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Nicolet Spanish Teacher Wins 2013 Language Matters Award
Nicolet Video Wins Top Award For School Communications
Nicolet High School’s Why Nicolet? video won the top honor for electronic media--the 2013 Spectrum Award of Excellence--from the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association (WSPRA) at their annual conference in November.
Nicolet’s electronic newsletter for parents also received a Spectrum Award of Merit.
Spectrum Awards recognize high-quality public relations efforts produced by or on behalf of Wisconsin school districts. This year, the statewide competition honored 12 school districts with awards.
“Spectrum Award winners exemplify the very best communications work in school districts across the state,” said WSPRA President Kit Dailey. “
WSPRA’s Spectrum Awards are judged by the Illinois School Public Relations Association on a four-point scale in four areas: goals and objectives, research and planning, execution, and evaluation and results.
WSPRA, a state affiliate of the National School Public Relations Association, represents schools, school districts, educational associations, consulting agencies, and organizations.
Record 60 Nicolet Students Contribute to the Thanksgiving Food Drive
A heartfelt thank you to the record 60 Nicolet students who helped pack and sort food at the Murguía Center in Milwaukee. They worked from 8 am until 12 noon preparing boxes for the over 1200 families that would begin to pick up the food Saturday afternoon. They saw the Nicolet Thanksgiving Food Drive through to completion and served selflessly.
Nicolet Announces Dean's Lists for First Quarter
Nicolet High School is proud to announce the Dean’s Lists for first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year. Follow this link to see students listed by grade level that have made the Dean’s Lists: http://www.nicolet.us/news_events/deans_list/2013_14_quarter_one.pdf
To qualify for this honor, students must earn all A’s or B’s for each quarter or semester separately. Additionally, students are allowed to earn one C if they have an A to offset it. Congratulations to all of our students that have earned this distinction!
Nicolet Thanksgiving Food Drive Featured on CBS 58
Students of the Month - October
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of October and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg Kabara.
Congratulations to: Emma Scott (10)-Math, Lucas Hobbins (10)-Visual Arts, Mumal Tunio (10)-Science, Jessica Morrell (12)-Social Studies, Armando Astemborski (11)-Guidance, Dmitriy Kravtsov (11)-Foreign Language, Kailoni Montgomery (9)-English, Aslynn Orozco (9)-Physical Education, Sonie Baldwin (10)-Performing Arts & Grant Hussey (12)-Career Education.
Nicolet Teacher Named Wisconsin's Outstanding Biology Teacher for 2013
The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) has named Nicolet biology teacher John Rhude Wisconsin’s Outstanding Biology Teacher for 2013.
“I was surprised, and flattered, and humbled really,” said Rhude. “It is a wonderful honor.”
Every year, the NABT recognizes an outstanding biology educator in each of the 50 states. The NABT judges candidates “on their teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, inventiveness, initiative, and student-teacher relationships.”
Rhude was nominated by Nicolet colleagues and received letters of recommendation from students and parents.
Rhude said his role in getting Nicolet’s new Outdoor Environmental Center built was one of the main reasons he received the recognition. The 30-foot by 40-foot center located behind the school at the edge of the school’s 5-acre woods will serve as an outdoor classroom when it is finished in fall.
In spring 2012, the Nicolet Foundation helped Rhude raise funds to build the environmental center. Construction started last fall. By spring 2013, the center was usable for students to make maple syrup from the sap tapped from the forest’s abundance of sugar maple trees.
Rhude and the rest of the Outstanding Biology Teachers will be honored in November at the NABT Professional Development Conference in Atlanta.
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Students of the Month - September
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of September and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg Kabara. Congratulations to: Kayla Howze (9)-Math, Andreau Dorsey (9)-Science, Hope Merens (12)-Social Studies, Kaeson Black (9)-Foreign Language , Kareem Benson-White (12)-Career Education, Magdalene Beck (12)-Guidance & Henry Zitzer (10)-Physical Education.
Nicolet Perfect ACT Students Featured on Today's WTMJ 4
21 Nicolet Seniors Recognized By National Merit Scholarship Program
Fourteen Nicolet seniors are semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program competition; seven other seniors were named Commended Students by the Program.
The semifinalists are: Helen Barzyk, Katherine Braun, Angela Chen, Isabelle Gill, Samuel Hallerman, Alexandra Heuer, Rachel Heuer, Benjamin Lawton, Hope Merens, Natalie Muenster, Anna Saggio, Bertrand Stone, Samuel Vuchetich, and Christopher Welker.
Commended Students are: Peri Beer, Lucas Benson, Jack Cook, Adrienne Evans, Joshua Knight, Allison Mitchell, and Amy Vanderhout .
Approximately 1.5 million high school students each year participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic scholarship competition that began in 1955. Students enter the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
About 16,000 students, nearly one-third of the 50,000 highest scorers, qualified as semifinalists. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must advance to finalist standing in February by meeting the Program’s high academic requirements.
The remaining 34,000 high scorers were recognized as Commended Students for their exceptional academic promise. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. A letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented to these scholastically talented seniors.
Samuel Vuchetich Earns Perfect Score on ACT
Congratulations to Samuel Vuchetich on earning the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT college admission and placement exam! The school was notified of Samuel’s achievement over the summer. Samuel is our 4th student to receive a perfect score from the 2012-2013 school year.
Nicolet Announces 2014 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Congratulations to our 14 National Merit Semifinalists – Helen Barzyk, Katherine Braun, Angela Chen, Isabelle Gill, Samuel Hallerman, Alexandra Heuer, Rachel Heuer, Benjamin Lawton, Hope Merens, Natalie Muenster, Anna Saggio, Bertrand Stone, Samuel Vuchetich and Christopher Welker. From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and will be notified in February. Winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2014 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.
Nicolet Summer Work Experience at Columbia Hospital
The Nicolet Summer Work Experience for the Life Skills students concluded at Columbia St.Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee. This year marks the 10th year that Special Education Teachers, Kate Rinehart and Rob Rinka have taken students from across the special department to Columbia as they embark on a real-world work experience. The process begins before the end of semester one each year. Potential candidates are selected and they begin the entire employment process from applying for a position, undergoing a criminal background check, health and drug screen, interview and pre-placement orientation. This process takes several months and requires the families to be on board with our program. This program runs under the Volunteer Services of the hospital and students are not paid for their work. Students are placed in various departments throughout the Columbia Campus to work under the supervision of hospital staff and the special education teachers. Each year the teachers watch their students go from the unknown to demonstrating pretty remarkable growth. This opportunity allows Rob and Kate to work closely with students who may be struggling in one or more area, it also allows them to see great potential in each and every one of them. These students ROCK and are valued by the staff of Columbia. A special thanks to Karen Kingsbury for assisting the program this summer.
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2012-13 School Year
Nicolet Announces Deans List For Fourth Quarter and Semester Two
Nicolet High School is proud to announce the Dean’s Lists for Fourth Quarter and Semester 2 of the 2012-2013 school year. To qualify for this honor, students must earn all A’s or B’s for the quarter or semester. Additionally, students are allowed to earn one C if they have an A to offset it. Congratulations to all of our students that have earned this distinction.
2013 Nicolet Senior Class
Nicolet Students Awarded Prize Money For The National Spanish Exam
Seven of the students who earned first or second place scores in the state on the National Spanish Exam have just been awarded prize money. These students earned a total of $550 for having the highest raw score on their level exam. Please congratulate Johely Borrero(Level 3 bilingual), Madeline Haworth(Level 3), Raquel Heuer(Level 4), Emma Juettner(Level 2), Jordan Rattner(Level 3), Alesandra Tejeda(Level 3 bilingual), and Connor Wahrman(Level 5).¡Felicitaciones!
Nicolet Announces the Students of the Month for May 2013
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of May and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg DePue. Congratulations to: Joelle Osterwind (9)-Social Studies, Sean Yufa (10)-Physical Education, Taryn Coleman (11)-Science, Angelina Davis (12)-Career Education, Lydia Sahin (9)-Career Education, English, Ellen Cranberg (12)-Foreign Language, Leya Mozafari (9)-Visual Arts & Andy Winston (11)-English
Nicolet Announces the Students of the Month for April 2013
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of April and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg DePue.
