|High School Rocket Report|
REPORTS APRIL 2012
Photo by: Alyssa Spaniol | Jessie Brantner has been student teaching in New Lisbon this semester.
Eau Claire Student Finishes Student Teaching
By: Alyssa Spaniol
UW Eau Claire student Jessie Brantner is finishing her student teaching this year at the New Lisbon School District in first grade and seventh and eighth grade literature.
Jessie will graduate this May and will be majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Language Arts. At New Lisbon she began student teaching with seventh and eighth grade literature from January 23 through March 26 and will finish with first grade from March 27 until the end of the school year.
The student teacher’s job Jessie said is to observe the teacher position, do the grading, and gradually start becoming the teacher.
In her junior year she had two student teaching experiences in Eau Claire. She taught kindergarten for her Curriculum and Instruction class and second grade for her Block Placement class.
Her most memorable student teaching moment was during a book talk on Dave Pelzer’s life. To help motivate the students to read the book, she read the first chapter and gave them details about the book without giving it away.
Jessie said, “I love inspiring others. You can have fun learning, which is why I chose teaching, but also I feel this is a good experience that opens my eyes to new relationships I should have with the students.”
Students Participate in District Choir Solo and Ensemble
By: Taylor LeTexier
New Lisbon High School hosted District Solo and Ensemble on March 27 and March 31 and have 15 events advancing to State Solo and Ensemble.
Schools participating consisted of New Lisbon, Hillsboro, Royall, Wonewoc-Center, and Weston.
The students sang songs from class A, B, and C receiving ratings of *1st, 1st, and 2nd. The events that receive a *1st advance onto State Solo and Ensemble on May 5.
The students who received a *1st and are going to state are Samantha Olson, Michaela Vinz, Andrew Raabe, Katrina Gouker, Hailee Rydmark, Lydia LaBudda and Jenna Washetas for Classical Vocal Solos. Samantha Olson, Michaela Vinz, and Jenna Washetas, and Lydia LaBudda are going to state for Music Theater.
Vocal Duets going to state are Ben Helbing and Jenna Washetas, and Samantha Olson and Sabrina Olson. The Barbershop Quartet of Keegan Berry, Joe Cook, Ben Helbing, and Zach Martin is going to state as well as the New Lisbon High School Show Choir consisting of Hailee Rydmark, Ben Wyss, Katrina Gouker, Samantha Olson, Lydia LaBudda, Jenna Washetas, Taylor LeTexier, Anik Wiederrich, Zach Martin, Joe Cook, Adam Bell, Ben Helbing, and Nicholas Fleming.
Mrs. Beverly Rood accompanied all 19 solos, 5 music theaters, 8 ensembles, a barbershop quartet, and show choir.
“Solo and Ensemble is a great way to get singing experience,” said senior Hailee Rydmark, “I would love to keep doing it.”
Students Attend District Band Solo and Ensemble
By: Alanna McCullough
Two New Lisbon students who participated in District Band Solo and Ensemble on March 27 and 31 are going to state.
Jazz Malouff and Katrina Gouker are going to state for their flute duet and Jazz Malouff for her flute solo.
The five school districts who performed in New Lisbon at the district event included Hillsboro, New Lisbon, Royall, Weston, and Wonewoc-Center.
Students have an opportunity to go to state on May 5 at UW-La Crosse if they get a *1 on a class A event. Others go into concert band after solo and ensemble and start working on music for the upcoming spring band concert.
High School band director Ryan Meyer said that he has his band students perform because it is an outstanding opportunity to learn in a specific setting and work with music appropriate for them.
Meyer said, “The students had some nice moments when performing, and some moments could have gone better, but all-in-all I am proud of them.”
Megan Meyer shows off her homemade car.
PTC Sponsors Family Gathering
By: Sierra Friske
The New Lisbon PTC organization held a family movie night March 16.
