2 students earn GreenStone scholarships

As part of GreenStone Farm Credit Services’ scholarship program, the cooperative recently selected 22 students to receive either a $2,000 or $1,000 award to assist with education costs. Since 2010, GreenStone has presented more than $175,000 in undergraduate college scholarships to students planning to make a positive impact on the agricultural industry.

“These awardees are examples of the type of individuals who may someday lead the agricultural industry,” said Dave Armstrong, GreenStone’s president and CEO. “GreenStone is committed to supporting young professionals in agriculture by assisting them in furthering their education.”

The 2018 scholarship awardees include Rachael Valeria, of Pulaski, and Colin Wussow, of Cecil.


Shawano teacher receives $3,000 STEM grant

Pamela Anhalt

Pamela Anhalt, a chemistry teacher at Shawano Community High School, has been chosen by the Society of Science and the Public as one of 50 advocates from across the country to receive a $3,000 grant.

The society said its grant program chooses passionate educators and scientists to expand opportunities for underrepresented and low-income students to help them develop STEM projects that can be entered into science research competitions, which serve as an entryway to higher education and STEM careers.

Each advocate will mentor a cohort of at least three underrepresented students and help them navigate through science research competitions.

Victor Hall, a Society for Science and the Public member, said the mission of the Advocate program is to foster or even spark an interest in science among students.


Sacred Heart ends school year with beach party

Contributed Photo Sacred Heart Catholic School students, from left, Mikelah Powers, Anessa Bantle, Lily Gee and Cora Pieper strike a pose during the school’s beach party.

Sacred Heart Catholic School held its first end-of-the-year Beach Dance Party on May 30 in the school gymnasium, with nearly 200 guests in attendance.

Event organizer and admissions director Autumne Gee was hoping for 100 guests. So when nearly twice as many showed up, she was beyond ecstatic.

“Everyone was dancing, laughing, talking and really enjoying themselves,” Gee said. “I love to see our families so happy and engaged in the spirit of the event.”

The gymnasium was transformed to fit the beach theme. This event was free to all guests who were able to enjoy pizza, sloppy Joes, fresh fruit, slushies and other snacks. Guests also could participate in a costume contest, limbo, dance train, mini beach volleyball, swinging rope and surfing photo booth area.


Jartz honored at graduation

Photo by Grace Kirchner Bill Schmidt tells members of the Clintonville Class of 2018 to find something they are passionate about and pursue it wholeheartedly, “no matter what it is,” at the May 26 high school commencement ceremony.

You might know him as Bill Jartz, news anchor, or as the “Voice of Lambeau Field.” Folks around Clintonville might remember him as Bill Schmidt, salutatorian of the Class of 1976.

Regardless, the man now has another name: Alumnus Honoris 2018, the highest award that can be given to a Clintonville High School graduate.

Schmidt was given the honor at the 133rd annual commencement exercises May 26 at Clintonville High School. In his address to the Class of 2018, Schmidt told the graduates to “find something you love and put your heart into it — no matter what it is.”

Schmidt grew up on a small farm near the Clintonville airport. His father was employed at FWD as a machinist. He recalls his father always telling him to make a difference, help others and leave the world a better place than you found it.

When Schmidt was just 12 years old and in the seventh grade, his father died suddenly.


GSF offering community scholarships

The Gresham Scholarship Fund (GSF) awards a limited number of community scholarships each year to qualifying members of the Gresham community.

To get the details and an application form go to and click the link “College and Non-Traditional.” Then look for “Gresham Community Scholarship.” The deadline for applications is June 30.

Arthur Ward, a 1986 graduate of Gresham High School, was awarded one of the community scholarships recently and carries a cumulative 3.735 grade point average at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he is a senior. Ward is studying for a Bachelor of Applied Studies in integrative leadership studies with two areas of emphasis, applied communications and environmental policies.


College of Menominee Nation graduates 39

Contributed Photo Rickie Lee Dodge, of Shawano, graduated from the College of Menominee Nation on Saturday with an associate’s degree in business administration.

Residents of 13 Wisconsin communities, including members of seven American Indian tribes, received academic degrees and technical diplomas in College of Menominee Nation ceremonies Saturday in Keshena.

This year, the college invited Douglas Cox, tribal chairman from Keshena, to present the guest address to graduates. Baccalaureate degree graduate Sabrina Hemken, of Gillett, spoke on behalf of the Class of 2018.

The ceremonies also honored Professor Vicki Besaw, who was named the American Indian College Fund Faculty Member of the Year. Besaw, who teaches humanities and liberal studies courses, holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Arts in English from UW-Milwaukee and is accepted for the First Nations Education Doctoral Program at UW-Green Bay. She is a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe. A resident of Shawano, she has served on the CMN faculty since 2006.


Clintonville graduates 129 students

Photo by Grace Kirchner Clintonville High School graduates, from left, Caitlin Kestell, salutatorian, Melany Lorge, class president and master of ceremonies, and Faith Lundt, valedictorian, are among 129 students to receive degrees Saturday at the high school fieldhouse.

Live a life without regrets. That was the message Faith Lundt, Class of 2018 valedictorian, had for her Clintonville High School classmates at the 133rd annual commencement exercises Saturday.

Lundt encouraged students in the 129-member class to be active participants in their own lives and not look back at missed opportunities. “Do not allow yourself to be placed in a box,” she said. “You are creating your destiny. What you put in, you get out. What you choose is up to you.” She plans to study molecular biology at Yale University.

Salutatorian Caitlin Kestell recalled some of the accomplishments of her fellow seniors and looked back at a few humorous events that had happened over the years. Overall, her advice to her class was this: “Remember where you came from, and make Clintonville proud.” Kestell plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study evolutionary biology and ecology.


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.


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