Congratulations to: Tatyana Pearson (9)-Foreign language,
Kendall Holloway (10)-Physical Education, Jack Kalloch (11)-Science, Taylor Hanson (10)-Visual Arts, Briana Gray (12)-English,
Serena Dow (10)-Social Studies, Armani Reid (9)-Math,
Shad Evelyn (12)-Career Education & Anthony Rogers (10)-Guidance
Nicolet Students Participate in Fox Point Memorial Parade
Senior Kierra Sanders, junior Marina Alexander, and sophomores Sariah Bates and Imani Smith (aka the "Four Voices") sang their own arrangement of the National Anthem as well as led the crowd in the singing of America the Beautiful in the Fox Point Memorial Day parade.
They appear about a minute into the video clip, and can be heard in the background for the remainder of the story.
Nicolet band student Avery Kornitz also braved the rain and played 'Taps' after the lowering of the flag to half mast.
Nicolet Teacher Named an International Student Experiences (ISE) Language Matters award winner
Hats off to Maria Wallis who was named an International Student Experiences (ISE) Language Matters award winner. The award is given to a high school teacher who has achieved outstanding success in getting her students to speak Spanish through exemplary motivation and creative methods; in addition, the winner shall be a teacher who has provided authentic immersion experiences outside the classroom for students to apply their speaking skills. Maria will be honored at the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers convention in the fall.
Nicolet Students Excel on the National Spanish Exam
Congratulations to the 42 Nicolet students who had top 10 scores in the state of Wisconsin on the National Spanish Exam. Two seniors will be presented awards at the Senior Awards Program. Over 156,000 students take the exam across the United States. They are an impressive group who have mastered an incredible amount of the Spanish language. Please congratulate them!
8th place: Amanda Her
1st place: Emma Juettner
4th place: Diana Palencia
6th place: Mumal Tunio
6th place: Jeremy Moser
6th place: Zack Hampel
7th place: Elizabeth Tong
9th place: Martin Muenster
10th place: Jack Berroug
10th place: Madeline Folstein
10th place: Carli Shapiro
1st place: Madeleine Haworth, Alesandra Tejeda
2nd place: Jordan Rattner, Johely Borrero
3rd place: MaryAm Tunio
4th place: Jordan Perry
5th place: Jacob Cohen
7th place: Atiyana Evelyn
8th place: Sharlotte Irwin
9th place: Sara Farabakhsh
1st place: Rachel Heuer, Helen Barzyk
2nd place: Alexandra Heuer, Chris Welker
3rd place: Luisa Campos, Hope Merens, Natalie Muenster
4th place: Anna Saggio
5th place: Lucas Benson
6th place: Katherine Braun
7th place: Magdalene Beck, Peri Beer
1st place: Connor Wahrman
3rd place: Drew Melchert
4th place: Daniel Lerner, Benjamin Levey
5th place: Brianna Cardinale, Daniel Welytok
6th place: Chara Yu
8th place: Benjamin Henken
9th place: Annie Jen
Nicolet Students Win 3 of 5 Awards at the Congressional Art Competition
12 Nicolet High School students entered 18 pieces of art and participated in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition hosted by Congresswoman Gwen Moore.
Nicolet students earned 3 of the 5 awards provided in this 2-Dimensional art competition and exhibition. Our students competed against students from numerous other high schools in our congressional district. The students received their awards from Congresswoman Gwen Moore on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at a ceremony at the Chase Office Tower on Wisconsin and Water Streets in Milwaukee. The works were displayed along with works from other schools in our congressional district in the Chase building from Saturday, May 4 through Tuesday, May 7.
The student winners and participants are as follows:
2nd Place $200.00 Kira Broadnax, senior for her Painting Thann #2
3rd Place $100.00 DeVante Coleman, junior for his Photograph “Superman Earthbound”
Honorable Mention Adrienne Evans, junior for her painting “Reflections”
Other participants included the following
Nicolet High School
Art Instructor: Mrs. Patricia Leeson
Student Name Title Description
1. DeVante Coleman Superman Earthbound Black and White Digital Photo
2. Sarah Murphy Color Digital Photo Synced
3. Laura Shires Playdate Acrylic Paint on Canvas
4. Gabe Katz Harbored Acrylic Paint on Canvas board
5. Natalie Muenster Peanut Gallery Acrylic Paint on Canvas Board
6. Rhea Stark Thursday Mixed Media: Acrylic Paint and Pastel
7. Minlie du Plessis The Wall Black and White Digital Photograph
8. Paulina Varela Uncertainty Acrylic Paint on Canvas Board
9. Carolyn Trebian Holding Onto Beliefs Oil Pastel Drawing of Cross in Hand
10. Kira Broadnax Thann #2 Mixed Media: Acrylic Paint + Oil Pastel on Canvas
11. Gwen Davis Donkey Drawing in Chalk Pastel
12. Adrienne Evans Still Life Acrylic Paint on Canvas Board
13. Gwen Davis Spontaneous Color Digital Photograph
14. Minlie du Plessis Julee Color Digital Photograph
15. Laura Shires Third Course Acrylic Paint on Canvas
16. Paulina Varela Wonder Acrylic Paint on Canvas
17. Sarah Murphy Steel Infinity Black and White Digital Photo
18. DeVante Coleman Reach (Fades to Blue) Color Digital Photograph
4 Nicolet Students Triumph in the State French Pronunciation Competition
Four Nicolet students won gold medals in the State French Pronunciation Competition:
Alessandra Tejeda - Gold medal for extemporaneous prose
Emily Blumenthal and Jennifer Froh - Gold medal for Reader's Theater
Sophia Geho - Gold medal for French Musical Performance
Nicolet Students Take Home FICB Championship
Congratulations to Ben Henken, Andrew Keene, and Ari Reyes for winning the state Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl in Madison this past Thursday. In the semi-finals, down 15pts, Andrew Keene answered the final question giving Nicolet a 5pt. victory over Oshkosh North. Nicolet went on to dominate the Championship round winning by over 100pts. over Sauk Prairie to bring home the trophy.
6 Nicolet Students Honored at the Deutscher Sprach und Schulverein Awards Ceremony
Six Nicolet students were honored on May 5th at the Deutscher Sprach und Schulverein Awards Ceremony. Held at Marquette University High School, the ceremony honored students for high performance on the AATG National exam and the DSSV Essay Contest. Leading the way for Nicolet was major prize winner William Jen, who pocketed $150 and a snazzy book about Austria. Also honored for Nicolet were Ava Crawford-Dukejevic, Tom Driscoll, Emiy Perez, Natalie Muenster and John Sherman who likewise won cash awards and tickets to German Fest. The DSSV (Deutscher Sprach und Schulverein) is a Milwaukee organization which exists to encourage the teaching and learning of German.
Nicolet honorees John Sherman, Ava Crawford-Du and William Jen pose with DSSV President Fred Keller and guest speaker Bill Chapman, Global Director OE Engineering, Johnson Controls Power Solutions.
2 Nicolet Students Advance To National History Day Competition in Washington D.C.
Nicolet Students did a fantastic job during state level history competition on Saturday in Madison. This amazing group of young people supported one another throughout the day and were outstanding representatives of Nicolet High School. The following students walked away with honors and awards.
Sydney O'Hare won the "Mayflower Award for Early American History" for her performance "Elizabeth Burgin: The Lost Patriot"
Anna Girton won a second Honorable Mention for her Individual Exhibit "Theresienstadt: A Missing 'Note" in History"
Samantha Srok won a first Honorable Mention for her Individual Documentary "The Stonewall Riots: Changing Face of the Gay Right Movement"
And two Nicolet students will be representing Nicolet at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. in June. These students are :
1. Madeline Folstein for her performance "Prohibitions Effect on Feminism and Women's Rights" and
2. Jubilee Hou for his individual website "H.H. Bennett: The 'Snapper'" Jubilee's website is available online at
Special thanks go to Lulah Colan, Nasif Rogers, and Kasey Ehrke for their outstanding work with students on History Day projects.
