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. 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.
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:
Pair Honored by NCWIT Wisconsin for Aspirations in Computing
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) sponsors an annual award called Aspirations in Computing. This award honors young women in grades 9-12 active and interested in computing and encourages them to pursue their passion for technology. This year, we have two Whitewater High School students who will be recognized at the banquet at Alverno College on Sunday, April 22. Gwynne Sahyun has been named a Wisconsin Winner, and Marina Cano has earned a Wisconsin Honorable Mention. Marina also received an Honorable Mention last year. Both girls are members of Ferradermis, the WHS FIRST Robotics team, as well as the high school computer programming team. Marina recently started a girls’ coding group at Washington Elementary as well. The Wisconsin NCWIT affiliate recognizes around 40-50 girls total statewide each year. Awardees will get cool prizes, gadgets, and can apply for scholarships to several Wisconsin university programs. The Wisconsin award winners and honorable mentions will receive an engraved award for both the awardee and her school. For more information on the award, you can visit https://www.aspirations.org/aspirations-community/wisconsin.
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.