- to Ethan Giles who was awarded best Vocal Percussionist of the year at the International Championship of High School A Cappella hel in New York City!!! First in the nation!!! click here to see more
- Please congratulate the members of Vocal Point when you see them around. On Friday, April 21st, they performed in the International Championship of High School A Cappella at the Town Hall Theatre in New York City and placed 3rd in the entire country. ‘These kids have worked so hard to accomplish, what seemed to only be a dream. Three rounds and hundreds of groups reduced to the final 9, little old G-E-T finished 3rd. We are the smallest public school to ever appear at Finals and competed against some pretty stiff competition, including some private art schools. The top 3 groups also were given the opportunity to perform at the collegiate competition the next night while the judges calculated the scores. This time they got the chance to sing at the historic Beacon Theatre where singing and stand up greats have performed. Not to mention they got to sing to a sold out 3,000 plus crowd.’ (Ryan Stuempges) All of this happening after they were voted to be the last, wild card group to enter the competition, beating out 8 other groups. Also Ethan Giles was awarded best Vocal Percussionist of the year!!! First in the nation!!! (photo below)Check out this great article from the La Crosse Tribune.
If you would like to see them perform check out their website for dates at www.getvocalpoint.com. They still have a bunch of shows scheduled.
Also Monday, April 24th at 7pm you can catch their interview with Acaville Radio as they sat down the morning after to talk about their experience and epic night. www.acaville.org
- to Fourth graders representing G-E-T: Sawyer Smock, Wyatt Hanson, Halene Dejager, Ben Hansen, Robert Benrud, Braelynn Mueller, Lauren Mulholland, Claire Wagner, Ellie Cox, Brecken Ebersold, Thomas Ziegler, Wesley Olson, and Eric Mattson. On April 20, these fourth grade students presented their Wisconsin Heritage project at the Regional Heritage Fair sponsored by the Mississippi Gifted and Talented Network. Students representing nine nearby schools also presented. Topics varied from beekeeping to Harley Davidson to one room school houses to the Peshtigo Fire.Students also had an opportunity to hear speakers discuss aspects of Wisconsin Heritage. Ellen Kolbo-McDonah discussed her experiences kayaking the length of the Mississippi and finding inspiration as an artist during her adventure. Later in the day, Bree Breckel and Eric Weninger, owners of B & E’s Trees, explained the process of making maple syrup. (photos below)
- to the Forensics Team for a fantastic performance at the state competition!! 19 of our 21 qualifying members competed on Friday and Saturday, April 21 & 22, presenting their best performances all season! Please congratulate the following students:
Gold Medal (6): Roland Kratt-Solo Acting (Humorous), Jasmine Kratt-Storytelling, Diana Dundukova-Poetry, Elaina Kinser-Prose, Sam Schoonover & Mitchel Bergmann-Group Interp
Silver Medal (10): Meranda Bergmann-Group Interp, Olivia Landsom-Group Interp, Michaela Bergmann-Group Interp, Alyssa Teske-Group Interp, Madison Brady-4 Minute, Kathryn Hage-Farrago, Natalee Dixon-Special Occasion, Megan Larson-Farrago, Blake Johnson-Oratory, Zoe Lavender-Prose
Bronze Medal (3): Kari Olson-Farrago, Skyla McGrane-Poetry, Aidan McCluskey-Prose
- Congratulations to Vocal Point and Ryan Stuempges!! 2017 #ICHSA Wild Card winners. Vocal Point is going to 2017 ICHSA Finals in NYC.#ischafinals. After submitting their wildcard video, Vocal Point was crowned the International Championship of High School A Cappella Wildcard Winner which advances them to the ICHSA Finals on April 21st in New York City joining 8 other groups from all over the U.S.! This competition is the exact competition from the hit movie “Pitch Perfect” only the high school version. They are now 1 of only 9 groups left in the country, competing for ICHSA Champion!!!