The entire library staff, Deb Krause, Mary Goss, and Susie Rinka for providing wonderful resources and support throughout the process. The wealth of database information available at Nicolet was even discussed by one our students at a talk back with the judges during the competition.
Mark Schill for his willingness to support students throughout the project creation process.
Greg Slade for his amazing ability to trouble shoot last minute technical disasters and work directly with students to enable them to solve their own problems.
Nicole Mueller for helping students fine tune their projects and spending the entire day in Madison with the group on Saturday.
Good luck to Maddy and Jubilee at Nationals!
Three Nicolet Students Receive Willie D. Davis Scholarships
Three Nicolet students were among 25 graduating high school seniors in greater Milwaukee to receive scholarships from the Willie D. Davis Scholarship Fund, named for the Green Bay Packers legend and Milwaukee business icon. Benjamin Levey, Jessica Luecke, and Josephine Scott each received $2,000 scholarships at the 22nd Annual Award Ceremony Dinner April 26 at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee.
To be considered for a Davis Scholarship, candidates needed to exhibit strong school and community leadership and involvement, have good moral character, and show respect for family and community. Candidates also were judged on the 500-word essay they were required to write on one of the following two topics:
1) Being young in America, how would you change the violent environment that has been created in our community and change our values to honor each other's rights? 2) Politicians too often base their decisions on what will please the voters, not on what is best for the country. Write an essay in which you perform the following: Explain what you think about the above statement. Describe a specific situation in which a politician might make an unpopular decision for the good of the country. Discuss the principles you think should determine whether political decisions should be made to please voters or to serve the nation.
“I am delighted that we have been able to sustain our commitment to helping our young men and women with financial assistance as they pursue a post-secondary education. These are tough economic times, and I am grateful to all the stakeholders who have assisted in this herculean task,” said Davis.
Nicolet Fed Challenge Team Takes Home State Championship
Congratulations to Nicolet's Fed Challenge team for bringing home a state victory. They traveled to the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank on Monday to show what they know about the Federal Reserve bank, the macro economy and monetary policy. Not an easy task. They represented Nicolet with flare, received many complements from the judges and earned a 3 peat state championship.
Congratulations to the the following students:
Special thanks to Mark Schill and Lisa Wathan for providing valuable feedback on their presentation.
Nicolet Announces Dean's Lists for 3rd Quarter
Nicolet High School is proud to announce the Dean’s Lists for third quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. To qualify for this honor, students must earn all A’s or B’s for the quarter. Additionally, students are allowed to earn one C if they have an A to offset it. Congratulations to all of our students that have earned this distinction.
State Representative Mandela Barnes Meets With Students During Resource Period on April 22nd
9 Students Inducted Into German Honor Society
Nine students were inducted into Delta Epsilon Phi, the Honor Society for high school students of German in a ceremony at Nicolet on Thursday, April 25th. Students honored are (from left to right) Bryce Uy, John Sherman, Sandra Gurneau, Julias Vascan, teacher Herr Wagner, Ella Dierberger, Ben Brown, DEP alum and guest speaker Kindia duPlessis, Natalie Muenster, Anna Novak, Laura Banh and DEP President William Jen.
Nicolet Takes First Place in German Day Competition
Nicolet continued its dominance at the UW-Madison German Day competition taking home the State Title for the second straight year. Competing on Wednesday, April 17th, the Nicolet German students bested 27 other high schools in the state. This marks the fourth title in the last five years. Please congratulate the following:
Event One: Spelling II (Perfect Score)
Brandon Poll, Martin Muenster
Event Two: Spelling Advanced
Natalie Muenster, Laura Banh, John Jaekels
Event Three: Poetry II Gefunden von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Event Four: Skit:
Laura Banh, Avery Kornitz, Mari Johnson, Julia Vascan, Stephen Johnson, Sandra Gurneau, Molly Wertheimer, Katya Opryschenko, Ava Crawford, Ella Dierberger, Bryce Uy, William Jen, Ben Brown, Hunter Bronek, Anna Novak, John Sherman, Natalie Muenster, Sam Vucetich, Chris Sorenson
Event Five: Poetry Advanced Die Lorelei von Heinrich Heine
Event Six: Vocal Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus (Comedian Harmonists)
Patti Bykowski, Stephen Johnson, Brandon Kennedy, Morgan Kornitz, Devin Harrison, John Sherman, Wayne Martin, Jane Moede, Teddy Uy, Katja Opryschenko
Nicolet Wins Wisconsin Economics Econ Challenge
Congratulations to Briana Gray, Daniel Lerner and Elizabeth Tavolier for winning 1st place in the Wisconsin Economics Econ Challenge. They each brought home a $100 prize for their efforts, which of course made them very happy!
Also, congratulations to the WHOLE faculty for helping all the students who successfully participated in a wide array of events this year. It is a testimony to ALL the nurturing of learning (problem solving, critical thinking, collaborative team work...) that takes place in ALL of our classrooms everyday that prepares these students to represent Nicolet so well in the community. It takes a village for our students to achieve their success. Hats off to you.
Nicolet Announces the Students of the Month for March 2013
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of March and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg DePue. Congratulations to: Monique Scott (11)-Science, Haley Coleman (11)-Math, Carly Cohen (11)-Performing Arts, Taylor Slivinski (11)-English, William Jen (12)-Foreign Language, Patrick Fliess (10)-Guidance & Cole McCullough (12)-Career Education
3 Nicolet Students Named 2nd Team All-State For Math
Congratulations to the following students who were selected to the All-State 2nd Team in Mathematics for their
outstanding performance on the State Math Meet.
2013 All-State 2nd Team
Nicolet Student Wins National 2013 Scholastic Art Award
Nicolet junior Natalie Muenster was one of 21 art students from Wisconsin to win a 2013 National Award from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers.
Muenster, who won a National Scholastic Silver Medal for her acrylic painting Peanut Gallery, will receive her award May 31 at world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York. Also that day, this year’s national award winners will be recognized in the city in a couple of exciting ways. The Empire State Building will be illuminated in gold, and the LED super signs at 1515 Broadway in Times Square will feature the awards throughout the day. And, for the first time, the ceremony will be webcast live from Carnegie Hall.
2013 marks the 90th anniversary of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and this year’s competition attracted more participants than ever before. More than 230,000 submissions were received in 28 categories.
The Wisconsin national art award winners first participated in regional competition by submitting their work through The Milwaukee Art Museum. The regional winners were then judged nationally by panels of renowned artists and arts professionals.
Teachers of national winners were also honored with awards. Meunster’s art teacher is Patricia Leeson.
“This 90th year of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards demonstrates just how vital the program is to America’s creative young people,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “In some cases, an Award and its attendant scholarships can make the difference between whether or not a young writer or artist attends college.”
This year’s honorees join a prestigious list of Awards alumni including Zac Posen, Lena Dunham, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Robert Redford.
Nicolet High School Featured in Latest Issue of Milwaukee Magazine
The article, "An Equation for Success--Keeping super-smart high school students challenged in the classroom has become a nationwide goal. Locally, one high school may have found an answer to the problem," focuses on the college-level calculus 3 course offered at Nicolet in conjunction with Cardinal Stritch University. Read the online version here.
Nicolet Students Excel at Badger State Science and Engineering Fair
Congratulations to the following students on another fanstastic year at the Badger State Science and Engineering Fair that was held at Marquette University on Saturday, March 23rd.
