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Best Buddies Friendship Walk


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.  

 

WARRIOR PRIDE!!! 

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Alumni Spotlight - John Hawkins

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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Introducing Warrior Nation Wire

The first issue of the Warrior Nation Wire is here! To check out the first issue of the newsletter, scroll over the News tab and click Newsletters. 

Warrior Nation is excited to share all the great things happening in our Nation! If you have a story to share that you would like included in the next issue of the Warrior Nation Wire, please use the Submit Updates for the Newsletter page. 

 

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Alumni Spotlight - Parham Eftekhari

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 first Alumni Spotlight is for Parham Eftekhari! Warrior Nation asked Parham a few questions about his high school experience and what he has done since.

 

Parham Eftekhari, Class of 1997

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

I was heavily involved with Student Council and the Wisconsin Association of Student Councils (WASC) both in junior high school and high school, eventually serving as our school President and class V.P during my senior year.  I was also in the National Honor Society and participated in the school's soccer and track programs. 

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

I’d like to think that I was best known for being the nice guy and not being confined to one ‘clique’ of friends.  Although I was fortunate enough to have a very active and positive social life, I did experience some bullying for being Persian.  I think this made me sensitive to other students who were deemed 'different' so I tried my best to make everyone feel included. 

3. What have you been up to since graduation?

After MHS, I went to the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where I earned a marketing and international business degree from the Grainger School of Business as well as a minor in French. During my time at UW, I spent two years at the Ecole Superiere de Commerce de Paris  (ESCP) in Paris, France.  After graduation, I joined a small research and consulting firm conducting competitive intelligence research for clients in the technology and telecommunication industries.  In 2007 I co-founded an organization that educated Chief Information Officers and other IT leaders in federal agencies on technology trends. As the industry evolved, my attention turned to cyber security and the growing cyber-threats facing our Nation.  The more I learned about the adversary and how vulnerable we are to attack, the more I felt compelled to do something to support the civil servants, policy makers and industry leaders who were focused on protecting the U.S. and our allies.  In late 2014, l co-founded the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) where I am currently a Sr. Fellow.  ICIT is a next generation cyber security think tank providing objective, non-partisan advising to congress, federal agencies, academia and critical infrastructure sectors like the financial, healthcare, energy, and defense sectors.  I also own CamPatch, a company that manufactures and sells webcam covers to protect people from webcam hacking.  I currently live in Chicago but travel to Washington D.C. several times each month. 

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

While most of our country is extremely frustrated with politics in America, its important to remember that there are tens of thousands of federal and state employees who have chosen a life of civil service because they want to make a difference in their country. ICIT supports the IT segment of this community by providing education and research on bleeding edge cyber security and technology issues. Currently, the primary benefactors of our research and advising are legislative, federal agency and military leaders, academia, industry and critical infrastructure owner / operators.  However, the Institute is expanding its efforts and will soon be directly educating 'everyday' consumers of technology – including our youth – as part of our mission to cultivate a cyber security renaissance. 

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

To all my schoolmates, their families and the amazing faculty and staff at MHS, I would like to say THANK YOU!  With so much media these days about how divided we are as a Nation, I remain optimistic in our future because of you.  I experienced firsthand how loving, kind and open-minded America can be while growing up in Muskego. My family and I were from Iran, were members of the Baha’i Faith and spoke a different language, all things that made us standout in Muskego.  However, I have countless memories of how the community embraced my family and I as one of their own.  Sure there were a few ignorant people here and there, but with time they saw that even a kid born in Iran can grow up to be a country music (and Janet!) loving cheese head and we're not really all that different. So thank you for showing me the best humanity has to offer.  Regardless of where my life’s adventures take me, Muskego will forever be my home sweet home.

 

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Senior picture from 1997

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Parham speaking at the United States Senate. 

 

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