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06
Jul

Oconto Falls teacher attends bioenergy institute

Oconto Falls High School science teacher Candice Behnke recently attended the Bioenergy Institute for Educators, a teacher workshop hosted by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Energy Institute.

Held from June 20-24, the five-day program offers teachers the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in bioenergy research and to discover hands-on education materials and activities for use in their classrooms.

During the institute, Behnke toured UW-Madison labs and field sites dedicated to developing cellulosic biofuels — biofuels derived from non-food crops such as switchgrass — and worked with 18 other teachers to develop classroom projects on key bioenergy concepts.

Wed
22
Jun

Students recognized for excelling in the arts

The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts recently announced the recipients of the 2016 scholarships recognizing accomplishments in choir, band, drama and art at Oconto Falls High School. The students have earned top recognition in the arts and were recommended by their high school instructors.

This year’s recipients of the $200 scholarships were Leah Wons, choir; Ashley Baeten, band; Michaela Dickson, art; and Kiana Archiquette, drama.

Wons is the daughter of Bill and Suzie Wons. She has been active in choir and drama for four years, and earned top recognition as a vocal soloist and ensemble member. She has performed in over 20 high school and community musicals. Wons will attend Viterbo University in La Crosse to pursue a degree in vocal performance and arts administration.

Wed
22
Jun

Russell receives Korbel scholarship

Brittany Russell, daughter of Bruce and Betsy Russell, has been awarded the $125 Lester and Rosemary Memorial Scholarship at Oconto Falls High School.

Russell has been active in business classes and Future Business Leaders of America and contributes to the community. She graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 2016, earning summa cum laude honors. She has served as the high school FBLA president and 2015-2016 Wisconsin FBLA vice president, and has been an FBLA national qualifier multiple times. She has been active in student council, band, French club, and other school and community organizations.

She will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.

Wed
15
Jun

Lechleitner accepts excellence award

Greg Lechleitner, tech ed teacher at Suring School, was presented with the Nicolet Oconto Retired Teachers’ Association Educator of Excellence Award on June 6.

Lechleitner has taught, coached and served as adviser and athletic director. He retired from teaching after 32 years of service to the district.

Lechleitner was selected for the award by his peers.

Bob Brown, a retired Suring School teacher and NORTA member, presented the award on behalf of NORTA and the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association.

Wed
15
Jun

Suring School shows support for sixth-grader

The Suring School District students, faculty and staff were shocked to hear on April 28 that one of their own, sixth-grader Caden McClure, had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

The school community wanted to help. In May, several fundraising events were planned to help the McClure family.

A schoolwide penny war held from May 10-13 raised $1,914.97. Terry Garrigan’s fourth-grade class took top honors in the elementary school. Caden’s sixth-grade class won the junior high battle, and the freshmen class won the high school contest.

On May 20, students and staff wore Caden Strong shirts or dressed in black, orange and yellow to show support for him. A schoolwide video was made for Caden, and students and staff paid $1 for the opportunity to wear a hat at school. Another $83 was raised.

Wed
15
Jun

Gillett announces local scholarship winners

Twenty-nine Gillett High School graduates were awarded local scholarships at the commencement ceremony May 29. The students and their scholarship awards follow.

Jessica Anderson: Robert R. Quade 1884-1960 Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), Melvin Ruege Scholarship ($1,000), and Michael Anderson Scholarship ($250).

Broden Bennin: Gillett/Suring Youth Wrestling Club Scholarship ($500).

Maya Breed: Gillett Civic Club Scholarship ($1,000) and Gillett Hoopster Club Scholarship ($300).

Kayla DeBauch: Gillett Masonic Lodge No. 344 in memory of Emery Ansorage Scholarship ($1,200), Gillett Hoopster Club Scholarship ($300), Lance Frank Memorial Scholarship ($750).

Logan Doll: GHS Vocational Education Scholarship ($600).

Brittany Fetterly: Woodlands of Gillett Nursing Home Scholarship ($500).

Wed
15
Jun

Students create smoothie flavor for A&W

The Oconto Falls High School marketing class taught by Tracy Tate recently partnered with A&W in Stiles to learn about product creation and product development. The class assignment was to create a smoothie to be sold at A&W.

All of the students identified two flavor combinations they thought would taste good. Then they visited A&W to try out their flavor combinations and decided as a class what tasted the best. The top three smoothies were Strawberry-Lemon-Lime, Dr. Cherry and Pina Cereza.

The class also created a marketing research survey open to the students at OFHS. Students voted for their favorite smoothies, based on how well the smoothie was marketed. The winning smoothie was Strawberry-Lemon-Lime, created by Aidan Rafferty, Nate Trepanier, Natalie Olsen, Owen Walters, Tyler Mielke and T.J. Euclide. It will be available at A&W in Stiles throughout the summer.

Wed
08
Jun

Construction class celebrates duplex completion


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Oconto Falls High School students prepare to cut the ribbon at a duplex they built on King Street in Oconto Falls. It’s the third duplex in three years built by the construction class taught by David Heisel, left. Students participating in the ribbon cutting are, from left, Colton Herr, Tristen Brown, Lucas Stueber, Jared Kennedy, Travis Dequaine, Chase Jones and Matt Radke.

Students in the Oconto Falls High School construction class built more than just a duplex during the 2015-16 school year, speakers at an open house said Thursday. They also built valuable connections with industry professionals, useful skills for a career, long-lasting relationships with one another and affordable housing for a vulnerable population.

For a third year in a row, students helped build a duplex on King Street for NEWCAP, a private, nonprofit agency that assists low-income residents. The duplexes are designed for a single person or couple and offer quality handicap-accessible, low-income housing.

Students, working with local contractors, were involved in every aspect of construction.

“I love these programs,” said Cheryl Detrick, CEO of NEWCAP. “They offer real world workforce experience for the students.”

Wed
08
Jun

28 graduate from Suring School

The 2016 Suring High School commencement exercises were held May 28 in the high school gymnasium.

The candidates for graduation were Hailey Baldwin, Dylan Braun-Baugnet, Juliet Chesterfield, Sebastian Des Jarlait, Austin Fidler, Mitchell Firgens, Tyler Fuchs, Rylee Holub, Victoria Hull, Elantra Hunter, Adam Huth, Scott Juckem, Trent Lechleitner, Gracelyn Lenz, Jennifer Lynch, Robert Mahoney, Robert Neff, Richard Neldner, Marcus Runge, Elijah School, Mickey Shauger, Amber Sperberg, Jenna Steeno, Hailey Thompson, Azee Van Bellinger, Felicia Wachtendonk, Letitia Walker and Parker Wanish.

The valedictory address was presented by Lechleitner and salutatory address by Walker. A senior video presentation created by Hull and Lynch was shown. Thompson, the class president, read the senior plans. Baldwin and Lenz presented the yearbook dedication; the “2016 Soaring High” was dedicated to Greg Lechleitner.

Wed
08
Jun

3rd-graders excel at keyboarding

History has been made at Oconto Falls Elementary School. For the first time in the 17-year history of the Mask-Free Club, two third-grade keyboarding students, Anthony Rosselli and Cole Bozile, are mask free.

The students’ keyboarding skills have improved so much they no longer need to cover their keyboards, a technique used to teach them how to use a keyboard without looking at the keys.

Only two previous students, Calise Conley in 2002 and Clayton Rathsack in 2011, have become mask free during third grade.

Other members of this year’s Mask-Free Club are Madison Uelmen, Dawson Przybylski, Faith Gunderson, Taylor Currie, Tess Maggio, Athena Gerndt, Sophia Collar, Brookelyn Zadow and Hannah Sonnenburg.

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