Programmers Place First at Marquette University Contest
Twenty-four Whitewater High School computer programmers traveled to Marquette University for their annual programming competition on Wednesday, April 18. Students worked in groups of 2-4 for three hours to solve a series of problems of varying difficulty. Each time a team submitted a correct solution to the judges, their team was presented with a color coded balloon to indicate they had solved a particular problem. Over 400 students from southeast and south-central Wisconsin competed in either Scratch (for newer programming students) or Java (for older, more experienced programming students). The team of Cole Kinson, Zach Brantmeier, Nick Kuzoff, and Cassi Hoxie placed first in the Java division, solving seven problems correctly, each on the first try. Each student on the winning team was awarded a 22” monitor, and the team brought home the traveling trophy to display for the next year.
Trio Honored at Kohl Educational Foundation Luncheon
On Saturday, April 14, a recognition luncheon was hosted at Monona Grove High School to honor students and teachers earning Herb Kohl Educational Foundation awards. Those being recognized included WHS Senior Connor Steinke, Excellence Scholarship recipient, and WHS teacher Kate McNulty and WMS teacher Carmen Behrens, Teacher Fellowship recipients. Greeted by a standing ovation, former Senator Herb Kohl shared his story of growing up in Milwaukee as the son of poor immigrant parents who operated a closet-sized grocery store. His parents instilled in him and his siblings the value of education and the opportunities that it would afford them. Senator Kohl expounded on the role public education played in shaping his life and how it offered the roots for the successes for himself and his siblings. Mr. Kohl's inspirational words added sincere meaning to the awards being presented.
Four Seniors Win $10,500 Gateway Promise Scholarships
This year, four Whitewater High School Seniors received the Gateway Promise! The Gateway Promise is a monetary award given to graduating seniors who plan to attend Gateway Technical College the Fall after their senior year. There are several requirements students need to meet in order to be awarded the Gateway Promise. These four students met all of the requirements and will attend Gateway TUITION-FREE starting in Fall 2018; funding will be available to each of these students for six semesters - up to $10,500. Pictured left to right are Alexa Acevedo Cuevas- Nursing, Sara Canche Lopez- Veterinary Technician, Steven Witt- Firefighter Technician, Alejandro Valadez- Computer Numerical Control Programmer, and Olivia Navarro - Gateway New Student Specialist. "Most of these students are first generation college students, they will be the first ones in their family to attend college; attending college will positively impact their life, their family, and the community," stated Navarro. She continued, "Alejandro Valadez said that he was going to take a year off from school to work and save money for college; now with the Gateway Promise he does not have to take a year off." Are you a junior and want to know how you can qualify for the Gateway Promise? Olivia Navarro, Gateway New Student Specialist visits WHS every other Wednesday for a half a day. Students interested in learning about Gateway programs or the Gateway Promise can contact her directly or talk to their counselor. For Promise eligibility requirements, visit https://www.gtc.edu/gateway-promise or contact WWHS's Gateway New Student Specialist, Olivia Navarro at firstname.lastname@example.org, (262) 741 8442.
Math Team Claims Class B State Title
The Whitewater High School Varsity Math Team won first place for class B schools in the 2018 state math contest. This is the third time since 2010 that the team has won first place. Earning individual honors were Jacob Korf and Nicole Sedmak who won All-state 1st team, while Nick Kuzoff, Zach Gross, James Dedrick, Colin Chenoweth, and Zach Brantmeier won All-state 2nd team. Also contributing to the team score was Dalton Chenoweth.
Duo Awarded Wisconsin Technical Excellence Scholarships
Whitewater High School is proud to announce that Brandon Hageli and Jakob Gmur have each won a Wisconsin Technical Excellence Scholarship valued at $6,750. Brandon and Jakob earned the highest level of proficiency in Career & Technical Education subjects. Brandon will be attending Blackhawk Technical College and will be studying to become a Diesel Mechanic. Jakob will be attending Milwaukee Area Technical College and will be studying Landscape Design Technology, CAD, Landscape Horticulture and Business Management. Congratulations Brandon and Jakob!
Pair Honored by Kohl Educational Foundation
Congratulations to Senior Connor Steinke and Spanish/Speech Teacher Mrs. Kate McNulty on being named Kohl award winners. Steinke has received a 2018 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholar award in the amount of $10,000 for his scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and school and community involvement. McNulty has received a 2018 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship. The Kohl Fellowship award ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 14, at Monona Grove High School. The high school also congratulates Whitewater Middle School French Teacher Mrs. Carmen Behrens on her Kohl Teacher Fellowship.
Seniors Earn Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarships
Whitewater High School is proud to announce that Lydia Wiley Deal and Zachary Gross are the Class of 2018 Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship winners! Lydia and Zachary will each receive $2,250 per year for four years ($9,000 total) while they attend college in Wisconsin. Recipients chosen each year must have the highest cumulative grade point average in their class. If there is a tie for the highest GPA, winners are selected based on the highest number of honor points and ACT/SAT test scores. Congratulations Lydia and Zachary!
Math Teams Claim Conference Titles
Both the Varsity and JV Math Teams won the Rock Valley Conference Math Meet on Tuesday night in Jefferson. Zach Gross earned 2nd place, Nick Kuzoff tied for 4th, and Colin Chenoweth and Zach Brantmeier tied for 6th. On JV, Hunter Martin won 1st, while Nicole Sedmak took 2nd, and Mina Truesdale, Shawn Chan, and Alisha Parboteeah tied for 8th.
Gnatzig Honored as DAR Good Citizen
Abby Gnatzig was honored for her outstanding citizenship at a Good Citizens Award Luncheon sponsored by the Fort Atkinson DAR at the Hoard Historical Museum on March 1. Abby was chosen for her dependability (truthfulness, loyalty & punctuality), leadership (personality, self-control, ability to assume responsibility), service (cooperation, courtesy & consideration of others), and patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community & nation) to an outstanding degree. Abby was joined by her parents Brian & Sam Gnatzig, Spanish teacher Kate McNulty, National Honor Society Advisor Pamela Sonmor-Wintz, and other honorees from Cambridge, Fort Atkinson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills, and Palmyra-Eagle. Congratulations, Abby!
Nine Advance to State NHD Competition
Twenty-three students participated in the National History Day regional competition, which took place at UW-Madison on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Whitewater advanced nine students to the state competition in four categories: Individual Performance, Individual Exhibit, Individual Website, and Group Website. The NHD Regional had schools from across South Central Wisconsin. Whitewater High School also had five students who were listed as alternates to the State competition in their respective categories. National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year, the annual theme is “Conflict and Compromise”. Students present their conclusions by creating museum style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances. The school event is the first step in a competition cycle that can take students from school level to the regional, state, and national competitions. At each level of competition students share their work with their peers, historians, educators, and professionals in related fields as they compete for special awards and the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition. Participation continues to grow with more than 500,000 students participating annually across the nation. The National History Day program in Wisconsin is coordinated by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
The following Whitewater High School students were selected as state finalists:
The following Whitewater High School students were selected as alternates: