Phoenix Middle School 4th Quarter Honor Roll 2015

Lots of names on the Phoenix Middle School 4th Quarter Honor Rolls!

Give a shout-out to those you know who made the list. 

High Honor Roll

6th Grade High Honor Roll

Gwendolyn Acheson, Ketzia Alvarez, Abigail Beles, Katie Bradley, Sophia Brandt Reinhart, Emily Cameron, Amir Castillo Cano, Heather Charter, Kiernan Christiansen, Michael Cobb, Christina Crawford, Xandria Dreksler, Davyn Elliott, Hadyn Emmerich, Haley Fischer, David Flores, Hailey Flores, Brisa Gamino, Desiree Green, Jared Greidanus, Dakota Hansen, Seth Helm, Jayra Hernandez, Rosalba Hernandez, Alizon Hernandez-Espinoza, Cody Hudson, Juliana Huerta, Emily Iniquez, Eri Jaramillo, Brianna Jasso, Molly Jedlicka, Caitlyn Karbash, Gracie Laue, Jovanni Lemus, Morgan Lock, Myles Lockhart, Justin Loewe, Charlie Lopez, Brianna Manriquez, Nayeli Mercado, Jaxon Moore, Naitaly Napodano, Hannia Nevarez Martinez, Maria Oliveros, Kathryn Pehkonen, Collette Riviere, Enrique Rizo, Jose Roman Cruz, Allison Rosencrans, Faith Rothkopf, Ariana Ruiz, Francheska Sandoval, Anna Sorg, Perla Valadez, Rudolfo Villarreal, Breanna Yartey, Joshua Ziolkowski, Jazmin Zuniga. 

7th Grade High Honor Roll

Alyssa Cardenas, Hope Childers, Nina Colunga, Silvia De La Cruz, Ronnell Fleming, Oscar Garcia, Joseph Gonzales, Leah Hamell, Lisette Hernandez, Oliver Hetzel, Michelle Huerta, Paige Johnson, Kaitlyn Kraayeveld, Frederick Krablean, Maira Leep Simental, Gabriela Montelongo, Liliana Nunez, Judith Perez, Jacob Prado, Dakota Quarzenski, Heather Ream, Madeline Robertson, Alyssa Sanders, Taiya Schroeder, Karina Torres, Jordane Torres Raby, Yasmin Valadez, Stephanie Vaughn.

8th Grade High Honor Roll

Benjamin Acheson, Sydney Anderson, Madelyn Andreoni, Amy Beals, Celeste Beles, Shytayla Bickett, Ashlyn Bradley, Jeremy Brown, Ian Bullock, Kaitlyn Cameron, Cenya Cannon, Melisa Doloir, Daysi Echeverria, Jordan Ensminger, Hageo Gamez, Beatriz Garnica, Isabella Gatch, Leroy Gloria, Eliberto Gomez-Rodriguez, Emily Graham, Melissa Hernandez, Yatzary Huerta, Jade Hultine, Desiree Hutchison, Mackenzie Janisch, Caitlynn Kirsch, Karina Lopez, Arianna Mendiola, Jorja Moore, Alexis Nagy, Luis Perez, Sarahi Perez, Kora Zoe Quinn, Caleb Reshkus, Tori Rhone, Katelynn Riviere, Ricardo Roman Jr., Monserrath Ruvalcaba, Brianna Salerno, Brenda Sanchez, Maelynn Schnurr, Sean Seitz, Elizabeth Sirkman, Jaden Smith, Stephen Tolbert, Alejandro Valadez, Lindsay VanDeBogert, Anthony Wilson.

Honor Roll

6th Grade Honor Roll

Stacy Alvarez, Paige Arnold, Fernando Arredondo, Kelly Beckman, Travin Biging, Camrin Bosworth, Jessica Brandemuehl, Xavier Bullock, Salma Cano, Rolando Cerros, Devan Conrad, Dakota Correll, Erica Curbelo, Trinity Dement, Zachery DeVoy, Aleyxandra Diaz, Cristal Duran Cruz, Jocelyn Duran, Sylvia Elliott, Maria Fernandez, Adrian Fonseca, Alyssa Fonseca, Daniel Geary Jr., Jousselin Gomez, Jacob Greidanus, Logan Griffin, Kyleigh Haro, Mason Hennessey, Laura Hernandez, Alejandro Hernandez Reyes, Anthony Huerta-Fonseca, Jonathan Jaramillo, Blake Johnson, Marissa Maldonado, Lacey Mazza, John McClellan, Reyes Mendiola, Joshua Mick, Shealee Pederson, Benjamin Petersen, Xochitl Prado, Alyssa Rakowski, Diego Ramirez, Abraham Rodriguez Aranda, Emma Roman, Adrien Romero, Leonel Sanchez, Jeffrey Scott, Jose Soto, Julian Soto, Coben Stagg, Miguel Torres Rodriguez, Cristal Valadez, Sophia Valadez, Raul Villegas, Hayden Vogt, Hunter Warren, Avery Wilcheck, Mario Zarate.

