Celebrating the Class of 2021
Class of 2021 and Families,
Graduation is quickly approaching for the Class of 2021. We wish to thank members of the Class of 2021, the WHS Leadership Team, the WHS Administration, and the Senior Class Leaders and Advisors for their input in helping to plan the following events to honor and celebrate our WHS Seniors.
Wednesday, April 28 - Caps & Gowns and Awards Distribution in LMC
Graduating seniors should report to the WHS LMC between 3:30 and 6:00 pm to pick up senior end-of-year recognitions, caps & gowns, and other graduation materials. All Jostens orders must be paid in full prior to picking up caps and gowns. If you will be unable to pay the balance on your cap and gown, please speak with Ms. Hamilton before pick up.
Wednesday, May 12 - Scholarship Night @ 6:00 pm in Gymnasium
Seniors receiving scholarships will be notified/invited on approx. April 26.
Wednesday, May 19 - Portfolio Presentation Day
From 12:20 - 3:30pm ALL graduating seniors will report to WHS for a 30 minute time slot to present their portfolios to members of the WHS Staff and guests. Schedules for presentations will be mailed towards the end of April. Each senior will be permitted to invite up to 4 guests to attend their presentation. *January grads who have already completed their presentations do NOT report.
Friday, May 28 - Final Class Day for Seniors
Wednesday, June 2 - Mandatory Graduation Meeting
Seniors will attend a mandatory meeting beginning at 10 a.m. in the WHS auditorium regarding graduation. Any senior planning to participate in the graduation ceremony is required to attend. Following the meeting, seniors will be treated to lunch out by the athletic fields. Graduation tickets will be handed out at this time - 4 per person for the outdoor ceremony, 2 of which will be valid if the event needs to be held indoors.
Wednesday, June 2 evening - Senior Send-Off Parade
Seniors are invited to decorate their vehicles and parade through the WHS parking lot wearing their caps & gowns [time TBD]. Vehicles can enter the WHS parking lot, from Elizabeth Street by the entrance to the MPR, Aquatic Center and follow the path around past the Athletic Fields, and exit onto Walworth Ave. ** Staff from ALL WUSD Schools will be invited to join in this ceremonial send off for our seniors by lining the parking lot near the athletic fields to cheer on the seniors.
Sunday, June 6 - Graduation on WHS Football Field at 2pm
The Class of 2021 will celebrate with a traditional graduation ceremony to be held outdoors on our WHS football field, weather permitting. Seniors will be provided with a keepsake mask to wear for the ceremony.
Please visit our Senior Class Information site for the most updated information:
Summer School Registration Begins Monday, April 12
It's here! Summer School 2021 registration starts next Monday, April 12! A couple of reminders:
Juniors and Seniors to Hold Spring Fling Saturday, May 8
Whitewater High School Classes of 2021 and 2022 are hosting a semi-formal Spring Fling on Saturday, May 8, 2021, from 6-9 PM. The socially-distanced and masked event will take place outside on school grounds, and is reserved for WHS students only, including students who are learning virtually. Upperclassmen may invite underclassmen. There will be games, photo stations, music, a cookout, food vendors, giveaways, and burning of the W. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. All proceeds go to the junior class.
Important Upcoming Dates at WHS:
Congratulations to the Girls’ Tennis Team on their finish at the conclusion of the Conference Meet on Friday, April 16. The meet was started on April 8, but had to be postponed after a few matches due to rain. All four singles players medaled! Emilia Houwers placed third at #1 singles, Mariana Cano took the conference title at #2 singles, Anisa Dauti finished third at #3 singles, and Crystal Chan placed third at #4 singles. Go, Whippets.
Marquette University went virtual this year with their annual programming competition, and Whitewater High School had 2 teams competing on Thursday, April 15, from a classroom at WHS. The contest included over 40 teams representing 24 different schools from throughout Wisconsin. Students worked for 3 hours in teams of 4 using the Java programming language to solve a series of problems through a special website that Marquette computer science students developed for the contest. Marquette sent t-shirts ahead of time and communicated with teams through videos, Meets, and discussion boards throughout the day.
