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Cotter Award

Each year an 8th grade boy and girl student -athlete at Cotter Junior High School is presented with the John F. Januschka Memorial Award for displaying Christian sportsmanship during their athletic endeavors. John Januschka was known for his passion for athletics, sportsmanship, and his love of God.  When he passed, his family wanted to keep his memory alive and has done so through this award. The male 2016 recipient is Sam Wantock, son of Don and Lisa Wantock. The female 2016 recipient is Jordan Rubie, daughter of Amy and Russell Rubie.

Pictured L to R: President Sr. Judith Schaefer, Sam Wantock, Leah Larson (Januschka family representative), Jordan Rubie,   Principal Dave Forney

Blacklock Scholarship

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is proud to announce the winner of the 2016 Tom Blacklock Scholarship. Tom’s parents and family set up this scholarship in Tom’s honor as they value education and the enriching learning experiences Tom had through the Winona Area Public Schools. The Blacklock family would like to give back to the school through a scholarship to honor Tom’s life.  This year’s recipient is Hallee Hoeppner.  Hallee has always known the importance of education, has worked hard to help his fellow student and community, and always possessed a great attitude while doing so. Hallee will be attending the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in the fall.  Congratulations Hallee and Good Luck!!!

Spanish Book

The students enrolled in WSHS Spanish 4 language class had the opportunity to assist a good cause, as well as demonstrating all that they have learned throughout their 4 years of learning Spanish, by writing, editing, illustrating, and publishing a children’s book -- written entirely in Spanish -- in order to donate to school library in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. This project was made available through a partnership between WSHS and Gundersen Global Partners, a program of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation which regularly sends groups of volunteers to Nicaragua and Ethiopia. Susan Larsen’s spring semester classes completed 28 books. Every semester, a Gundersen Lutheran representative who has visited Nicaragua, visits Larsen’s Spanish 4 class in order to teach the students about the country and the school in Nicaragua. Larsen’s spring semester classes were the second group to send books this year.
Front Row (left to right):  Trent Beasley, Drew Johnson, Joaquin Morales, Ericka Lamberson, Hanna O’Neill, Taylor Pagenkopf, Nikki Doffing, Sayna Parsi, Caroline Anderson, Ellora Olsen, Dakota Moldenhauer, Carey Paulson and Sommer Thompson
Back Row (left to right):  Austin Lenhardt, Jon Gibson, Brian Aeling, Brendon Mason, Oscar Hedin, Erik Zeller, Jacob Hansen, Jesus Najera, Apryl Banicki, Brenna Meyer, Katie Block
Not pictured:  Eden Simon-Debroux, Jordan Buerck, Ashton Hoeppner, Allison Witt


Roffler Memorial Award

On Tuesday, May 24th, the presentation of the Jason Roffler Memorial Award took place in Cotter’s beautiful memorial garden.  The award was presented by Jason’s mother, Ruth Roffler.  The 2016 Jason Roffler Memorial Award was presented to sophomore student, Makenna Kohner Thesing,  who embodies what this award represents. Makenna  is a kind, determined, and hard-working young lady  who is a great friend to all. Jason Roffler was a member of the class of 1995 at Cotter High School, who lost his battle with cancer in the fall of his senior year. In a past tribute to Jason, a fellow-classmate of his said, “Jason always believed that good will come out of everything. Jason was filled with faith and taught us to live for today.”

Cotter Athletes

Cotter High School held its annual Celebration day event on Tuesday, May 24th. Congratulations to the following senior student –athletes who received awards:
John Leaf Memorial 2016 Male Athlete of the Year: Jonah Spiten
Paul Gardner Memorial 2016 Female Athlete of the Year: Mikala Nelton
Jim Mohan Memorial 2016 Male Sportsmanship Award: Alex Walechka
Jim Mohan Memorial 2016 Female Sportsmanship Award: Kirsten Weifenbach

Pictured: Sportsmanship award winners

McClenathan Scholarship

The Winona Health Foundation Scholarship Committee selected Hailey Parcel to receive the Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship. Parcel attends Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical and will graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She currently is a certified nursing assistant on the Winona Health Medical, Surgical and Pediatrics units as well as in the Family Birth Center, where she has cared for many patients and their families. Parcel plans to continue her education with an online program through Morehead State University to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing while continuing to care for patients at Winona Health. Dean McClenathan, along with his children Mark and Denise, established this scholarship after their wife and mother, Phyllis, a long-time nurse in Winona Health's Family Birth Center, passed away after a long fight with cancer. McClenathan wanted to honor his wife by encouraging and helping others in their efforts to become devoted, effective and compassionate caregivers.

Buffalo County 4-H

Buffalo County 4-H members were just a few of the hundreds of 4-H youth who attended the 96th annual Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus June 20 – 23. Lindsey Berg, Amy Losinski and Barbara Dittrich joined over 500 other young people representing UW-Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program in celebrating the 96th anniversary of the youth program in Wisconsin at the conference. The adult 4-H leader volunteer advising the county delegation was Angela Berg of Glencoe Hustlers 4-H club. The annual four-day conference gives youth a chance to learn about a variety of 4-H and other youth programs, experience hands-on learning in a university campus atmosphere, strengthen life skills such as communication and leadership, gain knowledge to share back home, and exchange ideas and form friendships with youth from around the state.
 The delegates attended workshops and assemblies developed around the theme, “Picturing our Success," which highlighted leadership, individual responsibility, goal setting, healthy living, sustainability and living up to one’s potential. Workshop topics included everything from communication arts to building leadership skills, healthy living, STEM topics, youth citizenship, and a host of other exciting subjects. The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association provided financial support for this conference and for the three local youth selected. 

Pictured: Lindsey Berg, Barbara Dittrich and Amy Losinski traveled to UW-Madison for the 96th annual Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference June 20-23, 2016.

MMAM Tours

Every Saturday in June, July, and August, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona will offer visitors the opportunity to take a one hour gallery tour led by a Museum guide.  The tour will start at 11:00 a.m. and interested parties should meet at the front desk.  This tour is free with admission.  Admission to the MMAM is $7 for adults and seniors and $3 for children and students.  Museum members are always free. Groups of 10 or more can schedule a docent-led tour of the MMAM any time of the year with only two weeks' notice. Gallery and MMAM Store hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10am - 5:00 p.m. More information about the Museum is available at