7th Grade Honor Roll

Ivan Aranda, Lizbeth Aranda, Jasmine Arias, Cody Bliss, Benjamin Butke, Isaac Castillo Cano, Elizabeth Craig, Brittany Flores, Logan Flores, Yovany Fonseca, Payton Gordon, Casey Huerta, Maxwell Hummel, Brittney Huth, Monica Huth, Mateo Morales, Roberto Moreno, Daphnie Navarro Otero, Samantha Nicholas, Patricia Nova-Sanchez, Marcela Nunez, Jacob O’Brien, Kody Parks, Pablo Perez, Yadira Rizo, Madelyn Santeler, Moses Solis, Alexis Washington, Nicholas Zikuda.

8th Grade Honor Roll

Evelin Apreza, Edward Aranda, Jayme Aranda, Maribel Aranda, Sierra Banda, Litzy Barajas-Serna, Tyler Biging, Clayton Bores,  Haziel Cano, Felipe Castaneda, Esmeralda Castaneda-Tapia, Chase Castel, Brenna Conlin, Paulina Cruz, Sayrha Cruz-Arroyo, Fabian DeAlba, Tyler DuBois, Ariana Dutcher, Nathan Fischer, Jaime Flores, Vanessa Flores, Caroline Franklin, Paola Galvan, Andres Garcia, Arodi Garcia, Johana Gomez, William Holmes, Taylor Iverson, Hailey Ivins, Grace Kirkpatrick, Zachary Lodder, Morgan Loewe, Nicholas Mathisen-Zihala, Madison McKay, Eric Medina, Litzy Nova Hernandez, Ashley Nunez, Knickolas Ostrander, Astrid Perez, Jesus Angel Perez, Jordy Perez, Alexa Plomares, Yesenia Ramirez, Daniel Rangel-Hernandez, Skyllar Riley, Hope Robinson, Macayla Robinson, Casey Rochette, Octavio Serna Jr., Martin Soto, Anne Spata, Angel Tazelaar, Eduardo Valadez, Yazmin Villegas Sanchez, Raymond Wang, Morgan Ward, Gabrielle Warrenburg, Trinity Weir, Gissel Zamora, Montserrat Zuniga.

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Delavan-Darien Schools Offering FREE Summer Food Service Program

Summer Lunch programStressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the Delavan-Darien School District announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

The following locations will be serving the free lunches this summer: Turtle Creek Elementary School & Phoenix Middle School: June 16- July 15,: 11:30-12:30 and DDHS June 16- July 29 11:30-12:30, EXCEPT FOR July 3 and July 6th. Breakfast will be served at all three locations from 7:30-8 am. Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

“This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available,” said Tina Hudy, Delavan-Darien Child Nutrition Director. “Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program.”

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) 

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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The Breakfast Club starts in Phoenix Park

BreakfastClubAll kids in the Delavan-Darien community are welcome to receive a free breakfast snack weekday mornings this summer, courtesy of the Delavan United Church of Christ.

The church’s “Hunger at our Doorstep” study a group decided to step up and try to meet the need to feed hungry children during the summer months.

Today, it launched the “Andy’s Breakfast Club,” or “ABC,” in honor of the late Andy Himebauch, a former Delavan-Darien student and UCC member.

A prepackaged breakfast snack will be served 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. weekdays from June 16 through September 4 in Phoenix Park, across the street from the church (map). In case of inclement weather, the snacks will be available in the Phoenix Park Bandshell.

The prepackaged meal will include: milk, fruit, a pastry, cereal or granola bar, gogurt, or cheese stick.

The UCC is also partnering with the Delavan-Darien School District’s summer Bookmobile to provide popsicles and a healthy snack that district reading specialists will distribute when on the route.

If you would like to donate to the cause, checks can be made to the Delavan UCC with “ABC” in the memo line. It costs:

  • $2 per day, per child
  • $10 per week
  • $40 per month
  • $120 for the whole summer

Food donations cannot be accepted as the UCC must ensure packaging and expiration dates.

