Mequon-Thiensville School District

Awards

Congratulations to junior Nikhil Ramnarayan for winning first place in the Executive Women International Scholarship program. In addition to receiving a cash award now, Nikhil advances to the national-level competition, at which he can earn additional scholarship money. Eighty-five high schools from across the Milwaukee area each nominated one member of their Junior Class to compete in the regional competition.

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Congratulations to seniors Keali Bjork and Roman Larson for recently being named Kohl Excellence Scholars. Each year the Herb Kohl Foundation selects 100 outstanding seniors from across the state to receive this prestigious award. Homestead is honored to have two members of the Class of 2011 graduate with this distinction.

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Homestead High School is proud to honor senior Rahul Subramanian for his selection as a Regional Finalist in the Young Epidemiologists Scholars Competition. As a Regional Finalist, Rahul has been invited to participate in the national nompetition in Washington D.C. (April 15-18, 2011). Rahul is among 60 finalists chosen nationally. When in Washington, he will present his research paper and answer questions to a panel of judges (a team of renowned epidemiologists). Congratulations to Rahul and his mentor, Mrs. Christine Schultz, a member of the Homestead Science Department.

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The Wisconsin Junior Classical League convention was held in Madison in late January. Sixty very excited Homestead Latin students gathered with 500 other devoted high school classicists from around Wisconsin to compete in academic testing, art and costumes, spirit assemblies and oratory.

Homestead had its best finish ever this year with a second place in Sweepstakes points, which is the total number of points earned in all academic, spirit and art categories.

The highlight of the weekend is the Certamen contests where each level of Latin (I-IV) enters a team. Homestead teams having practiced since September were ready to play. Homestead’s Latin I team of Emily Esser, Vinay Raghavan, Megan Marita, Luke Elowsky and Sydney Schaeffer trounced the competition and won the State Champion Certamen Level I title. Homestead’s Latin II team of Julie Gokhman, Sam Raimann, Gabe Jacobs, Hannah Mandlman and Henri Shein placed third in the State Certamen Latin II competition with a fierce final round against Brookfield Academy and Madison West.

Several students also placed in the top three in academic testing or art for Homestead this year. Worthy to note are:
Nick Weyker – 1st in Boys Costume
Samantha Steinbrecher – 2nd in Girls Costume
Maddie Richter – 1st in Drawing
Sveta Raykova – 1st in Painting
Alex Jesse – 2nd in Graphics
Max Silver – 1st in Myth, 2nd in History, Literature and Private Life
Sam Raimann – 1st in History, 1st in Private Life
Emily Esser – 1st in Myth, 1st in Derivatives, 1st in Reading
Amanda Hollinger – 1st in Private Life
Rachel Thimke – 2nd in Reading Comprehension
Sam Silver – 1st in Derivatives

In addition, Julie Gokhman (10) won her state election bid for First Vice-president of the Executive Board of the WJCL and Jennie Gehl (11) won the Second Vicepresident position. Both girls will help plan and execute all the state activities of the Junior Classical League for the 2011-12 year.

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Six Homestead students are the recipients of nine awards at the 2011 Scholastic Art Awards highlighting artistic achievement. A total of 338 outstanding works by Wisconsin students grades 7-12 comprise this annual regional exhibition. Awards are presented at a private ceremony on Saturday, February 5th, but work will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum February 5th through March 6th.

The following students were recognized: Karli Wittenberg, grade 10, two Gold Keys. Angela Rosenberg, grade 12, Gold Key. Amy Petrowsky, grade 11, Gold Key. Marley McCallister, grade 12, Silver Key. Rebecca Himelstein, grade 11, two Gold Keys, and Noah Mitchelson, grade 10, two Gold Keys.

The regional Gold Key-winning artworks will advance to the Scholastic Art Awards National competition in New York City along with those from other regions across the U.S.A.

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On Tuesday, November 23, Homestead students Nick Yeh, Rahul Subramanian, Franklin Zhu, Sahitya Raja, Eric Hanson, Bryanna Yeh, Nik Yeh, and Austin Cao took part in the MSOE OP Science contest.  The students solved problems individually and as a team; approximately 50 teams from Wisconsin and Illinois participated in the contest. Rahul won a gold medal for earning one of 16 top individual scores overall, and Franklin won an award for earning a top score in the Chemistry portion of the competition. This was the first time HHS tackled the MSOE OP Science competition.

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On Friday, November 19, Homestead students Marshall Sumwalt, Mitchell Plamann, Eric Hanson, and Robbie Imbrie earned first place in the MSOE OP Computer contest.  The contest included 24 teams from Wisconsin and Illinois, all trying to demonstrate excellence in academic challenges.  Homestead's students Evan Hock, Joey Rapala and Jared Sweetland also had a successful day, participating as a another team from Homestead.

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On Monday, November 22, Homestead students Nick Yeh, Rahul Subramanian, Franklin Zhu, Sienna Mittman, Eric Hanson, Bryanna Yeh, Nakhil Ramnarayan, and Austin Cao took third place in the MSOE OP Mathematics contest.  The students solved problems both individually and as a team. Twenty-four teams from Wisconsin and Illinois participated in the contest.

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Congratulations to the cast and crew of the one-act version of "Pygmalion," Homestead's entry in the 2010 State One-Act Contest. As a group, students won the coveted "Critic's Choice" award (best overall performance) as well as the "Ensemble" award (best overall cast and crew). In addition to these group awards, seniors Sarah Fuchs and Jonathan Trubshaw earned "Outstanding Acting" awards for their portrayals of Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins.

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Congratulations to Homestead Seniors Maiya Hilliard and Danielle Webb, who were named Outstanding Participants in the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship Program. Maiya and Danielle are two of only 3,100 students from across the country to earn this notable distinction.

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Homestead is proud of our students' commitment to taking and succeeding in rigorous course work during their high school experience. Many of our students enroll in one or more Advanced Placement courses during their four years here. In 2009-2010, 32 students were named College Board AP Scholars, 19 were named Scholars with Honor, and 43 were named Scholars with Distinction. Homestead is proud to recognize three members of the Class of 2010 as College Board National Scholars: Dillon Kelly, Alexander Loiben, and Tanner Songkakul.

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The following nine members of the Class of 2011 have been named National Merit Commended
Scholars: Callie Counsellor, Krista Erickson, Alexander Laird, Courtney Mattson, Gina Phillips, Sahiitya
Raja, Elizabeth Shereff, Max Vielmetti, and Andy Zolot. Congratulations to these students for their
exceptional scholarship.

The following 17 members of the Class of 2011 have been named National Merit Semi-finalists: Rochelle
Allaud, Keali Bjork, Kimberly Eyers, Mary Gabe, Eric Hanson, Amanda Hollinger, Robbie Imbrie, Michael
Kress, Andrew Lamers, Adrienne Lo, Siena Mitman, Kevin Schreiner, Maxwell Silver, Jordan Stoffel, Rahul
Subramanian, Nicholas Yeh, and Franklin Zhu. Congratulations to these students for their exceptional
scholarship.

Congratulations to Michael Kress (12) for earning a 2010 National Council of the Teachers of English
(NCTE) Achievement Award in Writing. Michael is one of nine student writers from Wisconsin and 543
from across the country to earn this award.