Kayla Kolpitcke

Eight banners like these hang in the high school commons. They serve as a daily reminder to students of what Panther Pride stands for. 

“Panther Pride” is a phrase that’s been heard many times before, but what does this phrase actually stand for? Recently, the new high school principal, Mr. Tim Wormald, asked Student Council to come up with six words that define Panther Pride.

These six words are defined as Panther Pride:

Achievement: a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill. 

Class: showing stylish excellence

Dedication: committed to a task or purpose

Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles

Persistence: obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition 

Unity: the state of being united or joined as a whole

“[These words] display the pride found at Powell High School, and the high quality and high class of students that make us a superior school,” sophomore class Vice President Keaton Rowton said. 

The late Mr. Jim Stringer first presented the “Panther Pride” idea when he started coaching the Panther football team. Stringer used these words to define his team and the school.

Last spring, representative Brian Farmer, of the Wyoming School Board Association, came to interview members of the school district about our mission for education. As Mr. Farmer was reporting, he told Mr. Wormald that he could feel the Panther Pride in this community.

“Panther Pride is the idea that we are proud to be from Powell High School,” Mr. Wormald said. “We are proud to be members of this community. 

Panther Pride is the idea that we are proud to be from Powell High School”

— Mr. Wormald

“It directs the way we pursue our goals, the way that we interact with one another, the way we carry ourselves both in school and outside of school, and the way we carry ourselves when we travel to communities for athletics or activities.”

Added Senior Class Vice President Hailee Paul: “Our school has always been united as one, the Powell Panthers.” 

When senior Ethan Asher was involved in a car accident, PHS and the Powell community came together to support him and his family.

“Powell High School students should continue to live by these words every day to keep this school great,” Rowton said. 

The idea of Panther Pride sets a standard for students in athletics, academics, and extra-curriculars throughout PHS.

“We are proud to be from Powell. People who graduate from Powell High School look back favorably at that and they are proud to be panthers,” Wormald said. “Once a Panther, always a Panther.”