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More than $1 million in scholarships and grants awarded to DDHS graduates

Maggie Sirkman accepts the $10,000 Bohn Family Leadership Scholarship from Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bohn at the conclusion of the scholarship awards portion of the 2015 DDHS Graduation Ceremony. Click pic for more graduation night photos in our gallery.

DELAVAN — Members of the Delavan-Darien High School graduating Class of 2015 has a significant start when it comes to financing post-secondary educations, with more than $1 million awarded to graduates.

Thirty-five of the school’s top 38 academically-ranked students all got at least one local scholarship award. The Delavan-Darien Foundation awarded $64,000 in scholarships to 39 students. The total local scholarship amount from 123 area scholarships, including Foundation-managed awards, was $148,500, going to 62 total students.

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Including nearly $865,000 in other awards and grants from outside the area, graduates were awarded $1,167,280 for their continuing educations (local and non-local scholarships). The local scholarship recipients included:

  • Kalan Welch, American Legion Award Post 95, $1,000;
  • Mikayla Farley, American Legion Aux Award Unit 450, $300;
  • Madison Stronach, American Legion Aux Award Unit 95, $750;
  • Nicholas Ward, American Legion Aux Award Unit 95, $750;
  • Jaret Garcia, Aurora Health Care Award, $1,000;
  • Michael Kirkpatrick, Darien Fire Department-Dennis Doering, $250;
  • Helen Bourgeois, Lynda Cooper Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Alonzo Ortiz, Darien Women’s Club, $500;
  • Macie Hill, Darien Women’s Club, $500;
  • Madison Stronach, Darien Women’s Club, $500;
  • Leticia Rizo, Delavan Lioness Club, $1,000;
  • Madison Stronach, Delavan Lions Club, $1,000;
  • Katherine Froncek, Delavan Lions Club, $1,000;
  • Bradley Schultz, Delavan Lions Club, $1,000;
  • Leticia Rizo, Delavan Lions Club, $1,000;
  • Emily Zugay, Delavan Soccer Club, $350;
  • Luis Perez, Delavan Soccer Club, $350;
  • Jacob Scheff, Delavan Youth Football Scholarship, $500;
  • Kalan Welch, Delavan Youth Football Scholarship, $500;
  • Bebheann Conlin, Delavan-Darien Education Association Award, $1,000;
  • Emily Zugay, Delavan-Darien Friends of the Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship, $1,000;
  • Mary Sibilski, Delavan-Darien Friends of the Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship, $1,000;
  • Kyle Lefel, Delavan-Darien Gridiron Club, $1,000;
  • Jesse Collins, Delavan-Darien Gridiron Club, $1,000;
  • Alexander Grover, Delavan-Darien Booster Club Award, $1,000;
  • Emily Zugay, Delavan-Darien Booster Club Award, $1,000;
  • Emily Zugay, Delavan-Darien Masonic Scholarship, $1,000;
  • Katherine Froncek, Delavan-Darien Masonic Scholarship, $1,000;
  • Kyle Lefel, Delavan-Darien Optimist Club, $1,000;
  • Benjamin Logterman, Delavan-Darien Rotary Club (2 YEAR), $1,000;
  • Madison Stronach, Delavan-Darien Rotary Club (4 YEAR), $1,000;
  • Carter Schwarz, Delavan-Darien Youth Wrestling Club, $500;
  • Bebheann Conlin, Elkorn Chemical-Mary Ann Butler Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Gabrielle Edwards, Fairfield Grange, $1000;
  • Rebecca Corning, Fairfield Grange, $1,000;
  • Amanda Lee, FFA Alumni Scholarship, $750;
  • Madison Stronach, FFA Alumni Scholarship, $1,000;
  • Kyle Zomer, FFA Alumni Scholarship, $500;
  • Kyle Zomer, FFA: Andy Brovold Scholarship, $1,000;
  • Madison Stronach, FFA: Dick Hummel Scholarship, $1,000;
  • Madison Stronach, FFA: Josh Yates Scholarship, $1,000;
  • Brooke Boss, Kay Waelti Memorial, $500;
  • Stephanie Madura, Kay Waelti Memorial, $500;
  • Jaret Garcia, Kay Waelti Memorial, $500;
  • Ariel Young, Kay Waelti Memorial, $500;
  • Nicholas Ward, Kay Waelti Memorial, $500;
  • Rebecca Corning, Kay Waelti Memorial, $500;
  • Taylor Carmain, Kay Waelti Memorial, $500;
  • Alexander Grover, Dora S. Arthur Financial Aid Fund, $500;
  • Emily Breytung, Florence Dunwiddie Memorial Fund, $500;
  • Andrew Pierson, Jacqueline Yanke Memorial, $300;
  • Rebecca Corning, Vincent James Agius Memorial, $300;
  • Andrew Pierson, Kikkoman Foods, Inc. Scholarship, $3,000;
  • William McPherson, Jeremiah Millard Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Timothy Clark, Lakeland Medical Center Medical Staff Scholarship, $2,000;
