Competition real in business simulation

Leader Photo by Bre McGee Shawano Community High School students Jack Hanauer, right, Dylan Sumnicht, center, and Connor Klish work with mentor and Gentlemen’s Quarter owner Jeff Kirchner to solve business-related tasks Wednesday at the Junior Achievement Business Challenge at City Hall in Shawano.

Creative juices were flowing in future potential business leaders Wednesday during a Junior Achievement competition at Shawano City Hall.

High school students from Shawano, Bonduel and Gresham competed in teams to develop the best strategy for introducing a simulated new product to the marketplace.

The winners in the daylong competition took home $500 scholarships and the title of champions in the Junior Achievement Business Challenge. The second-place team members each got $250 scholarships.

All of the competitors enjoyed a robust introduction to business under the tutelage of mentors from the real business world who assisted in the competition.

Junior Achievement district director Sue Schwartz said the exercise gives talented students a chance to glimpse inside business decision-making and test themselves through simulation.

“This gives them a foundation of how business is run,” Schwartz said. “It really is about exposing them to that.”


School Notes

Contributed Photo STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Classroom teachers nominated students who displayed humility as students of the month for January at Bowler Elementary School. They are, from left, front row, Jemimah Jose-Hernandez, preschool; Bert Moede, kindergarten; Courtlyn Andrus, kindergarten; Chloe Wescott, second grade; Chase Stevens, first grade; Mawaesaeh Komanekin, first grade; back row, Ryan Rickert, fifth grade; Lilly Welch, fourth grade; Grace Hartleben, fifth grade; Cash Wildenberg, second grade; Zach Ziemer, sixth grade; Skyler Jaimes-Benitez, third grade; Hunter Haselow, sixth grade; and James Rosenow, third grade.

Contributed Photo SKILLS USA: Fourteen members of the Shawano Community High School Skills USA club competed in the Fox Valley Technical College Regional Skills Contest on Feb. 19. Five students placed: Sean Shively. third place, automotive repair; Kelsey Gast, second, diesel equipment; Isaiah Nicholson, third, diesel equipment; Tom Trinko, third, machine tool; and Alex Raeder, first, residential electricity. Club members are, from left, back row, Gage Phillsbury, Bryce Beyer, Jack Czarapata, Seth Sousek, Austin Hokenstad, Zach Berry, Jason Heinz, Tyler Wegner, Wyatt Welch; and front row, Alex Raeder, Kelsey Gast, Sean Shively, Tom Trinko and Isaiah Nicholson.

Gresham Community School

On Feb. 10, the Quiz Bowl team played Marion. The B team lost, 107-69. The A team lost, 114-45.

Gresham had a red out on Feb. 16.

On Feb. 17, the Quiz Bowl played Shiocton. The A team lost, 234-57. The B team was also defeated, 102-80.

Olga Brener Intermediate School


School Notes

Contributed Photo Zero the Hero reads to kindergarten students at Bonduel Elementary School during the celebration marking 100 days of the school year.

Bonduel Elementary School

One hundred days of school have passed already! The kindergarten children at Bonduel Elementary had lots of fun celebrating the 100th day of school on Friday. They kept busy with lots of activities, which included making a 100-bead necklace, finding 100 surprises hidden in the classroom and sharing a collection of 100 items they brought from home.

The day concluded with a visit from Zero the Hero. The children were all so excited to meet him! Zero the Hero asked the children to count by fives, by 10s, by 20s and, of course, by ones to 100. He also read two stories centered on 100 to the children. Zero the Hero surprised the children with special stickers and bookmarks.

They will all remember their 100th day of kindergarten!

Sacred Heart Catholic School


School Notes

Shawano School District

There will be no school on Monday.

The Shawano School Board school start time ad hoc committee sent out a survey to all parochial and public school parents and guardians to gauge the most preferred option by families for a potential later start time. Paper copies will be available at all school offices for those without Internet or email access. The survey closes 9 a.m. Monday. For questions about the survey, email or call 715-526-3194, ext. 8014.

Hillcrest Primary School

Hillcrest Primary School will host a 4K open house from 2-7 p.m. Thursday. Families are invited to learn more about the 4-year-old kindergarten program, explore classrooms and meet the teachers. Call 715-524-2134 for more information.

LEADS Charter School


Local schools join Winter Walk to School Day

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Youngsters at five local schools will bundle up to participate in the third annual Winter Walk to School Day sponsored by Wisconsin Safe Routes to School on Feb. 24.

Students at Shawano Community Middle School, Olga Brener, Hillcrest, Sacred Heart Parish School and St. James Lutheran School are expected to join schools around Wisconsin to celebrate the fun of walking to school during the winter months.

