Hanson, Shemak are Students of the Month

The Mineral Point Kiwanis Club honored its October Students of the Month at its meeting Tuesday, October 15 at the Pointer Cafe.

The students, who are members of the senior class, are selected for this honor through a voting process by staff at the high school, and their biographies are written by themselves.

Tessa Hanson

Tessa Hanson has been a part of the Mineral Point Community her entire life. She lives on the family dairy farm outside of Dodgeville with her mom and stepdad, AmyBeth and Kyle Levetzow, along with her brothers, Bo and Earl. Earl is in second grade at Dodgeville Elementary School and Bo is a Sophomore at Mineral Point High School.

Tessa has been involved in many extracurricular activities throughout her high school career. She has participated in Key Club, Yearbook, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She was also chosen as a recipient for the Best Spanish Student Award her Junior year. Tessa has played varsity softball throughout her high school career, as well as varsity volleyball and basketball. She is also looking forward to being a wrestling manager for the upcoming season. During her time in these sports and activities she has been given the opportunities to create friendships and show leadership.

Next year, Tessa will be attending Viterbo University to pursue nursing. More specifically, she would like to be a surgical nurse. Tessa’s interest in the medical field comes from a rare knee injury she endured this past year called osteochondritis and the exceptional care she received by her medical team. Osteochondritis is when bone and cartilage break off creating a defect in the knee due to repetitive trauma. Tessa has gone through two knee surgeries in the past year, one of which was a partial femur bone transplant. During this time, the ability for Tessa to physically participate in the sports she loves has been sidelined while she heals and completes physical therapy to rebuild her strength. However, it has not stopped her from staying positive and supportive of her teammates. She is looking forward to being back on the field for softball season to finish out her Senior year. Through all of this, she has learned to make the most of every moment as you never know when something in your life will change in an instant. It has shown her the ability she has to continue to be successful in difficult times, her need to care for and give back to others, and the lessons she’s learned that will help her continue to be successful in her future education and life.

Tessa would like to congratulate Sage Shemak for being honored as Student of the Month as well, and wish her luck in her future. She is very deserving of this award. Tessa would also like to wish the best of luck to the rest of her classmates as they take on Senior year and prepare for their futures. Additionally, Tessa would like to thank her teachers, coaches, and other Mineral Point staff throughout her academic career as they have dedicated so much of their time to help her succeed to the best of her ability. In addition, she would like to thank the Mineral Point community as they are so supportive of the youth and youth programs. Lastly, Tessa would like to thank her family. They have been her biggest supporters through everything life has thrown at her and shaped her into the person she is today. She could not do it without them!

“Tessa is such a kind and mature young lady. I never was actually her teacher, but I can attest to her being a wonderful person on other levels! First of all, anyone who knows Tessa only has nice words to say about her. I also have hired Tessa to babysit my own children on multiple occasions. She has been wonderful to my children and they adore her. I was impressed at her ability to have a job during the summer (the pool) and still take on my babysitting jobs without hesitation (or multiple apologies when she wasn’t able to). She has an amazing work ethic in school and outside of school, which I know will continue to follow her into her future. Congratulations, Tessa!” ~ McKenzy Brown, 6th Grade Teacher

“One of the many aspects that I will remember about Tessa is her positive attitude. I say this because after her knee injury, Tessa continued to support her teammates in a way that, at times, had to be extremely difficult. The coaches and I really appreciate what she did for the basketball team last year and know that her ability to overcome this situation, have a positive outlook, and be resilient will translate to her future. Best of luck with your future.” ~ Matt Austin, High School Principal

“I have had the pleasure of having Tessa in my Spanish class for the past four years and have enjoyed every minute! Tessa is a hard worker and always strives to know not just ‘how’ but ‘why.’ She was a great leader on our trip to Costa Rica and I look forward to having her on our trip to Puerto Rico next summer. It always makes me happy when my students excel, and I have to say that I was thrilled to hear that Tessa started speaking in Spanish, by accident, in the class she has after mine! She is making great strides!” ~ Jenny Wahlin, High School Spanish Teacher

Sage Shemak

Sage Shemak lives on a small dairy farm in Highland with her parents, Mark and Marnie. Both her parents are second-generation farmers. Sage grew up as an only child, helping with chores and caring for the animals on the farm. Sage attended Highland Schools up until the end of Freshman year. At the beginning of her Sophomore year, she open-enrolled to Mineral Point. This was a huge decision for her family, but it was felt necessary to provide the best opportunities in education, music, and theatre. In the last three years, she has met many incredible people that she can now call her friends and even family. While she hasn’t been a part of the Mineral Point community for long, she certainly feels right at home.

Music has always been a major part of Sage’s life. At a very young age, some of her earliest memories include singing in front of family members and singing along with the radio. Her love of music always seemed to be a huge part of who Sage is. She has been playing the clarinet since fifth grade, as well as singing in choir since sixth grade. She would like to give a thank you to Ms. Ashley McHugh and Mr. Matt Nevers for always pushing her to grow in skill and depth as a musician. Throughout her middle and high school career, she has been to various solo and ensemble events, vocal festivals, and even a few music camps. One of her greatest honors was auditioning and being chosen as a member of the Wisconsin State Honors Project. Out of 1200 applicants throughout the state of Wisconsin, she was one of the few chosen to be a part of the Treble Choir. This is the first time someone from Mineral Point was able to get into this choir, and it was a huge honor. Sage’s love of music brought her to another favorite, her love for theatre. Her involvement in theatre started with her 1st production in middle school of the musical “Annie.” Since middle school, she has performed in many productions such as “Hairspray,” “Bugsy Malone,” and “Beauty and The Beast.” But once she entered high school, she became part of larger productions like “Shrek,” “Once Upon A Mattress,” and currently “Les Miserables.” “Once Upon A Mattress” was special because she had been given her first lead role; it was very stressful but throughout it, she was able to grow to love theatre even more and improve her acting skills. She would like to thank Mr. Jason Smith for helping her grow her acting skills, and always helping whenever needed.

