2009 WSMA Middle Level State Honors Project
Congratulations to student participants!  They are:
Emma Knapik - Choir - Alto
Brady Palubiski - Choir - Tenor
Austin Schopbach - Choir - Tenor
Rob Fugate - Choir - Bass
Rachel Burczyk - Orchestra - Trombone
Katie Seybold - Orchestra - French Horn

More Ozaukee Humane Society Awards
Ben Koehler from Mrs. Gasiorowski's Kindergarten class at John F. Kennedy Elementary was chosen as 2nd Place Poster Winner, Kindergarten for the 2009 Ozaukee Humane Society's Be Kind to Animals Week Poster, Poetry and Photography Contest.  Ben and his family will be honored at an awards ceremony on May 2nd.  Ben's poster will be displayed at the Ozaukee Humane Society (2073 Highway W, Grafton) from May 3rd through May 9th.   Congratulations, Ben!

Poster Contest
Brittany Cassel (JLMS, 6th grade), in Mrs. McCann's Communication Arts class, won 1st place in the 2009 Ozaukee Humane Society's Be Kind to Animals Week Poster, Poetry and Photography Contest. She will be honored at an awards ceremony on May 2nd.
Congratulations, Brittany!

Ozaukee Humane Society Awards
Grafton Elementary School Students will be receiving 2 awards from the Ozaukee Humane Society on Saturday May 2nd.
  • Isabelle Teich was a first place winner in the third/fourth grade Be Kind to Animals Poster Contest.
  • The Grafton Elementary School student body will be receiving the Humane Society's Kindness Award for donations to the Humane Society at an all school spirit day/reading assembly that was held on March 4th.

The 62nd Annual Ozaukee Co Art Show 
Seven Grafton HS students won recognition, Sunday, at the Cedarburg Cultural Center.
Brent Beiderwieden Silk Screen Print
Leia Rondeau Sculpture
Brett Smith Sculpture
Brittney Tesch Pastel
Josh Govek Charcoal
Steven Smith Colored Pencil
Breanna Dietz Hand Tinted Photograph

The exhibit is open from March 29th through May 3rd 2009.

American Legion Essay Contest
Congratulations to all of the John Long students who entered essays into this year's American Legion Essay contest. This year's winners for the 6th - 8th grade category were all from John Long. They were Mitch DelCamp and Kasia Belanger in a tie for 1st place and Emma Knapik taking 2nd. The 1st place winners will receive a $100 savings bond and the 2nd place finisher will receive a $50 bond. They will also present their essays to a very appreciative audience at the next American Legion meeting on April 13th. Good job!

American Legion Rose Harms Post Drawing Contest
Congratulations to Tyler Rieck, a third grade student at Kennedy Elementary School, who won first place in the American Legion Rose Harms Post Drawing Contest for his poster with the theme "Oh Say Can You See What The Star Spangled Banner Means To Me." Tyler is the son of Richard and Kelly Rieck. Tyler will be honored at the April 13 general meeting of the post, where he will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

Destination Imagination
Congratulations to the four John Long Middle School Destination Imagination teams:
Challenge D (Private DI) - team manager Jean Fugate - 1st place, going to state at UW Stevens Point April 18
Challenge B (Instinct Messaging) - team manager Mary Kirklewski - 2nd place, going to state at UW Stevens Point April 18
Challenge C (Video Lit Hits) - team manager Kathryn Moore - 3rd place

DECA State Career Development Conference
10 students competed at the DECA State Career Development Conference. With hard work and preparation, these EIGHT students have qualified for the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California:

Jared West & Rebecca King double qualified: They earned 3rd place in the state in the Community Service Project (Buckle Up for Safety) AND earned 2nd place in the state for the Sports & Entertainment team event (out of 90 competitors).

Rebekkah Bartz earned 3rd place in the state for Full-Service Restaurant Management (out of 50 competitors).

Ashley Noack earned 6th place in the state for Apparel & Accessories Marketing (out of 65 competitors).

Greg Listopad earned 7th place in the state for Sports & Entertainment team (out of 70 competitors).

Brennan Scheel & Andy Schuette earned 7th place in the state for Business Law & ethics (out of 32 competitors).

Christine O’Neil earned medals in both Retail Merchandising role-play events (out of 80 competitors) and will be presenting the Community Service Project at Internationals.

Grafton High School should be extremely proud of achieving these outstanding results. Great job competitors and good luck in California!

National P.T.A. Reflections Contest
Congratulations to Molly Lutz, a fifth grade student at Grafton Elementary School. She was a state winner in the National P.T.A. Reflections Contest. Molly was an intermediate division winner in the photography category.

