May 23, 2017
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Justin Deal


Parents: Stephen and Trista Deal, Kenosha

Favorite class: Homeroom/lunch

Most influential teacher: Ky Hylinksi, math

“She is nice and a fun teacher.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Participating in DNR Day.”

Racheal Toney


Parents: Rashun and Mercilie Toney, Kenosha

Favorite class: Orchestra

Most influential teacher: Heather Kamikawa, Orchestra

“She encourages me to the best that I can be.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Going to Montreal.”

Anneliese Ceisel


Parents: David and Alexandria Ceisel, Bristol

Favorite class: AP Calculus BC

Most influential teacher: Amy Andersen, AP English Language

“Mrs. Andersen is a remarkable teacher who allowed me to develop my writing abilities, introduced me to a variety of current events, and made me more empathetic towards others. She truly cares about her students and wants them to succeed even after they finish her class. She has a quirky personality that is so easy to get along with. She’s very open with her students, and she shows so much compassion. She’s always trying to challenge her students to reach their full potential. Mrs. Andersen has made the biggest impact on my confidence. I started the year quiet and reserved, and finished the year with enough confidence in my writing and my speech to share it with others.”

Most memorable high school moment: “My sophomore year, three foreign exchange students attended Central. A girl from Mexico, a boy from France, and a girl from Brazil. Two of them ran cross country with me, and I ended up becoming good friends with all three. My favorite memory of high school was running my second cross country meet with the girl from Mexico. The satisfaction and hype of finishing a race along with the thought that I had done it with a friend was just an unbelievable experience.”

Ralena Barker


Nickname: Ray

Parents: Nate and Rebecca Barker, Kenosha

Favorite class: Biology

Most influential teacher: Susan Akina, biology

“She taught me that in order to get better at something I have to practice and study it. She pushed me to do my best and that is exactly what I needed, the extra push.”

Abraham Caballero


Nickname: Abe

Parents: Ramon and Maricela Caballero, Kenosha

Most influential teacher: Bhuvana Baskaran, Math

“Math has always been a subject I struggled with greatly. The time it took my peers to learn the material, it would take me double. Math just did not click for me. Mrs. Baskaran knew that I struggled and that I did not catch on to the material as quick as everyone else but instead of pushing me aside, she did the exact opposite. She would make me solve problems in front of the class, constantly, so I would get more practice. By the end of class if I did not fully have a grasp on what we learned that day, she would tell me to come in after school so she could thoroughly explain it to me, again. As a teacher she was dedicated to seeing her students succeed. Most importantly she had the patience, whether it took me 10 minutes after school to learn the material or an hour, she stood by me every step of the way until she knew that I understood what I was doing.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Having the opportunity to compete in PanAm in 2015.”

Molly O’Boyle


Parents: Don and Beth O’Boyle, Pleasant Prairie

Favorite class: AP Physics

Most influential teacher: Charles Krey, social studies

“Coach Krey was my teacher in 8th grade, as well as my track coach during all three years of middle school and last two years of high school. Coach Krey taught dedication in the classroom and on the track, but was always able to make class fun and put a smile on his students’ faces. He challenged me to better myself as a student and athlete. I was so lucky to have Coach Krey as a guide during middle school and I am grateful that I get to finish high school with him as my coach again.”

Most memorable high school moment: “My junior year I had state competitions for cheerleading and gymnastics on back-to-back weekends. On the first weekend, my cheer team (Tremper varsity competition team) won the D1 medium state championship. On the second weekend, my gymnastics team (Kenosha Combined Gymnastics) won second place in the team competition at the WIAA state gymnastics meet, and I won three state titles during the individual competition. Both weekends were so exciting and I was very lucky to spend them with so many great teammates.”

Gunnar Johnson


Nickname: One Thumb

Parents: Dave and Kaet Johnson, Trevor

Favorite class: AP Literature

Most influential teacher: Eric Morrow, Civil Engineering and Architecture

“He’s the teacher I have the best relationship with. Morrow actually reaches out to kids and really tries to make sure they understand and can apply what they’ve learned. He’s a no BS kind of guy, who also enjoys sarcasm and can give and take jokes. Basically, he’s not a stiff, and I appreciate that.”

Michael Hertel


Parents: Robert Jr. and Jennifer Hertel, Kenosha

Favorite class: Anatomy & Physiology

Most influential teacher: Paul Fix, Biology, Anatomy& Physiology

“Mr. Fix taught me more than just knowledge to pass a class, like life and learning skills, this is a lot like many teachers I have had, but he had also re-ignited my love of learning by showing me that it isn’t always a cookie cutter process.

Most memorable high school moment: “When I participated in my school’s mock presidential debate and mock election as a candidate.”

