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WTN Southern Lakes Anthology Regional Winners

Congratulations to the WUSD students that had their Southern Lakes Anthology entries selected at the regional Whitewater TAG Network competition that was held in Elkhorn on Tuesday, January 28th. Southern Lakes Anthology is an annual writing and art competition that is organized by the Whitewater Talented and Gifted Network comprised of over 50 different participating school districts. The theme of this year's contest was "Expressions". Students submitted work in categories of prose, poetry, illustrated writing, art and cartoons. The quality of Whitewater's entries was exceptional again this year with thirteen of our entries being selected for inclusion into this year's anthology. 

This year's regional winners were: 5th grade - Trinity Nickels, Sophie Walton, Reese Brantmeier; 6th grade - Jayanne Aron, Crystal Chan, Valeria Cuevas, Yovana Gurerrero; 7th grade - Shawn Chan, Kali Mikulski, Hailey Murphy, Hailey Prager; 8th grade - Zach Brantmeier, Aspen Cook, Natalie LaBreche. These regional winners will receive a copy of the published anthology and be honored at a special ceremony on May 20th at the UW-Whitewater Young Auditorium.
WMS Annual Spelling Bee

Whitewater Middle School held their annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Winning words were umbilical and juniper. The first place winner was Sophie Mayer, 7th grader and daughter of Christopher and Karen Mayer, Whitewater. Second place went to Aspen Cook, 8th grader and daughter of Jeffrey and Heidi Cook, also of Whitewater. 8th grader Zach Brantmeier, son of Scott and Becky Brantmeier, Whitewater, came in third place going out on the word amenity. The top 6th grade speller was Ella Houwers, daughter of John and Amy Houwers, also of Whitewater. Ella went out on the word terminal. 

Sophie is now eligible to compete at the regional CESA 2 Spelling Bee that will be held at Whitewater High School on March 11. We wish Sophie the best of luck as she advances to the next level.
Southern Lakes Anthology District Winners

Congratulations to all students that submitted work for this year's Southern Lakes Anthology competition. The quality of middle school entires was outstanding again this year. The following students have been designated as our middle school district winners: 

6th graders (Front Row) - Crystal Chan, Jayanne Aron, William Hofmann, Ella Houwers, Valeria Cuevas, Yovana Guerrero, Jenna Caldwell

7th graders (2nd Row) - Hailey Murphy, Kali Mikulski, Hailey Prager, Sophie Olson, Sophie Mayer, Caroline Crowley, Shawn Chan

8th graders (Back Row) - Natalie LaBreche, Aspen Cook, Nicole Sedmak, Jonathan Zheng, Zach Brantmeier

These winning entries will now advance to the regional competition on January 27 where they will compete against entries from approximately 30 different school districts. We wish them the best of luck at the next level!

National PTA and U.S. Department of Education Recognize Lakeview Artist

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the National PTA and the U.S. Department of Education hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the LBJ Education Building to recognize students artists from across the country and celebrate the opening of an exhibit of their artwork. Arno Crowley, a fifth grade student at Whitewater's Lakeview Elementary School, was one of the artists recognized at this event. Crowley's project, title "An Elephant's Daydream" received an Award of Excellence from the National PTA in the Film Production category in the Intermediate division. The award honors imagination, creativity and interpretation of the theme "Believe, Dream, Inspire." The exhibition at the Department of Education showcases the work of Reflections award recipients from across the United States in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts from the 2013-2014 school year. The artwork will be on display for public viewing through the end of February 2015. Visit National PTA's Reflections webpage for more information about the program.