Aside from Sage’s involvement in music and theatre, Sage is also the captain of the Dodge-Point Girls Soccer Team. Soccer is another huge part of Sage’s life. She has been playing ever since she was in fourth grade. In the beginning, she was able to meet people and make new friends. But gradually, the love of the sport grew. When she open-enrolled, she was very excited to join the high school team. During her time playing soccer, she has had many great role models from coaches to teammates. She hopes that she can be that for others, and strives to be the best that she can be. Other extracurricular activities include Key Club, Forensics, Future Business Leaders of America, and a member of the National Honor Society.

Sage would like to give a huge congratulations to Tessa Hanson for also being honored as Student of the Month. She couldn’t think of anyone else more deserving and wishes her the best of luck wherever her future may take her. Next year, Sage will be attending Carroll University to pursue music therapy and continue her love of music. She is also deciding on a musical theatre or performance minor. She would like to take a moment to thank all the teachers, students, and coaches who have helped her become the person she is today. And lastly, her parents because they have done so much and sacrificed so much to help her.

“During my time with Sage as a student, she has developed as a musician rapidly, committed herself to experiencing musical opportunities around the state, and taken on multiple musical extra curricular activities locally. Sage regularly serves as a role model for her peers in her determination to improve, willingness to try new things, and thoughtfulness towards others. Last year, she earned the choral award of Musicianship for her awesome musical aptitude, performance, and literacy skills. The year before, Sage earned the choral award of Alto I Section Leader for her positive attitude, team mentality, and service as a resource for her section. In all of our community tours as an ensemble, I have always been able to rely on Sage to represent the school and program in a positive light. Sage has also represented the MPHS Vocal Program in varying choral festivals across the Midwest, including 2019 Wisconsin State Music Association State Honors Project, 2019 Dorian Festival, 2019 UW-Milwaukee Vocal Arts Festival, 2018 UW-Eau Claire Clearwater Honors Choir Festival, 2018 Driftless Honors Choir Festival, and 2017 UW-Platteville Honors Choir Festival. Just last year, she also competed in the Solo & Ensemble Competitions, earning first place twice at the state level. I have also had the pleasure of working with Sage during the musical theatre productions after school. For her multiple roles in ‘Shrek,’ she earned the awards for Most Spirited and Best Harmonizer, and for her role as Winnifred in ‘Once Upon a Mattress,’ she earned the awards for Best Enthusiasm and Rookie Lead. This year, she will be performing the iconic role of Fantine in ‘Les Miserables.’ I have truly enjoyed witnessing her balance and grow within her multiple interests over the last few years, particularly her vocal music endeavors. Sage’s sweet personality, incredible work ethic, self-motivation, and consideration for others will take her far!” ~ Ashley McHugh, Middle/High School Choir Teacher

“I have had the pleasure of coaching Sage the past three years. She is such a kind and thoughtful individual, while also being a really focused player. Sage’s team rightly voted her captain for the coming season. She leads by example and holds herself accountable. Congratulations and continued success, Sage!” ~ Erik Bakken, Dodge-Point Soccer Coach

“Talented, pleasant, and dependable are the first few words that come to mind when I think about Sage. Sage is a one-of-a-kind student who has a positive vibe around her at all times, strives to excel in all curricular areas, and is a well-rounded individual. These traits are one of the many reasons she has a bright future ahead of her. It was a pleasure to have taught you and good luck with the future.” ~ Matt Austin, High School Principal

“I have enjoyed watching Sage bloom since she transferred to MPHS. She has taken full advantage of our numerous offerings in academic and extra curricular activities. The quiet, kind, and respectful young lady in class is an amazing force in song and on the stage! What a talent! Sage, keep on being you and you will set the world on fire!” ~ Jenny Wahlin, High School Spanish teacher

“It has been a great pleasure working with Sage and Tessa throughout the last few years. They are kind and enthusiastic and both work hard to take their skills to the next level, continuously seeking support and coaching to do so. This work ethic will take them far. I wish you both the best of luck in your future and look forward to seeing all you will accomplish.” ~ Kris McCoy, Middle/High School Librarian

“Both Sage and Tessa deserve to be honored as Students of the Month. They study hard, ask questions when they don’t understand, work promptly and efficiently, and help their classmates when others don’t understand.” ~ Erin Sincox, High School Science Teacher

MPHS April Students of the Month: Bakken, Lindholm

Joelle Doye | Posted April 16, 2019

The Mineral Point Kiwanis Club honored its April Students of the Month at its meeting Tuesday, April 16 at the Pointer Cafe.

The students, who are members of the senior class, are selected for this honor through a voting process by staff at the high school, and their biographies are written by themselves.

