Hamilton cheerleading tryouts to be held May 22-24

Students interested in trying out for the 2012-13 Hamilton High School cheerleading squad are invited to attend tryouts May 22, 23 and 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The team is looking for solid dancers, strong cheer energy and voice, tumbling skills and stunting experience.

An informational meeting will be held May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Library. Tryout packets are available in Office C. Tryouts will be in the Auxiliary Gymnasium at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

For more information about the cheerleading squad, please contact Coach Kristin Kendall at kkendall@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Hamilton students bring home medals from SkillsUSA

Three Hamilton High School students brought home medals from the SkillsUSA state competition in Wisconsin Dells. Seniors Lauren Braier, Rebecca Mulkey and Megan Speckin were judged among the best Wisconsin competitors in their divisions.

  • Speckin took first place and a gold medal in the graphic communication division.
  • Braier took first place in advertising and design.
  • Mulkey was a bronze medal winner in advertising and design.

Speckin and Braier’s first place finishes qualified them for national competition this summer in Kansas City.

As part of the graphic communication competition, Speckin competed in a seven-part contest that tested students’ understanding and abilities related to digital workflow, electronic prepress, finishing, offset press operations, oral professional assessment, production planning and technical knowledge. Assignments included creating a file in a page layout program, cutting paper to specifications, preparing a tabletop folder for precise folding exercises, installing a plate on a press and printing two colors on a preprinted two-color sheet. She was interviewed and asked to solve problems related to paper, ink and production.

Braier and Mulkey’s technical skills and creative aptitude were tested as though they worked for an advertising agency. In addition to a written test, they recreated an advertisement on the computer and were judged on their accuracy, proficiency with industry-standard software and ability to meet a deadline. The creative aspect of the competition required application of original thinking and development to a design problem. They were judged on layout, drawing and illustration skills as well as their ability to create vibrant, effective designs using a computer.

SkillsUSA is a nationwide partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It is a nonprofit organization serving high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.



(from left) Lauren Braier, Rebecca Mulkey, Megan Speckin, all seniors, and Hamilton graphic arts instructor Tom Schlueter


Hamilton students score high in Financial Capability Challenge

Hamilton High School students taking the Personal Finance course in the business education department posted outstanding results in the National Financial Capability Challenge. More than 80,000 students throughout the country participated in the challenge. The Hamilton class average was 81 percent, and the nationwide average was 69 percent.

Students who placed in the top 20th percentile received a certificate from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in honor of their accomplishment. Hamilton students receiving certificates —  including four students who scored in the top 10th percentile — are: Allison Bitz, Shannon Desorcy, Fabiola Gallegos, Breanne Gartmann, Zachary Kasun, Daniel Smith, Elizabeth Voss and Hannah Zielinski.

The National Financial Capability Challenge is an awards program designed to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high school aged-youth across the U.S. so they can take control over their financial futures. The main competencies covered in the challenge include earning, saving, borrowing and protecting against risk.

Templeton students qualify for state music festival

Templeton Middle School music students participated March 23-24 in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Solo and Ensemble Music Festival held at Mukwonago High School. Students entered as individual soloists, duets, trios or large ensembles. The WSMA  judge rated them on a I-V system with I as the highest.

Students who performed music from Class A were eligible to receive a *I rating denoting that they will advance to the state music festival April 28 at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The following students earned this distinction:

  • Ethan Mardanus-Budiono, violin solo;
  • Alexandra Detweiler, flute solo;
  • Stephanie Pham, violin solo; and
  • Alexandra Stephens, piano solo.



Maple Avenue plans Fun Run May 11

Maple Avenue Elementary School will hold its first Fun Run May 11 with proceeds going to buy seven new classroom SMART Boards. As an active, healthy way to support their school, staff and students will be encouraged to run or walk during their lunch recess behind the school.

The Maple Avenue Home and School parent-teacher group organized the Fun Run to reach its goal of having a SMART Board in every classroom. SMART Boards are digital whiteboards connected to computers that allow use of touchscreen capabilities to manipulate information.

