Ferradermis is wrapping up the summer with a robotics boot camp for new and veteran members from August 4 - 11. On Saturday, August 4, seven incoming freshmen joined a group of veteran members and mentors to learn about all aspects of the robotics team. New members learned about the electrical system on the robot and practiced soldering some wires under the supervision of veterans Cassi Hoxie, Rosie Aschenbrener, and Gwynne Sahyun. Cassi gave the freshmen an overview of what it takes to program a robot, and they had the opportunity to write a small amount of code. Veterans Danny Soto and Reilly Aschenbrener helped them learn how the CAD team operates and spent some time teaching them the basics of Inventor. Veteran members Gwynne, Rosie, and Bennett Miles introduced them to competition logistics (how a season and competition works). Students also practiced driving last year's robot under the direction of 2018 drive team members Danny and Hailey Prager. At the end of the day, the students were presented with their challenge for the week, a Frisbee shooter. Veterans and new members will work together to design and implement a solution before the end of the week. Boot camp will continue Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings and will wrap up on Saturday, August 11. For more photos, follow Ferradermis on Facebook or visit Ferradermis.org.
The Whitewater High School Class of 1953 held their 65th Class Reunion on July 7, 2018, at 841 Brewhouse, in Whitewater. Pictured are Front Row (L to R), Don Triebold, Theodonia Williams Kerska, John Rowe, Doris Albrecht Crane, Dorothy Chapman Stocks, Eunice Priewe Helgeson, Virginia Wilken Douglas, Laura Ryker Koepke, Lois Anderson Benes, Nancy Wilber Rowley and Back Row (L to R), Nathan Schneider, Dale Pieper, John Suby, Vernon Hansen (currently resides in Washington State), Charles Scharine, Jean Bethke LeMay, Robert Douglas, LeRoy Elbert, Bill Gruetzman, Leonard Plucinski.
The Whitewater Whippet Baseball Team held its year-end banquet and award winners were announced. The Whippets finished in 3rd place in the tough Rock Valley Conference with a 13-5 conference record. Beloit Turner and Jefferson tied for 1st place with 14-4 records. All of the contenders in conference ended up knocking each other out of the state tournament with Jefferson surviving and earning the runner up trophy as Waupun won the State Championship. Although the team did not reach all of the goals they had set for the season it was still another successful season. The highlight of the year was finally getting the season sweep of Jefferson, but the high of getting the sweep quickly turned as McFarland knocked them out of the conference race by sweeping the Whippets at home in a double header the next day. They bounced back to get a couple more wins including a solid win over Delavan that had a very good lefty pitcher in the playoffs only to fall to a hot Jefferson team in the playoffs. Coach Pease thanked the Seniors (Bryce Parrish, Jimmy Duval, and James Dedrick) for their effort and leadership over the years – they will be missed. He said, “it is now up to our Juniors (incoming Seniors) to take over the leadership and continue to build what prior Whippets have started.” Dylan Pease was named a Captain for next season with at least one or two more to be announced as they get closer to next season. The team announced the following awards: Jordan Curtis (All Conference Honorable Mention), Chris Dedrick (All-Conference Honorable Mention), Dylan Pease (2nd team All-Conference, Academic All District, Team Award - Best Situational Hitter), Bryce Parrish (1st team All-Conference, 2nd team All District, Team Awards – MVP and Offensive Player of the Year), Cooper Pease (1st Team All-Conference, Team Award - Co – Defensive Player of the Year), James Dedrick (2nd team All-Conference, Academic All District, Academic All State), and Jimmy Duval (1st team All-Conference, Academic All District, Team Award – Co-Defensive Player of the Year). Thank you to everyone that supported Whitewater High School Baseball Team!
Alyssa Schumacher recently was named to the WFSCA All-State Second Team for softball. The sophomore catcher hit .551 this spring which places her third on the Whitewater softball all-time list for batting average. Schumacher passed Michelle Haines .549 (1984) to move into third place. Anna Lisa Lawton .558 (1991) holds the record with Missy Fojtik .554 (1983) in second. Alyssa was also named to the All-District First Team as well as being placed on the Janesville Gazette’s All-Area Team.
The School Board recently recognized graduating seniors enlisting in the military. Board member Jim Stewart presented Certificates of Appreciation to Alexis Alvarez (Marines), Zachary Carnes (Marines), and Hailey Lohmeier (Army). Not pictured – Amida Zafar (Army). Photo by Chris Welch.