  • Vanessa Rosales, National School Orchestra Association, $500;
  • Sarah Garnica, Robert Labonne Scholarship, $400;
  • Macie Hill, Sherry L. Rozell Memorial Award, $500;
  • Madison Stronach, Sherry L. Rozell Memorial Award, $500;
  • Justin Brown, SPX Flow Technology, Delavan Operations Scholarship, $5,000;
  • Rebecca Corning, Piggly Wiggly, $1,000;
  • Jacob Scheff, Carrie Schuknecht Scholarship, $500;
  • Maxwell Grover, Elks Scholarship, $1,000;
  • Katrina Venema, Elks Scholarship, $500;
  • Madison Stronach, Elks Scholarship, $500;
  • Andrew Pierson, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1,000;
  • Priya Patel, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1,000;
  • Sarah Hardwick, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1,000;
  • Dana Truckenbrod, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1,000;
  • Helen Bourgeois, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1,000;
  • Jacob Scheff, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1,000;
  • Alonzo Ortiz, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1,000;
  • Mitchell Strom, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1,000;
  • Simeon Ploeger, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1,000;
  • Samuel Seitz, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1,000;
  • Aaron Wojciechowski, Delavan-Darien Foundation Award, $250;
  • Nicholas Duerig, Delavan-Darien Foundation Award, $250;
  • Katrina Venema, Delavan-Darien Foundation Award, $250;
  • Abigail Sprigler, William L. Fleck Memorial Scholarship, $1000;
  • Macie Hill, Stephanie Roherty Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Kalan Welch, Stephanie Roherty Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Benjamin Logterman, Jason M. Sterken Memorial Scholarship, $1,000;
  • Leticia Rizo, Jim Santy Community Service Scholarship, $1,000;
  • Emily Zugay, Mike & Carol Murphy Family Scholarship, $2,500;
  • Leticia Rizo, First Generation Dream Scholarship, $2,000;
  • Leticia Rizo, Patrick Schmitt Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Mia Villarreal, Cinco de Mayo, $500;
  • Emily Breytung, Nanette Nicolay Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Helen Bourgeois, The David N. Austin Memorial, $1,000;
  • Amanda Huerta, Robert Torrenga Memorial, $300;
  • Harsh Mehta, Robert Torrenga Memorial, $300;
  • Benjamin Logterman, Michael J. Dillner Memorial Award, $750;
  • Dana Truckenbrod, Walworth State Bank, $1,000;
  • Kyle Krueger, Town Bank, $2,000;
  • Amanda Huerta, Town Bank, $2,000;
  • Madison Stronach, Darien Corn Festival/Chuck & Su Brown Award, $1,000;
  • Alisha Ford, Burdette W. Holt Memorial, $250;
  • Leticia Rizo, Charles Wileman Memorial, $750;
  • Leticia Rizo, Claude & Kathryn Davis Family Scholarship, $4,000;
  • Cindy Crawford, Don Edmunds Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Robert Benzon, Doug Kahl Memorial Scholarship, $800;
  • Sarah Hardwick, Eugene Schmig Memorial Scholarship, $1,000;
  • Alexander Grover, Gene Shreves Awards, $2,000;
  • Jasmine Perez, Howard Knapp Award, $600;
  • Priya Patel, Irvin C. and Harriett B. Llewellyn Award, $1,000;
  • Katherine Jones, Irvin C. and Harriett B. Llewellyn Award, $1,000;
  • Amanda Lee, Kathleen Frederick Reader Memorial Award, $1,000;
  • Helen Bourgeois, McGinnis Education Award, $1,000;
  • Rodrigo Mendoza, Merlin Moser Award, $1,000;
  • Phuong Dang, Merlin Moser Award, $1,000;
  • Rodrigo Mendoza, Richard McClellan Smith Memorial Award, $500;
  • Bebheann Conlin, Robert Michael Koval Memorial Award, $500;
  • Jesse Collins, Wallace Zimmerman Memorial Award, $1,000;
  • Aaron Wojciechowski, William Boone Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Nicholas Duerig, William Boone Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Sarah Garnica, Zachary Butler Scholarship, $500;
  • Maxwell Grover, Benson Family Scholarship, $6,000;
  • Amanda Lee, Borg Foundation Achievement Scholarship, $4,000;
  • Adam Drefs, George W. Borg Foundation Inc. Science Scholarship, $8,000;
  • Madison Stronach, George W. Borg and Effie Borg Scholarship, $5,000;
  • Vanessa Rosales, George W. Bush and Effie Borg Scholarship, $5,000;
  • Mikayla Farley, Pentair Scholarship, $8,000;
  • Marguerite Sirkman, Bohn Family Leadership Scholarship, $10,000.

