Schools

Wed
20
Jul

Lee, Loberger completing community health internships

The Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers System recently selected college students Rebecca Lee and Kelly Loberger for summer internships in community health.

Lee is performing an internship in community health at the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health. The focus of this internship is assisting the county in reducing sexually transmitted diseases through education.

Lee, of Oconto Falls, graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 2013. She is studying biology and forensics investigation at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Loberger is at the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Health Center in Shawano County. The focus of the internship is a food assessment survey. Loberger, of Oconto, graduated from Oconto High School in 2012 and is studying biology and global health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wed
20
Jul

FBLA students brew up award-winning business plan

If Oconto Falls High School graduates Mikaela Thomson and Brittany Russell ever decide to open a coffee house, they’ve got an award-winning business plan to use as a guide.

The 2016 OFHS graduates placed third in the nation at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference held from June 29-July 2 in Atlanta, Georgia. The girls developed a 30-page business plan for a fictional small business called the Birchwood Brew. The plan included all aspects of the start-up of a food service establishment, including employee recruitment, product inventory, company financials and a marketing plan.

“It’s realistic to what an actual business plans would look like,” Russell said.

Wed
13
Jul

Falls student earns national recognition at SkillsUSA


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Oconto Falls High School graduate Jared Kennedy works on a project at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky. Kennedy was the only Oconto Falls student to compete, and he placed eighth out of 48 in the carpentry contest. Kennedy became interested in carpentry when he was 7 years old and hopes to one day have his own construction company.

For Oconto Falls High School graduate Jared Kennedy, carpentry is second nature. Kennedy placed eighth out of 48 competitors and earned a Skill Point Certificate in carpentry at the 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills conference held June 22-23 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who met a predetermined threshold score in the competition.

Kennedy’s interest in carpentry began when he was 7 years old and helped remodel his family’s house. Time has flown since then, and Kennedy this spring found himself preparing for the national SkillsUSA competition. He placed first at the state competition on April 27 to earn the right to advance to the national contest.

“I prepared for this event by helping out my local summer construction class, teaching them how to do siding and remodel buildings,” Kennedy said.

Wed
06
Jul

Runners collect pledges for roof fund

On the last day of school, 3-year-old kindergarten to eighth-grade students and families from St. John Lutheran School in Hayes took part in a “Walking and Leaping and Praising God” fun run.

Prior to the run, the students sent out pledge letters asking for donations to replace the roof on the school. Thrivent also supported the event. The school has received $3,366 to date.

Due to the support from the congregation, families, friends and businesses, St. John School has continued teaching God’s word for over 100 years to generations of students. The school is one of the few remaining four-room schoolhouses in which children are taught in multi-grade classrooms.

For information about the school or to enroll a student, call 920-842-4443.

Wed
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).

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