Comets look for first-ever softball title: 3 p.m. Championship on Saturday

Walworth County Sunday photo.

Walworth County Sunday photo.

Well, that first state semifinal game was a doozie.

Two-hours of delays on Thursday night. The game was postponed in extra innings until Friday morning. The location was moved from The UW-Madison campus to Waunakee High School. Jennah Speth set a state tournament record with 22 strikeouts. She retired the final 16 batters she faced, 14 of those by strikeout. Morgyn DeLara collected the Comets’ only two hits. The big hit was a liner to left, which scored Speth from second after she reached on an error.

But that was the only run the Comets needed, and the team advanced following a 1-0, extra-innings win over Northwestern/South Shore. Speth struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win. See game stats here.

The opponents gave a tremendous effort, with pitcher Cheyenne Johnson fanning 15 Comet hitters and allowing just the two hits plus one walk.

It will be the first time in DDHS history that its softball team is playing for a state title. The only other team titles for the Comets are the 2000 boys soccer team and the 2014 boys soccer team. The Comets are coached by Hank Johnson, a DDHS Class of 2000 alumni and a physical education teacher at the school.

Good Luck, Comets!


Watch the full game here:



DDHS will play New Berlin West at 3 p.m. Saturday at Goodman Field on the UW-Madison campus. West defeated New London 4-3 on Friday morning after that game was postponed in full due to Thursday’s weather.  Game stats

Tickets can be bought at the gate for $6 each. Here’s a map on getting to the field.

For tournament details, click here.

The game will be televised on Fox Sports Wisconsin. Check your local listings for station information.

DDHS finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in Division 2 play. West finished No. 10, while their state semifinal opponent was ranked No. 7.

Both teams play in conferences that feature a number of bigger schools playing at the Division 1 level. They had no shared common opponents this season.

West has a potent offense, having scored 299 runs and with a team batting average of .363, according to stats on

They are hittable, though. Expected starting pitcher Cheyenne Sowinski strikes out about 1.1 per inning, while Speth strikes out about 1.7 hitters per inning for the Comets.

New London collected eight hits on Friday morning and scored all three runs in the sixth inning.


On Saturday evening, there will be a welcoming party for the DDHS softball team, win or lose, at 7 p.m. at West Park in Darien (Hwy 14 just south of Interstate 43). Regardless of the outcome, DDHS will be bringing home a first- or second-place state trophy. Lets spread the word and get as many Comet softball fans there as possible!


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THEY MADE IT: DDHS Class of 2016 sets sail as graduates

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DELAVAN — When the Class of 2016 was finishing 4-year-old kindergarten in 2003, the movie Finding Nemo was an animated hit in the theaters.

The movie was about a father fish who travels the ocean with a forgetful friend to find his lost son.

The boys and girls back then had spent the year finding their way as first-time students — some of them quite possibly lost, too — in our educational system.

This summer, Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, will be in theaters and these same students will be finding their way in the sea of life as high school graduates.

But they won’t be lost so easily. They’ve all received solid education at Delavan-Darien High School and these newest 187 Comet alumni, who crossed the stage and received their diploma on Thursday, June 9, are ready to enter college, the military and the workforce.

Perhaps it is fitting that “This year’s class motto is, ‘We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore,’” Principal Mike Kolff said. “This class has demonstrated courage throughout their four years here.”



Nearly 50 percent of the students ended high school with a grade point average of over 3.0, placing them on the honor roll. Of those, 26 students earned high honors of 3.75 or above.

Sixty members of the class took 147 Advanced Placement tests in 12 different areas earning college credits and recognition in engineering, chemistry, welding, business, computer skills, accounting, foreign languages and other subjects.

The class also contributed to one of the school’s most successful runs in athletics, with members being a part of the 2014 WIAA Division 2 State Champion Boy’s Soccer Team, and members also on the history-making 2016 WIAA Division 2 State Softball squad, which was playing in a state tournament game for the first time ever on graduation night.

Graduates were awarded 132 local scholarships worth more than $144,000 in a separate ceremony on Sunday afternoon, June 5. Combined with outside scholarships, the class received more than $685,000 for continuing their educations.

