Liedtke finalist for FIRST Dean’s List

LiedtkeCropHamilton High School junior Sarah Liedtke was selected regional finalist in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Dean’s List Award competition. Liedtke will travel to St. Louis in April to compete with other regional finalists to earn one of 10 international awards.

Dean’s List Award-winners are awarded trophies and public recognition at the FIRST Championship. In addition, they receive written recommendation from FIRST leadership to the colleges or employers of their choice, credit toward their team’s next season registration fee, school plaque, invitation to attend an expense-paid Dean’s List Award Summit in New Hampshire and the opportunity to work with Dean’s List members and leaders to advance FIRST’s alumni mission.

Dean’s List recipients exemplify outstanding student leaders who are passionate and effective in attaining FIRST ideals. They are examples of students who have motivated their teams and communities in creating greater awareness of the FIRST mission. They provide outstanding contributions to their team while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Hamilton administrator chosen for state honor

Hamilton High School Athletic-Activities Director and Dean of Students Michael Gosz was chosen the 2014-15 Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC) Senior High School State Administrator of the Year.

The award recognizes Gosz for outstanding leadership and support of young leaders in Wisconsin. It will be presented at the Senior High School State Conference Leadership Awards Banquet April 27 in Madison.

WASC is a statewide organization of public, private and parochial elementary, middle, junior and senior high school student councils and student leadership groups dedicated to the continuation and expansion of leadership development and student responsibilities in Wisconsin.

Hamilton places third at GMC forensics tournament

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned third place in its conference March 21 at the Greater Metro Conference (GMC) Tournament.

The team award was determined by evaluating the average rank performance of individual team members. The following students were medal winners:

  • Danielle Kallis, first place in Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Ila Avinash, first place in Moments in History;
  • Kavya Ayalasomayajula, first place in Storytelling;
  • McKenzie Fowler and Samantha Moore, first place in Play Acting;
  • Ciara Cronin, second place in Storytelling;
  • Rachel Betters, third place in Radio Speaking;
  • Alexandra Detweiler, third place in Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Matthew Gnanadass, finalist in Extemporaneous Speaking; and
  • Ashley Wittmann, finalist in Prose.

Focusing on developing students’ public speaking and communication skills, the high school forensics team helps students build confidence and community through extra-curricular competition.

Jeremy Allen brings tigers to Hamilton Fine Arts Center


The 2014-2015 performing arts season wraps up with an exciting event never seen before at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC).

Jeremy Allen’s Grand Illusions – April 18 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Jeremy Allen and his Royal White Tigers have astonished people around the world. Join Jeremy as he performs spellbinding illusions with LIVE tigers on the Hamilton Fine Arts Center stage.Death-defying escapes and awesome illusions will keep you on the edge of your seat. You might even be chosen to assist in the show! VIP seating is offered within the first six rows, a meet-and-greet with Jeremy Allen and a photo onstage with the tiger following the show. Reserved seating tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students (13-18 years), and free for children under 12 years with each paying adult. Add $5 for all tickets obtained at the door.


Don’t miss other exciting school performances:

Synergy Show Choir Pop Show: Bound for Stardom – April 1 at 7 p.m.

Hamilton High School’s Synergy Show Choir has just completed its third competitive season. The theme of this year’s show is “Bound for Stardom,” and follows developing performers through the many experiences and emotions of following your dreams and finding success. The show choir’s competitive set includes “Let Me Be Your Star” from SMASH, “You May Be Right” by BillyJoel, “Anyway” by Martina McBride, “Loser Like Me,” and a medley of “A Star is Born/Let Me Be Your Star.” The Pop Show will also feature the Hamilton A Cappella Choir and many talented students in solo and small group acts, performing rock, indie, Broadway show tunes, and other pop music. The Pop Show performance will showcase over 50 of the high school’s best singers. General seating tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Children 5 years and younger are free.

Templeton Middle School presents, “The Music Man, Jr.”– April 16 at 7 p.m.

