Schools

Wed
25
May

3 students to speak at Gillett commencement

Gillett High School and Gillett GOAL Academy will hold commencement exercises at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, in the T.S. Lindow Memorial Gymnasium.

The class motto is “It don’t matter,” attributed to Wyatt D. Schaal. The class flower is a carnation, and the class colors are black and white.

Commencement speakers will be valedictorian Brooke Rotter, salutatorian Brian Zahn and class president Brittany Fetterly.

Wed
18
May

Student event provides dose of reality

Students from three area high schools got a taste of life in the real world April 28 by participating in Reality Day at Suring High School. Reality Day is a simulation of what life will be like for the students at age 25.

Students researched careers of their choice and determined how much money they would earn once they begin work in the designated field. They also answered questions regarding marriage, children and pets, which contribute to the amount of money needed to support themselves and their lifestyle.

To begin the Reality Day experience, the students were given a paycheck for the month.

They deposited the money in a financial institution, chose a place to live, bought a vehicle and paid for various expenses for the entire month, based on their lifestyle choices.

Approximately 75 students participated from school districts in Suring, Lena and Gillett. The event coincided with Money Smart Week in Wisconsin.

Wed
18
May

May artists honored at WMS

Twelve students shared Artists of the Month honors for May at Washington Middle School.

The winners are Riley Yashinsky, Carly Kratz, Colter McCormick and Keith Archiquette, eighth grade; Jacob Fessenden, Lauren Saari, Naomi Whitehouse and Eden Witt, seventh grade; Alexandra Brown, Clayton Whiting, Gabrielle Konop and Simon Pumplun, sixth grade.

Student artwork consists of 3-D typography, watercolor painting and pastel eyes.

Eighth-grade students used various mediums to construct sculptures reflecting a typeface, such as paper mache, wire and quilling.

Seventh-grade students learned how to create a backwash using various watercolor techniques, such as “wet into wet” and “graded washes,” and to apply a foreground image.

Sixth-grade students used the pastel medium and applied blending and stippling techniques for a close-up composition.

The artwork is on display in the middle school art display case for the remainder of the year.

Wed
18
May

OFHS musicians find success at state

Oconto Falls High School choir and band students were well-represented at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival on May 7 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Five OFHS vocal solo performances were selected as WSMA exemplary soloist nominees, representing the best performances at the state level. Earning first and nominated as exemplary soloists were Leah Wons, vocal solo and musical theater solo; Kiana Archiquette, vocal solo; Eja Sweig, vocal solo; and Victoria Bain-Vrba, musical theater solo.

State - First

Wed
11
May

FBLA students join seniors for game day

The Oconto Falls Senior Center was the site of Spring Board Game Day hosted by Home Respite’s Caring Tree Adult Day Center and the Oconto Falls Senior Center.

The Oconto Falls High School Future Business Leaders of America students and residents of Atrium Post-Acute Care of Oconto Falls met with others at the center to play different types of games. Students interacted with the seniors while playing games and having fun together.

Snacks were provided by The Caring Tree Adult Day Center and the Senior Center. The FBLA students provided pizza.

For more information about The Caring Tree Adult Day Center call 920-848-8885, or for the Oconto Falls Senior Center call 920-848-3031.

Wed
11
May

St. Anthony students training for 2 events

St. Anthony School in Oconto Falls has started a running and walking club, with the purpose of having fun and being active.

The club, composed of 28 second- to fifth-graders, meets two to three times a week after school. They have practiced rain or shine, or even snow, since March 30 and will continue practicing until June 2. They run on the west side trail along the river or on the track at Memorial Field.

Members are training for two events. The first is Dash O.F. Color, a 3-mile walk/run sponsored by the Oconto Falls Lioness Club on Saturday, May 28. Seventy people have registered to represent St. Anthony’s, and the school hopes to win the award for largest team.

Students also are training for the 6-mile Bellin Run on Saturday, June 11. Eighteen have registered from St. Anthony’s, including students, parents and Principal Kate Sayers.

Wed
04
May

Disc golf course opens

The sports marketing class and the FBLA chapter at Oconto Falls High School recently announced the opening of a nine-hole disc golf course in Oconto Falls.

After a long process of planning and developing, the Oconto Falls Disc Golf Course, which started out as a class idea, has become a reality.

The course is located around Oconto Falls High School and Oconto Falls Elementary School. All you need to play is a disc-golf Frisbee, which can be purchased at any sporting goods store and are typically under $15.

The course map and first tee are located just north of the district office by the high school parking lot. There is no fee to play.

OFHS senior Liza Leja led the project from the start to finish.

The project had many sponsors, including the technology education department and various businesses in the community.

Wed
27
Apr

After busing 3 generations, driver retires

A bus driver with nearly 40 years behind the wheel has retired.

Gary Thompson has been a driver for the Suring School District since 1979, when he was hired by John and Norma Brickner, the owners of the bus company who transported students in Mountain. In 1985 he was hired by Lamers Bus Line Inc.

Thompson has been driving bus so long, he has picked up three generations of students from the Mountain area.

For Thompson, his student riders became part of his daily life. He had a student who helped him one year, and he bought the boy cowboy boots as a reward for his help.

He not only picked up students, in one instance he also picked up their animals. He once had a goat named Ju Ju who decided he was getting on the bus and going to school. The goat would not get off the bus, so Thompson took the goat by the horns to steer him off the bus.

Wed
27
Apr

Suring recognizes academic accomplishment

Sixteen Suring High School seniors were honored for scholastic achievement at the 34th annual honors banquet April 18 at the Red Maple Golf Club.

The welcome was given by Allan DePuydt, and the invocation was given by Ruben Rakow of the Suring Lions Club.

Jay Tousey, Suring village president, was the featured speaker and gave a speech about the value of education. He thanked the parents and grandparents for supporting their children’s education at Suring High School. He also commented on the dedication that students made to their education and stressed the importance of furthering their education in whatever field they have chosen.

A musical selection was performed by Parker Wanish and Faith Buhrandt, singing “Pie Jesu,” under the direction of choral music teacher Mikki Carlson.

Wed
27
Apr

Oconto Falls FBLA members qualify for nationals

Seven members of the Oconto Falls High School Future Business Leaders of America club have qualified for the national FBLA conference. Students qualified by achieving fourth place or better at the FBLA State Leadership Conference held April 11-12 in La Crosse.

Advancing to nationals are Eliza Bradford and Liza Leja, community service project; Addison Hatch, introduction to business procedures; Jack Huberty, client service; Brittany Russell and Mikaela Thomson, business plan; and Bailey Wolf, job interview.

This year’s National Leadership Conference will take place from June 29-July 2 in Atlanta.

Russell earned special recognition for qualifying for nationals for all four years of high school and for completing a successful year as the Wisconsin FBLA state vice president.

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