Congratulations to Amaru Casas on qualifying for the WIAA state individual wrestling tournament starting this coming Thursday afternoon. Amaru earned his way to the state tournament with two nice wins on Saturday at Campbellsport to place 3rd. He avenged a loss that he had in the Conference tournament to secure his ticket to the state tournament. This is great for Amaru. He joined wrestling mid-way through the season in 9th grade and worked hard to get to where he is today as a senior. Please congratulate Amaru if you see him.
Dean’s List is a FIRST Robotics award named for founder Dean Kamen which celebrates “outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary.” Ryann (Rosie) Aschenbrener and Colin Chenoweth were nominated this year by the mentors for Whitewater High School’s robotics team Ferradermis and are now considered semi-finalists. Rosie’s mentors trust her to do anything at any time and do it well. She has become our all-around specialist. If Rosie sees that a young team member is hanging back and nervous to jump in, Rosie will invite them in. Rosie has worked with electronics, mechanical, competition logistics, and has served as human player (and professional cart puller) on the drive team. She also led the charge to raise over $18,000 in two weeks by making cold calls and personal contacts when the team qualified for Worlds in 2018, which allowed her teammates to travel to Detroit free of charge. Colin joined as a freshman when our team was just forming and earned the immediate respect of the mentors not only for his intellectual abilities but also for his work ethic. Colin served as a member of the drive team as a freshman and as the electrical captain for his sophomore year; this year he took on the role of CAD co-captain. This summer, Colin took a lead role in our first ever boot camp, introducing incoming freshmen to the use of CAD and helping them prototype a Frisbee shooter. Colin is a quiet leader; he leads by example, and it is obvious that he has earned the respect of his teammates. They respect his intellect, they respect his creativity, and they respect his playful spirit. Rosie and Colin will be interviewed by judges at the Wisconsin Regional in Milwaukee in late March.
Gwynne Sahyun has been selected as a 2019 NCWIT-WI Affiliate Winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Gwynne is a hardworking, intelligent, and friendly Whitewater High School junior who helped form the FIRST Robotics team Ferradermis and served as a strategy co-captain for the team for two years. This year she is the electrical co-captain. She helps mentor Lego League at a local school and is doing outreach to other schools. She plans to study engineering and computer science. Gwynne is part of the Wild Rumpus Circus and enjoys making chainmail and painting. She has traveled to 4 countries and competed on the U.S Team at the World Gym Wheel competition in Switzerland. She is currently taking AP Physics and Microcontroller Programming. Gwynne also competes annually at the MSOE and Marquette computer programming contests. In addition, Laura Masbruch, WHS Computer Science Teacher, will receive an NCWIT-WI Educator Honorable Mention Award for 2018-2019. Both will be honored at an event at Alverno College on Sunday, May 5.
Twelve WHS Choir Students are singing in the Rock Valley Conference Honors Choir today under the direction of Dr. Robert Demaree, professor of Music at UW-Platteville. They are at Evansville HS and will present a concert at 1:30 pm. Participating students are Adora Astin, Mackenzie LaFlash, Lizzie Hansen, Cora Linos, Daniela Barragan, Jacquelin Villareal, Cordelia Jaeger, Grace Raupp, Dominic Smelcer, Chris Porcaro, Gio Anello, and Camden Frye.
The National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 16,000 Semifinalists have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standings in the competition. Principal of Whitewater High School, Mike Lovenberg, is pleased to announce that Whitewater High School Seniors Zachary Brantmeier and Nicholas Kuzoff have officially been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Good luck to Zach and Nick!