The Walworth County Arts Council would like to acknowledge and commend the work of Mrs. Mary Taggart with her work in creative writing this past school year. In the annual Winning Words county-wide contest, Mrs. Taggart's students won four of the six prizes with wonderful and varied submissions. Jessica Kleeberger won first prize in the poetry division while Zoe Janke, Marina Cano, and Dylan McCool won all the prizes in the prose category. They are all students of Mrs. Taggart, either through Whitewater High School or the JEDI program. They are all to be congratulated.
The Whitewater High School Girls' Tennis Team held their 11th annual Gilda's Club JV Tennis Tournament on the campus of UW-Whitewater at the Ron Wangerin Tennis Courts on August 12th. A total of eight teams participated in the tournament. Those teams include East Troy, Hartford, Janesville Parker, Jefferson, Lodi, Union Grove, Westosha Central, and Whitewater. Money raised from the tournament and the raffle all benefit Gilda's Club of Madison. The mission of Gilda's Club ensures all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The innovative programming Gilda's Club offers is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education, and social activities. The co-chairs of the tournament include Maggie Hough and Ali Ketterhagen. Many members of the WHS Girls’ Tennis Team help make the tournament run smoothly. Every year the tournament begins with an Honorary First Serve. This year Abby Frank was selected to kick off the tournament. Abby is an up and coming 7th grader from Whitewater. She was diagnosed with Leukemia in November of 2007 and remained on treatment until February of 2010 and is now a 7 year survivor. As a note, the tournament color for the past ten years was pink for breast cancer and this year, the gold color for childhood cancer. The Whippet Girls’ Tennis Team would like to thank Susan Grigsby of Gilda's Club for her presentation at our opening ceremony.
Whitewater FFA President, Brady Meudt, pictured third from the left, won the Beef Showmanship competition at the Jefferson County Fair in July. He then went on to compete with the Showmanship winners from the other livestock competitions in a Master Showman competition. Competitors in that contest were required to show all species, dairy, swine, beef, goats, and sheep. Brady again won first place in the overall division.
WHS French students embarked on a 6 day guided tour of Montreal and Quebec at the end of June. Travelers included Taryn Giese, Sage Spear, Grace Wood, Alisha Parboteeah, Hunter Martin, Maci Parrish, Kitana Volbright, Zoe Janke, Andrea Kuhl, and Jaden Henneman. For a full account of their journey, visit their blog at https://whstravelstoquebec.wordpress.com/.
Recent grads Haley Dieter, Jimmy King, and Bashkim Veliu are part of Rock River Concord, a new Mid-American Competing Band Directors Association (MACBDA) group based in Fort Atkinson. Check them out at their show in Fort Atkinson on July 13 at 7:00 pm.