At the gathering they had a free soup dinner followed by a showing of Cars 2. During the intermission of the movie were family relay games and a homemade car show contest. Prizes were given during this event.
The car show, being the highlight of the night, was held after the soup dinner. Children of all ages were encouraged to make a car out of materials such as cardboard, paper, or duct tape. Then the cars were divided by grade levels. Prizes were given to all participants and first, second, and third place winners.
The judges at this event were Evie Hicks, Dick Carle, Cindy Costello, Teresa Fish-Scott, and Randy Jensen.
This is the second time the PTC has hosted this event, with far more families attending this year.
“This event gives families a reason to spend time together and have fun,” said Ryan Meyer of New Lisbon Schools.
New Lisbon NHS Inducts New Members
By: Tyler Allard
The New Lisbon National Honor Society (NHS) inducted seven new members on March 13.
The seven students who were inducted into NHS this year are Codi Christopherson, Michelle Larsen, Aaron Frisk, McKenzie Dahlke, Alanna McCullough, Alyssa Spaniol, and Kyrsten Pedersen.
In order to be in NHS, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and be at least a sophomore in high school. The NHS advisor sends out a ballot to all teachers where the students get ranked on three qualities: leadership, service, and character.
The students get to be on the ballot once they get enough points from extra curricular activities, clubs, work, and community service. Sophomores need 50, juniors need 90, and seniors need 120.
After the ballots are tallied, the NHS council, made up of five teachers, votes on who they think should get to be inducted.
NHS advisor Jeremiah Pfaff said, “We induct smart and highly qualified kids. I like working with them.”
Photo by Rachel Morey | Abby Washetas, Lexi Smallwood, and Kyhlie Steele get ready to climb the rock wall.
Reward for Movin’ and Munchin’
By: Thomas Berndsen
The New Lisbon freshman class earned a trip to the Kalahari Resort March 13 as a reward for the school’s Movin’ and Munchin’ program.
At the Kalahari the freshmen got to take an afternoon away from school to have a good time on the high ropes course and climbing wall. The third graders won the elementary level of the program. They got to spend an afternoon bowling at Hooterbowl in Hustler
The freshmen scored the most points out of the 7-12 grade classes, averaging 202 points per person. Behind them fell the juniors with 149 points per person.
Points were earned for things like walking, which was one point per mile. A week without soda earned 15 points. Every week students filled out a sheet with food choices and exercise activities.
“It was definitely worth the time to fill it out, ” said freshman Hayden Berent.
G.I.V.E. helps with Easter egg hunt
By: Casey Brummund
New Lisbon High School G.I.V.E. members helped with the Easter Egg Hunt held in Heritage Park on April 7.
Before the Easter Egg Hunt, G.I.V.E. members picked up sticks and trash and then hid candy in eggs for children throughout Heritage Park. With the assistance of G.I.V.E. members, the children searched for the hidden candy.
G.I.V.E. advisor Rachel Morey said, “The Lions Club and G.I.V.E. is a good partnership because multiple generations are working together.”
“I enjoyed working with the kids to find the eggs,” stated G.I.V.E. member Kyhlie Steele.
REPORTS MARCH 2012
Big Blue Prevails Success
By: Cullen Pedersen
The Big Blue Classic was held at New Lisbon High School on March 3 for wrestlers all around the area.
This annual event was jam packed with somewhere around 300 wrestlers. There were also many volunteer workers that gave their time as referees, scorekeepers, and many other tasks.
The wrestlers, ranging from kindergarten to grade 12, came from everywhere around the state, including LaCrosse and Green Bay. There were also some from out of state.
Gunnar Pedersen, a fourth grade wrestler that came to this event said, ”It is a very good warm up tournament for regionals.”
The New Lisbon youth program was managed by Eric Oleson and Bobby Benson this year at the tournament.
Brian Slater, New Lisbon High School head coach, thought the wrestling tournament went smoothly and says he is looking forward to hopefully an even more productive event next year.