- to the 37 High School Band students who performed at the WSMA District Solo and Ensemble Contest in Class A and advanced to the State competition on May 6. This includes 12 Solos, 7 Duets, Trios or Quartets, The Saxophone Choir and the Jazz Band. Good Luck to these talented hard working students as they prepare for their State appearance.
- to our robotics team who competed in April in multiple events. Bjorn won the open competition – he converted 5vdc into 120vac using a relay and wrote a program for a light bulb the blink using Morse Code. Runners up included Tyler and Jake in Dead Reckoning, Sam in the Maze as well as Bjorn, Torin, and Sam in Blind Navigation. (photos below)
to our FCCLA chapter. They returned from the WI FCCLA State Competition today with 12 silver and 19 gold medals. Seven students earned $1,000 scholarships! We also have 14 of those students who are national qualifiers! (photos below) It was an amazing trip with lots of success! If you see these students, please join me in congratulating them!
to Ben Filla’s winning Environmental Day t-shirt design at Ettrick Elementary.
to 4th and 5th grade art classes at Ettrick Elementary who entered into a design contest for the Ettrick Rod and Gun Club 2017 membership button. Congratulations to 5th grader, Ellie. Her winning entry was chosen among several designs. Gary Gunderson, a member of Ettrick Rod and Gun Club, presented Ellie with a button and a gift certificate to Michaels Arts and Crafts Store. (photo below)
to the 2017 Prom Court. Chloe Amoth, Kamren Auer, Rileigh Campbell, Megan Cook, Asia Parkhurst, Hannah Ratajczek, Madison Schmidt, MaKenna Vetsch, Lucas Bahnub, Ben Behan, Cole Johnson, Kevin Kriesel, Nathan Riehle, Tyler Scherr, Blake Thiesse, Chris Thompson.
to the G-E-T High School Band students who were nominated and accepted into the Luther College Dorian Honor Band Festival. Eleven G-E-T Band students were accepted including McKenzie M., Kari O., Nicole J., Zoe L. Derek D., Madison B., Ruben C. and Luke S. New this year at the festival, students who wished to be placed in the top, elite Symphonic Band had to send in a recorded audition. Congratulations go to three G-E-T students, Anna L., Jayne E. and Nic P. who all earned the honor of being placed in the top group. G-E-T was well represented at this prestigious event. (photos below)
to the entire Forensics Team on advancing to State! 18 entries and 21 students went to the District Competition, and all will advance to the State Competition in April!! Please take the time to congratulate them on their hard work and amazing performances. We are very excited to be taking everyone…again! Storytelling-Jasmine Kratt Farrago-Kathryn Hage * Megan Larson * Kari Olson * Ruben Cooksey Group Interp-Olivia Landsom * Meranda Bergmann * Michaela Bergman * Alyssa Teske * Sam Schoonover & Mitchel Bergmann Four Minute-Madison Brady Oratory-Blake Johnson Special Occassion-Natalee Dixon Poetry-Skyla McGrane * Diana Dundukova Prose-Zoe Lavender * Aidan McCluskey * Elaina Kinser Radio Speaking-Davis Wenthe Solo Acting-Roland Kratt
eight middle school students who attended the LEGO Robotics Challenge at CESA in West Salem. Throughout the day, students worked on engineering, creativity, and problem-solving skills using the LEGO MindStorms EV3 kits. While doing so, they completed two team challenges that required them to design and program the robot to complete speciKic tasks. Students pictured: Alexis M., Elsie M., Ryan C., Lukas W., Alexis W., Nadia W., Renee C., and Derrell W. (photo below)
to Middle school students who recently had an opportunity to participate in the Mississippi Valley Gifted and Talented Network’s bridge building workshop. Students had to construct bridges from balsa wood using science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Eighth grade students in STEM Club participated in the event. (photo below)
to four G-E-T Middle School students who competed at the MATHCOUNTS chapter competition at UW-La Crosse on Friday, February 3rd. The team consisted of 7th graders Lance J. and Caleb L. and 8th graders Tori A. and Ben H. They competed against 36 other students from Kive different schools. All students competed at an incredibly high level and Caleb L. took fourth place overall earning him a trip to state!
