AHS Students Tour Manufacturing Businesses

Arrowhead Students, Parents & Staff Tour
Local Manufacturing Businesses

Arrowhead students and parents recently joined the Arrowhead School District staff, Waukesha County Business Alliance, and Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce for a day of touring area manufacturing plants.  Students and parents had the chance to learn about various careers in Manufacturing, see products that are made in Waukesha County and learn about the skills needed for a manufacturing career.  The tours included stops at Waukesha County Technical College - School of Applied Technologies, GE Energy, Waukesha gas engines, DUECO, Inc., and MetalTek International.

The event was coordinated by Tom Whelan, Arrowhead technology and engineering department coordinator, and Mary Baer, Waukesha County Business Alliance.  The purpose of Schools2Skills is to inspire students, parents and educators to learn more about manufacturing careers available in Waukesha County, including career paths, salaries and the education required to succeed in today’s manufacturing environment.

Arrowhead Forensics Night

AHS Students Nominate Teachers for My Favorite Teacher

Arrowhead High School students in Ms. Liz Jorgensen's English classes submitted essays recognizing their favorite teachers.  Several Barnes and Noble stores selected creative writing students as winners in the My Favorite Teacher contest. Here is a link to the contest: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/my-favorite-teacher/379002376/

The following are Arrowhead High School students who were chosen as winners of the contest along with the teacher who the students' nominated:

Brenda Suhan nominated Mr. Andy Freeburg
Kaite Holowitz nominated Mrs. Heidi Hamilton
Heather Roehr nominated Ms. Rayen Singletary

The following are the winning essays submitted by Heather, Brenda, and Kaite:

Brenda Suhan
AHS Senior
Brenda Suhan
Educator of the Year
Barnes and Noble Winner

It isn’t often that you come across a cardigan-wearing high school English teacher with interests ranging from skateboarding to poetry and from heavy metal to the latest fashion trends.   But Mr. Freeburg, my AP English teacher, is quite the interesting character.  When students can’t wait to get to class at 7:30 AM, you know that teacher has something special.
           I have always had a love for English, but never could I imagine being taught by someone as engaging as Mr. Freeburg.  Every student participates in class discussions, and we are encouraged to share our ideas – whether they are right, wrong, or somewhere in between.
Before Christmas break, we all brought in embarrassing photos of ourselves, exchanged them, and wrote a poem based on the photos.  In turn, Mr. Freeburg unabashedly showed us an embarrassing photo from his teenage and college years each day the week before.  One day the picture was one of his blonde flowing mullet; the next was another picture of his pink short shorts.  Educational yet fun activities like these are what make the class feel like family.
Mr. Andy Freeburg
Arrowhead High School
English Teacher
          Mr. Freeburg constantly connects outside examples to what we are learning in class.  When we receive entertaining emails connecting literary terms to movies and articles, I know that learning doesn’t need to be boring (and it never is in Mr. Freeburg’s class).  He shares stories from his graduate school classes, and his professor – a professional poet – even visited for a day at the end of the semester.  Mr. Freeburg had enough confidence in us that we would amaze his professor to invite him.  We read the professor’s poems, applied what we were learning in class, and discussed them with the author – and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
           One of the best traits of Mr. Freeburg is the attention he pays to individual students.  He made a point to learn everyone’s names at the beginning of the semester, and he goes around the classroom and does a “weekend roundup” of our plans every Friday.  He is truly interested in his students.  Most importantly, he encourages every one of us.
If a student says something earth-shatteringly brilliant during a discussion, he karate chops the artificial cherry blossom tree in the corner of the classroom, jumps around with excitement, and gives the student a key from his box – the symbol of the ultimate scholar.  And when he noticed I was working on a poem for a literary contest I learned about in his class, he screeched “POEM!” asked to read it, and then said, “You are a true ancient poet.”  I laughed, but I knew he was sincere when he told me that I had talent and that I should keep writing.  And I haven’t stopped since.  On one of my papers he wrote on the top:  “Reading this essay was like being dipped in gold!!”  Funny yet encouraging feedback like this helps me feel confident that I can exceed expectations – and that is what learning is all about. 

