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VOL. 125, NO. 12 THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017 SINGLE COPY PRICE: $1.25

Mayoral candidates present two very different visions for the citys future
by MATT GEIGER tuate the things they believe other in the Middleton Reviews
make them unique. town hall forum at the Village
The second debate, which Green bar and grill.
was hosted by the Middleton Perhaps the most striking
Mayoral candidates Gurdip High School Current Events area where Brar and Hilbert di-
Brar and Hans Hilbert were Club and the Middleton Times- verged was on the legacy of
fairly cordial in the second of Tribune, took place at the Mid- outgoing Mayor Kurt Sonnen-
two debates leading up to the dleton Performing Arts Center tag.
April 4 election, while they both on March 15, one week after
went to great lengths to accen- Hilbert and Brar faced each DEBATE, page 8

Richson, Oberle launch

Mayoral candidates Gurdip Brar (left) and Hans Hilbert (right) during their debate at the
Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger

Middleton Performing Arts Center last week.

write-in campaigns for

Middleton Town Board
They will challenge Kolar and Roehl
by KEVIN MURPHY ber since 2010, is running on unig as town chair after winning
the April 4 ballot against Town election in 2013 election.
Chair Bill Kolar. Richard Richson lost to Roehl in the
Oberle, an information technol- April 2013 election.
A Town of Middleton Plan

Beautiful Middleton!
ogy specialist with CUNA Mu- Richsons and Oberles
Commission member and a for- tual Group, is opposing Tim names will not appear on the
mer town board supervisor reg- Roehl, who has been Seat 1 April 4 ballot but votes cast for
istered last week as write-in board supervisor since 2009. them will be counted as they are
candidates for town chair and Oberle had served 12 years registered candidates with the
town board, respectively. on the board before Gary Whit- town, according to a recent
Cynthia Richson, an attorney ney defeated him by 31 votes in change in state law. Are you feeling weighed down by the toxic sludge that passes for news these days? Internet
and a Plan Commission mem- 2014. Both write-in candidacies are trolls, political bickering, violence and environmental calamity? While its important to be
Kolar, a project manager for fueled by legislation introduced aware of the worlds many woes, and to try to help solve them, its also good to take a mo-

Mindfulness in local schools

Kraemer Bros., LLC, was this month to take away resi- ment to appreciate the fact that you live in a beautiful community. The image above, as well
elected as a board supervisor in dents right to vote on opting as ve more on page 12, all captured by award-winning photographer and Middleton
2008 and succeeded Milo Bre- resident Michael Knapstein, prove that the Good Neighbor City is brimming with splendor.
ELECTION, page 4

by ALEX CRAMER More classrooms this year grader was even asked to lead working memory capacity.
are practicing mindfulness and the mindful minute a brief To show how the program is
mindful minutes, Schommer exercise designed to refocus at- helping students in and out of
At the Feb. 27 meeting of the said, and many students know tention at the beginning of a school, Schommer read a few
Middleton School Board, Park what it means to be mindful. recent staff meeting. testimonials from fourth
Elementary Principal Monica Initially introduced in two Increased mindfulness in graders. A student named Finley
Schommer touted the success of schools during the 2015-2016 schools, Schommer pointed out, says mindfulness is about

City leaf collection begins soon

the districts mindfulness pro- academic year, the program has has benefits like higher atten- thinking more and learning
gram in its first year of system- proven popular among students dance and retention, and yields better. I use it at home, Fin-
wide implementation. and teachers. In fact, one fourth significant improvements in
MIND, page 13

Bulk leaf collection will along the terrace, but not placed will not be collected, and leaves Please reference the Leaf and
begin on or about April 3 in the street or gutter. Do not mixed with brush will not be Garden Waste Collection Policy
(weather permitting) and will pile leaves around trees, posts collected. Leaves and brush on the city website at
continue throughout the month. or mailboxes. must be kept in separate piles. for additional
Leaves must be windrowed Leaves in bags or containers information.

Middleton resident Natalie Trumm will perform

world premieres of New York composers vocal
works at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge
Middleton resident Natalie role of Marian Paroo in Mered-
Trumm will perform world pre- ith Wilsons classic The Music
mieres of New York composers Man. While earning her Bache-
vocal works at the Longy lor of Music in Vocal Perform-
School of Music in Cambridge, ance from the University of
MA on Thursday April 6th, Wisconsin, Trumm sang the
2017, and again at the Morgan Queen of the Night (Die Za-
Library in New York City on uberflte), Dido (Dido and Ae-
Tuesday, April 13th 2017. neas) Laetitia (The Old Maid
Trumm received her BM in and the Thief) among others;
Vocal Performance from UW- and also participated in master-
Stevens Point where she studied classes with Marcia Porter,
with Professor Susan Bender. Bradley Moore, and Stephen F.
Now at Bard College Conserva- Austin. Her awards include first
tory Graduate Vocal Arts Pro- place winner at the National As-
gram (MM Vocal Performance sociation of Teachers of Singing
18), she works with artistic di- (NATS) Competition in Wis-
rector Dawn Upshaw and her consin (2012, 2015), and semi-

Good Neighbor lends a hand!

voice teacher Edith Bers (Juil- finalist in the Classical Singer
Photo contributed liard). Competition (2016).

Premieres About the Program

The two concerts will feature Natalie Trumm attended The Graduate Vocal Arts Pro-
Photo contributed

A Restoring Hope Transplant House family from Abrams Wisconsin was due to be dis- contemporary selections by Middleton High School, gram is a unique master of
charged from UW Hospital recently, but they were having car related issues with a couple of some of the most exciting and where she was apart of the music program in vocal arts.
tires and found themselves unable to go anywhere. promising composers of our Chamber Singers, Broadway Conceived, designed and led by
RHTH friend and supporter, Al Watrud, from the Middleton Lions Club came out, took time. Trumm will give the New Bound and participated in renowned American soprano
off both tires, brought them in to be repaired, drove them back here to RHTH, put them back York premiere of Void for so- district and state Solo Ensem- Dawn Upshaw, the program
on the vehicle, pointed them in the direction of Abrams with a smile on his face and didnt prano, piano (Bethany Petron- ble. was created to prepare the
charge them a cent. iro) and viola (Rosemary Nelis). and serves as Co-Artistic Direc- young singer to meet the special

Monologues come to Middleton

The composer, Nina C. Young tor of NY-based new music sin- challenges of pursuing a profes-
(b. 1984), is the winner of the fonietta Ensemble chapp. sional life in music in the 21st
2015-16 Rome Prize in Musical century. This two-year master
Composition, along with a About Natalie Trumm of music degree balances a re-
Koussevitzky Commission Trumm attended Middleton spect for established repertory
Forward Theater Company Beer is Food by Sam White; established in 2013 with a from the Library of Congress High School (12), where she and expressive techniques with
will present a collection of The Family Feast by Derek matching grant from the Na- and honors from The Interna- was apart of the Chamber the flexibility and curiosity
monologues at the Middleton Aimonetto; and Door #1 by tional Endowment for the Hu- tional Alliance for Women in Singers, Broadway Bound and needed to keep abreast of evolv-
Public Library on Wednesday, Lori Matthews. Michael manities to fund humanities Music. Youngs recent commis- participated in district and state ing musical ideas. Students
April 19th, at 6:30 PM in the Herold, founding member of programs at Dane County sions include a bassoon pocket Solo Ensemble. work on art song, chamber
Librarys lower-level Archer Forward Theater, will close public libraries. concerto for Brad Balliett and This season Trumm joined music, new music and operatic
Room. Entitled Soul Food, the show with the crowd-fa- More information is avail- the Metropolis Ensemble, conductor James Bagwell and repertoire throughout the
the monologues celebrate our vorite, Hot Nuts by Califor- able at Agnosco Veteris for Robert Bards TN ensemble as Cune- coursework of the program. Op-
unique connection to the food nia playwright Kimberly Spano and the Aspen Philhar- gonde in a semi-staged produc- eratic repertoire is studied and
we eat, and include work by Megna Yarnall. For more information and monic Orchestra, and is collab- tion of Leonard Bernsteins performed throughout the cur-
playwrights from across the This special performance is to register online, visit the li- orating with vocal bassist Candide. She performed several riculum and, in alternate years,
country, including three by made possible by the Beyond brarys events calendar at Andrew Munn and the Nouveau leading roles at the American in a fully staged production at
Madison-area playwrights: the Page endowment, a fund Classical Project on an evening- Gothic Performing Arts Festival the Richard B. Fisher Center for
length, interdisciplinary cantata in Ottumwa, Iowa, including ti- the Performing Arts. The pro-
titled Making Tellus: Sketches tles roles in two works by John gram also includes a strong
of a Cosmogram for the Anthro- Davies: the Mother in Little practical component with semi-
pocene a work for voices, Reds Most Unusual Day (the nars and classes on career skills
mixed chamber ensemble, sus- operatic retelling of Little Red led by some of the leading fig-
tainable fashion, and interactive Riding Hood) and Despina in ures in arts management and ad-
media that addresses the current The Three Little Pigs; and the ministration.
socio-political conversation sur-
rounding human intervention
and the Earths rapidly chang-
ing geology. Young is an Assis-
tant Professor in the
Department of Arts at Rensse-
laer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Carol Ann Jensen February running She spent the last two and a Robin and Ann, all from Apple- ickson; her sisters, June (Earl)
1961. She r a c e s , half years in Appleton residing ton. She is also survived by her Klang, Pat (Joe) Nelson; Arnita
Carol Ann Jensen joined her
completed camping, at the Touchmark retirement siblings: Grace Peterson, Ruth Erickson, and her sister-in-law,
husband, Gwaynne, and family
her studies backpack- community to allow for contin- Mason, Bonnie Grandell, Jan Gloria Proctor.
members in heaven on Tuesday
at the Uni- ing, climb- uous care along with daily visits Gnotta, Vera Lois Erickson,
March 14, 2017. Our own spe-
versity of ing and from her son Michael and his Judy Johnson, Jackie (Dick) The service for Carol was
cial angel now watches over us
Wi s c o n - fishing all wife Karen and their girls. Our Biron, Nita (Pat) Daun, Tom held on Saturday, March 18,
and guides our path. Carol was
sin, Mil- over the family would like to thank (Marge) Erickson, David 2017 at 11:30 AM at the WICH-
born December 19, 1938 in Du-
waukee c o u n t r y. Touchmark for their loving care (Sherry) Erickson, Arlene MANN FUNERAL HOME. A
luth, Minnesota as the ninth
where she Carol kept of our mother over the past two Thygeson, Ardy (Carl) Sjodin, time of visitation will be heldon
child to Edna and Adolph Erick-
received her undergraduate and right up with her boys in every plus years and to AseraCare Connie (Roger) Grumdahl and Saturdayfrom10:00 AMuntil
son. She would eventually gain
masters in education. She way. She was an avid runner, hospice for their compassionate Cyndee Erickson; plus sister-in- the time of the service at the fu-
10 more siblings in this amaz-
taught second grade and junior- completing several marathons care in her final days. law, Jill (Bob) Williams and neral home. Interment will be
ing Erickson family. She grad-
primary in White Fish Bay, then and a 50-mile ultra-run. In their She is survived by her fam- many, many nieces and in the Evergreen Memorial
uated from Proctor High
in the Middleton-Cross Plains retirement between San Diego ily: son, Jeffrey and his wife, nephews. Park in Colorado.
School, where she was a cheer-
School districts for 29 and Frisco, Colorado, they Celia from Palm City FL, and She was preceded in death by
leader and went on to college at
years. Together, Carol and hiked mountains with Carol their four children; Steve, her husband, Gwaynne; his par- Online condolences may be

Is Restorative Justice a better way to resolve disputes?

