Camila Zavala: Slinger's Peruvian Exchange Student

posted Nov 28, 2016, 4:46 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Madeline Hoitink, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Posted November 28th, 2016

Camila Zavala is from southern Peru, more specifically Arequipa.  However, she will be staying here in Slinger until July 30, 2017 as an exchange student.  Camila arrived in the United States towards the end of August and is very excited to have the opportunity to live here for almost an entire year.  This semester, she is living with the Umhoefer family.  Next semester, her host family will be the Neidinger family.  In Peru, Camila lives with her two parents, her older brother, and her grandma.

Although Camila was nervous about this trip, this is not her first time in the United States.  She and her family have travelled a lot, so she has been to a couple other places in America: Florida and New York.  In addition, Camila and her family have travelled all around the world: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Italy, France, and Switzerland, Brazil being her favorite.  Surprisingly, Camila has been to more countries than I have been to American states.

A significant difference between life in Peru and the United States is the amount of time spent with family.  In Peru, every Sunday is reserved as a family day.  This is a long-lasting tradition in her country.  On Sunday’s Peruvian families spend all of their time together, whether they stay at home all day or go out to lunch together.  This was a challenging transition for Camila, as it was hard for her to be away from her family, even on Sunday’s.  “My second weekend here was not very fun,” comments Camila.  “I missed my family so much.”  However, Camila has gotten close with her host family and is now enjoying her time in America!

School was originally intimidating for Camila, but she now looks forward to every school day.  The English in the classrooms was challenging for her to understand at first, but now, she has met many new friends and enjoys her choir and Spanish classes the most.  There were also many changes in school to which Camila had to become accustomed.  “American school is better,” Camila claimed.  “In Peru, we don’t have lockers or study halls, and we can’t choose our classes.”

This fall, Camila decided to participate in volleyball and International Student Club at the high school.  She may join the soccer team this spring.  She also had the chance to attend the majority of Slinger’s football games and her first homecoming dance.  

This is just a snapshot of Camila’s life in Slinger, and she is looking forward to spending the rest of the year here!

SHS Student Council sponsors bus trip to Chicago

posted Nov 28, 2016, 4:41 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Abbie Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted November 28th, 2016

Saturday, December 3rd, Student Council is sponsoring a bus trip to do your Christmas shopping in Chicago. The bus will leave the SHS at 8 am and return to SHS at 8 pm. The coach bus will drop off a maximum of 50 people at the Water Tower Mall and pick up will be at 5:45 pm. The cost is $40. Please contact Mrs. Keliher ( for a form to sign up.

Big Tommy Nominations for Once Upon A Mattress

posted Nov 22, 2016, 1:12 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Megan Cichon, Entertainment Editor

Posted November 22nd, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, the Tommy Nominations are in. For those readers who don't know what the Tommy Awards are, they are the equivalent to an Oscar for high school musicals. Following the successful referendum vote for a new music wing at Slinger High School, the theater department was eager to put on an incredible performance. And according to judges, an incredible performance was delivered.

Dylan Winslow (Prince Dauntless), Matthew Mehl (Sir Harry), Joelle Hackney (Lady Larken), Jena Monroe (Princess Winnifred), Jaden Schmidt (Queen Aggravain), Darius Miller (Minstrel), and Phillip Steenbekkers (Jester) all received nominations for Outstanding Lead Performances. Riley Laetsch (Wizard), Sam Friedemann (Sir Studley), and Justine Horst (Nightingale of Samarkland) were nominated for Outstanding Supporting Performances. Renee Wagner and Kali Hottenroth were nominated for Outstanding Stage Contestants. Howard Husslein was nominated for Outstanding Scenic Design, and Lori Matasek was nominated for Outstanding Costume Design. Congratulations to all nominees!

