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.
Optimist Club Honors Four Students
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater / Community Optimist Club recognized 8 students (4 middle school students and 4 high school students) as their Outstanding Youth for Fall 2018 at a luncheon on campus on Tuesday. Each student was nominated by at least one staff member, and that staff member spoke about the student at the luncheon. High school students honored were David Kromholz, nominated by Mr. Paul Majors, Colin Chenoweth, nominated by Ms. Laura Masbruch, Gaby Islas, nominated by Mrs. Eileen Busse, and Nicole Tomomitsu, nominated by Mrs. Lynn Weilbrenner.
Trio Headed to Badger Girls State
Congratulations to Sophie Olson, Caroline Crowley, and Rosie Aschenbrener for being chosen to attend Badger Girls State at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh June 16-21, 2019. The girls were chosen by the faculty at Whitewater High School for their interest in American Government and citizenship and outstanding leadership, character, cooperativeness, dependability, and participation in school activities.
Programming Team Earns Third Place at MSOE Competition
On Friday, November 16, 14 current and former WHS computer programming students competed at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Opportunity Conference Computer Programming Competition with 67 teams representing 19 southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois high schools. Other participating schools included Brookfield Central, Cary-Grove, Cedarburg, Janesville Craig, Crystal Lake Central, Eisenhower, Fort Atkinson, Homestead, Marquette University HS, Menomonee Falls, Milton, New Berlin West, Janesville Parker, Prairie Ridge, Rufus King, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, and a homeschool team. A team from Homestead High School won the competition with a team from Brookfield Central placing second. Whitewater Team A, consisting of Zach Brantmeier, Colin Chenoweth, Cassi Hoxie, and Nick Kuzoff, placed 3rd, earning 161 out of 210 possible points and solving 8 of the 9 problems correctly. Team B included Nikole Pelot, Gwynne Sahyun, and Nicole Sedmak. Team C was made up of Broderick Frye, Cody Rupke, and Jon Zheng, while Team D included Jakob Klawitter, Bennett Miles, Luke Rule, and Andy Vo. Teams were given nine problems of varying difficulty that could be solved using Java with a time limit of 2.5 hours using two laptops. Teams could select to spend their time on 10 point problems, 20 point problems, and/or 40 point problems. Each incorrect submission resulted in a minus three points.
Ellenwood Selected to Attend Summer Leadership Seminar
Congratulations to Carson Ellenwood for being chosen to attend the Wisconsin Leadership Seminar at Carroll University in Waukesha June 14-16, 2019! Carson was chosen by the faculty at Whitewater High School for his outstanding leadership qualities, citizenship, and thoughtfulness toward the student body. Congratulations on this honor and recognition, Carson!
Pair Named National Merit Semi-Finalists
The principal, Mike Lovenberg, of Whitewater High School announced today that Zachary Brantmeier and Nicholas Kuzoff have been named Semi Finalist Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors. Zach and Nick will continue in the 2018 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards. Nick and Zach are 2 of 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million dollars that will be offered next spring.
Writers Acknowledged by Walworth County Arts Council
Whitewater High School and The Walworth County Arts Council celebrate the recent successes of four Whitewater High School Writers: Rhiannan Carlock (not pictured) won 2nd Place and $200 for her prose submission "Heart Strings" at the county level, and Hailey Prager won 2nd Place and $200 for her poetry submission "The Silent Voices" at the county level. The Arts Council honored Hailey and Rhiannan at their banquet where the girls shared their writing and received their checks. Lydia Wiley-Deal won first place and $100 at the school level for her adaptation of the essay "The Stranger in the Photo is Me", and Maribel Alvarez-Pena won 2nd place at the school level and $50 for her college essay. The Arts Council thanks everyone who submitted writing and encourages everyone to participate again next year. Congratulations, Writers!
Students Recognized as AP Scholars
The two-week 2018 Advanced Placement testing period wrapped on up May 18th. This year 89 students took 133 exams in 12 different subjects. The district is grateful to the Whitewater Parks and Recreation Department and the Whitewater Innovation Center for use of their facilities during testing. Each year the College Board recognizes student achievement on the Advanced Placement exams. This year, seven WHS seniors (pictured) and two juniors have earned this outstanding distinction. AP Scholars: Clarice Bergman, Zachary Gross, Tyler Marinkovic, Paige Prager, and Zachary Brantmeier; AP Scholars with Honor: Jacob Korf, Connor Steinke, and Nicholas Kuzoff; AP Scholar with Distinction: Lydia Wiley Deal.
Seniors Awarded Over $1 Million in Scholarships
Scholarship Night for the Class of 2018 was held at Whitewater High School on Wednesday, May 23. Sixty-five seniors won over $1,038,000.00 in scholarships from local, area, state, national, and university sources. The Whitewater High School Alumni Association sponsored a reception after the program. Our school district is so appreciative of the amazing support our young people receive from the community of Whitewater! Thank you to everyone who sponsored a scholarship in our local and area competition!