Prescott Student Feature
Celebrating our students - because they deserve it!
 
CLASS OF 2019 - TOP TEN STUDENTS
NAME: Madelynne Stites (Valedictorian)    
PARENTS: Brian Stites & Kristi Charles
COLLEGE: UW-Eau Claire
MAJOR: Nursing

 
NAME: Allison Murphy (Salutatorian)    
PARENTS: Ron & Katie Murphy
COLLEGE: UW-La Crosse
MAJOR: Undecided

 
NAME: Sydney Benck    
PARENTS: Eugene & Andrea Benck
COLLEGE: UW-Madison
MAJOR: Business

 
NAME: Mackenzie Carey    
PARENTS: Steve & Barb Carey
COLLEGE: St. Mary’s
MAJOR: Pre-Sonography

 
NAME: Morgan Chesney    
PARENTS: Chris & Mary Chesney    
COLLEGE: Puget Sound
MAJOR: Entrepreneur

 
         
NAME: Karin Geerdes    
PARENTS: John & Cynthia Geerdes
COLLEGE: Undecided
MAJOR: Psychology

 
NAME: Jena Heinsch    
PARENTS: Robert & Bobbie Heinsch
COLLEGE: UW-La Crosse
MAJOR: Undecided

 
NAME: Laura Pryor    
PARENTS: William & Ruth Pryor
COLLEGE: UW-Eau Claire
MAJOR: Computer Science

 
NAME: Nolan Rohl    
PARENTS: Joe & Stephanie Rohl
COLLEGE: UW-River Falls
MAJOR: Pre- Engineering

 
NAME: Carson Stenroos    
PARENTS: Tina Stenroos & Jeff Stenroos
COLLEGE: Davidson College
MAJOR: Mathematics
 

May 10, 2019  
Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Essay Winner


Karlee Wall, fourth grade student at Malone Intermediate School, was presented with a 2nd place award on Friday, May 10, 2019 for her submission in the 2019 Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Essay contest.  Karlee wrote a winning narrative about a day at a Farmer’s Market.  Fourth Grade students in Cardinal Time Reading Extensions worked for about a month crafting their 100-300 word essay entries for the annual contest.  Representatives from the Wisconsin and Pierce County Farm Bureaus came to Malone Intermediate School to honor Karlee and share cheese sticks with her classmates.  Karlee’s family joined the celebration. Congratulations Karlee!  





April 29, 2019
National Current Events League


The 5th grade National Current Events League team received an award for being 3rd in the Nation!  

Students were chosen for this team to represent Malone Intermediate School by scoring in the top ten at the beginning of the school year on the National Current Events League test.  Their scores for 4 quizzes throughout the year were combined and compiled into a team score.  Out of several teams across the entire nation, our team scored 3rd!  Congratulations!



April 26, 2019
5th Grade Math Masters 2019


On Friday, April 26, 2019, sixteen 5th grade students represented Prescott in the Regional Math Masters Competition at St. Croix Central Middle School in Hammond.  Students were chosen based on a preliminary test given in school and practiced in Extensions Class before going to the competition. The students showed excellent character, perseverance, and mathematical ability as they competed against 104 students from Lakeside, Barron, E.P.Rock, Durand/Arkansaw, River Crest, Willow River, St. Mary, north Hudson, Riverview, Osceola, and Amery.  The contest lasted the entire morning and consisted of eight rounds: a Fact Drill Round, three Individual Rounds, a Tiebreaker Round, and 3 Team Rounds.

Math Masters competitions are designed to promote excellence in critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities as well as provide recognition to students for academic effort and achievement.  Contestants received prizes both individually and as a team. 

Jackson Matzek received a ribbon for coming in 8th place (out of 104) in the Fact Drill!  Congratulations Jackson and congratulations to all of the contestants!


April 16, 2019
The Prescott High School Forensics team had an excellent showing at the state tournament this team with 13 gold medals and 6 silver medals. In terms of overall team production this would be like taking home a gold ball in Basketball. 

In addition, the team learned that they earned the State Excellence in Speech Award.
(an expert from the offical press release from the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association)
"Nineteen Wisconsin high schools received the highest recognition at the recent State Speech Festival in Madison. The Wisconsin High School Forensic Association held its 124th annual event on the campus of UW-Madison. This past weekend, approximately 4,200 students from 340 high schools across the state participated. Students had to advance from two qualifying level contests to perform at the State contest, which is one of the largest in the country.

Judges rated each student or performing group, and the top five percent of schools are recognized with Excellence in Speech Awards, with the school and teacher each presented with a plaque. This year, 19 schools earned this honor.