Mitchell Buban


Parents: Tom and Jayne Buban, Kenosha

Favorite class: AP Human Geography

Most influential teacher: Daniel Shimon, Perspectives In Literature and Composition

“Mr. Shimon is a one-of-a-kind teacher who has improved not only the way I read and write, but the way I think as well. Day in and day out, he always goes the extra mile and does whatever it takes to ensure that his students come out of his class more intelligent than they were when they walked in.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Going to Florida with my baseball team during spring break of my sophomore year.”

Andrew Koroly


Nickname: A.J.

Parents: Mike and Tammy Koroly, Bristol

Favorite class: AP U.S. History

Most influential teacher: Amy Andersen, AP English Language

“Mrs. Andersen made me think outside my comfort zone and taught me to analyze things critically. She made me a more confident speaker and gave me the tools to be a better leader in the diverse world I will be entering after high school.”

Samantha Weyker


Nickname: Sam

Parents: Michael and Patricia Weyker, Kenosha

Favorite class: AP Biology

Most influential teacher: Brian Chike, Government and Politics

“He is very supportive and inspiring and continues to challenge me in his class.”

Andie Brown


Parents: Andy and Lisa Brown, Twin Lakes

Favorite class: AP Calculus

Most influential teacher: Kaitlyn Keleher, AP calculus

“Mrs. Keleher created a fun atmosphere for a class that is traditionally known for being boring. She did this just by being herself. AP Calculus is a hard class and she always found a way to explain it to me that made sense in my mind. She has shown me that not all math teachers are boring.”

Most memorable high school moment: “The amazing experience of taking a class trip to Costa Rica.”

Alexandra DuChene


Nickname: Lexie

Parents: Dennis and Karen DuChene, Kenosha

Favorite class: AP Chemistry

Most influential teacher: Dorlise Brown, Honors Government

“Ms. Brown made government fun and interesting. She also let me eat in class, which was awesome.”

Gwendolyn Johnson


Parents: Nina Harris and Antonio Johnson, Kenosha

Favorite class: Advanced Spanish 3-Honors

Most influential teacher: Amy Jacob, Laboratory Techniques and Accelerated Chemistry

“Ms. Jacob is one of the most kind teachers I have ever had. She has always pushed me to do my best work. She made class fun and exciting, thus making me want to come back and learn more every day. I have always worked hard at my grades, but she sparked a flame in me that made me want to work even harder despite all of my extracurricular activities. Even after completing her class, she continued to check up on me to make sure that I was doing well in all of my classes and would assist me in any way she could. I am so blessed to have had her as a teacher.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Achieving 600 rebounds and being first in the SEC for rebounds in girls basketball.”

Sarah Verzal


Parents: Chris and Katie Verzal, Bristol

Favorite class: AP English Literature

Most influential teacher: Amy Andersen, AP English Language, creative writing

“Mrs. Andersen truly cares for all her students. She asks us every day how school is going, or how we are feeling, before she even begins class. I know I can count on her to give her honest opinion, and I respect what she has to say. Mrs. Andersen’s classes have been a great part of my high school education, and they have provided me with skills that have proven useful, both in and out of the classroom.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Winning our swimming sectional meet this year. I’ve had the same awesome coach, Glenn Biller, all four years. My team started out that meet by winning the very first relay, and after that we continued breaking personal record after personal record. When it came time for me to swim, I was so ready. My coach gave me a pep talk and basically said, ‘Hey, this is the last time you are with us, so knock it out of the park.’ I swam my personal best. It was an amazing experience, and I’ll never forget it.”

Vincent Hoff


Nickname: Vinny

Parents: Steven and Monica Hoff, Kenosha

Favorite class: U.S. history

Most influential teacher: Matt Rizzo, football coach

“I would say that Coach Rizzo influenced me the most. As a coach he taught us the knowledge of hard work, determination, timeliness, dedication to the team, spirit and how to overall be better young men.”

Larissa Huissen


Parents: Louis Huissen and Concetta Rixie, Kenosha

Favorite class: Choir

Most influential teacher: John Choi, Choir

“Mr. Choi challenges us not only to become better musicians but to become better people. Through the music we sing and the lessons that Mr. Choi teaches, I have learned simple lessons of love, generosity and forgiveness. Mr. Choi continues to positively shape the lives of his students from the moment we step into the choir room as freshmen until long after we graduate from high school, reminding us that ‘there’s no such beauty as where you belong’ and that we always will have a place in his choir.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Rehearsing for the musical ‘The Taffetas’ as a freshmen with a bunch of strangers that would end up becoming some of my best friends.”

