The WHS Players open their 2018-19 season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Performances are Thursday through Saturday, November 15-17, at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 18 at 2 PM in the WHS auditorium. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has charmed audiences with its wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching book, and a truly fresh and musical vibrant score, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six young teenagers vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is directed by Jim McCulloch and Liz Elliott. The production is choreographed by Lynn Lema, and Francesca Hanson directs the pit band. The talented cast and crew include Henry Bresser, Angie McKelvey, Weston Lema, Carter Waelchli, Ella Willman, Lauren Harkness, Nicole Sedmak, Caleb Bols, Alec Holt, Jul Boss, Maggie Jay, Gio Anello, Colin Chenoweth, Sophie Mayer, Maddie Elworthy, Madison Strickler, and Audrey Mayer. Putting their technical stage skills to the test are Cally Julson, Josie Hintz, Emma Van Daele, David Kromholz, Jordyn Korf, Jared Clapper, Dakota Isbell, Bailee Korf, Morgan Janovec, Jake Hintz, and Jack Mayer. Tickets are available by calling the Whitewater High School Box office at 262-472-8178 or can be purchased at the door. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students; all seats are reserved.
Spanish Club celebrated the midpoint of November and enjoyed a Quesadilla Make & Take event on Thursday, November 15. Students excitedly rushed to the quesadilla makers to prepare their fantastically gooey after-school snack. Some stayed and hung out watching a movie, Puss & Boots, together while they enjoyed their quesadilla snack. While students were waiting for quesadillas to get crispy, we decided that our annual tamale sale will kick off on November 29 with a tamale taste test and run through December 7. Tamales will be delivered just in time for the holidays. The club decided that we would investigate an international service to which we can donate the money to help families in Spanish-speaking countries.
On Thursday, November 15, the Optimist Club sponsored a luncheon for Youth Appreciation Week at UWW. These members from WHS Student Council attended and shared with the assembled group the service projects the school was involved in over the last year. Thank you to Jaden, Josie, Brianna, Zoe, and Mrs. Amy Houwers for your leadership!
The WHS Music Masters Ensemble will present their 23rd Annual Madrigal Dinner on December 8th, at the American Legion in Whitewater. The doors open at 6:00 pm, and the dinner begins at 7:00 pm with the concert to follow. The dinner features a wassail toast and a buffet of turkey or beef, mashed potatoes, buttered carrots, green beans, soup, and dessert. Music will be provided by the Music Masters Ensemble and other WHS students. Tickets for the event are $25 each. Tickets are available from all Music Masters Ensemble members and from the high school office. Call 472-8174, or email the WHS Choir Director Karen Tordera for more information. The Madrigal Dinner is graciously sponsored by the Whitewater Music Parents Association.
Ferradermis received a notification today that the team has been awarded a NASA Program Growth Grant in the amount of $5,000! The team has grown in each of its first three years, reaching 56 members (over 9% of the student body) for 2018-2019. Thank you to Matt Aschenbrener, the team’s new business mentor, for writing the grant. Ferradermis will be competing in two regional events in March, hoping to qualify again for the FIRST Championships in Detroit. They will be part of the Northern Lights Regional in Duluth, Minnesota, from March 6-9, and the Wisconsin Regional, in Milwaukee, from March 27-30. You can follow the team on their web site at www.ferradermis.org or on Facebook.com/Ferradermis.