St. Scholastica.
Gwaynne (GE) had two sons, summiting at least 39 of Col- Danny, Jenny and Joey; her son, ents Alvina and Marvin Jensen, expressed at www.wichmann-
She married Gwaynne Jensen
Jeffrey and Michael. As a fam- orados 14,000 foot peaks and Michael and his wife, Karen her parents, Edna and Adoph
from Walnut Grove, MN in
ily they spent many summers dozens of others. and their three daughters; Jill, Erickson; her brother, Bob Er-

Approach derived from Native American culture offers an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system
The Middleton Public Li- He will talk about the ethical offenders out of the criminal Foundation to expand the pro- founder of Project Ujima (at possible by a grant from the Be-
brary will host a presentation on implications of restorative jus- justice system and reduce racial gram and gain access to na- Wisconsin Childrens Hospital yond the Page Foundation. For
Tuesday, April 11th, entitled tice, and contrast the traditional disparities. Dane Countys first tional experts on criminal in MKE) and the founder of the a full list of events in this series
Restorative Justice: Join the criminal justice system with the Community Restorative Court justice reform. Jaha Workshops Father & Son at other Dane County libraries,
Movement. Ron Johnson, Co- restorative approach, an ap- was established in 2014 on Ron Johnson is a former mid- Retreat. visit The
ordinator of Dane Countys proach derived from Native Madisons south side with the dle school teacher and principal. This event is part of a series presentation will begin at 7:00
Community Restorative Court, American Culture. stated mission to repair harm, For 15 years, he directed the created by the Waunakee Public PM in the librarys lower-level
will discuss the basic tenets of Interest in restorative justice reduce risk, and rebuild com- City of Milwaukees youth gang Library called Punishing the Archer Room.
restorative justice and its appli- and community restorative munity. in February of this diversion program. Later, he Poor: Criminalizing Poverty Those interested may register
cation as it relates to resolving courts has grown in recent years year, the County received a coordinated Marquette Univer- that will examine the relation- online at

How women transform the food system

disputes in communities and be- as community leaders have $50,000 grant from the John D. sitys Safe Streets Restorative ship between poverty and incar- or by email at info@midli-
tween individuals. sought a way to keep youthful and Catherine T. MacArthur Justice program. He is the co- ceration. The series is made

Soil Sisters Celebrates Women in Agriculture

The Middleton Public Li- PM in the Librarys lower-level will give a presentation on the up and market a food business
brary will host a special event Archer Room. Over a dozen importance of women to local, from your home kitchen. She
on Thursday, April 6th, entitled local women farmers will be on sustainable agriculture. Lisa and her family run Inn
Soil Sisters: How Women hand to offer samples of their leads the Rural Womens proj- Serendipity Bed & Breakfast in
Transform Our Food System. products and share valuable ect, a venture of the Midwest Browntown, WI.
An open house celebrating farm and gardening tips. At Organic and Sustainable Educa- Register online and find more
the historic roots and inspiring 7:00 PM, Lisa Kivirist, author tion Service (MOSES). She is information about local farmers

Prairie Chase returns for third year

stories of women in sustainable of the 2016 book Soil Sisters: A also the author of the 2015 book scheduled to attend at midli-
agriculture will begin at 6:00 Toolkit for Women Farmers, Homemade for Sale: How to set

Now in its third year, the competitions that will follow a gins and ends. Children of all cludes two t-shirts), $27.50 for
Prairie Chase 5K/10K Run beautiful, wide crushed lime- ages are encouraged to join as an individual and $12.50 for a
& 5K Walk will start and finish stone path that circles the Con- part of the family entry. student.
in Orchid Heights Park, Mid- servancy. The 5K walk will go Right now the fees are Please register by going to
dleton, WI. through the prairie fields in and $42.50 for a family (which in-
This event is held as a around Fredericks Hill and will
fundraiser for the Friends of showcase the efforts of the
Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Friends restoration work over
an environmental non-profit the last 22 years.
based in Middleton that is con- After the race, refreshments
cerned with restoring, protect- will be served and there will be
ing and promoting the Pheasant live music. In addition, awards
Branch Conservancy and its will be given to the top men and
watershed for all to enjoy. women for the 5K and 10K run
The event has two running events and a raffle of some great
gifts will be offered as well.
Also, this year there will be a
short kids run just before the
main event. It will be a short
race around a soccer field near
the shelter where the event be-
School districts facilities planning


committee continues to make progress
Group was formed in 2016 to get info and explore options
Middleton High School is proud to partner with the Dane County Consortium to offer Youth
Apprenticeship opportunities to our students. Apprenticeships are available in Biotechnology, The Facilities Planning Com- months. Mavroulis and the school
Information Technology, Health Care, Manufacturing, Pharmacy, Finance, Marketing, Construc- mittee, which held its first meet- The District hired Eppstein board have charged the FPC to
tion, Engineering, Architecture and Hospitality and Tourism. The student benefits by receiving ing in September 2016 and Uhen Architects to help with the keep those goals in mind when
school credit, a workplace mentor, industry experience, and pay. It allows a student to explore a plans to meet until early 2018, facilities planning process in considering options.
career up close and be better prepared for next steps after high school. continues to gather information February and is currently ac- This board has put no limi-
and explore possible options to cepting requests for proposal tations on you, Mavroulis told
Student: John Virnig recommend to the Board of Ed- from construction firms. The the FPC in September. You
Parents: Joe and Kathy Virnig ucation. District plans to interview final- should dream big.
Area of Apprenticeship: Media / IT The school board decided in ists in April. After the FPC narrows down
Place of Employment: Middleton High August 2016 to convene an FPC The District adopted three its options, the District plans to
School made up of community mem- goals in 2016 under Mavroulis, survey community members in
bers. More than 60 District res- who took over as superintend- early 2018. The FPC is hoping
Goals after high school: idents expressed interest in ent on July 1, 2016: to make recommendations to
I plan to go to Madison College to pursue an serving on the committee and 1. Plan for growth: Ensure the school board in the spring of
Associates degree in Electrical Engineering more than 20 were selected. facilities and resources meet the 2018.
Technician and return for a certificate in Film The FPC has met monthly needs of all students and staff. We want to make sure we
Making. and toured Middleton High 2. Improve student engage- engage our community through-
School, both middle schools ment and well-being in order out this process, communica-
What do you do at your place of appren- 2000 February. and three of the six elementary to improve student achieve- tions director Perry Hibner
ticeship? The Youth Apprenticeship Program has given schools during that time. Co- ment: Ensure an inclusive, in- said.
In my position I work in the high school me a chance to explore a field that I believe will chairs Luke Francois and Bob novative, inspiring, culturally Voters approved two referen-
Media Department making and editing videos. be a part of my future. It has allowed me to ex- Hesselbein along with Superin- and linguistically responsive dum questions in November
I also go around to different district schools and pand my knowledge and confirm my love for tendent George Mavroulis have and supportive learning envi- 2012 worth nearly $60 million.
film for events they have going on. I have the field. From navigating intense interviews provided monthly updates to the ronment for all students. In- Most of Kromrey Middle
worked at Sauk Trail, MHS, and Elm Lawn. I to learning more about the lab and research school board. crease student commitment to School was rebuilt, while a new
have made many different films highlighting a process I have been provided with an amazing The FPC spent its first few and enthusiasm for innovative wing was added at Glacier
lot the wonderful activities that take place in our opportunity to preview my future. months learning about enroll- learning; foster talent develop- Creek Middle School in Cross
schools. ment projections, capacity for ment and create a sense of hope Plains along with adding class-
For information about the Youth Appren- every school and what facilities for the future. rooms and other space. The Dis-
How does having an industry mentor ben- ticeship Programs at Middleton High School and need renovation. The com- 3. Enhance adult engage- trict also moved fifth-graders
efit your experience? contact Sheila Hibner at mittee spent two meetings ment and well-being: Ensure into both middle schools to re-
Having a person that works in the industry or Cherie Hellen- brainstorming possible options an inclusive, innovative, inspir- lieve overcrowding at the ele-
helps me understand what I am doing and how brand at and the District plans to provide ing and supportive working and mentary level.
to make it better. Eventually they lead me in a Appren- more information about curricu- adult learning environment There are more than 6,700 K-
direction that makes the video the best I can ticeships are available in health care, infor- lum needs and 21st century through meaningful collabora- 12 students in District schools
produce. For a good representation of this, go mation technology, biotechnology, STEM learning at upcoming meetings. tion. Engage families. Take care in 2016-17. When the referen-
to YouTube and look up our Gallery 2000 careers, manufacturing, finance, hospitality The FPC and Board of Educa- of ourselves, our students, and dum passed, there were a little
videos, Gallery 2000 September and Gallery and tourism, and construction. tion are also planning multiple each other. more than 6,000 K-12 students.
joint meetings in the coming

ELECTION continued from page 1

out of county zoning and allow- meeting remaining. The town chair is a leader of The town gets very few com- will save the towns taxpayers against AB 109, he said.
ing just the town board to de- Opt out proponents are get- the town and Kolar has given up plaints and Im proud of that, money as the town will keep 15 Many of the supervisors
cide. ting some push back from resi- his leadership to Roehl who is he said. percent of the zoning fees de- who testified in favor of AB 109
Opting out is a separate dents which is why they want to driving the town to opt out, and Richson agreed that the town velopers now pay directly to the said if residents dont like what
issue. This (candidacy) is about take away their vote, Richson encouraging forming tax incre- is well managed today but its county. they do, vote them out of office.
taking away the legal right to said. mental finance districts, Rich- future under town-controlled Roehl said the towns fi- Well, Im giving them what
vote on an important matter, I know Kolar has been on son said. zoning represents a great nances are gotten in better they asked for, he said.
Richson said Tuesday. (Dane County Towns Associa- Kolar will not publically say change in its direction. shape due to his involvement on Oberle said he was the most
The legislation, AB109, re- tion) opt out working group, how hell vote on opting out or I believe in representative the town board including saving environmentally mindful mem-
ceived a hearing on March 8 be- with (towns association attor- if he favors making residents government but right now the $5,400 annually by buying in- ber when he served on the town
fore the Assembly Local ney Mark) Hazelbaker and vote on opting out advisory. town board represents special stead of leasing a car for the board or plan commission and
Government Committee. (Town of Berry Town Chair An- Im undecided, he said on interests, not the taxpayers, sheriffs deputy the town con- would continue to ask the hard
Roehls testimony made it clear thony) Varda, and none of that AB 109. Richson said. tracts for patrol services. questions others wont.
that he and Kolar favored mak- is transparent. Theyve been Kolar did say he is the candi- Roehl, who is a Realtor and I think that was the only Opt out is being pushed
ing residents vote on opting out holding meetings at town hall date for town chair with the registered lobbyist for the Dane compliment I ever got from against by people she doesnt
only advisory, Richson said. andthose meetings have not most experience in town gov- County Towns Association, Richard (Oberle). He said, nice trust to act in the towns best in-
Under state law adopted last been posted, Richson said. ernment and that the town is in bristles at any hint that he has a catch, Tim, said Roehl. terests and if elected to the town
year, towns could not opt out of At the March 1 Plan Com- great shape financially, and conflict of interest. Town property taxes have not board he will remain an advo-
Dane County controlled zoning mission meeting, Richson voted has improved under his leader- He notes that his experience gone up during his time on the cate for the towns semi-rural
without an affirmative vote by to recommend to the town ship. as a Realtor informs him on board, Roehl said, and you charter through zoning deci-
residents. The Middleton town board that the town not opt out We take care of our roads, land development issues and cant do better on taxes or pub- sions made by the town or the
board supervisors have taken all of county zoning at this time. our parks. We have develop- makes decisions to benefit the lic safety than me. county, he said.
the steps necessary to opt out The motion was approved 5-2. ment and planning and Ive had town, not himself. Richard is a noer. He never Im a big advocate for clus-
with only the residents sched- Its premature, she said of a hand in that since the mid-90s. Opting out of country zoning brings good ideas to the table. tered subdivisions in the town,
uled for April 18 annual town the move. He was defeated in his last cam- as they originally were pro-
paign by Gary Whitney who a posed. Those like the Stone
much better supervisor than Brook neighborhood where I
Richard ever was, Roehl said. live. If more development
Residents prompted Oberle comes, thats what Id love to
to run for the board before and see happen again, he said.
after he testified last week
MHS Musicians Shine at Solo/Ensemble Festival

MHS trumpet ensemble conducted by Halie Brown - Students in the ensemble (not in order pictured) include: Kei Kohmoto,
Jacob Rozum, Abby Burns, Kian Djamali, Julia Fonder, Kyra Ginsberg, Katy Jurgella, Ben Petersen, Thorne Powers, Max Pres-
tigiacomo, Rachel Roberson, Alexis Stahnke, Jaimie Williamson. State bound string quartet L to R: Michael Xie, Balaji Veera-
mani, Emma Neumann, Mary Hsu.