“Students in our academic sport practice long hours to hone their skills and meet expectations upon which they will be judged,” said WHSFA Executive Director Adam Jacobi. “These schools represent consistent performance across a variety of contest events at our festival and should be lauded for their performance.”


April 5, 2019

The best and the brightest of the Middle Border Conference were showcased at the annual Middle Border Conference Scholar-Athlete banquet this week. Each of the eight MBC member schools selects a top senior male and female scholar-athlete to be recognized at this banquet. The keynote speaker for the banquet was former Prescott School Board president, Mark Helmer.


Prescott's honorees for the MBC Scholar Athlete award were Carson Stenroos and Allie Murphy. "Carson and Allie are both proven, positive leaders in our school and we are extremely proud of their accomplishments", comments Prescott Athletic Director, Matt Smith.

March 30, 2019
Destination Imagination 2019 - Three Teams Qualify for State


Prescott sent seven talented Destination Imagination teams to the Regional Tournament in Hudson on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The teams had spent several months preparing a presentation to challenge their problem solving skills, creativity, and teamwork for their Main Challenge as well as practicing improvisational skills for their Instant Challenge. Prescott was represented by 36 students ranging in age from Kindergarten to Eighth grade this year who competed with a total of 80 teams from 15 different school districts.  

The Kindergarten and 1st Grade students created and presented a story that combined elements of both fiction and nonfiction. They created in interactive, life-size pop-up book to help tell their story for the Rising Stars Challenge. Team Managers for Rising Stars were Mille Kiefer and Annika Meyer.  







“The Video Gamers”, a first and second grade group coached by Sarah Markert, performed in the Technical Challenge as well as in an Instant Challenge. Their task was to design and build an aircraft that takes off, flies, lands, and delivers a team-created payload. They also created and presented a story about one or more characters exploring a remote place.






There were two Prescott teams in the Service Learning category, titled “Escape Artists.”  They participated in a their Service Learning Challenge as well as an Instant Challenge. Each team identified, designed, and carried out a project that addressed a need in a real community. They created and theatrically presented a story that builds suspense about characters who attempt an escape.  They were required to integrate information about the project through clues that helped the characters attempt to escape. The “K9 Dream Team” coached by Penny Peterson raised money and awareness for the proposed canine unit in the Prescott Police Department. Chris Lamb and Woodson Lynes helped their team “KAGAM” to raise funds for bee and pollinator gardens at Freedom Park.  

The “K9 Dream Team” had success in their Instant Challenge and finished the competition in 1st place!  Their competitors, “KAGAM” came in as a strong 2nd place.  Both teams will be competing in the State DI Competition on April 13 in Green Bay!  

 
The K9 Dream Team:
Ayla Peterson, Anne Markert, Grayson Anderson, and Josephine Gaunitz
Team KAGAM:
Anya Lynes, Abbey Lamb, Grace Foy, Kennedy Holub, and Maddison Middleton

The “Eiatlea” team, managed by Jeff Berg and Mandy Haessly participated in the Scientific Medical Mystery Challenge and in an Instant Challenge. They researched the human body and medical conditions that affect it.  They also created and presented a story, and designed and built a representation that shows the medical mystery and at least one symptom. With a strong Instant Challenge score and a great performance, Team “Eiatlea” tied for 2nd place in their category.  They will compete again at the State DI Competition on April 13 in Green Bay.

Team Eiatlea: Si Hanson, Matt Haessly, Nora Boles, Talli Roth, Zachariah Ogren, Cayden Johnson, and Emelia Berg

One Middle School team took on the Improvisational Challenge from Prescott this year.  The “Da Dino Mite (Goes Boom!!)” team, coached by Kjurstin Langer and Susan Herr, made audience laugh as they incorporated their research on historical figures found on coins from around the world in an improvisational skit that included a tale and changes between comedy and tragedy.  They also participated in an Instant Challenge.  

Da Dino Mite (Goes Boom!!) Team:
Caden Peterson, William Markert, Cooper Langer, Jocelyn Billeter, Sydney Herr, and Caroline Foy





The DI Middle School Team, “Game of Arts”, coached by Jessica Tromberg and Kathy Licht used their Fine Arts skills as they created and presented a story that integrated research of a team-selected game.  They also created and presented a game gizmo that caused an action or event to occur and a container that went through a transformation, including a technical element.  In addition, they were given an Instant Challenge.   
 