Teachers share their favorite Thanksgiving memories

posted Nov 22, 2016, 7:08 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Slinger High School Nite Crier

Science Olympiad Invitational Results

posted Nov 22, 2016, 7:03 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Abbie Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted November 22nd, 2016

On Saturday, November 19th, Slinger’s Science Olympiad team travelled the two hour bus ride to Palatine, Illinois. The invitational took place at Palatine High School and the team came home with two medals. Sophomores Taylor Hopkins and Megan Horinek received a 3rd place medal in “Write it Do it”. Seniors Bryce Rufener and Nick Stoffel received a 2nd place medal in “Game On”. Slinger is looking to host their own invitational within the next few months.

Sign Club new to Slinger High School

posted Nov 17, 2016, 6:34 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Robby Timmler, Staff Writer

Posted November 17th, 2016

Sign Club is new this year to Slinger High School. Sign Club is a club where students learn sign language. Mrs. Weisman, an aid who learned sign language to help a student that was deaf, runs the club. Mrs. Weisman teaches that sign language is a combination of both hands and facial expressions. The first signs that a student taught is the alphabet, followed by signs and facial expressions to get a story or sentence across. Facial expressions are important in sign language because then the person you're signing can understand what the signer is feeling about the story or sentence. The club meets every Tuesday after school from 2:35 to 3:30 in room 219. Join and learn the language of silence!

New Theater for the Kettle Moraine Players

posted Nov 14, 2016, 4:20 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Abbie Schmidt, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Posted November 14th, 2016

If you’ve ever been to Jim’s Place in Slinger, you’ve probably noticed an old church across the street. On October 12th, 2016, the Kettle Moraine Players closed their purchase on the 96 year old church building, paying $47,500. I spoke with John Brandl, the Business Manager for the Kettle Moraine Players.

How did the opportunity to buy the building come about?

“We’ve been watching for a space in which we could make a theater for a couple years. About 80% of our actors and audience comes from northern Washington County so that’s the area we’ve been watching. We had an opportunity to lease in West Bend in January but that didn’t work out so we kept watching for opportunities. In early March our Chairman saw this listing.”

Why did you want to buy it? What sets this venue apart from others?

“We liked the church a lot the first time we went through it in March. We love the fact that we have 17 feet of vertical staging. If a play has a second floor balcony or room, we can actually play it as that and we can use full height staircases when needed. This adds a lot of realism to shows. The theater will be very intimate for actors and audience. At the front of the stage an actor is only 4 feet from the audience. And for the audience, no one is more than 7 rows from the stage. They will really see the facial acting in detail and even the color of the actors’ eyes. That makes for a great theatre experience for everybody. We will seat 48 on the main floor and 24 in the balcony and the seating will elevate from the stage so the audience can easily see over the people in front of them and look straight at the actors rather than up at them, just like at the Milwaukee Rep. Those in the balcony will have a downward viewing angle, also like the Milwaukee Rep. We also examined the community's support of the performing arts. Slinger scored very well, partly because they passed a pretty big referendum to build a new theater by quite a wide margin. This community loves theatre and that was also evident to me when I attended ONCE UPON A MATTRESS on Friday night. By the way, that was a terrific show. Kudos to everyone involved.”

When will it be open?

“We hope to occupy it in August and have the opening production on October 13, 2017. March through July will be a lot of construction.”

What kind of plays will be shown here? (What are the age groups involved in a show and how long does the average show take to produce?)

“Most of our shows are non-musicals with cast sizes of 10 less. Occasionally you’ll see a cast of 15 but that’s unusual. A typical year (September through May) will be 6 shows and 1 of those will be a musical but those will also have a small cast. In our last 17 shows, 4 had roles for students. That suggests an average of about 1 show per year. But those numbers don’t include characters from age 19 to 23 which high school students can frequently play. In 2010 we did THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. About 12 Slinger high school students auditioned and one, Edward Euclide, won the role of Peter Van Daan. But there will be even  more  opportunity off the stage for students. They will be able to help with lighting and sound and earn credits toward classes where they will learn to design those areas and to be stage managers and even to learn directing. With so many shows there will be lots of opportunities.”

