College Notes

Marquette University

Laura Juszczyk of Sobieski has graduated from Marquette University, earning a Master of Education degree in educational policy and leadership.

Juszczyk was one of about 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students who received their diplomas May 20 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Kaitlyn Spaude of Little Suamico graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. The university held its 133rd annual commencement celebration in May.

Spaude also made the RIT Dean’s List for the spring semester.

UW-River Falls

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls spring semester Dean’s List honoring 1,417 students has been released by Registrar Kelly Browning.


Oconto Falls High School Chorale earns Exemplary Performance Award

The Oconto Falls High School Chorale Ensemble is, front row from left, Alex Kamke, Camden Jackson, Hunter Ryczek, Hunter Schaden and Aidan Spillane; back row, Keith VanDornick, Connor Romandine, Colter McCormick, Ethan Winkler and Gustav Frisack. (Contributed photo)

The Wisconsin School Music Association announced in May that the Oconto Falls High School Ensemble Chorale earned the Exemplary Performance Award.
The men, representing grades 9-12, sang the three-part selection “Ballgame” by Albert Von Tilzer — a song based on the popular tune “Take Me Out To the Ballgame.” This ensemble earned a state first and a perfect score at the UW-Green Bay State Festival, and they also earned a state first on their four-part performance of “Fergus ‘N Molly” by Vijah Singh.
“I am so proud of these amazing student musicians,” said Amy Thiel, OFHS choral director. “They absolutely love to perform and share their enthusiasm for singing everywhere they go.” This is the first year that the WSMA has included ensembles to be eligible for the honor as top exceptional performances at the state Solo and Ensemble Festival.


Gillett schools summer lunch program begins

Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the Gillett School District announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program.
The program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under. People older than 18 who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in public or private non-profit school programs during the school year may receive free meals as well.


Garrett Wons is exemplary soloist

Garrett Wons, son of Bill and Suzie Wons, was recently the recipient of the Wisconsin School Music Association Exemplary Soloist Award at the UW-Green Bay State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Wons plays alto saxophone and is a junior at Oconto Falls High School.
This is the second year in a row that he has been selected as an exemplary soloist. He is a member of the Oconto Falls High School Band and is performing with Wisconsin’s Ambassadors of Music European Tour Band this summer.


Suring schools offer summer meals

The Suring Public School District, 411 E. Algoma St., Suring, invites all children age 18 and younger to a free breakfast and lunch Wednesday and Thursday as well as the weeks of June 25-28, July 9-12, July 16-19, July 23-26 and July 30 to Aug. 2.
Breakfast will be served 7:45-8:15 a.m., and lunch will be served from 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Meals are provided to all children regardless of race, color, national origin, gender or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.


Gillett, Suring students bike to school

Gillett kids head down the home stretch to school, with Superintendent Todd Carlson on his motorcycle and Police Chief Jess Keplinger leading the way. (Contributed photo)

Safe Kids Oconto County joined Suring Public School District and Gillett School District to celebrate Bike to School Day. Gillett’s event was initially scheduled to take place May 9, which is International Bike to School Day. But due to inclement weather, the event was delayed until May 30. The event brings together children, parents and educators to raise awareness about bike safety.

About 119 Gillett students and 85 Suring students participated in the event, along with 50 or more staff members and volunteers from each community. Both communities also received support and sponsorship from more than 20 local businesses and organizations each.

In partnership with Bell Sports, Bike to School Day is celebrated in hundreds of communities across the United States as part of National Bike Month. All events promote biking to school as a safe and fun way to travel, while highlighting important bike safety information, such as wearing a helmet.


Middle school grants support technology and exploration

Students use a digital microscope to examine lettuce growing in a hydroponic tower. The microscopes were provided from a Natural Resource Foundation of Wisconsin grant and the hydroponics system was provided by a Wisconsin Public Service grant. (Contributed photo)

Washington Middle School in Oconto Falls received a grant this year from the Natural Resource Foundation of Wisconsin for digital microscopes and magnifiers, tools used by students to investigate and explore their world at a magnified level.

