Hamilton team wins state Battle of the Books

Hamilton High School students Dorothy Palmer, Maja Pechanach, Nikhita Nair, Ellie DeCleene and Sean LaVoy (alternate) took first place in the senior division at the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA) Battle of the Books competing against 61 teams statewide. This is the third time Hamilton has won first place in the last six years.HHS-Battle-of-the-BooksWEB477

The senior reading list includes 20 books that students read deeply to retain information about plot, character, theme, setting and other elements. The teams will receive a plaque and students will receive individual certificates.

Battle of the Books is a fun, academic-based statewide competition designed to promote a love of reading among students. It encourages students to read a variety of books and remember information about the plots, characters and settings. Every question asked in a battle is answered by the title and author of the book.

Hamilton students offer musical theater workshop April 13

Members of Hamilton High School Drama Society’s spring musical “Mary Poppins” are offering a musical theater workshop for children ages 6-13 years. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. – noon April 13 in the Hamilton High School Little Theater.musicaltheater

All participants will learn a song and dance from the musical “Mary Poppins,” and participants will perform their routines for family and friends at 11:40 a.m. in the Little Theatre.

Participants will be placed into age groups. In addition to dance lessons and vocal practice at the workshop, all participants will receive one voucher for a free child’s ticket to see “Mary Poppins” May 3-5 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. The workshop is limited to 50 participants.

Completed registration form and payment are due by April 1. Cost is $30 and a check should be made payable to HHS Drama Club to Hamilton High School, Attn. Drama Club, W220N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, WI 53089.

All participants should wear clothes they can move in and shoes safe for dancing.

Hamilton students win awards in regional art contest

Seven Hamilton High School art students earned awards in the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards – Wisconsin Regional Competition and Exhibition. Students who earned awards were:


  • Madelyn Mascotti – Gold Key for painting, Silver Key for drawing and illustration and Honorable Mention for painting;
  • Mariah Behr – Gold Key for photography and Honorable Mention for photography;
  • Emily Brochhausen – Silver Key for photography;
  • Emily Erickson – Silver Key for photography;
  • Kayla Vega– Silver Key for painting;
  • Lexi Neels – Honorable Mention for mixed media; and
  • Morgan Price – Honorable Mention for photography.

Gold Key art work will advance to national competition. 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.

Woodside students compete at Bucks Math Hoops state tournament

Woodside Elementary School students Connor Wasserburger and Cooper Carlson in Susan Schramka’s fifth grade math class competed March 8 in the Bucks Math Hoops state tournament.WDS—Math-Hoops-Carlson-Wasserburger-Schramka-web

Math Hoops is a fast-paced board game and mobile app that teaches students fundamental math skills through the basketball statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players.

Schramka signed up her mathematics enrichment class this fall. After playing 25 games, Wasserburger and Carlson emerged as class champions, qualifying them for the state tournament where 80 students in grades 4-8 competed at the Milwaukee Bucks Training Center.

The competition involved rolling dice to get two numbers that contestants add, subtract, multiply and divide within a 24-second shot clock. The Woodside champions played a three-game round robin where they went 3-0, but did not score enough points to move to the next level of competition. At the tournament, Bucks’ center Brook Lopez and mascot Bango visited with students.

Templeton chorus presents “Madagascar”

Templeton Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus, under the direction of Jaye Mier, will present “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure, Jr.” April 11 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). This delightful family-friendly show begins at 7 p.m.Madagascar-Jr.-Logo477

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated movie, the musical follows all of your favorite “crack-a-lackin” friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

General seating tickets are available online at www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com, by phone at (800) 838-3600 or at the door one hour prior to the show. Tickets are $7 plus a $1.24 service fee for online and phone orders. Online tickets cannot be purchased the day of the show, and phone sales end one week before the show. If still available, tickets at the door will be $9.

Children under 5 and senior citizens with Golden Agers passes may attend for free, but they must have complimentary tickets for admission to the performance.

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

Hamilton students, teacher, principal win Kohl awards

Hamilton High School seniors Abigail Dowse and Maxwell Unger, Marcy Elementary School teacher Callie Lauer and Marcy Principal Michele Trawicki all were chosen recipients of the 2019 Herb Kohl Foundation Awards. They are among 188 graduating students, 100 teachers and 16 principals statewide who will be honored.Kohl-winners-web2

Dowse and Unger each will be presented with a $10,000 Student Excellence Scholarship for demonstrated academic excellence, high motivation to achieve, activity and leadership outside of academics and strong promise for success in college and beyond. Lauer is receiving the Teacher Fellowship based on her superior ability to inspire a love of learning in students and motivate others, and leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Trawicki was chosen for the Principal Leadership Award for setting high standards for instruction, achievement and character, and creating a climate to best serve students, families, staff and community. Awards in the amount of $6,000 will be made to each teacher and principal and their schools.

