De Pere High School
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 December/January: Intro to Business - Caroline Zehren, Megan Call and Samantha Bailey; Information Processing - Erin Marcott; Microsoft Office - Leeann Collins and Mytch Pazdera; MS Office Advanced - Karlee Haas; Accounting - Ashley Kunesh and Michael Harvey; International Business - Katlyn Segrin; Personal Finance - Jacob Doherty and Ian Danison; Business English - Cory Marcott; and Marketing Essentials - Alexis Mashl.
West De Pere High School
? On Thursday, Feb. 7, the acclaimed daylong Challenge Day program will be held at the school. One hundred students and 25 adults will experience the innovative workshop, which is designed to break down barriers and promote school and community environments based in understanding, acceptance and love.
At a Challenge Day, teenage students, teachers, school counselors, parents and members of the community are challenged to step out of their comfort zones, open their hearts and build connections with others.
Two trained leaders from Challenge Day, a nonprofit organization, guide participants through a carefully designed series of games, activities, and trust-building exercises that break down the walls of separation and create new levels of empathy and respect. The program reduces teasing and bullying, teaches tools for peaceful conflict resolution and inspires teens and adults to work together as forces for positive change in the world.
Local companies Klika Shoes and Advanced Eyecare Center LLC donated money to help offset the costs for the Challenge Day program at West De Pere. Funding also is coming from the school's Student Council.
? Nick Dykema and Kelsey Norton were selected as the Students of the Month for January.
- Nick, son of John and Lisa Dykema, has a 3.97 grade-point average and scored 30 on his ACT. Throughout his high school career, Nick has taken AP Psychology, AP Chemistry, AP Macro-Economics, AP Physics and College Credit Calculus.
Nick's biggest claim to fame is his success on the tennis court. With an overall record of 78-13 at No. 1 singles, Nick has received numerous honors for his athleticism in this spring sport: All-State second team as a freshman and a sophomore; All-Conference first team as a freshman, a sophomore and a junior; All-State first team as a junior; and All-Area player of the year as a sophomore and a junior. In addition to these honors, Nick was the WIAA Division 1 sectional champion the past two years and advanced to the state tournament each of the last three years. He was captain of the tennis team last year and is slated to be captain again this year.
Though Nick is no stranger to success, one of the reasons teachers chose him as Student of the Month is his "kind and humble" nature. Multiple staff members noted Nick's gentle demeanor, commenting that he strives to do his best both in the classroom and on the court.
Nick was a member of the Homecoming court last fall. He also has been a member of the Math Team, FBLA and NHS at various times the past four years. He played baseball his freshman and sophomore years and intramural basketball his junior and senior years. Nick also serves as a tennis instructor for the middle school tennis team.
Nick plans to study business at Marquette University starting next school year, where he has accepted a scholarship to play tennis.
- Kelsey, daughter of Dave and Toni Norton, holds a perfect 4.0 GPA. Teachers note Kelsey as a strong and positive leader - qualities honed during her participation in the Brown County Teen Leadership Program and the Wisconsin Association of School Councils Leadership Camp. A strong leader in the classroom and in many clubs, Kelsey's true passion is performing.
Throughout her high school career, Kelsey has been a key member of many theater productions. She's had major roles in musicals and all-school plays and is rehearsing the part of Brooke in the upcoming musical "Legally Blonde." Kelsey has had leading roles in the One-Act since her sophomore year, earning a Critics' Choice Award and an Ensemble Award in 2010. Kelsey also performed a solo acting piece for the forensics team last year, earning a silver medal at state.
In addition to her passion for theater, Kelsey has a passion for music, both vocal and instrumental. Kelsey was a member of the marching band her freshman and sophomore years, earning second place at the state competition both years. A four-year member of the choir program, Kelsey has shined at the District Solo & Ensemble Festivals the past three years, earning various gold and silver medals. Kelsey also earned multiple gold medals at the State Solo & Ensemble Festival the past two years for Solo Classic, Solo Theater, Quartet, Triple Trio, and Jazz Choir performances.