Photo by: Linda Pudenz | Desiree, Brittany, Alyssa, and Adele were chosen for the good citizen breakfast.
Good citizen breakfast
By: Shauniquah Rain Miller
To reward good student citizenship, New Lisbon junior high teachers and staff have begun putting on a breakfast every other Friday in the library.
The first breakfast was held March 2 and will be occurring every other Friday for the rest of the school year. It takes place in the IMC on those Fridays from 7:30-8 a.m.
The teachers feel having the good citizen breakfast is a good way to show recognition for the students’ positive behavior and good works. The teachers took a student survey and felt the need to acknowledge good works and behavior upheld by the students. The idea was brought up because they wanted to be a positive role model for the students, hoping for a positive effect.
“ I feel that it is making the students take a look at their own behavior and how they treat others,” Mrs. Pudenz said,“ And we are looking for a positive way to recognize qualities that promote kindness.”
The teachers are trying to pick between 10-12 seventh and eighth graders based on their good works, positive attitude, and behavior. Each time different students are chosen between the core junior high teachers as a mutual decision. Teachers who decide consist of Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Pudenz, Mrs. Walker, Mr. Salverson, and Mr. Ziebell.
The breakfast is provided by a grant given to Mrs. Walker from Walmart as an award fund for school activities and by the Student Council, who raised the money through concessions during sporting events.
Adele Hansen, grade eight, said, “ I was happy to be recognized for good behavior and works, and I also felt accomplished.”
Seventh grader, Brendan Simmons, said he was surprised when he was picked and he didn’t even know about the breakfast. “ I feel that the teachers should be able to see the students other than at school and events, and see how they really are,” he said.
NLHS students attend Creative Writing festival
Six students from New Lisbon High School attended a Creative Writing Festival on March 7 at UW- La Crosse.
At the festival, student writers from different schools met with other student writers and professional writers. There were five different groups for writers to participate in: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, science-fiction, and fantasy.
The students who went are Codi Christopherson, Kyle Craft, Shaunna Fox and Amanda Kippenhan for fiction, Michelle Larsen for fantasy, and Joseph Williamson for science-fiction.
Festival organizers gave away a few door prizes such as the $5 gift card won by Michelle Larsen. Authors who were there also sold books for the students who wanted to buy them.
Also at lunch they had an open mic for students who wanted to read their stories and poems out loud to everyone in attendance.
NLHS English teacher Jim Giebel said, “This event allows students who like writing to share their ideas more seriously than they may be able to in the classroom.”
NLHS Students travel to La Crosse for Forensics District
By: Alex Schindler
Seven New Lisbon High School students competed in the forensics District at UW-LaCrosse on March 10.
The students, who competed along with 32 other schools from the La Crosse area, had to score at least 20 out of 25 possible points from two of the three judges to advance to state. Each of the students had to present to three different judges in three different rounds.
Six New Lisbon contestants qualified for state. They are Elayne Hansen in Four-Minute Speaking with a speech titled “Adult Literacy,” Hope Gregar in poetry with a speech called “The Ballad of Anakin Skywalker,” Katie St. Clair and Jenna Washetas in play acting with “Who’s On First” by Abbott and Costello, Lydia LaBudda in solo acting with a piece called “Rinder Cella,” and Chance Smith in solo acting with a Monty Python sketch called “Dead Parrot.”
Also competing was Michelle Larsen in Four-Minute Speaking with a speech titled “Cougars In Wisconsin.”
The Forensics state competition will be at UW-Madison on April 21.
Forensics advisor Jim Giebel said, “ I was pleased with the high percentage that went on to state.”
Photo by: Mr. Meyer | Those who attended Dorian Band were Hope, Jasmine, Samantha and Katrina.
New Lisbon students attend Honors/Dorian Band
New Lisbon students performed in the Honors Band and Dorian Band Festivals in February.
Katrina Gouker and Hope Gregar attended Tri-State Honors Band at UW-Platteville, on Feb. 17-18.