Karsten Bakken

Karsten Bakken, a Senior at Mineral Point High School, is the oldest son of Erik and Kipalee Bakken. He and his younger brother, Hayden, a Freshman this year, have attended Mineral Point Schools since Pre-K. Karsten would like to thank the Mineral Point teachers and the Kiwanis Club members for selecting him as April Student of the Month. He also extends his congratulations to Josie Lindholm.

Karsten participates in multiple extracurricular activities at Mineral Point High School. He is involved in Mock Trial, Key Club, Math Team, and he serves as an officer in the Mineral Point Future Business Leaders of America Chapter. At the FBLA Regional competition level, he has earned first place each of the last two years in Business Law. At the FBLA State competition, he earned 8th place his junior year and 6th place his senior year. In addition, Karsten, sponsored by the Homer and Lee Parkinson American Legion Post 170, represented Mineral Point at Badger Boys State last June. At Badger Boys State, the 900 plus attendees worked together to create their own state government and learned firsthand about the functions of government, roles of its officials, and the importance of building a community. He was elected to the office of senator for his city, McGovern, at Badger Boys State. This past March, Karsten was also selected to attend the Senate Scholar program, an intensive week-long educational program offered by the Wisconsin State Senate where each Senate Scholar receives a hands-on, up-close view of the Legislature’s role in our democracy. Thirty-three scholars, one from each of the Wisconsin senate districts, were selected from applicants. Karsten has also played soccer for the last fourteen years of his life. He is a four time letter winner for the Dodge-Point United soccer team. He had the honor of being chosen as Team Captain, SWC Conference MVP, and All-Area Honorable Mention. Soccer has given Karsten the chance to develop teamwork, leadership, and life skills and to make great friends. Karsten has enjoyed the opportunities to meet new people that share his interests through his involvement in extracurricular activities.

Karsten has been a member of the Mineral Point Youth Group for the past four years. He has enjoyed taking part in serving his community and participating in fundraisers including the haunted house, flocking, and pasty making to raise funds for their service trips. Over the past three years, the Mineral Point Youth Group has traveled to Minneapolis, Denver, and St. Louis, each for week-long mission trips. Karsten has attended every trip and is looking forward to this year’s trip to Washington DC.

Karsten plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison next fall to major in Economics. He is very excited to take advantage of all that UW-Madison has to offer. Karsten would like to say a special thank you to everyone who has helped him along his way. All of his teachers have contributed to his successes and have served to mentor him and have helped him to grow throughout his education from Pre-K to now. He is proud to be a Pointer. Family is very important to Karsten, so he would like to thank his family for helping him achieve his goals and chase his dreams.

“Congratulations on becoming Student of the Month, Karsten! I can remember meeting you when you came to school oh so long ago. Although Miss Anderson was your teacher, I recall your white blonde hair and your devilish smile well. You were always cute and funny! As you grew up, I watched you succeed in many endeavors and subjects. I especially recall you enrolling in Boy Scouts and helping others at school. You are always so kind to others and that does not go unnoticed. Wishing you much success in the future!” ~ Jill McGuire, Kindergarten Teacher

“I greatly enjoyed having Karsten in Geometry and Advanced Algebra, and now as a member of National Honor Society. I love his ability to problem solve and think outside the box! One of my favorite memories of Karsten was his junior year when he won the Pre-Calculus division of the annual SWAL Math Contest. Best wishes for a wonderful future!” ~ Cindi Nothem, High School Math Teacher

“I have had the special opportunity to see Karsten through his educational experiences in middle and high school as his teacher, FBLA adviser, and as his mom. Whether he wanted or not, I’m sure he knew that he would have to join Future Business Leaders of America in high school since his mom was the adviser. Over the course of his high school years, and through his involvement in extracurricular activities, he has transformed from a shy, quiet young man to a confident leader with excellent problem solving and communication skills. He became a valued member of our FBLA officer team and mentor to young members. At the FBLA Regional competition level, Karsten has earned first place each of the last two years in Business Law. At the FBLA State competition he earned 8th place his junior year and 6th place his senior year. He has been the first to arrive and last to leave for many meetings and activities over the past four years. I truly appreciate your efforts and attitude and will miss you, but I know that great opportunities await! Love, Mom- aka Mrs. Bakken.”

“Karsten is a four year letter winner for Dodge-Point soccer. He is a skilled player and understands the game as fully as anyone I know. Karsten earned Southwest Wisconsin Conference First Team and Player of the Year honors in 2018. He was also team captain and voted Team MVP by his peers. Karsten has had a great high school soccer career and I believe that with continued effort he could keep improving were he to decide to play in college. Like all of the fine young people that I have written about this year, Karsten can suffer from the condition we all know as ‘being a teenager.’ Also like all of those kids, it has been a great joy to see him work through those times and grow in understanding, care, and empathy for others. I’m proud of you KB.” ~ Erik Bakken, Assistant Boys Soccer Coach

Josie Lindholm

Josie Lindholm is daughter of Penny Lindholm. Her mother works for Upland Hills Health, as a centralized scheduler. She has one brother who lives in Iowa, working for Wartburg College and the Kansas City Chiefs in both of their communication departments. She also has one sister who lives in Virginia, which Josie enjoys visiting her and her nephews during the summer.

