Open School Board Seat to be Filled Monday, December 6
On Monday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m., the Whitewater Unified School District will conduct interviews for the School Board vacancy created due to the recent loss of long-time, honored Board member, Mr. Jim Stewart.
The following candidates will be interviewed:
Joseph Kromholz 393 Eagle Court, Whitewater, WI 53190
Zachary Popke 404 W. North Street, Whitewater, WI 53190
Andrea Svec W7679 Shereda Road, Whitewater, WI 53190
The Board will draw names to determine the interview order. Candidates will each be given ten minutes to answer a couple of questions regarding his or her interest in serving on the Whitewater School Board. Board members will vote to appoint a candidate, and the successful candidate will take the Official Oath of School Board Member yet that evening to fulfill the term of the currently vacant seat, until April 25, 2022.
N.Y. Threads Store Seeking Donations
Whitewater High School is looking to continue and expand support for our students and families in need. We are hoping for donations to our N.Y. Threads (New You Threads) store at WHS which will offer professional/formal clothing and accessories for WHS students for events, interviews, and special occasions. Students will be able to access this stocked room and hopefully find what they need! We are currently in need of men’s dress shoes, men's dress shirts, men’s and women’s dress pants, ties, and other accessories. If you have any items to donate, please drop them off at the high school main office between December 1 and December 17. Thank you for your support! If you have questions, please reach out to Teri Hintz at email@example.com or Brianna Pope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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After going through last year without being able to participate in regular season tournaments, the Whitewater Wrestling Team was officially back in action on Saturday to mark the official start of the 2021-2022 campaign. The varsity team traveled to Watertown on Saturday to compete in the Watertown Tom McGarvie Invitational. This is a very competitive tournament, with 17 teams from all three divisions. Winning the team trophy was Winneconne, the returning Division 2 State Champion, and coming in Runner-up was Mineral Point, the returning Division 3 State Champion from a year ago. Whitewater wrestled well during the course of the day and finished in 7th place. This was a nice finish considering the level of competition at every weight class. Leading the way for the Whippets was Carter Friend at 170 pounds. He finished the day 5-0 with some very strong matches along the way to his championship. This is the 2nd time Carter has won this tournament, winning it in 2019, the last time we competed in it. Following Friend was Mason DePorter who wrestled very well on the day, finishing 4-1 and in 5th place. Mason had some very good matches and he showed his increase in strength and mobility in winning those matches. Brother Marcus DePorter also finished 4-1 on the day. Marcus dropped his first match but then battled back with some very competitive matches. He showed grit in his victories throughout the day. Next up were CJ Tomomitsu, Connor Friend, and Sebastian Cuellar Meza, who all went 3-2 on the day. CJ and Sebastian finished in 6th place, while Connor finished as consolation champion. These young men wrestled well, with Sebastian and Connor seeing their first ever varsity tournament and handling it very well. CJ came out each time with a fire in his eyes that he is going to be a force to reckon with. Even in his two losses he was very strong. Also wrestling well but missing out on a medal were Cooper Hammond, Jesus Barajas, Mason Nobs, Hector Arnodo, Payton Lyon, Armando Villarreal, Leo Ortiz, and Scott Krebs. The coaching staff was very pleased with the efforts of the team, however there are always areas for improvement as we progress into the next week of practice. We were proud of the students as this is a very large tournament, and the coaching staff is quite busy, so the team did a great job helping each other out with mat assignments and support throughout the day! The Whippets are next in action on Thursday night when they travel to Clinton for a dual meet and then again on Saturday, December 11th, when they host the 8th annual Whitewater Invitational. Wrestling will begin at approximately 9:15 am at Whitewater High School.
The Whippet Boys’ Swim Team traveled to Milton High School to compete in the Lieder Invitational on Saturday, December 4. The boys got to compete for the first time this season in individual events. Tyler Arnett took a 4th place finish in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 2:07.20. Tyler went home with a 2nd place medal in the 500 Freestyle where he went a personal best time of 5:32.10. This time now puts him 6th all-time on the Whippet Top 10 List! Tyler also had some nice relay splits; in the 200 Freestyle Relay he anchored with a 25.67, and in the 400 Freestyle Relay he also anchored with a 1:01.30. Jack Hefty put together some nice swims with an 8th place finish in the 50 Freestyle, going a 26.84, and a 6th place finish in the 100 Freestyle, with a time of 1:01.52. Jack swam another 50 and 100 Freestyle in the 200 and 400 Freestyle relays where he led off sitting right around his best time from his earlier swims. Miles Nickelsburg followed along with teammate Jack, swimming in individual events of 50 Freestyle, going a 36.32, and 100 Freestyle, going 1:23.79. Miles also had a nice relay split in the 400 Freestyle Relay, going a 1:23.80. Zach Tomomitsu swam the 200 Freestyle, where he went a 3:17.32 and already showed improvements from Tuesday’s meet with a 20 second drop! Zach also swam in the 100 Backstroke, the only swimmer who ventured out and swam something other than Freestyle. Zach also had a nice relay split in the 200 Freestyle Relay! The boys will swim again on Tuesday, December 7th, at 5:30pm, at Delavan-Darien.
The Whitewater Girls’ Basketball Team played their hearts out Thursday night, December 2, in an exciting game at East Troy. Every player that stepped on the floor contributed to the 42-41 overtime win. We entered the second half down 16-21, but we tightened up our defense, took care of the ball, and played with composure in key moments. That gave us the edge, out-scoring East Troy 20-16 in the second half. We had players come through in the clutch, especially when Gwen Truesdale hit 2 free throws with 7.4 seconds left in the game. That clinched the win in overtime 42-41. Gwen Truesdale led the Whippets with 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Kindyl Kilar scored 14 and ripped down 7 rebounds, had 1 steal, and 2 assists. Danielle DePorter scored 5, pulled down 5 rebounds, and had 2 steals. Jenna Pope had 7 rebounds, 2 points, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Calli Grosinske led in assists with 3, scored 2, had 6 rebounds, and 1 block. Cali Kopecky added 2 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 2 rebounds. Josie Treder had 2 points and 2 rebounds. Aidyn Amundson had 1 block and 3 rebounds. Photo courtesy of Bob Mischka.
On November 11, students currently enrolled in computer science courses participated in Bebra’s International Computational Thinking Challenge, and the results were just released. This online problem-solving competition challenged participants to break down puzzles into smaller steps to solve them, just as you would need to approach a problem when writing a computer program. Freshmen and sophomores competed in the junior division, while juniors and seniors were part of the senior division. The problem set consisted of 15 problems worth varying point values depending on difficulty, and the competition was timed at 45 minutes. Penalty points were charged for incorrect solutions, so students had to decide whether they were confident enough in a problem’s solution to submit it for scoring. In the junior division, freshman Andrew O’Toole came out with the top score for all WHS participants, scoring a school-best 132 out of 180 points. Andrew is currently in enrolled in Computer Programming I, studying Python programming. Second place in the junior division went to Atreyu Blahnik, who is currently studying Digital Electronics, and third place went to Computer Concepts student Viktor Goldsmith. In the senior division, Digital Electronics senior Jon Chan came out on top, earning 128 out of 180 possible points. Arno Crowley, currently working on an independent Senior Project, placed second. There was a three-way tie for third between Digital Electronics student Tyjai Geoghan, AP Computer Science student Andrew Swartz, and Cisco Networking Academy student Nicholas Weirich. Bebra’s is an annual competition that all Whitewater High School students are invited to challenge themselves to complete.