Tennis Hosts 11th Annual Gilda's Club Tourney
The Whitewater High School Girls' Tennis Team held their 11th annual Gilda's Club JV Tennis Tournament on the campus of UW-Whitewater at the Ron Wangerin Tennis Courts on August 12th. A total of eight teams participated in the tournament. Those teams include East Troy, Hartford, Janesville Parker, Jefferson, Lodi, Union Grove, Westosha Central, and Whitewater. Money raised from the tournament and the raffle all benefit Gilda's Club of Madison. The mission of Gilda's Club ensures all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The innovative programming Gilda's Club offers is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education, and social activities. The co-chairs of the tournament include Maggie Hough and Ali Ketterhagen. Many members of the WHS Girls’ Tennis Team help make the tournament run smoothly. Every year the tournament begins with an Honorary First Serve. This year Abby Frank was selected to kick off the tournament. Abby is an up and coming 7th grader from Whitewater. She was diagnosed with Leukemia in November of 2007 and remained on treatment until February of 2010 and is now a 7 year survivor. As a note, the tournament color for the past ten years was pink for breast cancer and this year, the gold color for childhood cancer. The Whippet Girls’ Tennis Team would like to thank Susan Grigsby of Gilda's Club for her presentation at our opening ceremony.
Key Club Raises Funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Throughout the month of February, KEY Club members, under the direction of Advisor Lauren Wiemer, conducted a fundraising competition to see which classroom could raise the most money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year, the club raised a total of $456.82. All the money raised and donated is spent on patient and community services, research, public health, and professional education.
Advanced Chorus Members Collect Donations
WHS Advanced Chorus students collected donations this month for the Association for the Prevention of Family Violence in Elkhorn.
NHS Honors Local Emergency Responders
The National Honor Society paid tribute to the Whitewater Police Department and Rescue Squad for outstanding service and selfless dedication to keeping the Whitewater Unified School District and community of Whitewater safe during an early morning meeting on May 17. NHS Advisor, Pamela Sonmor-Wintz and numerous National Honor Society members expressed heartfelt gratitude and presented framed statements from Whitewater High School students and a delicious cake from the Sweet Spot. Members were honored with a guided tour of the department by Chief Lisa Otterbacher.
Group Participates in 5K Cancer Assault Challenge
On Sunday, May 21, Whitewater High School's Team Whippets participated in the Cancer Assault Challenge for the fourth year. This 5k obstacle run includes over 20 obstacles such as riding a waterslide into the lake, crawling through mud, and scaling hay bales. The funds raised from this event benefit the MACC fund to fight childhood cancer. It was bittersweet year as we learned that this was the last year for the event.
FBLA Collects for March of Dimes
Whitewater High School participated in an FBLA sponsored March of Dimes Collection on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. March of Dimes is a fundraising organization to help with research when it comes to premature babies. The goal is to reduce the number of premature babies born each year and to be able to help the parents with NICU bills. As a school we raised $109 dollars to help support the research! Thanks to all who donated.
Students and Staff Clean Up Whitewater in Celebration of Earth Day
WHS students and staff celebrated Earth Day by having a Clean-up Whitewater Morning. Students in the WHS Recycling Club and Eco Bio class walked alongside local roadsides and picked up trash and recyclables for disposal in proper dumpsters. Almost 100 pounds of materials were collected. We felt the satisfaction of cleaning up our town and helping out Mother Earth. We hope that everyone treats every day as Earth Day and helps keep our planet clean.
Student Groups Assist with Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
Members of Ferradermis joined members of the Key Club in assisting with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 4, at the downtown Armory. Students mixed batter, flipped pancakes, served beverages, and bussed tables throughout the morning. The Kiwanis support many high school activities including the Key Club, the robotics team, and scholarships for graduates.
Trio Builds Little Free Pantry for Milwaukee School
For their project in Building Materials class, Stephen Abplanalp, Roth Wells, and Brandon Hageli (not pictured) built a Little Free Pantry. Whitewater High School alumni Ms. Julie Dunham told us her students wanted to put up a little free pantry at their school and asked if we could help. The students were able to utilize materials left over from other projects to keep the cost to a minimum. The pantry will make its way to St. Joseph Parish School in Milwaukee to help those in need.
FBLA Members Visit Hearthstone
Eight FBLA members visited Hearthstone to play games and color with the elderly on February 13, 2017. Students did puzzles, played UNO, Hi Ho Cheri Oh, and Yahtzee, and colored pictures with the residents. Caroline Crowley, Marijose Cuellar, Maggie Hough, Ipek Goktepe, Abby Gnatzig, Sophie Olson, Rosie Aschenbrener, and Hailey Murphy were the students who took part.