Hamilton in top 100 schools for financial literacy

Hamilton High School is among the top 100 high schools in the country that teach personal finance based on results from the Financial Literacy Certification test. The national ranking was created by Working In Support of Education (w!se), which sponsors the test to empower students to take control of their financial futures.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

Students enrolled in Brenda Savic and Amanda Fields’ Personal Finance classes during the 2018-19 school year passed the annual w!se test and became Certified Financially Literate.

In addition to earning financial literacy certification, some students were also named scholars for earning 95% or higher on the exam and three students had perfect scores. The following students successfully completed the exam:

  • William Frick, scholar and perfect score;
  • Lisa Nuelk, scholar and perfect score;
  • Eric Doese, scholar and perfect score;
  • Elizabeth Heberer, scholar;
  • Samantha Nelson, scholar;
  • Mason Prodoehl, scholar;
  • Otto Schenk, scholar;
  • Ian Turley, scholar;
  • Payton Wunschel, scholar;
  • Samantha Backus;
  • Samantha Consiglio;
  • Madeline Garcia;
  • Ian Riley;
  • Gavin Schroeder;
  • Jeremiah Ziebell;
  • Samantha Nelson;
  • Ethan Schlondrop;
  • Devyn Wiedenhoeft;
  • Jaida Bresnahan;
  • Katherine Burke;
  • Cean Faulstich;
  • Brandon Goetz;
  • Rachel Lessila;
  • Sarah Michalski;
  • Hannah Seltzer;
  • Oluwatodimu (Todi) Afolayan;
  • Caralynn Doese;
  • Claire Kelbel;
  • Benjamin Landre;
  • Drew Peterson;
  • Jacob Spoerl;
  • Mitchell Westfahl;
  • Jackson Buckley;
  • Ryan Ciolkosz;
  • Jordan Ehrlich;
  • Jasmine Garbarek;
  • Jacob Michalski;
  • Taylor Millonzi;
  • Victoria Neels;
  • Kamryn O’Dell;
  • Samuel Shebuski;
  • Alexander Tong and
  • Benjamin Wilichowski.

W!se is a nonprofit that provides education support services nationwide to build financial literacy, foster business and social entrepreneurship and prepare students for college and the global workplace.

Hamilton students named GMC Scholar Athletes

The Greater Metro Conference named the following Hamilton High School students 2018-19 Winter Scholar Athletes:HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

  • Anika Rhude, Cean Faulstich, Elizabeth Behrndt, Hannah Pfersch, Julia Nolde, Kate Fantl, Lauren Bratzke, Alexis Konop, Alexis Zuehike, Taylor Fryda, Taylor Hibicke – girls basketball;
  • William Tharp, Jr., Tyler Ellingson, Carson Smith, Connor Smith, Lucas Finnessy, Samuel Kneer, Joel Hoytink– boys basketball and
  • Samuel Beffa, Joshua Reindl – wrestling.

Student-athletes have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and have senior standing.

Templeton students earn State Honors

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Middle Level State Honors Music Project invited the following Templeton Middle School students to participate in the state honors band and orchestra:

  • Carly Elkin – clarinet;
  • Madeline Jaworski – clarinet;
  • Margaret Kidd – clarinet;
  • Marisa Lehner – flute;
  • Hiranmayi Swaminathan – flute and
  • Brock Volden – tuba.


This is the eighth consecutive year that Templeton students have been invited. Students went through a rigorous audition process held in April and were recently notified of their acceptance. Only 300 students were chosen to participate from more than 1,100 auditions throughout the state.

When a selected student is unable to attend, students chosen to be high alternate have the opportunity to perform. Templeton students selected as high alternate are Margaret Beverung – percussion prioritized alternate, Colleen Flynn – clarinet, Will Hartman – trumpet and Annalise Schulz – alto saxophone.

The Wisconsin State Honors Music Project offers talented youth the opportunity to rehearse and perform with nationally-known conductors in choir, orchestra and band. All honors groups will perform Oct. 26 at the Wisconsin State Music Conference.

Hamilton students earn Microsoft certification

Hamilton freshman James Strasburg achieved a perfect score on the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification Excel exam. Strasburg will go on to compete June 17-19 at the 2019 MOS U.S. National Championship in Orlando. This is the second consecutive year Hamilton has participated in national competition.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

More than 20 Hamilton High School students in Toni Hillmann’s second semester Computer Application course completed rigorous technical training and earned MOS certification. Students completed the “Productivity” strand of the Microsoft Imagine Academy program which includes the opportunity to take exams in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The follow students received MOS in all three areas: Cameron Aron, Andrew Blann, Aidan Cluka-Foy, Lauren Dankert, Christian Dockery, Aidan Enneking, Isaiah Fuhriman, Samuel Gritzmacher, Morgan Heinzelman, Kayden Hersback, Jakob Juedes, Abigale Lemke, Grace Losey, Mackenzie Prodoehl, Mia Rogowski, Baljinder Singh, Ryan Spencer, Meleena Torres, Connor Wilcox, Hailey Woolf, Noah Zahrt and Kayla Zsakovics.