Over the last 30 years, the percentage of children biking and walking to school has declined from 50 percent or more to now closer to about 15 percent, according to a Safe Routes to School news release. Today, parents drive as many as 50 percent of the children traveling to school, and school bus trips account for an increasing share of the rest.

The purpose of Walk to School Day is to start to reverse those trends.


Bonduel girl reclaims spelling bee title

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Runner-up Karter Schroeder, left, and champion Erin Timler enjoy their trophies after the 2016 Bonduel School District spelling bee Wednesday.

It was big sister’s turn again this year in a hotly contested 2016 Bonduel School District spelling bee.

Erin Timler, who won the championship two years ago but then finished second behind her younger sister last year, captured the title again Wednesday by correctly spelling “germane.”

Erin, a seventh-grade student, outdistanced 18 other competitors over the course of two hours, including runner-up Karter Schroeder, who stumbled on his final word “commodious.”

Erin’s younger sister, Abby Timler, won last year’s bee as a fourth-grader, just one year after Erin claimed her first title as a fifth-grader.

Their mother, Stacy Timler, said the family’s spelling bee dynasty leaves her feeling proud.

“They like spelling, and they like the trophies,” Stacy said. “They’re both very smart kids.”

Erin now advances to the regional spelling bee Feb. 16 at Clintonville High School, where she finished as runner-up two years ago.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The seven brothers discuss how they’re going to find brides during a scene in “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.” Playing the brothers in Shawano Community High School’s annual musical are, from left, Hunter Krolow (Daniel), Addison Lewis (Adam), Harrison Sturycz (Ephraim), Ryan Steffen (Frank), Ryan Carriveau (Gideon), Jared Tavernier (Caleb) and Kale McHugh (Benjamin).

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Dorcas, left, played by Haley Reimer, has no idea she’s about to be kidnapped by Benjamin, played by Kale McHugh, as she talks with her mother, played by Lily Herrmann, in a scene from “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

In most places, kidnapping a women and trying to make her your bride is considered a horrific crime.

In “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers,” it’s comedy, especially when they break out into song.

The musical, which originally started as a 1954 film produced by MGM Studios, is the winter show for Shawano Community High School. The show opens Wednesday and runs through Feb. 6.

If the show seems familiar to longtime Shawano residents, there’s a reason. Jonathon Kent, who directs and produces the annual musical, also picked the show as the high school’s 2007 production.

Normally, Kent waits at least 10 years before he considers reviving musicals for local audiences, he said. However, he made an exception when he saw the number of talented boys at the school this year, and because “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is a male-heavy show, it made sense to him to seize the opportunity.


BHS students meet governor at visit to NWTC

Contributed Photo Gov. Scott Walker meets Bonduel High School students, from left, Taylor Thiex, Eric Bergsbaken and Joshua Richter during a visit to NWTC last week.

Three Bonduel High School technical education students visited with Gov. Scott Walker at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay on Jan. 20.

Walker was at NWTC to promote his plan to cut the costs of higher education in Wisconsin, announcing a plan to invest $3 million for dual-enrollment programs – programs where high school students can take classes at technical schools for college credit.

Bonduel senior Eric Bergsbaken and juniors Joshua Richter and Taylor Thiex attended Walker’s visit, representing students who participate in the dual-credit program at Bonduel High School, and chatted with the governor.

Bergsbaken plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stout to pursue a career as a technology education teacher. He has taken numerous NWTC-transcribed credit courses in the manufacturing field, including welding, CNC and CAD.


Bowler students raising funds for Red Cross

Students at Bowler Elementary are taking steps to benefit the American Red Cross through a friendly competition. Grades are competing in a Change War, which began Jan. 8 and continues through Feb. 8. The event is being coordinated by the school’s Cub Government.

The objective is to be the class that raises the most funds by the deadline. The winning class will receive an ice cream party. Proceeds for the event will benefit the lifesaving mission and work of the American Red Cross.

“I am really pleased to see the Cub Government facilitate such a meaningful fundraiser,” said Brandi Dove, second-grade teacher and Cub Government adviser at Bowler Elementary School. “Although they may feel ‘too small’ to make a difference, the impact they are making for the American Red Cross will help many people; some of which may even be from their own community. They can have the pride knowing that because of their hard work, they truly made a difference.”


School Notes

Olga Brener Intermediate School

Each month, our math coordinator, Joanne Edwards, meets with our Math Olympiads, a group consisting of 35 third- to fifth-graders who compete internationally against other schools. The students are given problems to solve and have a certain time limit to solve them. The students enjoy the challenge and excitement knowing that they are going up against students from all over the world.


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