Anthony Sturino


Nickname: Aj

Parents: Jim and Janneane Sturino, Kenosha

Favorite class: Math

Most influential teachers: Ann Hearn, special education/case manager, and Stan Wilson, math

“Mrs. Hearn has been there for me throughout my high school career. Without her help, guidance and support, I would not be the person I am today. Mr. Wilson has opened my eyes to the world of math and made it interesting. He has always pushed me to my fullest potential.”

Abigail Goodhall


Nickname: Abby

Parents: Thomas and Mary Goodhall, Kenosha

Favorite class: Band

Most influential teachers: Ken Wiele, band; John Choi, choir

“Music has become such an incredibly important part of my life. Mr. Wiele and Mr. Choi have sparked the passion within me that I have for music, which is why I will be continuing to study music throughout college. Not only have these two amazing teachers taught me about notes on a page and how to play/sing, they both have taught me valuable lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

Bailey Menarek


Parents: Jay and Laura Menarek, Brighton

Favorite class: AP Physics

Most influential teacher: Carrie Wright, AP Physics

“Mrs. Wright teaches in a way that is easy to understand and enjoy. Not only is she a great teacher, she allows me to strengthen my passion for math and science. Her classes have reassured me that engineering is the career for me.”

Most memorable high school moment: “My senior year homecoming dance.”

Katherine Beal


Nickname: Katie

Parents: Kenneth Hatton and Shauna Plummer, Kenosha

Favorite class: Math

Most influential teacher: Kristine Jones, Building Relationships & Interior Design

“Mrs. Jones and I are very alike. She taught me that it’s OK to be myself and express who I am. She has also taught me ways to express myself, not only to suit me but to suit others around me. Ms. Jones has always supported me with anything I’ve informed her on and she’s also been a very good motivator.”

Devin Coleman


Parents: Michael and Diane Coleman, Trevor

Favorite class: Biomedical Innovations

Most influential teacher: Lena Joch, PLTW biomedical science courses

“Mrs. Joch helped me find a passion for the sciences and through her and Project Lead the Way I have had so many opportunities to learn about the medical field.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Being a part of the basketball team that made it to the sectional semi-finals my freshman year.”

Katie Pollock


Parents: Jim and Mary Pollock, Kenosha

Favorite class: AP Psychology

Most influential teacher: Charles Romano, Student Government adviser

“Mr.Romano has greatly influenced me throughout my time at Tremper. When I first met Mr.Romano I was very shy and quiet. Since that time he has encouraged me to do many things that I could not have seen myself doing during my high school years as an incoming freshman. Mr.Romano has always encouraged me to believe in myself and he has been there to remind me that everything happens for a reason and it is important to ‘keep the faith.’ From having someone to share good news with and someone to give me advice when needed and everything in between, I could not imagine my last four years of high school without him.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Joining the cross country team my sophomore year. Although I have had to deal with multiple injuries that ultimately made it not possible for me to successfully complete a season as a runner, I was able to remain on the team and act as a manager. Some of best memories have been made during the cross country seasons and with the people that I have met through the team. Being a part of the cross country team comes with a family-like feeling that I am happy that I was able to be a part of over the last three years.”

Jaime First


Parents: Dan and Kari First, Kenosha

Favorite class: Choir

Most influential teacher: Bhuvenaswari Baskaran, AP Calculus

“I love coming to Mrs. Baskaran’s class every day! Even though calc can be super hard and frustrating, she can be a lot of fun. She works so hard everyday to make sure everyone is understanding the material and she genuinely cares about everyone. It really inspires me how kindhearted and caring Mrs. Baskaran is; I’m so grateful that I have had the opportunity to have her in my life.”

Most memorable high school moment: “I’ll never forget our choir trip to Austria and Germany my junior year. We got to make beautiful music in some amazing cathedrals, went to the top of the Alps, got to explore a salt mine and so much more! The whole experience was absolutely amazing!

Thomas Hamm


Parents: Tom Hamm and Renee Mura, Pleasant Prairie

Favorite class: Honors Physics

Most influential teacher: Kristen Peterson, AP Psychology, AP U.S. Government and Politics

“Mrs. Peterson is a challenging, motivating teacher who brings out the best in her students. She is easy to approach with any questions and answers them with delight. She is the epitome of a positive, helpful teacher.”

Most memorable high school moment: “The upcoming St. Joe’s mission trip to Nicaragua in May.”

Nicholas Gwynne


Nickname: Nick

Parents: Neil and Kimberly Gwynne, Kenosha

Favorite class: AP Government

Most influential teacher: Brain Chike, AP Government

“Mr. Chike is a great teacher who not only taught me about the U.S. government but also taught me about being a good person and a responsible adult.”