Katie Holowitz
             AHS Senior
By Katie Holowitz
Nominating Heidi Hamilton
Barnes and Noble Winner

I never enjoyed school, and school didn’t enjoy me. I have always struggled with concentrating and organizing. In second grade, I was diagnosed with ADHD and ever since, I have been enrolled in classes for kids with learning disabilities. I have had countless teachers who’ve always been on my side. But these teachers acted as if I couldn’t function on a daily basis, making me feel like I couldn’t handle the real world.
            As I entered high school, I thought I was going to be stuck with a gentile spoken lady, who treated me differently than everyone else. But as I walked into Arrowhead High School’s Learning Center, all I could hear was a loud voice, reverberating in my eardrums.
“Hey, Katie! I’m Mrs. Hamilton! I’m your new case manager!” she screamed.
I was in shock from her reaction. I was not used to a teacher being louder than the whispers in the hallway.  But the best way to describe Mrs. Hamilton is exhilarating, compassionate, and feisty.
            As I walk in the hallway, I easily spot Mrs. Hamilton. I mean, it’s pretty difficult to not notice a 6’4” lady, who looks like she belongs in the WNBA, marching down the hallway. As I walk in the crowded hallways, Mrs. Hamilton still manages to yell out, “Katie! Hi!” each time. I used to try and hide from her (because I was a little embarrassed), but over time, I thought it was special that she always noticed me; and I came to recognize she’ll always spot me and greet me.
Mrs. Heidi Hamilton
Arrowhead High School
  Special Ed. Teacher
Mrs. Hamilton is a mother, coach, and a special education teacher.  When I was little, I attended her basketball clubs, and I looked up to her. She was always energized, like she just won the lottery.  
Mrs. Hamilton is a role model and she has inspired me to work with kids who also have learning disabilities. At my high school, Mrs. Hamilton runs the student panel for children with disabilities, which is a program to help get children with disabilities involved with other students. Mrs. Hamilton gave me the opportunity to join the panel and talk to students about my transition to high school, while struggling with ADHD. Mrs. Hamilton has had a huge impact on my journey and if it weren’t for her, I would have never made it where I am now—and that’s why she is my teacher of the year, and always will be.
Mrs. Hamilton has helped me every step of the way, including helping me apply to colleges and scholarships this year. When I look back on the past four years, I am thankful for Mrs. Hamilton. Teaching is so much more than a job for her—it’s her life, it’s her passion and it’s her purpose. Thank you, Mrs. Hamilton for everything you have done for me.

Heather Roehr
AHS Junior
By Heather Roehr
Selected as Barnes and Noble as My Favorite Teacher contest winner
Nominating Rayen Singletary

Honestly, English is probably my weakest subject.    As I always put it, “I ain’t no good at that grammar thing.”  I was below the curve when it came to my skills in English; however, my sophomore year, that all change.  I began to understand grammar rules.  And these changes took place because of one wonderful teacher: Rayen Singletary.
            Ms. Singletary was the breath of fresh air that drab old English needed.  “Life is more interesting with a little sauce,” is the mantra of my personal educator of a lifetime.  From day one of sophomore English, I could tell I was going to be particularly fond of Ms. S; she introduced herself as a nerd and used the phrase, “lame-sauce.”
Quickly, I learned she loved theatre, and we bonded over this similarity.  The bond I had with her allowed for a personal learning experience, and it also motivated me to try harder in the dreaded English. The last thing I wanted was to let down Ms. Singletary.
            Throughout the course of the year, Ms. Singletary ensured she was available to aid with my essay writing and grammar, and with a little hard work and dedication, I was finally able to write grammatically correct essays.  In fact, she still is willing to make time to help me with my essays today, even though I no longer have her as a teacher.  
Ms. Rayen Singletary
Arrowhead High School
English Teacher
Ms. Singletary’s dedication didn’t only help me excel in the areas of English I struggled in— it also pushed me to give my all even to the parts of English that came easily to me.  A personal strength of mine is public speaking, so I was ecstatic when I learned  speeches made up a large portion of my grade;  I thought,  hey easy A.
 But oh boy was I wrong because Ms. S graded on the philosophy of personal ability and she knew an avid theatre kid like me was capable of much more than my meekly prepared for speeches.   So although I had some of the best speeches in the class, I would always end up with a B.   “I know you could do better,” she always would reply.  I thought I deserved an A, but in truth, I knew I didn’t.
            By the end of the year, her persistence persuaded me to actually give the necessary effort in my speeches, and I did.   Although the whole concept annoyed me at the time, Ms. Singletary taught me a valuable lesson about work ethic, and it’s one I won’t soon forget.
It is for her wonderful sense of humor, remarkable dedication, quirky sayings, and passion, that I nominate Ms. Singletary for this award.  Ms. Singletary impacted my life that year in way she will never truly understand; she helped me improve not only my weaknesses, but also my strengths.   Today I can write a decent essay, the first time, and I have Ms. Singletary to thank for that.