Four members are joining the US Armed Forces — Jasmin Guadalupe Velazquez to the US Marine Corps Reserve; Pablo Eduardo Gomez-Castro to the US Army National Guard; Sabrina Ann Tegge to the US Army active duty; and Royal Soto to the US Air Force active duty.

Cristina Bahaveolos was the class valedictorian and Gage Wuttke the salutatorian.

“From here we are all going to spread our wings and fly to where our destinies command,” introductory speaker Jailyn Schroeder told her classmates. “No matter where each of you choose to go, remember that you have the power to accomplish what your heart desires. Each and every one of you has the power to make a change in this world. Always remember to believe in yourself and work hard. Maintain a good attitude, and this will get you to where you want to be.”

“Everyone here has the power to do amazing things,” added class speaker Pablo Cook Lavariega. “You have an education under you now. Believe me, you are already ahead of so many parts of the world. It’s an honor to have, and a privilege that should not be wasted.”

Bahaveolos talked about how each day, memories were made in high school and added to the timeline of the students’ lives. But “the best years of our lives” don’t have to stop at graduation day, she said. Memories should be cherished, and new memories made.

“The fact that it’s graduation day is surreal,” Bahaveolos said. “But looking back, I am content with my collection of memories. I’m ready to move on, to make new ones, to experience college and this alleged ‘real world.’ We all are, actually. That’s what the past 12 years have been about. And when we walk across the stage today, remember that yes, we are starting a new chapter, but we’re not leaving these memories behind. They’re just as important on the timeline as every one we make after this.”

And when the graduates enter the sea of life, and have to start finding their own ways, fellow class speaker Melonie Wright offered this advice:

“You may have survived high school, but don’t plan on getting through life the same way. Learn the difference of surviving versus living. It’s like when you hear but you aren’t really listening. Pay attention. I hope that you realize that the size of your bank account will not equal your happiness. There’s no set equation. You can’t solve the secrets of life through multiplication. Learn to subtract the negativity from your life and divide yourself from those who hold you down. Do not let the things you own measure your worth. Find happiness and purpose in what you do. Through that, I promise you will find true success.”

So, class of 2016, good luck in finding new oceans and continuing your success. Congratulations. You’ve made it.


Vignettes: New Surprises

  • With scholarships being awarded on Sunday, June 5, graduation lasted about 90 minutes. That’s about half as long as prior graduations had lasted.
  • Senior members of the DDHS Lydian Choir, the school’s most advanced singing group, sang Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with Choir Director Jim Larson on piano.
  • Both the DDHS Symphonic Band and DDHS Orchestra played together as the DDHS Symphony. They entertained the audience before and after the ceremony.
  • Three graduates — Katelyn Gonzalez, Shelby Gramly and Jennah Speth were unable to walk at graduation since they were making school history by playing in the WIAA Division 2 state softball tournament in Madison. It was the first time the Comets have ever played in the state tournament.
  • The DDHS Class of 1991 is celebrating its 25th reunion this year. Stacy Warner Lubke and Troy Riley presented a plaque to the class and the school. It had an engraving of the school and a quote from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” The plaque was accepted by senior Amber Reed.
  • It was the last graduation presided over by Principal Mike Kolff. Kolff came to DDHS last year as an interim principal following the retirement of Mark Schmitt, who left for health reasons. Kolff stayed on this entire school year, but will now head back to retirement. He plans to travel more often.


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GOOD LUCK, COMETS! History being made today

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Delavan-Darien High School’s varsity softball team will make history once again today by (weather permitting) playing in its first-ever state tournament game.

The team was scheduled to play at 6 p.m. tonight vs. Northwestern/South Shore in a Division 2 state semifinal at Goodman Field in Madison (map).

UPDATE (2:05 p.m.): Due to a rain delay, the WIAA announced the new approximate game times will be approximately 7:45 p.m.

For ticket and tournament information, click here.

Tonight’s winner will play for the title against the winner of New London and New Berlin West. The championship game is schedule for 3 p.m. (NOT 5:30 p.m) Saturday, also in Madison.

Find team stats and more here:

Delavan-Darien Team page

Northwestern/South Shore Team page

State Tourney Preview

Can’t go? Watch it live here!