The Game of Arts Team: Ken Ryan, Isabelle Metz, Brianna Tromberg, Hailey Murphy, and Jordan Mann





March 29, 2019
Future Problem Solvers Scenario Writing 

Creative writers in 5th - 7th  grade students worked hard to create a Scenario Writing piece that met the requirements of the Future Problem Solvers of Wisconsin criteria.  By choosing one of 5 topics and writing a futuristic scenario in under 1500 words, students enthralled judges with their detailed and intriguing stories in the WI Future Problem Solvers Scenario Writing Competition.  Seventh grade students Mikayla Anderson, Rebecca Heinze, and fifth grade student Makaria Haas were chosen to represent Prescott in the written competition.

Writer Makaria Haas was then chosen by the judges to move on to the FPS State Bowl Team Scenario Writing Competition for her story titled “Broken and Lost.”  She will be honored at the State Bowl by carrying a banner in the opening ceremonies, participating in writing workshops, and meeting with other talented writers in a three day conference April 11-13, 2019 in Green Lake, Wisconsin.  Congratulations to Makaria!  

Friday, March 29
2019 State Literary Competition

Malone Intermediate School students took part in Mary Jo Nettesheim State Literary Competition sponsored by the Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society recently.  To enter, they submitted an original personal narrative or fictional story that was under 600 words.  They were judged on Story Elements, Creativity, Originality, and Mechanics.  In a tight competition of very talented writers, two 5th grade student were chosen to represent Malone Intermediate School at the state level by attending a banquet in Barron, WI on April 2, 2019.  Nora Boles delighted readers with her story titled “In the Spotlight” and Makaria Haas showed her writing abilities in her story titled “Broken”.  Congratulations to these talented writers!



Friday, March 15, 2019
Prescott Senior Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award


Prescott, WI- Jena Heinsch, 17, of Prescott, a student at Prescott High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
    
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Prescott High School nominated Jena for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service. While Jena volunteered for several different organizations, one of the highlights of her application was the many hours she spent tutoring other students at the high school. She has volunteered at the school for the past three years, helping numerous students. 

“Jena’s willingness to give up her time to help others students played a significant role in the success of those students, but also helped those students gain confidence in themselves,” said Prescott School Counselor Steve Peterson. “”Her empathy, as well as her encouraging, positive attitude really stand out.” 

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.
    
“Across the United States, young volunteers are doing remarkable things to contribute to the well-being of the people and communities around them,” said Prudential CEO Charles Lowrey. “Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these students, and we hope their stories inspire other to volunteer, too.”
    
“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”
    
Prudential Spirit of Community Award application details were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and Affiliates of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network. These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting President’s Volunteer Service Awards, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.

March 13, 2019
National Current Events League
Malone Intermediate School


Fourth and fifth grade students at Malone Intermediate School have been busy studying current events this year for the National Current Events League (NCEL)!  Over the course of the year, participants took 4 difficult current events quizzes. The scores of all four tests were totaled to determine the winner for the school.  Donavin ward came in 3rd place, Emelia Berg came in 2nd place, and Liam Haeg was 1st! Congratulations!


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY from the Prescott High School a capella choir! They serenaded the High School office staff this morning!
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February 14, 2019
National Spelling Bee 2018-19
Malone Intermediate School and Prescott Middle School


In the Final Round of the National Spelling Bee at Malone Intermediate School, nine talented spellers battled it out for the title of “Spelling Bee Champion” on February 13, 2019.  Ella Brantner, Cole Powers,and Sophia Lazarenko made it to the Championship Round where Ella took 1st place, Cole took 2nd place, and Sophia took 3rd place.  Ella is invited to represent Malone Intermediate in the Regional Spelling Bee in Baldwin on February 20, 2019.

At the Prescott Middle School, seven students battled it out in the Final Round of the National Spelling Bee on February 13, 2019.  Alayna Allsop, Grace Ryan, and Henry Rohl moved on to the Championship Round where Alayna took 1st place, Grace came in 2nd place, and Henry ended in 3rd place. Alayna is eligible to represent Prescott Middle School in the Regional Spelling Bee in Baldwin on February 20, 2019.  

Congratulations to these great spellers!




February 6, 2019
National Geography Bee 2018-19
Malone Intermediate School and Prescott Middle School

Following a tight competition, 3 students pulled ahead in the Final Round of the Geography Bee at Malone Intermediate School on February 6, 2019.  Miles Malm (4th grade) took 3rd place and Braden Willmarth (3rd grade) came in 2nd place. Fifth grader, Jackson Matzek is the new Malone Intermediate School Champion! Congratulations!