Hundreds of Middleton High Kian Djamali, trumpet Anton Tung, marimba Trumpet trio: Kian Djamali,
School music students per- Sawm Djamali, alto sax Jenna Wagner, marimba Thorne Powers Jaimie
formed at the WSMA Solo/En- Jonathan Downs, tenor sax Alex Warholic , parade Williamson
semble Music Festival on Ben Fagre, marimba, timpani drum, timpani Wind quintet: Hanna
Saturday, March 4th in Middle- Ben Foster, alto sax Susanna Zheng, clarinet Noughani, Kirby Heck, Declan
ton. Congratulations to all of the Amber Fuerbringer, tenor sax Mulkerin, Anna Nordhaus,
Middleton High School per- Isaac Galang, baritone Band Ensembles: Henry Cryns
formers for their hard work, in- Kyra Ginsberg, trumpet Alto sax trio: Ben Foster, An- Woodwind Ensemble
dividual music learning and Maeve Gonter, flute drew Stine, Andrew Kruck
performance! The MHS bands Adam Goren, marimba, tim- Brass quintet: Kei Kohmoto, Orchestra Solos:
and orchestras are at their peak pani Katy Jurgella, Declan Mulkerin, Sergio Aviles, violin
now due to all of the individual Jordan Gundrum, flute Kirby Heck, Isaac Galang Mia Chapman, violin
practice hours and increased Kirby Heck, alto trombone, Clarinet Choir 1 Joseph Choi, cello State bound horn quartet: Declan Mulkerin, Megan An-
musicianship through the trombone Clarinet Choir 2 Meghna Datta, violin drews, Jack Rader, Andrew McGinley.
solo/ensemble experience. Connor Hellenbrand, alto sax Clarinet duet: Susanna Jahnavi Gali, viola
Steve Kurr, MHS Orchestra Nick Hinz, marimba Zheng, Saemee Kim Reshma Gali, violin
Teacher, said about the student Molly Hoferle, clarinet Clarinet trio: Andrew Allen, Calvin Guse, viola
participation in solo/ensembles, Taylor Huber, trumpet Susanna Zheng, Saemee Kim Mary Hsu, violin
Working on solos and ensem- Sam Jaeger, marimba, parade Double Reed Ensemble Cha Mee Kim, viola
bles teaches a whole different drum Flute Choir A Leta Landucci, violin, viola
set of skills from large orchestra Emily Keebler, alto sax Flute Choir B Eric Lee, violin
rehearsal.Students work on in- Saemee Kim, clarinet Flute Choir C Rachael Lee, violin
dependent musicianship skills, Kei Kohmoto, trumpet Flute duet: Emma Kostecki, Sam Miller, cello
they become more individually Emma Kostecki, flute Cami Malak Emma Neumann, cello
responsible, and they simply Grace Madigan, flute Flute duet: Maggie Carey, Bria Peterson, viola
spend more time with their in- Cami Malak, flute, piccolo Grace Madigan Maureen Sheehan, viola
struments in the weeks leading Abby Mangas, flute, piccolo Flute duet: Madeline Pope, Ellie Taylor, violin
up to this festival.February is Andrew McGinley, horn Morgan Pincombe Stuart Wodzro, violin
the month of greatest musical Kaden Mettel, concert snare Flute duet: Lena Lonetree- Michael Xie, viola
growth in our music class- drum Miller, Katie Stigler Kirstin Yu, violin
rooms. Declan Mulkerin, horn Flute trio: Madeline Pope,
175 MHS music events are Clara Nemr, tenor sax Anna Nordhaus, Morgan Pin- Orchestra Ensembles:
headed to the state WSMA con- Anna Nordhaus, flute combe Violin duet: Leta Landucci,
test at UW Platteville on April Hanna Noughani, oboe Flute/Oboe duet: Grace Kirstin Yu
29: 112 band events, 28 orches- Peter Opitz, marimba Madigan, Hanna Noughani Violin duet: Ellie Taylor,
tra events, 16 choral events and Britney Paul, flute Horn quartet: Jack Rader, Rachael Lee Ruth Thompson, piano solo.
Photos contributed

19 piano events. Congratula- Ben Petersen, trumpet Declan Mulkerin, Megan An- Viola duet: Michael Xie, Jah-
tions to all students, parents, Morgan Pincombe, flute drews, Andrew McGinley navi Gali
teachers and coaches who Madeline Pope, flute Misc. trio: Amona Saleh, String quartet: Meghna
helped make this possible! The Thorne Powers, trumpet Luke Jurgella, Max Prestigia- Datta, Rachael Lee, Maureen Jessica Kim, piano Elizabeth Engle, soprano
following students have quali- Max Prestigiacomo, trumpet como Sheehan, Marcus Knoke Max Newcomer, piano Seamus Fleischman, tenor
fied for the state solo/ensemble Logan Prichard, baritone Percussion duet: Sam Jaeger, String quartet: Stuart Anna Paulsen, piano Isabel Garlough-Shah, so-
contest. Jack Rader, horn Luke Zoroufy Wodzro, Frank Thornton, Nitin Abigail Thompson, piano prano
Caleb Randall, alto sax Percussion duet: Adam Somasundaram, Joseph Choi Ruth Thompson, piano Sarah Gralnek, soprano
Band Solos: Amanda Roesch, alto sax Goren, Luke Zoroufy String quartet: Mary Hsu, Nathan Trinkl, piano Robert McPherson, bass
Melissa Ahn, timpani Griffin Rose, alto sax Percussion ensemble: Ellip- Balaji Veeramani, Michael Xie, Anton Tung, piano Kylie Peters, music theater
Andrew Allen, clarinet Jacob Rozum, trumpet sis Emma Neumann Zoe Ystenes, piano James Rasmussen, tenor
Max Balasubramaniam, tim- Emma Schweber, clarinet Percussion ensemble: Cardi- String quintet: Ellie Taylor, Kirstin Yu, piano Lydia Shaw, alto
pani Simi Seerha, timpani nal Percussion Reshma Gali, Calvin Guse, Jah- William Zhang, piano Abigail Thompson, soprano
Kai Batley, alto sax Titus Smith, bass trombone Percussion ensemble: PASIC navi Gali, Sam Miller Ruth Thompson, soprano,
Bryson Bauer, trombone Alexis Stahnke, trumpet Ensemble Piano Duets: music theater
Sophia Bote, marimba Brendan Steele, marimba, Percussion ensemble: Per- Piano Solos: Calvin Guse and Nathan
Aaron Brenton, bassoon multi-percussion cussion Class Andrew Allen, jazz piano, Trinkl Choral Ensembles:
Chris Burandt, tenor sax Rachel Steiner, clarinet Saxophone Choir piano Hanna Noughani and Eli SSA trio: Kiley Spahn,
Charlotte Buck, tuba Bauer Stetzenbach, tuba Trumpet ensemble Max Balasubramaniam, jazz Shlimovitz Mariah Hanson, Elanor Cho-
Lucy Croasdale, tenor sax Erik Stewart, marimba Trumpet quartet: Ben Pe- piano miak
Nenry Cryns, clarinet Katie Stigler, flute tersen, Rachel Roberson, Jon Chloe Cole, piano Choral Solos: Bristol Street a cappella
Haiwen Dai, concert snare Andrew Stine, alto sax Roll, Alexis Stahnke Sarah Gralnek, piano Katy Briggs, music theater group
drum, marimba Colten Stoppleworth, tuba Trumpet trio: Jacob Rozum, Calvin Guse, piano Chloe Cole, music theater
Nickolas DeOliveira, alto sax Jack Tibbetts, marimba Kei Kohmoto, Katy Jurgella Maylynn Hu, piano Nick Duernberger, bass

Science Olympians have

another great showing
The MHS Science Olympiad team had a great showing at the
Slinger High School Science Olympiad Invitationalon Saturday,
the fourth. 18 teams from all over the state competed and we
placed 7th as a team. Jon-Luke Hash and Jay Jang placed in 4th
in material science. Michelle Chi and Asha Jain placed placed 4th
in anatomy and physiology, and Jay Jang and Milissa Ahn placed
2nd in rocks and minerals.
The group picture includes: (back row) Jon-Luke Hash, Ethan
Koertje, Jay Jang, Annie Ma, myself, Michelle Chi; (front row)
Sean Zhang, Melissa Ahn, Asha Jain, and Max Balasubramaniam.

spring, they cherished and pre- ered that Gaiman is also a pro- tell? Do you ever ask yourself cient monoliths than modern
served their heritage, which was lific author of childrens books. how it is that some people can tales. They were like immense,

forever immune to whatever (His tender, refreshingly sincere dream great, wise, beautiful immovable mountains. Beauti-
changes would occur in the Blueberry Girl actually dreams and pass those dreams ful to look at, but not much
places they left behind for the brought me to tears when I first on as poetry to the world, to be more. In Norse Mythology,
New World. And while they had read it to my swaddled infant sung and retold as long as the Gaiman breathes life into the
converted to Christianity by daughter.) He has also written a sun rises and sets, as long as the mountain. Under his care, the

then, the old gods had not yet variety of popular novels that, moon will wax and wane? old granite gods rise up, shake
by Matt Geiger
completely faded from view. like so many good books, tend This wonderful book holds off their age, feast, engage in
People think that gods want to defy categorization. the answer to this and much, various hijinks, die, come back
to be worshiped. What they re- Now Gaiman has turned his much more. You will learn that to life, and seem utterly alive,

the gods
When people voyage to a
new land, where they plant ally need is caretakers. Some- considerable talent to our old when you look up at the clouds flawed and divine, all at the
grains, raise livestock, and build one to tell and retell their tales; gods. To the diverse pantheon by day, you are seeing Ymirs same time. Some have com-
a new life together, they tend to to keep them alive and brim- that some of us like to consider brains, and who knows what pared Gaiman to Loki, the trick-
flash freeze their native culture ming with all the fury and our extended family. thoughts they are thinking, even ster, but here he is far more like
and bring it with them. Such beauty that are in their natures. Published by W.W. Norton & now. You will learn that Loki Idunn, who returns time and
was the case with the Scandina- And our old gods could have no Company, Norse Mythology makes the world more interest- time again to feed the gods the
vians who first left the manic, better caretaker than Neil will significantly change our re- ing but less safe, which is a apples of immortality, restoring
I still worship the old gods, in Gaiman, whose new book, lationship with them, because wonderful piece of praise and their youth, their beauty, and
epic landscapes of Norway and
a way. Norse Mythology, doesnt for all our adoration, most of us damnation to sit side by side, their power.
made their way to the relatively
That is why, when people ask just keep them alive; it simulta- simply know about the Norse without even a comma to sepa- Its no small trick, bringing
docile, rolling wilderness of
me about my ancestry, I might neously elevates them and gods. A reading of Gaimans rate them. our ancestors back to life. And
Wisconsin, bringing with them
say the names of my grand- brings them down to earth in a new book allows us to get You will read tales that are it is a wonderful gift for those of
the genetic coding that would
mothers or grandfathers, but way I, personally, have never toknow them in a new and far grim, and those that are majes- us who feel inexorably linked to
one day produce me, the guy ro-
what I am all really thinking is, seen before. more human way. The begin- tic. You will also laugh, in all them. Its the type of thing for
tund guy who cant spell any-
Im descended from wise Odin Gaiman is one of the most fa- ning to the chapter entitled The likelihood, when you find the which one might even thank the
ones name correctly in your
and mighty Thor. mous authors in the world. For Mead of Poets, which is about gods romantically entangled gods.
local newspaper. When they set
Whether we are Lutherans, the first 35 years of my life, I al- halfway through the book, with various animals and giants,
sail, they brought with them a
Catholics, atheists or devout ag- ways thought of him as a comic could easily have served as an or when they pass wind midway Find and share this story on-
version of Scandinavian culture
nostics, our old deities are often