GHS Girls Basketball Advances to State Tournament!
Congratulations to Coach Bob Maronde and the Grafton Girls Basketball Team! The Black Hawks defeated Ripon, 45-36 on Saturday Night, and have advanced to the WIAA Division 2 State Tournament for the third consecutive year.They will play Friday afternoon (March 13th) at 1:35pm vs. Monroe. The game will be at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.  GO HAWKS!

Delta Kappa Gamma Chi Chapter Literary Competition
Kennedy Elementary School third grader Sarah Schmitz has been recognized as the first place winner in her division in the Delta Kappa Gamma Chi Chapter Literary Competition. Her story is now being forwarded to the state competition. Sarah is the daughter of William and Melissa Schmitz and is in Mrs. Shewczyk's class. John Long Middle School sixth grader Katie Fischer earned 2nd place in her division, and is in Mrs. Ward's class. Sarah and Katie will both be recognized at an awards ceremony at the Cedarburg Cultural Center on March 10th. Congratulations to both Katie and Sarah!

North Shore Conference Champions
The GHS Varsity Girls Basketball team won the North Shore Conference Championship!  This is the 2nd consecutive year (and third out of the last four years) the Girls have been Conference Champs.  Congratulations to these ladies!

Division 2 State Champions
The GHS Competition Cheerleaders won the Division 2 State Championship! This is the 5th straight year for accomplishing this feat. Congratulations!

Art Award Winners
Two of our students received state level recognition for their artwork at the Scholastic Art Show.  This show is the premiere student art show in the state.  Patrick Schmeling earned a Gold Key, the highest award given, for his oil pastel painting, and Stefan Lundgren earned a Gold Key for his chalk pastel drawing.  Each student’s work will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  Congratulations to both students and the art department.

DECA District Competition
On Saturday, 27 students competed at the DECA District competition held at Kettle Moraine High School.  With the help of all of the competitors, Grafton placed 5th out of 35 schools! 
Special recognition goes out to the following students:

  • Rebecca King & Jared West earned 1st place in Sports & Ent. Marketing (competing against 110 students).
  • Greg Listopad earned 1st place in Sports & Ent. Marketing Individual (competing against 50 students).
  • Ashley Noack earned 1st place in Apparel & Accessories (competing against 60 students).
  • Rebekkah Bartz earned 2nd place in Restaurant Management (competing against 40 students).
  • Brennan Scheel & Andy Schuette earned 5th place in Business Law (competing against 40 students).
  • Christine ONeil placed in the top ten in Retail Merchandising (competing against 70 students).
Congratulations to all of the Grafton competitors & good luck at State competition in March!

GHS "SMART" Students
GHS Science Teacher
Fran Grant has provided an incredible opportunity for GHS students outside of school. They are participating in the MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling's SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) Team Program. This is the third year GHS students have participated in the initiative. Congratulations, Fran, and kudos for putting in the time, energy, and leadership to make this venture happen for students Lexi Chopp, Dan Burghardt, Adam Schaenzer, Kaleigh Kozak, Asley Emery, Jenna Ostrowski, and Lindsay Wendlendt this year.

Student Art on Display
Three of our advanced art students have had their work juried in to an exciting regional art show titled, "What Really Matters: Collage and Assemblage" at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan. It is a show in conjunction with "Memories and Magic, 100 years of Collage and Assemblage in American Art" which is a national show. Their work will be on display in the museum from November 8 through January 25! The three students are: Ryan Kennedy, with a piece titled "Destructions's Stomach", Alianne Klink, with a piece titled "Indispensable" and Liea Rondeau with a piece titled "My Own Memories". The students will have a chance to preview their work on display on Friday, November 7, while on a field trip. All of the students are seniors and very talented artists.

Kennedy Students Nominated for "Art of Writing" Conference Dec. 1
Nicholas Fatia, Sarah Schmitz, Colleen Holloway, Devin Seiser, Talya Dillahunt, Allison Lessila, James Carpenter, and Sophia Dider have been selected to participate in the Southeast Wisconsin Young Authors Conference at the Milwaukee Art Museum. They will collaborate with nearly 500 other students in the publishing of a book of art-inspired poetry, stories, and illustrations.

Grafton Swimmer Excels at Midwest Swim Meet
Samantha Senczyszyn
, a sixth-grade student from John Long Middle School competed in the Central Mega-Zone Meet in Indianapolis this past August, which included swimmers from across the Midwest. Samantha placed second in both the 50-meter and 100 breaststroke. Samantha also won state championships in both events at the Wisconsin meet in July.

Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle Contest

Matthew Silasiri, a fourth grade student at Grafton Elementary School, was a winner in the Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle contest. Mrs. Doyle visited with Matthew and his classmates on the afternoon of November 5th. Congratulations, Matt!

