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.
Five Seniors Presented with PLTW Honor Cords for Graduation
Each year, Whitewater High School honors its Project Lead the Way (PLTW) graduates with special honor cords for graduation. To earn the cords, students must complete the full sequence of engineering courses: PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design, PLTW Principles of Engineering, PLTW Digital Electronics, and an independent study Engineering Senior Studio. On Friday, May 5, PLTW instructors Mr. Cody Watson and Ms. Laura Masbruch presented five seniors with their honor cords and a certificate. Mr. Michael Fernandez will be attending UW-Oshkosh and studying electrical engineering, Mr. Jacob Lee will be attending UW-Madison and majoring in mechanical engineering, Mr. Roberto Soto will be pursuing a degree in mathematics from UW-Madison, Mr. Jack Downs will be attending the University of Minnesota to study aerospace engineering, and Ms. Alyssa Nelson will be studying chemical engineering at UW-Madison. Congratulations PLTW Graduates!
CNC Boot Camp Offers Free Training and Paid Internship
Two Whitewater High School students, Logan Henry and Devon Fleming, have successfully participated in the Walworth County High School CNC Boot Camp program, which is a partnership between the Walworth County Job Center and Gateway Technical College. After the 28-week Boot Camp portion was completed, Logan and Devon began a mentorship program at Basin Precision Machining in Whitewater. The pair, along with fellow WHS student Logan Robb, work daily shifts at Basin. The high school Boot Camp is modeled after the very successful adult CNC Boot Camp that runs in Racine. The high school students follow the same curriculum as the adults, however they receive 28 weeks to complete their training while the adults get 14 weeks. Students earn certificates for their training in safety, as well as for course completion. All the boot camps are a free training opportunity – zero cost to the student or their family! Boot Camp students learn more than just CNC operation skills. The boot camp is run as though it is a job, and students learn Workplace Excellence skills alongside their classroom education. These soft skills are transferable to any job they pursue. The High School CNC Boot Camp allows students to start a career in the field of manufacturing which offers high demand jobs and competitive pay. All Boot Camp students earn credits towards their high school graduation as well as 16 credits towards college. Currently, the boot camp students are completing their paid work experiences at Basin. The students benefit from the mentors, who help them sharpen their newly learned CNC skills in a real world setting while being paid. The company in turn benefits by gaining well trained CNC operators to fill valuable positions. Through the Boot Camp and their work experience at Basin, the students have learned basic machine controls, offsetting program procedures, loading and unloading parts, deburring, inspection techniques, cross training on assembly, general housekeeping, and how to work on a team. “The boot camp is a really great opportunity that students should take advantage of. Not only do you learn about CNC machining, but you also gain job skills and work ethic,” said Devon. Students entering their senior year who are interested in taking advantage of taking the 2017 High School CNC Boot Camp should contact their high school guidance counselor or the Walworth County Job Center for more information.
Five Compete at State National History Day Event
Five Whitewater High School students participated at the National History Day State competition on the campus of UW-Madison, Saturday, April 22. This year, Whitewater High School had one student, Sophie Olson, advance to the National History Day final round, and she received an honorable mention. Her NHD Senior paper was the 6th best in the state. Also competing at State were Madelynne Elworthy in Individual Exhibit and the team of Kali Mikulski, Ellie Treder, and Emma Van Daele with their Group Performance. To become a state qualifier, each student competed in a local competition held at Whitewater High School (top three advance to regionals), a regional competition coordinated by the University of WI - Madison (top three advance to State), and then state competition is held later at the University of WI - Madison campus. This stage brings all of the regional winners to Madison. From these regional qualifiers judges select the top two in each category that will advance to the national competition. At each stage their work was evaluated by historians, educators, and professional in related fields. On the school level over 10,000 Wisconsin students participated in National History Day this year. National History Day is a nationally recognized academic achievement enrichment program. Out of the 10,000 students only 650 (including the 5 students from WHS) were selected to participate at the state competition. Nationally, more than half a million middle and high school students participate annually. This yearlong academic program helps students build critical thinking and research skills as students explore a topic of their own interest connected to an annual theme. The 2017 theme was “Taking A Stand In History”. The Whitewater High School teaching staff who worked with these students and accompanied them were Mr. Scott Phillips and Mr. Chris Wiegman, and they are thankful to the parents, local judges, administrators, the School Board, as well as all who helped in the preparation and logistics needed to support the program.
Programmers Place Third at Marquette
The Whippets had a very successful day at the Marquette University Programming Contest on Wednesday, April 19. Approximately 250 students from around southeast Wisconsin competed in either Scratch or Java. Michael Hilliger's work was selected as "most creative" in the Scratch division, and he was awarded a mobile power supply. Because there were 45 java teams, Marquette split the schools into two divisions (large school and small school), and they accidentally put Whitewater teams in both. The team of Mitch Dalzin, Zach Brantmeier, Nick Kuzoff, and Dineth Gunawardena placed third in the large school division, and each student received a Raspberry Pi 3. The team of Jacob Korf, Declin Anderson, Zach Gross, and Tyler Marinkovic was awarded third place in the small school division, and each student received a Chromecast. Because it was Marquette's error, they let the students keep the prizes and will also identify and award prizes to a new 3rd place team for the small schools. Only 20% of Wisconsin high schools currently offer computer science coursework, and most of those schools are concentrated in the southeast corner of the state. There is a large push underway to expand computer science throughout the state.
Kiwanis Honors Three Seniors
The Youth Committee of the Kiwanis Breakfast Club each spring recognizes three Whitewater High School students that have excellent academic achievement, outstanding school participation, and exhibit strong personal characteristics. They and their parents were invited to a regular Tuesday breakfast meeting where each was presented with a congratulatory certificate, a copy of the nomination letter from the high school principal, and a hundred dollar bill. Parents Jeremy and Cori Niemuth are pictured with son Tyler, Sandy and Bruce Lucht are pictured with daughter Anna, and Sophia Elworthy is pictured with parents Mark and Karen. Also pictured are Whitewater High School Principal Doug Parker and Steve Ryan, Kiwanis Youth Chairman.
Trio Named All State First Team for Math
Congratulations to Jacob Korf, James Dedrick, and Zach Gross for being named All State First Team for their high scores on the state math meet.