Many hours of hard work paid off as the STEM Institute ‘s Odyssey of the Mind (OM) team earned an invitation to the World Finals at Michigan State University. The STEM Institute OM team members (L-R) Ruby Riegert, Alyssa Janke, Sophie Schmidt, Jared Ott, Mason McGrath, Miles Dennis, and Nathan Ott are shown here after their performance at State on March 18, 2017, where they took first place in Division 2 and won the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award. At the World Finals, they will compete against future world leaders from over 33 countries. Anyone wishing to learn more about the team's odyssey or aid in financing the trip may contact Archie Barribeau at [email protected]
Brady Buss, a 7th grader at Sabish, Tessa Wirtz, an 8th grader at Woodworth, and Briar Wirtz, a 5th grader at Lakeshore, recently competed at the S3DA Indoor National Archery Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio representing the Straight from Fondy Archery Team for the Fond du Lac School District. All three archers placed in the Top 10 in their respective Divisions: Brady – 10th place, Tessa – 8th place, and Briar – 5th place. This is an impressive accomplishment considering over 500 kids competed throughout 36 states.
Several Theisen Middle School sixth graders ordered and sold Clean Water for South Sudan bracelets ($1 each) after reading A Long Walk to Water in Ms. Knueppel’s Social Studies class. Students (L-R) Alyssa Makowski, Robert Meyers, and Jeremiah Williams, shown here with Officer Olson who raised $200 at one of his concerts, received valuable guidance from Miss Goodacre for this fundraising project. Through effective promotion at the school by the students and bracelet sales and donations at Officer Olson’s concert, over $300 was raised to support water projects in South Sudan.
Worker shortages are impacting various segments of the economy and the construction field is feeling that shortage more so than most. Seventy-five percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions. In Wisconsin, it is projected that the construction and extraction field will have the highest overall job growth of any industry with a 20.5% increase between 2012-2022.