EL-G board hears from state wrestlers

Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — At its meeting Monday night, the School Board met two of the district’s wrestlers who had advanced to state-level competition.

High School Principal Ryan Faris introduced Jon Roll and Max Ward. The two had wrestled at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in Madison. This was Ward’s third time wrestling at the state level, and Roll’s first.

“It’s always fun to go through the entire year, and get to go down to Madison,” Ward told the board. He said he gets a chance to see some of the best high school wrestlers in the state in action. “The atmosphere is always great, being in Madison,” he said, not just at the tournament, but in the entire city.

Roll recalled walking back to the hotel room in snow and sleet. He said he was impressed by the arena, which was packed full on Saturday, the final day of competition. “A good experience,” he said. “You can learn from just watching others.” He said his initial experience in wrestling was not very promising, but his body’s reflexes eventually improved.

“I learned that I have to take it one step farther,” Ward added. He attributed his success to the growth of the district’s wrestling program.

Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack said it was an honor to be represented by district students at the state meet. She thanked the two athletes for coming in.

Youth Apprenticeship

Faris introduced Frank Perko, a student participating in the district’s Youth Apprenticeship program. Prompted by questions from Faris, Perko told the board he was employed at Amerequip in Kiel, working 15 to 20 hours per week as a welder. He worked full-time over the summer. He enjoys welding, though not production welding, because it’s so repetitive.

He said it was beneficial to get the work experience while still in high school. He plans to work during the coming summer, after which he will join the Marines.

Perko told the board he was very happy to be part of the apprenticeship program. “I learned a lot, got a lot of experience, met a lot of new people,” he said. He definitely recommended other students consider participating.

Other board business

Two board members were sworn in. Joel Schuler was re-elected. Erica Sparz will replace Scott Heinig, who decided not to run for re-election. Board President Jim Henschel thanked Heinig for serving six years on the board, and Heinig expressed his confidence that the board and district will continue to do great things.

Buechel Haack reviewed further findings of the district’s self-evaluation regarding nondiscrimination and equity of educational opportunities.

The board unanimously approved reappointing the Plymouth Review as the district’s official newspaper.

The board accepted several donations, thanking donors. Buechel Haack reviewed the status of fundraising for new playground equipment. Of a $160,000 goal for Phase I, $147,756.83 has been raised. She noted that any amount raised in excess of the goal will be used for added access, opportunities, or equipment.

The board appointed Mike Meeusen as delegate to the CEAS Convention.

Jim Henschel and Meeusen were appointed to represent the board at the high school graduation.

Student Council representative Aryka Klemme told the board of the seniors vs. staff game, which benefitted the Plymouth Habitat for Humanity; and the Teacher Appreciation Week coming in early May. Several board members pointed out that Klemme had not given the results of the seniors vs. staff game.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann’s K-8 highlights (given by Buechel Haack) included the start of middle school track; middle school participation in the solo ensemble; student Kayla Adams qualifying for the National History Bee; the spring band concert; a fifth grade trip to Milwaukee for the Junior Achievement Program; sixth graders going to Camp Anokijig in May; a trip to Discovery World by the first graders; a Lumberjack Celebration at Camp Y-koda for fourth graders; a play performed by second graders; and educational and career conferences, involving parents, for fourth graders.

High School Principal Ryan Faris’ highlights included the seniors vs. staff game (the staff won); third-quarter assembly, which emphasized recognizing student achievements other than athletics; staff updating learning objectives; a coming student assembly; ACT Aspire tests; prom in early May; clubs and organizations; high student participation in forensics and band competitions; a successful electronic recycling event; a mural being painted by the art club; and the start of all spring sports seasons.

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