Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Oak Creek girl wins "Distinguished Young Woman" honors Sunday.
Gina Miliacca was named this year's Distinguished Young Woman of Oak Creek (formerly Junior Miss) Sunday in the 50th anniversary of the program. Miliacca attends Martin Luther High School and has been involved with a host of activities, including Sunday School teaching, National Honor Society, basketball, symphonic band and Miss Badger State. She also took sixth in the nation in baton twirling (see a full list of her honors and activities here). Participants are evaluated in five categories: interview, worth 25 percent of the total score; scholastics, worth 20 percent; talent, 25 percent; and fitness and self-expression, each worth 15 percent. Miliacca won $400 in cash scholarships and will also participate in Distinguished Young Women of …
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Knights handed out annual awards at year-end banquet March 27.
This week's Oak Creek Patch Whiz Kid recognition goes to a group of OCHS basketball players recently honored at their annual year-end banquet. Under first-year coach Mike Jossie, the varsity Knights finished 6-17, their best record since 2005. And Oak Creek figures to only get better, as it graduates just two seniors. "Oak Creek basketball will continue to improve, as we have the quality of young men involved necessary to be successful," Jossie said in an e-mail. The Knights handed out several awards at its March 27 event. Among them was the White Team award, given to a player whose role on the team is less than glamorous, but is always at practice, working hard and making himself and the team better. "The White Team Award recipient is a …
Thursday, April 7, 2011
The seventh-grader from St. Matthew placed fourth in the state geography bee.
The number of Wisconsin middle-school students who compete in their school's geography bee is in the thousands each year. So you can imagine how tough it must be to make the state geography bee in Madison, much less place in the top five once you get there. St. Matthew School seventh-grader Evan Siira did exactly that on Friday when he placed fourth in the Wisconsin Geography Bee, an accomplishment that nets him this week's Oak Creek Patch Whiz Kid. Evan first won the St. Matthew School competition to qualify for state and then took a 70-question written test, which is scored by the National Geographic Society. The organization scores tests completed by more than 500 school champions from across Wisconsin, and the top 100 performers are …
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
These Oak Creek High School students were nominated for service academy appointments.
Getting a nomination to attend a U.S. military service academy, while not a guarantee for acceptance, is quite an honor. And for that, we name OCHS students Nicholas Jung and Crystal Staszak this week's Oak Creek Patch Whiz Kids. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan nominated Jung for appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Staszak, meanwhile, received a nomination for appointment to the Air Force Academy, as well as the Naval Academy. Getting a nomination from an authorized source, such as a member of Congress, is part of the application process for those interested in attending a service academy. “It’s a privilege to recognize these students for their solid records of achievement and …
Friday, March 25, 2011
The first-ever winner of the Mr. Oak Creek title is this week's Whiz Kid.
Earlier this month, Oak Creek High School put on its first-ever Mr. Oak Creek competition. The winner was John Hammernik, who competed against 12 other seniors in categories such as active-wear, formal-wear, talent and question/answer. Hammernik received a trophy and will have his name immortalized on a school plaque. But that's not all he gets - the award also got him named this week's Oak Creek Patch Whiz Kid. Doesn't have quite the same ring as "Mr. Oak Creek." But, certainly, every bit as prestigious. (Well, OK...maybe not that either) Know a great kid who made Eagle Scout? Did your local soccer team take the championship? They may be our next Patch Whiz Kid honoree. To submit a nomination, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or use the …
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Council presented Eagle Scout honoree with proclamation.
The Oak Creek Common Council commended recent Eagle Scout honoree Sean Marshall on Tuesday. And so will Patch in our weekly "Whiz Kid" feature. The council proclamation congratulates Marshall for achieving the Eagle Scout award, a rare feat that less than 4 percent of Scouts accomplish. Marshall and a group of volunteers combined to put in more than 365 hours into the project, according to the proclamation. He started by removing asphalt and regrading an area near the Parish of St. Matthews to create a better flowing trench. That led to a vegetative swale designed for better drainage, less erosion, easier maintenance and a more visually-appealing area for St. Matthews. Mayor Dick Bolender and Police Chief John Edwards presented the …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Josh Regazzi and Mike Heard each fared well enough on Saturday to advance to the state wrestling tournament.
Each week, Oak Creek Patch selects individual kids, youth groups, teens, and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments for our Whiz Kid feature. Past honorees include Eagle Scout Harley Perkins and the Oak Creek swimming trio. This week we honor a pair of Whiz Kids: Oak Creek High School wrestlers Josh Regazzi and Mike Heard. ○ School: Oak Creek High School ○ Accomplishment: Regazzi and Heard, both juniors, will each compete this weekend's state wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. ○ Key to Awesomeness: Regazzi, wrestling in the 171-pound weight class, finished 33-8 on the season. Heard, at 285 pounds, went 26-8. They both went 3-1 at the Greenfield sectional on Saturday to make it to Madison. The tournament …
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The Oak Creek High School freshman recently received an Eagle Scout rank.
Each week, Oak Creek Patch selects individual kids, youth groups, teens, and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments for our Whiz Kid feature. This week's Patch Whiz Kid of the Week is 15-year-old Harley Perkins. ○ School: Oak Creek High School ○ Accomplishment: Harley earned his Eagle Scout rank last year by leading a group of scouts and adults building a large, handicapped-accessible gardening table and 12 bird feeders for the residents of Creek Side Manor, an assisted living facility. The residents are now able to grow their own vegetables and watch the birds feed at their feeders out of their room windows. ○ Key to Awesomeness: "My 'key to awesomeness' would have to be my determination. No matter how much I wanted to …
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Swimmers are leaving their mark on the Oak Creek Swim and Dive program
Know a great kid who made Eagle Scout? Did your local soccer team take the championship? They may be our next Patch Whiz Kid honoree. Each week, Oak Creek Patch will seek suggestions from readers for individual kids, youth groups, teens, and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments. Submit your nomination in our comment box below or e-mail the information to email@example.com. Here's this week's Patch Whiz Kid: