Zach Lambright, a junior at WHS was diagnosed with cancer earlier this school year, and the student body would like to do something to support him and his family during this difficult time. The high school student council and National Honor Society are working together to run a coin war at WHS the week of Monday, December 17.
Whitehall School District’s third grade class took advantage of a unique opportunity on Tuesday, November 27. A total of 100 third graders from thirteen different area school districts joined them at the Blair-Taylor school to participate in a “Creative Problem Solving Day” sponsored by the Blair-Taylor National Honor Society and Student Council. The students spent the day participating in team-building activities that worked to enhance creative problem solving skills, but also included meeting new students from other school districts. They were able to prepare for a mock Iditarod race, pretend to be scientists, and engineer a structure, along with many other fun and enriching activities. The experience was exciting and valuable for all of the students involved.
The 2012-2013 school musical has officially begun! Auditions for Whitehall High School’s presentation of “Oklahoma” were held this past Monday (November 26), and the cast list has been semi-officially posted. The lead roles, Curly, Laurey, Jud Fry, Ado Annie, Will Parker, Ali Hakim and Aunt Eller are being played by Ethan Ringlien, Katelyn Paulson, Carter Semb, Jordynn Anderson, Trajan Schaub, Jackson Standafer and Emily Herness, respectively. Supporting characters are being played by Caleb Estenson, Andrew Lamberson, Trysten Powell, Amanda Ringlien, Melaina Steig, Julia Halama, Megan Poulos, Alia Standafer, Megan Borreson, Sirena Dubiel, Mikaela Kinning, Wes Herried, Jonathan Sygulla, Cory Stoutner, Chase Schaefer, and Tom Gierok. Child roles will be announced at a later date. “Oklahoma” is being directed by Mrs. Jackie Goplin, retired band director, and will be performed as a matinee on April 3rd, 2013 at 12:30, and a night performance at 7:30 on the evenings of April 4th-6th.
On Friday, November 30, fourteen students were inducted as new members of the Whitehall High School National Honor Society, marking the first ever induction ceremony held during the school day. The new members were required to complete a written application and receive letters of recommendation, which were then reviewed by a faculty committee that selected this year’s inductees. This year’s new members include senior Lynita Miller; juniors Karla Anderson, Katie Engevold, Megan Engevold, Elizabeth Filla, Samantha Giese, Sierra Lambeck, Cassidy Meyers, Trysten Powell, Amanda Ringlien, Laura Runkel, and Jillian Schaefer; and finally sophomores Mikailah Lindberg and Jada Schaub. Congratulations to the new members of the National Honor Society!
Please join us for the Holiday concerts presented by the Stouthearted Men and Friends! Stouthearted Men is a local male chorus and the ‘Friends’ are the women who join them for their annual Christmas Program. They will be performing a concert on Saturday, December 1st at Whitehall Memorial High School at 7:30 pm and Sunday December 2nd at Eleva-Strum High School at 2:30 pm. There are several Whitehall High School students singing in this group; Ethan Ringlien, Wesley Herried, Carter Semb, Jackson Standafer, Alia Standafer, Kate Paulson, Amanda Ringlien, Katarina Ringlien, as well as community members and a few high school students from the Eleva-Strum, Osseo-Fairchild, and Whitehall area. Select Whitehall students from the 5th grade will perform three selections and then join the group for the finale. The Eleva-Strum performance will feature Eleva Intermediate students on one combined selection. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door; $4 for adults, $2 for students, and preschoolers’ admission is free. Please come and enjoy the holiday season with beautiful music!
Winter sports are all underway as of Monday (Nov. 12th) at WHS. The boy’s basketball team began practice last week Monday, (Nov. 5th) and the girls basketball and wrestling teams followed this week. Contests begin on November 19th when the boy’s basketball team travels to Arcadia to take on the Raiders.
Wednesday night (Nov. 14th) marked another fifth grade D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation ceremony. Each year the fifth grade classrooms are visited once/week by a Trempealeau County police officer. During the weekly visit, students take part in activities in which they learn the dangers of drugs and alcohol, along with ways to say no in pressure situations.
Jackson Electric Cooperative offers a unique opportunity for any area students interested in careers in the electric and power field. Juniors and seniors are welcome to participate in the Youth Ambassador Program, where they will learn about cooperative principles, electricity generation and distribution, and a variety of business structures.
The final article of career week features Señora Anderson, Mrs. Goplin, and this year’s new tech ed teacher, Mr. Anderson. Señora Anderson attended UW-River Falls to receive her Bachelor’s degree, and UW-La Crosse to receive her Master’s degree degree in Eduaction. Her schooling took a total of 8.5 years, some of which completed while working.
Today’s article features Mrs. Irvine and Mr. Giese. Mrs. Irvine attended UW-Stout to receive her Bachelor’s degree, and UW- River Falls to obtain her Master’s degree. Her schooling took a total of 6.5 years. With her degrees Mrs. Irvine could work in fields of fashion, graphic, or interior design as well as teach art. Her advice to students is to go into a field they enjoy. Mr. Giese attended Western Wisconsin Technical Institute originally, and obtained degrees in farm management and Ag-business. After that he attended UWEC and received a degree in broad field social studies. His third college attended was UWL, where he recieved a Master’s degree in education. Currently Mr. Giese is pursuing a Master’s degree degree in History. Overall he has spent 14 years pursuing different degrees. With all of his certifications Mr. Giese has the ability to work in many different areas of farming and agriculture, as well as work as a high school or tech college teacher. With his Master’s degree in History he could also work in the research and law fields. Me. Giese’s advice to students is to “pay attention, because you never know where life may lead you.”