Non-Local Scholarships

  • Brooke Boss, Purdue North Central, $27,000;
  • Helen Bourgeois, St. Norbert College, $64,000;
  • Emily Breytung, Concordia Presidential Scholarship, $56,000
  • Emily Breytung, Concordia Music Scholarship, $2,000
  • Taylor Carmain, Olivet Nazarene University, $8,000;
  • Jesse Collins, President’s Scholarship, $14,000;
  • Jesse Collins, Lutheran Heritage, $4,000;
  • Nick Duerig, Honors Scholarship Valparaiso University, $52,000;
  • Nick Duerig, Alumni Grant Valparaiso University, $22,000;
  • Adam Drefs, Academic Excellence Scholar Estimated, $36,000;
  • Zitlalyk Garcia, Technical Excellence Scholar, $6,750;
  • Alexander Grover, St. Norbert College, $56,000;
  • Max Grover, Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (2015 Student of Integrity), $2,500;
  • Max Grover, Presidential Scholarship Valparaiso University, $104,000;
  • Sarah Hardwick, Pentair, $10,000;
  • Sarah Hardwick, Marquette University, $40,000;
  • Amanda Huerta, Carroll University, $12,000;
  • Katherine Jones, University of Northern Iowa Athletic Scholarship, $105,000;
  • Jaclyn Koenig, Marian University “St Mary Mollison Legacy Scholarship
  • Amanda Lee, Minnesota State University Moorhead (Honors Apprentice Scholarship), $20,000;
  • Amanda Lee, Academic Excellence Scholar Estimated, $36,000;
  • Kyle Lefel, Milwaukee School of Engineering, $137,780;
  • Ben Logterman, Walworth County ARC, $1,000;
  • Jacob Logterman, Milwaukee School of Engineering, $52,000;
  • Rodrigo Mendoza, UWEC – Freshman Academic Award Academic Excellence;
  • Alonzo Ortiz, Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship, 80,000
  • Simeon Ploeger, Deans Scholarship/Calvin College, $7,000;
  • Vanessa Rosales, Marquette University, $65,000;
  • Dana Truckenbrod, St. Norbert College, $64,000;
  • Gabriela Villasana, Technical Excellence Scholar, $6,750.

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DDHS Graduates: ‘Look how far we’ve come’

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DELAVAN — The number: 1,374. That’s how many days have passed since the Delavan-Darien High School Class of 2015 graduates first entered the school’s halls as true freshmen.

September 6, 2011, was long ago, said class speaker and valedictorian Adam Drefs. In that time, they’ve gone from “squirrels” to school leaders.

“Look how far we’ve come,” he said. “Along the way, we’ve changed in various ways. We’ve brought with us our own unique insights into classes, a preview of all the different people we’ll meet in our lives after Delavan-Darien. Outside of school, extracurricular activities have gathered us to bond over things in common, be it theater, football, volleyball, videography. These bonds you’ve made have hopefully given you people you can call on. These teams have taught you to work together to accomplish goals, to be the very best you all can be.”

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Now, for the 200 seniors in the Class of 2015 (189 walked at graduation), will work to be the best they can be as high school graduates.

But it won’t be easy, Drefs cautioned.

“Your teachers, your fellow students, and your experiences have all given you a group of things to call on,” he said. “I hope you’ve appreciated those that meant most to you, because you’re going to need them. The Earth is 7 billion people wide, and you’ve only gotten a small taste of the diversity on this planet. Your bosses and managers won’t always be as kind and forgiving as your teachers here have been.”

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But Delavan-Darien High School has made all graduates prepared.

