High hopes, temperatures at Tigerton graduation

Photo by Leah Lehman Leah Jobe, valedictorian, at left, and Anna Watters, salutatorian and class president, are among 16 members of Tigerton High School’s Class of 2018.

On a very warm Friday evening, Tigerton High School held its 109th annual commencement exercise in the high school gymnasium and gave diplomas to 16 students.

The ceremony began with the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by the Tigerton High School band, under the direction of Kayla Berndt. That was followed by “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Anna Watters, Class of 2018 president and salutatorian, shared memories with her classmates and encouraged success for the futures of the students.

Valedictorian Leah Jobe began her speech on a humorous note by tearing up what appeared to be a very long speech due to the warm weather. She then took on a more serious tone and talked about the hard work as well as the hopes and dreams of her fellow graduates, and she wished them all well in the years to come.


Jartz getting Clintonville alumni award

The Clintonville Public School District has announced that this year’s recipient of the distinguished Alumnus Honoris Award will be Bill Jartz, a news anchor with WBAY-TV Channel 2, someone locals will remember as William Schmidt.

The award will be presented during Clintonville High School’s commencement on May 26. The award is the highest award given to a Clintonville graduate.

Schmidt was born and raised in Clintonville, graduating in 1976 as the class salutatorian. After high school, he attended Northwestern University on a football scholarship and graduated in June 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. He then landed his first job at WSAU (now WSAW) as the 10 p.m. sports anchor and reporter.


Inspire helps students, businesses find each other

PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Speaking to a group of seven business respresentatives, Lynn Aprill explained the concept of the Inspire program, which was designed to complement the Career Cruising application mandated by the state for career planning for students sixth grade through 12. Aprill is the director of the Center on Education for Economic Development at CESA 8. The event was open to the public and held May 11 at the NTC Wittenberg Campus.

The Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce hosted an information session May 11 at Northcentral Technical College – Wittenberg Campus to help local businesses and organizations learn more about the Inspire software program designed to help schools meet their academic and career planning (ACP) requirement.

“Workforce development is a huge priority for the Shawano Country Chamber,” said chamber director Nancy Smith, who also serves on the board for Education for Economic Development. “The better informed students can be before leaving school can increase their ability to be more productive workers.”

Two years ago, the state of Wisconsin mandated that schools provide academic and career planning in order to better prepare students for their entry into the workforce.


Sacred Heart holds Cardinal Invitational

Sacred Heart Catholic School continued its trend of uniting with other rural Catholic schools for the second annual Cardinal Invitational on May 11 at the Shawano Community Middle School track.

Over 135 students and 35 total volunteers participated in this all-day track and field event. Besides Sacred Heart, there was also participation from All Saints Catholic School in Antigo, and St. Rose St. Mary School in Clintonville.

The event was organized by Sacred Heart’s middle school teacher and athletic director Scott Marohl. His goal in organizing this event was to give all rural Catholic middle school students within the Diocese of Green Bay an opportunity to join together, be more active, and promote fellowship amongst each other.

This event was another way that Sacred Heart intentionally lived its mission to, work cooperatively to ensure the optimum academic, spiritual, physical and social growth of every student.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Gresham Community School students, from left, Mason Ninham, Jessa Jensen, Luke Jensen, Will Jensen, Emily Jensen and Ben Page ride along Schabow Street to get to school Thursday morning. Almost 100 of the school’s 300-plus students rode their bicycles to school in observance of National Bike to School Day.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Gresham Community School students Kale James, left, and Jayden James cross the road on their bicycles to get to the school Thursday. Teachers and staff members were stationed throughout the community to make sure the riders made it to school safely.

Nearly one-third of Gresham Community School’s students traded bus and automobile transportation for something with two wheels Thursday.

Close to 100 students rode their bicycles through the street to get to school, with teachers and staff guiding the way and keeping motor traffic off their tails. The bicycle ride was part of the National Bike to School Day, which was rescheduled for Thursday in Gresham due to rainy weather on Wednesday.

Some students traveled two to three in a group, while some traveled in larger packs. The school has two racks available for students to park the bicycles, but teachers had to scramble to find available spots as they quickly filled up.

SoHappy Davids, a Title I teacher at the school, greeted students outside the school and encouraged them to fill out slips for prizes. She was pleased to see that such a large portion of the school’s 300-plus student population took part.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Fonzie, a horned owl, spreads his wings for the students at Bonduel Elementary School during a presentation Monday as Katie Needles, a raptor educator with Raptor Education Group Inc., keeps a hold on him. Besides Fonzy, there are 25-30 birds with REGI that serve as education birds.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Katie Ibsen, a raptor educator with REGI, holds up Ruby, a red-shoulder hawk, during Monday's presentation at Bonduel Elementary School. Ruby was one of the more vocal birds in the group, letting out a high-pitched shriek every so often as Ibsen spoke about hawks.