Sage Holloway


Parents: Scott Holloway and Teri Hart, Kenosha

Favorite class: AP Statistics

Most influential teacher: Holly Stanfield, Musical Theatre Vocal Tech and Theatre Practicum

“Holly isn’t your average teacher. She harbors a very supportive classroom atmosphere, encouraging classmates to truly listen and discuss with each other. She never seems to hold all of her students to the same standard; rather, she sees each student for his or her individual talents and passions. Working with her is truly special.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in Mrs. Phillips class. It was the book, but it was also just knowing that I was having a very special learning moment while my teacher was also having a very special teaching moment. Special squared.”

Hannah Vozel


Parents: Jason and Shirley Vozel, Randall

Favorite class: AP Calculus

Most influential teacher: Debbie Chike, AP Language, AP Literature

“Miss Chike has revealed to me the sheer depth of English class in its entirety; it’s one of my favorite subjects now. Additionally, she’s helped me not only to realize the importance of analyzing controversies from multiple, opposing perspectives, but also the significance of art’s influence on the sciences, and both the benefits and dangers of incorporating the two.”

Most memorable high school moment: “The many trips I’ve made to the mountains out West. I find the landscape not only enthralling, but also to be an efficacious teacher of individual insignificance and the importance of understanding it.”

Rachel Riese


Parents: Jerome and Karen Riese, Kenosha

Favorite classes: AP Biology and AP Psychology

Most influential teacher: Helen Breitenbach Cooper, Orchestra

“As a member of Golden Strings, there have been weeks when I’ve seen Ms. B more than my own family. She dedicates her entire self to her students and it shows not only in the progress of the orchestra but also in the lasting relationships she has with her students. Over the past seven years, Ms. B has watched me grow up. We have celebrated successes together, mourned losses together, seen Valentino in the flesh together, and even gone on a run or two together. Our friendship is one I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Traveling to Europe with the Tremper Golden Strings in July 2015 and participating in the Chicago Youth in Music Festival under the batons of Riccardo Muti and Gennady Rozhdestvensky.”

Andrew Dorst


Parents: Bill and Becky Dorst, Kenosha

Favorite class: Choir

Most influential teacher: Janet Carpino, pre-calculus

“She made an effort to make a connection with every one of her students. She showed me how to have fun in class while still being productive and understanding the material.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Performing a song from ‘Xanadu’ in the spring pep assembly my junior year.”

Anna Leigh Niles


Parents: Scott and Rae Anne Niles, Bristol

Favorite class: AP Biology

Most influential teacher: Karen Ditthardt, Anatomy and Physiology

“Mrs. Ditthardt is inspiring. Her positive attitude and her passion for the subject is contagious. She is constantly looking for unique ways to engage her students, and she makes it very difficult to ever be bored in her class. She also is one of those teachers who genuinely cares and invests in her students. One of the greatest things about her is that she teaches not only anatomy, but occasionally life lessons too. By sharing various quotes and stories, she instills in her students the importance of faith, confidence and love, in between her lectures of bones, muscles or the endocrine system.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Before a basketball game, two of my friends and I decided to burn some time by heading to a thrift store near Central where we ended up buying a rather dirty stroller (I have no idea why). We ended up pushing each other around in it and falling over from laughter. This instance stands out to me as one of my most memorable high school experiences as it shows the great friendships I have made over the years and the pure joy that can be found in the most random activities.”

Monica Cucunato


Parents: Leo and Kristine

Cucunato, Kenosha

Favorite classes: Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors

Most influential teacher: Jeffery Wirch, Biology and Human Anatomy, Physiology Honors

“Mr. Wirch was a huge help in guiding me in the direction of my educational path. After introducing me to different sciences, I realized I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. He is by far the most supportive teacher I have ever had and any student would be lucky to have him as a teacher.”

Geny Museitef


Parents: Modeen and Amal Museitef, Kenosha

Favorite class: Accelerated Chemistry

Most influential teacher: Amy Jacob, Lab Techniques and Accelerated Chemistry

“Ms. Jacob is the most influential person to me because she inspires me day by day, and most importantly, she believed in me in times when I didn’t. I once told her that I want be a great role model for others and make a difference, she said, “You already are.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Organizing a school-wide event to fundraise for pediatric cancer in Kenosha.”

Rebecca Brewer


Nickname: Becca

Parents: Jerry and Tracy Brewer, Silver Lake

Favorite class: U.S. History

Most influential teacher: Debbie Chike, AP Language and AP Literature

“Ms. Chike not only taught me how to become a confident writer but also how to approach life’s hardest situations with logic and reason.”

Amari Whittington


Parent: Angela Townsend, Kenosha

Favorite class: Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors

Most influential teacher: Katherine Garringer, Perspectives in Literature and Composition

“Ms. Garringer pushes me to do my best. She challenges me, and has high expectations for her students.”

