Shawano Dollars for Scholars awards scholarships

hawano Dollars for Scholars recognized the Shawano Community High School Class of 2016 at the annual Academic Scholars Night on April 25 at Shawano Community High School.

The Dollars for Scholars scholarships were given in addition to the many other area scholarships from businesses and organizations that were presented at Academic Scholars Night.

The following scholarships were awarded:

• AMVETS Post 10 Scholarship, Jacob Schwitzer

• Associated Bank Scholarship, Namara Panzer

• Bert and Carol Huntington Scholarship, Austin Knaack

• Bleser Family Foundation Scholarship, Abigail Jones

• BMO Harris Bank of Shawano Scholarship, Gabriela Krueger

• Clarence Bleser Scholarship, Sydney Schreiber

• Cory and Erin Klement Scholarship, Madison Lemerond

• Dan K. Jacobson Memorial Scholarship, Kristina Kurtz

• Dr. Jeff and Holly Zander Scholarship, Hannah Neumann


Bonduel JA squad fares well at state competition

A team of Bonduel High School students was among the consolation winners at Junior Achievement’s annual JA Business Challenge Championship last week in Milwaukee.

Over 60 of the best and brightest student “CEOs” in Wisconsin competed in the challenge sponsored by Acuity on April 28.

Teams from Kohler High School and Appleton East finished first and second, respectively, in the daylong competition. Both teams will advance to the JA Titan National Virtual Competition this month.

Sun Prairie finished third. The Bonduel team of Jaken Spreeman, Janel Wudtke and Scott Gunderson was one of three teams selected as consolation winners. Each team member received a $100 Kohls gift card.


Local students use pedal power to get to school

Contributed Photo Students arriving on bicycles at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano on Wednesday included Ellie Huebner, left, and Aidan Beaulieu. Wednesday was national National Bike to School Day.

Contributed Photo Shawano Community Middle School student Quardell Little Owl parks his bicycle Wednesday after pedaling to school in the spirit of National Bike to School Day.

Kids in Shawano pedaled to school Wednesday to celebrate National Bike to School Day.

Nancy Schultz, coordinator of the local Safe Routes to School program, said about 250 students from five schools participated in the event locally.

Schultz said she saw bike racks filled up at schools, and she was pleased that so many students participated.

Some schools gave participants ways to earn T-shirts and other prizes as incentives to participate.

Schultz hopes the day will persuade students to ride their bikes to school more often, as a healthy alternative to riding in cars or buses.

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country each October.


Class of 2016 recognized at Academic Scholars Night

Shawano Community High School’s Class of 2016 was recognized for academic achievements at the annual Scholarship Night on April 25 at the school.

Students were awarded a number of local scholarships and were also recognized for receiving outside scholarships from colleges, universities and other organizations.

Scholarships were awarded to the following students:

• Ezekiel Gueths and Teagan Monfils, Academic Excellence

• Kristina Kurtz and Thomas Trinko, American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship

• Julia Beck, American Legion Award

• Alexis Dobberstein, American Legion Scholarship

• Addison Lewis and Kelsey Gast, Arnold R. Oseland Memorial Scholarship

• Kristina Kurtz and Sarah Dickman, American Veterans Post 10 Scholarship

• Zachary Fike and Kelly Mastey, The Bruce Wilber Sr. Memorial Scholarship

• Kathryn Kugel, Casey Grams and Bruce Wilber Scholarship


School Notes

Contributed Photo “Grandma Mary” Anderson, center, receives her Hawk Way award from Shawano School District Superintendent Gary Cumberland at the School Board meeting Monday. Anderson’s daughter, Karen Smith, is seated alongside her.

Contributed Photo The following Gresham School students were honored in April at the Wisconsin Indian Education Association banquet in Madison: Justice Paiser, honorable mention; Odessa Arce, honorable mention; Aurora Arce, student of the year; River Otradovec, honorable mention; and SoHappy Davids, honorable mention.

Shawano School District


SCHS will save the last dance for you

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Showstoppers choir will perform a number of songs at “Last Dance,” including duets and solos from graduating seniors.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Shawano Community High School jazz band practices for its “Last Dance” show, which takes place next week. The jazz band has racked up some impressive wins and second-place finishes at music festivals in Wisconsin and Illinois over the years.

