Schools

Wed
11
Jun

Community volunteer inducted to Hall of Fame

The 50th member of the Oconto Falls Wall of Fame, Maggie Jones, was inducted June 1 at the 2014 high school graduation ceremonies.

The Wall of Fame honors former graduates who have been successful in life, as selected by the Class of 50 past. This year, it a member of the Class of 1964. For each member inducted, a plaque is hung in the high school hallway.

Jones grew up in Oconto Falls, the third of Vic and Jerry Bast’s six children. Her grandmother, her aunts and her mother were all teachers, and her father was a teacher and a principal at Washington Junior High School.

Jones credited the positive influence of her parents, as well as her leaders in Girl Scouts, Busy Nook 4-H, St. Anthony Church and other youth activities in Oconto Falls, for pointing her toward a future of community service.

Wed
04
Jun

33 graduate at Suring

Suring High School commencement was held May 24 in the high school gymnasium.

The 33 candidates for graduation were Sawyer Anderson, Angela Baldwin, Jericho Benser, Carley Berg, Allyson Britten, John Caldwell, Daphne DesJarlait, Brittany Ehnerd, Erin Fisher, Tyler Fisher, Faith Garczynski, Tia Giese, Tyler Herning, John Horst, Anthony Jazwiecki, Dillon Kempen, Dalton Kopatz, Austin Krizek, Jacquelyn Lenz, Autumn Michaletz, Reese Otradovec, Zachariah Otradovec, Brandi Overland, Casey Overland, McKenna Pyawasit, Kelsey School, Rachel Sleeter, Ramsay Thompson, Nathan Tiutczenko, Markley Trever, Calley Van Bellinger, Chancelor Whiting and Ella Wood.

The valedictory address was presented by Trever, and Lenz presented the salutatory address. A senior video presentation created by the business publications class was shown. Wood read the senior plans, and Pyawasit presented the senior class poem, which she wrote.

Wed
04
Jun

ATV raffle to include custom trailer


Contributed Photo

Students who built a custom trailer for the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce raffle include, from left, front row, Adam Vande Hei, Kendall Brehmer; second row, Brandon Curnett, Adrian Haslitt; and back row, Brian Peters, Dillon Curl, Cole Nowinski and Jordan Neshek. Classmates Scott Anderson, Nick Gering and Nate Van Ark also contributed to the project. Standing at the front of the trailer are Gail Yatso, chamber president, Tom Karban, welding instructor, and Toby Peterson, Peterson Ford owner.

A custom-built trailer will be part of the grand prize ATV package given away by the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at Falls Fun Fest on Sept. 28.

The trailer was built by seniors in the advanced welding class at Oconto Falls High School and features a removable kayak rack that can also be used for ladders, lumber or other long items.

The wood deck of the trailer is a combination of cherry and oak, donated by John Senn of Senn Landscaping. Tires and tire mounting were donated by Peterson Ford.

The trailer came out so well that a second one is being fabricated and will be offered for sale by the OFHS tech ed department.

Wed
04
Jun

Gillett FFA recognizes members at annual banquet

The Gillett FFA held its annual banquet May 4 at Gillett Secondary School. Kallie Rank, 2014 Oconto County Fairest of the Fair, was the keynote speaker.

Josh Yonker, Gillett FFA Alumni president, gave greetings on behalf of the alumni. He also announced Rachel Ransom and Danielle Timm as recipients of the Gillett FFA Alumni scholarship.

John and Joan Timm were recognized for their contributions to the Gillett FFA with the Honorary Chapter Degree.

The following Gillett Elementary third-graders were recognized for their participation in the Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) program: Reese Chapin, Christina Ciancio, Lailana Corona, Laney DeBauch, Habaiah Gigl, Trinitee Gigl, Phillip Heroux, Virgil Herzog, Victoria Phillips, Andrew Rost, Austin Vande Corput, Emma Walker and Jerald Wetzel. These students met with FFA members each month to learn about different aspects of agriculture.

Wed
04
Jun

OEC announces scholarship recipients

Oconto Electric Cooperative awarded 10 $1,000 scholarships to local students whose parents or guardians are OEC members.

Stephanie Wirtz, Oconto Falls High School, will attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to study nursing. Her parents are Tim and Renee Wirtz.

Emily Yoap, Peshtigo High School, will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to become a child life specialist. Her parents are Leonard and Debra Yoap.

Derek Zahn, Gillett High School, will attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point or St. Norbert College to earn a degree in education. His are Brett and Debra Zahn.

Grant Newsome, Oconto Falls High School, will attend UW-Madison or the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to earn a degree in business administration. His parents are Grant and Kelly Newsome.

