The principal, Mike Lovenberg, of Whitewater High School announced today that Lydia G. Wiley Deal, James N. Dedrick, Zachary Gross, Jacob B. Korf, have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary Sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
Please join us in recognizing the 2018 district nominees for outstanding professional achievement through the Kohl Fellowship. Whitewater Unified School District has a proud history of our staff being recognized for their contributions at the local, state, and national levels. Nominees will be recognized at the September 25 School Board Meeting. The high school is proud to congratulate Ms. Kate McNulty on her nomination. McNulty came to Whitewater to be a middle school teacher in 1997 but also taught one class a day at the high school. With the urging of then principal, Dr. Pat Brooks and an emergency English license, McNulty joined the WHS staff full time the following year as a Spanish and English teacher. She has taught every level of Spanish offered at WHS, English for the 21st Century, and Speech. She has strived to be active with students outside of school as an activity advisor. She started as a cheerleading advisor and moved on to Student Council, Forensics, Yearbook, Prom, Spanish Club, Sophomore Class, Junior Class, Senior Class, and Lead Dogs. Her fondest memories stem from student-staff musicals, Homecoming, and annual first day of school traditions. McNulty credits the amazing students and staff at WHS for keeping her passionate about teaching and she looks forward to what WHS has in store for itself next. Other district Kohl nominees include Jill Meinel at the elementary level, Carmen Behrens at the middle school, Kathy Wilson in the special services category, and Lincoln Principal Mary Kilar in the leadership category.
The Whitewater Boys’ Soccer team wrapped up a busy week of soccer having played 5 games over 6 days. Their current record stands at 5-6 overall and 1-1 in conference. The week started off on Monday with a good win against Division 1 Janesville Parker. Juan Cuellar-Meza led the team off with a goal in the 8th minute putting in a bouncing ball off of a corner kick from Johaly Xochipa. The two connected again sixteen minutes later when Johaly fed a through-ball to Juan for another score. Roberto Navejas wrapped up the first half scoring with a strike from the top of the box to put the Whippets up by 3. Less than five minutes into the second half the Parker team got one back. But Dalton Chenoweth lifted the team back up with a 20 yard shot assisted by James Dedrick. Dalton found the back of the net again on another long strike with the assist from Tommy Cushman. That was enough to put it out of reach, although Janesville did get one more goal in the final minute. All told it was a good 5-2 win, although we still have improvements to be made on both the offense and defense. On Thursday we took on Big Foot/Williams Bay for our second game of the conference season. Big Foot certainly came to play a physical game causing over 15 fouls over the course of the game and earning 3 yellow cards. It seemed like every time we had opportunities to get into scoring position one of our players soon found himself on the ground and we were taking a free kick. Unfortunately, a lack of passing and the rough play on the field kept us off the scoreboard in the second half and a few individual mistakes put us out of the game, suffering a 5-2 loss. We wrapped up the week with a tournament in Milton where we took on Kaneland High School from Illinois, Janesville Parker, and Milton. In these tournaments, games are 50 minutes, rather than the regular 90 minutes. All told by the end of the tournament, we felt that finally our team defense across the field was running at a high level and the offense is definitely headed in the right direction with significantly more possession and better opportunities coming from a good passing game. We'll work to keep improving and are looking forward to the second half of our season. The item we are most proud of this week is a message we received from the WIAA as the officials of our Monday evening game against Janesville Parker sent in a note commending both teams for an exceptional level of sportsmanship from players, coaches, and fans that they rarely see across all the other games that they ref. Thank you to all that were in attendance for being positive role models!
To begin the school year, students in Mr. Chris Wiegman’s Freshman U.S. History Class have been studying the events in Charlottesville, VA, in connection with their Reconstruction unit. On Tuesday, September 14th, they conducted a Google Hangout interview and discussion with Travis Andrews, a reporter from the Washington Post. Mr. Andrews agreed to connect with Mr. Wiegman’s classes to discuss the career of journalism and a journalist's approach to covering news events such as Charlottesville. From his office in Washington D.C., Mr. Andrews explained the education necessary to pursue a career in journalism, the challenges of reporting in the internet age, and the importance of consuming news with a critical eye. He also answered any additional questions from students.
The WHS Players will present the Addams Family, The Musical, November 16-19. The show is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. This musical comedy features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.