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Matt Wolf holding two football awards

This award recognizes a high school coach who exemplifies the Marine Corps motto: Semper Fidelis -
“Always Faithful” - and who models the Marine Corps leadership values of honor, courage, and
commitment.

Homestead High School is proud to announce that Defensive Coordinator Matt Wolf is a recipient of the United States Marine Corps’ Semper Fi Coach Award. This award recognizes a high school coach who exemplifies the Marine Corps motto: Semper Fidelis - “Always Faithful” - and who models the Marine Corps leadership values of honor, courage, and commitment.

Wolf has been a teacher and coach at Homestead High School since 2001. Throughout his Homestead coaching career, Wolf has been in 18 conference championships, 20 playoff appearances, 11 final four appearances, and was a state championship finalist in 2007 and 2021. His accomplishments also include helping win five state championships in 2006, 2008,
2012, 2015, 2018, being named North Shore Conference Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013, 2015, and 2018, and South East Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2018.

“The most fulfilling thing about coaching is the preparation and growth that goes into being successful each year,” said Wolf, “I love being with the guys every day and watching them grow
as they continue the traditions of the players before them. There is no feeling like looking back and seeing where you started and how far you have come together as a team.”

According to a release provided by the Marine Corps, a Semper Fi Coach is a coach who creates a legacy of intentional leadership. Wolf is credited with “building a lasting tradition through his selfless commitment to his team and community - his character and actions speak louder than anything else.”

In addition to his tenure as a football coach, since 2016 Wolf has held the position of Academic and Career Coordinator for MTSD and took on the role of co-head coach for the 2020-2021 school year with fellow Homestead teacher and current head football coach Drake Zortman. Wolf is also involved with the Mequon-Thiensville Rotary, recently concluding his presidency of the rotary’s Sunrise Club.

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PHoto of Ben Wynn

The Homestead High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce that
Ben Wynn has been named as head coach for the girls’ swim team.

The Homestead High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Ben Wynn has been named as head coach for the girls’ swim team.

Wynn comes to Homestead with four years of coaching experience at Cedarburg High School as the JV swim coach for both girls and boys. He has been a part of three JV conference
championships and has had swimmers participate at varsity conferences, sectionals, and state levels.

"I look forward to helping build upon the strong tradition that Homestead has and am excited to help the student-athletes achieve their individual and team goals," said Wynn.

Coach Wynn has ties to the Northshore Conference, as he grew up in Glendale, WI, and attended Nicolet High School. After high school, he attended Wright State where he competed
on the men's swim team for one year and then finished the final three years of his education and collegiate swim career at UW-Whitewater. Coach Wynn currently teaches math at Cedarburg
High School.

“We are excited to have Coach Wynn join our coaching team,” said Homestead Athletic Director Erich Hinterstocker. “I'm confident that his wealth of experience and previous successes in
swimming will prove beneficial to the girls this fall season."

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Summe Concert Poster

Students will play alongside musicians from Shorewood High School in the first non-professional concert appearance in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s new facility.

Advanced orchestra students from Homestead High School in Mequon, WI and Shorewood High School will join together for a special performance at the new Bradley Symphony Center on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. The acclaimed Philomusica String Quartet and noted pianist Stefanie Jacob will also appear as performers in this concert. The public is warmly invited to attend this event, which will be led by conductors John Emanuelson (Homestead) and Karen Frink (Shorewood).


“We are honored to be the first non-professional orchestra to perform in Milwaukee’s newest and finest concert hall,” Emanuelson stated. “We reached out to the Milwaukee Symphony
Orchestra’s (MSO) management with this exciting performance suggestion, and are thrilled to be welcomed by the MSO to share the talents of our students in this special venue.”

Both orchestras have performed their scheduled repertoire previously with these guest artists in community concerts earlier this year and found it was tremendously motivating to perform
side-by-side with Philomusica and Jacob.

“We feel very fortunate to be able to have our students make music with artists of the caliber of Philomusica and Stefanie Jacob,” stated Frink. “It is very special to work with these kind and
inspiring artists from the Milwaukee performing arts community.”

Admission will not be charged for this performance, though tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained from Karen Frink or members of the Shorewood and Homestead Chamber Orchestras.

For more information or tickets, please contact Directors John Emanuelson or Karen Frink at emanuelson.frink@yahoo.com.

Click here to view the event flyer.

