Hamilton junior wins state title at forensics tournament

Junior Danielle Kallis won the state championship title in Special Occasion Speaking helping Hamilton High School’s forensics team earn 12th place in its division April 11 at the Wisconsin Forensics Coaches’ Association (WFCA) state meet at Ripon College.

More than 850 students from 68 schools throughout the state competed in various speech and drama categories. The team award was determined by evaluating the average rank performance of individual team members.

The following students were category winners:

  • Rachel Betters, sixth place in Radio;
  • Kavya Ayalasomayajula, finalist in Storytelling;
  • Samantha Moore and McKenzie Fowler, finalists in Play Acting; and
  • Erin Magoon, finalist in Four-Minute Informative.

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

Hamilton announces March students of the month

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

  • Maximillian Lehmann, applied engineering and technology;
  • Vanessa Winter, art;
  • Austin Klemstein, business education;
  • Ciara Cronin, communication arts;
  • Lauren Ullmann, family and consumer sciences;
  • Michael Barnes, fitness education;
  • Amber Dufner and Madison Earing, mathematics;
  • Angela Hastings, music;
  • Regina Golding, science;
  • Brice Bunting, social studies; and
  • Lauren Anthony, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.





Charger Robotics captures fourth Chairman’s Award

Charger Robotics Team 537 returned from the Queen City Regional competition in Cincinnati April 5 where it earned the regional Chairman’s Award for the fourth time in six years. The team represents Hamilton High School in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) international high school robotics competition.

The Chairman’s Award is FIRST’s most prestigious team award and supersedes winning the competition itself. As regional Chairman’s Award recipient, Charger Robotics has a reserved spot at the St. Louis championship event April 22-25, giving it the chance to compete for the national Chairman’s Award. The award was created to recognize teams that demonstrate the greatest commitment to spreading passion about science and technology in their communities and schools. Team members submit an essay, a three-minute video and give a presentation in front of a panel of judges.

A total of 70 Hamilton students are involved in Charger Robotics, which is supported by GE Healthcare, Rockwell Automation, Reich Tool & Design, Centare, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Pferd, Sussex Lions Club, Power Test, Northwestern Mutual, 3M, Paul S. Devore, Precision Metalforming Association and Fast Signs through financial donations and employee mentors. The team is advised by Hamilton teacher Lori Hinytz and volunteer Kari Woods. To learn more about the Charger Robotics team, visit http://team537.org .  

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






Register now for 4K at Willow Springs

Did you miss Willow Springs Learning Center’s registration in January? Parents whose children will turn four year old on or before Sept. 1, 2015 can still register for the Hamilton School District’s highly-regarded kindergarten program for 4-year-olds. The half-day experience for children addresses their individual needs and differences and engages them in meaningful experiences – an interactive environment that promotes love of learning.

Call ahead at (262) 255-6190 before stopping by the Willow Springs office at W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls.

Required at registration are the child’s original birth certificate and immunization record. Two proofs of residency are required when the first child in a family registers in the district. Forms may be downloaded from the district website at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us/district/enrollment.

Also suggested is a list of emergency phone numbers and information if a child will be picked up or dropped off at a location other than home.

Templeton Chorus to present “The Music Man, Jr.”

 The Templeton Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus will present “The Music Man, Jr.” April 16 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and children under 5 and senior citizens with Golden Agers passes are free.

“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 available online at www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com, by phone at (800) 838-3600, at the HFAC box office on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. or at the door one hour prior to the show.

The HFAC is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road in Sussex.





Templeton students state qualifiers in National History Day

Templeton Middle School eighth-graders competed March 28 at the regional level of National History Day at Carroll University. Five students qualified to advance to the April 25 state competition at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Students from Templeton and their projects advancing to the state junior division level are:

  • Abigail Dowse – individual website “Adolf Hitler – An Unforgettable Leader,”
  • Jessica Mysliwski and Olivia Neils – group exhibit board “Rosa Parks Avenue,” and
  • Hannah Emberts and Lisa Nuelk – group website “Oskar Schindler – Righteous Among Nations.”

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 exhibit boards, performances, websites, papers or documentaries.