Schools

Wed
21
May

Raffle prizes include custom-built trailer

Through a partnership involving the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Oconto Falls High School tech ed department and two local businesses, a custom trailer was built and will be part of a prize package in the Falls Fun Fest raffle.

The chamber will raffle off a Cabela’s ATV and trailer, kayaks and other items. The prizes will be on display at various businesses where tickets will be sold, and the trailer will be used in community parades during the summer.

OFHS welding instructor Tom Karban jumped at the chance to design and fabricate the trailer and put his students to work. Peterson Ford donated tires for the trailer, and John Senn of Senn Landscaping donated the decking. The trailer was designed with a rack, which could also be used for ladders, to display the kayaks.

Wed
21
May

FBLA inducts officer team

The Oconto Falls High School FBLA Chapter on May 5 held its annual end of the year banquet to recognize members for their achievements and to induct officers for 2014-2015.

As part of the induction process, current officers lit candles and handed them to the officers who would take their positions. Each candle was a different color, symbolizing the unique characteristics and responsibilities of each officer position. This candle-lighting ceremony is a widespread FBLA practice.

The 2014-2015 Oconto Falls FBLA officer team is Liz Coopman, president; Brittany Russell, vice president; Bailey Wolf, secretary; Liza Leja, treasurer; Corrina Romandine, reporter; Mikaela Thomson, promotions chair; Alexa Barribeau, events coordinator; Holly Virtues, fundraising chair; Matthew VerVelde, technology coordinator; and Madison Helmle, historian/photographer.

Wed
21
May

FFA teams recognized at annual banquet

The Oconto Falls FFA agronomy team of Emily Birr, Nathan Birr, Connor Iverson and Mercedes Ondik will compete at the national FFA competition in October. The team placed first at contests at River Falls and Fox Valley Technical College and won the state contest. Team members were honored at the FFA annual banquet April 27.

Career Development Event teams also participated in contests at River Falls, Platteville and Fox Valley Technical College. By participating in these contests, members learned new skills, such as handling and restraining animals, identifying crops and weeds and judging the quality of livestock.

Wed
21
May

FFA members earn proficiency awards

Proficiency award results for Oconto Falls FFA members were revealed April 27 at the annual FFA banquet. This year, 21 students sent 29 proficiency applications to the state.

Amber Baeten received a Gold 9 and was a Section 8 winner in agricultural processing, a Gold 3 and Section 8 winner for beef production, and Gold 7 for vegetable production; Nathan Birr received a Gold 17 for dairy production, a Gold 9 for diversified agricultural production, and a Gold 3 and Section 8 winner for forage production; Alexys Christensen received a Gold 11 in beef production; Emily Coopman received a Silver for beef production; Hannah Cunningham received a Gold 7 in wildlife production and management;

Wed
21
May

Students get taste of life on their own


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Students Marisa Slempkes and Olivia Strom have their check registers reviewed at Reality Day at Suring School. The event simulated real-life experiences for high school seniors from Lena, Suring and White Lake.

Seniors from Lena, White Lake and Suring took part in Reality Day on May 1 in the Suring School gymnasium. This event was a simulation of what real life would be like after graduation.

The students spent their morning writing checks and managing check registers for expenses such as a home, car, insurance payments, childcare, utilities and groceries. After they bought life’s necessities, they spent the remaining money on exciting purchases such as a Disney vacation or a pair of snowmobiles.

This event was planned by Suring teachers Vicki Buettner, Tammy Steffeck and Becky Dickson, Lena teachers Laurie Jensen and Mark Hansen, White Lake teacher Cathy Lundgren and NEW Credit Union Suring branch manager Jodi Cook.

Wed
21
May

FFA members honored at banquet

The Oconto Falls FFA members celebrated their accomplishments at their annual banquet on April 27.

All first-year FFA members received the Greenhand Degree: Emily Birr, Alex Borkovec, Isaac Carlton, Hunter Christiansen, Garrett Cole, Kyanah Cornelius, Landon Cunningham, Justin Dequaine, Travis Dequaine, Kalie Elkins, Ashley Hebel, Ashley Keuken, Tyler Klimpke, Taylor Koehne, Jenny Krueger, Rachel Lambert, Megan Loberger, Jen Longsine, Haley Meunier, Courtney Meunier, Rosalinda Mora, Kaylin Nickels, Laken Patenaude, Gabby Pearce, Sonja Sanford, Trever Schefdore, Adrianna Siech and Lucas Stueber.

Emily Birr received a Star Greenhand award, given to the most significant first-year member.

Wed
14
May

FBLA inducts officer team


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Newly inducted FBLA officers for the 2014-2015 school year are, from left, Madison Helmle, Alexa Barribeau, Corrina Romandine, Bailey Wolf, Liza Leja, Holly Virtues, Mikaela Thomson, Brittany Russell and Liz Coopman. Matthew VerVelde is also an officer.

The Oconto Falls High School FBLA Chapter on May 5 held its annual end of the year banquet to recognize members for their achievements and to induct officers for 2014-2015.

As part of the induction process, current officers lit candles and handed them to the officers who would take their positions. Each candle was a different color, symbolizing the unique characteristics and responsibilities of each officer position. This candle-lighting ceremony is a widespread FBLA practice.

The 2014-2015 Oconto Falls FBLA officer team is Liz Coopman, president; Brittany Russell, vice president; Bailey Wolf, secretary; Liza Leja, treasurer; Corrina Romandine, reporter; Mikaela Thomson, promotions chair; Alexa Barribeau, events coordinator; Holly Virtues, fundraising chair; Matthew VerVelde, technology coordinator; and Madison Helmle, historian/photographer.

Wed
14
May

Gillett graduation is May 25

Gillett High School and Gillett GOAL Academy (charter school) will celebrate graduation at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25, in the T. S. Lindow Memorial Gymnasium.

Commencement speakers will be Lisa Schmidt, valedictorian, Nicole Rotter, salutatorian, and Brianna Lemirande, class president. The class motto is “Success is a journey, not a destination,” by Ben Sweetland. The class flower is a Gerbera daisy, and the class colors are teal and silver.

Wed
14
May

Suring graduation plans set

The Suring School District will hold commencement at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24, in the high school gymnasium.

Markley Trever is the class valedictorian; Jacquelyn Lenz is salutatorian.

Other candidates for graduation are 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, Autumn Michaletz, Reese Otradovec, Zachariah Otradovec, Brandi Overland, Casey Overland, McKenna Pyawasit, Kelsey School, Rachel Sleeter, Ramsay Thompson, Nathan Tiutczenko, Calley Van Bellinger, Chancelor Whiting and Ella Wood.

The class motto is “We’ll find a way or we’ll make one.” The class colors are purple and black, and the class flower is a spider mum.

Wed
14
May

Musicians compete at state solo ensemble

The Oconto Falls High School music department participated in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival on May 3 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The results follow:

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