English department teachers give generously of their time and talent in a variety of activities for our students, including facilitating our online student newspaper, The Spectrum, teaching TV and film production, creating our nationally recognized yearbook, Exodus, and producing fall and spring drama productions. Our award-winning English department staff includes Ann Bartus, a National Board Certified Teacher in English, James Corcoran, the 2002 Oakland County Teacher of the Year, Jennifer McQuillan, 2012 nominee for Oakland County Teacher of the Year, Dawn Mulcahy, WBHS Teacher of the Month, and many more dedicated professionals. Many of our teachers are authors and academics who have written textbooks, published academic articles, presented conference papers, written study guides for films, and have worked as journalists for area newspapers, radio, and television.
Our yearbook is recognized in the top 15% of all yearbooks by Taylor Publishing Company. We have received an award of excellence and first class ranking by the National Scholastic Press Association. Yearbook students are active members of the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association as well as the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association.
Our department runs AVID, an elective class for students in grades 9-12. The class supports students reaching for their first AP or honors class. In the past five years, 100% of AVID students were accepted into a 4 year college, and they earned over $500,000 in scholarships last year.