With May in full swing, that means one thing for the Shawano Community High School music department. It’s time for the “Last Dance” to commence.

The annual spring tradition gives the school’s jazz band and Showstoppers choir the opportunity to show their skills to the community in the atmosphere of a big city nightclub. It’s also the last dance of sorts for almost two dozen high school seniors in the group, as it’s their final performance before graduation.

“Last Dance” takes place on May 13 and 14 at the high school auditorium. The audience sits on the stage as the two groups perform. Fannita’s Bakery will provide desserts for the event.

Christopher Kent, jazz band director, is eager to show how well his group can switch to different jazz styles — swing, ballads, Latin.

“This band does the different styles very well. It goes to the nature of the kids,” Kent said. “This group is really good; they really are.”


5 local schools will participate in Bike to School Day

Five Shawano schools will participate in Bike to School Day on May 4. They are Hillcrest Primary, Olga Brener Intermediate, St. James Lutheran, Sacred Heart Catholic and Shawano Community Middle School.

The schools will join others throughout the region in celebrating Bike Safety Month by bringing parents, children and community members together to experience the fun of biking to school together.

This is the third year the local schools have been involved in the national campaign, which started in 2012. All students who participate will receive an incentive.

Volunteers from Shawano Pathways will assist principals at the schools.

Not long ago, walking or biking to school was the norm. Over the last 30 years, however, the percentage of children biking and walking to school has declined from 50 percent or more to now closer to about 15 percent.


School Notes

Contributed Photo Rich Wieber jumps his bicycle over Sacred Heart teacher Scott Marohl and seminarian Ben Johnson during a presentation April 20 at the school.

Contributed Photo Rich Wieber entertains the children at Sacred Heart Catholic School on April 20.

Sacred Heart Catholic School



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski George, played by Raphael Cary, explains a geometry problem to Gracie, played by Marie Kluge, in a scene from “The Nifty Fifties.” Cary and Kluge both enjoy performing in a 1950s-themed musical.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski More than 40 home-schooled children are performing in “The Nifty Fifties” next week at Clintonville High School. This is the 12th year that the Wolf River Homeschool program has performed a musical for the community.

Bobby socks, poodle skirts and luncheonettes with checkerboard motifs (and 35-cent hamburgers) are just a few indications that the Wolf River Homeschool program is going back in time with its annual musical.

More than 40 homeschooled students will perform “The Nifty Fifties” next week at Clintonville High School, giving audiences a nostalgic trip to a time when rock and roll was in its infancy. This is the 12th year that the homeschool group has presented a musical for local audiences.

“The Nifty Fifties” takes place in Louise’s Luncheonette, the happening place where all the cool kids hang out. Gracie Stanley is planning her high school’s next big dance, the Hippity Hop, but she inadvertently makes a promise she might not be able to fulfill — getting the famous performer Ziggy Springer to perform at the dance.


School Notes

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School forensics team fared well at the state speech festival last weekend. Shown are, from left, front row, Kathryn Kugel, Georgi Ritter, Katie West, Mikaela Rosenow, Alma Oviedo, Mikaela Oss, Jamie Anderson; back row, Matthew Schwitzer, Nicholas Schwitzer, Jacob Schwitzer, Karelyn Malliet, Trinaty Caldwell, Teagan Monfils, Kristy Kurtz, Alexis Stephens, Hayleigh Kroll and Gabrielle Tuma.

Contributed Photo Bowler Elementary School music teacher Amanda Hein brings the overflow crowd to their feet with her performance at the school’s second annual Variety Show.

Shawano Community High School

Congratulations to the Shawano Community High School forensics team on a successful weekend at the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association State Speech Festival.

Gold (Critics Choice Award): Trinaty Caldwell, farrago category; Gabrielle Tuma, oratory; Georgi Ritter, solo acting humorous; Jamie Anderson, solo acting serious.

Silver (All State Award): Alexis Stephens, Hayleigh Kroll, Kristy Kurtz and Teagan Monfils, group interpretation; Mikaela Oss, poetry; Karelyn Malliet and Mikaela Rosenow, prose; and Kathryn Kugel, special occasion speech.

Bronze (Finalist Award): Katie West, oratory; Alma Oviedo, prose.

Bronze (Achievement Award): Jacob Schwitzer, Nicholas Schwitzer and Matthew Schwitzer, group interpretation.

Bowler High School


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