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FFA Competitors
FFA Members Advance to Sectional Competition

Whitewater FFA members recently competed in the District Leadership Development Events. The parliamentary procedure team placed second. Brady Meudt placed second in employment skills, and Lauren Staller placed first in Extemporaneous Speaking. All of these students will go on and compete at the Sectional Competition on March 12th for the opportunity to compete in the State Competition.  Pictured are Jon Brunner, Brady Meudt, Jakob Gmur, Caty Strait, Hailey Lohmeier, Hannah Hoffmann, State FFA Officer Amelia Hayden, and Lauren Staller.

FBLA Regional Competitors
Two FBLA Members Advance to State Competition

Eight FBLA members traveled to Columbus to compete at the Regional Leadership Competition on Saturday, February 3. With good preparation several students made it to the stage or were recognized at the end of the day. Two students qualified to advance to the State Competition in LaCrosse, on April 9-10. These students are Sophie Olson who earned 1st in Business Law and Caroline Crowley who earned 1st in Introduction to Public Speaking. Other students placing were as follows: Agribusiness, Jaden Henneman, 4th place; Job Interview, Alexa DuClos, 4th place; Business Law, Sophie Mayer, 5th place; Hospitality Management, Maggie Hough & Marijose Cuellar, 7th place; Website Design, Josie Hintz, 7th place; Impromptu Speaking, Roth Wells, 7th place; and Public Service Announcement, Dalton Chenoweth and Abby Gnatzig, 8th place. Congratulations to all those who participated and placed!

Dean's List Semi-Finalists
Pair Named FRC Dean's List Finalists

Mentors of the Whitewater High School Robotics Team Ferradermis have the opportunity to nominate two members each year as semi-finalists for the Dean’s List Award, named after Dean Kamen, co-founder of FIRST, to “celebrate outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary.” Criteria for selection of the FIRST Dean’s List includes demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of FIRST, interest in and passion for a long term commitment to FIRST, overall individual contribution to their team, technical expertise and passion, entrepreneurship and creativity, ability to motivate and lead fellow team members, and effectiveness at increasing awareness of FIRST in their school and community. Nominated members must be sophomores or juniors. This year, the mentors nominated juniors Zach Brantmeier and Bennett Miles. These students will participate in an interview process either before or at the Seven Rivers Regional in LaCrosse. The judges will select two finalists from the LaCrosse regional to advance to the national championship where the 10 Dean’s List Winners will be announced. When recommending Zach, the mentors noted that at the Seven Rivers Regional in 2017, Zach found himself under a great deal of stress as the lead programmer on a robot that was behaving unexpectedly. He handled himself with tremendous poise, working with his mentors, programmers from other teams, and the control system advisors to troubleshoot under extreme pressure, ensuring the team made it to all of its scheduled practice matches and qualification matches on time. Zach has become the team’s “make it happen” person. His mentors rely on him heavily for team communication. Zach set up and manages both our Slack and Remind accounts; he is the first person to arrive for every meeting and the last person to leave. When someone needs to know what is going on, the answer is, “ask Zach.” When recommending Bennett, the mentors commented that this fall, Bennett took the initiative to reach out to one of our elementary school teachers that he thought might be interested in sponsoring a FIRST Lego League Team as none exist in our school system; he recognized the need in our community and went for it. Bennett has scheduled several meetings with this teacher and the two of them are planning a fundraising campaign to make the FIRST Lego League team happen for the 2018-2019 school year. Bennett is already looking ahead to bring a freshman student into this loop so that when Bennett graduates in 2019, there will be someone prepared to continue this community outreach. Congratulations, Zach and Bennett, and thank you for your dedication to Team Ferradermis! Good luck in LaCrosse!

Meudt Named Master Showman

Whitewater FFA President, Brady Meudt, pictured third from the left, won the Beef Showmanship competition at the Jefferson County Fair in July. He then went on to compete with the Showmanship winners from the other livestock competitions in a Master Showman competition. Competitors in that contest were required to show all species, dairy, swine, beef, goats, and sheep. Brady again won first place in the overall division.

Parliamentary Procedure Team Advances to Sectionals

Congratulations to the FFA Parliamentary Procedure team for placing 2nd at the recent contest. Our team will now compete at Sectionals on March 15. Also, congratulations to our Creed Speakers, Morgan Gransee and Jacee Johnson, who both did well in the competition. Congratulations also to Brady Meudt who placed third in the Employment Skills competition. From left to right are State Officer Travis Cadman, Anna Lucht, Brady Meudt, Jakob Gmur, Matt Lucht, and Hailey Lohmeier.

Four Advance to State FBLA

On Saturday, February 4, 14 FBLA members competed at Deforest High School for the Regional Leadership Conference. Four students qualified to advance to state in Appleton in April. They include Jamie Millian (3rd place in Client Service), Abby Gnatzig and Casey Skindingsrude (3rd place in Public Service Announcement), and Caroline Crowley (2nd place in Public Speaking). Other students who placed at regionals include Dalton Chenoweth (4th place in Accounting II), Jaden Henneman (5th place in Agribusiness), Sophie Olson (7th place in Business Law), James Dedrick (4th place in Future Business Leader), the team of Marijose Cuellar, Ipek Goktepe, and Maggie Hough (6th place in Graphic Design), Roth Wells (4th place in Impromptu Speaking), Alexa DuClos (6th place in Job Interview), Ryann Aschenbrener (6th place in Journalism), and the team of Jillian Harkness, Josie Hintz, and Sophie Mayer (6th place in Web Site Design).

Niemuth Qualifies for Nationals

Congratulations to Tyler Niemuth for placing fourth in Future Business Leader at the FBLA State Conference and qualifying for the National Conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, this summer. To be successful in this event, students must be well-rounded in their knowledge of business. Tyler demonstrated this by submitting a letter of application and resume, taking a written test, and participating in an interview. It is a high honor for members to be recognized in the Future Business Leader event.

FBLA Members Place at State

Several Whitewater FBLA members placed in their events at the 62nd FBLA State Conference held in La Crosse. Emma Stutzman, Travis Winger, and Sally Kate Hixson (pictured) placed 5th in e-Business. Tyler Niemuth placed 4th in Future Business Leader. Tyler will represent Wisconsin at the FBLA National Conference this summer in Atlanta, Georgia. Congratulations, Tyler!

FBLA Advances Nine to State

Congratulations to the over 30 FBLA members who participated in the FBLA Regional Leadership Conference held on Saturday, February 6, at Waunakee High School. As a chapter, Whitewater placed 7th in Region V with nine students advancing to the state-level of competition which will take place in La Crosse in April. For complete results, please visit

Peer Mentors Awarded $1000 Grant

WHS Peer Mentors Yatziri Reyes and Natalia Cuevas wrote a grant application to help fund the Peer Mentor Program and were awarded $1,000 by the Department of Public Instruction.

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