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TC Book Fair and Ice Cream Social helped students and a family in need

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Turtle Creek Elementary School celebrated the end of the school year with an ice cream social and book fair, held Friday, June 3.

Staff were able to give student visitors personalized academic materials, tailored for each grade level and student to keep them reading and practicing math skills over the summer.

Materials given out were designed for parents to use throughout the summer, such as math games to develop core skills, and reading recommendations and resources.

The Scholastic Book Fair was also going on in the school’s library. And, summer engagement ideas were made available by our summer school staff, Bookmobile coordinators, Aram Public Library representatives, Delavan Police officers and city Parks & Recreation officials.

Second-best to all that great earning were the free ice cream sundaes served by staff in the school gym, and the school playground being open on a perfect-weather evening.

The busy night also resulted in a donation of more than $1,200 to the Venegas family, who suffered a terrible tragedy May 28 when Carlos Venegas and Maria Flores, the parents of first grader Giselle Venegas, were killed in a traffic accident. Giselle was critically injured and her younger brother, Carlos Jr., age 2, also died. The family was on the way to a wedding in Sharon. A woman in another vehicle also died in the three-vehicle accident, which involved a semi tractor-trailer.

Graciously, the grand prize $275 gift card to Timber Ridge Resort and Water Park was also given back to the Venegas family after an ice cream social patron had won it.

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Turtle Creek’s Alebrije Art creatures come to life thanks to DDHS students

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Delavan-Darien High School sculpture students had a surprise for Turtle Creek art students. DDHS art teacher Rachel Pfarr had her students make Alebrije sculptures based of paintings that Turtle Creek art teacher Rachel Hill had her fifth-grade students make in class.

The creatures were first painted in fluorescent and “hot” or “electric” colors. They were recreated in clay and kiln-dried by the DDHS artists. Those creations were then painted and given to the Turtle Creek artists at the end of the school year during a surprise visit.

Alebrijes (Spanish pronunciation: [aleˈβɾixes]) are brightly colored Oaxacan-Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures.

The first alebrijes, along with use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares, a Mexican-born artist.

In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill and while he was in bed, unconscious, Linares dreamed of a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, animals, rocks and clouds that suddenly turned into something strange — some kind of animals unseen ever before.

He saw a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, a lion with an eagle head, and all of them were shouting one word, “Alebrijes!” Upon recovery, he began recreating the creatures he envisioned using cardboard and papier-mâché and called them Alebrijes.

Some very clever and very colorful creations, DDHS and Turtle Creek Students!

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School Board Date Change – Meeting is now June 14

The regularly-scheduled June 13 School Board meeting has been rescheduled until Tuesday, June 14, at Phoenix Middle School.

The meeting will start approximately 7 p.m. following the conclusion of the district’s retirement reception (see event details).

The public is invited to both events.

The retirement reception starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Middle School cafeteria. The board meeting will also be held in the school cafeteria.

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2015-16 Retirees have 259 years serving children

RetireeReception2016The Delavan-Darien School District staff retirement recognition will be held on Tuesday, June 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Middle School cafeteria, 414 Beloit St., Delavan.

The public is invited to attend this event, which will honor many long-standing veterans of our district.

Retiring at the end of this year are:

  • Peggy Behrens, Turtle Creek grade 3, 35 years at DD, 35 years teaching;
  • Kerry Butitta, DDHS science teacher, 20 years at DD, 27 years teaching;
  • Sandra Edmunds, kitchen staff, 24 years at DD;
  • Doreen Grams, elementary physical education, 31 years at DD,  31 years teaching;
  • Michael John, custodian, 24 years at DD;
  • Lisa Jones, Wileman grade 3, 34 years at DD, 34 years teaching;
  • Timothy Koepnick, Phoenix Middle School science, 21 years at DD, 21 years teaching;
  • Ann Lewis, Phoenix Middle School aide, 12 years at DD;
  • Barbara Pawlowski, bookkeeper, 11 1/2 years at DD;
  • Larry Thomas, DDHS custodian, 18 years at DD:
  • and JoAnne Tully, Turtle Creek speech pathologist, 13 years at DD, 21 1/2 years teaching.