Katrina Gouker, Hope Gregar, Jasmine Malouff, and Samantha Olson attended Dorian Band at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, on Feb. 26-27.
Dorian Band is made up of two mass bands and one symphonic band. About 600 students are in mass bands, and about 125 students are in symphonic band. The two mass bands are named “Patriot Band” and “Cougar Band.”
All New Lisbon students were in Patriot Band. They played four songs: “Haven’s Light,” “Air Mobility,” “Overture Jubiloso,” and “Command Harel.”
Katrina said, “Dorian Band is exciting, challenging and it makes you improve. You will learn a lot through this.”
Mr. Meyer chose these students based on their ability, interests, and long-term commitment to band. He said, “Katrina Gouker is going to Luther College next year, so I wanted to let her experience their music department.”
Photo by: Haley Rabuck | Hillary reads the eBook version of Dear John by Nicholas Sparks on a Kindle.
The New Lisbon School’s Digital Library
By: Haley Rabuck
Our New Lisbon School library started a new system for downloading eBooks and audiobooks when the second semester of school started.
The system, called Overdrive, allows students to download eBooks and audiobooks which can be accessed on a desktop computer or a compatible mobile device, such as a Kindle, a Nook, a Sony Reader, an iPad, or an iPod. The website to the Overdrive system can be found at http://nlsd.overdrive.com.
With the Overdrive system, students can download materials such as Adobe PDF eBooks, Adobe EPUB eBooks, Kindle eBooks, Overdrive WMA audiobooks, and Overdrive mp3 audiobooks. The student can choose from about 1,000 purchased titles and 34,000 public domain titles.
Students can have up to two checkouts at a time. The eBooks and audiobooks can be returned early, but a set period of 14 days is put into place if the student doesn’t choose check outs for 7 or 21 days.
Students can access the Overdrive system if they have a valid NLSD library card, a PIN (which is the student’s last name) and internet access or a wireless connection. Students with any overdue books or fines with the New Lisbon School library cannot access the Overdrive system.
The Overdrive system is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Two advantages of digital books are convenience and availability. Jayne Turner, New Lisbon School’s librarian, said, “We are very excited to begin this adventure.”
Sophomore Hillary Hadley has checked out two books from the digital library. She said, “ I think it’s easy to use and more convenient than an actual library.”
Photo By: Rachel Morey | G.I.V.E. member Danielle skates with her pal, 6th grader Sierena.
G.I.V.E Hosts Positive Pals Program
By: Allison Woggon
New Lisbon High School’s G.I.V.E. organization began hosting a Positive Pals program on March 14.
Positive Pals involves a high school student spending time outside of school with an elementary student. The idea for Positive Pals came about during a G.I.V.E. officer meeting when Co-President Lydia LaBudda thought that this would be a good opportunity for G.I.V.E to get more experience with younger kids.
All of the younger pals, in grades 2-6, were nominated by teachers. The little pals and big pals were matched up by each of the students writing down their interests and what they enjoy doing on their free time. Then they were paired up based on their answers.
At the Positive Pals’ first event, they went roller skating at Flying Wheels in Oakdale on March 14.
Aside from roller skating, the Positive Pals plan to meet at least three more times during the school year. Their activities will be determined by what the younger pal wants to do.
G.I.V.E Co-President Jenna Washetas said, “I want to get experience as a positive role model for younger students around me. I’d rather give than get.”
Photo by: Jayne Turner | Karl Kessler weighs garbage for the waste project.
Food waste project at New Lisbon schools
By Anik Wiederrich
The NL schools finished a project on March 9 to make the students aware of how much food the school wastes.
Every grade had its own trash can, so that the Wellness Committee was able to measure the amount of waste for every grade. At the end of the week the amount of waste was totaled.
If the amount of waste was a decrease by 30 percent, then that grade would get 30 points; on the other hand, the grade would lose 30 points if it was an increase of 30 percent.
