The Whippets came to race on Friday night at the State Swim Meet! The 200 Medley Relay (Foucault BA 28.69, Houwers BR 29.82, Zimdars FLY 26.67, Krebs FR 26.29) seeded 10th going into the race, won their heat and knocked three other teams out of the top heat! The Whippets ended with a new School Record time of 1:51.47 and earned 6th place medals! Ella Houwers backed up her lifetime best swim from last week by posting another 2:06 in the 200 Individual Medley earning 2nd place overall (2:06.99)! Brianna Zimdars beat her own school record in the 100 Butterfly and finished 12th overall with a 1:00.16! The Whippets continued to swim well in the second half of the meet. Brianna Zimdars finished with a 5th place medal in the 500 Freestyle with a lifetime best time 5:18.20! The 200 Freestyle Relay (Houwers 24.99, Foucault 24.89, Krebs 26.02, Zimdars 24.88) ended up in 7th place with a new school record 1:40.72. Ella Houwers broke the 50 Freestyle record on the lead off leg of the relay. Finishing out the night, was Ella Houwers winning the 100 Breaststroke for the second year in a row! Ella posted a lifetime best time 1:05.07 and broke her own school record! Shout out to freshman Grace Foucault and Amber Krebs for their outstanding relay splits! It was a great night to be a Whippet!
Need a break – already – from the quick return of bone-chilling winter weather? What could be better than taking in a performance of the Whitewater High School Players production of “The Little Mermaid” at the Whitewater High School auditorium on November 21-23 at 7:30 pm, with a matinee performance at 2:00 pm on November 24. Reserved seat tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students, available one hour before the performance or by calling the WHS Box Office at 262-472-8178. Your time in a tropical blue lagoon with Ariel the mermaid, Flounder the fish, and Sebastian the crab will bring back memories of warm summer days – not to mention, offering you a perfect way to kick off the holiday season. More than 60 talented cast, technical crew, and pit band members will take to the stage for this Disney classic based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories. “The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World." Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends to restore order under the sea. The memorable cast includes Gio Anello, Gracia Boley, Henry Bresser, Keith Cameron, Jazmin Cederberg, Emma Clarksen, Olive Coburn, Sarah Felland, Sierra Gonzales, Jullian Harkness, Lauren Harkness, Maggie Jay, Josh Kirley, Ilana Lothes, Audrey Mayer, Sophie Mayer, Ben McCulloch, Stephanie Ordaz, Betzy Palomec, Chris Porcaro, Aldo Rodriguez, Lucas Scherer, Arianna Schroeder, Skylar Staebler, Haley Street, Madison Strickler, Evie Troxel, Anderson Waelchli, Carter Waelchli, Marco Wence, Ella Willman, and Matt Zingheim. Working their technical magic as backstage crew members are Payton Bunger, Emerson Dunham, Josie Hintz, Bailee Korf, Jordan Korf, Hailey Long, Abby Olson, Cole Schlicher, Lucy Troxel, Emma VanDaele, Sami VanDaele, and Emma Weigel. Adding to the fun of a live production, the pit band musicians include Maddy Blain, Colin Chenoweth, Anne Coburn, Caroline Crowley, Colin Dugan, Liz Elliott, David Flemming, Zuri Goldsmith, Justin Kamp, Jimmy Karolek, Alex Martin, Jack Mayer, Sophie Mayer, Sophie Walton, and Caryl Whiteman. Jim McCulloch directs this production, with musical direction by Liz Elliott, choreography by Lynn Lema, set design by Kat Dunham, sound design by Tony Hansen, and costume design by Karen McCulloch. Frankie Hoerz serves as conductor for the pit band. Photo and story courtesy of Tom Ganser.
The National Honor Society hosted the 8th Annual International Student Exchange Weekend at Whitewater High School November 8 – 10. The festivities began with introductions, a pizza party, and pictures on Friday night; baking, shopping, movies, supper, and Cosmic bowling in Fort Atkinson Saturday night; and a trip to Madison Sunday morning before the students had to leave Sunday afternoon. This year, the international students were from Peru, Brazil, Japan, Hungary, Sweden, Croatia, Ecuador, Thailand, and Turkey. Thank you to Jim and Julie Caldwell (Jenna), John and Shannon Frye (Broderick), Alex and Holly Crowley (Caroline), and Brad and Patty Ceranske (Allison) for hosting the students in their homes. Another special thank you to Jim and Julie Caldwell for sponsoring supper on Saturday night, to the Whitewater Rotary Club for sponsoring the pizza party and bowling activities, and to Ron Binning for being the guest speaker when the students arrived. Participating National Honor Society members were Broderick Frye, Caroline Crowley, Allison Ceranske, Jenna Caldwell, Abby Grosinske, Gwynne Sahyun, Madalynn Arnett, Colin Chenoweth, Jenna Lee, Hailey Murphy, Alyssa Schumacher, Mina Truesdale, Andy Vo, Cooper Pease, and Bryce Hibbs.
Five students from Whitewater High School performed at Singing in Wisconsin, an event sponsored by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. The event was held on November 9th at Carroll University. The WHS students performed along with other students from southeastern Wisconsin under the direction of Dr. Stephen Sieck, Director of Choirs at Lawrence University. The students rehearsed throughout the day and performed in a concert in the late afternoon. Students attending were Olivia Amundson, Lliam Stauss, Anisa Dauti. Haley Street, and Skylar Staebler.