Trio Selected to Represent WHS at Badger Girls State
Congratulations to Jaden Henneman, Alisha Parboteeah, and Montserrat Cuevas for being selected by the Whitewater High School Faculty to attend Badger Girls State June 17-22, 2018, at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The girls were chosen for their outstanding leadership, scholastic rating, good moral character, cooperativeness, dependability, and participation in extra-curricular activities. Congratulations!
Pair Recognized with Top Honors in Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge
On Monday, November 6, 35 current computer programming students at Whitewater High School competed in the national online Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. Students were given 45 minutes to solve 15 problems using pattern recognition, algorithm design, data analysis, and abstraction. These skills represent a set of problem-solving skills that software engineers use to write programs and apps. Freshmen and sophomores competed in the junior division while juniors and seniors competed in the senior division with a total of 180 points available in each. In the junior division, the average WHS score was 75.6, above the state average of 65.8 and the national average of 72.0. In the senior division, the average WHS score was 84.4, above the state average of 69.7 and the national average of 72.6. In the junior division, Jaxson Amos and Mariana Cano received honorable mentions, Hailey Murphy placed fourth, Jaelyn Hunt was third, Broderick Frye placed second, and Cody Rupke earned the top school score of 124 points. In the senior division, Zach Brantmeier and Jacob Korf earned honorable mentions while Declin Anderson, Zach Gross, and Nicole Sedmak tied for second, and Lydia Wiley-Deal earned the top school score of 140 points.
Zimdars Selected to Attend Leadership Seminar
Congratulations Brianna Zimdars for being select to attend the Wisconsin Leadership Seminar June 8 - 10, 2018, at UW-Whitewater! The Wisconsin Leadership Seminar recognizes outstanding high school sophomores and provides them the opportunity and encouragement to develop their leadership potential.
Gnatzig Named DAR Good Citizen for Class of 2018
Congratulations to Abby Gnatzig for being selected as the Whitewater High School Class of 2018 DAR Good Citizen. Abby was chosen for her outstanding leadership, dependability, patriotism, and service. She will be honored at a luncheon in April with her parents and other DAR winners from local school districts.
Four Students Honored by Optimist Club
As part of Youth Appreciation 2017 in conjunction with the Optimist Club, three Whitewater High School students were selected as this semester's Students of the Month. They are Jimmy DuVal, Connor Steinke, Abby Gnatzig, and Zoe Porter. These students and their families, along with Principal Mr. Mike Lovenberg and Associate Principal Mr. Nathan O'Shaughnessy, were invited to the Optimist Club's luncheon last week to receive their awards. Congratulations!
Four Seniors Named Commended Students by National Merit Scholarship Corporation
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.”
WHS Earns Silver Medal from US News and World Report
Congrats to everyone at WHS on earning a Silver Ranking in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report High School rankings! Out of 507 high schools in Wisconsin, Whitewater ranked 70th. Out of 28,496 high schools nationally, WHS ranked 2,553rd, placing WHS in the top 9%. In the 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, 6 Wisconsin schools earned a gold medal, 64 earned silver medals, and 74 were awarded bronze. Nationally, 2.4% of all high school earned gold, 10.3% earned silver, 16.8% were awarded bronze, and the remaining 70.5% received no medal. For specifics on how the rankings were calculated, visit https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings.
Vo Earns $2500 Student of Integrity Scholarship from Better Business Bureau
Congratulations to Linda Vo! Linda was one of ten Wisconsin students awarded a $2500 Student of Integrity Scholarship by the Better Business Bureau. The Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin awards scholarships to Wisconsin high school students who have demonstrated character, leadership, and ethical values. The scholarships will be awarded for post-high school education at any Wisconsin-based accredited college beginning in the fall of 2017, including community colleges/technical colleges. As the scholarship recipients pursue their careers, BBB Serving Wisconsin hopes to develop future business leaders who will promote ethics in the Wisconsin marketplace. Recognition of the scholarship recipients was coupled with the BBB Torch Awards for Ethics event luncheon on May 18, 2017. This let the students see outstanding Wisconsin companies who are operating at a high ethical caliber.
High Honors Reception Recognizes Students with 3.5 and Above GPAs
On April 26th, Whitewater High School held its annual High Honors Ceremony, honoring students with cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 and above. The evening began with a dessert reception followed by a program in the auditorium. The high school was honored to have 1975 WHS graduate Dr. Holly Humphrey as keynote speaker. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Humphrey is the Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine and Dean for Medical Education at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Her message to students was to have a plan A, B, & C, try different things, read a lot, and remember to always work hard because you "can't run away from a bad freshman GPA." Following Dr. Humphrey’s keynote address, students were recognized on stage. Sophomores through seniors received commemorative bronze, silver, and gold medals. This was the third annual High Honors Ceremony and was attended by more than 300 students, family, and community members.
Cano Receives NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award
Sophomore Marina Cano was one of 52 young women from around the state of Wisconsin honored in a ceremony at Alverno College on Sunday, May 7, with the 2017 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Marina was named a Wisconsin Honorable Mention recipient. Keynote Speaker Kerrie Hoffman, Vice President of Technology for Johnson Controls, along with a panel of previous award winners, praised the young women for their achievements and shared stories and advice for excelling in information technology careers.