  • This year, 77 students in the class finished with a grade point average over 3.0, placing them on the honor roll. Thirty-one graduates finished with high honors and a GPA of 3.75 or above.
  • Eighty-two members of the class took 141 Advanced Placement exams in 13 testing areas, potentially earning more than 420 college credits. Through articulated classes offered at the school, many have already earned college credit without taking AP courses and exams.
  • There are 15 students are Wisconsin Covenant Scholars in this graduating class, the last students in the state to graduate with this distinction.
  • Many members of the class have also overcome difficulties to graduate, often times juggling school, work and responsibilities at home. This year, there are 26 graduates who attended the Alternative High School in Elkhorn, or were a part of Delavan-Darien’s R.I.S.E. Program, an alternative school-within-the-school track.
  • Andrew Pierson was named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • More than 70 students in the class put in nearly 3,600 hours of community service this year, pitching in not to be rewarded with money, but instead rewarded with the satisfaction of doing good deeds for the Delavan-Darien community.

Principal Mike Kolff read a statement from Dr. Mark Schmitt about the senior class and its accomplishments. Schmitt retired as principal at mid-year due to health reasons.

“In many ways, this class broke thru barriers that may have been in place in other schools or at other times,” Schmitt said via Kolff. “Our school’s great diversity is represented in many ways – in AP classes, on many sports teams, on Student Council, in having a National Merit student in their ranks, and through their leadership in the performing arts.

“This class worked hard to make sure the Freshman First Day was a success, that winning a state championship in (boys) soccer was possible and achieved, and that growth in academics occurred for all students in the PBL lab and R.I.S.E. classroom.

“Maybe most importantly, it was this class that took leadership when Mrs. Carrie Schuknecht passed away last September, with bake sales, supporting the family in many ways, and ‘Schuh’s’ senior homeroom remembering her throughout the year. Likewise, the celebration of Lily Perry’s life occurred in large part due to the leadership of our seniors.

“I am proud of them and their accomplishments over these past four years. It was my privilege to be with them through three and one half years of high school.”

As Schmitt noted, the class dealt with highs and lows throughout its four years, particularly in its senior year.

Business Education teacher Carrie Schuknecht passed away unexpectedly on the second day of school. In early December, Phoenix Middle School seventh grader Lilly Perry also passed away unexpectedly. She was the popular younger sister of this year’s homecoming king Quincy Perry.

The class also had to show its leadership during the transition of school leaders from Schmitt to Kolff. And it was those leadership skills that were developed and honed over those 1,300-plus days as high school students.

“When we began as freshmen we were squirrels, always refocusing our attention on every new detail,” Drefs said. “Then we became wise fools, sophomores. We learned a few tricks of this trade of high school life, but we were by no means masters. As juniors we became vice presidents, waiting until our turn to take over and be the leaders, learning the rules and red tape all along the way. Now we’re seniors, leaders facing retirement. We have all the power and rights to decision making, but we’ve also been anticipating this minute, when we’re leaving, and must pass the baton to the next crew.”

Fellow senior class speaker Aaron Wojciechowski expanded on the leadership this Class of 2015 must display as they leave the halls and classrooms of DDHS and venture out into an adult world.

“Looking towards the future, the class of 2015 is one of diversity, integrity and leadership,” Wojciechowski said. “We are leaving high school as young adults who will shape the world into a better place. We are a generation that is experiencing and creating social change, and we will take what we have learned from our parents, teachers, community and peers and continue to create a better future for generations to come.”

This class has certainly left its mark on Delavan-Darien High School. It did so also with its senior class gift, a comet mural on the wall outside the associate principals office.

Below the mural is the senior class quote, which comes from an unknown author:

“No matter how dark your world may seem, there are stars. But if those stars burn out, don’t forget that there are still comets.”

Vignettes:

  • The class Valedictorian was Adam Drefs, who had a grade point average of 4.535. The Salutatorian was Amanda Lee who finished with a GPA of 4.342.
  • Five members of the Class of 2015 have enlisted for military service. They are: Ricardo Cruz, Active Duty U.S. Army; Doug Olinski, Wisconsin Army National Guard; Quincy Perry, National Guard; Justin Sorg, Army; Cameron Zabel, Active Duty U.S. Army.
  • Thirty-five of the school’s top 38 academically-ranked students all got at least one local scholarship award. The Delavan-Darien Foundation awarded $64,000 in scholarships to 39 students. The total local scholarship amount from 123 area scholarships, including Foundation-managed awards, was $148,500 going to 62 total students. Including nearly $865,000 in other awards and grants from outside the area, graduates were awarded $1,012,780 for their continuing educations (local and non-local scholarships).DDHS senior Max Grover was one of 10 Wisconsin students to earn a Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin 2015 “Student of Integrity” scholarship worth $2,500.
  • DDHS senior Alonzo Ortiz earned a full scholarship to UW-Madison. He was one of 10 Wisconsin golf caddies to earn the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship – a full, four-year housing and tuition college scholarship — awarded through the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation.

