Sahyun Honored with NCWIT-Wisconsin Aspirations in Computing Award

Gwynne Sahyun has been selected as a 2019 NCWIT-WI Affiliate Winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Gwynne Sahyun has been selected as a 2019 NCWIT-WI Affiliate Winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Gwynne is a hardworking, intelligent, and friendly Whitewater High School junior who helped form the FIRST Robotics team Ferradermis and served as a strategy co-captain for the team for two years. This year she is the electrical co-captain. She helps mentor Lego League at a local school and is doing outreach to other schools. She plans to study engineering and computer science. Gwynne is part of the Wild Rumpus Circus and enjoys making chainmail and painting. She has traveled to 4 countries and competed on the U.S Team at the World Gym Wheel competition in Switzerland. She is currently taking AP Physics and Microcontroller Programming. Gwynne also competes annually at the MSOE and Marquette computer programming contests.

In addition, Laura Masbruch, WHS Computer Science Teacher, will receive an NCWIT-WI Educator Honorable Mention Award for 2018-2019. Both will be honored at an event at Alverno College on Sunday, May 5.

Pair Nominated for FIRST Robotics Dean’s List

Article by Laura Masbruch

Ryann (Rosie) Aschenbrener and Colin Chenoweth were nominated this year for the FIRST Robotics’ Dean’s List Award

Dean’s List is a FIRST Robotics award named for founder Dean Kamen which celebrates “outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary.”

Ryann (Rosie) Aschenbrener and Colin Chenoweth were nominated this year by the mentors for Whitewater High School’s robotics team Ferradermis and are now considered semi-finalists.

Rosie’s mentors trust her to do anything at any time and do it well. She has become our all-around specialist. If Rosie sees that a young team member is hanging back and nervous to jump in, Rosie will invite them in. Rosie has worked with electronics, mechanical, competition logistics, and has served as human player (and professional cart puller) on the drive team. She also led the charge to raise over $18,000 in two weeks by making cold calls and personal contacts when the team qualified for Worlds in 2018, which allowed her teammates to travel to Detroit free of charge.

Colin joined as a freshman when our team was just forming and earned the immediate respect of the mentors not only for his intellectual abilities but also for his work ethic. Colin served as a member of the drive team as a freshman and as the electrical captain for his sophomore year; this year he took on the role of CAD co-captain. This summer, Colin took a lead role in our first ever boot camp, introducing incoming freshmen to the use of CAD and helping them prototype a Frisbee shooter. Colin is a quiet leader; he leads by example, and it is obvious that he has earned the respect of his teammates. They respect his intellect, they respect his creativity, and they respect his playful spirit.

Rosie and Colin will be interviewed by judges at the Wisconsin Regional in Milwaukee in late March.

Whitewater students have strong showing at Southern Lakes Advanced Learners Network 7th grade Math 24 Meet

Math 24 Winners: L-R: Emerson Ellenwood, Jared Apgar, Patrick Travor, Aidan Turner, Silas Baker, Leah Newmann

Congratulations to the 7th grade Math 24 team for doing an awesome job at the meet held on February 15 at Whitewater Middle School.  Students were challenged with two rounds of Math 24 fraction cards followed by two rounds of Math 24 decimal cards.

Special congratulations go out to Emerson Ellenwood for winning the 1st place individual trophy and to Jared Apgar for winning the 2nd place individual trophy. Jefferson students, Patrick Traver and Aidan Turner, worked hard and earned the 3rd and 4th place individual trophies. 5th and 6th place trophies went to Whitewater’s Silas Baker and Leah Newmann respectively.

Overall, Whitewater had more total points than any of the other schools participating. Jefferson came in second. Clinton and Waterloo followed. Additional Whitewater Team members were Noah Coleman and Nick Wilson.  They also did very well.  Andrea Alcala was on the team as an alternate.

We are very proud of the entire team!  Go Whippets!  

