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News In The Schools: Dec. 20

3:18 PM, Dec. 19, 2012  |  Comments
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De Pere High School

? Several math meet participants from De Pere placed at the Nov. 19 meet at Green Bay East High School.

Team 1, which consists of Virginia Haupt, Joel Keyser, Ben Manning, Nitin Kannegonti, Alex Scharp, Sam Bermke, Maria Mihailescu and Logan Mueller, took third place overall.

In addition, Scharp took home a silver individual medal, and Bermke took home a bronze.

? Newspaper staff writers Melina Groleau and Connor Orton had articles picked up by the national edition of highschooljournalism.org in recent weeks.

The national edition picks 35 stories per week from among more than 4,000 high school newspapers nationwide. Groleau wrote about whether the U.S. should adopt a 16-year-old voting age, while Orton published a movie review.

Read their stories and more on the school newspaper website, which can be accessed through a link on the high school homepage, www.depere.k12.wi.us/hs/index.html.

? The Business Education Department, in cooperation with FBLA and DECA, honors students who have excelled in the various business classes offered at the school.

One student per class section is chosen monthly to be the Business Student of the Month in each of the business classes. These outstanding students are selected by the business teachers and announced at the beginning of the new month. The trophy case on the second-floor business wing is used to display the names and pictures of the Business Students of the Month throughout the 2012-13 school year.

The school offered congratulations to the following outstanding business students who represented November: Intro to Business - Justin Charette, Alex Kneeland and Jacob Dorsch; Information Processing - Dominick Buratti; Microsoft Office - Katelyn Zeamer; MS Office Advanced - Evan Newhouse; Accounting - Kayla Young and Adam Gajewski; International Business - Kristen Miles; Personal Finance - Alex Schwartz and Alex VanLanen; Business English - Lyric Manders; and Marketing Essentials - David Arendt.

Dickinson Elementary School

? Jim and Alice Byrnes shared their love of our country with the children of Dickinson on Monday, Nov. 12. Jim served in World War II and the Korean War. The Byrnes' represented De Pere VFW Post 2113 and its Ladies Auxiliary.

In honor of Veterans Day, they shared the make-up of the American flag and how to be respectful of the flag. Each child helped to build the flag, stripe by stripe, including the 50 stars.

The presentation ended with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and listening to the song "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood.

The school extended thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Byrnes for loving our country and sharing their passion.

? Dickinson held a food drive that was sponsored by the De Pere Educational Support Personnel Association.

Each grade received a presentation from a group of fourth-grade students informing them of the food drive. The fourth-grade students collected the food each day and built a food castle in the cafeteria.

This was an awesome experience for all. The students really learned how important the food collected is for the community.

? Grandparent/Special Guest Week at Dickinson was a huge success.

The grandparents were first welcomed by a small assembly. After the assembly, the grandparents were able to join the students for a project in the classroom. Students and grandparents were then welcomed into the cafeteria for a small snack and coffee. Music teacher Michelle Bredael organized a fantastic music performance culminating with a beautiful slide show.

West De Pere High School

The school recognized Brianna Baeten and Matt Bjork as Students of the Month for November.

? Baeten, daughter of Steve and Jackie, is the model of the well-rounded student. Brianna sits at the top of her class with a 4.0 grade-point average. With classes such as Honors American Lit., Honors British Lit., Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Psychology, College Credit English, College Credit Human Anatomy and College Credit Calculus, Brianna has definitely earned the title of scholar.

In addition to her excellence in the classroom, Brianna is a star athlete, playing on the varsity girls soccer team since her freshman year. Coach Guy Turner describes Brianna as a versatile player, explaining that she is successful as a defender, midfielder and forward. Coach Turner also says Brianna is a focused and hardworking player - just a few of the reasons she's been chosen to be captain of the team this season.

Brianna also is in a variety of clubs at West De Pere, including Spanish Club (for which she's been treasurer and vice president), FBLA (for which she serves as public relations officer) and SADD.

Despite her numerous involvements at West De Pere and the time she puts into her studies, Brianna works between 15 and 20 hours each week at her family business, Best Machine & Repair Inc.

Brianna plans to attend University of Wisconsin-Madison next school year to study pre-medicine.

? Staff members who nominated Bjork described him as a conscientious, respectful, quiet leader who has strong morals.

Matt, son of David and Sally, is widely admired by the staff and students at the school.

He is certainly a leader in the academic realm, having taken courses such as AP U.S. History, AP European History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Chemistry, College Credit Calculus and College Credit English. Despite the challenges of his academic schedule, Matt has maintained a 3.83 GPA throughout his high school career and is a member of the National Honor Society.

In addition to being committed to learning, Matt is a dedicated athlete, winning 11 varsity letters. Throughout high school, Matt has competed in football, wrestling, and track and field for the past four years. On the Bay Conference-champion football team in the fall, Matt played center and served as a team captain. Again demonstrating his leadership abilities, Matt also serves as captain of the wrestling team, holding the position since his junior year. In the spring, Matt competes in shot put for the track and team. Matt also recognizes the importance of promoting athletic programs to younger students as he has volunteered more than 100 hours working for youth wrestling summer school and various youth tournaments.

Matt is also a four-year member of the Spanish Club.

West De Pere Middle School

? A group of eighth-grade students from the school earned an opportunity to go grocery shopping at Festival Foods in De Pere on Monday morning, Nov. 19. The students bought groceries and other necessities that were donated to local food pantries for Thanksgiving.

The money used to purchase items was raised through an eighth-grade 5K walk-a-thon at Brown County Reforestation Camp on Oct. 25. This annual event has been held the past 17 years. Students collected pledges from friends and family to support the walk. This year's class raised more than $4,300.

The shoppers were the students who raised the most money. They included Daphne Blount, Annie Carpenter, Abby Gorzlancyk, Lexie Hanus, Giovanni Lindley, Ben McCartney, Emily Moen, Tori Stark, Riley Vandeven, Katie Verheyden and Morgan Wagner.

? Students of the Month for November were Joe Janus, Encore; Connor Langreder, sixth grade; Logan Schmidt, seventh grade; and Rachel McMorrow, eighth grade.

Notre Dame School of De Pere

The school had two exchange students from Guatemala for the first half of the school year.

The students were shadowing the host students until this month. As they shared and learned from us and our customs, those at Notre Dame were learning from them.

Two local families graciously opened their hearts and their homes to these great boys. One of them is in eighth grade, and the other is in seventh grade.

Wisconsin International School

? On Friday, Nov. 16, WIS students celebrated "I am Malala Day" to honor the United Nations' proclamation of Nov. 10 being "I am Malala Day."

Nov. 10 marked exactly one month since Malala, a 14-year-old girl, was shot by the Pakistani Taliban because of her vocal steadfast belief in the need for girls to be educated. WIS students and staff wore purple T-shirts inscribed with "I Am Malala" in honor of this day.

Last month, fourth-grader George Hartmann shared a presentation with our community so we could all be aware of the need for education for all young people, not just boys.

? WIS participated in the Green Bay holiday parade Saturday, Nov. 17. The theme was "Happy Holidays from the Global Village." All of the students participated in the creation of the float during art class. During the parade, some students marched underneath a large Chinese dragon.

WIS thanked its art teacher, Ms. Virginia Janssen, for working with the students on this creation.

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