Photography Sought for 10th Annual Fran Achen Photography Competition

Entry Form Deadline: Thursday June 20

Photo Drop-Off: Thursday, June 27, from 4pm to 6pm at the Cultural Arts Center.

Photo Pick-Up: Sunday, July 28, from 3pm to 5pm.

Whitewater Arts Alliance

10th Annual Fran Achen Photography Competition

July 5 – 28, 2019

Cultural Arts Center

402 West Main Street

Whitewater WI 53190

Opening Reception & Awards Presentation: Sunday, July 7 from 1pm to 3pm at the Cultural Arts Center with awards presented at 2pm.

Open to all photographers — beginning, intermediate, and accomplished photographers of all ages are invited to submit their photographs.

Judges will name 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize winners in each of three divisions: Youth/Teen (ages 18 and under), Amateur (ages 19 and up), and Accomplished (any age). Judges will also name a Best of Show Award and attendees of the exhibit will vote for a Viewers’ Choice Award. Each prize and award will include a cash prize.

Full information including rules and entry forms available at:

For tips on basic framing, please refer to the free video, “Basic Photo Framing Using Frame Kits”, available at:

For other questions please contact the event’s chairperson, Jeff McDonald, at

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

Then there were two: 2nd finalist drops out of running for UW-W Chancellor

UW System officials announced Thursday that Slippery Rock University Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Philip Way has withdrawn from consideration.

Louisiana State University of Alexandria Chancellor Guiyou Huang withdrew from consideration last week. UW System spokesman Mark Pitsch declined to comment on why Way and Huang dropped out.

Their departure leaves just two finalists still in the running — interim UW-Whitewater Chancellor Cheryl Green and Southwest Minnesota State University Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs Dwight Watson. A regent committee is scheduled to interview them Friday and recommend one candidate for hire to the full Board of Regents.

Upset in the Middle School Battle of the Books

Middle School Battle of the Books Champions Announced! It’s officially an upset! The 6th-grade WAZzys are the champs over the 8th grade Little Einsteins!  The top two Battle of the Books teams competed against each other on May 7 after school.  The Little Einsteins (Alejandra Diaz-Gallegos, Ilana Lothes, and Maria Verduzco) gave a valiant effort but came in behind the 6th-grade team of Willow Vogelzang, Ava Nygren, and Zoe Olson. There was lots of pizza and ice cream for everyone and the championship battle was great entertainment. This was a great year for Battle of the Books and we are very proud of the hard work and diligent reading that the teams put forth.    

Back – Ilana Lothes, Alejandra Diaz-Gallegos, Maria Verduzco
Front – Zoe Olson, Willow Vogelzang, Ava Nygren

Local Man Wins Award for “Gems of Whitewater” Documentary

On Thursday, May 9th, Wisconsin Community Media presented local man, Michael Hilliger, with an Award of Achievement for his work on a documentary about Whitewater.  “Gems of Whitewater” is a 3 episode series, each about one of 3 different local historical sites in our area.  The Train Depot, the Birge Fountain and the Artesian Well natural spring.  It was made possible by our very own Whitewater Community Television.   Other local people worked on these projects, including Haley Dieter, and Kristin Mickelson.  The shows include interviews with several community leaders with thoughtful insights and historical facts about these “Gems.”  Available to watch on WWTV 990 or google “Gems of Whitewater” to see these locally produced shows.

WHS Class of 1954 Plans 65th Class Reunion!

The Whitewater High School Class of 1954 will be holding their 65th class reunion at the Willow Brook Golf Course on Hwy. 59 on July 6, 2019.  The festivities will start with getting together at 12 noon for “meet and greet, get re-acquainted, followed by lunch with ordering off the menu.  Reservations need to be made by June 24th to Evelyn Schneider 262-473-2661.  Any questions and further information, call Evelyn.

Lincoln Elementary Hosts Successful Leadership Day

Lincoln School hosted Leadership Day on Friday, May 3rd.  This included a parent session with information about Leader in Me, an all school assembly, classroom visitations, school tours and a student/teacher panel.  Students were responsible for planning and presenting the assembly and related activities. The day was centered on the theme “Kids Helping Kids.” Classrooms did a variety of activities under this theme and the entire school participated in the first Kids Helping Kids craft fair.  Students made and donated items to sell. Almost $600 was raised. The student body voted and decided to donate the proceeds to the following causes: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Therapy Dog Program, The Community Space and Whitewater Unites Lives “Mind the Gap” summer food program.