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CMN to host Earth Day celebration

The College of Menominee Nation will celebrate Earth Day on April 26.

With events centered on the theme “Netāēnawemākanak: All Our Relatives,” participants will explore how each of us can be a better relative to the plants and animals with whom we share this planet.

From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., community members and local school groups can participate in the Earth Day Activity Trail on the Keshena campus, N172 State Highway 47-55. The trail begins by the Menominee water tower and goes throughout the campus with interactive and informational stops along the way.

Visitors will explore greenhouses, soil health and composting near the Sustainable Development Institute; create a mural out of recycled bottle caps; hear about invasive species and plant phenology; and learn about forest conservation and animal species in the Cultural Learning Center. Along the trail, participants can collect Earth Day trading cards featuring some of our non-human relatives.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Cole Gorecki, a seventh-grade student at Pulaski Community Middle School, stirs a pan full of xylem sap as it’s being cooked down to pure maple syrup Friday outside the school. Gorecki learned about the process last year and is one of the students helping with the process this year.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Pulaski Community Middle School sixth-grade teacher Jon Wood shows students what a hydrometer is during an outdoor learning day at the school Friday. Wood started teaching about the process of making maple syrup first at Fairview Elementary School, but he brought his curriculum with him four years ago when he transferred to PCMS.

The steam enveloped a group of students Friday morning at Pulaski Community Middle School as they observed a batch of sap from a maple tree boiling on top of a wood-fired cook stove.

Group by group poured out of the school to observe in person how maple syrup makers get what they need from the trees to create the topping for countless pancakes, waffles and slices of French toast.

The outside class was the culmination of several weeks of work that started with students and staff tapping trees outside the school and within the nearby school forest. It is a project that PCMS teachers Jon Wood and Dave Landers have spearheaded for four years. Before that, Wood conducted the education for a decade at Fairview Elementary School, the Pulaski Community School District’s northernmost school.


Wind ensemble digs into the past

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The wind ensemble practices Wednesday in the band room at Shawano Community High School, one week away from its annual spring concert. The theme for this year’s performance is “Back in Time and Around the World.”

The Shawano Community High School wind ensemble is going to perform music from a number of different points in history when it performs its spring concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Shawano Community High School auditorium.

While the school’s musical groups perform a number of concerts and events all year long, this one is particularly meaningful for the seniors, who helped plan this concert. The seniors picked the theme “Back in Time and Around the World,” according to senior Lindsey Roloff.

“We’re starting with music from ancient Egypt,” Roloff said. “Every continent, we’re trying to hit music from all around the world, and then we’re working our way through modern America.”


CMN brings home AIHEC competition honors

Photo courtesy of CMN Students and professors that took part in the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Competition include, from left, standing, Lucy Fenzl, Gavin Braun, Vicki Besaw, Jasmine Neosh, Curtis Wilhelmi, Tyrell Hesse, Marissa Vele, Franny Kitson, Christa Lyons, Catherine Walter, Ann Walenski, Ryan Winn, Ethan Fregien and Lexxus Liebe; kneeling, Adam Schulz and Brandon Boyd; and Evelynn Grignon on the floor.

College of Menominee Nation student teams brought home a first place and other honors from the 2019 American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Competition held March 16-19 in Billings, Montana.

The annual program invited students from all 38 tribal colleges and universities affiliated with AIHEC.

CMN took first place in the Knowledge Bowl. Team members included captain Brandon Boyd, Jasmine Neosh, Marissa Vele and Curtis Wilhelmi. The team was coached by Vicki Besaw.

The college finished third in the Business Bowl. Team members included Franny Kitson, Christa Lyons, Adam Schulz and Catherine Walter. The team was coached by Ann Walenski.

CMN came back with a fifth place in the Science Bowl. Team members included Gavin Braun, Ethan Fregien and Tyrell Hesse. The team was coached by Lucy Fenzl.


