Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Bonduel Middle School eighth-grade student Meghan Wondra, right, shares a moment with seventh-grade student Carter Schroeder and teacher Jennie Beaumier after the annual Bonduel School District spelling bee. Wondra was the winner of this year’s bee, while Schroeder finished second.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Meghan Wondra spells a word in the practice round of the Bonduel School District spelling bee Thursday in Sousa Hall at Bonduel High School. Wondra beat out 21 other spellers to be crowned the local champion.

It’s not the word that gave Meghan Wondra the win, but “Finally!” succinctly described her experience with the 2018 Bonduel School District spelling bee.

The eighth-grade Bonduel Middle School student, after years of coming close, won the bee Thursday after spelling the words “petulance” and “endeavor” correctly in the 23rd round. She got the opportunity after seventh-grade student Carter Schroeder misspelled “subterranean” and finished in second place.

Wondra said she has come close several times to winning the school bee, coming in third in 2017 to Abby and Erin Timler. The Timler sisters had a stranglehold on the Bonduel bee for four years, with Erin winning in 2014, 2016 and 2017, and Abby winning in 2015.

Erin Timler is now in high school, and the spelling bee cuts off at the eighth grade. Abby Timler was anticipated to be the winner, but she came in fourth Tuesday after misspelling “fluorescent.”


SCHS jazz band wins at Purdue

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School’s Jazz I band took first place in the small-school division at the Purdue Jazz Festival in Indiana.

For the second time in a row, the Shawano Community High School Jazz I band won the Purdue Jazz Festival in the small-school division, outscoring 14 other bands from four states.

“We knew the competition was going to be stiff; we just went out and played like Shawano,” said senior tenor sax player Marcus Welander.

The 28th annual festival was held Jan. 19-20 in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Shawano handled its opener “Feetbone ’’ with swing and joy, with solos by junior Adam Piantek (piano) and senior Hunter Krolow (trumpet). The Hawks then performed Duke Ellington’s “Banquet Scene from Timon of Athens,” featuring Kori Halstead (alto saxophone) performing in the style of Johnny Hodges.

“This music takes a lot of soul to play right, and I think our band really pulled it off and played with swingin’ passion,” said Krolow.


SCHS takes on ‘Seussical’

Anyone who enjoys “The Cat in the Hat” and other tales by Dr. Seuss will get a chance to see their childhood stories come alive.

Shawano Community High School’s music and theater department are bringing “Seussical the Musical” to its hallowed halls next week, beginning with a Wednesday matinee and continuing through Feb. 3.

The main plot follows Horton the Elephant and tells how he discovers a speck of dust populated by Whos. While protecting the Whos from a group of folks who don’t believe anything living could exist on dust, Horton is left with an egg to watch over after the irresponsible Mayzie LaBird decides to take off and pursue other things.

The Cat in the Hat serves as narrator, and there’s even appearances by Gertrude McFuzz, Yertle the Turtle, the Sour Kangaroo and the Grinch.


Superhero Academy to kick off Catholic Schools Week

“Jesus Christ our Superhero” is the theme for Sacred Heart Catholic School’s celebration of National Catholic School’s Week, Jan. 28 through Feb. 2. Students and staff will join with their families, parishioners and Shawano community members to celebrate the week with Masses, an open house and other activities.

A family Mass at Sacred Heart Parish, 302 S. Main St., Shawano, will start Catholic School’s Week at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 28. A superhero-themed open house will follow from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic School, 124 E. Center St., featuring free food and fun activities.

During the school week, students will engage in activities that the school says will demonstrate Jesus’ acts of heroism and how they are called to be like Christ by being brave, kind, faithful, powerful, hopeful and wise.

Rhex Arboleda will help students “Move to the Groove” on Jan. 29.


Elementary school goes into soft lockdown

Birnamwood Elementary School went into a soft lockdown Jan. 18 after a man was noticed exhibiting suspicious behavior outside the school.

Garrett Rogowski, superintendent of the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District, called the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department, which contacted the school’s liaison officer, Dan Weisensel.

Weisensel investigated and said the 24-year-old man from Texas was apparently involved in an online relationship with a teacher. The man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, Weisensel said.

