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News & Notes: May 1

May 1, 2012

Students qualify for national business competition

Germantown - Five Germantown High School students qualified for the National Future Business Leaders of America competition scheduled for this summer in San Antonio.

The students placed first or second in the state competition in La Crosse this past week. Elizabeth Strehlow took first place in state in advanced accounting and Nick Dunlap placed second in personal finance. The team of Jordan Gunnelson, Scott Johnson and Mike Weber placed second in state in global business.

School Board roles are reorganized

Germantown - With some new faces on the Germantown School Board, board members voted Monday to reorganize their roles.

Bob Soderberg was voted in as the new board president, a position that was previously held by board member Lester Spies. Sarah Larson, who was elected in April, is the new vice president. Michael Loth, who is also new to the School Board, will take up responsibilities as treasurer and Diana Kline was voted in as clerk.

High school business team places third at state

Menomonee Falls - The team of Dan Weggen, Sierra Wilson and Paul Heitman made school history.

The team took third place in state in the Junior Achievement Business Challenge State Competition, the best-ever finish for Menomonee Falls High School.

They competed against 25 other high schools statewide and 66 other students in the competition. The Junior Achievement Business Challenge is a virtual simulation where students take on the role of corporate business leaders where they make decisions that affect the profitability and sustainability of their virtual companies and attempt to outperform their competitors in profit, sales and market share. They set prices, determine production levels, invest in capital, and plan marketing and research and development budgets to steer their business to succeed over all others.

Cornerstone Bank schedules shredding day

Menomonee Falls - Cornerstone Community Bank is hosting a shredding day from 2 to 4 p.m. May 7 at its Menomonee Falls location, N91 W17231 Appleton Ave.

The public is encouraged to drop off unwanted documents for shredding to guard against identity theft, help the environment, eliminate clutter and assist a community group.

A goodwill offering will be collected for the Best Buddies chapters at Grafton High School, Nicolet High School and Menomonee Falls High School during the event. Also, all are welcome to stop in the bank lobby during the shred event to enter to win a paper shredder.

High school freshman wins empowerment award

Menomonee Falls - Menomonee Falls High School Freshman C.J. Cahala won the Youth Empowerment Award from Adaptive Adventures at a documentary screening in Illinois last week.

The freshman hasn't let cerebral palsy interfere with his passion for outdoor sports, namely snowboarding and has taken on opportunities to mentor other individuals with disabilities in enjoying the sport.

More than 350 people attended the event and saw the Chicago Premiere of "The Movement." After the film, guests participated in a Q&A with the filmmaker, Kurt Miller and Matt Feeney, one of the film's athletes and co-founder of Adaptive Adventures. Ten recently injured veterans were honored for their commitment to rehabilitate through sports, as were the Chicago Blackhawks, who were awarded the Freedom Through Sports award for their commitment to support adaptive sports groups in the Chicago area.

Fueled by the success of this event, Adaptive Adventures expects to serve more than 1,200 individuals this year to learn to ski, kayak, cycle and water-ski.

Choir students compete for music scholarship

Menomonee Falls - A dozen Menomonee Falls High School choir students competed for a $150 music scholarship at the Evening of Stars Recital last week.

They earned the honor of performing at the recital by receiving a high rating at the district solo and ensemble in March.

Jon Turner, a sophomore, was chosen for the scholarship with his performance of "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera. Turner joins two band students and one orchestra student in winning scholarships last month.

Danny Schwalbach on trombone won a $200 scholarship for his performance of Stejpan Sulek's Sonata (Vox Gabrieli), and junior Allison Wang was awarded a $200 scholarship for her performance of Beethoven's Sonata, op. 2, no. 3 on piano.

Sophomore orchestra member Alex Volk earned a $100 scholarship for being named top string performer at the Evening of Stars. He performed two movements of Sonata in g minor by Henry Eccles.

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