WMS Math 24 team L-R: Jared Apgar, Nick Wilson, Emerson Ellenwood, Noah Coleman, Silas Baker, Andrea Alcala, Leah Newmann

Two WHS students named as National Merit semi-finalists

The National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 16,000 Semifinalists have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standings in the competition.

The principal of Whitewater High School, Mike Lovenberg is pleased to announce that Whitewater High School Seniors, Zachary Brantmeier and Nicholas Kuzoff have officially been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists.

Good luck to Zach and Nick!

Whitewater Middle School Spelling Bee Winners

Pictured L-R: Henry Gehrenbeck, Emma Clarksen, Zoe Olson

Whitewater Middle School was finally able to hold our annual Spelling Bee on Wednesday, February 13. Final winning words were ligatures and glutinous.

The first place winner was Henry Gehrenbeck, 6th grader and child of Robert and Sarah Gehrenbeck, Whitewater.

Second place went to Emma Clarksen, 8th grader and child of Ryan and Kim Clarksen, Whitewater.

Zoe Olson, 6th grader, whose parents are Michael and Elizabeth Olson, Whitewater, came in third place. The top 7th grade speller was Devin Parboteeah, child of Kaviraj Parbooteeah and Kyong Pyun also of Whitewater.

Henry is now eligible to compete at the regional CESA 2 Spelling Bee that will be held at Whitewater High School on Wednesday, February 27.

We wish Henry the best of luck as he advances to the next level.

Southern Lakes Anthology selects 8 WMS students’ work

L-R: Monica Juette, Ava Nygren, Ashlynn Prah, Alex Clarksen, Ghati Binagi, Nola Coburn, Leah Newman, Lucy Troxel, and Cosette Wildermuth-Breitzman. Great job and congratulations to all of the students whose work was selected. You make us very proud!  

The Regional Judging for Southern Lakes Anthology was completed on January 29 in Elkhorn. Again this year, Whitewater Middle School was very well represented at this event having eight of our submitted middle school entries chosen for publication. These students had their entries selected and were identified as Regional Winners: Monica Juette, Ava Nygren, Ashlynn Prah, Alex Clarksen, Ghati Binagi, Nola Coburn, Leah Newman, Lucy Troxel, and Cosette Wildermuth-Breitzman. Great job and congratulations to all of the students whose work was selected. You make us very proud!  

Whitewater Middle School Math team competes at Math 24 Meet

 Whitewater Team members included Front L-R: Dante Baker, Reece Condon, Connor Friend, Back: TJ Piper, Keenan Sheffield, Julian Cohen. Each of these students successfully solved cards and added to our team’s success.

Congratulations to the 6th grade Whitewater Middle School Math 24 team for doing a great job at the Math 24 Meet held on Feb. 8. Special congratulations go out to Reece Condon for winning the sixth place individual trophy. Jefferson students worked extra hard again this year and earned the first, second, fourth and fifth place trophies. The third place individual trophy went to a student from Edgerton. Overall, our school placed second among all four schools competing. Jefferson came in first place. Whitewater students came in second followed closely by Edgerton and then Waterloo. Great effort everyone!    

Whippet alumni receive academic honors

UW-La Crosse announces fall 2018 Dean’s List

The following area students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year, ending December 2018.

Qualification for the Dean’s List is limited to students who have attained outstanding academic achievement. To be eligible, students must have earned not less than a 3.5 semester grade point average and carried a minimum of 12 credits. 


  •  Emilie Kachel, Exercise and Sport Science Major: Sport Management
  •  Thomas McManaway, Recreation Management Major: Community-Based Recreation Emphasis
  •  Brady Meudt, Biology Major
  •  Haylee Stachow, Psychology Major

UW-Stout Students receive Chancellor’s Award for fall term

The following students from the area have received the University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor’s Award for the fall 2018 semester.

The award is presented to students who have a grade point average of 3.5 or above. 