During high school, Josie was involved in a variety of clubs and activities. She was in Key Club and Forensics for four years, National Honor Society and Youth Group for two years, Wrestling Cheerleading and Math Team for three years, and Football Cheerleading for one year. Upon her second year of wrestling cheer, Josie was named co-captain. Then upon her last year of Forensics, Josie was also named co-captain. Through her work with the Youth Group organization, she has been able to go on two mission trips to Denver, CO, and Minneapolis, MN where she was able to help those in need.

Also outside of school, Josie has worked at Bobbi Jo’s Boutique in Mineral Point, where she works as a manager of the store. During the summer, Josie also babysits for three different families. In her free time, Josie enjoys volunteering, traveling, and being an active member of her community.

After high school, Josie plans to attend Madison Area Technical College, where she plans on studying radiology with the goal of becoming a radiologist technician.

During her high school career, Josie’s chemistry and physics teacher, Mr. Matt Austin, greatly influenced her. He taught her how to be a problem solver and how to be resourceful. He is a wonderful role model who has taught her many valuable life lessons she will remember forever.

Josie is thankful she got the amazing opportunity of getting to grow up in such a wonderful community. She is also grateful to the Kiwanis for giving her this opportunity.

“Josie Lindholm was a shy and quiet girl in kindergarten. I remember watching her from afar as she was also a student of Miss Anderson. Josie was, and I’m sure still is, artistic and enjoyed expressing herself quietly. It’s been fun to watch you grow into a sweet, young lady, Josie! Congratulations on being named Student of the Month and Good Luck in the future! I’m sure it will be bright!” ~ Jill McGuire, Kindergarten Teacher

“One of my favorite things about Josie is that I can ALWAYS count on her for a friendly greeting and smile. She is extremely hard working and without fail, gives her best effort. Josie goes out of her way to help those around her and is a wonderful leader by example. Josie, I wish you all the best! Never stop smiling!” ~ Cindi Nothem, High School Math Teacher

“I had the opportunity to be Josie’s cheerleading advisor. During that time I feel I got to know Josie more on a friendly basis. Josie is a very genuinely sweet and kind person. You seldom ever see her without a smile. Her leadership skills became very apparent when she was my captain her Junior year. She was one I could count on to see things were done when they needed to be. She worked hard to keep her grades up and made it to every practice and wrestling match. I know Josie will continue to work hard and be successful in accomplishing her goals. I wish her all the best.” ~ Judy Pelton, Former Wrestling Cheerleading Coach

“‘Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference’ – Winston Churchill. Miss Josie Lindholm is truly one of the most positive, go-getter students I have ever worked with in my 30-year career. She is the first person to ask, ‘What can I do?’ and completes the tasks, big or small, with enthusiasm and a smile! I have had the pleasure of teaching, advising, and coaching Josie in English, football cheerleading, forensics, and yearbook. In each of these capacities, Josie has gone above and beyond my expectations and has always been a bright light to my day that lightens my load. I will miss her dearly next year but am so excited to see where life takes her. Josie is the kind of girl that if opportunity doesn’t knock, she will build the door! Thank you for everything, Sunshine!” ~ Kristin Staver, High School English Teacher

MPHS March Students of the Month: Federman, Pittz

Joelle Doye | Posted March 19, 2019

The Mineral Point Kiwanis Club honored its March Students of the Month at its meeting Tuesday, March 19 at the Pointer Cafe.

The students, who are members of the senior class, are selected for this honor through a voting process by staff at the high school, and their biographies are written by themselves.

Riese Federman

Riese Federman has lived her whole life with her parents, John and Tricia, and her sister Jerra in Mineral Point. She would like to thank the Kiwanis Club and her teachers for giving her the honor of being Student of the Month. Riese would also like to congratulate her Co-Student of the Month Danny Pittz.

During the school year, Riese is involved in many extracurricular activities. These involve Mock Trial, Key Club, Book Club, National Honor Society, a Blue Crew member, and a varsity soccer player. These clubs have given Riese opportunities to meet new people and learn new skills. Of all the activities Riese takes part in, Key Club has had the biggest impact on her. Riese has been a member of the Key Club for all four years of high school. Key Club has taught Riese that even the smallest contributions to her community make a big difference. Soccer has also had a big impact on Riese’s life. Riese has been playing soccer since she was five years old. Soccer has taught Riese leadership, the value of hard work, time management, and the meaning of teamwork and friendship. She cannot believe it is her last year of playing, but she knows this year is going to be filled with great opportunities for not only her, but her teammates as well.

Outside of school, Riese works at Lands’ End in the mornings before school. This was a challenge for her at first, but it is now just part of her routine.

In high school, Riese has enjoyed taking many science, math, history, English, and Spanish classes. Although these classes challenge her, she tries her hardest to understand all the material. Next year Riese will be attending The University of Wisconsin-Platteville to major in biology. She would like to thank her parents and sister for always supporting her and pushing her to be the best version of herself.

