Writers Acknowledged by Walworth County Arts Council
Whitewater High School and The Walworth County Arts Council celebrate the recent successes of four Whitewater High School Writers: Rhiannan Carlock (not pictured) won 2nd Place and $200 for her prose submission "Heart Strings" at the county level, and Hailey Prager won 2nd Place and $200 for her poetry submission "The Silent Voices" at the county level. The Arts Council honored Hailey and Rhiannan at their banquet where the girls shared their writing and received their checks. Lydia Wiley-Deal won first place and $100 at the school level for her adaptation of the essay "The Stranger in the Photo is Me", and Maribel Alvarez-Pena won 2nd place at the school level and $50 for her college essay. The Arts Council thanks everyone who submitted writing and encourages everyone to participate again next year. Congratulations, Writers!
Students Recognized as AP Scholars
The two-week 2018 Advanced Placement testing period wrapped on up May 18th. This year 89 students took 133 exams in 12 different subjects. The district is grateful to the Whitewater Parks and Recreation Department and the Whitewater Innovation Center for use of their facilities during testing. Each year the College Board recognizes student achievement on the Advanced Placement exams. This year, seven WHS seniors (pictured) and two juniors have earned this outstanding distinction. AP Scholars: Clarice Bergman, Zachary Gross, Tyler Marinkovic, Paige Prager, and Zachary Brantmeier; AP Scholars with Honor: Jacob Korf, Connor Steinke, and Nicholas Kuzoff; AP Scholar with Distinction: Lydia Wiley Deal.
Seniors Awarded Over $1 Million in Scholarships
Scholarship Night for the Class of 2018 was held at Whitewater High School on Wednesday, May 23. Sixty-five seniors won over $1,038,000.00 in scholarships from local, area, state, national, and university sources. The Whitewater High School Alumni Association sponsored a reception after the program. Our school district is so appreciative of the amazing support our young people receive from the community of Whitewater! Thank you to everyone who sponsored a scholarship in our local and area competition!
Hofmann Advances to National NHD Competition
Congratulations to William Hofmann, a freshman US History student at WHS. Will has qualified for National History Day Nationals held in Washington DC from June 10-14. 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. Will entered the competition in the dramatic performance category and will have the opportunity to perform in front of a national audience at the national competition in June. Will's performance is titled, "The Execution of George Stinney." Congratulations, and good luck, Will!
Top Ten Graduates Recognized at RVC Banquet
The top ten students from the Whitewater High School Class of 2018 were recognized at the Rock Valley Conference Top Ten Banquet at Edgerton High School on Sunday, May 6th. Pictured left to right are (front row) WHS Principal Mr. Mike Lovenberg, Lydia Wiley-Deal, Allisan Barrett, Kylie Damhorst, Catherine Strait, Casey Skindingsrude, WUSD District Administrator Dr. Mark Elworthy, (back row) Jacob Zuehlke, Jacob Korf, Connor Steinke, James Dedrick, and Zachary Gross.
Pair Awarded Scholarships for Conserve School in Spring 2019
David Kromholz and Morgan Janovec have each been awarded a Lowenstine Honors Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate academic achievement, character, and commitment to environmental stewardship. David and Morgan will be using this scholarship to attend Conserve School in the spring of 2019. Congratulations!
Language Students Inducted Into Honor Society
On Wednesday, May 2, the Whitewater High School Chapter of the Société Honoraire de Français and the Capítulo Antonio de Nebrija of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica held its second annual induction ceremony. The organization welcomed 9 new Spanish students and 2 French students. These new inductees took the flame of the group’s candle to light their own and recited the organization’s oath, symbolically reflecting the fire within them to carry on their language learning. Additionally, each language honored their graduating seniors by presenting them with honor cords to be worn with their caps and gowns during commencement. Students who maintain high academic achievement in language learning and are enrolled in level 3 or higher in either language are eligible to apply for the language honor societies. #TheWhippetWay
Three Seniors Honored by Kiwanis for Academic Excellence
At a luncheon meeting on Tuesday, the Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club presented $4,000 to the Whitewater Unified School District for transportation needs of the Whitewater Schools’ English Language Learner (ELL) Summer Reading Program. The funds were raised from the Easter Lily plant sales this year. Three seniors were honored as part of the Academic Excellence Recognition program initiated by Pat Brooks. Steve Ryan, of the Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club, presented certificates of recognition and $100 to each of the following students for their excellence at Whitewater High School: Jacob Zuehlke, Lydia Wiley-Deal, and Zachary Gross. The students are pictured with their parents and WHS administrators Mike Lovenberg and Nathan O’Shaughnessy.
Kreft Guest Speaker at High Honors Reception
On April 25th, 2018, Whitewater High School held its annual High Honors Recognition Night, 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 1984 WHS graduate Andrea Kreft as keynote speaker. Ms. Kreft is the principal of John Muir Elementary School in Madison. Her message to students was be proud of Whitewater High School and the community, experience diversity, savor the moment of being in high school, continue to achieve at a high level, hold peer relationships near and dear, and that perhaps one day in the not so distant future, one the students in the audience may be giving a very similar speech. Following Ms. Kreft’s keynote address, students were recognized on stage. Sophomores through seniors received commemorative bronze, silver, and gold medals. Freshmen received a certificate of achievement. This was the fourth annual High Honors Night and was proudly attended by more than 300 students, family, and community members.
Four Honored by Optimists at Outstanding Spring Youth Awards Luncheon
On Wednesday, April 4, the UW-Whitewater/Whitewater Optimist Club hosted the “Outstanding Spring Youth Awards” luncheon. The event was held in the James R. Connor University Center of the UW-Whitewater campus. There were four students recognized from Whitewater Middle School and four from Whitewater High School. District teachers gave a brief presentation about each of the students and they then in turn had the opportunity to introduce their family members who were there to support them. The teachers had many thoughtful and heart-warming speeches about the students being honored. Students were recognized for characteristics ranging from outstanding behavior, to acts of kindness towards teachers and their fellow students, to being involved in school activities. High School students honored were Bryce Parrish, Alejandra Valdez, Rosie Aschenbrener, and Steven Witt.