Emilia Houwers qualified for the State tennis tournament by placing third in the Janesville Craig Sectionals on Wednesday, April 14. The State Meet will be held at Badger High School on April 22 and 23 this year. This photo of Emilia, courtesy of Bob Mischka, was taken during her first Sectional match against Kylie Miller of Monroe.
Whippet CC runners had a great day racing on the new CC course created on the golf course formerly known as Decatur Golf Course in Brodhead. This meet featured four teams: Belleville, Brodhead-Juda, Turner, and Whitewater. Coupled with a great course layout, ideal weather conditions, and stronger fitness, all athletes smashed their personal bests for the spring CC season. The girls went first and executed perfectly. Sophie Walton placed 8th with a new best time of 23:38. Following close behind were the 2nd through 5 runners of Gwen Truesdale, Trinity Nickels, Olive Coburn, and Lauren Beuhler. There was less than a minute spread between this group, and it was thrilling to see those four Whippet uniforms power their way around the course. The next pack of Whippets to come through were Danielle DePorter, Caelyn Caputo, and Emma Weigel. Their spread of 19 seconds is getting about as close-knit as you can be over 5000 meters. Jenny Villarreal and Evie Troxel closed out the finishers for the Whippets with finishing places of 32nd and 36th overall. The girls’ team placed 3rd with 54 points. The boys raced next, with Trenten Zahn again leading the Whippets as he crossed the finish line in second with a time of 16:59. CJ Tomomitsu and Cooper Hammond ran tight together and placed 6th and 7th. Will Hofmann threw down the hammer late in the race despite battling some lower leg injuries and pulled up within 15 seconds of Cooper. Nate Holden is learning quickly and rounds out the top five scorers with his 26th place finish. Ben McCulloch was coming up on Nate as he was just 20 seconds behind in 29th. Andrew Rollette dropped significant time to stop the clock at 25:02. Keith Cameron finished in 28:40, and Sterling Truesdale crushed his race in 28:40. The boys’ team was edged out by Turner for the win by just two points. WW finished with 49 points. Next up will be the RVC meet hosted by Whitewater High School at Whitewater High School on Thursday, April 22nd. Come on out and cheer for the Whippets as they enter the Championship portion of their season. Girls JV will race at 4:00, followed by Girls Varsity 4:45, Boys Varsity 5:30, and Boys JV at 6:15. Results: https://www.whs.wwusd.org/sites/whs.wwusd.org/files/files/Private_User/ccarstens/xc_brodhead_april_13.pdf Photos Courtesy of Bob Mischka.
The Whitewater Whippet Volleyball team became Regional Champs on Saturday, April 10th. In the Regional Semi-Finals the Whippets took care of Jefferson when they defeated the Eagles 3-0 by the scores of 25-8, 25-8, and 25-17. Senior Cora Linos collected her 2,000th assist early in the match. Fortunately, we had the opportunity to take a time out so the team could celebrate her hitting this mile stone. Cora will go down in the Whippet record books as one of the all-time best setters the program has ever had. After the win, the Whippets went to a large group room in the high school to refuel, rehydrate, and watch the second regional final between Big Foot and Fort Atkinson. Fort defeated Big Foot 3 games straight also. In the third match of the day, Whitewater battled a very strong Fort Atkinson team for the Regional Title. The games were very close, but ultimately it came down to serving and defense. Whitewater's sophomore defensive specialist Cali Kopecky came up big in both those areas for the Whippets. She served 100% on 17 attempts and had 2 serving aces. Cali had 7 crucial digs during the match. Her growth this season has been amazing and is a huge part of the team's success. Whitewater is awaiting the results of other regional matches to see who they will play and when. Whitewater does know they will travel to Oshkosh West on Tuesday, April 13, to play in the Sectional Semi-Final. The Sectional Final will also be played that night. I would like to send a heartfelt Thank You to all the fans who were able to attend the game and to all who watched the live stream. The support is greatly appreciated. Photos Courtesy of Bob Mischka.
WIAA Division 1 Volleyball Bracket: https://halftime.wiaawi.org/CustomApps/Tournaments/Brackets/HTML/2021_Volleyball_Girls_Div1_Sec3_4Alt.html