WHS Choir performs Spring Concert

WHS Choir students presented their Spring Concert titled “What a Glorious Feeling!” on May 15th in the high school auditorium.

Bel Canto Choir, The Treblemakers, Music Masters Ensemble, Cadenza Singers, and the WHS Ringers performed.

Students who earned letters, bars, and pins were presented those awards. Nine seniors were recognized for their musical accomplishments and contributions to their respected ensembles. Alisha Parboteeah received the National Choral Award. The concert closed with the song “You Will Be Found.”

Ferradermis competes at FIRST World Championships

Article and Photos by Laura Masbruch

In March, after finishing the qualification rounds ranked 3rd out of 54 teams, the Whitewater High School Robotics Team Ferradermis captained the second seeded alliance in the elimination rounds at the FIRST Wisconsin Regional, selecting the teams Paradigm Shift from Pewaukee High School and Oriole Assault from Hartford Union High School to compete with them on their alliance. The alliance was victorious, eventually defeating the alliance led by the team Wingus and Dingus from New Zealand in the finals to claim the Regional Title and qualify for Worlds.

The FIRST World Championships in Detroit hosted 408 high school robotics teams from around the world divided into 6 divisions of 68 teams each from April 24 through the 27th. Each division hosted its own qualification and elimination rounds with the winning alliance moving onto the Einstein field to compete against the other division winners. Twenty-seven members of the team traveled to Detroit where Drivers Danny Soto and Colin Chenoweth, Human Players Jenna Lee and Wesley Salverson, and Technician Zach Brantmeier took the robot Chief Lee onto the field for competition.

Ferradermis competed in the Tesla Division with teams from 15 states, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Israel, Japan, and Singapore. Ferradermis was randomly placed in the Tesla Division along with their winning alliance partner Paradigm Shift from the Wisconsin Regional, and the two teams ended up having to play against each other in the qualification rounds in Detroit; fittingly, that match ended in a tie. The most unique alliance of three which Ferradermis was a part of was when they simultaneously joined forces with the teams from Chile and Israel.

Ferradermis ended the qualification rounds ranked 52 out of 68, and did not make the playoffs. They battled valiantly in each and every qualification match with their last match producing their best overall performance by any of their 10 randomly assigned alliances. Ferradermis was only one of six teams in the Tesla Division to have a perfect score across all 10 qualification matches for the sandstorm period of the game where the robot could either operate autonomously or the drivers could navigate by the use of cameras. Their total cargo points from all 10 matches with their alliances ranked 32nd overall and their total habitat climbing points from all 10 matches with their alliances ranked 33rd overall. Although Ferradermis scored a lot of points, and the matches were typically very close in their final scores, ultimately it was the overall win-loss record of 1-8-1 that left Ferradermis in 52nd.

In addition to competing and talking with students from around the world, Ferradermis members had the opportunity to visit the Innovation Faire where many global companies demonstrated their latest and greatest technologies. They also attended workshops on a wide array of topics related to robotics, outreach, and running a team and had the opportunity to check out scholarship row where many major universities presented information on the $80 million in scholarships available to FIRST participants. The team also had the pleasure of cheering on Team #930 from Mukwonago High School as they came within a single point of winning the World Championship in the finals at Ford Field on Saturday night.

Ferradermis wishes to thank their many sponsors that have made their first three years as a team possible. A special thank you goes out to our current Golden-Iron Sponsors NASA, Pentair, Whitewater High School, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Generac Power Systems, Lavelle Industries, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater College of Business and Economics, Anonymous Community Members, and Milwaukee Tool as well as our current Silver-Iron Sponsors HSI Rentals, Michael Borglin & Tim Walsh, The Coburn Company, Whitewater Manufacturing, First Citizens State Bank, and Hudapack Metal Treating and our numerous other sponsors.

The team is already looking forward to 2020 and the game “Infinite Recharge.” Team members can only speculate until January when they find out what that really means, but they do know that next year’s game is being sponsored by Lucasfilm and parent company Disney as part of the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative. Ferradermis is currently accepting new members for summer activities including our second annual Boot Camp from August 3-10 at Whitewater High School. Interested incoming freshmen and current students considering joining the team should contact Laura Masbruch at lmasbruch@wwusd.org.

Tubby’s Too Bar and Grill donates to Whitewater Food Pantry

Tubby’s Too Bar and Grill, W8497 Cty A in Richmond, provided Easter Dinner for people who had no place to go, free of charge.  In return, the business only asked that a donation be made to the food pantry.

The response was incredible as people just donated for the cause, and Tubby’s Too raised $300 for the food pantry. 

Terri Lynn Kilpin, Neal “Tubby” and Laurie Brewer wish to express many thanks to all that donated!   

WMS Students participate in Jefferson County Courthouse Job Shadow

Participants L-R: Keith Cameron, Monica Juette, Halee Peters, Aubrey Shepard, Ashlynn Prah

Five selected 8th-graders (with an interest in pursuing a legal career) participated in a job shadow event at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Friday, April 26.