Microsoft Imagine Academy is a nationwide program that allows schools to offer fundamental technology skills training and rigorous technical courses for students who are interested in pursuing a career in information technology after graduation.

Barber chosen for Hamilton alumnus award

Graduate Greg Barber, from the class of 1975, will be presented with the 2019 Hamilton High School Distinguished Alumnus Award at the school’s June 15 graduation ceremonies.GregBarberHhsDistAlumWeb

While a student at Hamilton, Barber was a three-sport athlete and member of National Honor Society. He was the Milwaukee Metro High School Student Athlete of the Year runner-up and the first Hamilton football player to receive a full athletic scholarship to the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Madison where he earned first team All-Academic Big Ten honors. After earning a degree in accounting from the UW School of Business, he became a certified public accountant.

Barber was a pioneer in integrating non-accounting services, such as information technology and human resources, within an accounting firm. He has been the managing partner for two nationally recognized, Wisconsin-based accounting firms. After a 39-year career, he retired but remains active as an independent business consultant.

This year’s ceremonies will be at new time and, if weather permits, different location. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. June 15 on Grove Field. In case of inclement weather, it will be in the high school gymnasium as it has been in the past.

Hamilton announces May students of the month

Hamilton High School students representing 11 curriculum areas were selected as students of the month for May.


They are:

  • Rachel Garoukian, applied engineering and technology;
  • Leah Balsbaugh, art;
  • Maxwell Unger, business education;
  • Ashley Johnson, communication arts;
  • Lauren Baker, family and consumer sciences;
  • Connor Wilcox, fitness education;
  • David Mercado and Emma Swope, mathematics;
  • Josephine Jauquet, music;
  • Erin Niebler, science;
  • Ella Quinlan, social studies; and
  • Madelyn Mascotti, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Hamilton receives state AP Pacesetter award

The Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) recognized Hamilton High School as a Level II 2018 Advanced Placement (AP) Pacesetter School for impressive student AP access and exam scores.HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

Schools are recognized at three levels based on the following criteria:

  • Level I – 30% or more of all student participation in at least one AP exam and 70% or more earning scores of 3 or above on the exams.
  • Level II – 20% or more of all student participation in at least one AP exam and 65% or more earning scores of 3 or above on the exams.
  • Level III – 10% or more of all student participation in at least one AP exam and 60% or more earning scores of 3 or above on the exams.

Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan credited staff members and students for the school’s success.

“We are proud of our high Advanced Placement pass rate,” said Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan. “I commend Hamilton teachers for their lesson design, rigor in the classroom and purposeful professional development.”

“Students need to be acknowledged for their willingness to extend their learning beyond the classroom,” Mongan added. “Our goal remains to increase the number of students challenging themselves to take rigorous Advanced Placement coursework.”

The Pacesetter awards are unique to Wisconsin. WAPAC is comprised of Wisconsin secondary and collegiate educators that are dedicated to expanding access to AP coursework and rigorous learning for all students.

Hamilton student named Academic All-State

Hamilton High School senior Taylor Hibicke was named an Academic All-State honoree by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).HHS-sign-Home-Of-Chargers

Hibicke is a member of the Hamilton girls basketball team that had the second highest grade point average in Division 1.

Hibicke is a student-athlete who serves as a great example to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive.

The WBCA is comprised of more than 4,000 members who coach at the high school or collegiate level. Its mission is to improve, preserve and promote basketball in Wisconsin.

Hamilton students participate in Dual Academy

Hamilton High School and Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) are helping 17 students get a jump start on their careers while earning both high school and college credits. Students in the Dual Enrollment Academy are at WCTC from 8 a.m. – noon every day during their senior year and attend high school at Hamilton for their fourth block class.

The students enrolled are:HHS-DualEnrollmentPhotoWeb

  • Maria Barnes, Tate Breier, Robert Sailor and James Venn – information technology systems;
  • Sean Buchanan, Noah Kusserow, Morgan Middaugh, Paul Osterman, Grant Reek, Zachary Zingsheim – building construction;
  • Mathew Conrad, Devan Leisten, Evrett Rachow – tool and die;
  • Nicholas Cup and Tanner Polaski – welding;
  • Tyler Hurd – firefighter-EMT; and
  • Spencer Lee – automation.

After successfully completing the program, students earn a WCTC certificate or diploma and high school credits.

The Dual Enrollment Academy helps ease the transition from high school to postsecondary education, providing insight into college academics and a jump-start on apprenticeship programs. This initiative also gives business and industry access to a pipeline of new, well-trained talent.

Woodside first-graders collect summer fun kits

Woodside Elementary School students in Gretchen Sciortino’s first grade class participated in a service project that will bring summertime fun to children in the community.WDS—Rachel’s-Fun-Kits-in-tubsWEB

Students collected supplies such as coloring books, crayons, jump ropes, sunglasses, cards, chalk and bubbles that were put into “Rachel’s Summer Fun Kits” that will be distributed to children through the Sussex Outreach Center.

The project is named in memory of Gretchen’s sister-in-law, Rachel Sciortino, a parent in the district who was a strong school and community advocate who died in 2017. Students contributed enough supplies to pack 41 kits.

“She would have loved to see the smiling faces on the students who will receive the kits,” Gretchen said.