WASB Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book Contest
Abby Cibulka
, a third grade student at Grafton Elementary School, entered a book The Dream Catcher, in the WASB Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book Contest. Abby's book was a second place winner among over 500 entries. This is the second straight year that Abby has placed in the top. Contratulations, Abby!

WIAA State Cross Country Meet
Congratulations to Ali Lorge, who finished 6th in Saturday's Sectional Meet, and will run this Saturday (11/1) in the Division 2 State Meet. This is the third consecutive year Ali has qualified for the WIAA State Cross Country Meet. It will be held at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids, and the time of her race is 1:40pm. Good Luck, Ali!

Congratulations, Chris Cheek, 2008 GHS graduate, won 3rd place at the SkillsUSA Auto Service Technology national competition in Kansas City.

Chris Cheek and Paul Bretl from the class of 2008 earned Grafton’s first national championship in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition.  Their victory in this competition made Mr. Carl Hader the only active teacher to have coach students to championships in the Ford/AAA, NY Auto Show, and SkillsUSA national competition.

National Merit
Congratulations to senior Ian Gorecki who earn recognition as a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist.  Ian scored in the Top 1.5% of the 1.5 million students who took the test.

All North Shore Conference
The following Grafton High School Students were named All North Shore Conference for the Fall Athletic Seasons:

Lauren Noltner (2nd Team All-Conference) 
Becki Brunnquell (2nd Team All-Conference) 
Ali Haischer (Honorable Mention All-Conference)

Chris Peterson (2nd Team All-Conference)

Honorable Mention LB - Eric Bartlein
Honorable Mention DL -
Trent Dowling
2nd Team WR -
Josh Bollech
2nd Team OL -
Bryon Betts
1st Team DL -
Jake Safstrom
1st Team RB -
Brandon Schweitzer

WIAA State Tournament
Congratulations to the Girls Swim and Dive Team for their 2nd Place Finish at the WIAA State Tournament in Madison.
Senior Football Offensive Lineman, Bryon Betts was named a Ringelberg Financial Student Athlete of the Week by Sports Radio 1250.
This past summer GHS alumni Scott Tonelli and Ryan Cummings received 2008 Chevrolet Cobolt SS cars as the final prize for winning the 2006 National Automotive Technology Competition.

AP Scholars
The following 56 students and graduates were awarded honors by the College Board for their performance on AP tests through May of 2007. AP Scholars are the 25 students who receive a grade of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams. AP Scholars with Honor are the 9 students who average 3.25 on all AP exams and at least a 3 on 4 exams. AP Scholar with Distinction are the 22 students who average 3.5 on all exams and at least 3 on 5 exams. In all, 56 students were honored by the College Board. Current students who take more AP exams this year will be eligible for awards bases on exams taken throughout high school. The following students and graduates have been named AP Scholars:

AP Scholar
Opal Albrecht
Malinda Andrews ‘08
Nicholas Ashenden ‘08
Joe Barthel ’08
Tyler Beck ’08
Bryon Betts ’09
Andrew Collins ’08
Rachel Dubinski ’08
Alexandrea Elbe ’08
William Emery ’08
Daniel Fisher ’09
Kara Holther ’08
Michael Kalies ’08
Keely Kilduff ’08
Steven Klotz ’08
Thomas Kottke ’08
Shannon Kupfer ’08
Sean Lundquist ’08
Paul Micha ’08
Ashley Noack ’09
Molly Pfaffenroth ’08
Courtney Riebe ’08
Katherine Schleier ‘08
Aaron Yakel ’08
Zachary Zellner ‘08
AP Scholar with Honors
Rachel Davis ‘08
Emma Devens ‘09
Alyssa Fletcher ‘08
Jarrod Kotes ‘09
Kimberly Neuser ‘08
Justin Peterson ‘08
Jordan Prohuska ’08
Rebecca Thorn ’09
Lindsay Zadra ’08
AP Scholar with Distinction
Eileen Bennett ‘08
Bradley Betts ‘08
Michael Burczyk ‘08
Lucas Ebert ‘08
Kelly Gaines ‘08
Samantha Grady ‘08
Rachael Hencke ‘08
William Herrian ‘08
Andrew Jarrett ‘08
Benjamin Kultgen ‘08
Amelia Mercado ‘08
Babacar Ndoye ‘08
Corby Oleson ‘08
Elizabeth Olson ‘08
James Schindler ‘08
Brandon Smart ‘08
Matthew Solverson ‘08
Dustin Studelska ‘08
Shannon Tanski ‘08
Nicholas Taylor ‘08
Jeffrey Wagner ‘08
Wesley Wahlberg ‘08

Wisconsin Spirit Classic
GHS Senior Kerri Higgins, a member of our Dance Team, placed first in the soloist category at the Wisconsin Spirit Classic held at Milwaukee Lutheran High School.
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