WIHA District 1 Grand Champions

Congratulations to the 2018 Whitewater High School WIHA (Wisconsin Interscholastic Horse Association) team.  Emma Hageli, Grace Ejnik, and Andrea Kuhl are Grand Champions in District 1 Division C competition held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on October 13 & 14.  They will now be going to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on November 2, 3, and 4 for state finals.  The girls are coached by Tracy Hageli in showmanship, speed, agility, and horsemanship.


WUSD Teachers Nominated for Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship Program


Congratulations to these outstanding Whitewater Unified School District staff members who have been nominated for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship Program.

  • Kathy Bullis, Whitewater Middle School – Physical Education and Health
  • Sandra Ramirez, Washington Elementary School – English Language Learner
  • DeAnna Brunner, Lakeview Elementary – 1st Grade
  • Laura Masbruch, Whitewater High School – Math and Computer Science

Since 2008, WUSD has had 11 staff receive the Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowships. We are fortunate to have such dedicated, engaging, and inspiring teachers in our district. A huge thank you to these four nominees and the entire staff for all you do each and every day for our students.

Felicidades a estos destacados miembros del personal del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Whitewater que han sido nominados para el Programa de Becas para Maestros de la Fundación Educativa Herb Kohl.

  • Kathy Bullis, Whitewater Middle School – Educación Física y Salud
  • Sandra Ramirez, Primaria Washington – Aprendizaje del Idioma Inglés
  • DeAnna Brunner, Primaria Lakeview – 1er Grado
  • Laura Masbruch, Whitewater High School – Matemáticas e Ciencias de Computación

Desde 2008, WUSD ha logrado que 11 miembros del personal reciban las Becas de Maestros de la Fundación Educativa Kohl. Somos afortunados de tener maestros tan dedicados, cautivadores e inspiradores en nuestro distrito. Muchísimas gracias a estos cuatro nominados y a todo el personal por todo lo que hacen todos los días para nuestros estudiantes.

Clifford Witte receives “Quilt of Valor”

Clifford Witte of Whitewater was presented with the “Quilt of Valor” on Saturday, August 25. It was presented at his home by Jim Simons of Burlington, WI.

Clifford signed up and joined the Navy to help serve his country during WWII. The “Quilt of Valor” is a program that presents quilts to Veterans to honor and comfort those touched by war.

Local skier, Nicole Tomomitsu, performs with Tommy Bartlett water ski show in Wisconsin Dells

Nicole, 18, a senior at Whitewater high school will be “living the dream” which is the Tommy Bartlett motto for the rest of her summer. Nicole, who is an accomplished water skier on the Whitewater Minneiska water ski team has been skiing for 12 years. She is excited to be a part of the popular Wisconsin Dell’s attraction which is in its 65th season.

The show is made up of an amazing group of talented champion skiers from around the world. Nicole is looking forward to entertaining the crowds and perfecting her water ski skills among these new mentors. The Tommy Bartlett show performs everyday rain or shine at 4:30 and 8:30 pm through Labor Day. Nicole performs Thursday – Sunday.

Studio 84’s Artist of the Month: Laurie Narad

Laurie Narad says, “When I was a little girl I always wanted to be an artist, yet I did not think it was possible until coming to Studio 84.”

Laurie thinks back to four years ago when she started coming to Studio 84, she was afraid to mix colors, and now she does it all the time with confidence. Coming to the art studio twice a week has its health benefits, too. Laurie has Cerebral Palsy and experiences a sense of relaxation when she is painting. It has also helped with the dexterity in her left hand. Laurie says art has taught her there is no one way to create something.

Laurie is currently beginning in Studio 84’s Vocational Training Programming that will assist her in developing her art as a career. She’s sold many of her notecards and coffee mugs with her art on them at local venues such as the Whitewater City Market and an art fair in Jefferson.

With the help of staff, Laurie works from a custom designed easel that makes her canvas and paints easily accessible. There is a special support board that gives her good arm a place to rest and stay steady.  She says that some days are easier than others and some days she needs someone to hold her arm still enough to be able to paint due to her Cerebral Palsy. She will let staff know if she needs a stencil or an area taped off to help guide her and prevent paint from getting where she doesn’t want it.

Laurie states that staff Ben Kelly and Intern Stacy Whetlow are very good at inventing and developing ways for students to be successful and she is very grateful to have them on board.

You can see some of her work at Studio 84’s store located at 121 W. Center St. in Whitewater, WI

Studio 84 in Whitewater is a non-profit art studio that provides experiences in the arts for the community. They specialize in the creative and vocational development of people with disabilities, including those with Autism, physical disabilities, cognitive limitations, and mental illness. The studio is open to all ages and all abilities.

To learn more visit studio84inc.org  or check us out on Facebook.

Lifelong Whitewater resident, Karolyn Alexander will be the featured artist in a solo show at the Beloit Art Center for the month of August.


Her exhibit titled “Abstract Journey” will include over 70 of her favorite abstract paintings from the past few years. Karolyn is an active member of the Whitewater Arts Alliance and the Janesville Art League.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 3 from 5 pm – 8 pm.

Beloit Art Center is located at 520 E Grand Ave in Beloit, WI. Hours are Monday, 10 am-2, pm, Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 5:30 pm and Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm.


Please visit the following websites for more information:
Beloit Art Center
Karolyn’s website

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.

Pease named next WUSD athletic director

From district administrator Mark Elworthy:

Last week, Jim Pease was approved as the District’s next athletic director. He has successfully coached our boys’ baseball team for the past four years and the football team since 2017. He has strong leadership skills and is respected by his athletes. The 2018 football season will be his last at the helm and 2020 will be his last season leading the baseball team as he transitions to the athletic director position. Jim will be teaching physical education classes in the District as well.

Currently, Jim owns and operates his family-owned insurance business. Jim is not new to education as he taught and coached in the Sussex-Hamilton School District for 10 years. Jim and his wife, Amy, have three school-aged children. Jim is a UW-Whitewater graduate and played baseball for the Warhawks.

Fort Community Credit Union hires UW-Whitewater Grad

Fort Community Credit Union (FCCU) announced today that Jeffery Anderson has joined their team as the Marketing and Digital Media Specialist. In this role, Anderson will perform a range of marketing support duties related to the development and execution of FCCU’s brand, including production and execution of video and digital media marketing campaigns, community outreach, and website optimization. He will also be responsible for ensuring FCCU’s brand integrity across multiple advertising channels. Anderson earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration in International Business with a Certificate in Digital Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Anderson is a native of the Madison area and has held an internship with FCCU for the past year. He is excited to continue to grow with FCCU and engage with financial literacy in the schools. Marissa Weidenfeller, Director of Marketing said, “We’re thrilled to keep Jeffery on the FCCU team after graduation. He has demonstrated a thorough understanding of who we are as FCCU, and what we need to do in order to help our member-owners be in a better financial position. We are excited to watch Jeffery grow within the organization and our communities.”