Hamilton students named GMC Scholar Athletes

The Greater Metro Conference has named the following Hamilton High School students Spring 2017-18 Scholar Athletes:


  • Jared Christensen, Evan Lueck, Ryan Hoffman, Benjamin Doering, Jacob Schmitt and Bennett DeGeorge – boys golf;
  • Maxeem Stacey, James Lucas, Andrew Tai, Joseph Bretzel, Tyler McMurray and Rushil Patel – boys tennis;
  • Ryan Coe, Ty Olejnik, Michael Swope and Brian Wiedenfeld – boys track;
  • Taylor Fuerstenberg, Amanda Hammond, Megan Jansett, Taylor Laboy, Jessica Mueller, Rachel Seraphine, Riley Swope, Kristin Thompson and Carolyn Troutman – girls track;
  • Isabel Downs, Lindsay Macaluso and Isabela Costa – girls soccer; and
  • Madison Earing, Taylor Earing, Rachel Slavic, Katlyn Schneider and Molly Schmidt – softball.

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

Hamilton drama receives three Jerry Awards

Hamilton High School’s production of “Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure” earned three Jerry Awards June 10 at the awards show held at Overture Hall in Madison.HHSJerryAwardsWeb

Award recipients were:

  • Joseph Davila – spirit award;
  • Darcy Devans – outstanding costume design; and
  • Katie Krause – outstanding costume design.

Jerry Awards are the high school equivalent of Broadway’s Tony Awards. This is the first year Hamilton has been involved in the program which encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater.

Sarah Plamann, Maple Avenue music teacher, is the Hamilton Drama Club advisor and musical director.

Five Hamilton golfers named Academic All-State

Hamilton High School golfers Jared Christensen, Evan Lueck, Nicholas Klemm, Ryan Hoffman and Jonah Naatz were named to the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) Team Academic All-State list. The team earned an Honorable Mention in Division 1.


GCAW member coaches nominated student golfers who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25, participate in at least 75 percent of their team’s varsity matches and are at least a sophomore in high school.

Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, GCAW also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability.

Hamilton students named Financial Literacy Scholars

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

To be named a Financial Literacy Certification Scholar, students scored 95 percent or higher on the test. The following Hamilton students were named 2017-18 w!se Financial Literacy Certification Scholars:

  • Audrey Downs – earned a perfect score of 100%;
  • Molly Coady;
  • Kien Rea;
  • Michael Pappas;
  • Elise Crisp;
  • Nathan Blair;
  • Ryan Kops;
  • Stephen Naragon; and
  • Noah Kristensen.

W!se is an educational 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.

Nair chosen for Hamilton alumnus award

Graduate Deepu Nair will be presented with the 2018 Hamilton High School Distinguished Alumnus Award at the school’s June 9 graduation ceremonies. Valedictorian for the class of 1994, Nair has been a cardiologist for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation since 2008. He served as department chairman of Mountain View Cardiology since 2015 and chair of general cardiology across the foundation in northern California. His medical group has helped lead the way in minimally invasive heart disease treatments.HHS Horse

Nair graduated from Hamilton a year early, and because of numerous Advanced Placement courses he took in high school, he also graduated early in 1997 from Harvard University with a degree in biochemical science. He completed medical school at Washington University in St. Louis and did his internship and residency at the University of California – San Francisco where he was chief resident for an additional year. He completed his training in cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio where he also served as chief fellow.

He and his wife, Priti Patel, have two boys ages 6 and 8 years old.

Hamilton announces May students of the month

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

May students of the month

They are:

  • Alan Henry, applied engineering and technology;
  • Emma Hartman, art;
  • Madeline Nagai, business education;
  • Krystal Fedie and Alexandria Gaudynski, communication arts;
  • Janelle Stuempfig, family and consumer sciences;
  • Samuel Henderson, fitness education;
  • Sara Hubbell, mathematics;
  • Charles Bruch, music;
  • Madelyn Sprinkel, science;
  • Maxwell Unger, social studies; and
  • Molly Hubred, world languages.

Students received a certificate and a pin for their accomplishment.

Lannon earns state recognition for achievement

Lannon Elementary School was recognized at the State Capitol in Madison for being among 24 high-achieving schools in the state. The recognition was part of the Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition awards ceremony in which three categories of awards were presented to 135 schools.LannonTitle1Web

As a high-achieving school, Lannon demonstrated high achievement at the school level, and had achievement gaps less than three points between student groups or showed evidence of reducing gaps.

State Superintendent Tony Evers welcomed Lannon Title 1 paraprofessional Jean Fero and principal Brian Balfany to the recognition event.

“Partnerships among teachers, parents, administrators, school staff members and the community contribute to the academic success of students in schools that receive this honor,” Evers said.

The Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards highlight schools that have demonstrated success in educating students from low-income families. To be eligible, schools must receive federal Title I funding to provide services for economically disadvantaged children.

Templeton students earn State Honors

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

  • Elisabeth Fischer – clarinet;
  • Aayush Iyengar – tenor saxophone; and
  • Emily Nielsen – flute.

This is the seventh 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 1,200 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 Lauren Gilmartin – flute, Sarah Kidd – oboe, Kayla Olson – oboe, Nicholas Peterson – percussion, Kate Powell – oboe and Jonathan Wang – 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. 27 at the Wisconsin State Music Conference.

Willow Springs students branching out

Willow Springs Learning Center will hold its annual Branching Out Ceremony June 7 at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.Willow Springs

The ceremony is the culminating activity of the year for students who will attend 5-year-old kindergarten at their neighborhood school next year.

The ceremony recognizes their growth as 4-year-old kindergartners during the year and symbolizes how they will branch out to another school. The children will sing songs, place a leaf on a tree to mark their new school and be introduced as the future class of 2031.

Parents and families will help students celebrate their accomplishment. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Hamilton drama receives 12 Jerry Award nominations

Hamilton High School Drama Club was nominated for 12 Jerry Awards for the production of “Peter Pan: a Musical Adventure.” Jerry Awards are the high school equivalent of Broadway’s Tony Awards.HHSJerryAwardWdb

Hamilton students will be among southern and central Wisconsin’s top high school musical theatre performers who will gather June 10 at Overture Hall in Madison for the awards show. This is the first year Hamilton has been involved in the program which encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater.

To qualify, three professional reviewers attended Hamilton’s musical and provided a formal critique. Based on that critique, Hamilton was nominated for:

  • Outstanding ensemble: full cast;
  •  Outstanding lead performer: Joseph Davila – Peter Pan, Margaret Flynn – Wendy, and Jonathan Sciortino – Captain Hook;
  • Outstanding supporting performer: Sarah Ludin – Mrs. Darling, Charles Bruch – Smee, and Nolan VanHaren – Tootles;
  • Outstanding choreography: Sarah Plamann;
  • Outstanding scenic design: Bruce Humphries;
  • Outstanding lighting design: Dean Wicker;
  • Outstanding costume design: Darcy Devans and Katie Krause; and
  • Spirit Award: Joseph Davila.

Sarah Plamann, Maple Avenue music teacher, is the Hamilton Drama Club advisor and musical director.

Formerly known as the Tommy Awards, the program was renamed the Jerry Awards after philanthropist and arts supporter W. Jerome Frautschi.