The D.C. Everest seventh-grade girls traveling basketball team took third place at the 32-team Great Northwest Basketball League's League Championship held Dec. 1 and 2 in Colfax and Osseo-Fairchild. The girls went 6-1 for the weekend. Members of the team are Rachel Plautz, seated, from left, Krista Koenig, Sarah Lehrke, Taylor Petit and Laney Hughes; and Brooke Svoke, standing, Emily Marquardt, Kendra Philipps, Natalie Mohring and Lexie Higgins.
Everest Area Optimist Club student of the month Finnegan honored in October
Zachary Finnegan, 17, a senior at D.C. Everest Senior High School, was recognized Oct. 18 as Student of the Month by the Everest Area Optimist Club. He is the son of Joseph and Janice Finnegan, Weston.
Zach is involved in basketball and baseball, is a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Morning Jazz Combo, Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band. He is interested in music, sports and outdoor activities and plans to major in performance music with an emphasis on jazz and minor in music education in college.
"I've grown up in a hardworking middle class family that is absolutely the best I could ask for," Zach said. "They have been great role models for me and have helped me into the young man I am today. I am a faithful driven student who has a strong desire for knowledge."
Merchant named in November
Luke Merchant, 18, a senior at D.C. Everest Senior High School, was recognized as Student of the Month by the Everest Area Optimist Club at the Nov. 29 meeting. He is the son of Tom and Jody Merchant, Rothschild.
Luke is involved in cross country, hockey, track and field, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, the National Honor Society and Captains Club.
He earned four letters in cross country, four letters in hockey and four letters in track and field. He is Cross Country captain, Track & Field captain and Hockey captain. He received three academic letters, AP Scholar Award; and named Academic All State in Cross Country; and was three-time State Cross Country qualifier.
Luke enjoys running, playing hockey, listening to music, traveling with family and going Up North, watching movies and hanging out with friends. He works part-time doing lawn care for his neighbors.
"I am a hard worker," Luke said. "I always put full effort into what I do, whether that is sports or my school work. I like to have fun, too. I love going and watching other sporting events, and school plays. I always like to have something going on that I am working at."
Junior High holds 'Breaking Dawn' contest
The Junior High Instructional Media Center sponsored a "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" drawing Nov. 14. The contest ran for eight days prior to the Nov. 16 opening of the movie.
The contest was the first literacy promotion of the school year. Students could enter the contest each time they visited the IMC. All prizes were donated and included DVDs, T-shirts, and other "Breaking Dawn" memorabilia.
Prize winners were drawn Nov. 14 by Principal Steve Pophal at an after-school party. More than 30 students attended the party with refreshments and cake, and 20 prizes were given away.
Riverside students honor veterans
Riverside Elementary students are honoring their heroes who have served in the military. Each D.C. Everest elementary school received a copy of the book, "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops" from Central Wisconsin Ship 64 of the Navy Club USA and its Auxiliary Club.
Mrs. LesStrang, Riverside's principal, shared information about the book with the students. In the back of the book the author, Jill Biden, suggested ways to support military children and how to reach out to the military in the community. Some of the suggestions included volunteering with a military charity, thanking all of the members of a military family for their service to our country, and celebrating the efforts of military families. Riverside students were encouraged to bring pictures and information about family members who are currently serving in the military or who previously served so that they could be placed on Riverside's Heroes Wall. On the wall are pictures of grandparents who served in the Battle of the Bulge, World War I and II, a Riverside staff member who served in the Vietnam War, one student's grandparents who received a special tribute for having 10 sons who served in the Navy in defense of our country, other relatives including parents who serve (or served) in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and relatives who served in the Battles of Normandy, Vietnam, and at the Bay of Pigs. Every branch of the service is represented.
Students asked questions such as whether their grandfather who was a doctor in World War II would be considered a hero. They are definitely a hero! Families have enjoyed seeing Riverside's Heroes Wall and reading the stories about our heroes.
High honors, 3.80 to 4.0
Wausau: Hannah Anklam, Megan Beisner, Katrina Dickinson, Samantha Johnson, Kinsey Mathsen, Jaclyn McGarigle and Jayme Schubring; Merrill: Caleb Danner, Kristin Danner and Dexter DePasse; Junction City: Alli Krugler; Ringle: Hannah Lange; Edgar: David Marshall; Mosinee: Kurtis Peterson, Rebecca Peterson and Moriah Sawyer; Weston: Bailey Peipenburg; Kronenwetter: Ethan Wetmore; Scandinavia: Abigail Wiersema; and Rothschild: Justin Witucki.
Honors, 3.40 to 3.79
Stevens Point: Brandon Buelow and Aaron Volm; Plover: Craig Fisher and Bretten Zuelsdorff; Wausau: Aislinn Haefner, Titus Morgan, Andrew Moser, Alana Raymond and Rachel Sibley; Mosinee: Aaron Hoyord and Lydia Mathson; Weston: Melissa Misener; Kronenwetter: Nina Wehrs; and Merrill: Bryson Wendt.
Honorable Mention, 3.0 to 3.39
Weston: Tanner Carlson; Schofield: Shelby Coates; Wausau: Alexandra Dickinson, Devon Flynn, Rowan Flynn-Wausau;
Merrill: Alexandria Holt; Taiwan: Nicole Lee; Plover: Jacob Pieper; Ringle: Logan Seliger; Stevens Point: Lee Sigman; Schofield: Nalgis Wellhoefer; and Merrill: Danny Yu-China and Brooke Zimmerman.