The man has since posted bail and is back in Texas. There were no threats made and no danger to anyone, according to the sheriff’s department.

Most of the students were unaware of anything unusual, Rogowski said.

During a soft lockdown, the school maintains normal activities but no one is allowed outside.


Turner surprised with state award


Editor’s note: Wolf River Media recently chatted with Wade Turner, principal of Bowler Elementary School. At a school assembly Jan. 9, he was given the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Wisconsin State Reading Association. Turner was nominated for the award by fifth/sixth-grade teacher Jody Siahaan and the Wolf River Reading Council.

Q: What is your title, and how long have you been with the Bowler School District?

A: I am the Bowler elementary principal. This is my fifth year as principal, 18th year in the district. I have taught first, second, third and fifth grades. I’m also summer school principal for the district, five years as well.

Q: What is your career history and educational background?


Pulaski High School to stage ‘42nd Street’ musical

Photo by Amy Tubbs Pulaski High School students performing in the musical “42nd Street” are, front row, from left, Geovanni Virella-Torres, Autumn Rettke, Gabe Koepke and Frances Schaetz; middle row, Benjamin Petroll, Emmarose Bader, Dana Madden, Lauren Lacera and Jordan Busse; back row, Caleb Miller, Hunter Chrisman, Tyler Tanner and T.J. Hock.

Pulaski High School students are staging “42nd Street,” a musical that tells the story of a young performer who gets her big Broadway break in the 1930s.

The musical, written by Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble, Harry Warren and Al Dubin, “might not be familiar to some,” said director Kathryn Brown, Pulaski High School choir instructor. “But don’t let that stop you from coming. … It’s very entertaining from start to finish.”

Four performances are planned, Feb. 10-11 and Feb. 17-18, with shows starting at 7 p.m. on Fridays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $8 and are available at the high school, 1040 S. St. Augustine St., or by calling Laurie Fischer at 920-822-6800.


Seven students running CMN government

Contributed Photo Part of the College of Menominee Nation Student Government are, from left, Susan Schuler, treasurer; Betsy Trudeau, president; Kayla Rusch, secretary; and Adam Schulz, vice president.

Seven College of Menominee Nation students are sharing student government leadership responsibilities at CMN in the 2017-18 academic year.

Betsy Trudeau, a sophomore in CMN’s biological and physical sciences, serves as student government president. Trudeau is an enrolled member of the Hannahville Potawatomi and currently resides in Neopit.

Bowler resident Adam Schulz, a junior majoring in natural resources and business administration, is vice president. He is a Stockbridge-Munsee descendant.

The organization’s treasurer is Susan A. Schuler, a freshman from Shawano who is majoring in biological and physical sciences.

Two enrolled members of the Menominee Tribe are respectively secretary and co-secretary: Maria Frechette, a sophomore public administration major, and Leah Pamonicutt, a junior majoring in public administration and business administration. Both reside in Keshena.


Sacred Heart Catholic School earns accreditation

Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano learned late last year that it received accreditation by the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation. Earning the certificate of accreditation for the 2017-18 school year means the school has been an accredited institution for over 20 years.

“We applaud the accomplishments of the Sacred Heart Catholic School community and its commitment to ongoing school improvement and high standards of excellence,” said Beatrice Weiland, executive director of the accrediting organization.


Fundraiser Friday for Pulaski HS teacher battling cancer

Team Teddy of Wisconsin is hosting a “Box Out Breast Cancer” fundraiser during Friday’s Pulaski High School varsity girls basketball game against De Pere.

Proceeds from the event will go to Pulaski High School teacher Katie Titler, who is battling breast cancer.

“Students came forth wanting to support Mrs. Titler and needing a way to give back to someone who has given so much to them,” said Kelly Logue, middle school health and physical education teacher and Team Teddy of Wisconsin president.

The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the Pulaski High School Fieldhouse, 1040 S. St. Augustine St., Pulaski.

“Box Out Breast Cancer” T-shirts will be sold at the game. A root beer float sale will also be held. A “Miracle Minute” is planned at halftime, when Team Teddy members will scatter throughout the bleachers and collect donations.


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