Students Compete at Regional NHD; Nine Advance to State
Twenty-two WHS students advanced to the NHD Milwaukee North regional on Saturday, March 16th, at Cedarburg High School, and nine were selected to participate in the NHD State Competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society. The NHD State competition will be held on the campus of UW Madison on Saturday, April 13th. The WHS teaching staff who worked with these students and accompanied them to Cedarburg High School were: Mr. Chris Wiegman, Mr. Scott Phillips, and Mr. Greg Stewart. These teachers are thankful to the parents and local judges along with all of the people who helped in the preparation and logistics needed to support the program. National History Day is an exciting academic enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people, and events. This year-long academic adventure fosters students' enthusiasm for learning and their love for history. National History Day teaches the skills individuals need for a successful future. The program's three central elements develop participants' abilities to: complete extensive research; critically analyze and develop historical conclusions about information they have discovered in a variety of sources; and present and defend their interpretations in a critical, yet creative forum. Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students produce historical documentaries, exhibits, historic websites, dramatic performances, and research papers based on an annual theme. The 2019 theme is “Triumph and Tragedy in American History.” 2019 National History Day - WHS Finalists advancing to State Competition include: Senior Group Documentary: Broderick Frye, Bailee Korf, and Emily Scherer - "The Triumph and Tragedy of the Janesville GM Plant"; Senior Individual Performance: Gio Anello - "Alvin York: Conscientious Objector to Decorated Veteran"; Senior Individual Performance: Madison Strickler - “Dr. John Galt”; Senior Group Performance: Nikita Hartzheim and Savannah Hill - "The Rosenbergs"; and Senior Group Performance: Anna Ejnik and Brandon Damhorst - "Kent State Shooting."
Cuevas Named Outstanding Citizen for Class of 2019
Congratulations to Montserrat Cuevas for being selected as the Whitewater High School Class of 2019 Outstanding Citizen. Montserrat was honored by the Fort Atkinson DAR Chapter for her outstanding character, integrity, and citizenship. We are so proud of you, Montserrat!
Both Varsity and JV Math Teams Claim Conference Titles
Congratulations to our Math Teams; both Varsity and JV placed first at the Rock Valley Conference Meet on Tuesday, March 5. On Varsity, Colin Chenoweth won 2nd place, Zach Brantmeier placed 3rd, Hunter Martin and Jaden Henneman tied for 6th, Grace Ejnik and Alicia Parboteeah tied for 7th, Nicole Sedmak placed 9th, and Nick Kuzoff finished in 16th. On JV, Brian Apgar finished in 1st, Young Liang and Reid Gunnink tied for 2nd, Carson Ellenwood finished 9th, Broderick Frye placed 13th, and Shawn Chan finished in 15th.
Pair Awarded Academic Excellence Scholarships
Congratulations Nicholas Kuzoff and Alisha Parboteeah for being the Academic Excellence Scholarship winners for the Class of 2019 at Whitewater High School! Nicholas and Alisha were chosen for having the highest grade point average in their graduating class and highest number of honor points. Each will win $2,250 per year for four years ($9,000 total) to attend a college or university in Wisconsin. Both Nicholas and Alisha are planning on attending UW-Madison. Congratulations on your outstanding accomplishments!
Kuzoff Awarded $10,000 Kohl Scholarship
Nick Kuzoff has been selected as a $10,000 2019 Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship recipient. The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation website states, “The purpose of the Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship program is to recognize student leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. It is the goal of the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue post-secondary education in a public or nonpublic university, college, or vocational/technical college. The Foundation awards $10,000 scholarships to 100 Wisconsin high school graduates each year.” Congratulations, Nick!
Seniors Awarded Technical Excellence Scholarships
Whitewater High School is pleased to announce that Christopher Dedrick and Hunter Abramson are the winners of the Wisconsin Technical Excellence Scholarships for the Class of 2019! Chris and Hunter had the highest demonstrated level of proficiency in technical education subjects at WHS and will each receive $2250 per year - renewable for up to six semesters (a $6,750 award)! Chris will be attending Waukesha County Technical College and Hunter will be attending Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville. Congratulations!
Sahyun Honored with NCWIT-Wisconsin Aspirations in Computing Award
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.
Brantmeier and Kuzoff Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
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!
Thirty-six New Members Inducted Into National Honor Society
The 62nd Annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place on Wednesday evening, November 28, 2018. at 7:00 p.m. in the Whitewater High School Auditorium. Thirty-six new juniors and seniors were selected for membership by the faculty for their outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, and service to school and community. These students have worked extremely hard to achieve at the highest level in high school. The average grade point average of the students selected for membership this year is 3.82. The National Honor Society was established at Whitewater High School in 1956 to inspire enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote worthy leadership, and encourage the development of character in high school students. NHS has become a prestigious organization ranking high among college admission officers, scholarship committees, high school faculty and administrators, students, parents, and residents of our community. For many, selection as a member of the National Honor Society is the pinnacle of achievement in school. This honor, recognized throughout the nation, is both the public recognition of outstanding accomplishments and the private commitment to continued excellence on the part of each new member. For more information about the Whitewater High School National Honor Society please see the following website https://www.whs.wwusd.org/page/3159. Congratulations to the new members of the Whitewater High School National Honor Society! New Senior National Honor Society Members (4): Nicole Amparano, Grace Ejnik, Jesse Morgan Radaj, and Wesley Salverson. New Junior National Honor Society Members (32): Madalynn Arnett, Ryann Aschenbrener, Allison Ceranske, Shawn Chan, Colin Chenoweth, Jared Clapper, Aidan Coburn, Caroline Crowley, Broderick Frye, Abby Grosinske, Bryce Hibbs, Josie Hintz, Morgan Janovec, Jacee Johnson, David Kromholz, Jenna Lee, Willem Leibbrand, Sophie Mayer, Hailey Murphy, Sophie Olson, Tessa Papcke, Cooper Pease, Zoe Porter, Hailey Prager, Gwynne Sahyun, Alyssa Schumacher, Ellie Treder, Mina Truesdale, Emma Van Daele, Andy Vo, Alexandra Wilson, and Brianna Zimdars.
Chenoweth Tops State in Computational Thinking Challenge
In early November, 48 Whitewater High School computer science students participated in the online Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. The challenge gave students 45 minutes to solve 15 problems of varying difficulties meant to challenge students’ logic and computational thinking skills. Each problem was worth either 6, 9, or 12 points depending on difficulty, with a total of 200 points available. Freshmen and sophomores competed in the junior division while juniors and seniors competed in the senior division. Freshman Andrew Rollette finished with 156 points, achieving the high score in the junior division. Also scoring high in the junior division were Crystal Chan, Anthony Cano, and Kevin Dieter. Junior Colin Chenoweth scored 192 points in the senior division, achieving the high score for the school and matching the high score in the state of Wisconsin. Also scoring high in the senior division were Zach Brantmeier, Nick Kuzoff, and Brian Apgar.