“It was not a race between the different grade levels, but it is a race with themselves, and I can imagine that we are going to do that again,” said Karl Kessler, who controlled the project.
The project was a part of the Moving and Munching wellness program that started on Feb. 6.
The school decreased the waste by 187 pounds by taking only the food they knew they would eat.
REPORTS FEBRUARY 2012
Photo by Robin Schwab | The iPad in the Early Childhood class.
New Technologies for New Lisbon Students
By: Hillary Hadley
The New Lisbon Early Childhood class began using four new iPads at the beginning of November to help them learn in a new way.
Following the suggestion by principal, Mark Toelle, the Early Childhood received iPads. With the help of, Early Childhood teacher Robin Schwab’s budget from the school, the school could afford them.
This new technology allows the students to learn more independently. Each morning for ten minutes the kids, are able to play with the new applications, see and hear how to spell and sound out the alphabet, look at colors and play with different kinds of puzzles that help develop their brains more.
Each iPad has a rubber cover in the shape of a cartoon with hands that makes it easier for the kids to carry. These also prevent the iPad from breaking if they drop.
Student Kelsie said, “I love the iPad. It’s my favorite part of the day, and there are so many cool games!”
New Lisbon FFA Attends Hockey Game and Concert
By: Brett Fank
The New Lisbon FFA attended a hockey game and Dierks Bentley concert on Jan. 27 at the Bradley Center.
Twenty-five members attended the event, which began with the Milwaukee Admirals playing the Chicago Wolves. The Wolves won 2-1 in three periods.
Immediately following the game, Dierks Bentley held a concert down by the ice. For about two hours he played his most popular songs.
Last year the FFA attended a similar event which was a Badger’s hockey game, but there was no concert.
At the December meeting, the members voted on either attending a Badgers’ hockey game or the Admirals’ game and concert. By a majority vote the Admiral’s game and concert was chosen.
According to FFA Advisor Chanyn McGinnis, this event is sure to happen in the future because of the interest in it.
Hillary Hadley, one of the members who attended, said, “The hockey game was fun, but the concert was a great bonus!”
Photo by Breanna Borcherdt | Tierney serves herself some healthy fruits
NL School’s Garden Bar Helps Create Healthier Diets
By: Breanna Borcherdt
The NL kitchen staff purchased a “garden bar” at the beginning of the school year for the lunch program to help promote healthier eating habits for students at school.
The garden bar is an addition to the meals our lunch program offers to students. The kitchen staff wrote a grant to receive money for purchase of the bar, which is used to add healthier foods to our diets, mainly fresh fruits and vegetables.
In addition to the fresh produce, our school cooks have gotten a head start on what Mrs. Obama would like to see happen in schools across the nation, changing all grains to whole grain and whole wheat, which also promotes healthier eating habits.
School Cook Lisa Klinker says, “We are hoping this will give the younger kids a chance to start eating healthy earlier in life so these habits continue throughout their lives.”
The students don’t get only one choice of fruits and veggies from the garden bar, but many different foods are offered such as red, yellow, and green peppers, oranges, mangos, snap peas, grapefruits, salads, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
The garden bar is available to students of all ages, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade for the rest of the school year.
NL Forensics team goes to Sub District
By Travis Gibbons
The New Lisbon forensics team competed in the Wonewoc-Center subdistrict on Feb 13.
All seven of the New Lisbon students will be going on to district, which will be held at UW-LaCrosse on March 10.
In the four-minute category were Elayne Hansen, who spoke about Adult Literacy, and Michelle Larsen, whose topic was Cougars in Wisconsin.
Katie St. Clair and Jenna Washetas performed “Who’s on First” in the play-acting category. In poetry reading Hope Gregar read a poem about Star Wars. Students in solo acting were Lydia LaBudda who performed “Rindercella,” and Chance Smith, who did “Dead Parrot” by Monty Python.