The difference between peace and not war

that was locked in time, like a book writer, a title that, for me, introduction to this entire work. through battle. line at
still part of our lives. I happen ranks only marginally below Do you wonder where poetry Ive always been fascinated
portable time capsule. Here,
to have some Norwegian blood saint or superhero. Then, when comes from? Where we get the by these old stories. But they
along with their crops and their
meandering through my veins. our daughter was born, I discov- songs we sing and the tales we were, I thought, more like an-
cattle and their human off-

by BARTLETT DURAND generally positive attitude. for each other. You feel free to armed forces. But building up toughest are dominant. lent students? And if we insist
Ok, last one. What is walk down the street, to talk the military while cutting the Before you read on, please on integration, HOW to we
Guest Column
peace? Is it not at war? I with strangers, and to interact diplomatic corps is a double close your eyes and think about work with them in a way that
saw a recent national budget with those you see without fear. whammy, cutting off communi- those two situations. How brings them into line with soci-
Im grow- proposed that would dramati- Walls are NOT the answer. cation and establishing the ele- would you have responded? etal norms of behavior, and
ing con- cally increase defense spending As soon as you put up a wall, ments for a feedback loop How would you have felt? HOW to we keep the other kids
cerned with the weapons of war and the whether it is a gated community leading to war. It is not a means What would you have done? feeling safe? Where do we find
false defini- soldiers to shoot them while or a border wall, you have cre- to build peace. Now think about our middle peace?
tions. And there is a simultaneous cutting ated an immediate us/them con- But heres where Im con- schoolers facing the same situ- I obviously dont have the
Im not talk- of the State Department. The flict. The dynamic creates a lack fused and conflicted. At one of ation. Are they equipped to answers. But I do know that
ing about demand was to Make America of trust you dont trust any- the local middle schools, I re- shake it off, or does it set up a peace is not not-war, and the
alternative SAFE. But does that bring one from outside the wall, cently observed two incidents pattern of aggression/avoid- creation of peace is an active,
facts or any peace? whether youre leaving the se- of violence/threatening behav- ance? So how DO you respond daily effort to calm our own
of that nonsense, but about how I think of it this way. In your curity of your safe zone or ior. In one, a larger boy was to the situation? Do you stand spirit, to open up our hearts to
a complex concept is often de- own home, are you safe if they come into your space. pounding on a smaller boy. up to these aggressors and others, and to increase under-
fined as the opposite of a simple you put up ten foot walls, top But what happens when you They were separated by parents punch them in the mouth? Do standing between us all. It takes
concept. them with barbed wired, keep have a fortress-like neighbor? and sent separate ways, but it you isolate them and force work, and forgiveness, and
For example, Ive heard that an angry guard dog to prowl in- Mistrust, concern, wariness. So created an instant electricity in them, through shunning or ex- diminution of ego. And yes, it
someone is healthy when they side the fence, and have multi- their guardedness becomes a the building as the other kids pulsion, from being part of takes a certain baseline of per-
are not sick. My sense of ple loaded guns in your house? self-fulfilling prophecy. My talked about what they had normal society? And how sonal safety. How we balance
healthy goes far beyond ill- Well, I guess you are safe neighborhood peace is dis- seen, and began watching over about the kids themselves? this all to create a better world
ness. In fact, you can be sick from an armed assault on your turbed. Everyone loses. their shoulders. Whats going on in THEIR lives starts with being aware of the
with a winter cold, for example homestead, but are you ever The same psychology must The second incident was that makes them act this way? question, then working together
and still be healthy. By the able to leave your house? What apply to international relations. more subtle. A group of boys Are we, as a society and school to build a community built on
same token, you can be quite happens when you walk (or Walls, otherness, guarded be- was walking down a crowded system, willing to isolate and communication, respect and
unhealthy, yet be free of illness more likely drive) outside your havior, armed vigilance all cre- hallway in a phalanx point jettison our troubled or vio- trust.
or be masking symptoms fortress? Do you have to remain ate a sense of un-welcomeness, person with his allies forming a
through drugs. armed at all times, with armor of the potential for violence, V behind him. They took up
Then theres happy. Are plating and bodyguards around mistrust, threat to safety. If that most of the hallway, and walked
you happy? Or are you not you? What is required to keep country is suddenly armed, Id with a deliberate, menacing
sad. Does that count? By the you safe in the wider world? better match their weaponry be- Im a tough guy/dont mess
same token, does happy have And where, in this scenario, is cause they have the potential to with me attitude. The kids in
to be ebullient, jumping for joy, there any sense of peace? harm me. Walls, weapons, espi- the hall flowed to the side as the
skippety-do-la-la-la happy all In my view, peace is when onage, and saber-rattling (aka boys passed then carried on. But
the time? [I think that would be you are in a community where bullying) become the norm. for that moment, and through-

Get the facts on zoning opt out

called nuts, but I digress]. For you know your neighbors, and Diplomacy is supposed to ease out the walk, there was no
me, happy is a general sense have established a baseline of the tension inherent between peace. It instilled a sense of trib-
of warm contentment, able to understanding and have respect nations and the interaction of alism in the school, where the
face obstacles and events with a

To the editor,

As you may have heard, the Town has the opportunity to withdraw from Dane County Zoning. The Town Electors will have an op-
portunity to vote on this question at the Annual Meeting,7:00 PM, April 18, 2017, at the Town Hall.
As there has been a lot of discussion and many questions regarding this question, the Town will host an informational meeting onMarch
25, at10:00 AM at the Town Hall. At the meeting, will be representatives from both the Dane County Zoning Office and the Dane County
Towns Association. They will be present to answer your questions.

Danny Aerts

from her knowledge and expe- tional Womans Day, is particu- be asked and hopes that her re-
rience, Karina has started a blog larly insightful and inspiring. flection will be helpful. After
titled Liberate Mariposa (But- I asked her if I could share it all, thats why she started writ-
terfly liberated). Her last entry, with the readers of the Middle- ing in the first place.
posted on March 8, Interna- ton Times. She was honored to

by Karina Orozco her a woman is threatened. Beyond not having a breast,

Losing breasts, losing hair beyond being unable to have
Being A Woman it all, a very positive nature. For five years Karina was the Being a woman ... What as a result of treatments, los- children, beyond not being

with Breast Cancer

Except for the occasional let- South American image for Max does it mean? ing the possibility of being a able to show my long hair ...
ter or phone call, we didnt Factor. Her face was on bill- Giving and bringing life to mother, losing the ability to beyond all the changes that
On a December day in 1992, communicate much between boards, shopping bags and mag- the world is one of the most enjoy sexual stimuli ... these have occurred in my body
when thermometer readings 1995 and 2004 when she went azine ads all over the continent. important characteristics of are hard, painful, difficult to from cancer, I feel more
dropped to 30 below and the back to Venezuela to continue She was the star of a soap opera women. Their role is unique, assimilate and handle losses. woman than ever.
windchill made things feel 20 her education at the University called La Munica, (Little Doll) essential and necessary for Breast cancer can become Cancer has given me more
degrees colder, an 18 year old in Caracas, and then to work. which ran for one year, the stan- human existence. an attack on what is culturally than it has taken away - self-
exchange student from It was a dream of her dard of that industry for our Chest, breast, teat ... any of understood as being a woman. confidence, self-knowledge,
Venezuela, named Karina, mothers that Karina should southern neighbors. And, she these terms is associated with Cancer and its after effects spiritual growth, awareness of
moved into our home to spend pursue a career in front of the starred in many television com- the maternal food that nour- can change our anatomy and being alive, new friendships,
the rest of the school year with camera. She was a beautiful mercials for Pepsi and other big ishes each baby at birth. affect our coquetry. They can new dreams and projects ...
us. She had never seen snow, young woman. It was her own name companies. But the breasts also have a inject fears and insecurities. Being a woman is a chal-
nor experienced arctic blasts dream to be behind one, making She learned a lot through very strong feminine symbolic They can even steal our self- lenge, it is a responsibility and
like this one, that kept all but films. Both womens dreams these experiences and met the load in many societies. Their esteem. a commitment to humanity.
the hardiest of Wisconsinites in- came true in the years that fol- challenges head on. Finally, appearance can generate at- But, being a woman tran- That essence does not change
doors. lowed Karinas time in Wiscon- Karina left the world in front of traction or rejection. scends social paradigms and any disease.
She met the weather chal- sin. the camera, applying the knowl- They are an important part aesthetic canons. Being a Let us celebrate the oppor-
lenge with the same determina- In 2004, I travelled to edge that she gained to work as of the set of tools that women woman comes in our blood, tunity to demonstrate our
tion that she met the language Venezuela to reconnect with a filmmaker. possess to feel attractive. our mind, our spirit, our DNA. valuable contribution to the
barrier, learning to cross coun- this wonderful young woman Now Karina is bringing her When a woman is diag- To honor the word construction of a world based
try ski, play baseball and live a who had shared our home and positive, generous, determined nosed with breast cancer, she woman it takes a lot of sur- on respect, dignity and love.

Kromrey nominated for Green Ribbon Schools award

continent away from home - become another daughter. Little nature to meet the greatest chal- immediately feels terrified that render, courage, sensitivity, in- Happy day woman!
with curiosity, grace, kindness did I know that our family had lenge of her lifetime, breast can- one of the attributes that make telligence and, above all, love.
and candidness, and underneath been host to a celebrity. cer. So that others may benefit

Kromrey has been selected and a building that would stand one school a year, but we take major environmental and sus- Each of the state nominees healthy district. It takes a huge
for a number of awards since its the test of time. We believe it pride in the efforts of all of our tainability challenges we all will receive Green & Healthy commitment from staff, stu-
rebuild was completed in 2015. is. schools. face. Schools Wisconsin Sugar dents and families to make that
The middle school was nomi- It is the fifth time since the The other school nominated The U.S. Department of Ed- Maple certification and be rec- happen but we believe it is very
nated for a national honor last award was established in 2012 this year is Houlton Elementary ucation Green Ribbons Schools ognized nationally through important.
month. that the District has been recog- School in the Hudson School program recognizes schools, Project Learning Trees Green Kromrey was awarded En-
Kromrey learned on Feb. nized. MHS (2012), Park District. In addition, Washburn districts and higher education Schools program and the Na- ergy Star Certification (2016,
7that it was one of two public (2014) and West Middleton School District was nominated institutions that reduce schools tional Wildlife Federations score of 91) and U.S. Middle
schools nominated by State Su- (2016) have been previously se- for a District Sustainability environmental impact and Eco-Schools USA program. School Design Project of the
perintendent Tony Evers to be lected as Green Ribbon School Award. costs, improve the health and The U.S. Department of Ed- Year 2016. The school also re-
recognized by the U.S. Depart- award winners. The District was Our Green Ribbon nomi- wellness of students and staff ucation will announce the hon- ceived the Wisconsin Technol-
ment of Education Green Rib- named a Green Ribbon District nees are working to reduce the members, and provide effective orees onApril 24. ogy Education Association
bons Schools program. award winner in 2015. MC- costs of running their schools environmental and sustainabil- We are thrilled that Krom- Middle School Program of the
Kromrey is a leader in re- PASD is one of only two dis- through comprehensive envi- ity education. rey has been nominated, Su- Year in 2015 and was named
ducing environmental impact, tricts in the United States to ronmental and sustainability Wisconsin has had 15 perintendent George Mavroulis Best Place to Work by Madison
improving health and wellness, have the district and at least one planning, Evers said in a state- schools, one private school and said. We have always been Magazine in its annual rankings
and providing effective envi- school receive Green Ribbon ment. They are improving four Districts honored since committed to being a green and that same year.
ronmental and sustainability ed- awards. their recycling efforts to reduce 2012. MCPASD is the only dis-
ucation the three pillars of You cant get nominated if waste, reducing energy con- trict in the state to have multiple
the Green Ribbon program, you dont take the time to apply sumption, working on healthy honorees in that time.
Communications Director Perry but you wont be selected if you and wellness initiatives for their Wisconsins Green Ribbon
Hibner said. When the school arent making these things a pri- students and staff members, and application is long and one of
was rebuilt, we wanted to make ority in your schools, Hibner are ensuring that students un- the most comprehensive in the
sure it was a great place to learn said. We can only nominate derstand and can address the nation, one reason why no nom-
inee from the state has been de-
nied the national award, said
Deb Weitzel, a retired MHS sci-
ence teacher whom the District
hired as a consultant in 2015 to
help with sustainability efforts.
To complete such an arduous
task involves tapping into the
expertise of a great many indi-
viduals both at the school and
district levels. The cooperation
across the District has been
awesome and the sustainability
efforts remarkable.