Collectively, that’s more than 243 years serving and educating Delavan-Darien children, and 259 serving children overall.

A cake and punch reception will run from 5:30 until 7 p.m. with formal recognition by the Delavan-Darien Administration and School Board at 7 p.m.

We hope you all can attend to honor our retirees!

**NOTE: Monday’s regularly-scheduled school board meeting will instead be moved to Tuesday night, immediately after the retirement reception in the Phoenix Cafeteria.**

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Nationally known instructional trainer coming to teach at Delavan-Darien

Rhonda Lopez

Rhonda Lopez

DELAVAN — The Delavan-Darien School District will have a nationally known instructional trainer working in its classrooms full-time come next school year.

Rhonda López, who has taught educators across the country how to effectively use Project GLAD in the classroom, will teach in a third-grade Dual Language Education program class at Turtle Creek Elementary School and support the district as an instructional strategy specialist.

She will also provide ongoing Project GLAD training and follow-up support for Delavan-Darien teachers and educators from all over, making the district a focal point for an educational method that has been shown to boost the academic achievement for all students.

Project GLAD, which stands for Guided Language Acquisition Design, is a set of research-based strategies that effectively teach content while also focusing on teaching appropriate language-acquiring skills. The strategies work for all students (K-12), but are proven to especially work with English Language Learner (ELL) students, or those who speak English as a second language. In Delavan-Darien, about one in five students speak English as a second language, nearly four-times higher than the state average.

Robert Crist, Ed.D.

Superintendent Robert Crist, Ed.D.

“We are thrilled to have Rhonda López joining us. Her expertise in the Project GLAD educational delivery model will be a tremendous benefit to our students and staff,” said Superintendent Robert Crist, Ed.D. “She has been training our staff for some time now and the model has already paid dividends in our classrooms. I’m excited to see what will happen with Rhonda here full-time.”

López, is coming to Delavan-Darien from Albuquerque, NM, where she has been conducting action research in the integration of Project GLAD with a holistic biliteracy framework in a third grade dual language classroom at Valle Vista Elementary School, an all Project GLAD school. She returned to the classroom after spending several years as a school-wide instructional coach.

She sees her time in the classroom as her most important work, and the perfect opportunity to keep her teaching skills sharp, making her a more effective trainer and instructional coach. In addition to her work as a National Key Trainer for Project GLAD, she also consults with districts in dual-language curriculum development, and has conducted district leadership team-building sessions.

Her passion is providing positive, relevant professional development for teachers. This does not always involve “training” teachers as a consultant, but also coaching teachers to develop the skills they need to independently and effectively face their many instructional challenges. She particularly enjoys mentoring student teachers, her most recent student teacher receiving Student Teacher of the Year for her graduating class. She hopes to continue this type of mentoring in Delavan, contributing to the development of high-quality and well-prepared teachers for the district.

A National Board Certified teacher, López is fluent in English, Spanish and French, and has taught in international schools in Mexico and Costa Rica. She has been a Project GLAD trainer for nearly a decade and is a member of the 2015 Project GLAD Outstanding Training Team of the Year. She has taught most grade levels from pre-school to adult education.

Her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Bilingual Specialty is from New Mexico State University, as is her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She was the first student teacher to complete her teaching practicum in Costa Rica from NMSU, where she also taught in both public and private schools. She has published several professional articles that provide support for dual-language teachers all over the world, and regularly presents at dual language conferences.

López also specializes in positive behavior management and cross-cultural understanding. She has many years of experience working with students in poverty and who have been victims of trauma and abuse.

López said she fell in love with Wisconsin and the “Midwestern nice” attitudes of Delavan-Darien staff when she provided training here the past two school years. She’s looking forward to putting her experience and expertise to work for Delavan-Darien and expects to see Project GLAD continue to help improve overall student achievement in the local schools.

López also trained several Delavan-Darien staffers in New Mexico, with a few even staying with her.

“The teachers went back and did great things with the strategies they learned,” López said. “With the DLE teachers having success with Project GLAD, some of the English-only classroom teachers said, ‘these are the things we need to do, too.’

