Hamilton German Club collects sweaters

Hamilton High School’s German Club collected a record number of sweaters in its third annual Sweater Drive. The 180-member student group gathered 317 new and gently-used sweaters and sweatshirts from students and community members. The items will be donated to needy families.

The Sweater Drive was conducted to commemorate St. Martin’s Day which is celebrated in November in many parts of Germany.

Hamilton takes highest award at state drama contest

Hamilton High School one-act play performers took the highest award possible Nov. 21 at the State Drama Festival in LaCrosse. Students came home with the Critics’ Choice Award — earned by only 16 schools in Wisconsin this year – for their performance of “Candid.” The award is presented when two of the three state judges characterize a school’s play performance as exceptional. In Hamilton’s case, all three judges rated the play worthy of the prestigious award. It is only the second time in the school’s history that a one-act play has earned the award.

In addition to the overall award, Kyle Biss, earned an Outstanding Acting Award for his portrayal of the play’s main character.

Steve Younk, Hamilton teacher and drama advisor, said students earned high praise from the judges and others at the state competition.

“The highest praise for a performance is a standing ovation, and we received a standing ovation from the audience in LaCrosse,” Younk said.

One of the judges noted it in her comments: “The standing ovation was truly deserved. . . .This is one of the few plays that occur at state where I forget to write because I am so involved in the story.”

“Candid” is a drama in which a student tells a teacher his life’s troubles through photographs. After earning the highest possible advances at both district competition in October and sectional competition in November, the Hamilton cast was among only 57 Wisconsin schools that made it to state.

Templeton raises $4,088 through Math-A-Thon

Templeton Middle School students raised $4,087.90 in November for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Students learned the importance of helping children while practicing their math skills through their fundraiser, a Math-A-Thon. Students asked sponsors to donate money based on the number of correct answers in their 230-problem math booklet.

“The students and community came through big time,” said Templeton teacher Sherry Malmon. Each grade raised more than $500 but Trenette Fowler’s sixth grade blue house students raised $836.05, Amy Wilde’s eighth grade house earned $691.25, and Brenda Peterson’s seventh grade gold house raised $550.50.

Top individual money raisers were:

  • Leanna Vannarom, grade 7 — $242.40;
  • Alec Smiltneek, grade 6 — $200;
  • Lindsey Burleson, grade 8 — $152.25;
  • Hannah Wiesneski, grade 6 — $150; and
  • Krislyn Follmann, grade 6 — $149.

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital was founded 25 years ago by comedian Danny Thomas as a place where children with many forms of cancer receive treatment, even when there is no insurance to cover the long-term cost of treatment. It is also a research center recognized for the biomedical research dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic childhood diseases.

Board invites community input on 2004-05 budget

Hamilton School District citizens will have several opportunities in the coming year to give the School Board input on the 2004-05 budget.

Public input is scheduled for March 15, April 19 and May 4 at 7:15 p.m. at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Rd., Sussex. It will precede the regular School Board meeting.

Those unable to attend the public hearings may mail comments at any time to the Hamilton School District, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, WI 53089. The School Board will review written comments during the budget preparation process.

The School Board is expected to approve the final 2004-05 budget at its May 17 meeting. The Annual Public Hearing and Annual Meeting where residents vote on the tax levy will be held June 21.

Templeton plans Veterans’ Day ceremony

A formal ceremony recognizing the contributions of American veterans will occur Nov. 7 at Templeton Middle School. The program begins at 8:30 a.m.

This year’s program focuses on the contributions of Vietnam veterans along with recognizing those involved in other wars.

Vietnam War veteran Bruce Greer will provide the Veterans’ Address. A ceremonial color guard will post and retire the colors, and a member of the Horne-Mudlitz VFW will lay wreaths to honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action.

Students will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well.

  • The Student Council will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
  • The Eighth Grade Chorus and Eighth Grade Band will perform “The National Anthem” and “God Bless America.” Choir members also will recognize veterans with an Armed Forces Salute and a musical tribute called “Blowing in the wind/America.”
  • VFW Auxiliary Essay Contest winners will read their essays of “My Dream for America.”
  • Selected members of the Eighth Grade Band will perform “Taps.”

Music teacher Jaye Mier is coordinating a video production that will feature photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students. The video will play continuously in the school lobby. Following the program, honored veterans will be invited to participate in a small reception.

Templeton Middle School is located at N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

Hamilton students honored for community service

Heather Slinde was named Hamilton High School’s volunteer of the year in the 2004 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. In addition, Hamilton student Kelsie Tripp will receive a certificate of merit for her volunteer community service.

Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards recognize outstanding community service.

“Heather is an excellent student who is focused on and committed to making a positive difference in her community,” Hamilton High School Principal David Furrer said.

