Wellsville USD #289 will hold induction ceremonies for the newest members to the Wellsville Wall of Fame on May 16, 2015 at 5:00pm in the Kermit Deterding Gymnasium.  Our inductees for 2015 are Rick Phillips and Almeda Edwards.


Rick Phillips - Class of 1977


            As a recipient of the Wall of Fame Special Award, Rick Phillips exemplifies those qualities necessary to positively impact many in our school and community. As one WHS coach stated, “Rick is an inspiration to the players, coaches, parents, and the community.”  His contagious smile and welcoming attitude is ever-present.

            A life-long Wellsville resident, Rick has been active in the community for two decades.  In the 1990’s, he served four years as a member of the USD 289 Board of Education, his last year as president.  In addition, Rick was a dedicated member of the Wall of Fame committee from 2007-2011.  More recently, he has regularly spoken to Wellsville Middle School students about the hazards of teen drinking and bad decisions.

            Rick is better known, however, for his presence at school activities.  He is a regular attendee to most WHS and WMS functions…the epitome of a devoted fan.  Rick serves as a great role model for our students, lending reinforcement and encouragement to all.  “Even though he suffered a tragic accident that left him confined to a wheel chair, he lives life as though no handicap exists,” one person offered.  He is a friend to many people in this community and acts as a great ambassador for our school and kids.

            Rick’s philosophy is straight forward and represents his life.  “I feel our kids are our greatest resource and a direct reflection of our community.  I think it’s important to do whatever we can to support all of them.”



Almeda (Sinclair) Edwards

Class of 1956

Almeda (Sinclair) Edwards is a life-long resident of Franklin County.  She graduated from Wellsville High School in 1956 and then embarked upon a life that demonstrated a keen sense of civic duty. For over 50 years, Almeda served with numerous local, state and national organizations.

            Mrs. Edward’s local contributions are many and varied.  She has been a member of Farm Bureau for over 40 years.  During this time, she served as Public Policy Chairperson, tirelessly promoting agricultural enterprises around Franklin County.  In 1983, she was selected as the Kansas Farm Bureau Woman Leader of the Year.  Additionally, Almeda was a long-time member and past director of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.  During her tenure, she organized numerous candidate forums and legislative coffees. She was elected to two terms as Franklin County treasurer, served seven years as a USD 290 Board of Education member, as well as a board member for the East Central Vocational Cooperative. Ottawa’s Board of Zoning Appeals, Friends of the Ottawa Library, Republican Central committee, Historical Society, and Ottawa Business and Professional Women groups all benefited from Almeda’s leadership and expertise during her membership.          

            There are several state-wide accomplishments that Almeda can claim, as well.  She has been a delegate every year to the Kansas Farm Bureau annual meetings since 1980, and served four years on its Resolutions Committee.  Four different Kansas governors appointed Almeda to the Northeast Library System Board, where she participated for 20 years.  Her involvement at this level also included East Kansas Agri-Energy in Garnett.

            At the national level, Almeda was a delegate to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in 1993. Additionally, she attended meetings in Nashville and Kansas City, Missouri.

Almeda Edwards has given so much to many organizations.  She continues to look for ways to make life better for those in her community and state.

The Wellsville Wall of Fame Committee hopes you will be able to attend the ceremony and to share in this event with our newest members.





The Wellsville Eagles Real World Design Challenge team won first place in the State today on their "Precision Agriculture" research paper and business plan.  They will be travelling to Washington D.C. in November 2015 to present their project for the judges from NASA, the FAA, and the Department of Defense.

The Real World Design team is: Marissa Carmen, Jacob Baker, Andrew Lindsey, Joseph Phillips and Holly Hoehn.




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