Gabriel Ferns: 1st in the entire Fair (won ISEF trip)
2nd place in Medicine/Health: Olivia Gorman and Katya Opreshchenko
1st place in Math/Computer Science: Gabriel Ferns
2nd place in Math/Computer Science: Bertrand Stone
1st place in Chemistry/Biochemistry: Martin Muenster and Natalie Muenster
3rd place in Biology: Oliver Lefevre
1st place in Behavior/Social Science: Hope Merens
2nd place in Behavioral/Social Science: Sarah Marowski
3rd place in Behavioral/Social Science: Rosie Goodman and Yael Greenberg
American Psychological Association: Hope Merens
CH2MHill Award: Mina Chhikara
Genius Olympiad: Martin Muenster and Natalie Muenster
Intel Excellence in Computer Science: Gabriel Ferns
National Association of Corrosion Engineers: Ben Hayes
United States Army: Martin Muenster and Natalie Muenster
U.S. Department of Navy/Marine Corps: Hannah McBride and Jeremy Moser
Stockholm Junior Water Prize: Mina Chhikara
Nicolet Student Earn Honors at State German Pronunciation Contest
Finishing the trifecta of pre-break competitions, Nicolet earned 15 of the 40 prizes at the State German Pronunciation Contest, held Saturday the 23rd at Marquette University. Special recognition goes to repeat champions Ella Dierberger and Jane Moede, and to William Jen, for taking a first for four out of the last five years.
1st Place: Ella Dierberger, William Jen, Julia Vascan and John Sherman
2nd Place: Sandra Gurneau, Chris Sorenson and Bryce Uy
1st Place James Abram
3rd Place: Joe Moede
1st Place Jane Moede
2nd Place: Eva Crawford-D and Morgan Kornitz
3rd Place: Tom Driscoll, Robert McCracken
2nd Place: Kai Rune
Nancy Gao Awarded Prestigious UNC Chapel Hill Moorehead-Cain Merit Scholarship
Nicolet Senior, Nancy Gao, has been awarded the prestigious UNC Chapel Hill Moorehead-Cain merit scholarship--the first merit scholarship program established in the United States. Everything is paid for, including summer internships, study abroad, computer, supplies, etc. For more information about this prestigious scholarship, visit:
Additionally, Ms. Gao was featured on TMJ4 news. You can watch the video here:
Congratulations to our very own Nancy Gao!
Nicolet's Model United Nations Team Takes Home Awards
Congratulations to the members of Nicolet's Model United Nations team! The team represented China, Botswana, Guatemala, Spain, and the Philippines at a UWM conference attended by 600+ students from over 30 schools. All members of the team performed well, with the following students winning awards for their position papers and work in committees:
Maggie Beck and Will Jen -- Council of the EU
Adrienne Evans -- Justice on the International Court of Justice
Sharlotte Irwin -- Subcommittee on Establishing a Global Strategy for Persons Displaced by Climate Change
Natalie Muenster -- Subcommittee on Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change on Food Supplies
Ale Tejeda -- Subcommittee on the UN's Role in Watching Over Elections
Sam Vuchetich -- Subcommittee on Implications of the Act of Targeted Killings
And in a lovely swan song moment, senior Connor Wahrman won for both his position paper and his portrayal of a KGB agent in the Joint Crisis Committee. We are sad to have spent our last Model UN with our graduating seniors Connor, Micki Bear, Rachel Halstrom, Margi Merline, Will Jen, and Sam Srok.
Nicolet Announces the Students of the Month for February 2013
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of February and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg DePue. Congratulations to: Talia Berman(12)-Career Education, Adam Mazin(10)-Foreign Language, Roland Nguyen(9)-Physical Education, Jubliee Hou (9)-Performing Arts, Sarah Baker(10)-Math, Patricia “Patti” Bykowski(10)-English, Angel Millan(10)-Visual Arts & Cassandra Berkel(11)-Social Studies.
Student Wins Honorable Mention For Essay
Maggie Beck, a junior at Nicolet, wrote an essay on global ethics for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs essay competition, “Ethics for a Connected World.” Maggie won an honorable mention for her work.
5 Nicolet Students Score Perfect ACT Scores
Congratulations to the five Nicolet students on scoring a perfect 36 on their ACT tests. They were featured on Fox 6 News and TMJ4
Nicolet Millionaire's Club wins FICB
If Nicolet High School were to add another Most Likely prediction to its yearbook—Most Likely to Make Money—then the names of students Ben Henken, Andrew Keene, and Ari Reyes would make the list. The three students’ Millionaire’s Club team outsmarted 23 other teams to win the regional Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl March 7 at ManpowerGroup corporate headquarters in downtown Milwaukee.
By winning the regional competition, the team advanced to the statewide competition May 2 in Madison.
Nicolet’s Millionaire’s Club entered three teams made up of ten students in the contest, which challenged the students’ financial literacy and investment knowledge. All three teams advanced to the finals bracket. The following is a list of the ten Nicolet students who competed: Alex Braun, Jimmy Brown III, Sarah Gribble, Benjamin Henken, Andrew Keene, Jared Mazin, Nick Paul, Ari Reyes, Alex Saxton, and Sam Streeck.
Two Nicolet Students, One Teacher Receive Kohl Foundation Awards
The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship Program has announced Nicolet students Benjamin Levey and Aleena Choudry both received $1,000 scholarships, and Nicolet English teacher Nicole Mueller received a $1,000 grant for both herself and the high school.
The $1,000 awards were made to 100 teachers, their schools, and 187 graduating high school students throughout Wisconsin.
Levey was the only student in the North Shore area to be awarded an Excellence Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, leadership, citizenship, and school and community involvement.
Choudry was named one of the Initiative Scholars, which are chosen by their schools for demonstrating exceptional initiative in the classroom and a strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.
Mueller was a Fellowship recipient, selected for her “superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.”
The three will be recognized with other regional Kohl scholarship recipients at a luncheon March 23 at Greenfield High School.
The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, U.S. Senator (Retired), in 1990. To date, the foundation has awarded $8.2 million to Wisconsin educators, students, and schools.
“Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students and teachers, and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future,” Kohl said in a press release.
Nicolet Student Succeed at the Wisconsin Rube Goldberg Competition
On Friday, March 1at the Wisconsin Rube Goldberg Competition Nicolet won the Rookie of the Year Award, scoring the highest total score of all of the first year teams! The team consisted of:
They completed the task of using a Hammer to Drive a nail in 31 steps!
