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.

Whitewater business leader embraces grocery leadership role

From The Janesville Gazette:

Lacey Reichwald recalls a community forum in 2015 after Whitewater’s only full-service grocery store said it planned to close its doors.

Lacey Reichwald

“I remember angry people pointing at city officials and saying that someone needs to do something about this,” she said.

Instead of looking to someone else to fix the problem, Reichwald jumped in with both feet.

“It occurred to me I can do something about this,” she said.

Today, the community has taken important steps to bring a cooperatively owned and full-service grocery to the city under the leadership of 36-year-old Reichwald.

Read the full article at the Janesville Gazette.

For more information about the Whitewater Grocery Co., visit whitewatergrocery.co.

WHS Students recognized for performing with Honors ensemble

Two WHS students were recognized at the November WUSD School Board meeting for performing with the Wisconsin School Music Association’s State Honors Ensembles. Clarinetist Caroline Crowley played in the Honors Band. Henry Bresser sang as a tenor in the Honors Mixed Choir. Both students performed in October at the Overture Center in Madison with their respective groups.

2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Whitewater Middle School named 8th grader, Cali Kopecky, its top youth volunteer of the year. Cali received this honor for her service and commitment to helping others.

The honor was granted as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide youth volunteer recognition program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

By selecting Cali as its top youth volunteer, WMS has advanced her application for state-level judging in the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Prudential will announce Wisconsin’s top youth volunteers of the year in February.

UW-Whitewater official noted for advocacy for LGBTQ students

Dr. Brent Bilodeau

Dr. Brent Bilodeau, interim vice chancellor for student affairs, recently received the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for work to improve the lives of LGBTQ students. LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning.

“Dr. Bilodeau brings such an irrefutable amount of joy to this work of LGBTQ inclusion and access,” said Stephanie Selvick, the LGBTQ campus coordinator who nominated Bilodeau for the award.

Bilodeau has advocated for gender-inclusive policies, especially for transgender students.

For the complete story from the Janesville Gazette, 

Whitewater Girl Scout Named to Youth Leadership Council

Fifteen girls from across south-central and southwest Wisconsin have been named to the 2018-19 Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland Youth Leadership Council (YLC). One of these ambitious young women hails from Whitewater.

Among the girls invited to sit on the YLC is Whitewater Girl Scout Morgan Radaj. Morgan is a senior at Whitewater High School. An active Girl Scout, Morgan earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. Additionally, she was a featured speaker before a group of state lawmakers at Girl Scouts Advocacy Day at the Wisconsin State Capitol held earlier this year.

The girls meet bi-monthly with Badgerland Girl Scouts CEO Marci Henderson and other professional staff to discuss topics impacting Girl Scouts today.

“The Youth Leadership Council is imperative to our organization,” Henderson said. “Not only do these girls provide perspective and feedback about our programming, but they help us understand what girls are facing every day in school, at home, and in the community.”

Henderson adds that by participating in boards and councils such as the YLC, these Scouts are embracing and expanding their understanding of being a G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker and Leader) – all while directly impacting other, mostly younger, Girl Scouts across the Badgerland jurisdiction. She says their involvement also aligns perfectly with the G.I.R.L. Agenda, an initiative by Girl Scouts of the USA that inspires and prepares girls and those who care about them to take civic action. “The G.I.R.L. Agenda help girls discover how they can use their voices to create change for issues they care about,” Henderson said. “At Girl Scouts and as part of the Youth Leadership Council, these high-achieving girls have the opportunity to engage in real-world advocacy.”

Additional members of the council are Peyton Barber of Madison, Gabrielle Greenwald of Stoughton, Sydney Harbison of Beloit, Katie Hesselbein of Middleton, Autumn Hilt, Rebecca Hose of Beaver Dam, Lizzie King of Stoughton, Cecilia League of McFarland, Emily Ledin of Middleton, Lauretta Loesch of Sun Prairie, Alexandrea Olson of Beaver Dam and Akshita Pattnaik of Middleton. The 15 members were selected to the YLC through a competitive application process open to all Girl Scouts in grades 9 through 12.

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland Council covers 23 counties in south-central and southwest Wisconsin, as well as Houston County in Minnesota and Allamakee County in Iowa. Its service centers are in Madison, La Crosse, Janesville, and Platteville. For more information about Badgerland Girl Scouts, including membership and volunteer opportunities, see www.gsbadgerland.org.

WHS Graduate Nominated for BroadwayWorld Regional Award

Quinn Forrest Masterson (WHS Class of 2010) was nominated for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards, presented this year by BroadwayHD! Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. Minneapolis local editors set the categories, submit nominees, and now YOU (the public) get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31, 2018. Quinn is nominated in the category of BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL for his portrayal of Shrek in SHREK The Musical, which ran earlier in 2018 at Black Dirt Theatre in the Minneapolis area.

After graduating from WHS in 2010, Quinn continued exploring theatre at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he earned his degree in Theatre Performance and Stage Management. Since graduating, Quinn has worked with theatre companies such as The Old Globe (San Diego, CA), Commonweal Theatre Company (Lanesboro, MN), Black Dirt Theatre, Theatre Coup d’Etat, and the Guthrie in Minneapolis. Quinn is also a speech coach and a member of the theatre directing staff at Park High School in Cottage Grove, MN.

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WUSD Geography Project Shared at Geofest Conference

John Houwers was a presenter at the 2018 Geofest that was held on the campus of St. Norbert College. Geofest is sponsored by the Wisconsin Geographic Alliance every year. It is Wisconsin’s best geographic education opportunity for K-12 teachers and the community. Students in last year’s AP Human Geography course were selected to participate in the Google Expeditions Beta project #LoveWhereYouLive created by John Houwers, Whitewater Unified School District Tech Integrator and students at Whitewater High School. Houwers shared a project created by students in Mr. Greg Stewart’s AP Human Geography Course.

Teachers gained insight into how their city’s history and geography can be understood by students by creating a Virtual Reality Tour using Google’s Tour Creator. This project can be can shared with others in Whitewater and the world. At the end of the conference, geography teachers from around the state had a firsthand look using VR headsets.

Mr. Stewart would like to thank Carol Cartwright of the Whitewater Historical Society for her time and effort in working with the students in assisting with the project. Many of the students were fascinated with the incredible photo archives collected by local historians. Students gained an appreciation of Whitewater’s past through geographic inquiry.