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.


Gillett students attend state FFA conference

From left, Phillip Heroux, Laney DeBauch, Ava Woodke and Blake Goodreau of the Gillett FFA chapter took part in a state “Foundations in Reaching Excellence” conference Sept. 30 in Appleton. (Contributed photo)

Phillip Heroux, Laney DeBauch, Ava Woodke and Blake Goodreau of the Gillett FFA chapter attended the Wisconsin Association of FFA FIRE Conference on Sept. 30 at the Fox Valley Technical College Campus in Appleton.

FIRE stands for “Foundations in Reaching Excellence.” The conference helps young FFA members discover opportunities in the FFA organization and gain valuable leadership skills. This is one of three conferences held around the state for seventh-, eighth- and ninth- grade FFA members.

Gillett FFA was awarded a Spirit Award for its active participation at the conference.

The conference is designed to inform beginning FFA members about FFA and motivate them to participate in its many activities. Students learned about communication skills, social skills, goal setting, FFA awards and programs, and opportunities in agriculture. along with developing leadership skills to help them be effective members in their local chapters.


Panther Pride fundraiser set for Nov. 10

The seventh annual Panther Pride Association fundraiser is scheduled for Nov. 10 at Romy’s Holiday Inn Restaurant, 9600 County Road G, Kelly Lake.

The association is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports Oconto Falls School District student athletes and their activities. The event features a chicken and tips meal with all the trimmings, more than 60 bucket raffle prizes, and a 50/50 cash raffle.

A $50 ticket covers dinner for two, free beer and soda from 6 p.m. to midnight, and music provided by a disc jockey from 8 p.m. to midnight. The ticket also includes one entry into the cash raffle, which has 25 prizes ranging from $100 up, with a top prize of $1,000.

For information or to donate items for the bucket raffles, call Sue Mogged at 920-373-6663. Tickets may also be purchased at the Oconto Falls School District office, 200 N. Farm Road.


Suring has 3 new teachers

The Suring Public School District has three new teachers for the 2017-18 school year.

Tracy Martin, the new special education teacher in the elementary school, grades 1-5, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1999.

A native of Wauwatosa, she has taught third- through fifth-grade regular education classes and fourth through high school special education.

“I have a twin brother, an older sister, and an older brother. We are all very close and do lots of activities together,” Martin said. “In my free time I like to kayak, ride horses and travel throughout the world.”

Mary E. Smith teaches agricultural education, including food science, horticulture, animal science and seventh- and eighth grade ag ed, and is the Suring FFA adviser. This is her first year of teaching after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture with a minor in journalism from UW-River Falls.


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