AHS Instrumental Music Students Named Best In Wisconsin

arrowhead Instrumental music students named best in the state

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) has announced that two Arrowhead High School instrumental music students have been selected to be members of the State Honors Project. 

Ethan Nethery
Jazz Ensemble (Piano)
Christian Anderson
Orchestra (Cello)

Congratulations to these instrumental music students for being named to the WSMA State Honors Project! A well-deserved honor for sure!


13 to go onto International Competition;
 AHS Earns Top Community Service Award – Two State Champions

Over 2,500 high school Marketing students from all over Wisconsin came together to compete in the Wisconsin DECA (an association of Marketing students) State Career Development Conference held at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Students applied everything they have learned through their Marketing classes in role plays, comprehensive exams, and projects.

Arrowhead DECA qualified 23 students for the state competition. Prior to state competition, these teens had to participate in and won at the district competition. AHS DECA qualifiers spent two days in intense competition to prove just how well they can take what they’ve learned about marketing, management and entrepreneurship and apply it to real-world business situations. In written reports, exams, business presentations, role-plays and computer simulations, these teenagers diagnosed business problems and offer realistic, workable solutions.

AHS DECA members devoted many hours, both in the classroom and outside school, to increasing their knowledge of how marketing and business work. Then they spent even more time writing up research reports and business plans, designing marketing campaigns, and polishing their role-playing and presentation skills. They must be prepared to explain how they would handle the real-life business scenarios that DECA’s judges will grill them on during the competition.
In addition to competition, the Arrowhead DECA Chapter was recognized for their outstanding achievement in leadership, community service, and connections with the business world.  This included the Outstanding Community Service award, 100+ Hours Award and MDA award for contributions to charity while gaining valuable marketing experience.

AHS DECA had an amazing run at state this year, qualifying 13 students for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim, CA April 24-27th, 2013.   Highlights from the state competition are as follows: 

Teresa Turco
AHS Junior
State Champion
Andrew Kollmeyer
AHS Junior
State Champion


*Andrew Kollmeyer – 1stPlace Overall  Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan, 2nd Place Sports & Entertainment Occupational Series (multiple medalist in tests and role-play presentations) 
*Teresa Turco – 1stPlace Overall Fashion Promotion Plan (multiple medalist) – Retail Merchandising Medalist

*Robert Zanotti – 2ndPlace Sports Entertainment Promotion Plan (Medalist) – 3rd Place Sports & Entertainment Occupational Series Overall (multiple medalist)
*Madeline Chessario – 3rdPlace Fashion Promotion Plan – Multiple Medalist
*Ethan Nethery -4th Place Overall Marketing Communications Team Event (multiple medalist) – Medalist Hospitlaity and Tourism Selling Event
*Casey Skowrun – 4th Place Overall Marketing Communications (multiple medalsit)
*Allison Anschutz and Greta Stawicki– 5th Place Entrepreneurship Written Event
Greta Stawicki – Restaurant Marketing (medalist)
Allison Anschutz – Food Marketing (medalist)
*Hannah Solveson and Lauren Schallhorn– 6th Place Hospitlaity Services Marketing Team Event (multiple medalist) – Fashion Promotion Plan (Finalists)
*Molly Kocian – 5th Place Entrepreneurship Participating Event
*Lauren Reeg – 3rd Place Entrepreneurship Participating Event
*Emma Felker – 4th Place Hospitality and Tourism Selling Event (multiple medalist)
Monica Anderson – Finalist – Hospitality and Tourism Selling Event (multiple medalist)   

* = represents international qualifier

Medalist = top 10% in event

Thirteen students from Arrowhead will now continue on to the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA April 24 – April 27, 2013 with over 15,000 marketing students from around the world.


AHS Choir Students Named Best In Wisconsin

arrowhead choir students named best in the state

The Wisconsin State Honors Choir recently announced audition results for 2013. The Honors project chooses the 100 best high school singers in the state of Wisconsin for Treble Choir and Mixed Choir. Of this elite group of 100 singers in each choir, 7 are from the Arrowhead High School choir program. Four AHS choir students were named Alternates for the program and could eventually be named to the Honors Choir if another student is unable to participate. 

