Gillett HS forensics team qualifies for state

Gillett High School forensics students going to state are, front row from left, Faith Sorlie, Kaylee Simon, Emily Umentum, Jerika Heroux, Serenity Corona, Ana Grover, Elizabeth Ciancio and Kaylee Huebner; second row, Abby Peterson, Jenna Woelfel, Alex Young, Bailey Pederson, Sydney Young, Kendyl Sturm, Elizabeth Kahler, Jaylen Lauersdorf, Kelsi Olinger and Valerie VandeCorput; back row, Kalea Britton, Sophia Horsens, Sylvia Hansen, Angela Guzman, Brandon Rodgers, Ben Burt, Alex Rodgers, Willow Pecha, Emeile Horsens, Brianna DeBauch, Aubrey DeBauch and Anastasia Lizarraga. Missing is Annie Kohls. (Contributed photo)

The Gillett High School forensics team participated in the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association District Festival at Marinette High School on March 17. The competition consists of two levels, subdistrict and district, where performers must achieve performance standards to advance to a state festival in Madison.

In three rounds of competition, performers must earn two scores of 20 or higher out of 25 possible points to advance. All 31 Gillett performers in 15 entries qualified for the state festival, which will be held April 20-21.

Thirteen students received a perfect score in one of their rounds: Alex Young, Kaylee Simon, Anastasia Lizarraga, Angela Guzman, Ana Grover, Emily Umentum, Brianna DeBauch, Serenity Corona, Aubrey DeBauch, Abby Peterson, Elizabeth Ciancio, Emeile Horsens and Sylvia Hansen.

The team is coached by Tami McQuillan, Stephanie Spang and Don Olderman.


Gillett Middle School Forensics team performs well

The Gillett Middle School forensics team is, first row from left, Phillip Heroux, Cheyenne Krueger, Madyson Van Haren, Virgil Herzog, Amanda Jenerou, Marissa Klein, Angela Mosconi, Jaimee Rehn and Anna Bierhals; second row, Laney DeBauch, Kadence Swim, Thayne Bjelland, Hannah Simpson, Amber Brehmer, Evan Peterson, Blake Goodreau, Isabella Matczak and Eva Woodke; third row, Connor Hanson, Lars Grover, Joslyn Sexton, Alaina Herzog, Alex Peterson and Christina Ciancio. (Contributed photo)

The Gillett Middle School forensics team performed well at two recent festivals.

The team, coached by Tami McQuillan and Don Olderman, competed at a Level I Festival in Suring on Jan. 29. All performers received straight A’s and qualified to participate in a Level II Festival.

On March 5, the team traveled to Wabeno for the district Level II competition. More than 100 students from eight area schools participated in the festival. The Gillett Middle School team had outstanding performances and brought home 25 A’s and one B in the categories of play-acting, prose, storytelling, news reporting and readers’ theater.


Schools prepare for spring break

Area public schools are planning to give students a spring break around Good Friday and Easter.

Gillett, Pulaski and Oconto public school districts will be closed for the week beginning Monday, March 26, with classes resuming on Monday, April 2, for Gillett and Oconto. Pulaski has scheduled a staff development day with no classes April 2.

Oconto Falls and Suring public school districts have scheduled staff development days on Thursday, March 29. School will not be in session.

Lena, Oconto Falls and Suring schools will be closed for spring break on Friday, March 30, and Monday, April 2. Classes will resume at the regular time Tuesday, April 3.

The Coleman School District will close for spring break from Thursday, March 29, through Monday, April 2, with a staff in-service day Tuesday, April 3. Classes will resume Wednesday, April 4.


Washington Middle School to host Alexander Hamilton symposium

A symposium at Washington Middle School in Oconto Falls next week will feature a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History traveling exhibition titled “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America.” (Contributed photo)

Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s most visionary founding fathers, is with us every day — not only in our wallets on the $10 bill, but also in the republic’s most vital institutions.

From the writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution to the creation of our country’s economic system, Hamilton foresaw the future of the nation that he helped build.

He was an immigrant from the Caribbean, a disadvantaged orphan who became a war hero, a self-made man who rose to become a framer of the Constitution and architect of the American financial system, and an idealist who was killed at the age of 47 in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.

On March 15, seventh-grade students at Washington Middle School in Oconto Falls will present a symposium in which students will present the life and accomplishments of this amazing individual.


Gillett girl wins regional spelling bee

This is the second year that Isabella Matczak of Gillett has qualified for the state’s Badger Spelling Bee, scheduled for March 24 in Madison. (Contributed photo)

Gillett seventh-grader Isabella Matczak won the CESA 8 regional spelling bee, held Feb. 12 in Suring. This is the second year in a row that she qualified for the state Badger Spelling Bee.

