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News In The Schools

5:13 PM, Mar. 6, 2013  |  Comments

De Pere High School

De Pere FFA members were successful at the District 26 Speaking Contest held at De Pere High School on Monday, Feb. 4.

McKenna Grathen placed second in Creed Speaking.

Alex Grathen placed first in Prepared Public Speaking and second in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Heather Duquaine placed second in the Job Interview contest.

Heather, Alex, Reese Aerts, Blake Carter and Bella Kox placed first in Parliamentary Procedure.

All of them will be moving on to the sectional competition, which will be Monday, March 18, at Denmark High School.

West De Pere High School

In February, senior Paige Bani was selected as a distinguished finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Paige also received this honor last year.

Paige stood out from her peers through her dedication and commitment to raising awareness of Tourette syndrome through "Connor's Cause."

Tourette syndrome awareness has been a personal topic for Paige since her younger brother, a fifth-grader at Hemlock Creek Elementary School, was diagnosed with the disorder four years ago. Since that time, Paige has put in more than 300 volunteer hours educating people and raising more than $30,000 for the Tourette Syndrome Association.

Paige is the daughter of Kevin and Patti Bani.

West De Pere Middle School

? The school recognized the Students of the Month for the past three months.

The December honorees were Allison Grassel, Encore; Mercedes Ackley, sixth grade; Brandon Buck, seventh grade; and Emily Serwin, eighth grade.

The January honorees were Jenna Rollin, Encore; Elena Hill, sixth grade; Kayla Duffy, seventh grade; and Hunter LaPalm, eighth grade.

The February honorees were Erin Nachreiner, Encore; Spencer Borley, sixth grade; Dane Federman, seventh grade; and Lexie Hanus, eighth grade.

? On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Ms. De Villers' eighth-grade Family and Consumer Science classes hosteda Sweet Heart Celebration for Woodside Manor residents. Despite the winter weather, the guests eagerly arrived and enjoyed eating hot lunch with the students and engaging in conversation about their life experiences.

The event included Valentine Bingo and Solo Ensemble performances by Mrs. Dhein's students, including Allison Grassel, Emily Day, Mady Vande Hey, Alexus Koltz and Maria Tomashek. Forensic pieces were shared by Greta Olson, Amy Halbmaier, Bridget Massey and Allison Grassel under the direction of Mrs. Stacie.

Upon reluctant departure, one guest indicated that she had hoped to be invited to sleep over. Another piped in, "Any time you open your doors to us, we will come."

Students engage in these types of school-to-work simulations to experience the realities of the work world and to recognize the work habits and attitudes essential for success. Zach Cambray summed it up nicely: "They are the customers, and we are the employees. They are the priority!"

The school extended a special thanks to all who made this event memorable.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School

The students were invited to participate in the Knowledge Contest sponsored by Knights of Columbus Abbot Pennings Council 3955 of De Pere.

The students participated in the math and spelling sections and were eligible for prizes and a chance to compete in the district- and state-level competitions.

During a school assembly, Knights of Columbus member Ron Van Dyck presented awards to the students who earned first through third place in these contests. Awards were presented to Josh Cribben, first place in sixth-grade math; Marion Hermitanio, first place in seventh-grade spelling; and Ben Ricker, third place in eighth-grade math.

Josh and Marion earned an opportunity to participate in the Green Bay Diocese-level competition.

The school congratulated all students who participated and offered thank you to the Knights of Columbus Abbot Pennings Council for this educational opportunity!

Wisconsin International School

Twenty-four students recently qualified to participate in the 10th annual Wisconsin Chinese Language Speech Contest on Feb. 23 at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

They participated in 10 categories/groups' competitions. They received 11 gold medals, seven silver medals, three bronze medals and three honorable mentions.

? Lower Elementary (kindergarten to second grade) Beginners (first year in Mandarin) - Maxwell Hafner and Jacob Hafner, first place; Elsa Thiel, second place.

? Lower Elementary Intermediate (second and third years in Mandarin) - Jack Lukas, first place; Helen Flanagan, second place; Sophie Pan, third place; Eddie Flanagan and Riley Aguirre, honorable mention.

? Lower Elementary Advanced (fourth year and higher in Mandarin) - Ryan Flood, first place.

? Upper Elementary (third to fifth grades) Beginner - Braeden Clay, first place.

? Upper Elementary Intermediate - Kelly Robinson and Andrew Kennard, first place; Sam Hafner, second place.

? Upper Elementary Advanced - Kai Assef, first place; Kate Van Den Heuvel, second place; Palloma Araujo, third place; Belle Mae Williams and Maxwell Gatewood, honorable mention.

? Upper Elementary Advanced/Partial Heritage Group - Olivia Lin, second place.

? Middle School Beginner - Simon Garb, first place.

? Middle School Intermediate - Joel Kiernan, first place; Sam Frantz, second place.

? Middle School Advanced - Claire Sternkopf, first place; Logan Tennity, third place.

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