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Bradley Excels in American Legion Oratorical Competitions

Homestead High School senior Dylan Bradley secured the District title in the American Legion Oratorical Competition and recently competed in the Regional competition at Ripon College in Ripon, WI. Bradley is the first oratorical competitor to represent Mequon-Thiensville in 10 years and accumulated $1,400 in scholarship rewards.

Homestead High School senior Dylan Bradley secured the District title in the American Legion Oratorical Competition and recently competed in the Regional competition at Ripon College in Ripon, WI. Bradley is the first oratorical competitor to represent Mequon-Thiensville in 10 years and accumulated $1,400 in scholarship rewards.

“I first learned about the program following my time at Badger Boys State (a program where participants create their own city, county, and state-level governments), at which I served as the 2019 Governor,” Bradley explained. “As a result of my position, I went on to deliver an address at the State Convention of the American Legion in July 2019. After my speech, I was approached and encouraged to compete in the Oratorical Competition.”

Bradley then went on to write an 8-10 minute speech, which he presented in early December at the American Legion Post on Mequon Road. He won the competition by default, as the only competitor from Mequon-Thiensville. On January 2, 2020, Bradley beat out three other orators in at the county level competition and advanced to the 2nd District Competition at Ho-Chunk Gaming in Wisconsin Dells on January 18. At that event, Bradley bested two other competitors to secure the District Title. While his competitive run ended more quickly than he hoped, Bradley is still able to find the value in his experience. 

“In the end, I’m proud to have won at the county and district levels and I believe the experience has been impactful for me,” Bradley reflected. “My public speaking, writing, and memorizing skills have each improved leaps and bounds.”

After graduation this spring, Bradley plans to study Business and Finance with hopes to pursue a career in investment banking, corporate finance, or as a business executive.

Lorenz Aces the ACT

Homestead High School junior Ben Lorenz scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam. The ACT is a national college entrance exam that tests in the areas of English, reading, math, and science. 

Homestead High School junior Ben Lorenz scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam. The ACT is a national college entrance exam that tests in the areas of English, reading, math, and science. 

Fewer than half of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In 2019, only 4,879 out of nearly 1.8 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

“I was very happy when I learned of my score, and it kind of made my day,” said Lorenz.

At Homestead, Lorenz is involved in swimming and Latin-related activities. He swims nearly year-round at the Schroeder YMCA and at Homestead during the high school season. He is also on the executive board for the Wisconsin Junior Classical League—the student organization for the classics in Wisconsin—and participates in Certamen at the state and national levels. 

“Homestead is proud of Ben for his efforts in the classroom that helped lead him to such an amazing score,” commented Eric Ebert, Homestead High School Interim Principal. “As gifted as a student as he is, though, Ben is as equally good a person, leading his peers in academic discussions, helping support others’ growth in class and serving as a positive role model in our school.”

After graduation, Lorenz plans to attend college and major in physics. 

Klemmer to represent Wisconsin in DC

Isabel Klemmer, senior, has been selected as one of two students from the state of Wisconsin to represent the state as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program in Washington D.C. from March 7-14, 2020.

Homestead High School is pleased to announce that senior Isabel Klemmer has been selected as one of two students from the state of Wisconsin to represent the state as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program in Washington D.C. from March 7-14, 2020. As part of the program, Klemmer will get firsthand experience of the inner workings of our government, in addition to a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies.

Klemmer first took an interest in politics and government in 2016, during her freshman year of high school while enrolled in AP Human Geography at Homestead. She subsequently explored political activities, became highly involved in election events, and engaged in activism.

To be considered as a candidate for the Senate Youth program, a student has to first be nominated by their school. In October 2019, Klemmer worked with Interim Principal Eric Ebert as well as Counselors Kris Besler and Lauren Schaefer to engage in the process of submitting her application which included a resume, letter of recommendation from Homestead, and three essays. In November, Klemmer conducted a phone interview with the program committee and received news of her selection on December 2, 2019, with a public release of the news in January.

Noting a lifelong interest in social studies and extensive international travel with her family, Klemmer has taken a broad range of the social studies courses offered at Homestead. Klemmer is president of Homestead’s National Honor Society, is captain of the policy debate team, and received the Academic All American Award from the National Speech and Debate Association.

“I am excited for the opportunity Isabel has ahead of her,” said Interim Principal Eric Ebert. “Isabel has already engaged in numerous service initiatives while in high school and has a strong interest in public policy. This program will allow her to continue to pursue her passion in a very positive way.”

During her time in Washington D.C., Klemmer hopes to engage and network with other politically active young people, meet with senators and other government officials, and visit Washington’s robust array of museums. Klemmer is grateful for this meaningful recognition of the merit and hard work she’s put forth so far in her impressive academic career.

“I’d like to thank the social studies department at Homestead for instilling in me a strong commitment to social and political awareness; their support and commitment to civic education have been invaluable,” said Klemmer. “This program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage with the political process on a national level, and I can’t wait to experience it with 100 other passionate teenagers from across the country.”

After graduation, Klemmer is looking forward to furthering her education in international relations, possibly at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, to which she has already gained acceptance.