For more information on Rube Goldberg Follow this link: http://rubegoldberg.com
2013 Science Fair Awards
Science Fair Organizational Awards 2013
American Meteorological Society: Jubilee Hou and Emily Roesner
American Psychological Association: Hope Merens
ASM Materials Education Foundation: Maya Magana/Sam Peltz
Association of Women Geoscientists: Sarah Schoenfeldt
Intel Excellence in Computer Science: Gabe Ferns
Mu Alpha Theta: Bertrand Stone
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Charles Rinderle
National Society of Professional Engineers: Gabe Rosenthal and Arielle Bordow
Ricoh Americas Corporation: Isabella Hutson and Maddy Reick
Society for In Vitro Biology: Nancy Gao
Stockholm Junior Water Prize: Ilana Friedman/Ania Kotecki and Mina Chhikara
U. S. Army (5 Awards- Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Sciences and Physical Sciences,
Medallion in addition for the best of this group)
Ben Fedderly, Ben Hayes, Amanda Jacobs, Martin Muenster/Natalie Muenster (overall winner)
U.S. Air Force (4 awards): Maya Bhadkamhar/Katie Cianciola, Zack Hampel, Adam Mitchell
U.S. Public Health Service: Carli Shapiro
U.S.Metric Association: Brink Miller
U.S. Navy/Marine Corps (3 awards): Joe Vuchetich, Jeffrey Keyser, and Charlie Dickson
Yale Science and Engineering Association: John Zurawski and Teague Worlton
1st : Bertrand Stone
2nd: Gabe Ferns
3rd: Gabe Rosenthal and Arielle Bordow
1st: Joe Vuchetich
2nd: Evan Johnson and Van Wydeven/Noah Schneider
3rd: Sam Wiegers
1st: Nancy Gao
2nd: Olivia Gorman/Katernya Opryshchenko
3rd: Maya Magana/Sam Peltz
1st: Martin Muenster/Natalie Muenster
2nd: Jeremy Moser/Hannah McBride
2nd: Maya Bhadkamkar and Katie Cianciola
1st: Ben Hayes
2nd Ilana Friedman/Ania Kotecki
3rd: Billy Manger
1st: Mina Chhikara
2nd: William Han
3rd: Sarah Schoenfeldt
1st: Kent Tianen
3rd: John Campbell
3rd: Charlie Rosmann
Behavioral/Social Science I:
1st: Sarah Marowski
2nd: Rosie Goodman/Yael Greenberg
3rd: Maddy Folstein
Behavioral/Social Science II:
1st: Hope Merens
2nd: Zachery Wahrman
3rd: Erin Heidenrich/Maddie Kohnke
Behavioral/Social Science III:
1st: Yogev Ben-Yitschak
2nd: Joelle Osterwind
3rd: Michael Carruth
6 Nicolet Finalist Projects:
1. Bertrand Stone
2. Gabriel Ferns
3. Nancy Gao
4. Olivia Gorman/Katernya Opryshchenko
5. Martin Muenster/Natalie Muenster
6. Hope Merens
Overall Nicolet Winners (ISEF):
1st Place: Hope Merens
2nd Place: Bertrand Stone
3rd Place: Nancy Gao
Projects invited to compete at BSSEF
1. Joelle Osterwind
2. Yogev Ben-Yitschak
3. Hope Merens
4. Zachery Wahrman
5. Sarah Marowski
6. Rosie Goodman and Yael Greenberg
7. Mina Chhikara
8. Oliver Lefebvre
9. William Han
10. Sarah Schoenfeldt
11. Ilana Friendman/Ania Kotecki
12. Ben Hayes
13. Martin Muenster/Natalie Muenster
14. Jeremy Moser/Hannah McBride
15. Maya Bhadkamkar/Katie Cianciola
16. Nancy Gao
17. Olivia Gorman/Katya Opryshchenko
18. Leya Mozafari/Olga Lerner
19. Emily Perez/Elizabeth Tong
20. Joe Vuchetich
21. Gabriel Ferns
Nicolet Students Place In Regional History Day Competition
On Saturday, March 2, several Nicolet students participated in regional History Day competition at UWM. Over 500 students from various schools in southeastern Wisconsin were a part of this competition. The top three projects in each category move on to state competition.
Congratulations to the following Nicolet students who will be representing Nicolet in Madison at the State History Day competition.
Anna Girton: Theresinstadt
Tom Driscoll: The G.I. Bill
Samantha Srok: Stonewall Riots
Timothy Leplae-Arthur: Suez Crisis
Stella Kleynerman, Ben Hayes, Sona Perlin: Luis Bunel and Surrealism
Elaine Knaus and Elliana Sinykin: Seeing Eye Dogs
Alternates: Irene Leplae-Arthur and Ariel Behling: Lucille Ball
Jubilee Hou: H.H. Bennett
Katie Cianciola: Mildred Fish Harnack
Sydney O'Hare: Elizabeth Burgin
Maddy Folstein: Prohibition
Special thanks go to Deb Krause and Mark Schill for their work with individual students to help them perfect their projects. Thanks also to Sue Bolly who attended the competition at UWM and supported the students.
Nicolet Students Earn Four Scholastic Writing Awards
Three Nicolet students received four awards in The Scholastic Writing Awards of Milwaukee. The awards were announced Feb. 11 by Still Waters Collective and The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
Winning Silver Key awards were Benjamin Levey (two awards) and Winn Alana May. An Honorable Mention award went to Magdalene Beck.
The students will be honored at an awards ceremony May 13 at the Stackner Cabaret in The Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
The Scholastic Writing Awards are the nation’s longest running and most prestigious recognition and scholarship program for students in grades 7-12 for the literary arts. Still Waters Collective has been approved by the national office of The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers as the Milwaukee-area regional affiliate.
Nicolet Announces the Student's of the Month for January 2013
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of January and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg DePue. Congratulations to: Mitchell Bass (12)-Career Education, Amelia Scott (12)- Foreign Language, Maxwell Croysdale (9)-Math, Emily Anderson (9)-Performing Arts, Benjamin “Benji” Cohn (9)-Physical Education, Lieschen du Plessis (9)-Visual Arts, Yuliya Ostapovych (10)-Science, Brianna Cardinale (12)-Guidance, Marissa Lockhart (9)-English & Jacob Becker (11)-Social Studies.
Nicolet Announces Deans List For Second Quarter and Semester One
Nicolet High School is proud to announce the Dean’s Lists for second quarter and semester 1 of the 2012-2013 school year. Students are listed by grade level that have made the Dean’s Lists.
To qualify for this honor, students must earn all A’s or B’s for each quarter or semester separately. Additionally, students are allowed to earn one C if they have an A to offset it. Congratulations to all of our students that have earned this distinction.
Quarter Two List
Semester One List
Nicolet Student Wins One of the Top Awards at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards Exhibition
Nicolet junior, Carrie Trebian placed among the top 10 in the state in the 2013 Wisconsin Association of School Boards Art Exhibition. Carrie earned second place for her oil pastel drawing exhibiting the theme “What is Worth Fighting For?” In addition to being recognized for her work, Carrie will be receiving a significant monetary award in the form of US Savings Bond, generously provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. Her work was on display during the WASB Convention from January 23-24 at the Delta Convention Center in Milwaukee, along with work created by students from all over the state of Wisconsin. Other Nicolet students who had their work on display at the convention include senior, Kira Broadnax, junior, Paulina Varela and junior, Jessica Waddington. Other students who entered the competition include juniors, Gaya Fasuylan, Calley Manion and Laura Shires.
Nicolet Art Students Garner 22 Scholastic Art Awards
Nicolet art students received 22 awards in the 2013 Scholastic Art Awards—Wisconsin Regional Competition and Exhibition held Feb. 2 at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Gold Key award recipients, whose artwork will advance to the national competition, included Sid Brod (photography), DeVante Coleman (photography), Robert Dietz (jewelry), Natalie Muenster (painting), Jordan Perry (painting), Brandon Poll (drawing), Laura Shires (painting), and Rhea Stark (drawing).
Silver Key award winners included Gwen Davis (photography), Minlie du Plessis (painting), and Paulina Varela (painting). Receiving Honorable Mention awards were Maggie Beck (sculpture), Peri Beer (sculpture), Elizabeth Carey (sculpture), Gwen Davis (photography), Serena Dow (sculpture), Libby Geboy (sculpture), John Jaeckels (drawing), Gabe Katz (drawing), Jordan Perry (sculpture), Rhea Stark (photography), and Lizette Varela (photography).
Gold Key and Silver Key artwork will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum until March 17.
The Wisconsin competition and exhibition was the regional section of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards national program conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers for students in grades 7-12. This year’s exhibition included works in 14 media categories selected from 1,724 individual entries by a jury of 24 artists, educators and administrators. Students from 104 schools throughout the state entered the competition.
Mock Trial Team Places 3rd
On Saturday, February 9, the Nicolet Mock Trial Team competed in regional competition at the Waukesha County Courthouse. The team, with no previous competition experience, had an outstanding performance. After losing an extremely close round to the eventual second place finisher, the team won it remaining three rounds. As a result, the team tied for third place in a field of 13 teams. A special thank you goes to Attorney Lucas Kaster for his assistance and support throughout the season. The mock trial team members are as follows:
Congratulations to all!
NHS Spanish Students Dominate in State Pronunciation Contest
Spanish students participated on Saturday, January 26 in the State Pronunciation Contest at Marquette High School sponsored by the WI chapter of the AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese).
27 students participated in 44 total events. Nicolet performed quite well. Our students took home 21 1st place ribbons, 17 2nd place ribbons and 6 3rd place ribbons. If you see these students in the hall, please congratulate them on a job well done!