“SMART Boards keep the kids interested and involved with classroom lessons,” said Maple Avenue fifth grade teacher Christina Garley. “A classroom SMART Board is great for its interactive capabilities, and it allows teachers to bring outside internet resources into the classroom.”

All students are encouraged to collect pledges toward purchasing SMART Boards. Each student who turns in a pledge will receive a Fun Run temporary tattoo to wear during the run and can earn a variety of donated prizes based on total pledges they collect.

As part of their “Uniting Kids and Community” Program, fifth grade students prepared presentations explaining the goals of the Fun Run to the other grades. The fifth-graders also will help on the day of the run with event logistics and pledge sheets tabulation.

“We are excited about this healthy effort to actively involve our staff and students to make the Maple Avenue experience even better. Our business neighbors have already committed their support with prizes and donations,” said Maple Avenue Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin.

Parents and community members wishing to contribute to the Home and School purchase of classroom SMART Boards may make checks payable to the Maple Avenue Home and School. Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex, WI 53089.















Willow Springs holds rummage sale May 3, 4

Willow Springs Learning Center will hold its third annual rummage sale May 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and May 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and all proceeds will benefit programs and activities for Willow Spring’s students.

The sale will feature items such as infant, toddler and children’s clothing and shoes; toys large and small, indoor and outdoor; books; video games; movies; and baby gear such as pack ‘n plays, swings and strollers.

All items are donated. People interested in donating do not need to price items, but their contributions should be:

  • clean and in good condition;
  • complete with all pieces, labeled in a plastic bag;
  • sorted by size; and
  • dropped off at Willow Springs from April 30 through May 2 between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Willow Springs Learning Center is located at W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. Please contact the school at (262) 255-6190 for more information.

Hamilton Jazz Ensemble performs at Festival

Hamilton High School Jazz Ensemble performed March 30-April 1 at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival held at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Three students were recognized for outstanding work on improvisational solos: Leah Stapelman, piano; Harrison Yu, tenor sax; and Alex Magoon, trumpet.

The Eau Claire Jazz Festival has maintained a standard of excellence in jazz education and performance earning its distinction as one of the oldest and largest jazz festivals in the nation.The Hamilton Jazz Ensemble received feedback from recognized leaders in jazz education and participated in a variety of workshops, master classes and concerts. 

The Hamilton Jazz Ensemble will perform May 16 at the All District Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at Maple Avenue Elementary School which is located at W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex.

Hamilton DECA advances to international conference

Six Hamilton High School DECA members competed March 13-15 at the Wisconsin DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva.

The following students will advance to the DECA International Career Conference April 28-May 1 in Salt Lake City:

  • Elizabeth Fricke, Erin Geszvain and Cody Bailey, second place overall, school based enterprise;
  • Vy Nguyen, third place overall, entrepreneurship; and
  • Kartik Ayalasomayajula and Alexander C. Schultz, fifth place overall, business law-ethics.

Business education teacher and DECA advisor, Skip Hay will accompany the students to the conference.

Templeton Ski Club travels to Colorado on Spring Break

Templeton Middle School Ski and Board Club kept its Spring Break tradition going for the 12th year with the conclusion of this year’s trip to Colorado. A total of 49 participants headed to Breckenridge, Colo., April 5 after school let out. They returned home April 13.

The Ski and Board Club members hit the Breckenridge mountains for five days, spent time in Vail and traveled to the Loveland Pass where students stood on the Continental Divide. Students cover all costs of their trip.

Templeton seventh grade social studies and reading teacher Alan Schneider and eighth grade math and reading teacher Karen Zielinski have organized and chaperoned the Spring Break trip since 2001.

