By John J. Schimming
This past weekend the Quad County League had their 12U softball tournament in East Troy. The Whitewater Toppers team closed out the season in fashion taking second place in the silver bracket. The girls won their first two games of the tournament 16-8 and 12-7 on Saturday. The team came back on Sunday morning to take on East Troy for the championship game, however, had to settle for second place.
The coaching staff was very happy with the girls’ performance, especially during the second half of the season. The girls started the season 0-7 however the staff continued to see improvement and just told the girls they were getting better and the wins will come. This came true as the team finished the season 7-2 to close out the season with an overall record of 7-9. The girls learned great fundamental softball throughout the year to help them prepare for upcoming years.
Coach Schimming would like to thank the girls and parents for a great year. It was a very enjoyable time working with the girls. Thank you also to Jim Gosh and Josh Kubicz with their coaching expertise this year. It was great working with these two gentlemen as well.
For the second consecutive year, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has been named among the Colleges of Distinction— a national honor that recognizes campuses for exceptional teaching and dedication to student success.
What’s a “college of distinction”? It’s a school handpicked by admission experts for the Colleges of Distinction project. They judged the 4,000 or so colleges and universities in the country based on four factors: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.
For more information, see this news release from the university.
Jessica Barden has been a student at Studio 84 for six years and has developed her talent for painting pet portraits. She is one of several students who is making her art into a business. Here is what Jessica had to say about her time at Studio 84, “It makes me feel good that I could have a job out in the community with the stuff I’m learning at the studio. Makes me feel really good that I could have my own business in art. I feel proud of myself and it makes me feel good that I have something going in my life. People love my artwork and it makes me happy, and jump for joy and makes me proud. I thank God that I know how to do this kind of work. I thank God Studio 84 has taught me these things.”
Over the years, the staff has noted, that Jessica is learning to deal with frustrations and how to use those frustrations as learning experiences not just with her art but in everyday life as well. Director, Deborah Blackwell, states that she’s also learning to operate the cash register to check people out and loves giving tours of the gallery and store. Blackwell says, “her confidence in what she does is growing, she’s learned so much with painting that she is often seen helping others too.”
As part of the vocational training program in the arts, Jessica now has her own website, Facebook page, and email and has become quite proficient at using these programs. As a natural process of using these programs, she is also improving her spelling and reading abilities. She works with Gateway Tech intern Stacy Whetlow with her reading skills by reading books together. You can visit Jessica’s website at jjbarden79.wixsite.com/artist.
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.
LeRoy was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 24, 1940. He graduated from Southern Illinois University and taught woodshop in Wheaton, Illinois. Leroy, however, was an entrepreneur at heart and moved to Richmond, Wisconsin to create and design products for the craft and gift industries until his retirement in 2015. He was known as a “Master Craftsman” in the miniatures industry and 2 of his dollhouses are on display at House on the Rock in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.
Although LeRoy lived in the Whitewater area for half his life he remained an avid Chicago sports fan. He cheered and jeered countless Bears, Cubs and Bulls games from his recliner. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, bowling, softball, pool and ping pong as well as mowing lawn in the sun and relaxing on the pontoon boat on Whitewater Lake with an icy beverage.Read More