Slinde is eligible for Wisconsin youth volunteer of the year awards. Two state honorees, one middle level and one high school student, will each receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion and a trip to Washington D.C. for recognition ceremonies in May. Other honorees will receive bronze medallions or certificates of excellence. State honorees will be named in February. At the Washington event, ten National Honorees will be named by a national panel of judges, and each will receive an additional $5,000, a gold medallion, and a crystal trophy for his or her school organization.

“Most awards given to students these days recognize academic or athletic performance,” said Prudential Chairman Arthur F. Ryan. “We believe it’s equally important to reward and celebrate young people who see important needs in their communities and commit themselves to meeting those needs.”

“These young people who win these awards through their tremendous volunteer efforts serve to inspire young and old alike to make a positive difference in their own communities,” said NASSP Executive Director Gerald Tirozzi.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are supported by Girl Scouts of the USA, National 4-H Council, Camp Fire USA, American Red Cross, YMCA of the USA, the Volunteer Center National Network affiliated with the Points of Light Foundation and many national education associations.

NHS installs new members at fall ceremony

Hamilton High School’s National Honor Society installed 30 new members recently at its fall installation ceremony.

The new members are:

  • Melissa Akins;
  • Lisa Block;
  • Brandon Bonfiglio;
  • Jamie Burns;
  • Jennifer Doyle;
  • Kendra Fidler;
  • Amber Galarowicz;
  • Kristine Gielow;
  • Whitney Hagstrom;
  • Theresa Henninger;
  • Alyssa Jacklin;
  • Hannah Johnson;
  • Sara Koll;
  • Noelle Korpela;
  • Amanda Lutz;
  • Sara Michalski;
  • Sara Mikolajczak;
  • Jaclyn Millonzi;
  • September Mueller;
  • Shawna Picard;
  • Holli Reckin;
  • Amber Schmitz;
  • Robert Schoner;
  • Kelly Schweiss;
  • Angela Starz;
  • Elizabeth Stoudt;
  • Stacy Strebel;
  • Jamie Sylvester;
  • Kelsie Tripp; and
  • Flora Zeng.

Robotics serves food, mystery December 4, 5, 6

Hamilton High School Robotics team members will serve up a dinner with delicious food and a captivating mystery as they host the murder mystery dinner, “Revenge At The Rocky Ridge Reunion.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, 5 and 6.

The fundraiser will cover some of the team’s travel expenses to compete in Chicago in March and to serve as a start-up fund for next year’s team.

In between three acts of the play, dinner guests will be served food and have an opportunity to review clues, discuss the mystery and ask characters question. The dinner’s broasted chicken will be provided by Olde Templeton Inn in Sussex with side dishes prepared in the school cafeteria. The dinner will be topped off with homemade desserts from team members and their family and friends.

“Revenge At The Rocky Ridge Reunion” is an original play written by Michael Hayes, a GE Transportation employee in Pennsylvania who has written scripts for previous Hamilton murder mystery dinners.

At the end of the play, audience members are asked solve the mystery by identifying the killer, motive and how he or she committed the murder. Prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are $20 each and must be reserved. Contact Lori Hinytz or John Budish at (262) 246-6471 for tickets. Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd, Sussex.

Hamilton music department sells citrus

Hamilton High School band and choir members have refreshing holiday gift ideas — and their purchase will also benefit students. They are selling fresh Florida navel oranges, tangerines, Indian River ruby red grapefruit and red delicious apples.

Fruit will be packed in two box sizes — large holding approximately 40 pounds and small containing approximately 20 pounds. Available again this year is a gift trio that consists of a dozen each of delicious apples, oranges and grapefruit and the variety pack that contains a dozen each of tangerines, oranges and grapefruit.

Students are selling the fruit from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25. It will arrive on Dec. 18th and will be delivered to customers’ homes. Costs are:

  • $21 for a large box of grapefruit;
  • $15 for a small box of grapefruit;
  • $22 for a large box of navel oranges
  • $17 for a small box of navel oranges;
  • $20 for a large box of juice oranges
  • $15 for a small box of juice oranges
  • $18 for a small mixed box of grapefruit and oranges;
  • $20 for the gift trio of apples, oranges and grapefruit;
  • $20 for the variety pack of tangerines, oranges and grapefruit.

The tree-ripened fruit is selected from the top 15 percent of the crop and has passed inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Citrus. It is suitable for giftgiving. If stored in a refrigerator or cool, dry basement, the fruit should keep well for about six weeks.

To place an order, contact a Hamilton band or choir member, or call music teachers Mary Ann Porwoll or Jon Waite in the Hamilton Music Department at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1116.

Band completes successful season

The Hamilton High School Charger Marching Band completed a successful competitive marching season recently at the Wisconsin State Marching Band Championships at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The band took a big step forward this year and received its highest score in three years of competition. The Hamilton band posted a score of 63.95 and was awarded a second division plaque. In previous competitions, the Charger band took second place at the Cudahy High School Invitational in class AAA and fourth place in the Greendale High School Preview of Champions.

Hamilton’s show this year featured the music of Walt Disney’s “Fantasia 2000” and included work by Beethoven, Stravinsky and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”