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Creative Writing Award
Arts Council Recognizes Two Students with Creative Writing Awards

Walworth County Arts Council recently recognized Marina Cano as the 1st Place Winner for her poem “Rings Inside a Tree Trunk.” Marina (pictured here) attended the WCAC banquet on Sunday, May 26, where she read her poem and received a check for $300.00. Autumn Rank, another WHS student, won 2nd Place for her poem “Two Crows” and received a check for $200.00. WCAC only selects three winners county-wide, so WHS offers accolades to both Marina and Autumn for their hard work and creative ideas demonstrated in their Creative Writing class. Congratulations!


 
 
Academic Awards
Kiwanis Recognizes Pair with Academic Excellence Awards

The Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club honored two high school students at their meeting on Tuesday with Academic Excellence Awards. Broderick Frye and Bennett Miles are each pictured with their parents, along with Steve Ryan of the Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club and Nathan O'Shaughnessy and Mike Lovenberg. Also, Mark Elworthy, District Administrator, and Lanora Heim, Director of Public Services, accepted a donation for summer school bus funding for ELL students. Whitewater Breakfast Club Treasurer Rick Norman presented the check on behalf of Kiwanis.


 
 
Top Ten Percent
Rotary Honors Top Ten Percent of Graduating Class

The Rotary honored the Class of 2019 Top 10% at their luncheon on May 21.


 
 
Gwynne Sahyun
Sahyun Honored with NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award

Congratulations to Junior Gwynne Sahyun on winning the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award for Wisconsin. Approximately 50 young women from across the state were recognized with the award, “honoring young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education.” Gwynne was honored at a ceremony at Alverno College in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 5, with the other 50 state award winners and approximately 50 additional honorable mention recipients. WHS Computer Science Teacher Laura Masbruch received an Educator Honorable Mention. Olivia Dachel from Merrill High School received the Educator Award, and Masbruch along with Brenda Larson from Menomonee Falls High School were the Honorable Mention recipients.


 
 
State NHD
Two Groups Place Fourth at State NHD

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. 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”. Six WHS students advanced to this State Competition on Saturday, April 13th, and five students were selected to advance to the final round at the State level. The WHS teaching staff who worked with these students and accompanied them to UW-Madison were: Mr. Chris Wiegman, Mr. Scott Phillips, and Mr. Greg Stewart. These teachers would like to thank the parents and local judges as well as all who helped in the preparation and logistics needed to support the program. 2019 National History Day - WHS Finalists advancing to State Competition: Senior Group Documentary (Broderick Frye, Bailee Korf and Emily Scherer - "The Triumph and Tragedy of the Janesville GM Plant" 2019 NHD State Qualifier 4th Place State Competition), Senior Individual Performance (Gio Anello - "Alvin York: Conscientious Objector to Decorated Veteran" 2019 NHD State Qualifier), and Senior Group Performance (Nikita Hartzheim and Savannah Hill - "The Rosenbergs" 2019 NHD State Qualifier 4th Place State Competition).


 
 
Math Team
Math Team Places Second in Class B in State Math Meet

Whitewater High School's Varsity Math Team won 2nd place in Class B for the State Math Meet. Several individual team members were recognized for how many points they scored and will receive medals. Earning Class B First Team All-State were Nick Kuzoff, Zach Brantmeier, Mina Truesdale, and Hunter Martin. Earning Class B Second Team All-State were Colin Chenoweth and Shawn Chan. Also helping this team with their high achieving results were Nicole Sedmak and Broderick Frye. This is the fifth time since 2007 that the team has earned 2nd place, and they have earned first place 3 times during that period. Nick Kuzoff was second in state, Zach Brantmeier was 3rd, Mina Truesdale was 4th, Hunter Martin was 7th, Colin Chenoweth was 8th, and Shawn Chan was 11th. Pictured left to right are: Zach Brantmeier, Mina Truesdale, Nicole Sedmak, Colin Chenoweth, Nick Kuzoff, Hunter Martin, Broderick Frye, and Shawn Chan.


 
 
NHD Regionals
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."

 
 
Montse Cuevas
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!


 
 
Conference Math Teams
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.


 
 
Academic Excellence Scholarships
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!


 
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