“Riese plays in the midfield for Dodge-Point soccer. She is a true competitor. She works hard in practice and gives her best effort in our matches as well. I’ve come to appreciate her as a realist who doesn’t like to mince words. Having said that, Riese shows kindness to those around her and genuinely cares for others. She has many qualities that I know will carry her far in the future.” ~ Erik Bakken, Head Girls Soccer Coach

“It has been a wonderful joy watching Riese grow and develop as a student and as a person these past four years. She has become a strong and confident young woman, yet she is always willing to ask for and accept help or suggestions when needed. Congratulations on this very deserved award, Riese! I can’t wait to see what your future holds and where your hard work will take you!” ~ Cindi Nothem, High School Math Teacher

“Even when Reese Federman was very young, she always showed her bubbly personality to others. She is friendly and smart and an all-around get things done kind of girl. Here’s to you, Reese! Congratulations and Good Luck in the future!” ~ Jill McGuire, Kindergarten Teacher

“I had the benefit to work with and get to know Riese Federman as a cheerleader. She is a very caring and intelligent young lady. There are many expectations to be a cheerleader such as being respectful, responsible, look at things positively, work hard, and do your part. Riese excelled in all of these areas. She was able to juggle multiple things at a time. While putting in the numerous hours of practice, wrestling matches and tournaments, she was still able to maintain a high-grade point average. This says what a hard worker and responsible person she is. I wish her the best of luck in her next chapter of life.” ~ Judy Pelton, Middle School Instructional Assistant and Former Wrestling Cheerleading Coach

Danny Pittz

Danny is the youngest child in a family of seven which includes his mom, Teresa, dad, Troy, two older sisters, an older brother and an older cousin who lives with his family.

He is currently a senior at Mineral Point High School who is involved in many extra-curricular activities which include being a three-sport athlete in the sports of wrestling, golf, and football, President of the FFA, National Honor Society, National Junior Swine Association, Skills USA, Youth Group, and Blue Crew Member.

He plans to attend Southwest Tech to pursue a degree in electrical power distribution and hopefully get a job as a lineman upon his college graduation in the spring of 2020. His ultimate goal is to be employed by Alliant Energy in Mineral Point where he would like to settle down and start a family.

Danny enjoys being outside and spending time with livestock, which is why he enjoys his job as a farmhand at May Cattle Company and raising his show pigs each summer, which are exhibited at county and state fair. In addition to raising show pigs and working at May Cattle Company, Danny enjoys spending time with his family and friends doing activities such as jet-skiing, campfires, golf-outings, and working on his grandmother’s farm.

Danny has been lucky to have many teachers and individuals that have impacted him greatly, but one, in particular, is his wrestling/golf coach and gym teacher, Mr. Scott Schmitz. Mr. Schmitz has left a lasting impact on Danny due to the life lessons he has taught him in and out of the classroom and sports scene. Mr. Schmitz has taught him to be a more responsible, hard-working, and polite individual. Their relationship extends beyond school-sponsored events, as they do activities together such as trips to Cabela’s, attending college wrestling matches, golf-outings, and hanging tree stands at their hunting cabin.

Danny would like to thank the Kiwanis members and congratulate Riese on being selected as a Student of the Month.

“Danny is a very sweet and respectful young man. He is one of the most polite high schoolers I know. His grade point average and other accomplishments show great work ethic. When he believes in something he shows self-motivation and dedication to accomplish the task. Danny’s a great role model for all other students…a true leader.” ~ Judy Pelton, Middle School Instructional Assistant

“Danny is one of the most outstanding students I have had the chance to work with. He is polite, hardworking, and a wonderful person.” ~ Justin Leonard, High School Special Education Teacher and Assistant Football Coach

“Danny Pittz has proved to be an all-around student. I am not surprised he is being honored in this way as his hard work has always been evident with his accomplishments in and out of the classroom! He works hard to gain recognition in his FFA endeavors, which include many service opportunities. In addition, he has also accomplished several sports awards. But most of all Danny is an amazing young man. He often takes time for others, young and old. He is a natural leader. Congratulations, Danny! Enjoy your promising future! Good luck next year!” ~ Jill McGuire, Kindergarten Teacher

“Thank you, Danny for your unending kindness, respect, and graciousness to students of all abilities.” ~ Janis Needham, High School Special Education Teacher

“Danny has been such a great role model and positive personality in our Advisory Class. Though we meet only once a week, he is always willing to volunteer new ideas to make the school a better environment, help others in and out of the classroom, and fill in where needed with our service projects. Even just passing in the halls, Danny is always smiling, greeting his peers and teachers, and offering to assist throughout the building. His demeanor, professionalism, kindness, consideration, and drive will take him far in life!” ~ Ashley McHugh, Middle/High School Choir Teacher

“Danny, you are an incredible young man and thrive in everything you take on. You should be so proud of the leader you have become and I can’t wait to see where your future takes you. I know I can always count on you brightening my day with your big smile and always saying hello. Enjoy every minute you have left in high school; it goes too fast. P.S. I’ll never let you forget the times I babysat you as a baby and as adorable as you were, you cried and cried every time.” ~ Lesley Macaulay, Middle/High School Art Teacher

“Danny Pittz is a ‘one of a kind’ person. He is great with classmates, awesome with underclassmen, and a role model for elementary students. He is such a positive influence in school and is always willing to stop and talk with anyone, student or adult. I know his parents have to be proud of him because every teacher in school couldn’t be more proud to have Danny represent our school district. He will succeed no matter what direction he chooses to go. He will be missed next year at MPHS.” ~ Mitch Wainwright, Superintendent and High School Principal

“Danny Pittz is one of the politest and most respectful students that I have had in my twelve years of teaching. He is kind and empathetic to all staff members and his peers. He is the type of student and athlete who takes the initiative to help others around him who may be struggling with a concept or skill. Just yesterday, as we were cleaning up from the SWAL Math Competition, the custodial staff was struggling to move a table from one of the rooms. I left the room, and when I returned, Danny was there assisting them. Danny, I want you to know that these acts of kindness definitely do not go unnoticed. You display exactly the level of character and leadership desired for members of the National Honor Society, and I am very thankful that I have been able to be your advisor. Danny, thank you for making Mineral Point High School a better place by leading by example. I wish all of the best.” ~ Cindi Nothem, High School Math Teacher

Berg, Carey Are Nov. Students Of The Month

Note: This article was originally posted by the Mineral Point School District.