Students from area middle schools were invited to participate in the special day.  Each group of students was assigned to a courthouse staff member whom they followed through their workday asking questions and receiving answers to those questions. Whitewater students were assigned to a lawyer and were given tours of both the courthouse and the lawyer’s office in addition to being able to sit in on several courtroom cases. They had a question & answer lunch with a Judge and in the afternoon participated in two mock trial scenarios where they role-played different participants in the mock trials.

Participating students were then required to write an essay about the experience which will be on display at the Jefferson Co. Courthouse as Law Day is celebrated. 

Whitewater Arts Alliance’s Cultural Arts Center showcased student art in April

Art by students from ages 4 to 18 was featured in the April exhibit at the Whitewater Arts Alliance’s Cultural Arts Center.

The exhibit included a variety of two and three dimensional artwork by students from area schools. The art teachers displaying their students’ art were: Mareta Hale (Washington), Sara Sixel (Lincoln), Sara Brautigam (Lakeview), Sarah Heyer (Middle School), and Crystal Gill (High School).

Also featured were the Lincoln Elementary School’s World Drumming Ensemble, the Washington Elementary School’s K/1 singers, and the Washington 2/3 singers.

Despite snow, “Brats at the Bank for Tilla” a success

A little snow couldn’t stop the fun Saturday, April 27, as members of WCFP, a nonprofit K9, community fundraising group joined forces with staff at Premier Bank, Whitewater for “Brats at the Bank for K9 Tilla.”  Bank staff and the fundraising group raised nearly $1000 to help the Whitewater Police K9 Unit with training needs which include Bite Suit, Bite Sleeve and Decoys.  Handler Justin Stuppy and K9 Tilla were on hand for kid’s games, face painting, food and fun.

Police K9 Fest will be held at Spring Creek Golf Center Saturday, July 20th

Events include:

  • 5K family/pet fun run
  • 10K run
  • Golf Scramble
  • Poker Run/Pub Crawl
  • Raffles
  • Silent Auction
  • Wayne Road Band, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, find us on FACEBOOK at Police K9 Fest 2019 or runsignup.com/policek9fest

WHS Students perform at District Solo/Ensemble Festival

On Saturday, March 9th, students from Whitewater High School performed at the District Solo/Ensemble Festival at East Troy High School.

Students participated in both vocal and instrumental events.

Congratulations to these students who will advance to the State level on April 27th at UW-Whitewater: Sophie Mayer, Katie Kuhtz, Colin Dugan, Nick Kuzoff, Nicole Sedmak, Audrey Mayer, Jared Clapper, Caroline Crowley, Jillian Harkness, Henry Bresser, Natalie LaBreche, Nikita Hartzheim. Sophie Walton, Gio Anello, Jul Boss, Lauren Harkness, Alec Holt, Cally Julson, Weston Lema, Angie McKelvey, Alisha Parboteeah, Chris Porcaro, Ella Smith and Carter Waelchli. 

Ferradermis competes at FIRST Robotics Northern Lights Regional

Ferradermis traveled to the FIRST Robotics Northern Lights Regional in Duluth, Minnesota from Wednesday, March 6, through Sunday, March 10, competing with and against 59 other teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Sweden.

On Wednesday night, while a small crew did setup at the arena, the remainder of the team visited the civil engineering labs at the University of Minnesota Duluth and participated in several demonstrations before enjoying a team dinner at Sammy’s Pizza.

Following a practice day on Thursday, the team competed in 9 qualification matches on Friday and Saturday, ending with a record of 5-4 and ranking 22nd out of the 60 teams. Although the team was not drafted into an alliance for the playoffs, their high ranking placed them on a list of bots put on standby for replacements for any disabled robots in the playoffs. The team had planned to travel home Saturday at the end of the competition but ended up spending an extra night in Duluth due to the weather.

Thank you to our many local sponsors for supporting the team. To see more photos from the competition, visit the team’s page on Facebook at facebook.com/Ferradermis.

Washington Elementary goes to the movies

From Principal Tom Grosinke:

Washington would like to thank the Cinemas of Whitewater for hosting our trip to the movie theater on Thursday, February 28. K-5 students earned a school-wide field trip to the movies to celebrate their school spirit and great character. Students were able to view the movie How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World while eating popcorn and enjoying time with their school family.

Our hosts took great care of us!!! A special thank you to the Washington PATT for providing substantial funding to make this trip possible!

Super Storm the Opera, Comes to Lincoln!

Lincoln student body was treated to an action-packed, singing whirlwind professional opera on Friday, presented by the Madison company, Opera for the Young. The chorus joining the 4 professionals were 16 Lincoln 4th grade singers.  The new opera written exclusively for the tour this year was supported by the Lincoln FTP parent group for which the school is most grateful. The children watching loved the amazing opera voices and seeing their school mates involved. The opera cast commented on how beautifully the students sang and how wonderful the audience behavior was!