Kelsey's club membership includes Student Council (three years), SADD (four), NHS (two), English Academic Team (two) and Spanish Club (two). Her poetry has been published in the school literary magazine several times. Kelsey serves as class president.
Kelsey plans to attend University of Wisconsin-La Crosse next school year to major in music theater with a minor in psychology.
West De Pere Middle School
? The school's sixth-grade band and choir recital night will be Thursday, Feb. 7, starting at 6:30 in the school commons.
? Students in Ms. De Villers' sixth- and seventh-grade classes are fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in Junior Achievement.
JA's purpose is to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in a global economy, providing instruction on the economic system as well as the work habits and attitudes essential to be successful in life.
Special thanks was given to the following volunteers:
In the Grade 6 Careers/Entrepreneur/Family and Consumer Science program, JA Economics for Success - Gretchen VanOfferen-Johnson, Ameriprise Auto and Home Insurance; Debbie Speidel, Area Title LLC; Jason Kallio, Humana Inc.; Sara Nipple, Associated Bank; Susan Bessert, Humana Inc.; and Debbie McDermid, Consultant for Integrys Energy Services.
In the Grade 7 Careers/Entrepreneur/Family and Consumer Sciences program, JA It's My Business! - April Worm, Ameriprise Auto and Home Insurance; Nicole Nohl, Nohlstores; and Mary Heim, Wisconsin Public Service.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
The seventh- and eighth-grade students at OLOL wrote essays for the Knights of Columbus "Respect Life Essay" contest.
The theme for this year was "How Can You Evangelize Your Catholic Belief to Respect Life?" The essays were judged by representatives from the Knights of Columbus and St Norbert College.
After the school Mass on Dec. 19, Richard Porior of De Pere Knights of Columbus Abbot Pennings Council 3955 presented awards to the first- and second-place essay winners: first place, Sam Ricker, eighth grade; second place, Devin Cribben, eighth grade.
The students received roses for their parents along with a cash award. Sam's essay will advance to the Knights of Columbus state competition. The school extended congratulations to Sam, Devin and their families!
Their winning essays were published in the parish bulletins at http://www.lourdesdepere.org/parish/bulletin/.
Wisconsin International School
? The students have been very busy this winter.
In December, the school had the annual spelling bee contest for each classroom. The school congratulated the classroom spelling bee winners. They are Aarnav Chopra (kindergarten), Liam Gurung (first grade), Eddie Flanagan (second grade), Braeden Clay (third grade), Hannah Clay (fourth grade), Kai Assef (fifth grade), Simon Garb (sixth grade), Sam Frantz (seventh grade) and Claire Sternkopf (eighth grade). All winners competed in the all-school Spelling Bee in January.
WIS had 10 students who earned their way as the top 10 in the school for their knowledge on geography. Those students are fourth-graders Hannah Clay and George Hartmann, fifth-graders Andrew Kennard and Sam Hafner, sixth-graders Zarvaan Balaporia and Andres Mendoza, seventh-graders Joel Kiernan and Sam Frantz and eighth-graders Carter Olles and Diego Mendoza. Second place went to George Hartmann. First place went to Diego Mendoza. Diego will take a state test to see if he qualifies for nationals. The school extended thank you to its guest questioner, meteorologist Brian Niznansky from WGBA-TV Channel 26.
The WIS community took to the streets of Green Bay in Astor Park and serenaded the area with songs of the holiday season in December. It was a fun event followed by fellowship with hot chocolate and treats at the home of one the WIS students who lived in the neighborhood.
? WIS offered thanks to the community for supporting its Holiday Tour of River Homes in December. The parents of five students on both sides of the Fox River opened their beautifully decorated homes to the public, and part of the proceeds helped benefit St. Paul's Pantry in Green Bay and St Joseph's Pantry in Appleton. It was a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
WIS also had a food drive in November and collected 2,180 pounds of food for Paul's Pantry.