“It generally spreads like that. Teachers see it and everyone wants it. It becomes kind of contagious when teachers see the engagement of the students, the momentum in their learning and the excitement they show. It helps with the whole vision of the school and district. The Project GLAD strategies give teachers the tools they need to create their own responsive program to meet the needs of the students in front of them.”

López said Project GLAD is not a curriculum you can physically unpack from a box and just give to kids. Based on the scientific model and extensive brain research, it’s more about the methods and skills that teachers develop to adapt to the needs of kids.

“The strategies are aimed to be responsive to what the teachers are observing and what is needed by the students,” López said. “It’s also a way of allowing teachers to do what we do well, and that’s design effective curriculum… GLAD units are standards-based and are highly rigorous and demanding, but they allow for high-achievement for kids.”

López cited several examples of schools in New Mexico where the Project GLAD strategies were used and the schools showed impressive achievement growth. Her last school went from a “D” rating by the state to an “A” rating within a year, based on standardized test scores and other key growth factors.

Ron Sandoval

Ron Sandoval

Ron Sandoval, Delavan-Darien’s director of language acquisition, said the students at Turtle Creek Elementary have showed noticeable improvement in engagement, behavior and excitement toward learning. Project GLAD was introduced in Dual Language classrooms two years ago and to the entire staff this year.

“GLAD works by focusing on the whole class, then down to (student) groups, and then to individuals, and then it repeats,” Sandoval said. “It switches often with new activities, so there is no time for kids to get bored. They’re into their learning. It is more hands-on and with more experimentation and higher-level thinking.”

Sandoval said the district plans to roll out Project GLAD to Darien and Wileman elementary schools next school year and then to the middle school and high school staffs in 2017-18.

“Having López here will help us improve, a lot,” Sandoval said. “She has great charisma and is a really good coach. She doesn’t just come in and say you’re doing good or bad. She shows you what you’re doing well and explains how you can still do so much better. She has the skill to make you feel that, as a teacher, you can do anything for the kids.”

López will have opportunities to continue coaching Delavan-Darien staff, as well as those from other schools. She and Sandoval are hoping to make Delavan-Darien a “Midwestern hub” of Project GLAD training.

The district can charge other schools that send staff for coaching and observations done by López and a partner trainer, who is at least at a Tier III level. Some of Delavan-Darien’s own bilingual staffers are already trained at Tier I and are hopeful to reach at least Tier III.

López has also said she plans to open up her classroom for parents and other teachers to come in and observe the strategies anytime.

“I want people to see how these strategies work in real time,” López said. “It’s a very positive program, you have to see to really understand.”



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More than $144,000 of local dollars awarded to seniors

Raquelle Simons accepts the Florence Dunwiddie Memorial Fund Award from School Board President Dr. Jeff Scherer. Click pic to see more images in our gallery.

DELAVAN — Members of the Delavan-Darien High School graduating Class of 2016 have a significant start when it comes to financing post-secondary educations, with more than $600,000 awarded to seniors.

The awards were presented at the school’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony, held Sunday afternoon, June 5, 2016. The event was is a break a long-standing DDHS tradition. Until this year, scholarships were awarded during the school’s graduation ceremony.

“Separating scholarships and awards from graduation was no little thing,” Principal Mike Kolff said. “We are so appreciative of our local donors and our Delavan-Darien School District Foundation for cooperating with this transition. Our seniors benefit greatly and are very grateful for the wonderful financial support local donors and the Foundation provide.”

Both Kolff and special guest speaker, retiring chemistry teacher Kerry Butitta, reminded students that often times, scholarships are given in name of people that held a special place in the donors lives.

“Many of these scholarships are given in honor of loved ones, mentors, or sons and  daughters,” Butitta told the recipients. “Through receiving that scholarship, you become a part of their legacy.”

Student recipients and the donors had a chance to meet one another after the presentation of the awards with a cupcake reception in the commons. Music was provided by the DDHS Jazz Band and String Choir.

Scholarship Stats

Thirty-eight of the school’s top 45 academically-ranked graduating students (through seven semesters) all got at least one local scholarship award. The Delavan-Darien Foundation awarded $72,400 in scholarships to 48 students. The total local scholarship amount from 132 area scholarships, including Foundation-managed awards, was $144,350, going to 65 total students.