At the Prescott Middle School, students battled it out in the Final Round of the Geography Bee on February 8, 2019.  Alayna Allsop (7th grade) took 3rd place.  Rian Engeldinger (8th grade) took 2nd place and Daniel Bowgren (8th grade) won the school championship in 1st place.  Congratulations!





January 28, 2019  
Pierce County Speaking Contest PR


Prescott Students had a spectacular night at the 2019 Pierce County Conservation and Environmental Awareness Speaking Contest.  Seven students from Malone Intermediate School and Prescott Middle School expertly shared their knowledge of land and water conservation issues in front of an audience and in front of judges.  The panel of judges expressed that the students educated the audience with great research on current conservation issues and entertaining gestures. All competitors for the evening received a trophy, certificate, and passes to the Pierce County Fair courtesy of  the Pierce County Land Conservation Department.

Prescott competitors in the Elementary category (5th and 6th grade) presented 3-5 minute speeches.  Ken Ryan and Sophia Kapsh tied for 4th place with their speeches titled “Gypsy Moth Dilemma” and “Trees that Could be Endangered in Pierce County” respectively.  Will Markert placed third with his presentation on “White-Nosed Syndrome for Northern Long-Eared Bats.” Second place went to Cooper Langer for his speech, “Eurasian Milfoil.”  First Place in the Elementary Division for Pierce County was awarded to fifth grader, Nora Boles, for her speech titled “Taking Soil Erosion by the Roots.”

Representing Prescott in the Junior Division (5-7 minute speeches), and competing for their 3rd time, were Prescott Middle School 7th graders Jamie Fortney and Chloe Heldman. Jamie’s speech, “Battle of the Wetlands” earned her a 2nd place trophy.  The Pierce County Junior Division First Place award went to Chloe for her presentation titled “Pesticides.”

Chloe Heldman and Nora Boles  will move on to represent Pierce County  at the regional tournament in Eau Claire on February 11, 2009.    Congratulations on a great night!


January 2, 2019
PRESCOTT STUDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL COLLEGE MATCH SCHOLARSHIP

 
Prescott senior, Carson Stenroos, received an impressive gift in December.  After a flurry of research and a grueling submission process in this season of college and scholarship applications, his hard work truly paid off. Carson recently learned that he received a National College Match Scholarship through QuestBridge for his top college choice, Davidson College in North Carolina.
 
The QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship is a very competitive nationwide award based on high academic achievement and financial qualifications.  In 2018, 6,507 finalists were chosen from over 16,000 applicants.  Typical finalists rank in the top 5-10% of their class and are among the first generation in their family to attend college. This year, 1,044 finalists were selected as College Match Scholarship Recipients at the 40 college partners, with a total of 15 students matched to Davidson. This full four-year college scholarship provides a loan-free opportunity to eligible recipients, including tuition, books, room, and board. 
 
“We are very proud of Carson’s accomplishments and this award is truly an opportunity for his continued success,” noted his mom, Tina.
 
Carson’s application process started in March when he earned a College Prep Scholar Award.  He was one of approximately 4,000 chosen from 11,600 applicants for that award, which earned him an invitation to attend a National College Admissions Conference at Yale University on July 1st.  There he learned about the application process for the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship and had the opportunity to visit with representatives from all 40 partner schools. 
 
On the way back home from Yale, Carson’s family recognized the incredible opportunity through the scholarship and made a couple of detours to visit the Univ. of Virginia, Duke (NC), Davidson (NC), Vanderbilt (TN), Univ. of Washington St Louis, Grinnell (IA), and Carleton (MN).  Carson worked on his application diligently for almost 3 months and submitted it at the end of September.  As a finalist in October, he could rank up to 12 schools for application consideration.  Carson included all of the schools from his road trip, plus Macalester (MN) and Colorado College.  Required supplemental essays and other documents were submitted by November. Finalists are only notified of the school highest in their ranking that offers them the scholarship.  The exciting news came on December 3rd when Carson learned he was accepted and received a scholarship to his number one ranked Davidson College in North Carolina.
 
Before the winter break, Carson was recognized by School Counselor, Steve Peterson, as part of a high school assembly.  Mr. Peterson noted that, “This scholarship award is a reflection on the importance of diligence, responsibility, and hard work that really paid off for Carson.”  

“We are very proud of this outcome for a Prescott student,” added Principal Fiege.

Along with Carson’s academic strength, he participates in football, basketball, and baseball.  He serves as Student Council President, works a part-time job and enjoys spending time with his grandpa hunting deer and bear in northern Wisconsin. 
 
For more information about QuestBridge, visit www.questbridge.org.