 

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Homestead Awards Ceremony program cover

On Monday, May 23, Homestead High School hosted the 2022 Awards Ceremony, honoring the class of 2022 scholarship and award recipients.

On Monday, May 23, Homestead High School hosted the 2022 Awards Ceremony, honoring the class of 2022 scholarship and award recipients.

Click here to view the Awards Ceremony Program with the list of scholarships and recipients.

Click here to view the Slide Presentation.

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Seniors Adam Garsha, Siyu (Sarah) Li, and Ethan Wang have been named 2022 National Merit Scholarship Winners.

 Homestead High School is proud to announce that seniors Adam Garsha, Siyu (Sarah) Li, and Ethan Wang have been named 2022 National Merit Scholarship Winners. Li was the recipient of a corporate National Merit Rockwell Automation Scholarship. When the National Merit Semifinalists were announced in September, Homestead boasted the greatest number of semifinalists of Ozaukee County public high schools with eight total semifinalists.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Recognition is based on a student’s performance on the Preliminary SAT exam. Among all students who entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, only about 16,000 were named Semifinalists. They were designated on a state representational basis, in proportion to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors.

“We are proud of the achievements of these outstanding students,” said Homestead Principal Eric Ebert. “These three scholars have maintained the highest level of excellence throughout their time at Homestead and have shown an unwavering dedication to achieving their goals both in and out of the classroom. I am thrilled to see what the future holds for these exemplary Highlanders.”

In order to advance in the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, a Semifinalist had to become a Finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance. All winners of about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships are being chosen from the group of approximately 15,000 distinguished Finalists.

More information about National Merit Scholarship Corporation at: http://www.nationalmerit.org.

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HHS Seniors holding award check

A team of 4 HHS seniors are champions of the Mathworks Math Modeling Challenge.

 

Congratulations to Homestead seniors Adam Garsha, Jacob Schmidman, Eric Wan, and Ethan Wang, champions of the Mathworks Math Modeling Challenge. The team
previously placed in the top 6 of more than 600 participating teams across the U.S. and United Kingdom in a preliminary competition.

Mathematical modeling refers to the process of creating a mathematical representation of a real-world scenario to make a prediction or provide insight. The math modeling paper submitted by the Homestead team underwent rigorous and intense scrutiny in order to achieve the championship honor. The final paper, along with judge commentary, can be viewed here.

The Homestead team, led by parent coach Weizhong Wang, advanced to the final presentation, which was held on April 25 in New York City. Top prize was a $20,000 scholarship, which will be evenly distributed among the four team members. Homestead High school has a long history of participating in this challenge, winning three honorable mentions over the past five years.

“Some highly recognized STEM high schools are among the participating schools [in this competition],” said Coach Wang, “[The Homestead team] worked very hard to prepare for the competition and performed well in the final event presentation. Homestead High School and MTSD prepared our students well.”


To find out more about MathWorks, visit: www.mathworks.com

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photo of Ellie Springkman

Sprinkmann is one of 174 high school seniors across the state of Wisconsin who were selected to receive the award and $10,000 scholarship.

Homestead High School is proud to announce that senior Ellie Sprinkmann is a 2022 recipient of a Herb Kohl Education Foundation Scholarship. Sprinkmann is one of 174 high school seniors across the state of Wisconsin who were selected to receive the award and $10,000 scholarship.

Student Excellence recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown a strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.

"Ellie exemplifies what it means to be a mighty Highlander, with her incredible commitment to excellence in academics, outstanding involvement in co-curriculars, and inspiring passion to serve others in everything she does,” said Homestead Principal Eric Ebert. “We are so proud of Ellie's accomplishments and she is so deserving of such a prestigious honor."

In addition to maintaining outstanding academic achievement, Sprinkmann is an active leader in several co-curricular activities. She is an elite athlete and captain of Homestead’s varsity tennis and lacrosse teams. Ellie also has a dedicated commitment to service, working as a counselor at Camp Interlaken, where she has spent most summers since 2011. In addition, Ellie is an active member of Homestead’s National Honor Society where she also participates in community service projects in the Milwaukee area.

“I have been actively volunteering for the past six years at Friendship Circle, an organization designed to help disadvantaged children and adults foster long-lasting friendships,” said Sprinkmann. “I am currently serving as the Executive Chief Financial Officer; prior to this, I served as the Cafe and Art Studio Ambassador. I began my journey mentoring a disadvantaged eight-year-old girl; she is thirteen. It is organizations like Friendship Circle that have incentivized me to pursue a future in becoming a child psychologist; I want to help individuals reach their potential by overcoming life’s obstacles.”