Including nearly $541,000 in other awards and grants from outside the area, graduates were awarded $685,250 for their continuing educations (local and non-local scholarships).

The Foundation Scholarship recipients included:

  • Kyra Brady, Balestrieri Family Foundation Scholarships, $1000;
  • Christopher McKay, Balestrieri Family Foundation Scholarships, $1000;
  • Raquelle Simons, Benson Family Scholarship, $6000;
  • Cristina Bahaveolos, Bohn Family Leadership Scholarship, $10000;
  • Brody Cunningham, Burdette W. Holt Memorial, $250;
  • Sarah Van Dan, Charles Wileman Memorial, $750;
  • Oscar Nova-Hernandez, Cinco de Mayo, $500;
  • Vanessa Valadez, Claude & Kathryn Davis Family Scholarship, $6000;
  • William Brown, Darien Corn Festival/Chuck & Su Brown Award, $1000;
  • Christopher Aguilar, Delavan-Darien Foundation Award, $250;
  • Brittany Bruhn, Delavan-Darien Foundation Award, $250;
  • Lucas DeLara, Delavan-Darien Foundation Award, $250;
  • Haley Gilson, Delavan-Darien Foundation Award, $250;
  • Shelby Gramly, Delavan-Darien Foundation Award, $250;
  • Lauren Hamell, Delavan-Darien Foundation Award, $250;
  • Ahtziri Hernandez, Delavan-Darien Foundation Award, $250;
  • Uriel Reyes, Delavan-Darien Foundation Award, $250;
  • Dallas Fritzinger, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1000;
  • Erica Ivins, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1000;
  • Savana Lynn, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1000;
  • Aatmik Patel, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1000;
  • Joshua Pickel, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1000;
  • Amber Reed, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1000;
  • Aliyah Sanders, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1000;
  • Jailyn Schroeder, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1000;
  • David Vegter, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1000;
  • Melonie Wright, Delavan-Darien Foundation Memorial Awards, $1000;
  • Sarah Van Dan, Donald Lucius & Jean Ellyn Smith Scholarship, $1000;
  • Cassidy Timmerman, Donna Bucholz Memorial Scholarship, $1000;
  • Katelyn Gonzalez, Doug Kahl Memorial Scholarship, $1000;
  • Megan Rupnik, Eugene Schmig Memorial Scholarship, $1000;
  • Vanessa Valadez, First Generation Dream Scholarship, $2000;
  • Jennah Speth, First National Bank and Trust, $1000;
  • Nathan Johnson, Gene Shreves Awards, $2000;
  • Cole Castel, Howard Knapp Award, $600;
  • Christopher McKay, Irvin C. and Harriett B. Llewellyn Award, $1000;
  • Aatmik Patel, Irvin C. and Harriett B. Llewellyn Award, $1000;
  • Katelyn Gonzalez, Jason M. Sterken Memorial Scholarship, $1000;
  • Clair Gamble, Jim Santy Community Service Scholarship, $1000;
  • Danielle Mohr, Kathleen Frederick Reader Memorial Award, $1000;
  • Sarah Van Dan, Ken and Elaine Danielson Memorial Scholarship Award, $1200;
  • Michelle Johnson, McGinnis Education Award, $1000;
  • Aatmik Patel, Merlin Moser Award, $1000;
  • Sarah Van Dan, Merlin Moser Award, $1000;
  • Nathan Johnson, Michael J. Dillner Memorial Award, $750;
  • David Vegter, Michael J. Dillner Memorial Award, $750;
  • Taylor Mortlock, Mike & Carol Murphy Family Scholarship, $2500;
  • Claudia Nieuwenhuis, Nanette Nicolay Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Cristian Rodriguez Aranda, Patrick Schmitt Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Cristian Rodriguez Aranda, Richard McClellan Smith Memorial Award, $500;
  • Danielle Mohr, Robert Michael Koval Memorial Award, $500;
  • William Brown, Robert Torrenga Memorial, $300;
  • Allison DeJong, Robert Torrenga Memorial, $300;
  • Haley Mueller, Stephanie Roherty Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Jailyn Schroeder, Stephanie Roherty Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • David Vegter, Thrivent Financial Generosity Scholarship, $1000;
  • Anya Jeninga, Town Bank Awards, $2000;
  • Katelyn Gonzalez, Wallace Zimmerman Memorial Award, $1000;
  • Ian Showalter, William Boone Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Brittany Bruhn, William L. Fleck Memorial Scholarship, $1000;
  • Pablo Cook-Lavariega, William L. Fleck Memorial Scholarship, $1000;
  • Jace Banasik, William L. Fleck Memorial Scholarship, $1000.