DEBATE continued from page 1

A key difference...
One area where Brar and Hilbert diverged was on the legacy
of outgoing Mayor Kurt Sonnentag.
Brar said he supported, and was an instrumental part in,
many of Sonnentags initiatives, citing the sustainability com-
mittee and work to protect and enhance local ponds. But Brar
also ran against Sonnentag for mayor in 2009, and has not
been shy about voicing his concerns about government spend-
ing and other issues.
Hilbert, on the other hand, said he is part of Sonnentags
succession plan.
One thing is for certain, said Hilbert. On April 4 we are
going to lose an amazing mayor. Hilbert said he sat down with
Sonnentag about a year ago to discuss the possibility of launch-
ing his campaign when Sonnentag gives up his seat this spring,
after a decade in Middletons highest office. This is Kurts
chance to pass the baton, Hilbert said.
Brar countered Hilbert by stating: Its not the mayor who
will select the next mayor its the citizens.
Im running for mayor because people want me to, Brar
added. He said he admires Sonnentag, calling him a great
guy, but Brar also said the city needs change and a new
vision going forward.
Hilbert disagreed. I dont see the need for a new direction,
he stated.
A coin flip by Middleton High School Current Events Club advisor Molly Meck (center) decided who would speak first in last
Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger

Brar said he supported, and Hilbert disagreed. I dont

weeks mayoral debate at the Middleton Performing Arts Center.
was an instrumental part in, see the need for a new direc-
many of Sonnentags initiatives, tion, he stated where he earned his Pd.D. in the candidates each talked about Hilbert voted against a develop- stated. He said the city needs af-
citing the sustainability com- In the first forum one week genetic science, and has called their core strengths. ment that included affordable fordable apartments and afford-
mittee and work to protect and earlier, Hilbert came out with a Middleton home for longer than This is our home, said Brar units at least in one case. able single-family homes. He
enhance local ponds. But Brar fairly aggressive tone, airing Hilbert has been alive (34 of the Good Neighbor City. He Hilbert said he has proven he suggested the use of Tax Incre-
also ran against Sonnentag for years of disagreement among years). Brar, who has served on spoke of the great education is able and willing to listen ment Financing (TIF) coupled
mayor in 2009, and has not members of the council. But last the council for nine years, took his children received here and and provide solutions while with state funding to encourage
been shy about voicing his con- week, both candidates were every opportunity to remind said he has delivered results supporting vital city services affordability. He also suggested
cerns about government spend- more subdued. voters that he is a scientist who for his constituents during his such as police, fire and EMS. holding a brainstorming ses-
ing and a host of other issues. Yet their core differences, can combine analytic thought time as a city alderman. He said He said he worked hard to sion to come up with further
Hilbert, on the other hand, and their disagreements about with a passion for serving cit- he is running to serve the com- create the citys storm water solutions.
said he is part of Sonnentags several key issues, remained. izens in the Good Neighbor munity I love and because of utility and helped take the We have jobs in the City of
succession plan. Hilbert was battling two op- City. his passion is to serve people. tourism fund out of debt. Most Middleton that dont pay a high
One thing is for certain, ponents: Brar and a severe flu They answered questions Hilbert said he had the priv- of all, Ive worked as a team- enough wage to live in the com-
said Hilbert. On April 4 we are that made him visibly queasy covering topics ranging from ilege of growing up in Middle- mate, he stated. Hilbert said he munity, said Hilbert. But living
going to lose an amazing throughout much of the debate. road repair to the opioid epi- ton, fondly recalling looking shows up to council meetings and working in the same com-
mayor. Hilbert said he sat He took every opportunity to re- demic, from Jesus Lunches to out his childhood bedroom win- to work, and that he stays for munity have been shown to
down with Sonnentag about a mind voters that he is the home- the legacy of Sonnentag. dow at the Pheasant Branch their duration. He stated have an array of benefits, he
year ago to discuss the possibil- town candidate. He grew up in While the newspaper origi- Conservancy. He spoke of his strongly that he voted against said. Hilbert pointed out that he
ity of launching his campaign Middleton, went to local public nally proposed the forum, local time at Middleton High School the housing units in question for sat down with city administrator
when Sonnentag announced he schools, and chose to stay in the students and their advisor, and said he knows how to pro- reasons unrelated to affordable Mike Davis eight years ago to
would not seek another term community he loves, where he Molly Meck, did the heavy lift- tect natural resources amidst the housing. express his concerns that Mid-
this spring after a decade in has now served on the city ing. As a result of their meticu- pressures of development. The next question pivoted to dleton was becoming a gated
Middletons highest office. council for a decade, he said. lous planning, the event, which Opening statements segued the issue of climate change, and community due to its afflu-
This is Kurts chance to pass He told several stories about was attended by an estimated into the first question, with the whether the candidates support ence. As a result, the city rolled
the baton, Hilbert said. specific personal interactions 120 people ranging from candidates detailing the past ex- a carbon tax in the city. out multiple programs, includ-
Brar countered Hilbert by with residents, and, in a subtler teenagers to senior citizens, ran periences they think make them Hilbert said climate change is ing a down payment assistance
stating: Its not the mayor who manner than one week earlier, incredibly smoothly. The Mid- well suited for office. irrefutable and that it has an im- fund. However, those proved to
will select the next mayor, again suggested that Brar is dleton Performing Arts Center, Brar listed analytic skills, pact on the health of people and be short lived, which Hilbert
its the citizens. more of a campaigner than an with its impressive sound sys- planning skills and the afore- the economy. He added that he said was due to outside eco-
Im running for mayor be- effective planner or executive. tem and vast seating, allowed mentioned passion to serve. supports carbon trading and re- nomic factors.
cause people want me to, Brar Brar, who was just getting everyone to see and hear the He said his background as a sci- ducing the citys carbon foot- Hilbert said city leaders still
added. He said he admires Son- over an illness himself, grew up candidates. At the even, stu- entist would serve him well as print. have a plan to continue bringing
nentag, calling him a great on a farm in India and told the dents reminded their 18-year- mayor, and he said he would Global warming is real, and more housing diversity to the
guy, but Brar also said the city crowd that he was the first in his old classmates to vote. support affordable, workforce there is consensus among scien- community. We dont need to
needs change and a new vi- family to go to school. He made In their opening statements, housing in the city, noting that tists, agreed Brar. But he sit around and brainstorm, he
sion going forward. his way to the United States, pointed out that Middleton is stated. We need to implement
not the source of any power the plan.
producers and said the best so- Brainstorming is a never a
lution is a combination of gov- bad thing, replied Brar.
ernment solutions, such as solar Go look at the city plan,
panels, and personal accounta-
bility by all people.
DEBATE, page 9
On the issue if affordable
housing, the two candidates
began to verbally spar, albeit
with visible control. CHURCH NOTES
[A lack of] affordable hous-
ing is a problem in Dane
County and in Middleton, Brar
Hearing from both sides

by MATT GEIGER to re-assess Middletons direc- member of the city council (ex- impossible. into contentious issues and cil, Hans is also one of the most
tion and priorities. cept Brar, of course). He also Sonnentag also called Hilbert work on solutions that are experienced, she continued.
Our community is being re- has the support of outgoing the clear choice to be his suc- amenable to all taxpayers. He has successfully led several
developed before our eyes, mayor Kurt Sonnentag, who is cessor. His past willingness to listen committees, most notably and
Youve likely heard plenty in
Scott said. What was a pleas- not seeking re-election follow- He has the traits mentioned to our concerns and suggestions most recently, he has chaired
the last few weeks (and over the
ant downtown of small shops ing a decade in office. above and more, Sonnentag and act on them has been most the citys Plan Commission,
better part of the last decade, if
and wonderful eateries is being It has been my honor to said. His ten years on council appreciated and respected, helping the city maintain its bal-
your read the local newspaper)
converted into a sprawling serve the city in various capaci- have given him the experience they continued. He takes his ance between economic devel-
from the two men currently run-
apartment haven. ties since 1998 and, for the last and expertise needed to lead responsibility to represent his opment and environmental
ning for mayor of Middleton.
Our already difficult park- 10 years, as mayor, said Son- Middleton into the future. Fur- constituents very seriously and preservation. With his leader-
After all, both Gurdip Brar and
ing situation is about to get dra- nentag in a written statement thermore, he has the respect and conscientiously, but all the ship, we continue to outpace our
Hans Hilbert have been promi-
matically worse, our downtown provided to the Times-Tribune. endorsement of city council while in a very friendly ap- neighbors in job creation while
nent in city politics for quite
skyline now lies in the shadow I am proud of the accomplish- members past and present. proachable manner. Residents balancing the quality of life as-
some time. They also faced
of over-towering apartment ments during my tenure and He said Hilbert is the best of Middleton will be hard pects provided by ample open
each other in two mayoral de-
buildings, and yet our roads are leave office secure in the choice to keep Middleton on a pressed to find a more qualified space and recreation opportuni-
bates, as well as answering a va-
still falling apart, she contin- knowledge that Middleton has a path to success. candidate. ties.
riety of questions that appeared
ued. Yes, we have Dane very bright future. I want to Middleton residents Ken and They said they have great Richard went on to call
in this paper during the early
Countys lowest tax rate - un- thank you for the trust and con- Joan Worden both threw their confidence in the qualifications Hilberts knowledge of city or-
days of the mayoral race.
fortunately offset by pot-hole fidence you have shown me. It support behind Brar. Gurdip Brar brings to the table. dinances unparalleled on the
But what about everyone
blown tires and bent tire rims. is greatly appreciated. We have been both im- JoAnna Richard currently council and said his colleagues
else? What about the people
We need to get control of our The thought of who would pressed and grateful for his past represents the citys 3rd District often appreciate his thoughtful
who support them? What do
priorities. be my successor has weighed community service, the Wor- on the Middleton Common perspective for structuring and
they have to say?
Scott went on to say that Brar heavily on my mind, Sonnen- dens said. He has done a mar- Council. She, like the other adjusting city laws.
Those who support the candi-
would bring reason and ration- tag continued. Who can be velous job of promoting council members, went on the Over the last six years, we
dates are passionate about who
ale to our community if elected trusted to carry on the years of municipal growth while keep- record to endorse Hilbert. havent always agreed on all the
should be the next mayor. They
mayor. success our city has enjoyed. ing a watchful eye on its effect Hans has demonstrated the issues but there has not been
recently made their cases for the
He has shown a commit- We need a mayor who pos- on the budget, which should be type of coalition building skills one time that I have not re-
person they think should soon
ment to caring for and acting in sesses intelligence, creativity, of great concern to all of us. He to best lead Middleton for our spected his position or his mo-
takeover the communitys high-
the best interests of our commu- persuasiveness and sincerity brings a broad base of expertise future and is greatly appreciated tivation, Richard said. Hans is
est elected office. Detailed here
nity, she concluded. He can and also possesses the ability to to this position. His 30 years of for those of us that serve with a fierce defender of our water
are the cases made by people on
bring that same care and con- solve problems and gain the re- community service to Middle- him on the City Council, said quality, conservation spaces,
both sides.
cern to all of Middleton. spect of council members. ton is exceptional and relevant Richard. and ensuring that our city work-
Middleton resident Suzanne
Hans Hilbert has gained en- Without respect, the ability to for the position as out mayor. Despite being one of the ers are respected and appreci-
Scott said the April 4 election
dorsements from every other build a consensus is practically Gurdip is not afraid to delve youngest members on the coun- ated for their public service.
will give citizens an opportunity