Ellie has been elected for five board positions in the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization including the Regional Treasurer and is currently serving as the Regional Head of Recruitment for the Wisconsin Region. She is also a Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board Member, and a Wheelchair Tennis Volunteer. She plans to attend UW-Madison to study psychology.

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has been recognizing educational excellence since 1990 by annually awarding scholarships to nearly 200 graduating high school students throughout Wisconsin.

Currently, in its 32nd year, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, established by the well-known Wisconsin philanthropist and businessman, has awarded over $28.3 million to Wisconsin students, teachers, principals, and schools.

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photo nathan moldavsky

Nathan Moldavsky recently placed first in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) Statewide composition competition.

Homestead High School is proud to announce that junior Nathan Moldavsky recently placed first in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) Statewide
composition competition. Hundreds of student compositions were submitted from all across Wisconsin. Nathan's composition Delphis was selected in the High School instrumental division.

"Music has been a big part of my life ever since I was young, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the creative process involved in composing for string orchestra,” said Moldavsky. “In the future, I plan to experiment with different forms and styles of composition, and I hope to pursue music in college as well."

This is Moldavsky’s first year at Homestead High School after moving from Virginia last year. He plays viola in the Homestead Chamber Orchestra and also studies piano at a high level. According to Homestead Director of Orchestras John Emanuelson, Moldavsky has already made a significant impact on the program in his short time at MTSD, serving as Co-Principal viola and also participating in the orchestra for a recent musical production.

“I am very proud of Nathan’s recognition by the WSMA of his beautiful and evocative composition for string quartet, Delphis,” said Emanuelson. “He is also well-liked by his peers in the Chamber Orchestra, and is respected for his leadership and obvious love of making music. We are so glad to have Nathan in our orchestra community this year, and hope to perform his next composition at one of our concerts in 2023.”

 

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4 Homestead female students

The AiC awards honor women in grades 9-12 for their computing-related achievements and interests and encourages them to pursue their passions.

Four Homestead women have received recognition from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) as part of their Aspirations in Computing (AiC)
Awards. The AiC awards honor women in grades 9-12 for their computing-related achievements and interests and encourages them to pursue their passions. Sophomores Sheba Bentum-Mensah and Madeline Frank and juniors Abby Horwitz and Cecilia Wenzler all received recognition as part of the 2022 Wisconsin Affiliate.


Sheba discovered her interest in the media and technology during a Multimedia 1 class that she took at Homestead. In the future, Sheba hopes that she can spread positivity and awareness of world problems in order to help work towards a better world.

Madeline has been interested in computer science and engineering for as long as she can remember. Her passion for technology-based STEM principles truly began after entering sixth-grade where she was introduced to computer science and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes at Steffen Middle School. Since then, she has taken multiple computer science classes, including AP Computer Science and Engineering classes. She also participates in the programming club and is on the board for Homestead’s Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) club. Madeline plans to continue this passion for technology in the future, including majoring in a technology or engineering field.

Abby is heavily involved in her community and spends most of her time advocating for climate-related reforms. Being a young female so fascinated by STEM, she feels a responsibility to spread her love to other younger girls who deserve the same opportunities she has received. In college, she hopes to study engineering with a focus on genetic engineering and the ethics surrounding it.

Cecilia has been taking computing classes for the past few years and has grown heavily interested in the computer science world. She is planning to go to college and graduate with a major in Computer Science, and go on to create programs that advance companies. She first became interested in the creation of computer science when she realized the potential it has for so many things. She idealizes the fact that, with computer programming, just about anything can be made to help and advance many companies and people around the world.

Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities,
leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.
To find out more about NCWIT and AiC, visit: https://www.aspirations.org/

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Math Students

HHS Senior and Freshman excel in American Mathematics Contest.

Recently, senior Eric Wan and freshman Kevin Wan performed exceptionally well in the American Mathematics Contest (AMC) competitions hosted by the Math Department at
UW-Milwaukee. Both Eric and Kevin placed into the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) thanks to their outstanding performance. Kevin, in particular, further advanced into USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad (JMO), making him one of 305 students in the United States to qualify for JMO in 2022.

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