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Alumni Spotlight - Alex York

Alumni Spotlights feature MHS Alumni who have been nominated by others for the work they are doing or how they impact their community. Alex York is a Fulbright Grant recipient who will study Lied music in Germany; check out how he got there!

Alex York, Class of 2010

 

1. What activities, clubs, or organizations were you involved in during high school?

I was heavily involved in all aspects of the music department. Chorale, Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, MidnightMen, musicals, pops concerts - if it happened in the choir room, the band room, or the PAC, I was likely involved! Additionally, I ran cross country and track and field and was a member of a few various honors societies.

2. What were you best known for in high school?

I was probably best known for being at the school way too much. Most of my days started at 6:30 AM and didn't finish until a full twelve or fourteen hours later.

3. What have you been up to since graduation?

Using the skills I learned in the classroom, stage, and track, I continued my passion for music and received a Bachelor's degree in music from Lawrence University in Appleton and then a Master's degree in music from Northwestern in Evanston, IL. I have since begun to work professionally as a singer, working mostly in the field of opera, while occasionally dabbling again in musical theater. I recently was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study German art song in Munich and I will be moving there officially in September. However, I am currently working in Augsburg, Germany in an operatic production, singing the lead baritone role of Belcore in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love).

4. In what ways are you impacting your community or making an impact in your field of work?

I hope to impact my community in the same way that I was impacted by my time at MHS: through the collaborative and spell-binding power of music, I hope to bring enjoyment, new ideas, and critical thought to my audiences. As an opera singer in the United States and abroad, I hope to make my art form more accessible to everyone, imbuing it with the same excitement and passion as modern musical theater.

5. Any additional comments you would like to make to old classmates or the Warrior Nation Community:

Spencer Lindhorst, if you are reading this, I love you, brother!

 

 

Alex_York_2010.jpg Alex's Senior Class photo from 2010

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College & Career Ready

2015 Alumna Shows What It Means to Be College & Career Ready

 

Muskego-Norway School District carries out its mission and vision by prioritizing and focusing efforts on enhancing: Academic Literacy, Meaningful Engagement, and College and Career Readiness for all students.

Warrior Nation was recently contacted about an MHS alumna who just finished her first year at the University of Minnesota. Elyse Terlion graduated in 2015 and has seen great success during her first year at college. Elyse was advised by Heidi, MHS swim coach, to try out for rowing at U of M. Elyse just won a bronze medal at the Big 10 Rowing Races in Indianapolis, IN. 

Ann Terlion, Elyse's mother, commented on ways she saw MHS impact her daughter and prepare her for college. "Elyse had several assets to her success including teachers and coaches." 
"Heidi was definitely a positive influence for Elyse.  She was the one that suggested Elyse to try out for rowing at the University of Minnesota.  Heidi saw Elyse's talents, struggles, dedication and perseverance as she coached her on the MHS swim team. I am pretty sure that Heidi has impacted Elyse's life in ways that are indescribable," said Mrs. Terlion.   
Scholastically,  Elyse was announced at a U of M sports banquet as the top 30's of 750 athlete's to have a 4.0 GPA first semester. Her success scholastically was influenced by several teachers throughout the years in Muskego-Norway School District.  
Warrior Nation also connected with Elyse on her decision to join the rowing team and how MHS prepared her for college. 
 
"I swam for ten years leading up to my graduation from MHS, so coming into college I had a strong athletic background. During my final swim season for the warriors, my coach, Heidi Szczupakiewicz, mentioned to me about the opportunity that rowing presents for my transition to college. I got in contact with the coach with Heidi's recommendation and assistance, and I arranged a meeting. Since I had no previous rowing experience I could not be officially recruited, but the Big Ten schools have highly developed novice programs that accept walk-ons. I made the decision to try the sport because after being involved in swim for ten years, I wanted to be a part of something important at the university level.
It has been a steep learning curve for me this past year at school. Freshman year is completely unique in the sense that it's the first time you are truly autonomous in your decision making. I think that since I was relatively far from my family and friends, rowing provided a backbone for me because I went from knowing nobody on campus to having 20 best friends and access to a network of student-athletes and university resources. In the beginning of the year there were more frustrations because I was new to the sport; however, as time progressed I became more confident and knowledgeable about my position on the crew. In terms of academics and other activities, I love being able to learn about topics directly related to my field of study, international business. Being in the Twin Cities is helpful because it provides valuable resources to university students such as mentors, internships, and scholarships. I already can not wait to go back to school in order to connect with my teammates again and begin my search for an internship.
Muskego High School has helped develop my academic background by enriching my abilities and cultivating my interests. For example, in high school, I took various AP courses which I believe helped prepare me for the coursework at my university. Another benefit I received from AP classes is the university credits I obtained from my success in the classroom at MHS. Entering college with a substantial amount of credits has given me the ability to have more freedom with my course selection to either take higher level classes for my major or other courses of interest. I plan on taking a foreign language course each semester at school because I began studying three foreign languages at Muskego and would like to extend my knowledge in each language to reach proficiency because it would be a true asset to have. Also, the combination of my involvements at MHS (varsity swim or clubs/ honor societies) and my rigorous high school course load have created a strong work ethic and efficiency. Muskego definitely prepares students well for the demands of college classes."