Most memorable high school moment: “My most memorable high school moment is going to state for softball.”

Melissa Valdez


Parents: Juan and Martha Valdez, Kenosha

Favorite class: Entrepreneurship

Most influential teacher: Heather Belke, entrepreneurship and Hawk Shop internship

“There are many great teachers at Indian Trail, but Mrs. Belke definitely goes the extra mile. Thanks to her classes and one-on-one conversations, I have become more ambitious with my goals in life. I am very thankful for all of her advice and hard work.”

School activities: Yearbook

Jacob Werth


Nickname: Jake

Parents: Tom and Mari Werth, Bristol

Favorite class: Adventure Education

Most influential teacher: Dan Bender, government

“Mr. Bender made the learning environment an enjoyable atmosphere and he taught me how to learn and have fun while doing it.”

Sonja Katt


Parents: Timothy and Jayne Katt, Kenosha

Favorite class: Human Anatomy and Physiology

Most influential teacher: Kristina Niemi, honors art classes

“Mrs. Niemi has been my art teacher for all four years of high school, and throughout the course of those years we have formed a very strong relationship. She has been very influential in my life through how she conducted her class with authority, but also encouraged her students to feel comfortable enough to express themselves. She not only educated me academically, but she also taught me many valuable lessons about life. She emphasized the idea that not only can my creativity be applied to my artwork, but through any subject I study in my education and through any goal I set to accomplish within life.”

Most memorable high school moment: “In the middle of my junior year I tore my ACL and meniscus playing soccer. This injury to my knee was devastating, but eye opening. It allowed me to recognize this as a blessing, including a strong desire to pursue a career in the medical field. The experience with my injury has molded me into the individual I am today and for that reason it is my most memorable high school moment. My most fun moments include attending football and basketball games while cheering on other athletes!”

Anthony Sanberg


Parents: John and Pamela Sanberg, Twin Lakes

Favorite class: Accounting

Most influential teacher: Nikki Kaiser, English

“No one has been more helpful than Mrs. Kaiser. When delivering an oral presentation for our public speaking unit, Mrs. Kaiser suggested that I take steps to further my public speaking and performance, which led me to try out for the school musical, which I received the male lead for, and is something I have been involved with ever since. She encouraged me to read and write, which has now led to me attempting to write my first electronic book. She saw me reading the book ‘Click Millionaire,’ and she suggested ‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell, which has become my second favorite book of all time. She was there to help me compose an e-mail to try and apply for an accounting position and aided in the creation of my resume. She helped lead me in Link Crew and has been there to assist me with whatever crazy dream or idea I have had. She is one of the most down to earth and caring people I know, and I am glad that she always pushed me to be better at reading, writing, leading, speaking, and to be the best that I can be.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Singing ‘Small Umbrella in the Rain,’ the finale of Little Women, with my best friend and stage partner Lauren Hanson.”

Alex Sitala


Parents: Daniel and Paula Siltala, Kenosha

Favorite class: Gym

Most influential teacher: Joey Charles, Personal Finance, employability skills

“He is very kind. He has a good sense of humor. What he has taught me will help me in the real world.”

Most memorable high school moment: “My friends and I started our own melodic death metal band three years ago. I love playing the electric guitar with my friends and creating music.”

Bryana Bosko


Parent: Kathy Mann, Kenosha

Favorite class: AP Biology

Most influential teacher: Kathleen Korbas, AP Psychology

“She inspired my interest and adoration for the study of psychology and along the way has taught me a myriad of life lessons.”

Most memorable high school moment: “The very first day of freshman year. I had moved from Arizona that summer and upon the first day of school was introduced to an entirely new student body, all holding different interests, ambitions and personalities, in addition to a challenging curriculum. The experience was terrifying to say the least, but forced me out of a comfort zone I would not have willingly left beforehand.”

Jenna Cannon


Parents: Michael and Trisha Cannon, Kenosha

Favorite class: AP Biology

Most influential teacher: CarrieAnn Glembocki, AP Biology

“AP Biology is my first class of the day and Mrs. Glembocki is always super-energetic when we walk in. She makes the subject matter easy to understand and goes above and beyond to make sure that we are learning while still having a good time. She finds and prepares amazing labs for us that reinforce the material we are working on. She has inspired me to work my hardest and I know that I will be prepared to take the AP test at the end of this class. Mrs. Glembocki’s enthusiasm is contagious and I really hope that I am able to encourage others in the same way that she does.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Completing the Certified Nursing Assistant class that I took this fall through KUSD’s Youth Options program. It was a very eye-opening experience and I learned a lot about the basics of the nursing career field. I did my clinical work at St. Joseph’s nursing home and being able to meet and care for all of the incredible people there helped me confirm that this is the direction I want to take my life in.”