The Art classes at Ettrick Elementary all helped to make 16 beautiful fleece blankets for the Trempealeau County Linus Project on Make A Blanket Day, Feb. 16th. Blankets are given to kids that are sick, hurt, gone through fires, etc. Last year the Trempealeau County Linus Project gave away 749 blankets. Thank you to Thrivent Financial for providing the money for the fleece. Thanks to Sandy Ravnum and Barb Longwell for helping Mrs. Byom pick out the fleece and lay the pieces together. Also, thanks to Dale Anderson for cleaning the gym floor before and after the project. The Ettrick Elementary students hope that the blankets put a smile on faces and give a warm hug to kids going through a rough time. (photo below)
to our students. The Mississippi Valley Gifted and Talented Network hosted a new event for schools in the area to match their top students against one another in a Vocabulary Showdown. Interested students in each elementary and at the middle school qualified and took part in teams based on individual performances. Students were then combined into groups and represented our district in the regional contest. Students competed online and submitted their answers electronically with updated team scores after each round. Each round had a different vocabulary focus including analogies, synonyms, and antonyms. Out of eleven middle school teams competing in the area, G-E-T Middle School took the top two places. Ben Hirschboeck, Mikayla Wright, Tori Applin, and Brianna Hilton placed first. Elijah Sorenson, Christian Spitzmacher, Lucy Jumbeck, and Mason Dixon placed second. Out of eight elementary teams competing, G-E-T placed first and third. Myles Marley, Amy Hein, Reece Rommel, and Morgan Auman placed first. Jefferson North, Nick Puent, and Taylor Haney placed third. Congratulations for representing our district so well!
to Vocal Point on advancing to the ICHSA Semi-final in Chicago on March 3rd. They are now 1 of 64 groups left in the entire country competing for a spot at Finals in NYC in April! Along with advancing to Chicago, Vocal Point also received ALL of the top individual awards as well. Ethan Giles won best Vocal Percussion of the night, McKenzie Mahlum won best soloist, and Alanna Peters won best choreography.
- to the 2016-17 Wisconsin Athletic Service Award goes out to an outstanding community member and his contributions to Red Hawk athletics. This year’s award winner is a former Red Hawk Alumni that has spent countless hours supporting our teams. From being seen at sporting events to supporting our booster club, this man has been a rock for G-E-T athletics. We can’t thank him enough. Congratulations Tim Hovell! (photo below)
- to the High School Solo & Ensemble participants. Way to go students! There were 50 High School events that performed including instrumental and choral solos and small ensembles. The results are listed below!
Class B – 14 – Firsts * 3 – Seconds
Class A – 17 – First advancing to State * 7 – Firsts * 3 – SecondsEvery Class A Band event has advanced to the State Contest.There is another district level Solo and Ensemble on April 1 when another group of our high school musicians will be performing.
- to the Middle School participants in the Solo & Ensemble festival held at the G-E-T High School on Sat., Feb. 11. We had 13 vocal and 2 instrumental students participate in 15 events. Out of those events, five received a Rating of 2 and nine received a Rating of 1, a wonderful accomplishment. We also want to congratulate Spencer Solberg, who performed a class A vocal solo and received a “Starred First”, meaning he will go on to perform at the WSMA State solo/ensemble event in May. The Middle School also took 39 events to Whitehall Middle School Solo & Ensembles on January 28. Results: 2 events received a rating of III, 5 received a II rating and 32 received a I rating. We can be very proud that our Middle School vocal and band students prepared and performed with confidence. Thank you for “letting your music talents shine” in representing our school.
