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


Sacred Heart welcomes bicycle stuntman

Contributed Photo Bicycle stuntman Rich Wieber will perform at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano on Wednesday.

Rich Wieber will bring his bicycle stunt show to Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano on Wednesday.

After completing a survey distributed by East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission about the Safer Routes to School Program, Sacred Heart was entered in a random drawing to win a visit from Wieber — and won.

According to his website (, Wieber has performed over 3,000 shows in 46 states during 15 years of school assemblies. He balances bicycle stunts with entertainment, working in messages about anti-bullying, perseverance, peer pressure, achieving goals, dangers of drugs and alcohol, and safety.

Wieber is a flatland rider, which is a freestyle BMX riding style performed on smooth flat surfaces that do not include any ramps, jumps or grindrails.

Wieber will perform from 9:20-10 a.m. in the school gymnasium, 124 E. Center St.


High school besieged by ‘Strange Creatures’

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Duchess Sylvia, played by RaeAnn Vanderhoff, and Duke David, played by Ben Schmidt, discover that the royal throne has swallowed their son, Stanley, and two other royal children in the first act of “Strange Creatures.”

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Princess Elizabeth, played by Avery Thorne, carries the magic book that her grandfather used to write his stories about strange creatures in a scene from “Strange Creatures.

“Where’s the magic book?”

That’s the question some children might be asking their grandfathers after seeing “Strange Creatures,” a two-act play being performed this weekend at Wolf River Lutheran High School.

“Strange Creatures” is a unique fairy tale that starts out in a castle. The late King Leonard was known throughout the land as an excellent storyteller; so good that many in the kingdom often wondered if his wild stories about strange creatures were true.

Only the king’s son, Percival, knew the truth — that his father’s book was a magic book, where anything he wrote came true. Now the ruler of the land many years later, Percival makes sure that no one occupies his throne, putting a big, heavy chest on top when he is not seated there.


Menominee garden project wins $3,000 grant

The WEA Trust recently announced it will award the Menominee Indian School District a $3,000 grant for the Maskihkiw Garden Project. The after-school program will teach Menominee Middle School students about the traditional planting and harvesting customs of the Menominee people.

The project will be led by Grace Kasper, a science teacher at the school.

“By introducing traditional values of the Menominee within my science curriculum, I find my students take on a vested interest in what is being taught,” Kasper said. “I believe this garden will be one more spoke in the educational wheel that will lead our students to an understanding of their own self worth and their abilities in sustaining a healthy lifestyle.”

Through the maintenance of the garden, students will learn about the importance of nutritious foods and be encouraged to make healthy choices throughout their lives.


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