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2017, The Year in Review: May through July for Belleville


January 11, 2018

Belleville's Junior Prom, "New York, New York" was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Dalton Fahey and Emcee Jared Widish escorting Emcee Sam Trainor, Derek Baumgartner and Drew Shrader escorting Aimee Sies, Cade Kelley escorting Skylar Butenhoff and Cheyenne Koeppel, Riley Medenwald escorting Grace Hicks, Brock Kelly escorting Kalin O'Rourke, Cole Myers escorting Maya Severson, Otto Anson escorting Eve Palmer, Coltyn Winkers escorting Katie Stuessy, Max Gerner escorting Lily McMahan, Eric O'Connor escorting Gracie Samon, Trevor Enloe escorting Leah Hanna, Jordan Roelke escorting Brianna Halverson, Nicholas Fahey escorting Isabelle Pier , Kyle Judd escorting Kristen Lowery, Brandon Jimenez escorting Holly White, Devin Brown escorting Cassidy Heller, Tyler Rufenacht and Connor Theis escorting Nina Häentsch, Noah Fahey escorting Eliza Woods , Trevor Thole escorting Vanessa Erb, Owen Benash escorting Taylor Vesperman, Evan Reifert escorting Molli Schwoegler, Noah Niesen escorting Lauren Theis, John Dohm escorting Rozalyn Thays, Lukas Freidig escorting Delia Fulbright and Zoey Whitehouse, Eddy Fraire escorting Timothy Jelle , Spencer Grindle escorting Anthony Boegel. Drew Shrader and Maya Severson were crowned Prom King and Queen. Junior Royalty: Reece Raven and Ava Shrader.


The Kiwanis Club of Belleville was pleased to honor five middle school students selected for outstanding work. The students are nominated by their teachers as showing special talents in a specific area of study. This year's recipients are: Social Studies – Emma Anson, daughter of Mary Jenny and Blake Anson; Language Arts – Roxana Gruenwald, daughter of Mark and Haiying Gruenwald; Science – Regyn Jelle, daughter Tricia Ferguson and Jason Jelle; Math – Jack Nolden, son of Bob and Faye Nolden; Fine Arts – Jacob Kean, son of Jean Schemenauer and Ron Kean.

Congratulations to Belleville Middle and High School students for their performances on April 29th at State Solo & Ensemble on the UW-Platteville campus.

Congratulations to all of our Belleville High School Forensics competitors at the April 21st state meet at UW-Madison!

Eight Belleville High School artists submitted their work for the Capitol Conference Art show. Student work was on display for two weeks, from April 18-30, at the Pyle Center on the UW-Madison campus, with a final ceremony on Sunday, April 30. Congratulations to senior Skyler Grulke for receiving the "Best of School" award!

Belleville High School recognized its Top 10 academic seniors on May 8th, along with the eleven other Capitol Conference schools, at a banquet at the Sheraton Madison Hotel.

The Belleville School District held two groundbreaking ceremonies on Friday, May 19, 2017, to thank everyone involved for their support in planning the expansions and the referendum. The first ceremony was held at the Middle School/High School at 8:00 a.m., followed by a second ceremony at the Intermediate School.


Grace Schulting, Grace Przybyl, Joseph Sokol, Otto Anson and Brock Kelly competed in the national LifeSmarts competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 21-24.

The Sugar River Raiders girls soccer team earned this year's Capitol Conference championship. The Raiders swept all conference opponents this year, going 8-0. This is the first time since 2015 that the Raiders won the conference.

The School District of Belleville's elementary students were introduced to Project Lead the Way, a nonprofit STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum. Kindergarten through fifth grade students learned about computer science and biomedical science through carefully structured real-world, hands-on activities, projects and problems. They learned to be creative, critical thinking problem solvers. Students communicate and collaborate together as they are encouraged to continuously discover, explore and adopt a design-thinking mindset.

The crowning of the 2017-2018 Belleville Dairy Queen, Mikayla Brey, was held in Library Park on June 6th, in conjunction with the Belleville Busy Beaver 4-H Club's Picnic in the Park and Music in the Park.

The Belleville Police Department, along with the Wisconsin DNR, held Cops N' Bobbers on Saturday, June 10.

All-Conference Baseball honorees from the Belleville Baseball Team included: Derek Baumgartner, Honorable Mention-Pitcher; Jaydon Winkers, 1st Team-Utility Player; Austin Fahey, Honorable Mention-Infielder; Coltyn Winkers, 1st Team-Outfielder; Markus Markiewicz, 1st Team-Pitcher; Drew Shrader, 1st Team-Infielder.

Belleville kids enjoyed a wide variety of performances this summer, sponsored by the Belleville Public Library. Sam Bartlett's Stuntology program showed kids how to amuse themselves and amaze their friends by doing tricks with everyday objects.


Ronald Reed, Belleville, received his Quilt of Valor at his 80th birthday party. Reed served in the Air Force.

The Belleville School District held the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 on Sunday, June 4, 2017, in the High School Gym.

Members of the Belleville FFA Chapter traveled to the Alliant Energy Center for the Wisconsin State FFA Convention on June 13-14, 2017. Amanda Lettman and Mitchell Mussehl served as delegates for the chapter.  They were able to vote for the 2017-2018 Wisconsin FFA State sectional officer, as well as contribute to discussions about current topics affecting FFA and agriculture education. Clarice Loeffelholz and Denise Rankin received their State FFA Degrees at the convention.

The College Board released its Advanced Placement scores for Wisconsin on Thursday, July 6. Belleville High School's 2017 scores from May were the second highest in school history, with ​78.18%​ of tests taken reaching the ​qualified​ (passing) level or above.

The Belleville Community Health Improvement Program (BCHIP) recognized the top finishers in the Bastille Day Fun Run/Walk, which took place on Saturday, July 15th. The top five male finishers were Caden O'Rourke (19:22), Tracy Hefty (22:02), Albin Carias (23:52), Niles Monroe (27:19) and Evan Thomas (27:19). The top five female finishers were Erin Treder (22:52), Sandra Russow (23:58), Britney Markhardt (25:40), Melissa Briles (36:53) and Kelly Monroe (38:45).


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