Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kieron Kohlmann wins national automotive competition; Park grad heading to international competition

Over the past year, recent Park High School graduate Kieron Kohlmann has competed and won more state and national automotive competitions than any other student in District history. 

He swept the three Wisconsin competitions this year including the SkillsUSA Automotive Technology competition, the Auto Dealers Association of Metro Milwaukee Technicians of Tomorrow contest and the Wisconsin AAA/Ford Student Auto Skills Competition. And now, Kohlman has done it again. Last week, in Kansas City, Kohlman won first place in Automotive Technology at the 46th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Representing the state of Wisconsin against 49 other top competitors, Kohlmann won the national Automotive Service Technology Competition which lasted almost eight hours and included 12 work stations and a 100-question Automotive Service Excellence test. The work stations cover repairs on vehicles and components in air conditioning, body electrical diagnosis, engine performance, safety, job interview, electrical circuits, brakes, automatic transmission, manual transmission, engine mechanical and electronic service information.

Kohlman finished first with the nearest competitor almost 20 points away. He won nearly $30,000 in scholarships and thousands of dollars in tools plus a new Dell Computer. In total, Kohlmann has won more than $170,000 in and more than $10,000 in tools. Additionally, Kohlmann and RUSD instructor Dave Dixon will now have the opportunity to spend seven days with the Doug Herbert Top Fuel Team as they prepare and service their Dragster at the NHRA Charlotte Race this September.

For the past few weeks, Kohlmann has been living his dream. Prior to the national SkillsUSA competition, he began the summer participating in the Hotrod Magazine Power Tour – one of the top automotive tours in the world – traveling through seven cities across the country.

Kohlmann worked with Dixon and retired teacher Gottfied Georgie to prepare for the competition. Local auto dealers also had him in training with their shop. 

A RacinePost reader also wrote in to point out Kohlmann benefitted from a referendum passed about six years ago to build a state-of-the-art auto facility at Park High School.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Olympia Brown elementary gets new principal; Joan Kuehl starts July 1

On July 1, Olympia Brown Elementary School will have a new principal. Joan Kuehl will join the Racine Unified School District taking over for Interim Principal Culleen Witthuhn.  

Kuehl has more than 20 years of experience in education most recently serving as principal of the Milwaukee Center for Independence Charter School in Milwaukee. She previously spent 13 years at Milwaukee Public Schools serving as elementary and special education teacher, assistant principal and also as principal in one of the District’s highest performing elementary schools. Kuehl also has experience in statewide education policy development and implementation having spent time with the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Kuehl received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Carroll College in Waukesha and her master’s degree in Exceptional Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She and husband David have two daughters; Elizabeth will be a senior at New York University and Jennifer is a soon-to-be freshman at Marist College in New York.

Interim Principal Culleen Witthuhn to Help Lead RUSD Early Education

After serving as Interim Principal at Olympia Brown during the past school year, Culleen Witthuhn will return to her passion – early childhood education. Witthuhn has agreed to serve as Early Education Interim Principal at Red Apple Elementary.

Prior to her position at Olympia Brown, Witthuhn was associate principal at Goodland and Red Apple Elementary Schools. In addition to her former responsibilities, Witthuhn will serve as a districtwide leader in early childhood education. Her new responsibilities will include the adoption of the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, the development of common benchmarks and assessments for early childhood students and working with the community to coordinate and improve early childhood education for children from birth to grade 3.

Witthuhn will begin her new role on July 1.

Racine Lutheran announces scholarships and tuition grants

Racine Lutheran High School is currently registering students for the 2010-11 school year, and scholarships and tuition grants are an important element to families.

The school was pleased to award Racine Lutheran High scholarships to Valedictorians and Salutatorians from several Christian elementary schools this year. Congratulations and wishes for future success to:
  • Concordia Lutheran School Valedictorian Amy Dahlquist and Salutatorian Austin Krieger 
  • Racine Christian School Co-Valedictorians Lindsey Czernicki, Jean Jensen, and Abby Parsons 
  • St. John's Lutheran School Valedictorian Carrissa Naegeli and Salutatorian Timothy Boeselager 
  • Trinity Lutheran School Co-Valedictorians Sarah Aumann and Rachel Cooke, Salutatorian Miranda Richio 
Tuition Grants 
In addition, Racine Lutheran has a pool of $100,000 in scholarships and tuition grants available to incoming students. Families should contact the school immediately to apply. Requests are assessed by a third-party payment service (FACTS) to ensure equal opportunity.

Students coming from supporting Lutheran churches are eligible for tuition discounts. Also, students from other area Christian Schools may take advantage of Christian Education Commitment grants.

Principal Randy Baganz notes, “Tuition breaks down to only $18 a day to send your teen to Racine Lutheran for an outstanding education in a Christian environment, smaller classes with personal attention, great sports and fine arts programs, plus a cleaner, safer environment. Parents and students tell us that an education at Racine Lutheran makes a life-long difference in keeping young lives on a straight track to successful living.”

“Racine Lutheran offers the lowest tuition of all private schools in Racine County – from 20-50% less. The school also offers discounts for two or more students from the same family, payment plans for affordable monthly payments, and an arrangement with Educator’s Credit Union for loans. Payment contributions from grandparents are also a popular gift for students. About 50% of our students receive tuition assistance of some kind.

“If your family is interested in Christian education for your teen, tuition grants and scholarships - plus affordable payment plans – can open the door to a better high school experience.” 

Call Randy Baganz or Bonnie Christensen at (262) 637-6538 for a personal tour and planning session.