On Saturday evening, April 30, 2016, Muskego High School Seniors, Carlee Blomdahl and Lucas Metcalf had a penultimate educational experience; they heard their names called as Gold Medal winners at the International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering & Environment) Project Olympiad, (I-SWEEEP) in Houston, Texas. They were chosen as one of the top environmental engineering teams among over four hundred other high school projects from around the world. Carlee and Lucas presented their Engineering Design and Development capstone project, ‘A Device to Filter Mercury from Rivers,’ which they have been researching and developing since October of 2015.
“Getting this award was a surreal experience,” Lucas said. “When they were giving out the bronze awards I had to tell Carlee to stop holding her breath,” Lucas recalled, “when they had finished giving out the silver awards, we thought that was it for us. We never imagined that we would win gold.”
The team was extremely surprised when their names were called; Lucas and Carlee’s project was among a number of other impressive projects that seemed to have a lot of data to back up the work. Carlee and Lucas spoke with six or seven judges during the judging portion of the event, and during the public day were visited by large numbers of students from Houston Public Schools that came to see the fair.
Carlee and Lucas also had some fun during I-SWEEEP; they met people from around the United States and the world, making friends with students from Hawaii, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Brazil, Vietnam, and the Philippines. As part of the cultural exchange, the students trade gifts – Carlee and Lucas 3-D printed pieces of cheese. In exchange they received national flags, beads, lei, key chains, and national pins. “I have so many pins on my lanyard!” Carlee said. For Lucas, the most memorable part was getting a chance to handle animals from around the world like a kangaroo, a chinchilla, and lemurs.
Both Lucas and Carlee found it exciting to be in close proximity to other interesting people their age who are solving relevant problems in their own countries. “It made me realize that I really want to pursue a career that allows me to make the world a better place,” said Carlee. Lucas encourages others to work hard to find the answers to questions. “Make up your mind to make a difference in the world.”
Lucas and Carlee will share their presentation, along with other engineering students, on Thursday, May 12, in the Muskego High School Library. Two viewing sessions will be available: lunch time from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm and in the evening from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. All are welcome to come see the future of engineering.
Best Buddies is a student-run organization that pairs students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with their peers, in order to establish mutually beneficial friendships.
Muskego High School has one of the most successful Chapters in Wisconsin. This is due to our committed adult facilitators and excellent student leadership!!! We would like to send our Chapter President and Vice President to the Best Buddies sponsored Leadership Conference this summer to ensure this level of excellence continues.
In order to send two student leaders to the conference, our Chapter needs to raise $5000.00. The Friendship Walk is a great way to achieve this fundraising goal.
Please join us on May 21st from 10:00am-12:00pm at Manpower Headquarters in Milwaukee as we walk for inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunity.
You can register for the walk HERE.
Find Muskego Making Strides and click on “Join Team.” If you are unable to walk, but would still like to contribute to this effort, please consider sponsoring one of the walkers by making a donation.
Alumni Spotlights feature MHS Alumni who have been nominated by others for the work they are doing or how they impact their community. Warrior Nation's second Alumni Spotlight is for Dr. John Hawkins! Warrior Nation asked John a few questions about his high school experience and what he has done since.
John Hawkins, Class of 1983
1. What activities, clubs, or organizations were you involved with during high school?
Basketball and Tennis
2. What were you best known for in high school?
The Rhubarb Dance
3. What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduating from UW-Madison with a BS in Psychology in 1987, I went to Medical School at the Medical College of WI for years and obtained my MD in 1991. I then moved to Cincinnati to begin my training as a psychiatrist at the University of Cincinnati. I have been living in Cincinnati ever since. I’ve been pretty busy work-wise, helping build, open and run a hospital for the past 10 years. I recently left that job to become a consulting psychiatrist for a local hospital that is 10 mins away from my home. In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my significant other, Sara, and playing tennis. Our favorite travel destinations are Kauai and San Diego when we visit my sister (Jackie, 1987 grad) and her family and my two nephews, Jayden and Kai.
4. In what ways are you impacting your community or making an impact in your field of work?
I’ve been blessed to have a great number of professional experiences in Cincinnati that have allowed me to advocate for the needs of those suffering from mental illness and their families. I’ve served on the board of the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and help raise thousands of dollars for the organization. I’ve been lucky enough to be recognized as a local top doctor for the work that I have done as well.
5. Any additional comments you would like to make to old classmates or the Warrior Nation community:
I have many great memories from my days growing up in Muskego. My folks still live in the same house on Lannon Dr that I grew up in, so I’ve been able to see how much Muskego has changed through the years. It’s been great to re-establish relationships over Facebook with many of my old friends and classmates.
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