If you enjoy performing and bright stage lights, a shot at performing at Carnegie Hall is a dream-come- true. One Winona student will get that opportunity. Alexis (Lexi) DeLano, WSHS junior and choir student of Ms. Alexandra Johnson, has been selected as a finalist for the High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall challenges elite students to perform at their very best. She was accepted after submitting a solo recording, as well as an application detailing her involvement in other honor choirs and vocal music camps, and a nomination from her teacher. DeLano, the daughter of Marcus and Sarah DeLano, has attended summer vocal music camp, was selected for the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota (ACDA MN) 10th Grade Honor Choir, and has received both a Save Our Fine Arts (S.O.F.A.) and a Jake Edstrom Scholarship to use to pursue her vocal music interests. Delano will be singing 1st soprano under the direction of renowned conductor, Dr. Edith Copley. Lexi has received her music and will be practicing in the months leading up to the February 2-6, 2017 opportunity.
WSHS Spanish Honor Society
In Mexico, November 1st and 2nd are celebrated as Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead commemorates, for Mexicans, all of their ancestors that have passed away. The day is spent making offerings to all of those who have died. As part of the celebrations, sugar skulls are made that are then placed on altars for the spirits of the dead. WSHS Spanish Honor Society students Hannah Brown, Anna Velikanova and Mason Henke, presented about the importance of the holiday for Mexicans and then helped the students to decorate sugar skulls in Mrs.Toni McDevitt 3rd Grade classroom and Mrs. Stacy Rasmussen's 4th grade classroom at Jefferson Elementary STEM School.
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Hannah Brown, WSHS; Alana Kessel, Jefferson 3rd grader; Anna Velikanova, WSHS; and Mason Henke, WSHS display their sugar skulls created as part of the WSHS Spanish Honor Society's Day of the Dead presentation at Jefferson Elementary STEM School.
WSHS World Cup
The evening of November 1st, 34 Winona Senior High School Spanish and German World Language Students competed for the prized World Cup Trophy at Paul Geil Field. The Language World Cup has been held for the last four years, of which Spanish has won 3 times but German has won the title this year! The Language World Cup is held in cooperation of WSHS Spanish teacher Susan Larsen, and German teacher Kim Penrod.
Front: Tegan Lecheler
1st row (left to right) = Jacob Simmons, Hunter Esch, Cole Reinardy, Haley Thompson, Libby Crigler, Nathan Campbell, Connor Parker, Matt Harmon, Hunter Schellhas
3rd row(left to right) = Paul Muschamp, Michael Miller, Ryan Meyer, Logan Finne, Cade Ferstl, Brayden Borzyskowski, Jacob Petersen, Brad Dorman, Julien Ponsolle, Hans Larsen, Troy Bork, Evan Ferstl
4th row (left to right) = Ben Brickner (partially hidden), John Pampuch, Evann Fabian, Auguste Tadie, Lucas Sherman, Keyton Gibbons
Not pictured: Roman Grulkowlski, Brody Bittle, Sam Serleth and Ian Loos
4-H Community Service Award
Deanna Wiersgalla, of rural Fountain City, was awarded the second annual Buffalo County 4-H Community Servant Award by Rachel Hovey of Lookout Legends 4-H on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the 4-H Leaders Meeting in Alma. The award recognizes an individual with exemplary service to 4-H and the community through an ongoing commitment to community service and to making a positive impact on the community. Wiersgalla is the first youth recipient of the award. She is a senior at Cochrane-Fountain City School and an active member of the Golden Hornets 4-H Club of Waumandee. Wiersgalla was nominated for this salute to excellence for her undying contribution to community members and her peers across Buffalo County.
Rachel Hovey (left) presents Deanna Wiersgalla with the 2016 Buffalo County 4-H Community Servant Award.
Jennifer Forsyth, DO, who joined Winona Health’s Family Medicine team in 2015, is shifting her practice to focus on geriatric care. She is accepting new patients ages 60 and older, while also continuing to care for adults who have already established care with her.
In addition to being a board-certified Family Medicine physician, Dr. Forsyth has a special interest and training in geriatrics, “I’m interested in the complexity of human biology, and I am happiest when I’m relating to people and helping them. The best part of my work is meeting and getting to know somebody. I think my patients would say that I’m a good listener—they feel comfortable talking to me and that I’m very down to earth.”
To make an appointment with Dr. Forsyth, please call Winona Health Family Medicine: 507.457.7648.
Dick and Becky Suhr of Hill & Hollow Helping Hands 4-H Club in Fountain City were awarded the 4-H Volunteer of the Year Award by 4-H club members on November 13, 2016 at their Hill & Hollow Helping Hands 4-H club meeting. The Volunteer of the Year Award typically recognizes a 4-H Leader who has gone “above and beyond” their 4-H responsibilities, has performed an excellent job as a 4-H leader on the club or county level, and provides outstanding support, guidance, and leadership to 4-H members.
Cotter students are well-known for their community service in Winona. As part of Cotter High School’s Cross Cultural Ministry Projects (CCMP) service program, students recently traveled to the Twin Cities area to volunteer. These weekend-long “Urban Plunges” are designed to help Cotter students recognize the global need for community service in other regions. Many Cotter students also do week-long service trips out-of-state over the summer. During this “Urban Plunge” to Minneapolis and St Paul on November 18-20th, students sorted and packaged food at Second Harvest Heartland and served meals at the Salvation Army and Loaves and Fishes organizations. They also visited several local non-profit organizations, learning about poverty and social injustices in the Twin Cities. They had the chance to meet neighborhood residents and individuals experiencing homelessness.
American Education Week
Community members and Winona Area Public Schools employees gathered to celebrate American Education Week on Tuesday, November 15 at the Education Reception at Signatures Vision Event Center. Attendees enjoyed a cash bar, coffee, appetizers and mini cupcakes while socializing. Rod Schwarz, Winona Education Association president, welcomed those in attendance and honored several people, a community partner and a business partner.
Jan Holtet, WAPS Educational Assistant (EA), and the Winona EA of the Year and MN EA of the Year finalist
Barbara Beeman and Carolyn Goplen, both retired WAPS educators for their work with and recognition by the Retired Educators Association of MN
Jim Flim, Education Advocate
Morrie Miller Athletic Foundation, Community Partner
Sammy's Pizza & Restaurant, Business Partner
Linda Pfeilsticker, WEA Teacher of the Year
The event was sponsored by the Winona Education Association and Merchants Bank.
Front row (l-r): Carolyn Goplen, Barbara Beeman, Linda Pfeilsticker
Back row (l-r): Larry Holstad accepting for Morrie Miller Athletic Foundation; Nick Perella, Sammy's Pizza and Restaurant; Jim Flim; Rod Schwarz
Not pictured: Jan Holtet
Ready Set School Donation
The Sons of the American Legion Squadron #9 sent Ready Set School a letter saying, "The members of Winona's SAL Squadron 9 recognize that healthy, educated children are a cornerstone of strong communities, strong states, and ultimately a strong Nation." We couldn't agree more!
Commander Greg Lemmer presents Jessi Darst with a donation check for $500.