She will represent Gillett and the region March 24 at the Madison Area Technical College campus. The top three spellers from Wisconsin will go on to the National Bee in Washington, D.C.

The runner-up was Sarah Bruders from Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District. Other regional competitors were: Zoie Cayan, Wabeno; Hunter Cronauer, Laona; and Ryann Wagner, Suring.


Tickets on sale for Pulaski school musical

Pulaski High School students performing in the school musical “42nd Street” are, front from left, Geovanni Virella-Torres, Autumn Rettke, Gabe Koepke and Frances Schaetz; middle row, Benjamin Petroll, Emmarose Bader, Dana Madden, Lauren Lacera and Jordan Busse; third row, Caleb Miller, Hunter Chrisman, Tyler Tanner and T.J. Hock. (Amy Tubbs photo)

Pulaski High School is staging the musical “42nd Street,” which tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a young performer who gets her big break on Broadway in the 1930s.

The musical – written by Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble, Harry Warren and Al Dubin – will be staged at Pulaski High School at 7 p.m. Feb. 10, 2 p.m. Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Feb. 17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets are $8 and are available at the Pulaski News office at the high school, or by calling Laurie Fischer at 920-822-6800.

The musical, which features the standards “Lullaby of Broadway” and “42nd Street,” has a lot of singing, dancing and acting, said director Kathryn Brown, the school’s choir instructor.

“It might not be familiar to some, but don’t let that stop you from coming,” Brown said. “There is a lot to be seen. It’s very entertaining from start to finish.”


VEX Robotics competition attracts 30+ teams

Middle and high school students from across Wisconsin will descend upon Oconto Falls High School on Jan. 13 for the fifth annual Northeast Wisconsin VEX Robotics Challenge.

More than 30 teams will come together for a non-stop, action-packed day of competition where they will compete against each other with robots created from the VEX Robotics Design System. Participants will square off in this season’s game, “In the Zone,” developed by VEX Robotics Inc. and the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, which are considered leaders in educational and competitive robotics.

Qualifying matches are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by alliance selection and finals from 2:30-5 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow.

The competition is being hosted by Team Green 4-H Robotics Club from Oconto County. Admission is free and the event is at the high school, 210 N. Farm Road, Oconto Falls.


Texts were about a different Pulaski High School

Some students and parents of Pulaski High School were surprised just before the holiday break when they received a text message about “cellphones being collected during morning scan after break.”

The Pulaski Community School District sent out word that the message was directed toward students who attend Casimir Pulaski High School in Milwaukee. After school officials researched the issue, they found that some student and staff accounts were linked to Casimir Pulaski High School in Milwaukee, rather than Pulaski High School in Pulaski.

The district contacted to resolve the issue and planned to continue to work with the messaging service after holiday break until all accounts are affiliated with the correct school.


Test-drive event raises $4,200 for wrestlers

Mike Peterson of Peterson Ford, left, shares the ceremonial check for $4,200 with Oconto Falls wrestling coaches and parents Debbie Woods, coach Brett Ash, coach Marc Kinziger, Rodney Woods, Trisha Trudell, and coaches Jack Magnin and Dave Brasier. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Local residents who took a test drive in a new Ford on Sept. 16 helped raise $4,200 for Panther Area Wrestling.

During the event at Peterson Ford, the carmaker donated $20 per adult who test-drove a vehicle, up to $6,000. For this first event, 210 adults came out for a total of $4,200. The funds will be used to send local athletes to team camps as well as purchase wrestling mats and other new equipment for the Oconto Falls wrestling program.

“We would like to thank both the Ford Corp. and most importantly Peterson Ford, which supplied us with the vehicles,” the club said. “Without Peterson Ford, we would not have been able to put on a great fundraising event. We would also like to thank those parents and wrestlers who helped out that day.”

The club has its sights set on raising the full $6,000 next fall.


Oconto Falls High School offers spaghetti and a play

The public has a chance Friday to enjoy a spaghetti dinner and a performance of the Oconto Falls High School Drama Team’s one-act production of “The Distracted Scholar’s Guide to Literature and Drama.”

“The Distracted Scholar” will be performed at 7 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center. Prior to the show will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, sponsored by the school’s drama club. Dinner will be served from 5-6:45 p.m. in the high school commons.

Dealing with the topic of short attention spans, this comedy offers to teach the audience everything they’d ever need to know about the major movements and works in Western literature and drama. Well, kind of.


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