Nicolet Announces the Students of the Month for December 2012
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of December and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg DePue. Congratulations to: Winn Alana May (12)-English, Brandon Kennedy (9)-Math, Alexis Terry (9)-Foreign Language, Robert Dietz (10)-Visual Arts, Christopher Jelenchick, (11)-Physical Education, Andrew Keene (12)-Career Education, Brionna Hale (12)-Social Studies, Carly Herda (9)-Guidance, Adrienne Evans (11)-Performing Arts & Raphael Hallerman (10)-Science
Nicolet Announces the Students of the Month for November 2012
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of November and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg DePue. Congratulations to: Michelle Kofman (11)-English, Elizabeth Meister (12)-Library, Rosalee “Rosie” Goodman (9)-Science, Kierra Sanders (12)-Performing Arts, Sophie Eiseman (11)-Career Education, Chara Yu (12)-Math, Isaiah Agara (11)-Social Studies, Jessica Luecke (12)-Guidance, Jaime Kloehn (9)-Physical Education & Sam Sinykin (11)-Foreign Language.
National Honor Society Inductees
Congratulations to the 8 senior inductees to National Honor Society. They are Callie Dickson, Lanoira Duhart, Allison Hung, George Paul, Mariah Schlossmann, Sydney Silverberg, Joseph Tarnowski, and Bryce Uy. The induction ceremony was held on Tuesday, December 4th at Nicolet High School under the direction of Mr. Jamin Hoffman, advisor for the Nicolet Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Quarter One Dean's List Announced
German Club Fall Service Project
It was a busy Saturday for foreign language students. 23 Nicolet students spent Saturday morning in the Amani Neighborhood of West Locust Avenue. Students learned about issues facing the neighborhood in a visit to the Dominican Center for Women. In addition to doing yardwork for elderly and disabled neighborhood residents, students donated coffee and soup to support the Dominican Center's GED Program.
Nicolet Announces the Student's of the Month for October 2012
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of October and students were given a personalized award by Principal Greg DePue. Congratulations to: Lauren Cunningham (12)-Career Education, Robert Abrahamian (12)-Science, Mitchell “M.J.” Sellers (11)-Guidance, Geena DeMaio (11)-Performing Arts, Deaja Cooper (11)-Math, Salina Plotecher (11)-Visual Arts, Matthew Lenett (10), Social Studies, Jaesung Jung (9)-Foreign Language, Maria Brondino (11)-Physical Education, Helen Barzyk (11)-Physical Education & Nisreen Eid (10)-English.
Nicolet Announces the Students' of the Month for September 2012
Each department nominated a student for doing an outstanding job for the month of October. Congratulations to our Students: Aislinn O'Dwyer (12)-Math, Ari Reyes (12)-Physical Education, Ben Herrenbruck (12)-Social Studies, Greg Horstmeier (12)-Foreign Language, Jami Zangwill (12)-Guidance, Joe Tarnowski (12)-Science, Joshua Agterberg (12)-Performing Arts, Keinann Ayers (9)-Visual Arts, Lydia Pagan (9)-English and Tristan Cook-Ziegler (12)-Career Education.
Nicolet Announces 2013 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Congratulations to our 7 National Merit Semifinalists - Nancy Gao, Annie Jen, Benjamin Levey, Drew Melchert, Margaret Merline, Connor Wahrman, and Emma Wathen. From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and will be notified in February. Winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2013 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.
Nicolet Announces Seven 2013 National Merit Scholarship Commended Students
Congratulations to our 9 National Merit Scholarship Commended Students! Joshua Agterberg, Kira Broadnax, Brianna Cardinale, Gabriel Ferns, Benjamin Henken, Daniel Lerner, Ben Lubar, Amelia Scott, Nolan Wagner. About 34,000 Commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 preliminary competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Nicolet Announces Semifinalist in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program
Congratulations to Martha Leplae-Arthur on being named a Semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. This program recognizes academically promising Black American high school students throughout the nation and provides scholarships to a number of the most outstanding program participants. Students are selected from requested consideration when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Semifinalists are designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region.
The selection of approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship award winners with awards worth more than $2.5 million will be offered next spring. About 80% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win an Achievement Scholarship award. The names of Achievement Scholarship designees will be sent to news media for announcement in early April.
2011-12 School Year
Two Nicolet Students Earn National Debate Awards
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Art Students' Work To Be Featured at State Fair
Congratulations to the Nicolet art students who will have work exhibited in the Wisconsin State Fair 2012 Young People’s Art Exhibit.
The following students placed in the competition from over 450 art works entered. They will receive ribbons and cash awards:
Jake Currie 11: 3rd Place Special Needs Artwork
Maggie Dykstra 12: 1st Place Drawing
Paulina Varela 10: 1st Place Painting
Anna Olla 11: 1st Place Photography
Robert Dietz 10: Best in Show Jewelry Award
Kindia du Plessis 12: Superintendent’s Award
Other students who will have their work exhibited include the following:
Amanda Almarshoud, Katie Braun, Alliyah Cannon, Emily Cranberg, Serena Dow, Maggie Dykstra (2), Adrienne Evans, Michael Goldstein (2), Greg Mayzus, Jordan Perry, Leo Purman, Laura Shires and Lauren Snell
The exhibit will be on display during the entire run of the State Fair from August 2-12, 2012 in the Expo Center lobby. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our student’s exceptional art works. Please stop by to view all of the art while you are at the fair.
Nicolet Announces Dean's List for 3rd, 4th Quarter & 2nd Semester
Nicolet Students Attain State Recognition For Spanish
Congratulations to world language students who attained state recognition for excellent performance on the 2012National Spanish Examinations.
35 Nicolet High School students earned scores placing them in the top ten in Wisconsin in their level of Spanish and gold or silver national ratings. “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams,“because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with143,641 students participating in 2012.”
The following students earned honors:
Helen Barzyk, Mitchell Bass. Magdalene Beck, Lucas Benson, Johely Borrero, Katherine Braun, Luiza Campos, Brianna Cardinale, Wendy Cantoral, Jacob Cohen, Benjamin Henken, Martha Herrenbruck, Alexandra Heuer, Rachel Heuer, Andy Hung, Sharlotte Irwin, Annie Jen, Max Lawton, Daniel Lerner, Drew Melchert, Hope Merens, Julia Mumm, David Rechavel, Priya Sankar, Amelia Scott, Bryan Stender, Bertrand Stone, Andrew Trattner, Amy Vanderhout, Connor Wahrman, Daniel Welytok, Rachel Wilkinson,Loren Wright, Chara Yu, and Luli Zou.
In addition, Johely Borrero(Level2-bilingual), Max Lawton(Level 4), Drew Melchert (Level 4)and David Rechavel (Level5) received cash awards for having the top raw scores in the state.
Nicolet Student's Artwork Featured at the Milwaukee Art Museum
Scholastic Art Awards Portfolio Exhibit
“Sculptural Narratives & Photographic Abstractions”
July 15, 2012 – January 2, 2013
Milwaukee Art Museum Pieper Gallery
Mark your calendar now & plan to attend!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
1-3 PM Milwaukee Art Museum Pieper Gallery
“Meet the Artists” reception – free with regular Art Museum admission
This exhibit features the 2012 national Scholastic Art Awards Gold Medal Art Portfolio recipient Drew Shields and Gold Medal Photography Portfolio recipient Leo Purman.
Drew attended Pius XI HS in Milwaukee and Leo attended Nicolet HS in Glendale.
Drew is 1 of 6 in the entire USA to receive the Gold Medal Art Portfolio award;
Leo is 1 of 2 in the entire USA to receive the Gold Medal Photography Portfolio award.
Come meet & congratulate Drew & Leo on July 15!
Come see the exhibit July 15, 2012 – January 2, 2013!