The recipients were selected by a statewide committee of civic leaders and representatives of the program’s co-sponsors: Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA), Association of Wisconsin School Administrators and Wisconsin Parents Association.

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. To date the foundation has awarded $17.8 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students, and schools.

“Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students, teachers and principals and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future,” Kohl said.

Recipients will be honored at regional luncheons where Kohl will present the awards. Dowse, Unger, Lauer and Trawicki will be recognized April 13 at Greenfield High School.

Hamilton DECA experiences success at state

Hamilton High School sent 22 DECA members to the March 4-6 Wisconsin DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva. Hamilton earned 48 awards and qualified 12 members to advance to the international conference.


The following students were recognized and will represent Hamilton at the DECA International Career Conference April 27-30 in Orlando:

  • Maanya Kashyap, second place overall and four medals for marketing communications;
  • Arushi Ranasaria, second place overall and one medal for integrated marketing campaign – product and two medals for apparel and accessories;
  • Rashmi Majjigapu, second place overall and one medal for integrated marketing campaign – product;
  • Maxwell Unger, third place overall and two medals for business services marketing;
  • John Weber, fourth place overall and two medals for sports and entertainment marketing and two medals for integrated marketing campaign – event;
  • Eric Doese, fourth place overall and two medals for accounting applications;
  • Aayush Iyengar, fifth place overall and three medals for principles of finance;
  • Jason Gahr, sixth place overall and two medals for entrepreneurship;
  • James Richter, one medal for financial consulting and two medals for personal financial literacy; and
  • Sophia Detweiler, two medals for retail merchandising.

The following students have been invited to compete at the international conference based on performance: Peyton Feudner and Gavin Kuhlenbeck, School-Based Enterprise.

Additional students who medaled include:

  • Michael Maher, sixth place overall and three medals for hotel and lodging management;
  • Haley Pfifer, three medals for food marketing;
  • Margaret Flynn, two medals for principles of business management and administration;
  • Shiva Senthil, two medals for entrepreneurship;
  • Prathmesh Konda Gopinath, one medal for principles of business management and administration; and
  • Matthew Lehner, one medal for human resource management.

Business education teacher and DECA advisor Skip Hay will accompany qualifying students and Charger Corner managers to the international conference.

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:

  • Hailey Woolf, applied engineering and technology;
  • Jasmine Johnstone, art;
  • Maanya Kashyap, business education;
  • Samantha Schmidt and Madison Versh, communication arts;
  • Alyssa Mussfeldt, family and consumer sciences;
  • Misaki Yamaguchi, fitness education;
  • William France, mathematics;
  • Ian Moore, music;
  • Joshua Reindl, science;
  • Kayla Vega, social studies; and
  • Elijah Conrad, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton principal accepts position in Oak Creek-Franklin

Hamilton High School Principal Candis Mongan submitted her resignation March 11 to become principal at Oak Creek High School, effective July 1.CandisMongan175

“The district has been truly fortunate to have the strong leadership of Ms. Mongan who has helped Hamilton High School reach high levels of achievement and success,” Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., said. “She has been a collaborative leader who set high goals for students and staff alike. Under her leadership, Hamilton High School has been recognized for its high level of academic rigor, strong ACT scores and increasing Advanced Placement pass rates, participation and Challenge Index score. We will miss her greatly.”

Mongan was hired in the district in 2001 as a transitions counselor for the high school and Templeton Middle School. She became Hamilton’s associate principal in 2004, and in 2006 she was hired as principal. Before joining the district, Mongan was a school counselor and middle school teacher in Wauwatosa. She began her career as a sixth grade teacher at a private school. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle education, master’s degree in counseling and administrative license – all from Concordia University in Mequon.

The search for Hamilton High School’s next principal will begin immediately. Staff and parents will have an opportunity for input during the hiring process.

Hamilton seeks nominees for Distinguished Alumnus

Community members are invited to nominate Hamilton High School graduates for the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award which will be presented at the June 15 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 www.hamilton.k12.wi.us 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 22. For further information, contact Mongan at (262) 246-6471 x1104.