Our seven AHS choir students will participate in the Wisconsin Honors Choir four-day camp in June, working with a nationally renowned choral conductor.  Next October they will present a concert at Madison's Overture Center. The students chosen for this elite choir are: 

Elise  Baumgartner
Alternate - Treble Choir

Joseph  Ferrito
Alternate - Treble Choir

Simon  Gmeinder
Alternate - Treble Choir

Kathryn  Koenen
Treble Choir

Amanda Bruening
Mixed Choir

Noah  Nethery
Mixed Choir

Regan  Lyons
Mixed Choir

Emily  Landry
Mixed Choir

Nicole  Slaski
Treble Choir

Jenna  Tremmel
Alternate - Treble Choir

Ciera  Schmidt
Mixed Choir

Forensics Team Results

Forensics team Continuing to Bring home awards

Over the past 3 weeks the Forensics team has experienced continued success.  The Forensics team brought home two individual tournament champions as well as a team trophy.

On March 2 the team went to the James Madison Memorial Tournaments and honors went out to the following students:

Kaileigh Pieroth & Rachel Feder         Duo Finalist
Zach Knutson                                    Moments in History Finalist
Keaton Schmitz                                  Demonstration Finalist
Diya Ramanathan                               Demonstration Finalist

Special congratulations goes to Kalady Osowski who was tournament champion in Special Occassion.

On March 9 the team wend to the Whitefish Bay and honors went out to the following students:

Anna Wolfs                             Oratory 3rd
Amy Teske                              Oratory Finalist

Special Congratulations goes to Keaton Schmitz who was tournament champion in Demonstration

On March 16 the team went to Muskego and honors went out to the following students:

Kaileigh Pieroth & Rachel Feder          Duo 2nd
Ian Cogswell & Olivia Dellomodarme   Duo Finalist
Zach Knutson                                     Moments in History Finalist
Keaton Schmitz                                   Demonstration 3rd
Diya Ramanathan                               Demonstration Finalist
Shannon Johnson                               OIL 4th
Zach Bednarke                                   Poetry 3rd
Matt and Bill Pindell                           Play Acting 3rd
Amy Teske                                       Oratory 3rd

The team took 2nd in the small team division with 18 total entries.  Special honors go to those students who keep scoring well without making it to final rounds.  They are the main reason we brought home this trophy.  Great job Coach Steve Schmid and the entire team!!!

AHS Senior Scores Scholarship

Bri Meyer
Arrowhead High School senior Brianna Meyer contributed the following article to the Lake Country Publications to be published in the Living Lake Country Sunday March 10th edition:

AHS Senior Scores Scholarship

            Musically, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hold fine reputations. This year, Arrowhead senior and trumpet player Zach Bednarke obtained the almost unobtainable: a full ride scholarship to either the School of Music at UW Madison or Peck School of the Arts at UWM.

            Bednarke’s music career started when he was 10-years-old, when he started playing the trumpet in his fifth grade band. He has played in school ensembles ever since.

            “Since the beginning, music has come to me naturally,” said Bednarke. “If I didn’t play music, I would just sit around all day.”

Arrowhead Senior
Zach Bednarke
            From there, his talent and involvement grew. He started playing in MYSO (Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra) and UWAY (UWM Youth Music Ensembles) after he moved to Wisconsin in 2006. He remains a member of MYSO’s Senior Symphony Orchestra and toured with them to Prague and Vienna in summer 2012. He has also been a member of the Arrowhead Wind Ensemble all four years of high school, and is now the principle trumpet player in that ensemble.

            “Knowing how he plays and how he prepares, I was definitely not shocked to hear the news [of his scholarship],” said AHS band conductor Jacob Polancich. “Zach is a bright young man with a real drive for music and sciences. It has been a pleasure watching him grow throughout his years here at Arrowhead.”

            When it came time for Bednarke to start preparing for college auditions, he chose some of the country’s most advanced schools of music, including Carnegie Mellon, University of North Carolina, and Vanderbilt. He applied and was accepted to these schools, and then the audition process began.

            He auditioned at Madison first, where he met the trumpet professor and toured the campus. Then, he went through the traditional music audition process: scales, prepared solo, and sight reading. 

            “The majority of the audition is based on solo work, with about a quarter based on scales and sightreading,” said Bednarke. “The judges look for musicality, tone, and musicianship.”

            To get the scholarship, Bednarke had to go through two rounds of auditions. The first round includes 125 students competing for the 25 round two spots. During the second round, a panel of eight professors listened to three total hours of auditions before making the final decisions.

“The night before my audition, I was selected to play my solo in a student recital with the entire music camp as an audience,” Bednarke said.

“Most musically-based scholarships awarded to students are simply reiterating practice habits, preparation, and respect towards music. These principles become a lifestyle for those who choose this musical path from a young age. Zach is no exception,” said Polancich. “I am blessed and humbled to work with several students at Arrowhead who demonstrate these same qualities on a daily basis.”

