Nicholas Huang Receives Fulbright Award

Nicholas Huang, a recent graduate of Butler University with a double major in Finance and Marketing, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Macau for an English Teaching Assistantship for the 2018-2019 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Huang will teach English and US Culture at Macau Polytechnic Institute. Nicholas is the grandson of Whitewater residents Tom and Karen Christofferson, and former residents I-Ning and Joyce Huang. Son of WHS graduates (’83), Kuang-Yu and Susan Huang.

Nicholas is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

“I am ecstatic to be able to share my American perspective with learners of English and gain insight into their learning experience”, reports Huang.

“Nick is the ideal individual to serve as cultural ambassador,” said Dacia Charlesworth, Butler University’s Fulbright Program Adviser. “He embodies the spirit of the Fulbright mission and I am certain the students and community members in Macau are going to enjoy learning about the U.S. through his interactions.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all areas while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

WHS Top Ten students honored at Rock Valley Conference Top Ten Banquet

The top ten students from the Whitewater High School Class of 2018 were recognized at the Rock Valley Conference Top Ten Banquet at Edgerton High School on Sunday, May 6th.


Pictured left to right are (front row) WHS Principal Mr. Mike Lovenberg, Lydia Wiley-Deal, Allisan Barrett, Kylie Damhorst, Catherine Strait, Casey Skindingsrude, WWUSD District Administrator Dr. Mark Elworthy, (back row) Jacob Zuehlke, Jacob Korf, Connor Steinke, James Dedrick, and Zachary Gross.

High Honors Recognition Night honors academic excellence

On April 25th, 2018, Whitewater High School held its annual High Honors Recognition Night, honoring students with cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 and above.

The evening began with a dessert reception followed by a program in the auditorium.  The high school was honored to have 1984 WHS graduate Andrea Kreft as keynote speaker. Ms. Kreft is the principal of John Muir Elementary School in Madison. Her message to students was to be proud of Whitewater High School and the community, experience diversity, savor the moment of being in high school, continue to achieve at a high level, hold peer relationships near and dear, and that perhaps one day in the not so distant future, one the students in the audience may be giving a very similar speech.

Following Ms. Kreft’s keynote address, students were recognized on stage.  Sophomores through seniors received commemorative bronze, silver, and gold medals.  Freshmen received a certificate of achievement.

This was the fourth annual High Honors Night and was proudly attended by more than 300 students, family, and community members.

Whitewater Breakfast Kiwanis Club recognizes student achievement, sponsors transportation for WUSD summer program

The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club awarded donations, scholarship money, and recognition at their meeting held on Tuesday, May 1.

First, the Kiwanis presented $4,000 to the Whitewater Unified School District for transportation needs of the Whitewater Schools’ English Language Learner (ELL) Summer Reading Program.  The funds were raised from the Easter Lily plant sales this year.

Next, initiated by the late Pat Brooks, the Kiwanis presented Academic Excellence Recognition to three Whitewater High School students. Steve Ryan, of the Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club, presented certificates of recognition and $100 to students Jacob Zuehlke, Lydia Wiley-Deal, and Zachary Gross.

Finally, The Whitewater Kiwanis Foundation gave a $100 scholarship to Mariah Sprain to augment the Doris and Alfred S. Kolmos Circle K Kiwanis Scholarship from the UW-Whitewater Foundation.


Whitewater High Student, Matthew Lucht, earns Ag Scholarship

Matthew Lucht with presenter Warin Behselich.

The Jefferson County Agri-Business Club awarded nine scholarships to area youth pursuing a college education at their recent meeting, including one to Whitewater High student, Matthew Lucht.

Matthew Lucht attends Whitewater High School. He is an FFA officer, was on the Dairy Products and Meats judging team, and was on the Parliamentary Procedure team. He earned his Wisconsin State FFA Degree. He played baseball and basketball in high school, as well as legion baseball the past two years. He has participated in three mission trips with his church group.

He was President of his 4-H club. Matt exhibited market lambs at the Jefferson County Fair as part of his FFA project, and beef, sheep, and goats through 4-H.

Matt has earned money by mowing lawns in the area and working at Pleasant Valley Acres where he picked produce, loaded it, and prepared it for distribution.

Matthew plans to attend UW-Platteville majoring in mechanical/environmental/agricultural engineering.

Applicants must be planning a career in agriculture, be active in FFA and other high school activities, as well as community organizations. They must also show proof of employment, have strong academic marks and express financial need. Scholarship applications are judged by the club’s youth committee.


Whitewater Middle School Student Wins State Writing Award

Emerson Ellenwood, a student at Whitewater Middle School, has been named the 2017-18 winner of an honorable mention award from the Wisconsin Center for the Book.

Ellenwood was one of more than 760 Wisconsin students in grades 4-12 who participated in this year’s Letters About Literature contest and one of more than 51 semi-finalists. The contest invites young readers to write a letter to an author describing how that author’s work changed their view of the world or of themselves. Judges selected Ellenwood’s letter to author Veronica Roth about her book, Divergent, in Level 1 competition for students in grades 4-6. The awards ceremony was held at the YWCA Auditorium in Green Bay as part of the Untitledtown Book Festival on April 21, 2018

The first- and second-place plus honorable mention winners were chosen from the group of semi-finalists in various grade levels (Level 1 – Grades 4-6; Level II – Grades 7-8; and Level III – Grades 9-12). First-place winners at all three levels are sent on to the national Letters about Literature competition for judging and additional prizes. More than 40,000 young readers across the country participated in this year’s Letters About Literature contest.

The Letters About Literature program in Wisconsin has been coordinated by the Wisconsin Center for the Book since 1992 in partnership with the Library of Congress.

Excerpt of Ellenwood’s letter: “You pointed out that it would be boring if we were all the same and gave me the message that being diverse or unique is okay and in some ways interesting or an advantage.”


Former WHS Student, Emilie Kachel, Awarded Scholarship

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has announced is scholarship awards for 2018.  Emilie Kachel, a junior from Whitewater, has been awarded the Emma L. Wilder Endowment Scholarship.  The Wilder Scholarship is given to an outstanding sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in exercise science, health or sport science with at least a 3.5 GPA.

Emilie is double-majoring in Sports Management and Spanish.  She is a member of the UW-La Crosse chapter of the Golden Key Honor Society and has been named to the Dean’s list every semester.  Emilie is a member of the Spanish Club, the Sport Science Club, the Recreation Sports Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Rainbow Unity Club, Spanish Club, the Intercultural Organization Promoting Awareness and is a global “buddy” for international students on campus.  Last summer she studied abroad in Seville, Spain. Emilie is an intern at the UW-La Crosse Athletic Department in External Affairs.  This summer, she will intern for the La Crosse Loggers baseball team.