Homeroom: It’s all Wilmot at financial education contest
BY JILL TATGE-ROZELL
and DENEEN SMITH
Teams from Wilmot High School swept the top spots in the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl regional Dec. 3 at Gateway Technical College in Racine.
All six teams won their first match, never losing to a team from any other school other than Wilmot. The all-Wilmot final four ensured that two Panther teams would advance to the state finals in April.
The undefeated team of Caitlin Griffin (captain), Becca Krenz, Kayla Bouma and Brad Jackson defeated fellow Panthers Savannah Rivers, Tara Steffen and Johny Weber (3-1) in the final match of the day to win the regional trophy and $25 per person.
Rivers, Steffen and Weber each earned $20 for their second-place finish. Both teams will advance to state.
The team of Arie Deeter, Carter Dybing, Neil Driscoll and Adrienne Elmore, along with the team consisting of Katie O’Brien, Lauren McCluskey, Abbey Chappel and Allen Nogier rounded out the final four. Each of these eight students received $10 for their 2-1 records at the competition.
Two other teams from Wilmot competed in the event. Each of them were 1-1on the day and were given a $2 bill for their participation. Members include Carlie Banchi, Carl Simmons, Joey Burba, Quinten Bunch, Claudia Baker, Alyssa Gregory and Rae Slager.
Wilmot has advanced a team to state each of the five years this competition has existed. Wilmot won the state championship the first year it was held.
Football rivalry sparks book fundraiser
Students at Riverview School in Silver Lake capitalized on the Bears-Packers rivalry to raise money to buy books for kids in need.
The Scholastic “All for Books” competition capitalized on the fact principal Andrea Zackery is a Chicago Bears fan and Administrator John Gendron is a Green Bay Packers fan. Students and staff chose to put their change into jars depending on which administrator they wanted to see wear the opposing team’s jersey.
The money was totaled every day, and totals were tracked on a football field in the lunchroom. In the end, it was Gendron who had to wear a Bears jersey for the day.
The competition netted $596.76. Scholastic will match that total and also donate books to Kids in Distressed Situations Inc. and Kids in Need Foundation.
Adrianna Fico, a seventh-grader at Lakewood School in Twin Lakes, took first place in a weekly art contest sponsored by Artsonia for a three-dimensional, multi-media piece based on Van Gogh’s self-portrait.
Artsonia selects 12 random art submissions in each of four different age groups (PreK-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12). Voting is open to the general public every Wednesday through Saturday. Fico’s submission received 2,509 votes.
Blick Art Materials donates a $100 gift certificate to each winning school and a $50 gift certificate to each winning artist.
Christmas cheer for troops
Jessica Bolton, a fifth-grade teacher at Frank Elementary School, enlisted the help of Frank and Wilson Elementary School students to make cards and snowflakes for a troops in Afghanistan. Kids at Frank made the ornaments, while art students at Wilson created ornament hangers.
“I have a friend from high school that is currently stationed in Afghanistan — he went to high school at St. Joe’s,” Bolton said.
Three boxes of packages — including the cards, ornaments, snacks and books donated by teachers — were sent to Bolton’s friend’s unit.
Central jazz grant
The music program at Central High School received a grant from the Madison Jazz Society.
Central and music director Adam Scheele received a $200 grant to help purchase sheet music for Jazz Central, the student jazz band.
The Madison Jazz Society awarded grants totaling $7,100 to 27 schools in Wisconsin in November.
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