Maxwell Alfredson


Nickname: Max

Parents: David and Ruthann Alfredson, Pleasant Prairie

Favorite class: AP Microeconomics

Most influential teacher: Art Preuss, counselor

“Though I have had great teachers throughout my four years, no one has been more influential than Mr. Preuss. He is just an overall great person and without him I would not have been as successful in school.”

Andrea Quets


Parents: Jerome and Joan Quets, Kenosha

Favorite class: Calculus

Most influential teacher: Kerry Whittaker, Coastal Marine Ecosystems

“It was a hands-on class, with the entire Maine coastline as our classroom. Kerry spent time with my group on our research project helping us to identify all the types of plankton we were seeing. This project completely changed my college and career path, because now I understand what a link the phytoplankton have to understanding climate change.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Harborside 11th/12th-grade camping trips.”

Julie Katzer


Nickname: Jules

Parents: Keith and Carol Katzer, Trevor

Favorite class: Advanced Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Most influential teacher: Julie Eckhart, Accounting I and II

“Mrs. Eckhart goes above and beyond. Time after time she has offered me extraordinary opportunities to advance my accounting career and goals, and she solidified my interest in entering the accounting field. I can talk to her about my goals, knowing she will support me 100 percent. She is a joy to talk to each day, and I always look forward to attending her classes. Mrs. Eckhart is one of the most supportive, influential and generous teachers I have ever had, and I am truly grateful to have had her as my teacher. Her encouragement will lead me to success in the future, and I will always be thankful for her guidance.”

Jenna Zeihen


Parents: Robert and Juli Zeihen, Somers

Favorite class: Choir

Most influential teacher: Brad Mann, choir

“I love singing in groups. Having everyone be a part of the music. I get to be involved in other great experiences like being a Madrigal Singer through choir. Mr. Mann has been my choir teacher for six years now, and he always picks great music. I have a real love for singing, especially with him as the teacher.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Going to the Wisconsin State High School Theatre Festival with the cast of “E.D.” My wonderful cast won Critics Choice; I got an acting award, which is a huge honor; and I competed individually in acting and made it to the national festival with my event. The whole weekend just meant so much to me.”

Aseelah Saiyed


Parents: Aslam and Shabana Saiyed, Pleasant Prairie

Favorite class: AP Biology

Most influential teacher: Paul Fix, Biology

“Though he no longer teaches in the district, Mr. Fix teaches all of his classes in a way that is unparalleled: with contagious energy and enthusiasm. It was during his freshman biology class, and because of how enjoyable the class was, that I discovered my fascination with biology as it pertains to the human body.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Performing at the Wisconsin Music Educator Association in Madison with the rest of my Wind Ensemble and Mr. Wiele was an amazing experience.”

Lauren Daniels


Parents: Monte and Michaela Daniels, Twin Lakes

Favorite class: Introduction to Human Development

Most influential teacher: Tracy Anderson, Introduction to Human Development, AP Psychology

“I had her for two of my all-time favorite classes in high school. She is easy to relate to and talk to. She is down to earth and an example of how I would like to be when I am older.”

Most memorable high school moment: “My senior homecoming in general. My boyfriend and I won homecoming king and queen. Our class finally got to hold up our big ‘senior’ signs at the pep assembly. The dress up days were goofy and fun. And our football team won!”

Samantha DeBartolo


Parents: Tony and Lisa DeBartolo, Kenosha

Favorite class: Human Anatomy

Most influential teacher: Jeff Wirch, Human Anatomy

“Mr. Wirch was very passionate about what he was teaching, which made going to class and learning very enjoyable. He not only taught me about human anatomy, but taught me valuable skills to use throughout the rest of my school years.”

Most memorable high school moment: “When we had the first football game at the new Bradford Stadium.”

Seap Bhardwaj


Parents: Paul and Simmi Bhardwaj, Bristol

Favorite class: AP Government and Politics

Most influential teacher: Kristen Peterson, AP Government and AP Psychology

“Mrs. Peterson was also my teacher for Mock Trial during J-term, and I feel that she is a respectable and influential teacher based off of all the knowledge she has on several subjects. I always look forward to being in a class taught by Mrs. Peterson because she is a great teacher and I remember what she teaches.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Being in Northwestern’s In Focus Seminar for Legal Interpretation for two weeks over the summer.”

Benjamin Salfer


Nickname: Ben

Parents: Dennis and Jennifer Salfer, Somers

Favorite class: PLTW Aerospace Engineering

Most influential teacher: Dan Schulz, AP Chemistry and chemistry

“He is a very enthusiastic teacher who holds my attention well. It is also very easy to relate and have a conversation with because he is my track and field coach.”