Is there anything else you would like people to know?

“Summer will be education time as well as some weekday evenings and Saturdays during the school year. We are considering kicking off our education program this coming summer (before our theater is available) by renting space from Slinger HS. Our board of directors will make the decision by January and maybe even in November. If they decide to do it we would offer 2 afternoons of education in acting, monologues and auditioning in May (13 & 20) on Saturday afternoons and auditions on Sunday afternoon, May 21. Then rehearsals would be 3 hours in the mornings from June 10 through June 23 except the 11 & 18 (Sundays) with performances on June 24 & 25. This class/camp would probably have a cost per student of $150 and the show would be HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JUNIOR (60 minutes long). The ages would most likely be students who are completing grades 5 through 10. While most of the students would probably be from Slinger I expect some would come from Hartford, Jackson and Germantown also, so we would cap the enrollment at some number between 30 and 50. Everyone in the class is included and the audition just determines what role.”

Presidential Election Results

posted Nov 14, 2016, 4:18 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Korey Alder, Media Editor

Posted November 14th, 2016

Since last year, we've been bringing you updates on the race for the presidency, and this will likely be the last report in the series. On November 8th, voters flocked to the polls to elect the next President of the United States, and the results are in.

In case you (somehow) haven't yet heard, Republican candidate Donald Trump won the election, and a concession speech from Hillary Clinton means that the drama behind this election year may finally have come to an end. Trump took the lead in electoral votes, with 279 (as of Nov. 9th), while Clinton trailed with 228. There are still a few electoral votes remaining pending the last voting reports, but with Trump over the 270 mark, these votes won't change the outcome of the election. The interesting thing in this case is that Clinton actually received more popular votes by a relatively slight margin, but was unable to win in the electoral college, due to Trump's success in some major states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

Republicans also maintained control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, of which many seats were also up for grabs. In the Senate, Republicans control 51 seats, just enough for a majority; a similar story can be found in the House, where Republicans control 239 of the seats there. At the same time, Donald Trump should be able to select a Republican-leaning  Supreme Court member for the currently-open 9th position. This means the Republicans will likely have control of all three branches of the US government, at least until the midterm elections in 2018. Depending on your point of view, this could either be a very good or a very bad thing, but what is undeniable is that a lot of changes are coming to D.C.

Cans for Cookies Food Drive

posted Nov 9, 2016, 4:58 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted November 9th, 2016

The Student Council is running a food drive. Slinger students can bring nonperishable food items or money to their sixth hour classes every day this week. Fifty cents count for one can. The food pantry prefers mushroom soup, ramen noodles, manwich and  other non perishable food items. This is a contest and the top ten classes receive a delicious prize -- cookies! During lunch on November 8th, the Student Council had a cookie eating contest to remind everyone about the prize. Remember to bring food or money this week because there are only three days left. You can get cookies and help a good cause.

In Honor of Veterans Everywhere We Sell Stars

posted Nov 8, 2016, 12:10 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By:Robby Timmler, Staff Writer

Posted November 8th , 2016

In our country the date November 11th is one that doesn’t go unnoticed, for November 11th is Veterans Day. In the tradition of Veterans Day, Slinger High School is selling stars for $1 from November 7th to November 11th to raise up money to send a veteran on Honor Flight to see the war memorials in Washington D.C. The stars fundraiser is run by the social studies department, which includes Mr. Wolf, Mrs. Stolaski, and Mr. Hamm. This tradition of selling stars started 1999. The star was chosen as the selling item because it's the symbol of the veterans. Each year we try send at least one veteran on the Honor Flight, but it’s tough since it costs 500 dollars to send a veteran on the Honor Flight. Last year, we raised $320. The men and women that defended our country deserve to be recognized for their hard work and sacrifice. To veterans everywhere the District of Slinger, Wisconsin thanks you for your service.

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