- to Trempealeau Elementary’s Battle of the Books 2017 Team who will represent Trempealeau Elementary this year in the online state battle. The members of the team are: Ava Roessler, Amelia Schmuck, Morgan Auman, Reyna Garcia, Quinn O’Neill. They will be competing on February 22nd. Wish them luck!
- to Ettrick’s Battle of the Books 2017 Team who will represent Ettrick this year in the online state battle. The members of the team are: Nathanael Sorenson, Gunner Johnson, Ben Filla, Oliver Remus. They will be competing on February 22nd. Wish them luck!
- the Mississippi Valley Gifted and Talented Network who hosted a new event for students to match top students against one another in a Vocabulary Showdown. Interested students in each elementary and at the middle school took part and qualified for teams based on individual performances. These students were then combined into groups and represented our district in the regional contest. Feb. 7th, students competed online and submitted their answers electronically with updated team scores after each round. Each round had a different vocabulary focus including analogies, synonyms, and antonyms. Out of eleven area middle school teams competing, G-E-T Middle School took the top two places. Ben Hirschboeck, Mikayla Wright, Tori Applin, and Brianna Hilton placed first. Elijah Sorenson, Christian Spitzmacher, Lucy Jumbeck, and Mason Dixon placed second. Out of eight elementary teams competing, G-E-T placed first and third. Myles Marley, Amy Hein, Reece Rommel, and Morgan Auman placed first. Jefferson North, Nick Puent, and Taylor Haney placed third. Congratulations for representing our district so well!
- on Fri., Jan. 20th, 35 G-E-T FCCLA students competed at regional competition in La Crosse. They competed in many STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition Areas) to include: Leadership, Life Event Planning, Nutrition and Wellness, Recycle and Redesign, and more. The group was very successful with 21 Gold, 10 Silver and 4 Bronze Awards. Congratulations to these chapter members on their hard work, dedication and leadership! They will move on to the state level FCCLA Competition on April 3-5, in Wisconsin Dells.
- good things are happening in Mr. Kamrowski’s History classroom. Check it out here.
- to Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District and Schools on their 2015-16 exceptional DPI Report Cards! (January 2017 District Newsletter)
- to JV High Quiz Bowl! The JV High Quiz Bowl team that consists of Luke Sill, Bjorn Mortenson, Skyla McGrane and Coleton Franzen defeated Stratford tonight in a stunning 120 to 70 point match to clinch the JV High Quiz Bowl Championship title.
- to District SkillsUSA participants! On Dec 6th the SkillsUSA students competed against 8 district schools in the area. G-E-T’s SkillsUSA members did a phenomenal job. Zach Ties placed 1st in Carpentry, Lee Capouch placed 1st in Automotive Repair, Al Stevens placed 1st in Power Equipment and Bjorn Mortenson, Logan Kwasnieski and Clayton Solberg placed 1st in Team Engineering. In addition, Hannah Erickson placed 2nd and Skylair Deitrick 3rd in Power Equipment. Other members that competed were Austyn Burt, Aspen Johnson, Austin Zieglar, Nate Shield, Matt Stevens and Andrew Rolbiecki. This was the most successful G-E-T has been at the district level in years. Congratulations!
- Congratulations, Mr. Stuempges, WKBT December Top Notch Teacher! Congratulations on being recognized for what our district already knew – that you are Top Notch!
- to Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School (Brenda Gauchel, director) who was awarded $375 to underwrite the costs of the second annual Red Hawk Jazz Festival that the G-E-T Jazz Band will sponsor for smaller schools in their area.
- In November, the Madison Jazz Society awarded grants totaling $5,150 from its School Grant Fund to music programs in thirteen Wisconsin schools. The grants are funding jazz centered programs designed to help students learn about and perform jazz. Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School Band (Brenda Gauchel, director) was awarded $375 to underwrite the costs of the second annual Red Hawk Jazz Festival that the G-E-T Jazz Band will sponsor for smaller schools in their area. (excerpt from January 2017 District Newsletter)