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Phoenix Recognition Night 2015

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Phoenix Middle School hosted its Eighth Grade Recognition Night on Tuesday, June 9.

Students were recognized for:

  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Band Awards
  • Vocal Music Awards
  • Orchestra Awards
  • Peer Helper
  • Student Council
  • Athletic Achievements
  • American Legion Essay Winners
  • President’s Education Awards
  • Outstanding Eighth Grade Student Awards

Band Director Mark Butzow led the Jazz Ensemble in a presentation of Peter Blair’s “Street Beat,” and eighth grade graduate Sydney Anderson shared her “Words of Wisdom.”

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Wileman’s Grade 2 performs Character Matters musical

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Early on in the school year, Wileman Elementary School’s second graders expressed an interest in the fine arts, specifically singing, dancing and acting.

They began this journey with fluency practice using reader’s theater. Halfway through the year, this grew into a desire to do a class play or musical.

On June 4, the second graders performed the play “Character Matters.”

This tongue-and-cheek comedy centered around fairy tale characters who are seeking answers from an advice council. The characters learn lessons such as “the golden rule” and being honest.

Students were able to apply the Comet Code as they had to work together and be responsible for their part in this play.

The play was a complete success and will be forever etched into these students’ minds as “the year of the great second grade musical!”

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Delavan-Darien School Board seeks applicants for vacancy

 

DELAVAN — The Delavan-Darien School District Board of Education is seeking one interested community member to serve on the school board as an appointee.

Applicants must reside within district boundaries in the City of Delavan. The appointed seat will be up for election in April 2016.

Vanessa Anaya

Vanessa Anaya

The appointee will fill the seat vacated by Vanessa Anaya, who stepped down after buying her dream home in Lake Geneva. School board members must live within district boundaries.

At Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Robert Crist thanked Anaya for her service. He said Anaya explained that she could not pass up the opportunity to buy the home she had long wanted.

Anaya was elected to the post in April in an unopposed election. She was the school board’s first Hispanic member.

Interested persons in filling the vacancy must submit a letter of interest that includes statements about what qualities the candidate will bring to the board, the issues the candidate believes the district is facing and how the candidate proposes to address those issues. The Board of Education will review the letters to determine who will be interviewed.

Letters must be received by 3 p.m., Thursday, July 2, 2015, and should be mailed to: “Board Vacancy,” 324 Beloit St., Delavan, WI 53115.

 

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2015 Retirees have 170+ years in education

2015 retirees from left: Cathy Theobald, Jim Christopherson, Hugh Petersen, Bill Rima, Deb Maly, Cora Rund. Click image for more photos in our gallery.

The Delavan-Darien School District “Retirement Class of 2015″ crossed virtually employee categories: administration, teaching, aides, and facilities.

The district’s retirees for 2015 include (name, current position, years in district):

  • Jim Christopherson, Darien custodian, 27 years
  • Cathy Theobald, Wileman Grade 4 teacher, 20 years
  • Deb Maly, Wileman Administrative Assistant to the Principal, 19 years
  • Hugh Petersen, Phoenix Middle School art teacher, 10 years
  • Bill Rima, R.I.S.E. Program teacher at DDHS, 4 years
  • Cora Rund, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, 3 years

Petersen, Rima and Rund all worked as teachers or administrators at other districts prior to coming to Delavan-Darien, putting the total years experience in schools at over 170 years. Here is a bit more about each retiree.

 

Jim Christopherson

Jim Christopherson

Jim Christopherson

Christopherson started with Delavan-Darien in 1988 and worked custodial shifts at Darien, Park and Turtle Creek elementary schools. He also spent seven years at Phoenix Middle School. He was known to often bring his boat to work, having just come in from fishing on area lakes, or planning to head out to the launch after his shift ended.

“He has always done a great job and has gone the extra mile when needed,” said Facilities Director Gary Aull, noting Christopherson has often played the role of Santa for the 4-year-old kindergarten students. “He has also had to dig through trash and garbage to find staffs’ lost rings and student (dental) retainers.

“Now, after 27 years cleaning our schools, he’ll be cleaning lots of schools of fish.”

 

Cathy Theobald

Cathy Theobald

Cathy Theobald

Theobald has spent 20 years in the district teaching fourth grade at all three elementary buildings. She started at Darien before moving to Turtle Creek and lastly Wileman Elementary.

“My greatest accomplishment has been my students, who have consistently performed well on state tests and earned honors in district events,” Theobald said.