The students will be practicing their speeches with Mr. Giebel, who said, “The students now know what they need to work on. They need to keep practicing so they don’t lose what they’ve already learned.”
REPORTS JANUARY 2012
Photo contributed by Mrs. Frisk | Aaron center, provides assistance to others fishing in his portable pond.
Young Agricultural Entrepreneurs Receive Funding for Projects.
by Morgan McGuire
A New Lisbon High School sophomore received a $250 grant from the Wisconsin FFA on Dec. 15.
Aaron Frisk received $250 for an aquaculture project to work on his family-owned pond.
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation selected 26 students from 22 schools to share $15,900 in Supervised Agricultural Experiment (SAE) Grants. Frisk’s pond and fish is an example of an SAE.
Nicole Nelson, executive director of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, states, “What a better way to prepare students for future careers in the agriculture, food and natural resources industry than encourage them to find or create those types of projects right now. These grants allow the students to start or expand their projects.”
Frisk plans to update his pond by getting new equipment. He may also buy new tires for the truck used to haul the portable pond to fairs and other events.
He had to fill out a grant form in aquaculture and send it in to get judged. The grant application required Frisk to be under the age of 18 and be a member of FFA. Chanyn McGinnis, Agriculture teacher, filled out a section on the application to explain why Frisk needed the money.
Frisk hopes to see good changes in his pond soon. He said, “I can’t wait to get started working on it this coming summer, and this money helped me a lot.”
Photo by Chanyn McGinnis | The New Lisbon High School FFA group combined its Jan. 9 meeting with some bowling at Hooterbowl.
FFA Bowling Meeting
By: Michael Myers
The New Lisbon FFA bowled and had a meeting at Hooterbowl in Hustler on Jan. 9. Thirty-seven FFA members attended the event.
The top five bowlers from that night get to participate in the Septinary Bowling Tournament in Mauston. They were Tyler Allard with a 176 game, Aaron Frisk with a 168, Chelsey Briner, Casey Brummond, and Brian Fox all with a 132.
At the meeting they discussed FFA events like the Milwaukee Admirals hockey game/ Dierks Bentley concert in Milwaukee on Jan. 27. They also talked about FFA week, which includes dress up days, a raffle, and the Ag Olympics.
Chanyn McGinnis, the FFA advisor, said, “We got a lot done and had a lot of fun doing it.”
Photo by Robin Schwab | Painting with a golf ball on Family Fun Night
Family Fun Night at New Lisbon
by Justine Weber
New Lisbon four-year-old kindergarten students and their families participated in a Family Fun Night on Jan. 6, which allowed parents a chance to ask questions of the teachers.
Ten children plus their families came to this event that lasted about an hour and a half. The students did various activities that dealt with snow/winter and made a snowman snack with bananas.
This day is typically used for parents to ask questions of the teachers and for parents or grandparents to see what the children have been doing in school according to Robin Schwab, the Four-Year-Old-Kindergarten teacher. She said, “Family Fun Night is good for children to show off to their parents.”
The event has been going on for about four years.
WCDA All-State Choir Concerts
by McKenzie Dahlke
Several New Lisbon students participated in the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association concerts that took place in Waukesha at Carroll College on Jan. 13-14.
WCDA teachers nominate students to participate in all-state choirs based on their vocal ability and leadership.
New Lisbon students chosen for the High School Women’s Choir were Breilyn Georgeson, Hailee Rydmark, and Michaela Vinz. Andrew Raabe performed in the High School Men’s Choir.
Those in the Middle Level Honors Choir were Dan Czubakowski, Marisa Day, Savanna Morris, and Riley Nelson.
Children’s Honor Choir nominees were sixth graders Elizabeth Fleming, Margo Weiland, and Sarah Zaft.
Before the concerts took place, the choirs each practiced the chosen music, which included “London Bridge,” “The Battle of Jericho,” “Sweet Rivers,” and “Fropisher Bay.”
