Students learn about actuary career

Hamilton High School students in Penny Komatz’s statistics class were treated to firsthand information about a career focused on mathematics April 23 when Jenny Docea gave a guest presentation. Docea, an actuary for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, explained what an actuary does. Noting that she puts a price tag on risk, she discussed the aspects that contribute to insurance rates.

She also provided information about how a person becomes an actuary including educational background, required exams and employment opportunities in the field. She provided sample problems one might find on one of the the eight exams that are required to become a “fellow” or full actuary and had students solve them. Students then designed a cell-phone insurance policy that considered factors such as initial costs of the phone, probability malfunctions, amount of reimbursement, profit goal, employee salaries, product development expenses and inflation rates.

Hamilton students raise money in Hoops For Heart

Hamilton High School students raised nearly $1,500 to fight the nation’s No. 1 killers – heart disease and stroke – when they participated in Hoops for Heart. Some 250 Hamilton students recently participated in the event sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Hoops for Heart allowed students to display their basketball skills and show their support for cardiovascular research. Students engaged in physical activity and made the connection that exercise can be fun and contribute to the improvement of America’s health.

Students raised $1,480 in Hamilton’s third annual Hoops For Heart event.

Jerry Cilbulka, Hamilton High School physical education teacher and Hoops for Heart coordinator, acknowledged participants’ generous donations and efforts to decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke. He encouraged students to take charge of their health and wellness through daily exercise and healthy eating habits.

Templeton student earns excellent rating at state

Templeton Middle School seventh-grader Alexandra Koelbl earned an excellent rating April 24 at the Wisconsin School Music Association State Music Festival held at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Performing as a flute soloist, Koelbl earned the rating by receiving excellent marks for tone, music interpretation, intonation, expression and articulation. She qualified for the state festival by receiving the highest rating possible at a District Music Festival held in March.

The festival featured student soloists and ensembles from throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

Hamilton Prom set for May 15

With a theme of “Old Hollywood” Hamilton High School will celebrate Prom May 15. The public is invited to see the Grand March that will begin at 4 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Entrance fee is a canned good donation or $1 for the Sussex Food Pantry.

Following the Grand March, students will depart by bus for the Mequon Country Club for their formal dinner and dance and return to Hamilton by 11:30 pm. A post-prom party will be held at the Menomonee Falls YMCA.

The prom court is : Danielle Cawley, Melanie Coburn, Lisa Dardich, Nicole Ehnert, Amber Galarowicz, Emily Gebhardt, Whitney Hagstrom, Lauren Henschen, Angela Starz, Stacy Strebel, Melissa Tetzlaff, Laura Zoulek, Travis Bacon, Kyle Evan, Selman Ismaili, Bryan Macpherson, Michael Miller, Alexander Neuberg, Derek Olson, Andrew Schilter, Robert Schoner, Kevin Sperb, Ulysses Turner and Evan Vogel.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Maple Avenue Spring Concert set for May 13

The Maple Avenue Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus, Drama Club and Intergenerational Choir will present their Spring Concert at 7 p.m. on May 13.

The concert, “Feelin’ Good,” will celebrate the importance of humor and laughter in our lives. It will be filled with wonderful music that has been cleverly written to bring a smile to the faces of all who hear it. The Intergenerational Choir will perform with the students in the concert’s finale.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the gymnasium of the school, located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex. It culminates a semester of advanced choral study and provides drama opportunities for fifth-graders.

Hamilton choir sing for state PTA convention

The Hamilton High School Varsity choir performed April 23 for the state Parent-Teacher Association Convention. The 15 members of the choir were invited to perform at the Marriott West in Waukesha. They performed a variety of music from standard jazz selections, musical selections, movie themes, to pop songs of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Mary Ann Porwoll is the Hamilton High School choir director.

Hamilton students to perform “Bye Bye Birdie”

Hamilton High School students will present “Bye Bye Birdie” May 6-9 in the high school Little Theater.

Nearly 50 students who are involved as actors or stage crew will present the musical, which is a nostalgic trip back to the 1950s. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. May 6, 7 and 8, and at 2 p.m. on May 9. The cost of the performance is $5 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. To purchase tickets call (262) 246-6471 voicemail extensions 1407 or 1152.

The play is directed by Hamilton social studies and theater teacher Steve Younk.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

Templeton Student Council takes 6 awards at state conference

The Templeton Student Council earned five gold awards and one silver award April 18 and 19 at the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC) Junior and Middle School State Conference. Individuals who earned the awards are:

  • Valerie Becker, a gold award in speech;
  • Karlyn Laszkiewicz, a gold award in writing.
  • Sarah Warzon, a gold award for scrapbook;
  • Alexander Hintz, Brian Konyn, Justin Franzen, Danica Wasser, Kelsey Gratz and Nathan Mundt (with assistance from teacher Kathy Rankin) gold award for banner;
  • Danielle Schoner, gold award for the best project; and
  • the Button Committee, silver award.

Samantha Runingen, Kristi Kimball, Nathan Mundt, and Caryn Knight presented a sectional to the conference on the WASC Standards of Excellence Program.

Brian Konyn, Andrew Doucette, and Alexander Hintz presented on the Templeton Student Council web page and described how other schools can start their own.

Templeton Technology Education teacher Arlyn Clarksen is the Student Council advisor.

Summer Opportunities sign-up deadline is May 14

Hamilton School District’s Summer Opportunities brochures were distributed April 23 to all public and parochial schools within the district. Mail-in registration for the Summer Opportunities 2004 program began April 26 and will end May 14. Parents who did not received a brochure should contact any district school office. Brochures also are available at the Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex Village Hall and Lisbon Town Hall.

Visit the Hamilton School District web site at to download registration forms and information.

Registration by mail will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Students requesting popular courses should return completed registration forms with payment as early as possible.

Enrichment courses beginning with 4K through grade 8 will begin June 21 and end July 16. School will not be in session July 5.

For more information, call the Summer Opportunities Office at (262) 255-3653.

High school seeks nominees for Distinguished Alumnus

Community members are invited to nominate Hamilton High School graduates for the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award which will be presented at the June 12 high school graduation ceremony.

People are asked to include the nominee’s name, address and phone number, along with a 50- to 75-word description of why the nominee is worthy of the award. This information should be sent to David Furrer, Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, WI 53089.

High school faculty members will review nominations and recommend a finalist.

The nomination deadline is May 14. For further information, contact Furrer at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1104.