“The Music Man, Jr.” is a youth adaptation of the American classic musical that follows a fast talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. Featuring favorite songs such as “76 Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon” and “Goodnight, My Someone,” this show is sure to be a treat for the entire family. The cast of more than 100 eighth grade students is under the direction of music teacher Jaye Mier. General seating tickets are $5. Children 5 years and younger are free.

Hamilton High School presents, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” – April 30-March 2 at 7 p.m., March 3 at 2 p.m.

Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last but only five lucky children will be allowed inside. The winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol- toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, our hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true  and good and ready for the wildest time of his life.General seating tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (60 years and older) and students (18 years and younger).


Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (800) 838-3006 or by visiting the HFAC box office on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The HamiltonFine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.




Hamilton advances in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

Two student teams from Hamilton High School competed in the Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge sponsored by Moody’s Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Both teams placed among the top 200 teams advancing to the second round of judging from more than 1,000 teams in 45 states.

Students who competed in the M3 Challenge are: Team 1 – David Liang, Joyce Chen, Jeremy Daum and Aiken Johnson-Escudero; and Team 2 – Yuchun Wang, Jacob Hartung, Hayden Barth and Tyler Gall.

The M3 Challenge is an internet-based competition in which students have 14 hours to solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-world issue.

This year’s challenge problem is “STEM Sells: What is Higher Education Really Worth?” Students gathered data on tuition costs, debt burden and labor statistics to compare the earning potential of various career paths including those of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) versus non-STEM careers. They also attempted to assign mathematical value to qualitative parameters that influence the overall quality of life.

After the second round of judging, six finalist teams will be selected to present their winning solutions April 27 to a panel of mathematical experts at Moody’s Foundation headquarters in New York City. Approximately 65 teams will be recognized with team scholarship prizes, with the champion team receiving $20,000.

SIAM is an international society of individual, academic and corporate members that serves and advances the disciplines of applied mathematics and computational science. Moody’s Foundation, a charitable organization established by Moody’s Corporation, is committed to supporting education, in particular the study of mathematics, finance and economics. For more information on the M3 Challenge visit

Hamilton seeks nominees for Distinguished Alumnus

Community members are invited to nominate Hamilton High School graduates for the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award which will be presented at the June 13 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 may be submitted through the district website at on the Hamilton High School alumni page or delivered to Candis Mongan, 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 April 24. For further information, contact Principal Mongan at (262) 246-6471 x1104.

Hamilton students win awards in regional art contest

Hamilton High School art students earned three awards in the 2015 Scholastic Art Awards – Wisconsin Regional Competition and Exhibition. Students who earned awards were:

  • Kimberly Inthavong, Silver Key for art portfolio;
  • Sofia Jaegersberg, Honorable Mention for ceramics and glass; and
  • Pengxue Vang, Honorable Mention for ceramics and glass.

The Wisconsin Scholastic Art Awards program, which features outstanding works by students in grades 7–12, is the regional section of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Program conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc.

Hamilton’s Synergy Show Choirs celebrates successful season with April 1 concert

The Hamilton High School Synergy Show Choir will celebrate its successful season with a final home concert April 1 for family, friends and community members. The concert, which will cost $5 in advance and $6 at the door, begins at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. Advance tickets can be purchased at the HFAC box office, HFAC online or from choir members.

The “Synergy Pop Show” will also feature the Hamilton A Cappella Choir and many talented students in solo and small group acts, performing rock, indie, Broadway show tunes and other pop music. It will showcase more than 50 of the high school’s best singers.

This has been a year of great accomplishment for the Hamilton Synergy Show Choir, according to Hamilton Choir Director Marilyn Mascitti. The major turning point for the group was the work they did with a professional choreographer that was made possible because of a grant from the Hamilton Education Foundation.