The Mineral Point Kiwanis Club honored its November Students of the Month at its meeting Tuesday, November 6 at the Pointer Cafe.The students, who are members of the senior class, are selected for this honor through a voting process by staff at the high school, and their biographies are written by themselves.

Megan Berg

Megan Berg has lived in Mineral Point her whole life with her parents, Sarah and Paul Berg, her twin brother Matthew, and her older brother Josh. She would like to start by congratulating Caden on being honored here today and thanking the Kiwanis for hosting the luncheon and the teachers that noticed her hard work and voted for her.

Megan enjoys school and can’t believe how fast her senior year is going by. She has participated in many activities over the past four years including the Mineral Point Youth Group, National Honor Society, the Book Club, and Key Club and has been the Secretary of the Key Club for the past three years.

Some people might perceive Megan as an enigma or someone who is reserved and shy, but if you pay attention, you will find her true self through her many passions, like music. In band, Megan plays the French Horn for concert band, the mellophone for marching band and pep band, and the trumpet for jazz band. She is also in choir and annually attends solo and ensemble competitions. Megan has gone to State Solo and Ensemble for a French Horn duet and two singing solos. Singing stemmed Megan’s love for performing, and pushed her towards musical theatre. This is Megan’s fourth year being in the high school musical. Last year she played Fiona in “Shrek,” and this year she will be playing Queen Aggravain in “Once Upon a Mattress.” She hopes to see you all there next weekend.

When she’s not the busiest person in the world, as Caden Carey calls her, she is a wrestling cheerleader. She has been on the cheer squad since her Sophomore year, and she loves cheering for amazing wrestlers like Caden Carey. Soccer has been one of the biggest aspects of Megan’s life. She is the captain of the Dodge-Point United varsity soccer team and is a two-time first team All-Conference player. Although soccer is an underappreciated sport in Mineral Point, she wouldn’t trade it for anything else. In the summer, Megan is the head coach of the Mineral Point Swim Team. Megan began swimming at a very young age and has swam in USA Swimming meets where she competed in the 200 Butterfly.

Some of Megan’s other hobbies include drawing, painting, and ice skating. Megan loves creating art and basically grew up at the ice rink. If there’s one thing you should know about Megan, it’s that she puts her whole heart into everything she does. Even the little things, like writing a page and a half biography in the third person.

Megan is unsure of where she will be going to college in the fall, but she hopes to be attending UW-Madison and pursue a degree in Biology. She would like to thank all of her teachers, especially her science teachers Mr. Matt Austin and Mr. Tom Steger, and her music teachers Ms. Ashley McHugh and Mr. Matt Nevers. She would also like to thank her parents for always being there to support her. Even though Megan is the epitome of independent, she loves that her parents are always there to see her succeed. She would like to give one last thanks to everybody who helped her get here today.

“I truly enjoyed Megan as a wrestling cheerleader for three years. She is a very caring young lady and a hard worker. She is able to juggle many hats and stay on top of it all. I wish her all the best in the future,” Judy Pelton, Instructional Assistant

“Megan Berg serves as captain on our varsity soccer team.  She works hard in this role and does a great job bringing her teammates together.  She is an effective communicator and is someone who I rely on to keep our team focused during practices and games.  Megan is also a skilled player who holds herself accountable for her level of play and her attitude on and off the field.   She is honest and direct about the performance of the group she is a part of, a personality trait that will be a great benefit to her in the future.  I’m looking forward to our season and seeing her further develop her skills as a leader.” Erik Bakken, Head Girls Soccer Coach

“During my time with her as a student, Megan has come to take on a leadership role in the choral and musical theatre programs. She always comes to rehearsals prepared, ready to work, and with a charismatic attitude. She regularly serves as a role model for her peers in her desire to improve, ability to focus, and patience and thoughtfulness towards others. In all of our tours as an ensemble and musical community events that she has volunteered for, I have always been able to rely on Megan to represent the school and program in a positive light. Throughout her high school career, she earned a wide array of choral awards, competed at both district and state levels, and has represented the MPHS vocal program in varying choral festivals across Wisconsin. For our musical theatre productions of “The Addams’ Family,” “Shrek the Musical,” and “Once Upon a Mattress,” Megan has taken on a variety of characters and challenges and is balancing her many interests and commitments with ease. Already, her hard work, artistic skills, and team mentality are major contributing factors to the success of this year’s show! I have enjoyed witnessing her balance and grow within her multi-faceted interests over the last few years. Her caring personality, work ethic, creativity, self-motivation, and determination will take her far in college and life, and has left quite a mark on our school, community, and music program as a whole,” Ashley McHugh, Middle/High School Choir Teacher

“I have known Megan since she has been in 6th grade band. Watching Megan grow as a musician these past six years has been so much fun. She has gone from a quiet, insecure 6th grade French Horn player to a strong and confident player. In class, Megan strives to be the best as possible. She is a natural leader, and a wonderful student. Congratulations on being student of the month,” Matt Nevers, Middle/High School Band Teacher