DEBATE continued from page 8

we do not need to start the be put in jail; they need to be Others say they are a breeding well I think we let down our he was in the minority. I have also facing an opponent in
process over again, Hilbert re- helped back into society, ground for hatred and intoler- community, Hilbert said. been on both sides of this, Brar Hilbert who has now earned the
sponded. Hilbert added. ance of students who are LGBT, The parents who put this on said. He encouraged everyone official endorsements of every
Both candidates, when asked After a brief break, the candi- Muslim or atheist. Organizers should have known better or to get involved in the commu- member of the city council who
how they plan to work with the dates were asked how they plan say more than 500 students reg- worked out a solution, said nity and interact with those who is not running for mayor, along
local school district, praised to work within the budget cap ularly attend the popular but di- Hilbert, rather than putting our might seem different. Middle- with the endorsement of the
Middleton-Cross Plains schools and increase city revenues. visive events. lawyers in a room. Hilbert said ton is changing, he added. outgoing mayor. Brar said the
and vowed to continue working Brar said the city has not ad- According to Middleton city there is no question: Jesus In their closing statements, accusation that he does not
in collaboration with the dis- equately taken advantage of the administrator Mike Davis sev- Lunches have caused problems Hilbert reiterated his lifelong re- work well with others on the
trict. Wisconsin Department of Rev- eral months ago, [t]he matter in the school and in the commu- lationship with Middleton, council is a myth.
Next, the debate turned to the enues Expenditure Restraint of the legal right to assemble at nity. He also accused Brar of while Brar took the opportunity There is the perception I
current wave of opioid-related Program. He also said the coun- Firemens Park has been set- having a knee-jerk reaction to to address some of his critics. dont work as well with the oth-
crime and death that is a prob- cil, which increased taxes sig- tled. In other words, the events the problem when the council Hilbert pledged to respect ers, but 90 percent of the time
lem in the United States, in nificantly for several years in a will be allowed to continue. first met to discuss it. and protect natural resources, the council [votes unani-
Dane County and here in Mid- row until a recent decrease, has Brar said there are two issues The candidates were also and to work to keep Middleton mously], Brar said. When he
dleton. gone to the limit with spend- to grapple with. The events take asked how they plan to promote a wonderful place to live. I will does vote against the majority,
Brar admitted not knowing ing too often. place on a city-owned park that respect and equality for minori- work really hard as mayor to it is because he is doing so in
much about the problem until Hilbert said Brars criticism is directly adjacent to Middle- ties in the city. protect natural resources and in- accordance with his con-
recently. He said his research of the Expenditure Restraint ton High School. He said the Hilbert said city leaders must crease the tax base, he said. stituents wishes, he added.
showed there were 22 over- Program lacked foresight, be- citys attorney advised the city work with police to avoid bias, While Brar has proven to be Lets make Middleton an
doses documented in Middleton cause the city was able to bring council that the events may con- and should work to promote di- wildly popular in his own alder- even better place, Brar con-
last year, as well as two con- in new Tax Increment Financ- tinue based on the organizers versity on the police force and manic district nigh unbeat- cluded.
firmed deaths. Brar advocated ing revenue that offset the first amendment rights. But at city hall. Were heard a lot able, it would appear he is
for enforcement relating to money that would have come there is also a question of in the news about bullies and
sellers, and counseling for from the Department of Rev- whether they are actively dis- bullying, and those things need
users. enue. He said as a result, the rupting the lives and work of to stop because they are beneath
Hilbert went into further de- city can get back even more students and teachers in the Middleton, Hilbert stated.
tail, referencing Wisconsins next year. school. A joint task force has We need to move away from
culture that revolves around The candidates also spoke been formed to examine the this fear that people from some-
drinking and alcohol and talk- about one of the most contro- issue, and Brar pointed out that where else are going to hurt us,
ing about a young woman who versial topics to come to Mid- he is a member of that commit- Hilbert said.
was not a bad person but be- dleton in years: Jesus Lunches. tee. The basic problem, ac- Brar pointed out that he is in
came involved in drugs and The lunches, which are organ- cording to Brar, is one of a unique position to understand
prostitution. We need to work ized by religious parents and communications. the issue. Growing up in India,
with people who are broken, held at Firemans Park, have Hilbert took a different Brar was in the majority. When
he stated. been hailed by supporters as a stance. In hindsight, [the city he came to the United States,
These people dont need to return to traditional values. council] didnt handle it very and to mostly-white Middleton,
Another strong showing for DECA

21 DECA members recently of the most successful in terms Chloe Cole and Natalie Cho test. Both Jahnavi and Casey
competed at the State Career of the number of first and sec- 6th place Hospitality Market- did a great job on the exam,
Development Conference in ond place finishers , said ing Team said Hutchison.
Lake Geneva. Students per- Hutchison.
formed role plays that resemble Honorable Mention: Medal winners were:
scenarios they would encounter Series Champions: Lily Baird Principles of Lily Baird, Megan
if they worked in business or Megan Borgmeyer 1st place Hospitality Borgmeyer, Katy Briggs, Na-
marketing. Students also took a Automotive Services Marketing Jahnavi Gali Personal Fi- talie Cho, Chloe Cole, Jahnavi
multiple choice test based on re- and 1st place Financial Consult- nancial Literacy Gali, Reshma Gali, James Gris-
lated instructional areas. ing Reshma Gali Financial wold, Nathan Hibner, Phyo
Students earn medals based Katy Briggs 1st place Consulting Kyaw, Fiona Lynch, Casey
on their performance on the role Restaurant Marketing Phyo Kyaw and James Nolan McKean, James Nolan, Sam
plays and written exam. Ethan Wildes 1st place Per- Buying and Merchandising Smith, Nitin Somasundaram,
The students did great this sonal Financial Literacy Team Trevaun Turner, and Ethan
year, said Robert Hutchison, Fiona Lynch 2nd place Food Phyo Kyaw Professional Wildes
advisor. To see Megan take Marketing and 5th place in Ad- Selling Chloe Cole started the open-
first place in both of her events vertising Campaign Trevaun Turner Apparel ing session Tuesday night by
was pretty amazing. Fiona also Nitin Somasundaram 2nd and Accessories singing the National Anthem.
did a great job placing in both place Business Finance 11 students will be compet-
Megan Borgmeyer took 1st place in both her events at State.
of her events (2nd and 5th). Its Sam Smith 4th place Auto- Jahnavi Gali took 8th place ing at the International Career
clear the students prepared and motive Services Marketing for the Economics test and Development Conference in
were ready for the competition. James Griswold 5th place in Casey McKean was in the top Anaheim, CA in April.
This years conference was one Advertising Campaign 15. Over 400 students took the

21 DECA members competed at the State Career Develop-

Photos contributed

ment Conference.
Sunset Ridge Elementary School hires

Maria Dyslin as its new principal

Maria Dyslin, who has been For the past three years, Dys- ership team meeting that same it was Dyslins idea. Were The District interviewed 14
in the Madison Metropolitan lin has served as a fourth-grade week and attend staff profes- thrilled to have her join our candidates for the position and
School District since 1997, has teacher at Glendale Elementary. sional developmenton Friday. team. brought back three for final in-
been selected as the new princi- Before that, she served as a It allows us to get a head Her first day isJuly 1. She terviews.
pal at Sunset Ridge Elementary school-wide facilitator, which is start, Superintendent George replaces Todd Mann, who is re-
School. similar to an assistant principal, Mavroulis said, noting to laughs tiring after 15 years.
Maria will bring a wealth of for one year and as an instruc-
knowledge and a real passion tional resource teacher (instruc-
for serving all students to Sun- tional coach) for seven years at
set Ridge, Assistant Superin- the school.
tendent Sherri Cyra said. She has taught multiple ele-
She met briefly with the mentary grades in Madison. She
Board of Education, which ap- has led Words Their Way train-
proved the appointment, on ing in MCPASD and teaches
Monday, March 6. Sunset Ridge reading classes for Concordia
staff was told late last week. University.
I am thrilled to join the Mid- Dyslin has bachelors and
dleton-Cross Plains Area masters degrees from UW-
School District, she told the Madison. She is also fluent in
Board. I couldnt imagine Spanish.
doing anything else. I love Dyslin plans to spend two
being with children. I put them days at the school in April dur-
before everything else. Im very ing Madison Metropolitans
excited about the work to spring break. She also will at-
come. tend the Districts monthly lead-

Scenes of splendor in your backyard

Photos by Michael Knapstein

It might sound trite, but in Middleton, beauty really is all around you. Here are just a few ex-

MIND continued from page 1

ley wrote, when I get mad at In the summer of 2014, after yoga classes happening weekly One principal in Milwaukee other and respond to one an- dents at even C-rated schools
my sister. I go to my room, lie reading A More Beautiful Ques- (thanks to Bliss Flow Yoga in- is convinced [Om Yeah] has others needs. would rather keep their kids at
on my bed, and have a mindful tion by Warren Berger, Delzer structors) and multiple locations been integral to our ability to Park Principal Schommers local schools and improve them
minute. Sophia, another thought mindfulness might pro- offer drop-in meditations and nearly eliminate the achieve- report was met with support from within.
fourth-grader, said that using vide a path forward: What if writing prompts to help foster ment gaps between all cate- from many members of the People are choosing com-
the technique helps her focus our teachers were...happier? the practice of noticing and gories of learners in our board. Superintendent George munity, Mavroulis said, laud-
after recess or when shes feel- she wondered. Delzer thought gratitude. school. The principal goes on: Mavroulis seemed particularly ing the mindfulness programs
ing spacey. teachers could benefit from an The goal of the program is to Behavioral referrals have sig- enthusiastic about the develop- success in bringing people to-
Schommer made sure to increased focus on self-care and offer these moments of respite nificantly decreased, [and] now ments. In a recent trip to Ari- gether.
point out that the program ben- contemplative practices that and rejuvenation during the the children and adults in our zona, where schools are given
efits students and faculty alike. might prevent them from just workweek to help teachers school truly listen to one an- an A-F rating, parents of stu-
Our Om Yeah team is moving throughout the day on have more patience, maintain
strong.We have them start autopilot. It was just an effort to focus and offer a reset technique
staff meetings and stuff like take care of me and my when they feel themselves be-
that. The mindfulness program friends. coming overwhelmed or frus-
has fostered a collegial atmos- Delzer began to introduce trated. My focus has always
phere among the faculty, some mindful practices such as grat- been, first and foremost, lets
of whom participate in a run- itude/reflection, meditation in reach the teachers, help them
ning club or as part of a budding addition to her yoga classes and thrive, help them feel better in
cadre of yogis. the Om Yeah Yoga Movement their lives and the feedback
In fact, the Om Yeah Yoga was born. Principal Craney of- loop will be immediate to our
Movement has focussed on fered vital early support, students and that has kind of
teachers since its inception. allow[ing] our team of volun- proven to be the case.
Betsy Delzer is a former Mid- teer leaders time at Professional According to the first end-of-
dleton-Cross Plains art teacher Development and staff meet- year surveys from the Middle-
who has extensive yoga training ings to offer these optional prac- ton-Cross Plains schools,
and has taught yoga to educa- tices. mindfulness has been a hit. All
tors since 2012. To help with Offering mindful practices survey respondents reported
her own training, Delzer asked for educators, Om Yeah pro- using tools with students
Northside Principal Roz Craney gramming has been used in often or some of the time,
if she could teach yoga to her schools in the Twin Cities, and that the program has deep-
colleagues at the school. Wauwautosa and Waunaukee. ened understanding of mindful
Meanwhile, Delzer kept Om Yeah is in its second year at practices and made a positive
wondering what she could do to two schools in the Middleton- impact on their personal lives
address the teacher burnout epi- Cross Plains School District and and/or the community.
demic. In addition to turnover, is in its first year of implemen- Additionally, 95 percent of
which was high across the pro- tation system-wide. respondents are pausing regu-
fession, there was the less visi- Small groups of leaders at larly to reset, take a breath and
ble problem of teachers living each school in the district share refocus, with a plurality report-
in a state of chronic mental de- responsibility for providing the ing they do so daily. Promotion
pletion, just going through the mindfulness curriculum. Delzer of this type of self-care is one of
motions day after day. says there are between 9-12 the programs core goals.