Kanon Schneider, Wolf River Lutheran High School, will attend Fox Valley Technical College to study diesel mechanics. His parents are Kevin and Sue Schneider.

Wed
04
Jun

Community supports St. Anthony playground project

St. Anthony School will replace its playground with new equipment to provide a suitable and safe place to play for children ages 3 to 12. The current playground equipment is 30-plus years old.

The new playground will be open to students for the 2014-2015 school year. The playground not only accommodates the students of St. Anthony, but also the children in the community.

A grand opening ceremony will take place Aug. 10 during the church picnic. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The following individuals, organizations and businesses have donated to the campaign: St. Patrick’s Parish, ST Paper, JR Gondeck, Oconto Falls Lion’s Club, Stephenson’s Bank, McDermid Trucking, John and Barb Salscheider and family, Norbert Lotter, Randy and Christi St. Louis, and friends, family and alumni of St. Anthony.

The school is still accepting donations for the project. Donations can be sent to St. Anthony School, marked “Playground Fund.”

Wed
04
Jun

Suring grads perform in junior music recital

Two 2011 graduates of Suring High School performed in their junior music recital May 2 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Lane Ludtke, a vocal music major, and Gatlin Grimm, a trumpet major, shared the stage at their junior recital held in the Jean Weidner Room at the Weidner Center.

Ludtke, the son of Cindy and Greg Ludtke, of Suring, plans to be a band and choir teacher. He has been involved in the jazz choir and the UWGB Chorale. He sings with his sister, Farin, and mother, Cindy, a music teacher at Assumption BVM Elementary in Pulaski, for many occasions.

Grimm, the son of Kris and Ken Babicky, of Suring, plays various trumpets and is preparing to be a performer and band instructor. He has been a leader in the UWGB pep band. He also plays in the UWGB jazz band and symphonic band. His parents sing in a family band called South Branch Road.

Wed
04
Jun

Cook’s retirement ends family tradition


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Shirley Kushava will end her career as a cook in the Lena School District this week. She will retire after 29 years in the kitchen.

A 45-year family tradition ended this week with the retirement of Shirley Kushava as head cook at Lena School. Kushava ended her 29-year career in food service, the past 16 years spent as head cook.

Kushava comes from a long line of cooks who dished up meals at the school. Her great-aunt Margaret Patenaude was head cook from 1969-1979. Her mother, Angie Patenaude, was head cook from 1979-1998.

Kushava started as a substitute cook in 1982, then was hired as an assistant cook in 1985 and was named head cook in 1998 after her mother retired.

“I truly cared about my job, the people I worked with and especially the students,” she said. “I would do just about anything for anyone. I put my all in this job and took pride in it. And I made good stuff.”

Wed
04
Jun

N.E.W. Credit Union awards scholarships

Five Oconto County high school graduates and one Marinette County graduate are recipients of the Method Vizelka Memorial scholarship awarded by N.E.W. Credit Union.

Vizelka was a 12-year volunteer on the credit union’s board of directors and a believer in the power of education. Every year the credit union awards a scholarship in his memory to a graduating senior from the five Oconto County high schools. A scholarship is also offered to one student from Shawano, Marinette or Brown County.

This year’s recipients are Olivia Strom, Lena High School; Seth Haines, Oconto Falls High School; Jacquelyn Lenz, Suring High School; Natalie Flint, Oconto High School; Eric Fischer, Gillett High School; and Brooke Pashek, Coleman High School.

Strom is the daughter of Sherry Drees and Duane Strom. She will attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in the field of criminal justice.

Wed
28
May

OFHS sweeps podium twice at SkillsUSA


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Oconto Falls High School junior Jake Lubenske uses a slip roll machine to bend sheet metal into a circular ring in the tech ed department at Oconto Falls High School. Set on the table in front of him is his sheet metal project that led to a first place at the state SkillsUSA competition. Lubenske will compete at the national competition at the end of June.

Two Oconto Falls High School juniors earned gold medals at the state SkillsUSA competition April 29-30, and Oconto Falls swept the podium in two events.

According to John Bursa, OFHS tech ed instructor and SkillsUSA adviser, it was the first time OFHS students swept any event since the school started competing in 2001.

OFHS took the top three awards in masonry, with Travis Schmechel winning the gold medal, junior Kyle Sharboneau, silver, and junior Brandon Kamm, bronze.

Oconto Falls also swept the podium in sheet metal. Of the 16 competitors, the top three were from Oconto Falls. Junior Jake Lubenske earned gold, sophomore Mariah Vorpahl won silver, and sophomore Amber Lubenske, Jake’s sister, won bronze.

“It is especially nice to show everyone that female students can be successful in a trade,” Bursa said.

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