“Megan was always such a sweet young lady, and always wore a sweet smile on her face.  Megan has flourished into a beautiful young lady with so much talent. Best of luck to you Megan as you make your way through life.  I know you will do well,” Carmen McDonald, Kindergarten Teacher

“Megan Berg has been a quiet young lady from the beginning of getting to know her.  She has been successful in music and it has been a joy watching her mature. Good luck, Megan! Congratulations on being the student of the month,” Jill McGuire Kindergarten Teacher

“It has been a pleasure getting to know Megan these past four years.  She is very kind and supportive of her peers, and she is incredibly hardworking in the classroom.  I believe that the future shines very bright for Megan, and I can’t wait to see what it brings for her!” Cindi Nothem, High School Math Teacher

“Whenever I see Megan, she is always smiling and busy!  Her high school years have been filled with activities, friends, and energy.    A quote that sticks in my mind is ‘Life is like a camera–focus on what’s important–capture the good times–develop from the negatives–if things don’t work out, take another shot.’ Continue to be yourself, Megan, and enjoy your senior year,” Lifka Bennett, Retired 5th Grade Teacher

Caden Carey

Caden Carey, son of Shane and Tori Carey. He was born at Upland Hills Hospital in 2001 and grew up in Mineral Point. He is the oldest of four kids at age 17, next being his brother Colbi at age 15, his sister Cylin at age 12, and his youngest sister Cambrey at age 9. He has a cat named Mittens, and recently his dreams came true when about a month ago, he was able to get his first puppy.  He asked, begged, and pleaded for years before he got a pomsky puppy named Scout.

He can’t believe that his last year at Mineral Point High School is slowly ticking away. His senior year has and will continue to be something cherished by him forever. Over the past four years, he has participated in Key Club, FFA, Science Club, National Honor Society, Youth Group, and is currently serving as the Skills USA president at MPHS.

Caden enjoys many things such as tubing, skiing, boating, and spending time with family and friends. Caden is a three sport athlete, participating in football, golf, and wrestling. He has been a state qualifier in wrestling for the past two years and placed 5th at 113 pounds his sophomore year.

During Caden’s senior year there has been and will be a lot of very sad endings and lasts, but one “last” he won’t mind is having to type so many application essays to colleges. He is still determining which college he would like to attend, but Caden is confident right now that his studies will be taking place in the medical field, preparing him to become a nurse, and eventually a nurse practitioner.

Caden would like to thank all the teachers for not only for the knowledge of vertical asymptotes and balanced equations, but for being there for the last 14 years. Caden has leaned on his teachers to get him through many ups and downs and creating lasting memories. He would also like everyone to make note that he is a very warm hearted and emotional person.  This is just a forewarning to all knowing graduation is imminent.

Caden would also like to congratulate his good friend Megan for also being honored as Student of the Month. He would also like to thank the school staff for voting for him to be present today, and also the Kiwanis for honoring them. He would finally like to thank his family for everything they have done for him and especially his mom who has done so much for him, most of which goes unnoticed. Today he is saying thank you for all those unnoticed things. He thanks and loves all of you so much!  Sincerely, Caden

“I am very proud of Caden. I have watched him grow into a wonderful, kind, and inspirational young man. His leadership skills in clubs, sports, and school are outstanding. He works hard to stay on high honors. Caden is always conscientious of other people’s feelings and will make a great nurse, or whatever he puts his mind to,” Judy Pelton, Instructional Assistant

“What a pleasure watching Caden grow into a mature leader.  He is willing to stand up for what is right, even when it isn’t always the most popular thing to do around friends or classmates.  He is dedicated to making our school a better place and is willing to put in the hard work to get us there. I know he will be successful when he leaves us, and we will be proud to have worked with him at MPHS,” Mitch Wainwright, Interim Superintendent and High School Principal

“Caden was always such a sweet little boy.  Even today when he sees me he always has a great big smile, a happy greeting or a hug.  Kids like Caden don’t come along every day. You never forget them. Caden will do well in life because he has a go get ’em, positive attitude.  Best of luck Caden! I know you will have lots of success in your future,” Carmen McDonald, Kindergarten Teacher

“Caden Carey is what we all want our student/child to grow up and be like.  He is a role model to everyone, dedicated to anything he participates in, always willing to lend a hand, and supportive to anyone who needs it.  As a staff member, he can read our moods and respond accordingly. He is an outstanding example of a student role model. Every school needs a young man like this,” Sue Gollon, Library Assistant

“Caden Carey is a sweet, kind young man.  While in kindergarten and beyond, he has been the kind of boy who remembered to be considerate of others and their feelings.  He has constantly included others and been a voice to those without the will to stick up for themselves. It has been a pleasure watching him grow into the studious, successful young man he is today.  Congratulations and Good Luck, Caden,” Jill McGuire, Kindergarten Teacher