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boys track team
hopes to shine

Joe Lines debut season was

one to remember.
Now, Middletons boys
track and field coach hopes the
encore is just as exciting.
The Cardinals won their
fourth straight Big Eight
Conference title last year.
Middleton followed that up
with a second place finish at
the WIAA Division 1 state
meet, the best finish in school
As a new season begins, the
Cardinals have a bevy of goals.
Among them is to capture a
fifth straight conference title
and shine at state once again.
The Big Eight is very
strong with Verona, (Madison)
La Follette, and Madison
Memorial, said Middleton
coach Joe Line, whose team
begins its season April 1 at the
Madison West Relays. These
teams always have very talent-
ed squads and their coaches put
them in the right positions.
We expect to win the Big
Eight Conference meet and

hold off all these great
teams. We also are looking to Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

BOYS TRACK, page 18 Jack Toennies and Middletons boys track and field team have high hopes for the 2017 season.

for the top

MHS girls Prairie. But you dont win

softball team
games on paper.
Middleton found that out the

has high hopes

hard way a year ago.
The Cardinals went 15-9
overall and finished fourth in
by ROB REISCHEL the Big Eight Conference at 11-
7. Middleton defeated each of
Times-Tribune the three teams that finished
above it in the league, but also
Perry Hibner looks up and lost to several teams that fin-
down his Middleton softball ished below it.
roster and loves what he sees. Had the Cardinals held
There are two experienced serve against some of the teams
pitchers returning to anchor the in the bottom half of the con-
Cardinals staff. ference, they might have been
There are five returnees that able to make a run at the league
earned some form of all-Big title.
Eight Conference honors in We beat everybody above
2016. And the newcomers are us, so we had the ability,
bursting with potential. Hibner said. But we cant lose
But Hibner fully under- to the teams in the bottom half
stands that no matter how good of the conference. We just cant
things look now, nothing is do that if we want to make a
promised over the next three run at the top.
months. The Cardinals should have
On paper, we have a really the firepower to make a run this Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld
good returning nucleus, said spring.
Hibner, whose team begins its Rachel Everson and Middletons girls softball team hope to compete for a Big Eight Conference
season April 3 against Sun SOFTBALL, page 19 title this spring.
Girls track team thinking big

by ROB REISCHEL group.

Juniors Charlotte Sue, Iris
Ohlrogge and Natalie Asmus,
seniors Maya Gibson, Molly
Cory Christnovich isnt shy. Hoferle and Morgan Eder and
Middletons girls track and sophomore Elizabeth
field coach knows the Big Pansegrau headline the dis-
Eight Conference is loaded tance runners.
once again. Christnovich Juniors Maddie Callahan
understands teams like Sun and Clara Cownie will compete
Prairie and Madison Memorial in sprints and jumps, while sen-
bring back talented, experi- ior Courtney Florin will spe-
enced rosters. cialize in hurdles and jumps.
But Christnovich fully Junior Ellie Grosspietch and
expects his Cardinals to be the sophomore Mackenzie Krueger
Big Eights best outfit for a sec- will be a sprinters, senior Betsy
ond straight season. Hathaway will compete in the
I fully expect to compete pole vault and sprints, while
for the conference title again sophomore Claire Lorman is a
and to keep it for a second triple jumper.
straight year, Christnovich Junior Jennifer McGinnis
said. will specialize in sprints and
Middleton did exactly that the triple jump, while junior
last season in Christnovichs Marie Mayers will compete in
first year taking over for long- the 300 hurdles and 400-meter
time coach Tara Franklin. The dash. Senior Madeline
Cardinals won the Big Eight Pflasterer-Jennerjohn will
Conference meet, finished first compete in the pole vault,
at regionals, second at section- sprints and jumps, sophomore
als and fifth at state. Lily Welti will specialize in
Sam Valentine, who fin- sprints and jumps, and sopho-
ished second at state in both the more Tai Pritts will compete in
800- and 1,600-meter runs, has sprints and throws.
graduated and leaves big shoes Middletons throwers
to fill. Lauren Smith, who was include seniors Jahnavi Gali
second at state in the 100-meter and Maya Huebsch and junior
hurdles and anchored Reshma Gali. Senior Rachel
Middletons 800-meter relay Zander will compete in both
team, will also be extremely sprints and throws, while and
tough to replace. junior Grace Peterson is a high
But the Cardinals do have a jumper. Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld
talented roster for Christnovich We have a lot of great ath-
to work with. Charlotte Sue is one of the top returnees for Middletons girls track and field team this spring
letes trying to earn the few var-
Senior Madeline Ace (400, sity spots, Christnovich said.
800), senior Alyssa Lemirande These ladies love to put in
(400, 800), junior Juliana hard, but that the hard work their abilities and it showed at Emma Hoffman, Kayla Holmes, LynnKruchten, Mackenzie
hard work and love to keep will pay off in the end. They the meets, Christnovich said. Maya Huebsch, Paola Lara Krueger, Claire Lorman, Abby
Castillo (200, 400) and sopho- improving themselves day in never shy away from the chal- You could see the confidence, Santiago, Alyssa Lemirande, Mangas, Mallory May, Susannah
more Hadley Braaten (200, and day out at practice. Allison Libert, Maria Ohlrogge, Murdoch, Qeren Ndoyi, Elizabeth
400) lead the middle distance lenge put in front of them. readiness, and determination in
They know that practice is Every day it is hard for me their eyes, how they held them-
Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn, Pansegrau, Tai Pritts, Laura Rice,
Anitha Quintin, Venkatesh Renu, Alexis Stahnke, Anna Thomley,
to figure out who is having selves, and how they prepared Rachel Steiner, Clara Lily Welti, Megan Zimmerman,
more fun at practice and who is for their events. MarieWilliams, Rachel Zander Anna Zimmerman
enjoying it more the coach- They then put that into Juniors: Natalie Asmus, Freshmen: Mara Allen,
es or the athletes. Everyone is action when they competed and Maddie Callahan, Juliana Castillo, Charlotte Buck, Julia Compton,
smiling, energetic, happy, and were performing personal bests Charlotte Sue, Clara Cownie, Sophia De Oliveira, Ada
putting in their best effort to try time-in and time-out at meets. Autumn Delaney, Payton Dower, Demetrios, Kennedy Denoble,
Katiya Fosdick, Reshma Gali, Georgia Elliott, Elizabeth Engle,
to make Middleton girls track It was so much fun to watch
Bailey Gresch, Ellie Grosspietch, Elizabeth Folsom, Shreya
and field the best that it can and to be there cheering them Leta Landucci, Marie Mayers, Godishala, Katie Hesselbein, Lexi
be. on, helping them reach their Jennifer McGinnis, Megan Hillebrand, Maddie Hoffmann,
Middletons girls improved goals. Meinholz, Iris Ohlrogge, Molly Ryleigh Iverson, Julie Jones,
by leaps and bounds a year ago. Parkin, Margaret Patterson, Grace Maggie Kane, Emma Kostecki,
And by the end of the year, the MIDDLETON GIRLS Peterson, Kayla Underwood, Jenny Lee, Katelyn Maas, Lili
Cardinals fielded one of the top TRACK AND Sophomores: Elora Becker, McGuffey, Skylar Mihal, Nicole
outfits in the state. FIELD ROSTER Kailey Best, Abigail Bliss, Hadley Parkinson, Anna Paulsen, Jena
Braaten, Stacia Flock, Hannah Peterson, Delijah Randle,
Christnovich is optimistic Seniors: Madeline Ace, Andrea
Flottmeyer, Keller Frinzi, Amber Andreyona Scott, Sitori Tanin, Jada
the same will hold true this Aranda Sanchez, Andrea Aranda
Grim, Quinn Harris, Julia Hartig, Thomas, Maggie Zopf.
spring. Sanchez, Laly Cadenillas, Morgan
Eder, Courtney Florin, Jahnavi Olivia Hartig, Kelly Hathaway,
Our ladies at the end of last Noell Jellison, Emily Keebler,
Gali, Maya Gibson, Lauren Hartig,
season were so confident in Betsy Hathaway, Molly Hoferle, Anna Keebler, Shae-
All-Big Eight Conference

Girls Basketball
First Team
Name School Grade Ht.
Alex Luehring Verona Sr. 6-2
Erin Howard Madison East Jr. 6-1
Jayda Jansen Sun Prairie Jr. 5-9
Bria Lemirande Middleton Sr. 5-8
Julia Hartwig Janesville Parker Soph. 6-2

Second Team
Name School Grade Ht.
Justice Filip Madison East Jr. 5-7
Leilani Kapinus Madison Memorial Fr. 5-10
Alyssa Blair Sun Prairie Sr. 5-11
Alyssa Lemirande Middleton Sr. 5-8
Alexis Thomas Middleton Sr. 5-9

Third Team
Name School Grade Ht.
Hannah Halverson Janesville Craig Sr. 5-6
Aniah Willams Beloit Memorial Jr. 5-8
Riley Larson Madison East Sr. 5-8
Kalea Kruser Madison East Sr. 5-10
Chandler Bainbridge Verona Jr. 5-9

Honorable Mention
Name School Grade Ht.
Ali Carlson Janesville Craig Sr. 5-9
Sisi Mitchell Verona Sr. 5-4
Nyenhial Riak Madison La Follette Fr. 6-0
Giselle Monette Madison West Sr. 5-11

Middleton trio
Player of the Year: Alex Luehring, Verona
Coach of the Year: James Adams, Madison East and John Olson, Sun Prairie

earns honors
by ROB REISCHEL Middleton senior forward (12.8), second in assists (2.0),
Alexis Thomas and senior tied for second in rebounds
guard Alyssa Lemirande were (3.5) and third in steals (1.8).
They had another memo- both named second-team all- Alyssa Lemirande also shot
rable season. Big Eight Conference. 49.0% from the field, 67.3%
And in the end, Bria Lemirande led the from the free throw line and
Middletons girls basketball Cardinals in scoring (15.7), tied for second in three-point
team was justly rewarded. rebounding (7.5), assists (4.0) field goals (24).
Cardinals senior point and steals (4.1) this season. Thomas was third on the
guard Bria Lemirande was Bria Lemirande also made a team in scoring (9.1), second
named first-team all-state by team-best 41 three-pointers in steals (1.9) and fourth in
the Wisconsin Basketball and shot 46.3% from the field. three-point field goals (21)
Coaches Association. Bria Lemirande finished as
Lemirande was also named Middletons second all-time WBCA ALL-STATE TEAM
first-team all-Big Eight leading scorer with 1,223 DIVISION 1
Conference. points. She also collected First team
more that 500 career Grace Beyer, soph.,
rebounds, had more than 350 Mukwonago*; Erin Howard,
career assists and 250 career jr., Madison East; Jayda
steals. Jansen, jr., Sun Prairie; Bria
I am usually pretty Lemirande, sr., Middleton;
reserved about singling out Sydney Levy, jr., Appleton
individual accomplishments, North; Alex Luehring, sr.,
but Brias career warrants Verona; Chloe Marotta, jr.,
some special consideration, Homestead; Lizzie Miller, sr.,
Middleton coach Jeff Kind De Pere; Sydnee Roby, soph.,
said. An amazing career! Milwaukee King*; Kenzie
Alyssa Lemirande finished Schmitz, sr., Germantown.
second on the team in scoring
Honorable mention
Kari Brekke, jr., Appleton
North; Caroline Busch, sr.,
Brookfield Central; Ema
Fehrenbach, sr., Marshfield;
Grace Gilmore, sr., Arrowhead;
Abby Guidinger, sr., Kettle
Moraine; Lexi Hanley, sr.,
Chippewa Falls; Caitlyn
Harper, jr., Arrowhead; Maddie
Re, sr., Bay Port.
Times-Tribune photos by Mary Langenfeld

Bria Lemirande (top) was named first-team all-state and first-team all-Big Eight
Conference. Alexis Thomas (middle) and Alyssa Lemirande (above) were both named second-
team all-Big Eight.