Children at Bonduel Elementary School might have previously seen hawks and other birds of prey from afar, but they got the chance to see the birds close up Monday.

Raptor Education Group Inc. visited students in the third through sixth grades to educate them about the birds — emphasizing why it’s important to leave them alone in the wild, and why they would not make good pets. REGI’s presentation was made possible by the Mason Woods Lodge in Cecil.

“We want to teach the kids, and the best way to do that is to show them what the birds are and how they survive,” said Carl Loving, who coordinated the school visits on the lodge’s behalf. “I think the kids learned a lot. They were very attentive.”

This was the first time the Masons had invited representatives from REGI, based in Antigo, to the area schools, and Loving hopes to expand the visits in the future. After Bonduel, REGI also presented at Gillett Elementary School.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski St. James Lutheran School students, from left, Natalie Bystol, Lauren Harkey, Joe Kleinschmidt and Josh Fisken run laps around the track at Shawano Community Middle School with Joe’s baby brother, Luke, in the stroller. The Race for Education fundraiser netted $26,725 for the school.

Students and parents at St. James Lutheran School showed that education can be good for the sole.

The shoe leather was definitely put to the test Friday after it was announced that the school had exceeded its goal in the Race For Education fundraiser. St. James had hoped to raise $25,000, but supporters decided $26,725 was what they needed.

As a result of the fundraiser, students spent the afternoon walking or running laps in the hopes of winning prizes for the most laps. Younger students stayed at St. James for their race while the upper grades traveled to the track at Shawano Community Middle School.

More important than the exercise to benefit the students’ health is the money providing things for the parochial school that are not normally in the budget. In previous years, the Race for Education has been spent for technology, scholarships, curriculum, new lockers and even renovating the gymnasium floor, according to principal Susan Longmire.



Leader photo by Lee Pulaski Shawano Community High School agriculture student Kalli Parson looks over some of the hundred of plants and flowers growing in the FFA greenhouse on campus. The students are gearing up for the school’s annual plant sale, and it will be the last sale held in the current greenhouse, as a new freestanding facility will be built over the summer.

Shawano FFA members are seeing green, not only in the plants growing in abundance in their greenhouse but in the amount of cash that will be rolling their way.

The students in the horticulture class at Shawano Community High School have been diligently tending to the plants during class and often during their own free time. The tradition has been in existence for more than 20 years, and the reward is providing the community with beautiful plants and flowers to put in their homes and gardens.

For some students, though, rewards come in other forms. The hands-on class provides students an escape from the sterile classroom into a place where life and death are literally in their hands.

“It’s calming. Because I spend so much time in nature, for me, this is just like being outside,” said Kayla Clark, a SCHS senior.


CMN holding graduation May 26

Northeast Wisconsin students will be receiving academic degrees and technical diplomas from the College of Menominee Nation in ceremonies at 10 a.m. May 26, in the Menominee Casino Resort Convention Center, N277 State Highway 47-55, Keshena.

In recognition of the college’s 25th anniversary, Menominee Tribal Chairman Douglas Cox will serve as guest speaker. As a chartered entity of the Menominee people, the college traces its origins to 1992 when Glen Miller, who was chairman at that time, and vice chairwoman Shirley Daly advanced the idea of a school to serve the reservation community. Dr. Verna Fowler was hired in fall 1992, and CMN opened in January 1993 with 42 students.

With this year’s ceremony, the college will bring its number of alumni to 1,180, with nearly 20 percent of all graduates having earned two or more CMN degrees or diplomas.


2 local students named Dargan fellows

Wayne P. Lubner of Wayne Lubner Consulting and Matt Sullivan of Express Employment Professionals, graduates of St. Norbert College and co-chairs of the Dargan Fellowship Committee at St. Norbert College, have announced two local students as Dargan fellows for the 2018-19 academic year.

Kathryn Kugel, of Shawano, is a sophomore business administration major with a concentration in management and finance and a cumulative GPA of 3.79. She is a member of the Student Government Association and vice president of both the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and Panhellenic Council of Greek life at St. Norbert College.

Kugel is the recipient of the St. Norbert College Exemplary Leadership Award for two consecutive years and was the Shawano Area Community Foundation Youth Volunteer of the Year.


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