Hamilton students qualify for state music festival

Hamilton High School music students participated March 17 in the North Shore District Solo and Ensemble Music Festival held at Homestead High School. Students entered as individual soloists, part of an ensemble or both. A Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) judge rated them on a I-V system with I as the highest. Students who performed music from Class A were eligible to receive a *I rating denoting that they will advance to the state music festival April 28 at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The following students earned the right to compete at the state festival by earning the *I excellent rating:

  • Shannan Brown, Leah Stapelman, Nicole Zeman and Elizabeth Casper, flute solo;
  • Miranda Brown and Emma Chung, clarinet solo;
  • Aaron Hintz, tenor sax solo;
  • Brian Kerber and Phanpanas Mora, trumpet solo;
  • Michael Scott, euphonium solo;
  • Samuel Leinon, marching quints solo;
  • Leah Stapelman, Michael Scott and Miranda Brown, piano solo;
  • Shannan Brown and Miranda Brown, flute-clarinet duet;
  • Emma Chung and Lauren Spankowski, clarinet duet;
  • Shannan Brown, Leah Stapelman and Megan Hessler, flute trio;
  • Bailee Bobert, Brandon Joel and Kashish Talwar, saxophone trio; and
  • Miranda Brown, Emma Chung, Kelly Verhaalen and Carissa Dowden, clarinet quartet.

Receiving excellent I ratings were:

  • Phanpanas Mora, Alex Magoon, Jared Bazile, Jackson Petermann, Michael Scott, Mitchell Hudson, Matthew McGuire, Aaron Davis, Nicholas Ritter, Brandon Joel, Kashish Talwar, Michelle Bader, Ariel Pershman, Harrison Yu, Devin Sartler, Eric Sabol, Samuel Welter, Kelly Verhaalen, Angela LeDonne, Emily Thoummavong, Akshayaa Lakshmanan, Leah Stapelman, Sarah Germer, Robert Little, Kevin Jansen, Alexander Ludin and Jeremy Nelson, jazz ensemble;
  • Nicholas Ritter, Harrison Yu, Aaron Hintz and Samuel Welter, saxophone quartet;
  • Allison Kline, Beatrice Kuenn and Elizabeth Eichsteadt, woodwind trio;
  • Amolia Nelson, Erin Pagenkopf, Morgan Swartzendruber, Shyanne Savage, Mariah Bazile and Emily Kobs, flute trio;
  • Jared Bazile, Alyssa Kobs, Arturo Sparrow, Anna Sendelbach, Jacqueline Walkowiak and Melanie Sumiec, trumpet trio;
  • Elizabeth Casper and Hannah Bjorklund, flute duet;
  • Sarah Germer and Kevin Jansen, clarinet duet;
  • Bailee Bobert, Megan Hessler, Michelle Bader and Ariel Pershman, alto sax duet;
  • Bryan Ritter and Cody Neverman, trumpet duet;
  • Lydia Salus and Robert Little, horn duet;
  • Melanie Kuntz, Devin Sartler and Dominick Weiman, flute solo;
  • Kelly Verhaalen and Eric Sabol, clarinet solo;
  • Carissa Dowden, bass clarinet solo;
  • Nicholas Ritter and Chong Zhang, alto sax solo;
  • Frances Weiss and Victoria Schulze, trumpet solo;
  • Jacyln Weiss, horn solo; and
  • Jeremy Nelson, drum set solo.

Receiving II very good ratings were:

  • Phanpanas Mora, Devin Sartler, Michael Scott, Jackson Petermann, Samuel Welter, Mathew Olkowski, Robert Little and Alexander Ludin, jazz improvisational combo;
  • Constance Dowden, Sharon Liang, Nicole Zeman and Devin Sartler, flute quartet;
  • Allison Bitz, Nicole Spence and Eric Sabol, woodwind trio;
  • Sarah Cross, Conner Ladwig and Olivia Wick, clarinet trio;
  • Samuel Wishart, Chad Kobs and Ethan Beaudry, trumpet trio;
  • Nicholas Schulze, Matthew McGuire and Alex Zibell, trombone trio;
  • Madeline Oskey, Sharon Liang, Mackenzie Ludin, Colleen O’Neill, Samantha Kollmann, and Rylee Pulvermacher, flute duet;
  • Emily Thoummavong and Angela LeDonne, flute-clarinet duet;
  • Samuel Welter, baritone sax solo;
  • Alex Magoon, trumpet solo;
  • Aaron Davis, horn solo;
  • Jackson Petermann, trumpet solo;
  • Matthew Ciolkosz, baritone solo;
  • Michael Scott and Samuel Welter, piano duet; and
  • Madeline Oskey, Robert Little, Samuel Welter, Eric Sabol and Mariah Bazile, piano solo.