Photo submitted

Middletons Clare Day (center) recently signed a letter of intent to play golf at the University of Wisconsin-
Platteville. Day is shown here with parents Dan and Jamie Day.

Next stop: Lakeland

Photo submitted

Middletons Ben Miller (center) signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Lakeland University. Miller is shown
here with parents Dave and Shelia Miller.

n BOYS TRACK continued from page 14

score at state and the main
goal is to get as many there as MIDDLETON BOYS
we can and see how many TRACK AND
points we can put up. FIELD ROSTER
Middleton must replace Seniors: Myron Ashford,
standout Perrin Hagge, who Harrison Bielski, Trystin
scored 23 of the Cardinals 41 Benson, Matthew Cushman,
points at state. But Middleton Austin Delaney, Greg Driscoll,
has several individuals that Max Elliott, Anthony Gatlin,
seem poised for big years. Austin Granderson, Jackson
Senior Gus Newcomb was Grimm, Alec Hanson, Ben
Harris, Louis Hinshaw, Gavin
third at state in the 1,600 and
Katovich, Eman Kitchen, Roman
fourth in the 3,200.
Kryshak, Daniel Ledin, Matthew
Jack Rader, now a junior, Leiferman, Preston Lewis, Joe
also finished seventh at state in Ludwig, Ryan Madoch, Brendon
the 3,200-meter run last year. Martin, Seamus McWilliams,
Ryan Madoch is another top Gus Newcomb, Quinn Pierstorff,
returning distance runner. Noah Roberson, Cole Sampson,
Tre Turner, who qualified Avhinav Sarabu, Jack Toennies,
for state in the 800-meter relay, Trevaun Turner, Sammy Zopf.
is a senior who will run the 100 Juniors: Kane Birscbach,
and 200, and also compete in Tristan Carroll, Dion Huff, Sam
relays and the long jump. Jaeger, Moubarak Jeje, Koby
Triple jumper Jackson Grimm Koistinen, Jake Lamers, Richard
went to sectionals last year and Liu, Daniel MacLean, James
is looking to make a run at Pabst, Cole Parrell, Nick Pliner,
state. Jack Rader, Caleb Randall, Nick
Middleton also has a core Rawling, Aaron Richardson,
Alex Schmidt, John Stenklyft,
group of returning sprinters
Kevin Sun, Eliot Waddell, Jack
that includes Anthony Gaitlin,
Austin Delaney, James Pabst Sophomores: Jay Ahe, Salaar
and Dion Huff. Max Elliot will Akbar, Sean Bertalot, Jordan
lead the Cardinals throwing Brooks, Ian Casper, Caleb
group, while Louis Hinshaw Easton, Ben Eisner, Logan Frey,
and Matt Lieferman will lead Sam Gessler, Will Hoferle,
Middletons pole vaulters. In Kevin Houck, Vince Joswiak,
addition, Jack Tonnies figures Dylan Kalscheur, Tyler
to be Middletons main hurdler. Kalscheur, Josh Lahaie, Matthew
For having such a success- Lorfeld, Michael Madoch, Aidan
ful year we have a lot of ath- McEllistrem, Aidan Mills, Max
letes coming back that had suc- Newcomer, Gage OMara-Jones,
cess last year, Line said. Ben Petersen, Eagan Peters-
There are a handful of new- Michaud, Logan Prichard,
comers that should contribute, Cameron Regan, Cooper Skubal,
as well. That group will be led Sam Spellman, Brady Statz,
Frank Thornton, David
by sophomore Caleb Easton
Whittingham, Jack Wilson,
(1,600), senior Preston Lewis
Stuart Wodzro, Elliot Zanon,
Times-Tribune photos
(400) and sophomore Eagan Jason Zhou, Jakob Zweber.
by Mary Langenfeld
Peters-Michaud (long jump, Freshmen: Oliver Braaten, Gus Newcomb
high jump, 400). August Braaten, Jadin Brown, (top) and Trevaun
Middletons greatest Nick Castillo, Ian Davis, Daniel Turner (left) are
strengths appear to be in the DeJarlias, Ryan Donndelinger, two of the top
distance groups and sprint Johnathan Downs, Julian Engle, returnees for
teams. But with 130 athletes in Braedon Gilles, Hunter Grimm,
Middletons boys
the program, the Cardinals Stephon Harrison, Max Helmke,
track and field
should be solid in most areas. Jerry Huff, Alec Inman, Egan
team this year.
I think we have a lot of Johnson, Joseph Kean, Will
depth on this team and should Kovall, Jungwon Lee, Zach
contend in all areas, Line said. Leffel, Jackson LeRoy, Julio
Overall, Line expects this to Lima-Sanchez, Ethan Lin, Ben
be another memorable year. Litchfield, Calvin Lopez-srem,
I am really excited about Seth Luetscher, Zach Mayhew,
Gabriel Medina, Jack Ohly, Dabe
this team, Line said.We have
Okoli, Henry Patterson, Jacob
tremendous leadership to an
Lavelski, Rollie Schlieckau,
extent I have not seen in 11 Alex Schuster, Stephen Shi,
yearsof coaching. Thomas Silver, Owen Szot,
The athletes are putting in Jacob Vogt, Casey Waddell,
the work even with the weather Caleb Wickre, Roman Ystenes,
not cooperating. This should be Daniel Zens.
an exciting season.

Name Year Pos.
Katrina Anderson 12 OF
Lauren Banke 11 SS
Ashley Bindl 10 3B
Brianna Buss 11 C
Hannah Edington 11 C
Rachel Everson 12 OF
Hanna Fisher 12 OF
Haley Franzen 11 OF
Makenzie Kopp 12 P
Jessi Nonn 12 OF
Jessica Parente 11 1B
Rachel Roberts 10 SS
Sophie Schafer 11 2B
Molly Trehey 12 3B
Sara Wettstein 12 OF Times-Tribune photos by Mary Langenfeld

Head coach: Perry Hibner Katrina Anderson (top) and Hanna Fisher (above) are two key
returnees for Middletons girls softball team this spring.

n SOFTBALL continued from page 14

Senior Makenzie Kopp will Junior Jessica Parente was a lete and outfielder for us not to The rest of Middletons line-
anchor the pitching staff and second-team all-league player have her in the outfield, up will feature newcomers
figures to be one of the top as a catcher last year when she Hibner said. ready to make their mark.
players in the conference. was second on the team with a Senior center fielder Rachel Junior Hannah Edington is
A year ago, Kopp received .432 batting average. Parente Everson is hoping to make her the frontrunner at catcher,
first-team all-conference hon- also tied for second with two final year a big one, too. while junior Brianna Buss is
ors as a utility player. Kopp led home runs, was third on the Everson, who will play col- vying playing time there, as
the Cardinals with 30 RBI, was team in RBI (25) and second in legiately at Indiana University- well. Senior Katrina Anderson
third on the team with a .409 OPS (1.152). Purdue University Fort Wayne, and junior Sophie Schafer are
batting average, and tied for This year, Parente will move was a first-team all-conference competing for the second base
second in home runs with two. to first base. player as a sophomore. job. Sophomore Rachel
Kopp also went 11-4 on the Shell play that position in As a junior last season, Roberts is also in the mix at
mound, had a 3.41 ERA, struck college, Hibner said of Everson was named honorable- second and will likely play
out 66 batters, walked 32 and Parente moving to first base. mention all-league after batting shortstop when Banke pitches.
notched two saves. Therefore, Shes a really strong fielder .386 and leading the Cardinals Sophomore Ashley Bindl
she was also named honorable- and shes looking really good with 30 runs scored. Everson moves from second base last
mention all-conference as a at the plate, too. The ball just also finished second on the year to third base this season.
pitcher. sounds different when it comes team with 10 doubles and had a Senior Sara Wettstein will like-
She always throws the ball off her bat. team-high 12 walks. ly play right field, while senior
hard, Hibner said of Kopp. Senior left fielder Hanna While Eversons numbers Jessi Nonn and junior Haley
But the big thing were look- Fisher was a second-team all- were impressive in 2016, Franzen will be the top outfield
ing for from her is more move- conference player last year Hibner believes shell be even reserves.
ment. after batting .384 with two better in 2017. Middletons combination of
Shes certainly made a step home runs and 21 RBI. Fisher Shes looking to have huge returning talent and depth are
up. Shes worked hard on her was also third on the team in bounce back year, Hibner certainly enviable. And while
game and you can see the runs scored (26). said. She set the bar so high that guarantees the Cardinals
improvement. She should have Fisher was primarily a des- after her first two years, that nothing, it beats the alternative.
a great year. ignated player last year due to while last year was an average At the end of the day, we
Junior Lauren Banke is a some arm issues. This year, year for Rachel Everson, its a have a talented, experienced
solid No. 2 pitcher who also Hibner is hoping Fisher will be great year for most people. So I roster, Hibner said. And Id
will be the Cardinals starting his starting left fielder. think shes anxious to get back much rather have that than try
shortstop. Shes too good of an ath- in it. to break in a whole new team.
Last season, Banke batted
.366 with one home run, 16
RBI and 20 runs scored and
was named honorable-mention
all-conference. Banke also
went 5-4 on the mound, had
two saves and a 4.55 ERA.
Shes an incredible athlete,
by far our quickest player,
Hibner said of Banke. The
nice part is she shrinks the
infield. And then shes a nice
complement to Kopp because
they have very different

MHS girls lacrosse

Photos submitted

Eleanor Mackey (left) and Abby Drake (right) hope to lead Middletons girls lacrosse team to a big season this spring.

team ready to roll

Middletons girls lacrosse midfielder Eleanor Mackey, ranked No. 4 in the state and Becca Lorfeld, Jordyn
team has its sights set on a trip who were both all-conference hope to better that mark this Sarbacker, Aliza Shoemaker-
to the state tournament this players last season. Mackey season. Allen and Kayla Wiegand.
year. was also named the confer- The eight other returning New to the varsity program
The defending Madison ences co-Player of the Year varsity members include Allie are Sophia Bot, Kyra Keenan,
Area Lacrosse Association and was named to Team Ballweg, Lexi Basel, Julia Nina Porras, Emma Rozum and
Conference champions have 12 Wisconsin, an elite team of the Carr, Tara DeLeo, Julia Lilia Scheid.
returning varsity players. states best lacrosse players. Fermanich, Margaret Rogers, Middleton, which is
Senior attacker Abby Drake, Last season, Middleton Carmen Schremp and Emma coached by Anne Gravel and
who was voted a high school reached the state semifinals, Waldinger. Newcomers to the Steph Spencer, began its sea-
All-American in 2016, leads where it fell to three time varsity roster are Allie son Tuesday against Oregon.
the way. defending state champions Ballweg, Lauren Drake,
Also returning are senior Hartland Arrowhead. Keegan Ducke, Taylor Ducke,
goalie Mia Acker and junior Middleton finished the year Kristin DeLeo, Raina Hess,

Good Hops music, silent auction and raf- site. Born 531, Patti Larson 521,
returns fles. A cash bar will also be Proceeds from the beer Cindy Hall 500.
The Middleton Baseball available. and wine tasting event will be
and Softball Commission Tickets may be purchased used to fund MBSC youth March 14
will hold its third annual online at baseball and softball pro- Lyn Passini 557, Theresa
Good Hops beer and wine grams. Event proceeds will Meisel 543, Paula Brunner
tasting event on April 8 from The MBSC is also looking also help to pay for financing 493, Sara Gudel 491.
5-9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn for sponsors for the event, of the new indoor practice
Hotel and SuitesMadison along with silent auction and facility that the MBSC has
West. raffle items. built at Firefighters
Tickets are $45 per person Event sponsors and those Memorial Park.
purchased in advance or at with silent auction or raffle
the door. Tickets include craft items may also sign up at the Bowling scores
beer and wine tasting from a above website, or alternative- Middleton Ladies
variety of area breweries and ly contact a Commission March 7
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