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Congrats to these New Berlin Eisenhower High students who were recognized at the Dec. 17 Board of Education meeting for their accomplishments this fall in athletics and activities. Kudos for their hard work and success!
To say Eisenhower's fall one-act play, "Ernie's Incredible Illucinations," was a success is an understatement: it advanced from conference to sectionals to state where it won five awards, including the highest recognition possible - "Critics Choice."
At the Wisconsin State High School Theatre Festival held at UW - Stevens Point Nov. 15 to 17, the theatre group also won "Outstanding Ensemble" and students Gabby Laske and Jason Rose each won "Outstanding Actor."
For the third consecutive year Eisenhower's Marching Band took second place at the WSMA State Marching Band Competition this fall, competing in Class AA. Band director Dale Bigus said Eisenhower has a long history with the state tournament, competing in it for the past 16 consecutive years and for 23 years over the school's history.
"Annually our band program puts on about 30 programs," Bigus said, including participating in the New Berlin Christmas parade.
Two seniors on the girls tennis team qualified as a doubles team for the Division 1 State Championships - Hanna Muche and Katie Lang.
After defeating a #1 seeded team at sectionals to qualify for State, Muche and Lang "had an outstanding performance and represented Eisenhower with class in Madison," said Courtney Fryatt, Eisenhower's Director of Athletics & Activities.
They won their first match 6-3, 6-2 over Lake Geneva Badger and moved on to the second round before falling to the eventual State Champions.
"Hanna and Katie had a profound impact on the Tennis team and leave the Eisenhower Tennis Program with multiple team and individual conference championships," Fryatt said. "Their effort has been instrumental in building a solid base for the program and a quality team."
Girls swim team members qualified for the Wisconsin State Swim and Dive Championships this fall, finishing in 5th place and setting a school record 3:36:60 in the 400 freestyle relay.
Head Coach Jenny Moeller said Eisenhower will miss the seniors, Sam Rottel, Gina Lupo and Amanda Moelk.
Sam, the team captain, plans to continue her swimming career next fall at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. "They will be very lucky to have her on their team," Moeller said. "The relay record would not have fallen without Sam's very fast swimming. She was huge all season in helping the team do undefeated in dual meets."
Moeller also had this to say about other swim team members:
- Gina and Amanda's "hard work, dedication to the team and leadership will be missed."
- Junior Steffi Durley is "one of the hardest-working athletes there is. She could swim butterfly for miles is she had to. She will be one of the team captains next year.
- Sophomore Nicole Bellford "is a diamond in the rough and will continue to become more brilliant in her abilities" after having an amazing state meet this year.
- Freshman Shayna Putney helped break the 400 freestyle record by swimming "faster than she ever had before."
- Freshman Paige Carter was this season's MVP, scoring the most points for the team. "She is a phenomenal swimmer and will be fun to watch in the next few years - definitely one to keep an eye on."