Brandon Simonsen


Nickname: Brando

Parents: James Simonsen and Jennette Soler, Kenosha

Favorite class: Drawing/printing/painting

Most influential teacher: Chad Turra, art

“He is a motivational teacher who has a good sense of humor. He makes good connections with the students.”

Rohit Potineni


Parents: Chandra S. and Anupama Potineni, Kenosha

Favorite class: AP Calculus

Most influential teacher: Brian Kielar, U.S. History

“Mr. Kielar has fostered a passion in social studies and encouraged me to form the Business & Finance Club.”

School activities: National Honor Society, Peer Helpers/Tutors, Student Government, Business & Finance Club, Relay for Life

Leah Ness


Parents: David and Theresa Ness, Kenosha

Favorite class: AP Physics I

Most influential teacher: Ken Wiele, band

“Mr. Wiele has not only taught me to be a better musician but a better person as well. I have always enjoyed being in band, and Mr. Wiele has only made the experience better for me and my peers. Band is something that I will miss immensely when I go to college, and it is a family that I will not be able to replace.”

Most memorable high school moment: “My first cross country meet. Running in my first competitive 5k was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It challenged me both mentally and physically. I am so thankful that I went through it though because cross country helped me meet a lot of great people and to become a better and stronger person.”

Alexandra Harrah


Nickname: Alex

Parents: Donnie and Tomasa Harrah, Kenosha

Favorite class: Science

Most influential teacher: Duane Sturino, science, eighth grade

“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher but I never knew what subject or what grade. He was an amazing science teacher. He showed me how much a teacher can impact students’ lives. He showed me that, if you make students interested in the topic they’re learning, they will put more effort into the subject by themselves. I hope someday I can be as great a science teacher as him. He’s the reason I want to be a science teacher!”

Madeline Decker


Parents: Jack and Trish Decker, Kenosha

Favorite class: Honors Anatomy

Most influential teacher: Heidi Tennyson, Honors Yearbook/Journalism

“She always holds me to a high standard and is constantly pushing me to improve and grow. She has been both an amazing mentor in the classroom and in life. I am so thankful for the major impact she has had on my life.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Winning the regional volleyball championship my senior year with a team that filled me with so much joy and is like my second family.”

Miranda Cantu


Parents: Jose and Maria Cantu, Pleasant Prairie

Favorite class: Advanced Marketing

Most influential teacher: Paul Schimelfenyg, English 11

“He always motivated me to be a better student and was very welcoming to me when I was new to Central.”

Most memorable high school moment: “New York trip for Advanced Marketing.”

Armani Carmickle


Parents: John and Marci Carmickle, Kenosha

Favorite class: Physiology

Most influential teacher: Jane Gross, health/gym

“Mrs.Gross always gave me the best advice and she helped me gain more confidence.”

Most memorable high school moment: “The most memorable high school moment would have to be the Bradford football game. It was such a close game. Two great teams went back and forth until the last seconds.”

Leah Tirabassi


Parents: Rocky Tirabassi and Becky Fuhr, Kenosha

Favorite class: Human Anatomy

Most influential teacher: Alan Skripsky, Algebra and AP Statistics

“I have had Mr. Skripsky for two years now and he continues to amaze me with his hard work and dedication toward his students. This is shown from the long hours he has stayed after school to help any student who is seeking help. His passion for teaching is incomparable. Mr. Skripsky wants each student to work beyond their limits.”

Most memorable high school moment: “The one moment I will never forget is winning prom queen. Being surrounded by my closest friends and family definitely added to the excitement.”

Baylee Chappell


Parents: John and Julie Chappell, Bristol

Favorite class: Sociology

Most influential teacher: Stefanie Younger, marketing and business

“Ms. Younger is a teacher who brings joy to a room with her constant enthusiasm and bubbly personality. She is someone who believed in me so strongly, that for the first time I actually had a bit of confidence to believe in myself. Her impact goes beyond the classroom and I can never truly express how grateful I am to have worked with a teacher who is so selfless and hard working!”

Most memorable high school moment: “Going to Orlando, Fla., for DECA Internationals in sophomore year.”

Ruben Castanuela III


Parents: Ruben Jr. and Marisa Castanuela, Kenosha

Favorite class: Choir

Most influential teacher: Nicolas Cicerale, acting

“He has helped me with so much. He is always there for every one of his students. Most of my high school memories come from his class.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Probably playing football on the late nights with my team.”

Erin Paschke


Parents: Robert and Janelle Paschke, Spring Grove, Ill.