The other local scholarship recipients included:


  • Claudia Nieuwenhuis, American Legion Aux Award Unit 95, $750;
  • Morgan Holmes, American Legion Award Post 95, $1000;
  • Cassidy Timmerman, Aurora Health Care Award, $1000;
  • William Brown, Borg Foundation Achievement Scholarship, $4000;
  • John Loomer, Carrie Schuknecht Scholarship, $500;
  • Christopher McKay, Darien Fire Department-Dennis Doering, $250;
  • Brody Cunningham, Darien Woman’s Club, $750;
  • Kayla Yakes, Darien Woman’s Club, $750;
  • Clair Gamble, Delavan Lioness Club, $1000;
  • Brody Cunningham, Delavan Lions Club, $1000;
  • Jarrett Forster, Delavan Lions Club, $1000;
  • Katelyn Gonzalez, Delavan Lions Club, $1000;
  • Cassidy Timmerman, Delavan Lions Club, $1000;
  • Jose Lemus, Delavan Soccer Club, $350;
  • Claudia Nieuwenhuis, Delavan Soccer Club, $350;
  • Zachary Koch, Delavan Youth Football Scholarship, $500;
  • Gage Wuttke, Delavan Youth Football Scholarship, $500;
  • Carly Dodge, Delavan-Darien Booster Club Award, $1000;
  • Zachary Koch, Delavan-Darien Booster Club Award, $1000;
  • Danielle Mohr, Delavan-Darien Booster Club Award, $1000;
  • Chris Ruesch, Delavan-Darien Booster Club Award, $1000;
  • Gage Wuttke, Delavan-Darien Booster Club Award, $1000;
  • Katelyn Gonzalez, Delavan-Darien Education Association Award, $1000;
  • Nicole VanDyken, Delavan-Darien Friends of the Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship, $1500;
  • Zachary Koch, Delavan-Darien High School Football Scholarship, $1000;
  • Danielle Mohr, Delavan-Darien Masonic Scholarship, $1000;
  • Claudia Nieuwenhuis, Delavan-Darien Masonic Scholarship, $1000;
  • Anthony Arias, Delavan-Darien Rotary Club (2 YEAR), $1000;
  • Brody Cunningham, Delavan-Darien Rotary Club (4 YEAR), $1000;
  • Katelyn Gonzalez, Delavan-Darien Youth Wrestling Club, $500;
  • Megan Rupnik, Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Award, $500;
  • David Vegter, Dora S. Arthur Financial Aid Fund, $500;
  • Brody Cunningham, Fairfield Grange, $1000;
  • Katelynn Greidanus, Fairfield Grange, $1000;
  • Brittany Bruhn, FFA Alumni Scholarship, $1000;
  • Brody Cunningham, FFA Alumni Scholarship, $1000;
  • Katelynn Greidanus, FFA Alumni Scholarship, $1000;
  • Haley Mueller, FFA Alumni Scholarship, $500;
  • Alesia Riley, FFA Alumni Scholarship, $500;
  • Jennah Speth, FFA Alumni Scholarship, $1000;
  • Raquelle Simons, Florence Dunwiddie Memorial Fund, $500;
  • Anya Jeninga, George W. Borg and Effie Borg Scholarship, $2000;
  • Cassidy Timmerman, George W. Borg and Effie Borg Scholarship, $2000;
  • Allison Dejong, George W. Borg Foundation Inc. Science Scholarship, $8000;
  • Katie Flitcroft, Jacqueline Yanke Memorial, $300;
  • Cole Castel, Jeremiah Millard Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Nathan Johnson, Jeremiah Millard Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Carly Dodge, Kay Waelti Memorial, $500;
  • Jarrett Forster, Kay Waelti Memorial, $500;
  • Jasmine Harmeyer, Kay Waelti Memorial, $500;
  • Ian Showalter, Kay Waelti Memorial, $500;
  • Kayla Yakes, Kay Waelti Memorial, $500;
  • Gage Wuttke, Kikkoman Foods, Inc. Scholarship, $3000;
  • Jacob Klewin, Lake Lawn Resort Award, $1000;
  • Megan Rupnik, Lakeland Medical Center Medical Staff Scholarship, $2000;
  • Michelle Johnson, Lynda Cooper Memorial Scholarship, $500;
  • Nicole VanDyken, National School Orchestra Association, $500;
  • Madison Cameron, Piggly Wiggly, $1000;
  • Haley Mueller, Piggly Wiggly, $1000;
  • Oscar Nova-Hernandez, Robert Labonne Scholarship, $400;
  • Brody Cunningham, Sherry L. Rozell Memorial Award, $500;
  • John Loomer, Sherry L. Rozell Memorial Award, $500;
  • Ethan Price, SPX Flow, Delavan Scholarship, $5000;
  • Daniel Smith, Vincent James Agius Memorial, $300;
  • Taylor Mortlock, Walworth County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Scholarship, $500;
  • Ian Showalter, Walworth County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Scholarship, $500;
  • David Vegter, Walworth County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Scholarship, $500;
  • Michelle Johnson, Mary Ann Butler Memorial Scholarship Elkhorn Chemical & Packaging, $500;
  • Brie Anne Mick, Mary Ann Butler Memorial Scholarship TLC Cleaning Service, $500.

