I'm Mike Lovenberg, and it is my honor to be principal of Whitewater High School. This will be my 19th year in education and 3rd year working in the Whitewater Unified School District. We're looking forward to another amazing school year, and can't wait until September when all of our Whippets are here and ready to go. I'm personally looking forward to the 2019-20 school year as we get ready to build upon the great traditions and successes that Whitewater High School has established over the years.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you soon!
Junior Brianna Staebler won the National Wrestling Championship at 180 pounds at the prestigious Fargo tournament on Sunday, July 14. This is largest national tournament for high school male and female wrestlers. Brianna won the championship with a late takedown to clinch it 3-2. She continued to participate in the Fargo Freestyle tournament after winning her national title, this time competing in the age group above her. She is a Cadet (16), and she bumped up to Juniors (18U). Tuesday she lost her first match of the week but then went on to have big wins to lock up All-American status. She then got a rematch with her only loss of the week and defeated the girl badly. Wednesday afternoon she had the opportunity for one more match but dropped it. Therefore, she comes home with the National Championship for her age group (16U) and a 4th place finish in the Junior Division (18U). It was a very successful week; she wrestled all those matches with only two losses and one she was able to avenge.
Need a perfect break from the summer heat wave? Plan on taking in a performance of the Whitewater Unified School District’s Summer School Playhouse production of “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.” on July 11 and 12 at 7:00 p.m. and July 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Whitewater High School auditorium. To order reserved seat tickets at $8 for adults and $5 for students, phone the WHS box office at 262-472-8178. Norton Juster’s beloved children’s book, “The Phantom Tollbooth,” is adapted for the stage in this modern tale of a boy who must save the princesses Rhyme and Reason and reunite the brother Kings who rule over the cities of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis. Aided by a trusty time-keeping dog, Tock, Milo successfully brings harmony to the Land of Wisdom, finding that everything we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone, and that there is never a reason to be bored in a world full of so many things to discover. A magnificent group of more than 60 students ranging in age from 6th graders to WHS Class of 2019 graduates put their acting and technical skills to the test under the direction of Jim McCulloch and Musical Director Liz Elliott. Assisting McCulloch and Elliott are Nathan Broege (Assistant Director), Lynn Lema (Choreography), Kat Dunham (Technical Director), Tony Hansen (Sound Engineer) and Kim Clarksen (Costume Design). Taking to the stage are Gio Anello, Cha Cha Binagi, Ghati Binagi, Amelia Brokopp, Belkys Comacho-Rivera, Keith Cameron, Caleb Clapper, Emma Clarksen, Olive Coburn, Grace Coleman, Lucy Davis, Alejandra Diaz-Gallegos, Adalyn Frye, Danny Fuller, Henry Gehrenbeck, Charlotte Hajewski, Jillian Harkness, Nina Heim, Maggie Jay, Kaia Jones, Josh Kirley, Tai Lin, Ilana Lothes, Alex Martin, Audrey Mayer, Ben McCulloch, Myles Morse, Betzy Palomec, Madisyn Pope, Chris Porcaro, Chloe Prince, Aldo Rodriguez, Cole Schlicher, Nicole Sedmak, Rebecca Sortino, Skylar Staebler, Madison Strickler, Alexandra Sullivan, Evie Troxel, Lucy Troxel, Sami Van Daele, Willow Vogelzang, Anderson Waelchli, Carter Waelchli, Marco Wence, Cosette Wildermuth, Ella Willman, Xavier Zei and Morgan Zingsheim. Students serving on the technical side of the production as Stage Managers are Hailey Long and Sophia Walton (Stage Manager) and as Assistant Technical Directors Josie Hintz and Emma Van Daele, along with Payton Bunger, Emerson Dunham, Weston Lema, Ian Long, Kara Long, Abi Olson, Jarvis Porcaro, Aldo Rodriguez and Kelsey Zingheim. Photos and article courtesy of Tom Ganser.
Mr. Mike Lovenberg is proud to announce the administrative recommendation of Justin Crandall as the next WHS Athletic Director. Justin was selected from a candidate pool of 27 applicants and starts July 15. The interview committee was impressed with his experience and organizational skills. Justin has worked for the Port Edwards School District since 2012 as a physical education teacher and the last five years as its athletic director. He has experience as a Head Football Coach and Head Baseball coach. At Whitewater, Justin will serve as the High School Athletic Director and teach physical education courses. In his letter of application, Justin shared that one of his major goals as an educator is to build as many solid relationships with his students. “I want to be the teacher that my students look forward to the most. I think the best way to make my class desirable is by challenging them. In my opinion, most of my students thrive on being challenged and pushed out of their comfort zones. It's only after I make some type of connection and build a positive relationship with the student can I push them to those limits. I've learned over the course of my working with young people that I can get so much more academically, socially, and emotionally from them if those solid relationships are built and maintained.” We are excited to have Justin joining our athletic program and community. We look forward to future successes. A welcome reception is being planned so that the community will have an opportunity to meet Justin.
Congratulations to Ferradermis on winning the first annual Laser Lights off-season event at Kettle Moraine High School this weekend. The team competed with and against 14 robots from around southeast Wisconsin, and ended up ranked 2nd after playing 13 qualification matches with a record of 9-3-1. Ferradermis chose Team 930, the 4th ranked Mukwonago BEARS, and Team 1714, the 10th ranked MORE Robotics team from St. Thomas More High School, as their alliance partners for the playoffs. The Ferradermis alliance defeated the #1 alliance led by Team 2194, Fondy Fire from Fond du Lac, in two matches in the finals to claim the title. Most teams, including Ferradermis, used this competition as an opportunity to rotate roles on the team, try out new drivers to replace students who had graduated, and give new members a taste of a robotics competition. Ferradermis also had the opportunity to use this event as a fundraiser by running the concession stand. Thank you to all of the parents who helped!