Favorite class: AP Chemistry

Most influential teacher: Dan Schulz, chemistry and AP Chemistry

“Mr. Schulz brings so much energy and enthusiasm to the classroom. It would be impossible to not love chemistry with him teaching.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Helping with Night to Shine, which is a special needs prom sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. To be able to spend a night giving back to the community and having fun with some of the happiest people was truly life changing.”

Claire Czerwonka


Parents: Christian and Tracie Czerwonka, Kenosha

Favorite class: AP Calculus

Most influential teacher: Grace Kim, AP Calculus

“Mrs. Kim is very passionate about AP Calculus and is one of the best teachers at my high school. She knows the subject very well and always makes sure that her students understand as well. She has inspired me to pursue a career relating to calculus and has taught me to love the subject.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Winning the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 individual state singles tennis championship my sophomore, junior and senior years. I was the first athlete in St. Joseph Catholic Academy history to capture a WIAA state title and the fourth female athlete to win three individual state singles tennis titles.”

Miguel Garcia


Nickname: Angel

Parents: Celso Garcia and Rosa Gomez, Kenosha

Favorite class: Government and Politics

Most influential teacher: Steve Gorski, math

“He gave me a different outlook on society.”

Julie Magiera


Parents: James Magiera and Jeannie McLaughlin, Kenosha

Favorite class: Medical interventions

Most influential teacher: Julie Dalka, pre-calculus and AP calculus

“She’s just super fun to talk to and is one of the nicest teachers I’ve ever had. She makes math enjoyable!”

Most memorable high school moment: “I remember walking through the halls one day and I got this feeling that I really belonged there. I love LakeView.”

Andrea Wallent


Parents: Scotty and Christine Wallent, Kenosha

Favorite class: English

Most influential teacher: Lily Stasik, English

“Ms. Stasik is always positive and encouraging in her review of my class work, making me enjoy writing.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Being the first student to complete all my finals and receiving a gift card for doing so.”

Dionisse Molina


Parents: Leonardo Molina and Maria Aponte, Kenosha

Favorite class: Wind Ensemble

Most influential teacher: Ken Wiele, Wind Esemble

“Mr. Wiele has been not only a music teacher to me, but a mentor in life and has wanted nothing but the best for me. His compassion toward all his students motivates us all to realize and strive to our full potential.”

Most memorable high school moment: “Being accepted into the International Thespian Festival for our production of ‘West Side Story.’”

Jacquelyn Feldy


Nickname: Jackie

Parents: Scott and Christine Feldy, Pleasant Prairie

Favorite class: AP Psychology

Most influential teacher: John Gransee, chemistry

“I’ve always loved science, but Mr. Gransee really made me fall in love with chemistry in particular. The passion that he teaches with is incredible and very inspiring. He is the person who made me want to pursue a biochemistry degree.”

Lucas Hyllberg


Parents: Ken and Marcy Hyllberg, Kenosha

Favorite class: Honors American Law

Most influential teacher: Beth Feest, AP U.S. History

“Mrs. Feest taught me so many life lessons in relation to my school work. Her class and teaching taught me discipline, great study habits and a great amount of knowledge about our nation’s history.”

Most memorable high school moment: “In my sophomore year I got the opportunity to sing a featured solo at our Spring Choral Concert. The song was called “Tshotsholoza” by Jeffery Ames. This was especially memorable to me not due to the fact that the solo was an amazing experience, but that it was my first year in choir as well. It made me realize how much I love to sing and perform.”

Jesstys Volbrecht


Nickname: Jess

Parents: Brett and Christine Volbrecht, Randall

Favorite class: Math

Most influential teacher: Jonathan Kao, biology and forensic science

“Mr. Kao is a very engaging teacher and makes every class fun. The fact that he taught the class for the field of study I would like to go into really made it all the more interesting.”

Jenna Bonofiglio


Parents: Tony and Jodi Bonofiglio, Kenosha

Favorite class: Physics

Most influential teacher: Jean Whiteside, science, seventh grade

“Mrs. Whiteside had very high standards for me. She knew what I was capable of before I even did. She was always so encouraging through all different aspects of my life and I think that’s the reason I am the same to others. Even though it was only middle school, she pushed me to do the best I could and never settle. She also taught me about how if you are enjoying your life, that is all that matters and it doesn’t matter how you are doing it.”

Most memorable high school moment: “During my sophomore year when my softball team won our sectional final game against Oak Creek at home, taking us on to the state tournament (2015).”

Today’s Teen 2017 launches Sunday

It’s that time of the year again.

Starting Sunday, the Kenosha News will once again be sharing the exploits of some of the top high school students in the county with the Today’s Teen feature.

This is the 41st year of Today’s Teen.

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