Alumni Door County News

Door County Alumni Profile: Peter Burress
Published August 4, 2020 in Gibraltar
When considering the direction for his postsecondary studies, Peter Burress – a Sister Bay native and 2012 Gibraltar School alumnus – took to heart a message that his mother, Jane, always emphasized as a youth minister at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay: To whom much is given, much is expected. During his time as a Gibraltar student, Burress was active with many pursuits and in many extracurriculars: band, choir, musicals, cross-country, mock trial, math team, Student Council and the school newspaper as an editor. He recalls noticing that other students weren’t always given the same opportunities that he had. “I was labeled as a good student from a young age, and I received more and more support as I grew up,” Burress said. “I suspect many of my peers had a very different experience, where... read more ❯
Southern Door’s Farm to School Program Gets Boost with $50K Grant
Published August 4, 2020 in Southern Door
There is an abundance of farms within the Southern Door School District, yet only 2 percent of the school’s food budget, if dairy products are excluded, is spent on local producers, said Patti Vickman, superintendent of the Southern Door School District (SDSD). Vickman wants to change that – and a $50,000 grant that the district has received will help. “We want to plan how we can incorporate and use locally grown produce and products in our food-service program,” Vickman said. SDSD was among the 159 grantees across the country that received some of the $12.1 million that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program awarded last week. The program’s core elements allow districts such as SDSD to buy more from local producers, feed locally grown produce to kids, and teach the kids... read more ❯
Riley to Pursue Career in Auto Repair
Published August 4, 2020 in Gibraltar
As a new graduate of Gibraltar High School, Jenna Riley is crystal clear on her goal: to operate her own repair business for trucks and autos in northern Door County. “I plan to come back here and run my own shop,” she said. She’s already completed a few classes at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay, where she’ll pursue a two-year degree in diesel heavy equipment, plus auto maintenance, collision and repair. She’ll also learn welding. Then she’ll continue at the technical college in Green Bay to earn another degree in auto body. Riley is among 16 of this year’s Gibraltar graduates who shared $30,000 in technical school and college scholarships from the Ephraim Men’s Club. Four earned scholarships to attend technical school. During the past five decades, the club has raised roughly $270,000 for scholarships. Proceeds traditionally come from ticket sales and contributions from businesses, area residents and club members. Later this summer, Riley will begin... read more ❯
NWTC Preps for Campus Opening, Introduces New Campus Manager
Published August 4, 2020 in Alumni Door County
At Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), new Campus Manager April Konitzer is stepping into uncharted territory as she takes over for the recently retired Cheryl Tieman. The COVID-19 pandemic has put the educational world into a state of uncertainty, with parents and students weighing education, finances and health in ways they’ve never had to before. Many are bristling at the idea of investing tens of thousands of dollars for a college experience that’s likely to be far different from the one they applied for. Schools such as NWTC are grappling with similar safety concerns from students, but it may also benefit from the climate of financial uncertainty. “We’re getting some inquiries from university students thinking about taking classes here this fall rather than returning to their school,” she said. “Wisconsin... read more ❯
Alumni Door County Profile: Mark Wagner
Published August 4, 2020 in Southern Door
Mark Wagner’s career as director of ticket operations for the Green Bay Packers began with a warning from Bart Starr, the legendary quarterback who was then the team’s head coach. “You’re the face of the organization,” Starr told Wagner when he was hired in 1977. “You’re the one that people call, and it’s important that you know that you represent the Green Bay Packers.” Wagner took that to heart. The Southern Door graduate stayed with the team for four decades. Beginning with that interview with Starr, Wagner’s career included the strike-shortened seasons of 1982 and 1987, two Super Bowl titles and stadium renovations that kept the team competitive in a new era. For Wagner, it all began with Tom Miller, who was the team’s front-office administrator from 1956 until 1988. The team was... read more ❯
Southern Door High School Alumni Hall of Fame
Published August 4, 2020 in Southern Door
2020 Sturgeon Bay Graduates
Published June 17, 2020 in Sturgeon Bay
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2020 Sevastopol Graduates
Published June 16, 2020 in Sevastopol
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2020 Gibraltar Graduates
Published June 16, 2020 in Gibraltar
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The Southern Door Eagle
Published June 4, 2020 in Southern Door
The Clipper Connection
Published June 4, 2020 in Sturgeon Bay
The Viking Voice
Published June 4, 2020 in Gibraltar
The Pioneer Chips
Published June 4, 2020 in Sevastopol
Gardening in Schools
Published June 3, 2020 in Sevastopol
Juniors at Sevastopol High School are getting a hands-on lesson in history – with seeds. Tara LeClair, family and consumer-sciences teacher at Sevastopol, has a passion for home gardening and preserving. She was inspired by the Door County Seed Library’s Victory Gardens Initiative and wanted to take it into the classroom.  “We’re looking for ways to engage with our students in a very different way,” she said. “For me, [gardening is] a lot more than just growing food for my family. There’s a whole component of social-emotional wellness that’s attached to gardening – often called horticultural therapy. I thought this would be a really great thing to think about infusing into our curriculum.” LeClair has partnered with the history and English teachers to create a multidisciplinary lesson that weaves gardening into their existing lessons. The junior class is now studying World War II in its American History class,... read more ❯
SLIDESHOW: Sturgeon Bay’s Drive-up Graduation
Published June 3, 2020 in Sturgeon Bay
Kopischke Earns Scholarship from New Mexico Tech
Published June 3, 2020 in Gibraltar
Olson Earns Wisconsin Holstein Association Scholarship
Published June 3, 2020 in Southern Door
For College Students and Schools, Fall Plans Are Becoming Complicated
Published June 3, 2020 in Alumni Door County
Gibraltar senior Mara Packard knew that she would be a perfect fit for Lawrence University in Appleton because of its small, tight-knit academic community. She had received scholarships and financial aid that would cover the majority of her tuition and was eager to move into Lawrence’s campus dorms in the fall. However, after facing the likelihood of having to participate in online classes only, she realized the incentives that Lawrence had offered relied too much on her presence on campus. “Simply put, the pandemic made me consider why I wanted to go to Lawrence,” Packard said. “It was for the experiences that I would get being face to face with my professors at such a small school. Without that, I wasn’t sure it was the best option for me.” She decided to opt for the much larger UW-Madison because the education there wasn’t... read more ❯
A Unique Rite of Passage
Published May 20, 2020 in Alumni Door County
What does it mean to become an adult? Among many things, the most essential is that we shed our childhood and the behavior that went with it. We are no longer solely concerned with what we have to do to get by – we must become concerned with what it means to provide for the collective good. Many claim that they never had a chance to really figure out what being an adult entails. They say that the time went by so fast that they didn’t even realize that the transition had even happened. Others wish they had had more time to mentally prepare for what was to come in adult life. It’s clear that it’s a strange time to be transitioning into a new stage of life. No one could have known that our bound into adulthood would be so … boundless. Nonetheless, it presents... read more ❯
Door County Alumni Profile: Jeremy Kodanko
Published April 1, 2020 in Alumni Door County