  •  Zachary Gross, BS Computer Science, Freshman
  •  Michael Hilliger, BFA entertainment design, Sophomore

UW-Green Bay announces fall 2018 semester academic honors

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has made public the names of students receiving semester honors for the fall 2018 semester. Students who earn a 4.0 grade point average, which represents all “A” grades, receive highest honors. High honors go to students earning 3.99 to 3.75 grade point averages. Honors are given to students earning 3.74 to 3.50 grade point averages. All were full-time students in the fall term, earning 12 or more credits of graded coursework.


  •  Victor Hayek, Semester High Honors
  •  Alayna Mikulski, Semester Honors

Area students named to Dean’s List for fall semester at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire extends congratulations to the 2,681 students named to the fall 2018 Dean’s List. Their academic performance has been outstanding and we recognize these students with pride.
The Dean’s list eligibility criteria can be found online at
Students from this area who were named to the Dean’s List are:


  •  Amanda Herold, Nursing and Health Sciences
  •  Alexis Long, Business


The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the distinction.


  •  Alan Jaime, School of Education, Dean’s List
  •  Meghan Kehoe, School of Education, Dean’s List
  •  Shannon Kehoe, School of Education, Dean’s List
  •  Lauren Lohff, School of Nursing, Dean’s Honor List
  •  Thomas Maloney, Division of Continuing Studies, Dean’s List
  •  NOAH Miller, College of Letters and Science, Dean’s List
  •  Justine Mischka, School of Human Ecology, Dean’s Honor List
  •  Connor Steinke, College of Letters and Science, Dean’s List

SLALN 5-6 and 7-8 Math Meet Results

Front – (6th graders) Andrew O”Toole, Henry Gehrenbeck, Ava Nygren, Alex Clarksen
Back – (8th graders) Peter Portwine, Cole Schlicher, Jazmin Cederberg, Emma Clarksen  (7th graders) Emilia Houweers, Silas Baker, Emerson Ellenwood, Jared Apgar

It was a job well done for the students that represented Whitewater Middle School at the Southern Lakes Advanced Learner Network Math Meets on January 15. While no trophies or medals were earned by Whitewater students they tried their hardest, had fun, and represented our school well. 

Our 5-6 team came in 3rd place (out of 8 schools in their division) behind Hartland-Lakeside and Merton. Henry Gehrenbeck and Andrew O’Toole just missed receiving high individual medals by placing third and fourth high respectively. Alex Clarkson and Ava Nygren also had very high scores close behind Henry and Andrew and within the top 12. Hartland-Lakeside and Merton also dominated the 7-8 Math Meet event. 

Our 7-8 team came in 6th place (out of 8 schools in their division) and placed above Clinton and East Troy. Jared Apgar was the highest scoring student on our 7-8 Whitewater team followed by Cole Schlicher and Emma Clarksen. Other members of the 7-8 team included Jazmin Cederberg, Peter Portwine, Silas Baker, Emerson Ellenwood, and Emilia Houwers. It was an exciting, high energy event and a tough day.

There were 72 math teams competing represented by 36 different school districts and 576 students attended the event on the UW-Whitewater campus.

8 Lincoln Choir Students Perform in WCDA All-State Children’s Choir

Students performing were (front row, left to right) Isaac Weigel, Erika Dreksler, Elora Wildermuth-Brietzman, (back row, left to right) Margaret Brown, Chacha Binagi, Nina Heim, Yareli Palomec and Honors Choir director from the Platteville Children’s Choir, Marcie Russell.

Lincoln Elementary 5th Grade Choir had 8 students selected for the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association All-State Children’s Choir. The performance was January 12 at Lawrence University in Appleton.

They performed with 5th and 6th-grade choir students from across the state for the WCDA State Conference.

Lincoln Choir Director, Christine Hayes, commented, “The music was challenging and the students worked extremely hard for a beautiful performance. It was a life changing experience!”