Non-Local Scholarships (as reported by students)

  • Clair Gamble, Hertiage Scholarship, $32000 (Viterbo University);
  • Nicholas Anditon, Kohl Initiative Scholarship, $3000;
  • Jennah Speth, Softball Scholarship, $140000 (University of Illinios at Chicago);
  • Cristina Bahaveolos, WI Academic Excellence, $9000;
  • Gage Wuttke, WI Academic Excellence, $9000;
  • Anthony Arias, Technical Excellence, $6750;
  • Nathan Johnson, Technical Excellence, $6750;
  • Erica Ivins, Alexia Scholarship, $40000 (Alverno College);
  • Michelle Johnson, Mary Mollison Legacy Scholarship, $12000 (Marian University);
  • Cole Castel, Diversity Scholar Award, $32000 (University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire);
  • Racquelle Simons, Pere Marquette Award, $50000 (Marquette University);
  • Cristina Bahaveolos, Citizen Sholarship, $100 (Daughters of the American Revolution);
  • Cristina Bahaveolos, Arts Scholarship, $200 (Walworth County Arts Council);
  • Crisitna Bahaveolos, Academic Scholarship, $44860 (University of Wisconsin-Madison);
  • Haley Gilson, Sonnentag Foundation, $1500 (Central Processing);
  • David Vegter, Community First Credit Union Fox Cities Marathon Scholarship, $1750;
  • Nicole VanDyken, Music Education, $2000 (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater);
  • William Brown, Academic Scholarship, $74000 (Carroll University);
  • Cassidy Timmerman, Academic Scholarship, $64000 (Carroll University);
  • Danielle Mohr, Academic Scholarship, $12000 (UW- Madison).
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College Accounting breakfast challenge supports local shelter


Business Education teacher Jodi Scott’s College Accounting students at DDHS set up to sell breakfast to the school on Thursday, May 26.

The goal was to compete among two groups and see which could make the most net profit from the sale to donate to either Lakeland Animal Shelter or Breast Cancer Research

The groups sold donuts, yogurt parfaits, breakfast burritos, juices and other breakfast items.

Both groups had a lot of business and ended up running out of food right before the sale was over.

Students from both groups say that they had a lot of fun getting everything set up and going through the process of selling.

The students have to treat this activity like it’s an actual business by writing up the marketing, management, finances and food safety guidelines. Both groups were very successful and agreed that it was a good way to end their College Accounting class.

(END RESULT: The group supporting Lakeland Animal Shelter, pictured above, won the friendly competition, which netted $146.92 for Lakeland Animal Shelter, $146.92!)

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