The digital microscopes work seamlessly with students’ Chromebooks so that students are not only able to view closer, they are able to take pictures and save them on their Chromebooks as well. The tools help extend the school’s technological capabilities, investigate and ask questions with a scientific mindset.

Another grant WMS received is from Wisconsin Public Service for a hydroponic growing system and grow lights for germinating seeds. Students harvested seeds in the fall and all year long have been growing native plants to plant in a pollinator garden.

There are over 50 plants, coming from of a variety of native species such as yellow coneflower, wild bergamot and cup plant.


Oconto Falls High School girls attend STEM workshop

Oconto Falls High School students who attended a STEM workshop at the Milwaukee School of Medicine are, top row from left, Shelby Salamonski, Amber Proctor, Jordan Rennie, Lyndsey Luebke, Ashley Britton and Lauryn Slade; second row, Mercedes Risso, Erin Effenberger, Lydia Murphy-Hendricks, Samantha Coron, Natalie Brauer and teacher Constance Rauterkus; third row, Katie Kurth, Emily Greenwood, Morgan Blazek, Wendy Avila and Kayley VanDenEng; bottom row, Jaquelyn Gerlach, Brett Norling, Kya Pecha, Addison Hatch, Gwen Williams, Abigail Schmeisser and Sierra Seizyk. (Contributed photo)

A group of 23 girls from Oconto Falls High School attended a workshop April 28 at the Milwaukee School of Medicine titled “Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Professional Women.” Constance Rauterkus and Candice Behnke, high school science teachers from Oconto Falls High School, made arrangements and traveled with the girls for this event.

Rob Seeber, from the Riverview BP Quickmart, provided funding from the station’s Panther Pride pump to help pay for busing costs to the event.

Half of the college-educated workforce are women, but only 29 percent are pursuing careers in science or engineering, despite 74 percent having expressed interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in middle school. The Engaging Girls in STEM Initiative is a nonprofit organization determined to change that by encouraging high school-aged girls to engage with and be inspired by STEM professional women to more confidently pursue their own STEM careers.


Gillett forensics competitors bring home gold

Members of the Gillett High School Forensics Team visited the state Capitol while at UW-Madison for the Wisconsin High School Forensics Associate State Event. (Contributed photo)

The Gillett High School Forensic Team traveled to Madison on April 20-21 to participate in the Wisconsin High School Forensics Associate State Event at the University of Wisconsn-Madison.

Students who scored a perfect 25 points received a gold medal. Three top performers from Gillett earned the prestigious Critics Choice Award, Alex Young, Anastasia Lizarraga and Bailey Pederson.

Students who score a 23 or 24 receive a silver medal. Eighteen Gillett students earned the All-State Award, Kaylee Simon, Jerika Heroux, Ana Grover, Angela Guzman, Kalea Britton, Elizabeth Kahler, Valerie VandeCorput, Jenna Woelfel, Sydney Young, Kendyl Sturm, Jaylan Lauersdorf, Sophie Horsens, Annie Kohls, Aubrey DeBauch, Abby Peterson, Elizabeth Ciancio, Emelie Horsens and Sylvia Hanson.


Stephanie Peitersen recognized for making it better

Oconto Falls High School senior Stephanie Peitersen reacts to the news that she has been awarded a $7,500 scholarship as the first-place female winner of the Wisconsin Sports Awards Scholarship Contest. (Contributed photo)

Stephanie Peitersen was surprised last week by a group of special visitors with a big check to further her education.

Peitersen, a standout athlete and active student at Oconto Falls High School, was the first-place winner in the statewide Wisconsin Sports Awards Scholarship Contest for a $7,500 scholarship. The contest is sponsored by Cousins Subs and its Make It Better Foundation.

She will be recognized at the Wisconsin Sports Awards event in Milwaukee on Aug. 22. The Wisconsin Sports Awards is an exclusive VIP event celebrating the finest Wisconsin athletics in high school, collegiate and professional arenas.

Peitersen was selected as a finalist due to her exceptional academic acumen, volunteer work and achievements in three Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) sanctioned sports — volleyball, softball and basketball.


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