Jake Yasonik Named Finalist in Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020

Homestead High School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District is pleased to announce that Jacob Yasonik has been named a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Owned and produced by the Society for Science & the Public and sponsored by Regeneron, the Science Talent Search focuses on identifying, inspiring and engaging the nation’s most promising young scientists who are creating the ideas that could solve society’s most urgent challenges.

The 2020 finalists were selected from 1,993 highly qualified entrants, all of whom completed an original research project and extensive application process. Earlier this month, the Society and Regeneron named the top 300 scholars. The finalists were selected based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientists and leaders.

“On behalf of Homestead High school, we are genuinely of Jake and this remarkable award,” said Interim Principal Eric Ebert. “Without a doubt, his talents are truly something special and inspiring to other young scientists at Homestead.”

Yasonik’s project involved the development of an artificial intelligence-based system capable of generating and optimizing molecules with pharmaceutical potential “from scratch.” This type of research contrasts with time-consuming “trial and error” techniques and may, one day, help streamline the drug development process. 

Yasonik will travel to Washington, D.C. from March 5-11, 2020, where he will undergo a rigorous judging process and compete for more than $1.8 million in awards. He will also have an opportunity to interact with leading scientists, meet with Members of Congress and display his project to the public on March 8.

“I still can't believe I was named a finalist,” said Yasonik. “Being a part of such storied organizations as the Society for Science & the Public and the Regeneron Science Talent Search means the world; it opens so many doors for me and my research. This wasn't even in my wildest dreams, and I'm so excited to meet the other finalists, the alumni, and everyone else involved.” 

The finalists are each awarded at least $25,000, and the top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000. The top 10 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020 winners will be announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 10. In total, more than $3 million in awards will be distributed throughout the Regeneron Science Talent Search, which includes the awards to finalists as well as the $2,000 provided to each of the top 300 scholars and their schools. 

Scholastic Art Award Winners 2020

Seven Homestead High School students and two Steffen Middle School students collectively received a total of thirteen awards in the recent state Scholastic Art Awards competition.

Congratulations to seven Homestead High School students and two Steffen Middle School students who collectively received a total of thirteen awards in the recent state Scholastic Art Awards competition.

The recognized students receive art instruction from teachers Melinda Plamann, Joshua Hunt, Kat Hustedde, and Katherine Nowak.

Hundreds of artworks by Wisconsin students in grades 7–12 are featured in this annual exhibition that celebrates young talent in the state. Twenty-four visual artists and art professionals carefully selected the works from more than fifteen hundred entries, based on the students’ handling of the materials and the expressive execution of the work.

Students who have been recognized with a Gold or Silver Key Award will be honored in an awards ceremony at the Milwaukee Art Museum on February 8. The Silver Key Award denotes special statewide recognition; artworks receiving a Gold Key Award go on to compete with entries from more than seventy-five other competitions throughout the United States for Silver and Gold Medals awarded at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Scholastic Art Exhibit will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum from February 3-March 18, 2020.

Visit http://bit.ly/2QSupSz to see the winning entries from Homestead High School and Steffen Middle School.

MTSD Scholastic Art Award Winners 2019-20

GOLD KEY

Artist

Grade

School

Artwork Title

Medium

Grace Moll

Grade 12

Homestead High School

“Lace Glove”

Painting

Elizabeth Khomenkov

Grade 12

Homestead High School

“Clock and Skull”

Drawing

Isabella Meyer

Grade 12

Homestead High School

“Tea and Sunflowers”

Drawing

Chloe McCabe

Grade 12

Homestead High School

“Sasha”

Drawing

SILVER KEY

Artist

Grade

School

Artwork Title

Medium

Isabella Meyer

Grade 12

Homestead High School

“Girl Reading”

Digital

Elizabeth Khomenkov

Grade 12

Homestead High School

“Drowning”

Drawing

Therese Giersch

Grade 12

Homestead High School

“Horse”

Drawing

Elizabeth Khomenkov

Grade 12

Homestead High School

“Envy”

Drawing

Cole Hart

Grade 8

Steffen Middle School

“Simple Addition”

Jewelry

HONORABLE MENTION

Artist

Grade

School

Artwork Title

Medium

Chloe McCabe

Grade 12

Homestead High School

“Footnotes”

Drawing

Teah Marks

Grade 12

Homestead High School

“Good Advice”

Drawing

Ellie Doerr

Grade 11

Homestead High School

“Daydream”

Drawing

Anna Harwood

Grade 8

Steffen Middle School

“Love Grows”

Jewelry

 

AP Research holds preliminary showcase

The AP Research class at Homestead held its Preliminary Research Showcase on Monday, Dec. 9. AP Research is an AP Capstone class where senior students explore a topic or problem they are passionate about and contribute their own findings to the existing professional body of research.

The AP Research class at Homestead held its Preliminary Research Showcase on Monday, Dec. 9. AP Research is an AP Capstone class where senior students explore a topic or problem they are passionate about and contribute their own findings to the existing professional body of research.