“How lucky I am to have Caden Carey as a friend and former student.  His accomplishments are endless, and his senior year holds many more to come. Caden has always stayed focused while surrounding himself with good people. As he looks back over his high school years, Caden will realize these happened because of his ‘can-do’ attitude. When taking on challenges, Caden was an example to all, especially the younger children.  I, along with others, enjoy watching him as he converses with the children that idolize him, including his own siblings.  If there is a baby in the area, Caden will have it in his arms.  To see a high school student have that much love and passion for others is what makes Caden so special. He always takes the time to let others know he cares.  Numerous times over the years, I have sent Caden cards to congratulate him.  A few days later, I would receive a thank you card back from him.  That sums up Caden–humble, compassionate, and gracious.  It is known that great students are raised by great parents.  Congratulations to Caden and his family,” Lifka Bennett, Retired 5th Grade Teacher

“A role model is defined as ‘a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated.’ Caden Carey is just that, a role model.  He is kind and empathetic. He is conscientious and confident. He is trustworthy and responsible. And, he is definitely one of my son’s favorite people!  Caden is exactly the type of person that I want Clayton to look up to and aspire to be. Caden – it has been wonderful getting to be a part of your journey through both school and wrestling, and I couldn’t be prouder of your accomplishments,” Cindi Nothem, High School Math Teacher

2018 Mineral Point Wrestling Banquet

2018 Mineral Point Wrestling Banquet
Wrestlers (left to right) — Riley Workman – Captain, Most Valuable, Most Wins (38), Most Takedowns (67), Most Pins (23); Danny Pittz – Captain, Most Dedicated; Logan Schmitz – Most Near Falls (35), Most Escapes (23); Kyle Vondra – Most Improved; Mitchell Schaaf – Most Reversals (18)

 

2018 Mineral Point Wrestling Banquet
Scott Graber Award for 8th grade – Trapper Nafzger

 

2018 Mineral Point Wrestling Banquet
Cheerleaders (left to right) — Simone Fitzsimons – Most Enthusiastic; Paige Goodweiler – Captains, Best Leadership, Best Teamwork/mate; Sierra Evans – Most Dedicated; Josie Lindholm – Captain, Best All Around

Four Pointers Earn Wrestling All-Conference Honors

2017-18 SWAL ALL-CONFERENCE WRESTLING

FIRST TEAM

  • 106: Brody Lee, Fennimore
  • 113: Gage Updike, Boscobel
  • 120: Mason Lull, Fennimore
  • 126: Danny Pittz, Mineral Point
  • 132: Caden Carey, Mineral Point & Aidan Nutter, Fennimore
  • 138: Kolbe Ubersox, Darlington/Black Hawk & Trevor Wanek, Fennimore
  • 145: Riley Blair, Fennimore
  • 152: Maguire Fitzgerald, Fennimore
  • 160: Will Ahnen, Fennimore & Max Maylor, Iowa-Grant/Highland
  • 170: Tyler Hach, Riverdale
  • 182: Riley Workman, Mineral Point & Brady Peat, Iowa-Grant/Highland
  • 195: Caleb Johnson, Riverdale
  • 220: Drew Hennessey, Iowa-Grant/Highland & Brody Milz, Darlington/Black Hawk
  • 285: Sean Deglow, Riverdale

 

SECOND TEAM

  • 106: Justice Dilley, Riverdale
  • 113: Luke Blair, Fennimore
  • 120: Alex Zimmer, Iowa-Grant/Highland
  • 126: Paul King, Darlington/Black Hawk
  • 132: Braiden Pickett, Boscobel
  • 138: Dakota Frazier, Boscobel
  • 145: Logan Schmitz, Mineral Point
  • 152: Tanner Bassett, Boscobel
  • 160: Clayton Kite, Iowa-Grant/Highland
  • 170: Chase Beinborn, Boscobel
  • 182: Trevor Neuroth, Fennimore
  • 195: Brayden Leffler, Fennimore
  • 220: Garret Wilmot, Riverdale
  • 285: Francisco Garcia, Cuba City/Southwestern/Benton

Wrestling Banquet Awards

Mineral Point Wrestling held its banquet Sunday, March 19 at Dodge-Point Country Club.

Awards

Captains: Kyle Juedes, Boone Schmitz, and Riley Workman.

Danny Pittz: Most Wins and Most Valuable; Mitchell Schaaf: Most Reversals; Caden Carey: Most Wins; Lucas Sanchez: Most Escapes; Riley Workman: Most Wins, Most Near falls, and Most Pins; Boone Schmitz: Most Wins, Most Takedowns, and Most Dedicated.

Cheerleaders, left to right: Riese Federman, Most Improved; Catarina Parks, Most Valuable; Simone Fitzsimons: Most Enthusiastic; Sierra Evans: Captain and Most Valuable; Paige Goodweiler: Most Dedicated, Captain, and Best All-Around; Megan Berg: Most Improved; Josie Lindholm: Most Dedicated.

Scott Graber Award: Nolan Springer

2016-17 Varsity Team

Front Row (L-R) Josie Lindholm, Megan Berg, Simone Fitsimons, Sierra Evans, Paige Goodweiler, Catarina Parks, Riese Federman

Middle Row Asst Coach Tim Swenson, Austin Heisner, Lucas Sanchez, Boone Schmitz, Logan Schmitz, Karsten Bakken, Mitchell Schaaf, Caden Carey, Daniel Pittz, Wyatt Evans, Manager Madison Bowers

Back Row Asst Coach Cory Sokol, Head Coach Scott Schmitz, Sawyer Wallace, Grant Sporle, Kyle Juedes, Noah Stanton, Kaleb Pilling, Riley Workman, Grant Rose, Kyle Vondra, Manager Brianna Lange, Manager Maddie Siegenthaler