 

It is always encouraging to hear about successes that come from these efforts, especially from MHS alumni who have gone on to college or have started their careers. Stories like these encourage all MHS staff members to continue working hard to impact their students.

Congratulations on your success, Elyse! We look forward to hearing of many more accomplishments as you continue your time at U of M and in your future career!

 

 

 

WARRIOR PRIDE!!

 

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Alumni Spotlight - Robyn (Fennig) Wiseman

This month's Alumni Spotlight features Robyn (Fennig) Wiseman! See what she has been up to since graduation and all the awesome things she is doing for the State of Wisconsin and in the Ultimate Frisbee world. 

Robyn (Fennig) Wiseman, Class of 2005

 

1. What activities, clubs, or organizations were you involved in during high school?

Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, French Club, French National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Math Club

2. What were you best known for in high school?

Probably best known for athletics

3. What have you been up to since graduation? 

I attended UW-Eau Claire and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Economics, and minor in History, Math, and International Relations. I pursued an MS in Urban and Regional Planning (Land Use Law and Environmental Planning emphasis) from the University of Iowa, graduating in 2012. After grad school, I began working at Wisconsin Emergency Management in the State Department of Military Affairs in Madison, WI. At WEM, I manage disaster recovery grants and projects throughout Wisconsin through the FEMA Public Assistance program, which replaces and repairs damaged publicly-owned facilities, equipment, and roads as the State Public Assistance Officer. 

In terms of athletics, I started playing ultimate frisbee in college and have been playing at the national and international levels on various teams since. During college, I earned all-region honors from USA Ultimate and was selected as the runner-up in the nationwide college MVP award. Since I moved to Madison in 2012, I started a women's ultimate club team in Madison (called Heist), which has consistently placed in the top 12 in the country (and 2nd at the Pan American Championships in Mexico in 2015!), and won a gold medal in Lecco, Italy at the World Championships in 2014. In January, I was selected to compete with the US National Team for the upcoming World Championships in London, UK. I also coach the women's club team at the University of Wisconsin and the U19 Mixed Youth team in Madison, WI. 

Here's a link to our season highlights from last season:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRIkCZ2PJOc

4. In what ways are you impacting your community or making an impact in your field of work?

My job at WEM is very rewarding; I get to work with communities of different sizes and locations throughout the state to build disaster-resistant infrastructure and recover from disaster events. Wisconsin sees flooding, straight-line wind events, and other natural hazards every year. The opportunity to repair and mitigate future damages contributes to the lives of Wisconsinites in an important way; my goal is to ensure that people have safe communities and can live normal, happy lives. 

I also coordinate our state's interstate mutual aid program through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. EMAC allows us to share resources and personnel with other states in an efficient way, to help other states and communities recover from disasters. Wisconsin has offered to assist with wildfires out west, flood recovery in Colorado, snowstorms on the East Coast; we have great local and state assets to help others. Should we ever need assistance in Wisconsin, I would help coordinate those aid packages 

Outside of work, I remain active in the Ultimate Frisbee community. I continue to play, coach, and serve on various committees to help grow the sport. Ultimate is self-officiated at the highest levels of play, which is completely unlike any other field sport out there. It really emphasizes integrity, respect of your opponents, and engaging in conflict resolution at the individual level. It is one of the reasons I love coaching young women and teenagers. It helps empower young players to learn these important skills and become better people on and off the field.

Being selected on the National Mixed team alongside the best athletes around the country is such an honor. Between all of my job-related and other ultimate-related commitments, it is difficult to find ample time to train and prepare, but it is very worth it. I can't wait to take the field with my teammates in London. 

5. Any additional comments you would like to make to old classmates or the Warrior Nation community: 

I am thankful for the opportunities I had at MHS, both academically and athletically. It makes me happy to come home to visit and know that students keep having those opportunities. Because I had the opportunity to join a variety of clubs, try different things, and expand my world view, I felt brave enough to try an entirely new sport and be exposed to an incredible community of athletes around the world. Ultimate has connected me to players in Bulgaria, Austria, Colombia, Dominican Republic, as well as across the country.

 

 

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LeRoy Butler Speaks at BLMS

Butler v Bullying

 

On Monday, May 23, 2016, LeRoy Butler spoke at Bay Lane Middle School about anti-bullying and self-esteem. The retired Packers great, and inventor of the Lambeau Leap, speaks at different schools and churches to share his story and encourage students to stop bullying and hopes to inspire students who are victims of bullying.

Check out the Journal Sentinel article here for more details.

 

A big thanks to LeRoy Butler for his message, impacting future MHS WARRIORS and creating a safer, more inclusive school environment!

 

WARRIOR PRIDE!

 

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