Jasmine Neosh named CMN Student of the Year

Jasmine Neosh has been named the College of Menominee Nation’s American Indian College Fund Student of the Year for 2019.

Neosh, who earned an associate degree in natural resources from CMN in May 2018, is continuing her studies at the Keshena campus for a Bachelor of Arts in public administration.

CMN President Dr. Paul Trebian praised Neosh for both her academic and service work at the college.

“Jasmine is an outstanding student scholar who would deserve the Student of the Year recognition on that basis alone,” Trebian said. “Her commitment to her tribe, the global community, and critical environmental issues are bonus points in her favor. She is an asset to the college, and we know she will be doing exceptional work wherever her future career takes her.”



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Daisy Buchanan, played by Emma Etten, looks out at the audience admiringly with Jay Gatsby, played by C.J. Henning, as they imagine what could have been in the first act of “The Great Gatsby.” Shawano Community High School is bringing the stage adaptation of the novel set in the 1920s to life next week.

“The Great Gatsby,” as a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, did not initially receive rave reviews when it was published in 1925, and the author thought the book had been a failure.

However, the book has become one of the more popular pieces of literature in America today following a revival of the book in the 1940s — after Fitzgerald passed — and the stage version of the story about 1920s culture in New York will hit the stage at Shawano Community High School next week.

The show’s director, Maddie Stuewer, recalled reading the book during her high school years, and once she read the script, she knew it would be ideal for local students to present to the community.

“I was like, ‘Oh, this would be so much fun to do on stage,’” Stuewer said. “I love the story, and I love the costumes, the music — just all of it.”


Speaker: ‘Success’ is in the eye of the beholder

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Burton Warrington, right, expresses his gratitude after being presented with a gift basket from Desirae Wilber, the student activities coordinator for the College of Menominee Nation Student Government. Warrington spoke at CMN on Friday about the definition of success.

Burton Warrington has achieved success in a number of ways, in his view, but the former College of Menominee Nation student told about 30 attendees Friday that success is best defined by the individual, not an entire society.

“I haven’t had her experience, and I haven’t had his experience, so we’re all going to view the world a little differently, and that’s all right,” Warrington said. “Somebody says that John’s a janitor, so he’s not successful, but if John thinks he’s successful, then so be it.”


‘Raisin in the Sun’ celebrates 60th anniversary

On March 11, 1959, the groundbreaking play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” debuted at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York. It was the first Broadway play written by an African-American woman, Lorraine Hansberry. That play came from a place deep within her soul.

Hansberry was evoking her own harsh experience as part of a black family moving into an all-white Chicago neighborhood. She was raised in a culture of activism — her father pushed back against restrictive covenants that spawned segregated housing areas until a Supreme Court ruling led to an end to such practices.


St. James triumphs over “Swine Flu,” takes first at DI

St. James Lutheran School is pleased to announce that St. James Destination Imagination (DI) team placed first in the regional competition this year, David Kaiser, principal of St. James Lutheran School, announced.

The team is composed of students from third through eighth grades.

The purpose of Destination Imagination is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, DI offers seven new standards-based challenges in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), improvisation, visual arts, service learning, and early learning, Kaiser explained.

Each challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers.


Volunteers prep meals for senior citizens

Contributed Photo Volunteers prep meals on Feb. 27 in the kitchen at Bonduel High School to deliver to senior citizens around the village of Bonduel. More than 105 meals were made after school closed for the day due to a water main break in the village.

Last week, the Bonduel School District had to cancel school and its monthly Senior Breakfast because of a water main break in the village of Bonduel and an immediate boil water order.

Yet an incredible thing happened.

Working together with the village, the school district was able to make lemonade out of lemons, deciding to make the breakfast anyway.

School district personnel including administration, teachers and their children, staff, and even a school board member and his wife were still able to set up a calling station in the district office, make the breakfast, package the breakfast using to go boxes donated by a local business, and use their own vehicles to deliver the breakfast to senior citizens, village employees, and others in need, complete with a carnation donated by a local flower shop.


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