2011-2012 NHS Orchestra Awards
Most Improved Freshman - Aaron Kauer
Outstanding Freshman - Joseph de Lia
Most Improved Sophomore - Aleksandra Gurneau
Outstanding Sophomore (tie) - Alexandra Heuer, Andy Hung
Most Improved Junior - Nick Gaulke
Outstanding Junior - Allen Hung
Most Improved Senior - Kim Kuxhause
NHS Orchestra "Award of Note" (for the person outside of the NHS Orchestra "family" that contributed most to the success of the NHS Orchestra) - Susan Carneol
The following "big three" awards include a $150 scholarship:
Director's Award (for service to the NHS Orchestra) - Micah Neidorfler
Arion Foundation Award (for academic and musical excellence) - Laura LeBrun
National School Orchestra Award (for musical excellence and leadership) - Laura LeBrun
[This is the first time in ten years that these last two awards have been given to the same person!]
Senior recognition awards - in a more humorous vein, these awards are given to all the graduating seniors (feel free to ask them for explanations!):
Natalie Hayes - the Angriest Bird Award
Kim Kuxhause - the Most Amazing Singer Award
Laura LeBrun - the Coolest Cat Award
Micah Neidorfler - the Best Impersonations Award
Mark Halstrom - the Cutest Kitten Award
Nicolet Student Achieves Top ACT Score
Annie Jen, daughter of Mei Yen and Tien Chien Jen and of Glendale and a junior at Nicolet High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, roughly one-tenth of one percent receive a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2011, only 704 of more than 1.6 million students earned a composite score of 36.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.
In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”
ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.
NOTE: For more information about the student, please contact the student directly. For more information about the ACT and ACT scores, please call Nancy Owen at 319.341.2289 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the ACT website at www.act.org.
Nicolet Announces National Honor Society Junior Inductees
Congratulations to the 50 juniors that were inducted into the Nicolet chapter of the National Honor Society on Tuesday, May 15th.
Winn Alana May
The keynote speaker for the program was Robert Ricigliano, Director of Institute of World Affairs where he teaches International Mediation and Negotiation through the Department of Communication. The advisor for Nicolet Chapter of the National Honor Society is English Teacher Nicole Mueller.
Nicolet Robotics Wins
It's another great day to be a part of Nicolet Robotics!
After facing the largest field ever for the Bots IQ - Milwaukee Area Regional - one of Nicolet's Robotics team’s bot was engineered well enough and driven aggressively enough to take 3rd place! Congrats to Rebel Alliance and their bot X-Wing (If you saw it, you would understand).
The bot was driven by Cullen Billhartz with the pit crew composed of: Aislinn ODwyer, Nate Patton, Wilhelm Felhaber, and Steven Olig.
All of Nicolet's teams did amazing; as a school our record was 9 and 8 with 4 bots competing! (This was by far the best record of any school there.) Thank you to everyone who ventured out and saw even a little bit of the competition.
As a quick aside, even though our bots did not win the physical challenge part of the competition, Nicolet did manage to score 4 of the 5 highest scores in the Documentation and Engineering sections. Two of our teams, I.D.F. and The Elite, both tied for 1st place with a score of 45 out of 46! While X-Wing won the Coolest Bot Award!
Thank you again for supporting Nicolet Robotics!
Nicolet Student Wins Bronze Medal At Engineering Awards Ceremony
Aaron Zetley, a freshman at Nicolet High School was presented with a bronze medal in the Engineering division at the I-SWEEP (International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project) Olympiad Awards ceremony on May 6, 2012 in Houston, TX for his project entitled Harnessing Energy Using Hydroelectric Turbines in Man-Made Water Systems.
The contest creates a platform for young researchers to present their innovative projects to take on today’s challenges in energy, engineering, and environment. Over 1000 students from 68 countries were represented.
Nicolet Students Capture Wisconsin Newspaper Association Awards
The following Knights Page students won five statewide awards this year from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation:
Jacob Frazer, First Award in General Reporting for "A new identity," in our November issue.
Melissa Morello, First Award in Photography for her wrestling photo, in our February issue.
Margaret Naczek, Second Award in General Reporting for "Tragic accident," in our December issue.
Adriana Torres, Third Award in Sports Reporting for "Diver sets sights," in our December issue.
Jacob Frazer, Third Award in Feature Writing for "A bygone era," in our February issue.
This contest generally draws well over 300 entries from 25 to 30 high schools around the state.
Nicolet wins 1st place in the Wisconsin Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl
Andrew Keene, Shrinidhi Kalluru, Matt Bootsma and Roman Hoffman competed at the Wisconsin Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl on May 8th. The Nicolet team. representing the Milwaukee area, battled 12 other teams which won their regional events. The team demonstrated their excellent financial knowledge and won first place. Congratulation to Andrew, Shrinidhi, Matt and Roman!
The Finance & Investment Challenge Bowl (FICB) tests student knowledge of many personal finance topics, including economics, investing, savings, credit, banking, insurance topics, and current events in the national and international business world and economy.
The FICB follows the college-bowl format, where teams from high schools compete in a day-long regional tournament to determine who will represent the region in the state final round.
Nicolet Teacher Awarded National History Day in Wisconsin Teacher of the Year
Nicolet Social Studies teacher Phyllis Santacroce took home the "National History Day in Wisconsin Teacher of Merit-Senior Division" award at the Wisconsin History Day State Event held on May 5th in Madison.
Nicolet Students Receive State History Awards
On Saturday, May 5, twenty Nicolet students participated in state level history day competition at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison. While the entire group did an amazing job of representing Nicolet High School, the following students received awards for their efforts:
Rebecca Lubar: Local History Award and Honorable Mention for her individual exhibit, "Lizzie Kander: Cooking Up a Better Future"
Hilary Miller and Leslie Zukrow: Military History Award for their group website, "Tuskegee Airman and the Desegregation of the Military"
Jane Feldmesser: Honorable Mention for her individual exhibit, "Robert and Belle La Follette, a Couple for Change"
Alex Heuer and Rachel Heuer: Honorable Mention for their group performance, "The Estonian Singing Revolution"
Representing Nicolet in the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C., in June - Elliana Sinykin for her individual documentary, "Triangle Fire"
Congratulations to all students who participated in all levels of History Day this year. Also, a special thank you to the following staff members for their support of the program throughout the year:
Deb Krause, our amazing librarian who attended the awards ceremony in Madison on Saturday with her family
The support staff in the library, Mary Goss and Susie Rinka
Social Studies teachers Dann Jacobson, Lulah Colan, and Nasif Rogers who worked with students throughout the year on their NHD projects
English teacher Nicole Mueller for working with students throughout the year and supporting them in Madison on Saturday
The following Nicolet faculty, students, and retirees for judging at the school level event: Kathy Kean, Mark Schill, Deb Krause, and Maddie Bird
The IT staff for help with websites and documentaries: John Reiels and Greg Slade
Thanks again to all and congratulations to our wonderful students! Knock them dead at Nationals, Elliana!
Nicolet Team Places Second in the Fed Challenge
A team of five students from Nicolet competed in the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Midwest Fed Challenge Competition placing second overall. The Fed Challenge was developed to encourage greater awareness among students of how the U.S. economy functions and the role of the Federal Reserve in the economy. Each team is required to analyze current economic data, develop a monetary policy recommendation and defend that recommendation in front of a panel of judges. The team prepares a 25-minute demonstration, which includes a 15-minute presentation on the economy and a 10-minute period where students answer questions from the judges.
Nicolet triumphed over the teams from University School of Milwaukee and Brookfield Academy at the state level and went on to compete against the top teams from Michigan, Illinois and Indiana placing a close second to the team from St. Joseph’s High School in South Bend, Indiana. The competition was so close the Federal Reserve Bank announced the second place team, something normally not done.
Members of the Nicolet team are Rachel Wilkinson, Nancy Gao, Alexis Block, Katie McShane, Beni Pazar. Their advisor is Nicolet social studies teacher Sue Bolly.
