Benjamin Johnson and Nick Graetz have been named Commended Students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation has been presented by WSHS Principal, John Phelps, to these two scholastically talented seniors. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although Johnson and Graetz will not continue in the 2009 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2009 competition by taking the PSAT exam. Ben is a member of the WSHS tennis team and participates in Model Legislature. He plans to attend college next fall and is interested in pursuing writing. Nick plays WInhawk basketball, is on the math team and also participates in Model Legislature. College is in Nick’s sites for next fall, as well, and while engineering is a possibility. Graetz is considering all his options.
Mary Alice Anderson, WAPS lead media specialist is one of 13 educators from around the nation named to a Library of Congress national curriculum review panel. The panel has been assembled from all areas of the country and grade levels in an effort to develop a new professional-development curriculum for K-12 educators. The national review panel members were selected for their expertise and knowledge, as well as in an effort to assemble representatives fro urban, suburban, rural areas and elementary, middle-school and high school teaching specialties. The Library’s Educational Outreach division convened the first meeting of this national review committee in October in Washington D.C. The curriculum and online modules will be formally released at the 2009 National Education Computing Conference in Washington D.C. in June.
Luke Merchlewitz has been named the 2008 WEA Teacher of the Year. Luke is in his 20 th year as an elementary teacher at Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School . He is active in school events, an exemplary teacher, and a committed school, church, WEA and community volunteer. Merchlewitz is an ambassador for teachers and for the Winona Area Public Schools in everything he does, every place he visits, and in every way he serves. His application will be forwarded for consideration in the Minnesota Teacher of the Year program and we wish him the best of luck. He would certainly be our pick!
Claire Guidinger, junior at WSHS, has had a remarkable cross country season this fall. On November 1 she placed second in the 1AA Minnesota State Track Meet and was named to the All State Team. What a great season for Claire—congratulations.
Also in cross country running, Jon-michael Brandt was named to the All State Team. The girls’ team was the Big 9 Champs and placed second in the sectionals earning the chance to run in the state meet. Girls’ team state participants were: Kayla Ewert, Claire Guidinger, Danielle Wittenberg, Jessica Young, Rna Dornfeld, Cherisse Wolvington, and Kaitlyn Lindaman.
Girls’ Cross County Coach John Ruggeberg was named the Big 9 girls’ cross county coach of the year. Kim Chapman was named the Big 9 girls’ cross country assistant coach of the year.
·Congratulations to our varsity football team for an amazing season and for their strong demonstration of Winhawk Winning Ways.