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Little Dribblers and Shooting Stars Youth Basketball Have Great Year

December 21, 2017

Little Dribblers (grades K-1) and Shooting Stars (grades 2-3) worked hard throughout the season on basic basketball skills. All participants improved on their dribbling, passing, defense, rebounding and shooting skills. Coach Bob Schramm stated “If these kids keep working as hard as they have during our practices, Whitewater girls and boys basketball should have a very bright future.” We hope to see all of the kids back next year with the addition of some new players. We wish our 3rd graders best of luck as they join traveling basketball.

Little Dribblers (grades K-1)

Shooting Stars (grades 2-3)

WMS National Geographic Geography Bee Winners!

December 21, 2017

(L-R) Calvin Baker, Andrew Rollette and Lucas Castro-Huempfner

Whitewater Middle School hosted a school-wide National Geographic Geography Bee on Tuesday, December 19. Special congratulations to Andrew Rollette, son of Jeannine Volbright, Whitewater, for maintaining his 1st place finish for the second year in a row. Calvin Baker, son of Jason and Joanna Baker, Whitewater, earned 2nd place. 3rd place went to Lucas Castro-Huempfner, son of Lisa Huempfner, Whitewater. Andrew will now complete a qualifying test to go on and compete at the state level National Geographic Bee where he has a chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship. Congratulations to all of these students! Good Luck to Andrew as he advances to the next level of competition.

Living Word Fellowship Service

December 21, 2017

“Live Nativity” on Dec. 17th organized by the Congregational United Church of Christ of Whitewater and enacted in the barn of Rollie and Nancy Cooper with about 70 people who enjoyed the event.

December 19, 2017

Various youth members of the church enacted the Christmas story with a Spanish translation provided by Cameron Clapper. The group ended the nativity experience by lighting candles and singing together Silent Night in a number of languages. Animals were provided by Rick Hammerl and the Radaj family. Members of Cristo La Roca joined the group to enjoy chili and hot chocolate following the singing.

Free Holiday Dinner Dec 25th

December 18, 2017

The WHS National Honor Society recycles used cell phones and empty ink cartridges throughout the year! Drop off your items at the Student Services Office any time between 7:30 and 3:30 pm! A great way to save the environment and help NHS raise funds for worthwhile causes!

December 18, 2017

The WHS National Honor Society and FFA delivered holiday gift bags filled with delicious fresh fruit to senior citizens in Whitewater who receive Meals on Wheels.

December 17, 2017

WHS National Honor Society members had a wonderful time assembling Holiday Fruit Baskets with the Whitewater Rotary Club at Golden State Foods. Funds raised are donated to many worthwhile causes throughout the year.

December 17, 2017

Winter Sing at Washington Elementry where K-1 and 2-3 students sang festive songs. There was a show for families in the afternoon.

December 15, 2017

Washington Staff singing in their fashion trend setting finest attire!
They are looking forward to their annual festive sweater/attire day next Friday Dec. 22nd.


On March, 13, 2018, William G Wilson Jr., at the age of 84 years, six months, ten days and two hours passed away, with Jesus leading him by the hand saying, “It’s time to go.” It was that and many prayers on his behalf, that Bill left this world for heaven, with his loving wife at his side. Bill resided at The Gardens of Ridgestone, Elkhorn, WI.

Bill was born on September 3, 1933, to William and Margaret (Dunn) Wilson Sr. in Guilford, Maine. Bill spent his childhood in Bangor, Maine. His favorite number was 13, married for 13 years and died on the 13th. Three’s also played a role with his birth date and the month he died.

Bill proudly enlisted and served his country in the US Army during the Korean War 1953-1956. He was stationed in Japan. Bill was proud of being part of The Far East Honor Guard. The family tradition of service extends to his son and grandson in the Navy. Both served in the nuclear sub program. Bill received his Honor Flight to Washington D. C. on November 7, 2015, accompanied by his son, (Gary) William G Wilson III.

Bill drove semi for many years for many years, like his father, on the east coast. Bill’s other occupations included security guard and maintenance in New Jersey. When residing in Wisconsin, Bill was manager of Blackhawk Manor Senior Living in Whitewater, WI.

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The Honorable Judge James “Jim” Lynn Carlson, OFS, 74, Whitewater passed away peacefully on March 14, 2018 surrounded by loving friends and family at Glenwood at Mulberry Campus, Whitewater, WI.

Jim was born on January 24, 1944, in Kenosha, Wisconsin to the Hon. Harry V. Sr.  and Corinne (Schmitt) Carlson.  He graduated from Kenosha Bradford High School in 1962,  from UW-Madison with his undergraduate degree in 1966, and his law degree in 1970.  Following law school, Jim began his career as an attorney at the Clark Dempsey Law Firm in Whitewater, also serving at that time as the Assistant City Attorney for Whitewater.  In 1976, Jim was elected District Attorney for Walworth County.  During his tenure as District Attorney, Jim focused on building the capabilities of the office to better serve the interests of Walworth County.  In 1978,   Governor Lee Dreyfus appointed Jim to fill a judicial vacancy for Walworth County.  Following his appointment, he was regularly elected to the court until his retirement on July 31, 2016.  In 2013, the Walworth County Bar Association recognized Judge Carlson’s long and dedicated professional service to the community by awarding him a Lifetime Achievement Award.  By the time of his retirement in 2016, Judge Carlson had become the longest-serving judge in Walworth County history.   

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Carol Emmaline Siddons passed away on March 8, 2018 at Ridgestone Assisted Living in Delavan, Wisconsin.

Carol was born on May 24, 1925, to Albert and Nora (Kobelman) Smith in the Town of Sugar Creek, Wisconsin. Carol graduated from Elkhorn Area High School in 1943 and from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1947 with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught first grade at Caswell Elementary in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin for four years and second grade at Wileman Elementary in Delavan, Wisconsin for 36 years, retiring from her beloved profession in 1988. She married Howard Francis Siddons on October 14, 1961, in the Historic Heart Prairie Church on the shores of Whitewater Lake. Reading, gardening, bird watching, ceramics, and needlework were just a few of her special interests. Carol loved her animal companions and was a devoted supporter of animal shelters and environmental conservation. She volunteered for Lakeland Medical Center for 17 years, Meals on Wheels, and Lutherdale Bible Camp. Carol was a member of Sugar Creek Lutheran Church and the Walworth County Retired Teachers Association.

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