Nicolet German Students Win the 2012 UW-Madison German Day Competition
The Nicolet 2012 German Day Competition Team retook the state championship, besting students from 26 other schools in the process. Held on April 19th, students competed in singing, spelling, poetry and skit categories. The 2012 victory wraps up an impressive run for this year's seniors, who also won in 2009 and 2010, and placed second in 2011. Feel free to congratulate the following students:
Event One: Spelling II
Kellen Carey, Brendan Farnum, Ellie Mittelstadt, John Jaekels
Event Two: Spelling Advanced
Allie Foran-McHale, Ben Brown, Laura Banh, Natalie Muenster
Event Three: Poetry II
Jimmy Abram: "Gefunden"
Event Four: Advanced Skit "König Drosselbart"
Katherine Sorenson, Yvonne Hangsterfer, Allie Foran McHale, Seth Johnson, Sally Klein, Micah Neidorfler, Laine Tomesch, Danielle Doucette, Randy Gryzbowski, Chris Sorenson, Bryce Uy, David Garza, Julia Mumm, William Jen, Chris Sorenson, Avery Kornitz
Event Five: Poetry Advanced
Sandra Gurneau "Die Lorelei" , Hunter Bronek "Mondnacht"
Event Six: Advanced Vocal "Irgendwo auf der Welt."
Micah Neidorfler, Bryce Uy, Ally Zipter, Sally Klein, William Jen
Nicolet Senior Recipient of the HAMP Foundation Scholarship
Nicolet senior Jackson Rickun is the recipient of the HAMP foundation scholarship. This scholarship awards full tuition, room and board, books, and fees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for four years.
The award letter stated that he is being commended for "outstanding achievements, both academic and personal. HAMP Foundation Inc. received over one hundred scholarship applications this year. All of the applicants were in the top twenty percent of their graduating class and displayed truly remarkable gifts and abilities. In the context of this talented applicant pool, you distinguished yourself, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to provide one of our two scholarships to you."
At Nicolet Jackson has been active in theatre, is a buddy in the Friendship Circle program, a four year member of the Student Council and one of the yearbook editors.
Jackson was selected through several cuts and an interview process with the HAMP Foundation Scholarship Board.
Badger State Science & Engineering Fair Results
The Badger State Science & Engineering Fair to place this past weekend. Following is a list of students of Science Teachers Melissa Trepte, Eliot Scheuer and Gary Stresman.
· Sam Choice & Matt Levy - American Meteorological Association award
· Hope Merens - American Society for Quality award, 2nd place in Behavioral Science category
· Cormac Mahalick - International Materials Foundation award, US Air Force award
· Libby Geboy - Association of Women Geoscientists, NOAA award, 3rd place Environmental Science category
· Aaron Zetley - CH2MHill award, I-SWEEP award, 3rd place Engineering category
· Sophia Nicolet & Erin Kinney - CH2MHill award, Genius Olympiad award, Stockholm Junior Water Prize
· Maddie Haworth - Genius Olympiad award, I-SWEEP award, Ricoh Sustainable Development award, 2nd place Physics category
· Bertrand Stone - MU Alpha Theta math award, 1st place math category, 2nd place overall
· Elaine Knaus - National Association of Corrosion Engineers award, US Army award
· Emily Murphy - US Air Force award, 2nd place Medicine/Health category
· Sharlotte Irwin - US Army award
· Gabe Ferns - US Navy award, Yale Science & Engineering award, 2nd place Math category
· Filip Josifovski & Tommy Schneider - Stockholm Junior Water Prize
· Nancy Gao - 3rd place Biology category
· Angela Chen - 3rd place Math category
As a result of the Nicolet Science Fair and the Badger State Science Fair, Nicolet will have 4 students attending the International Science Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May. The students are:
· Bertrand Stone - Deriving Rapidly-Converging Formulas for the Gamma Function & Relating the Psi and Zeta Functions by their Series Representations
· Nancy Gao - Antibiotic Discovery Through Selective Cultivation of Subtropical Environmental Samples
· Angela Chen - Dynamic Prisoners Dilemma
· Emily Murphy - Determining the Antimicrobial Active Ingredient of the Oregano Essential Oil
Congratulations to all these students – they have done amazing work! And thank you to Biology Teacher and Science Fair Director Gary Stresman, for all his work on the science fair project.
Nicolet Takes Home Model United Nation Awards
Forty-one Nicolet students participated in the UWM Model UN Conference this past Thursday and Friday, March 22 & 23.
They represented five nations and participated in five special committees, and brought home seven awards:
· Best Delegate (Human Rights Council) - Emily Feldmesser (senior)
· Best Delegate (Historic Security Council) - Samantha Srok (sophomore)
· Best Delegate (International Court of Justice) - Connor Wahrman (junior) This is Connor's second year winning a Model UN Award!
· Best Position Paper - William Jen (junior)
· Best Position Paper - Anna Saggio (sophomore)
· Best Position Paper - Beni Pazar (senior)/Samantha Srok (sophomore)
· Best Overall Delegation - USA/Nick Harris (12), Will Richards (12), Anna Saggio (10), Audrey Liang (10), Eli Cohen (9), Sophie Cohen (10), Alex Heuer (10), and Hope Merens (10).
Congratulations to all these students and to their advisor, English teacher Ms. Nicole Mueller!
Two Nicolet Students Win Art Awards
2 NICOLET HIGH SCHOOL Students Receive National ART Awards and
Will Be Celebrated at Carnegie Hall in New York City
The 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Honor the Nation’s Most Talented Teen Artists and Writers
Milwaukee, WI March 21, 2012 – 2 students from Nicolet High School in Glendale have received prestigious Awards for their exceptional artwork through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the 89-year-old national program that recognizes outstanding creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors.
The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which administers the annual Awards, will honor national winners during a special ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 1, 2012. Select Award-winning art and writing will be exhibited at Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan from June 1 through June 16, 2012. To kick off the week of celebrations, the Empire State Building will be lit gold in honor of the students’ achievements the night of May 31.
This year’s local Award recipients from Nicolet are:
Leo Purman, 18– National Photography Portfolio Gold Medal Award
Leo is one of fifteen high school seniors to be honored with a Portfolio Gold Award, the highest level of achievement, which includes a $10,000 cash scholarship.
Michael Goldstein, 18 – National Gold Medal in Photography
National Silver Medal in Photography
The first level of recognition for these students’ outstanding work took place through the Wisconsin Regional Scholastic Awards at the Milwaukee Art Museum, one of 116 affiliate organizations nationwide that, in partnership with the Alliance, conduct The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in the State of Wisconsin
The pieces receiving top honors locally were then submitted for national adjudication by a panel of jurors comprised of artists, authors, educators, and other industry professionals. This year, more than 200,000 submissions were entered by students in grades 7-12. 1,600 received national recognition. The works of art and writing were evaluated on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. Notable past and current national jurors include Robert Frost, Chuck Palahniuk, Gary Panter, Frank McCourt, Judy Blume, Billy Collins, Peggy Noonan, William Saroyan, Kiki Smith, Lesley Stahl, David Sedaris, Mary Ellen Mark, Edwidge Danticat, and Roz Chast.
“For 89 years the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has provided the nation’s most creative teens with opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Over the years these teens have consistently gone on to form the core of their generation’s creative leadership, not only by producing artwork with worldwide impact, but also by teaching, leading art museums, writing screenplays, producing films, and exemplifying the values of creative self-expression that the Awards encourage.”
The 2012 Award winners join the ranks of some of our country’s most revered artists and writers who received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were high school, including New Yorker illustrator Edward Sorel, who will join them at Carnegie Hall this year, plus Robert Redford, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, John Lithgow, Joyce Carol Oates, John Baldessari, Philip Pearlstein, Zac Posen, Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana and Abdi Farah (first-season winner of the Bravo reality show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist).
Founded in 1923, the Awards is the longest-running, most prestigious program of its kind, having fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions and publications. Over the past five years, students have submitted nearly 700,000 pieces of work, and over $25 million has been made available in scholarships and awards to top winning participants. As the program prepares for its 90th anniversary in 2013, the Alliance is calling all Award alumni to reconnect and join in the celebration.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is generously supported by Scholastic Inc., the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, AMD Foundation, Command Web Offset Co., Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, The New York Times, Blick Art Materials, Ovation, New York Life, Amazon.com, Bloomberg L.P., the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and additional contributions from numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders.
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