnesota. It is part of Independent School District #113. Students come from Walker, Hackensack, Akeley, Onigum, and Laporte, Minnesota.

The school offers honors classes as well as Post Secondary Enrollment Options. PSEO is a Minnesota Department of Education program that allows qualifying high school juniors and seniors to take college classes for high school credit at no cost to the student.[1][2] Foreign languages at WHA include Spanish for grades 9 through 12 and German, although being phased out, for eleventh and twelfth grades.


The school's 2008 football team

The school has football, volleyball, girls and boys soccer, girls and boys basketball, wrestling, hockey, baseball, softball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls track, and cheerleading teams.


9 of the 17 2007 National Forensic League State Medalists

The WHA speech team has competed for 44 years. In those 44 years, participants have earned 209 state speech medals, 39 state championships,[3] and speakers have competed 32 times on the national level.[citation needed]

WHA has a number[4] of National Forensic League Academic All-Americans including:

  • Joe Sweeney
  • Chris Baker
  • John Alden
  • Laura Maus
  • Julia Maus
  • Luke Gustafson
  • Neville Eclov
  • Katie Knight
  • Tyler Westfield
  • Kelly Nelson
  • Anastasia Scott
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Josh Plattner
  • Beth Tuller
  • Bridget Corson
  • Rachel Swedburg
  • Alina Burks
  • Tia Massar
  • Brandon Zimmer

At the 2007 state tournament, the WHA speech team had a record five state champions including Rachel Swedburg, Beth Tuller, Sara Johnson, Laryssa Schoeck, and Matt Privratsky. The WHA team also had a record number of state medals with 17 total medals in 2007.[citation needed] In 2008, the WHA speech team won the section tournament for the 17th consecutive year.

At the 2008 NFL National Qualifying tournament, a record six speakers qualified for the NFL National Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2008. These speakers were Beth Tuller, Bridget Corson, Marilyn Corson, Rachel Swedburg, Stephanie Stine, and Tia Massar. At the tournament, Bridget Corson was the first WHA speaker to make quarter-finals in a national event. She received 26th place in Extemporaneous Commentary.

In the 2010 speech season, WHA won sections for the 20th year in a row.


Fiddler on the Roof Cast

WHA has a theater department, which as performed plays including:


WHA's music department consists of a concert band, stage band, and concert choir who each perform a winter and spring concert every year. They also compete in a fall solo contest and spring ensemble contest.


  1. ^ "Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)-Concurrent Enrollment". Minnesota Department of Education. 
  2. ^ "Post-Secondary Enrollment Options". Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. 
  3. ^ "2010 Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence" (PDF). Minnesota State High School League. 
  4. ^ "Rostrum Archive". National Forensic League Rostrum Magazine Archive. 

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