New Lisbon Choir Director Bev Rood said, “They did awesome; they really did. It was so fun to listen to them rehearse and then hear the final performance.”
REPORTS DECEMBER 2011
Photo by Michelle Larsen | New Lisbon Elementary students walk through the high school halls for their traditional Halloween Parade
A Spooky Walk Through School
By Michelle Larsen
The New Lisbon Elementary students put on a show Oct. 26 as they walked through the school displaying their Halloween costumes.
Grades Pre-K through 6th dressed up as a wide variety of characters and showed the high school students their costumes in the traditional Halloween parade. They started in the elementary and worked their way through the school.
The parade has been held for more than twenty-five years now. It’s a time for the elementary to dress up, for the high school students to remember what it was like for them to dress up, and for the teachers to enjoy the parade.
Unlike past years, the Halloween parade was not held on Oct. 31. The elementary staff decided to hold it on Oct. 26 instead, because their classroom parties were held that day. It was not a major change in plans, and didn’t affect any of the planning of the parade.
Elementary and high school music teacher, Beverly Rood, said, “It’s a good opportunity for the students to dress up and be involved in a creative activity.”
“The students like being in it and viewing it,” said elementary principal Mark Toelle.
by Kayla Gregar
About 75 members of the junior high and high school choir and band went to Mt. Horeb to see Suessical, a musical based on Dr. Suess on Nov. 3.
Choir director Bev Rood decided to take the choir and band students because it is a possible musical choice for our school.
“The musical ability of the entire cast and pit band was outstanding, and the overall performance of the show was very well done,” said Rood.
Mrs. Rood said that this is a possibility for our school to perform.
“We would be able to recreate the staging and costumes that would be needed for our production of this musical,” she said.
Safety Issues Create a Closed Campus
by Riley Murphy
“We can’t have kids racing down the interstate on the way back from McDonald’s just to beat the bell.”
That’s why NLHS Principal Scott Uppena decided to close the campus this year for the lunch period.
“It’s really just a safety issue,” said Uppena.
In the 2010-2011 school year, besides the safety issue of kids racing down the Interstate to Mauston, numerous students were also habitually late to class every day after lunch. This led to the school closing down the campus for the school year. And the result? Attendance is up dramatically, and there are significantly fewer tardies for the 3B class.
The general consensus of the students is that they would rather have the campus open to them. One of the reasons is because they had the freedom to go wherever they wanted to eat, as long as they were back in time.
“I used to go to Kwik Trip, Subway, and A&W for the root beer floats,” said senior Brian Fox. “I’d rather have it open.”
Due to the closed campus, the school lunch program went through some positive changes. A new ala carte’ line, which provides a second choice to eat. There is an all you can eat garden bar, so the students can have more veggies. And like always, students can pack their own lunch. And now the commons area sports a microwave so students can enjoy a hot lunch. Paired with the brand new tables, the area is packed with kids daily.
“We’ve tried to be as accommodating as possible, Uppena said. The chances of it ever being open again are slim to none. Attendance is up, which was the goal. We’re going to stick
Photo by Cindy Costello | NLHS Wrestling Team, 2010-11
New Lisbon High School Wrestling
by Codi Christopherson
As many know, the wrestling season is just around the corner. New Lisbon High School coaches, teachers, and students are hopeful for the upcoming wrestling year. The team’s first day of practice was Nov. 14.
Last year, New Lisbon had eleven students on the team, with ten who wrestled. Seven are returning from last year, and six freshmen joined this year.
Of those who wrestled last year, there were five state qualifiers, with this year’s senior, Trey Theisen placing first, and last year’s seniors Joe Baumgart and Zach Oleson, who placed second and third respectively. There were also eight sectional qualifiers on the team.
This year, coach Ben Morey is optimistic about having a great season, even with last year’s extremely talented seniors gone. “We really hope to improve as a team this year,” said Morey. “We have really talented individuals.”