Mascitti encourages community members to bring their family and friends to enjoy this celebratory concert of the school year. The HFAC is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Templeton students to compete in regional National History Day

More than three dozen Templeton Middle School eighth-graders will compete March 28 at the regional level of National History Day. Finalists were selected previously at the school level and will go on to compete at Carroll University.

National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year the annual theme is “Leadership and Legacy in History.” Students present their conclusions in a written paper, a performance, an exhibit board, a documentary or a website.

The school event is the first step in a competition cycle that can take students from the school level to regional, state and national competitions. At each level of competition, students share their work with peers, historians, educators and professionals in related fields as they compete for special awards and the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition.

Students from Templeton and their projects advancing to the regional level are:

Group websites:

  • Lisa Nuelk and Hannah Emberts – “Oskar Schindler: Righteous Among Nations”
  • Joseph Spivey, Matthew Mysliwski, Jacob Krenek – “George S. Patton”
  • Ryan Ciolkosz and Jacob Anthony – “Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Man Who Changed a Nation”
  • Noah Laedtke, Zachary Wilcox, Sina Riazi – “Truman and the Atomic Bomb” 

Individual websites:

  • Abigail Dowse – “The Leadership and Legacy of Adolf Hitler”
  • Mabel Jankowski – “J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Legends”
  • Aiden Zelakiewicz – “Walt Disney: The King of Animation”
  • Tiffany Pham – “Discovering Disney”
  • Ty Kozic – “Custer: Fearless or Foolish?”
  • Alternate: Jack Shebuski 

Group exhibit boards:

  • Abby DePue and Calla Dane – “Cartoon Connoisseurs”
  • Trang Mai, Laura Kuchar, Mai Vang Thao – “Harriet Tubman: Tracks to Freedom”
  • Connor Sinks and Matthew Wiltsey – “Adolf Hitler”
  • Olivia Neils and Jessica Mysliwski – “Rosa Parks Ave.”
  • Ashley Sromalski and Leslie Castle – “Susan B. Anthony”
  • Alternates: Jenna Dalzin, Alex Moore, Mikayla Cup, Malinda Gammon, Gabrielle Rovge, Emma Kate Knudsen 

Individual exhibit boards:

  • Lindsey Rubelowski – “The Undying Determination of Maric Curie”
  • Rachel Passow – “Lewis Hine: A Picture is Worth 1000 Words”
  • Molly Hubred – “The White Ribbon”
  • Lindsey Sinks – “Irena Sendler”
  • Mia Rogers – “Mackenzie King in WWII”
  • Alternate: Anna Lalicata 


  • Seth Bartos – “Wernher von Braun: Rocket Man”
  • Elise Rades – “The Original Mean Girls”
  • Wyatt Stimson – “The Unknown Genius: The Life of Percy Julian”
  • Katherine Burke – “Westward Expansion: 2 Men, 1 Woman, 1 Mission”
  • Nicole Oberst – “Solid Body Les” 

Group performance:

  • Kaylee Kaiser and Lauryn Robson – “Mussolini: Not Just a Dictator”

Individual performance:

  • Holly Venkitaswaran – “Abigail Adams: Letters to the World”

Group documentary:

  • Ashlyn Rapisarda and Morgan Price – “Wonders of Walt Disney”
  • Michael Willey and Maxwell Lang – “Harry Houdini”
  • Brie Brandt and Neha Rajappa – “Japan Strikes”

Individual documentary:

  • John Weber – “Jim Valvano: Don’t Give Up. Don’t Ever Give Up.”


Hamilton announces February students of the month

Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected as students of the month for February. They are:

  • Christopher Lawrence, applied engineering and technology;
  • Rachel Betters, art;
  • Nathan Rouse, business education;
  • Erin Magoon, communication arts;
  • Elitsa Teneva, family and consumer sciences;
  • Grace Carlson, fitness education;
  • Nicole Van Fleet and Mariah White, mathematics;
  • Emily Thoummavong, music;
  • Alexandria Calmes, science;
  • Kennedy Evans, social studies; and
  • Ariana King, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.