Principal Shawn Madden said it’s obvious building relationships with students and families is important to Theobald and the work she does.

“She knows her kids,” Madden said. “She teaches with passion. She teaches with enthusiasm. And she teaches with heart. She’s one of the first people in the building and she’s one of the last people to leave at the end of the day. She is a spark plug.”

After retirement, she plans to teach English internationally at a to-be-determined location.

 

Deb Maly

Deb Maly

Deb Maly

Maly started with the district in 1996 as an aide at Turtle Creek. The next year she moved to the Wileman library and in 2001 to the principal’s administrative assistant post, which she has held since. Maly was a familiar face at the school, greeting visitors in the main office and keeping the day-to-day business running smoothly for the three pricipals for whom she worked under.

“I have worked in education for over 20 years,” said Madden, who joined the district in 2013. “Bar none, she’s one of the best I’ve ever worked with. My staff and our students would agree with that. She comes in every day prepared, energetic, positive, and with a passion, commitment, dedication and enthusiasm that’s needed to run our office. She’s my right hand woman who has done a tremendous job for us and I’m so proud to have worked with her for two years. I wish it could be many more years.”

 

Hugh Petersen

Hugh Petersen

Hugh Petersen

Petersen kept Phoenix Middle School colorful with wonderful displays of student artwork over the last decade. Before doing so, he worked at La Farge and New Holstein school districts. His career as an art teacher started in 1980.

Principal Hank Schmelz read from a list of comments Phoenix staff submitted about Petersen.

“He is the kindest and most helpful of people who always gave us a reason to smile. Students knew they were respected and cared about.

“Who else to thank but Hugh for the ever-needed splashes of color added to the halls at Phoenix?

“It has been a pleasure to work with Hugh. He has a balance of kindness, patience and passion for art that makes students love art. As a colleague, he always has a great sense of humor and ideas to make our school a better place.”

The art of Petersen’s students was tacked up often on the cork strips lining the halls, or in the display cases throughout the building. He also led a project to paint ceiling tiles that recognized the school’s “Student of the Month” winners. Petersen also regularly sent artwork to the Janesville Gazette newspaper for inclusion on its community calendar pages, and student artwork was often giving top placings in the annual Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp contest.

 

Bill Rima

Bill Rima

Bill Rima

Rima came out of retirement to join the Delavan-Darien Staff after 32 years teaching at Lakeland School in Elkhorn. He started as an academic tutor in 2011 and became the R.I.S.E. classroom teacher in 2012, taking on the challenge of helping many at-risk students graduate.

Under his watch, Rima has seen 56 students graduate who might not have otherwise.

“His job has entailed the raw challenge of working directly with students who, against all odds, held onto their goal of graduating high school,” DDHS school psychologist Diana Burgstede said. “These students are some of the hardest working and kindest young people you could want to know, but they were growing tired and close to losing hope when their daily lives demanded more than they could manage along with school. That is when bill stepped in and worked his magic.”

Burgstede said Rima always taught with elegance and grace.

“Bill knows the curriculum. He knows what he’s teaching his kids and he really knows his kids. When you put those two things together, that to me is elegance,” Burgstede said.

 

Cora Rund

Cora Rund

Cora Rund

Rund has spent 23 years teaching in the classroom and 22 years in school administration. She worked primarily as a music teacher and theater director in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. She later became a principal in Mosinee and then moved into curriculum administration at CESA 2 and Big Foot Area Schools before coming to Delavan-Darien in 2012.

Rund was instrumental in leading curriculum overhaul efforts in the district as called for by the Delavan-Darien Strategic Plan. She and her teaching teams have implemented new reading and math curricula district wide, and the district is in the process of updating its science and social studies curriculum. The curriculum is aligned across all grades and schools in scope and sequence, allowing teachers to better work together on common goals.

“I’m extremely grateful to the things Cora contributed to our district the last few years,” said Superintendent Robert Crist, Ed.D. “I want to personally thank Cora for all of her efforts here. They were often unsung, but they should be sung and there should be high praises for her work in doing the fundamentals needed to get this district going in the right direction.”

Rund said when she is proud of the mark she’s left on the district.

“When I leave Delavan-Darien, I only leave in physical presence,” She said. “Teacher leaders and administration leaders I have worked with have done phenomenal things for the kids in this district. It’s hard work and we have made a difference for our kids.”

 

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PHOTOS: Wileman Field Day 2015

The warm weather means a chance for more outdoor learning, teamwork, exercise and fun! Just check out these photos from Wileman Elementary School’s Field Day!

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