This class allows students to have a choice in what they want to learn more about. “I want to study criminology in college, and Homestead doesn’t offer many classes that allow me to study it. AP Research has given me the opportunity to study criminals in a way that interests and challenges me,” Cat Seiberlich, senior, said. Through her process, she has had to be granted access to the Radford/FGCU serial killer database. Gabi Martin, senior, has to present her project to the UWM Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) in order to establish that she is conducting ethical research.

“It’s an incredible class for students that have a very specific passion because they get a chance to spend time researching something they really care about. Not many other classes give you an opportunity like this.” Mr. Eric Bauer, AP Seminar teacher, said. Homestead has many classes that have independent aspects, but none reach the level of independence for students that AP Research does.


“I'm hoping to get in touch with pharmaceutical researchers and industry professionals to get an even better view of the current pharmaceutical landscape. Hopefully, my paper can add to other research being done in the field and play a tiny part in advancing our current methods,” Jake Yasonik, senior, said. To conduct research, Yasonik created an artificial intelligence model and fed information from a dataset made by the European Bioinformatics Institute. This dataset consists of millions of molecules along with their properties. Yasonik’s research could impact the way the world and pharmaceutical companies develop drugs, making much more efficient medical advances.


Martin’s goal is “to begin to eliminate mental health disparities between races and make an effort to improve the healthcare system.” This is just the beginning of the student projects' real-world potential.

Four Homestead Students Selected for Wisconsin All-State Honors Orchestra and Band

Four Homestead High School students were recently selected to participate in the Wisconsin All-State Honors Orchestra and Band. Violinists Amy Koo and Antony Rainchik, clarinetist Max Blickman, and flutist Heaven Kim represented Homestead in the Honors Orchestra and Band. 

Four Homestead High School students were recently selected to participate in the Wisconsin All-State Honors Orchestra and Band. Violinists Amy Koo and Antony Rainchik, clarinetist Max Blickman, and flutist Heaven Kim represented Homestead in the Honors Orchestra and Band. 

 

The Wisconsin School Music Association All-State Honors Music Project provides the most skilled and committed high school instrumentalists and vocalists from all across the state the opportunity to come together in June at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for a week of intensive rehearsals with nationally-recognized conductors. 

 

This year, four Homestead students were selected through a competitive audition process for acceptance into this highly selective program. In late October, the ensembles reconvened for a final day of rehearsals and a culminating performance in Madison for the Wisconsin Music Educators Convention.

 

 

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BE MIGHTY

Every month, Homestead's BE MIGHTY board displays the faces of at least 14 students who have demonstrated social responsibility in and out of the classroom. The nominations come from 11 departments and 3 "wildcard" nominations. 

Every month, Homestead's BE MIGHTY board displays the faces of at least 14 students who have demonstrated social responsibility in and out of the classroom. The nominations come from 11 departments and 3 "wildcard" nominations. The link to a clear picture of our first round of BE MIGHTY nominations can be found here: https://sites.google.com/mtsd.k12.wi.us/bemighty/ We are proud of the social responsibility demonstrated by our students on a daily basis! #mightyhighlanders #launchpad

Homestead High School Announces New Head Gymnastics Coach

Betsy Vielgut has been hired by Homestead High School as its new head gymnastics coach.

Betsy Vielgut has been hired by Homestead High School as its new head gymnastics coach.

Coach Vielgut has been involved in gymnastics for over 20 years and brings 10 years of WIAA judging experience.

“It is an honor to be named head coach at Homestead. I have watched their team grow throughout the past five years. I am excited to bring my experience and knowledge of the sport to the program,” said Vielgut. “I look forward to building relationships with the gymnasts and creating a culture that is positive and hardworking.”

Vielgut was a varsity gymnast at Nicolet High School for four years. She qualified to the WIAA State Gymnastics Tournament individually freshman and sophomore year. In addition, she was part of Nicolet’s team that qualified for the WIAA Team State Meet her sophomore, junior and senior years. Vielgut was also a varsity diver at Nicolet, placing 10th at the WIAA State Meet her senior year.

Vielgut has been a WIAA high school gymnastics official for the past ten years. She has judged throughout the North Shore and various other conferences including at invitationals and conference meets.

“I have been passionate about the sport throughout my whole life and have always considered coaching. I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity at Homestead.”

Homestead Announces National Merit Semifinalists

Homestead announces 12 National Merit Semifinalists.  These students have the opportunity to advance to the Finalist level and compete for National Merit Scholarships.

The National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Homestead High School is proud to announce that 12 of its seniors have been named Semifinalists in the 2020 competition. They include Shubhan Mathur, Christopher Panagis, Jackson Rusch, Konnor Raskin, Isabel Klemmer, Zidao Wang, Erin Wei, Megan Carley, Joshua Gottlieb, Andrew Wang, Jacob Yasonik, and Michael Pokorny.

These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of competition.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Students who qualify as Semifinalists based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT are the only program participants who have an opportunity to advance to the Finalist level and compete for National Merit Scholarships. About 7,500 of the outstanding Finalists will be chosen as Merit Scholarship winners in the 2019 competition. Finalists will be announced beginning in April, 2020.

All Merit Scholar designees are chosen on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, religious preference, or family financial circumstances.

Find more information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation at www.nationalmerit.org

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