Bednarke found out that he had gotten the scholarship on his first night on his MYSO Prague tour this summer. His mother emailed him, and he said he was “basically bouncing off the walls.”

            Now, Bednarke is waiting for the responses from the other colleges—the most important will come from Vanderbilt, which should arrive by the end of March. Then, he has to make his college decision.

            “I’ve decided not to go to Madison,” he said. “It’s not the right fit for me, but I’m grateful for the scholarship and I’m honored to use this as part of my resume.”

            No matter where he attends school, Bednarke would like to major in music. A school with balanced curriculum and nice campus is important to him, he says. But an impressive music program is the most important factor.

            Polancich said, “This scholarship award shows his passion for music. It also reaffirms his extraordinary level of achievement amongst some of the finest high school musicians in the country. Zach has worked extremely hard and I know he is very deserving.”

AHS Students Among the Best in the Country

Arrowhead students excel
25 AHS students place among best in the country
On national German exam

The following is a communication sent to Arrowhead Administrators regarding the accomplishments of several of our students:

Charles Boyer
AHS Junior
Dear Administrators

I am writing to congratulate you and some of your pupils and staff for a remarkable achievement.  I am Chair of the Testing Committee for the American Association of Teachers of German here in my home state of Wisconsin, and the results of this year's National German Exam have done us proud again.

Christina Sorenson
AHS Senior
Arrowhead High School can boast 25 pupils with special achievements, youngsters who placed among the best in the country.  This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of both your German instructor, Frau Schüth, and the respective students.  The following students should be recognized for their remarkable accomplishment of a Gold Certificate (the top ten percent in the USA):  Kaitlin Stoner, Charles Boyer, Ryan Rice,and Christina Sorenson.  Mr. Boyer also applied for the Study Trip Award of the AATG/PAD, and we met him at the applicants' interview last Saturday.  Seven more of your students earned the Silver Certificate (top twenty percent in the USA).

Ryan Rice
AHS Junior
Germany is the anchor and engine of the European Union, the world's second-biggest export country (after only China), Wisconsin's fourth largest export market, and a long-time trustworthy partner for the United States in multiple respects.  More people speak German as a mother tongue in Europe than any other, and German is the second language recommended by more graduate programs than any other.  Moreover, learning German improves one's understanding and usage of English.  German is the language of the future!
Kaitline Stoner
AHS Senior

Thank you again for your support of German and for educating young people to be culturally competent, globally aware, and Teutonically active!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Michael Koch, PhD
Carroll University


Winner of Goethe-Institut contest will travel to Germany

Winner of Goethe-Institut contest will travel to Germany

(Hartland, March 14, 2013)—Local student Michael Makowski has won the Award of Excellence in the name of Arrowhead High School and a scholarship to study German in Germany. Each year, the Goethe-Institut, in its role as international German cultural center with six locations in the United States, produces a short video on a specific theme about contemporary life in Germany.

Michael Makowski
AHS Sophomore

Michael Makowski was one of altogether 15,000 high school students from the U.S. and Canada who participated in the Goethe-Institut’s Award of Excellence contest, now in its 21st year. The 2012 film, “Beyond Autobahn,” was centered on German automotive culture. Using the invention of the modern car by Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler 125 years ago, it covered the history of the automobile as well as contemporary challenges faced by our world today, such as labor laws and environmental issues. Makowski not only solved the contest’s quiz questions, but correctly listed the exact number of teenagers in Germany who had got their driver’s license in 2010, an additional bonus question in the contest.

Michael: “It’s so cool that the Goethe Institut does this.  It’s such a great opportunity, and I feel so lucky to have been given it.  It is going to be so much fun and I can hardly wait.”
Regardless of whether or not they won a prize, feedback on the Goethe-Institut contest demonstrated the great enthusiasm that teachers and students had for using “Beyond Autobahn” to engage in the topic and learn about a foreign country and its people.

For more information on the Award of Excellence 2012 or the upcoming Award of Excellence 2013, call (212) 439-8719 or visit the Goethe-Institut New York online at www.goethe.de/newyork

Goethe-Institut New York
72 Spring Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10012

Björn Technau (Mr.)
Language Consultant
Tel. (212) 439-8719

Dustin Cosentino
Public Relations Officer
Tel. (212) 439-8713

Founded in 1959, the Goethe-Institut promotes German language learning and fosters international cultural cooperation between the United States and Germany. We convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on its cultural, social, and political life. Our three downtown locations offer a broad spectrum of cultural events and programs to our local audience, providing a stage in the Big Apple for the German art scene and intercultural exchange.