Celebrations: Oct. 4

Oct. 3, 2012


The following graduates earned bachelor's degrees, or other degrees as noted, from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha in May: from Franklin, Mihaela Dimitrova, master's in business administration, Sean Ford, master's in computer information systems, Jolene Kirst, criminal justice, Corban McCammon, computer science, and Philip Noinaj, business management; and from Oak Creek, Anthony Blando, geography, Justin Dupor, business management, Jerrod LaVassor, information systems and business management, Patrick McGinley, master's in computer information systems, Xanadu Ruffin, criminal justice, Elizabeth St. Ledger, biological sciences, and Craig Swart, applied health sciences.

The following graduates earned bachelor's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in May: from Franklin, Eric Hoffmann, biology and chemistry, Paul Manthey, biology, Steven Morrison Jr., marketing, Samantha St. Louis, psychology, and Jack Workman, criminal justice; from Greendale, Erin Majors, elementary education and mathematics, and Claire Staats, international studies cum laude and social science cum laude; and from Oak Creek, Chad Bauer, marketing/supply chain and operations management, and Beth Thoma, elementary and special education cum laude.

Elizabeth Gonia of Franklin earned her bachelor's degree in fine art from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

The following students made the spring semester dean's list at Carroll University in Waukesha: from Franklin, Jordan Brown, Robert Price, Sarah Temple and Amanda Weber; from Greendale, Alyssa Grabowski and Stephanie Hellauer; from Hales Corners, Kelly Menden, Luke Miskov, Nikoli Miskov, Ashley Nechy and Monica Schachtlie; and from Oak Creek, Patricia Menz and Kaylee Moore.

Ashley Kornhoff of Franklin and Jason Hermann of Oak Creek earned their bachelor's degrees, in health care administration and in business administration, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in August.

Rachel Beyer of Franklin, a junior studying environmental engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee, is one of 11 students selected as regional finalists for the CLASSY Awards, a national philanthropic awards program. The students are members of Marquette's chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a program that assists communities in developing countries in implementing development programs. The Marquette chapter is being recognized for its work in helping provide electricity and other fundamentals to a rural community in Guatemala, La Communidad de La Nueva Providencia, for the past five years. The project Beyer has been working on provides sustainable electricity to the community. Without electricity, villagers burn kerosene and candles in homes, which is a health risk as the byproducts can cause chronic pulmonary disease. During the past five years, the Marquette team has installed solar panels and solar-powered LED lights in homes and outdoors, plus built a bridge for the villagers. Future plans include installing a turbine and generator, building the necessary infrastructure for a micro-hydroelectric system.

Meghann Rosenwald of Hales Corners was one of 10 students from Marquette University in Milwaukee to attend the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., in July. Rosenwald, pursuing a degree in clinical laboratory science, is involved in Marquette University student government.

Jenna Crayton of Oak Creek has been inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma honor society at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Michelle LaFever of Hales Corners has been accepted into the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy's four-year doctorate program.


The following students have been named semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program based on their scores on the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test: from Franklin High School, Emma Klein, Kirsten Pelkey and Jeffrey Roettgen; from Franklin, homeschooled Moses Misplon; and from Greendale High School, Adam Schaefer.

Nchinda Nchinda at Oak Creek High School has been named a semifinalist in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, part of the National Merit Scholarship Program, based on his scores on the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Adam J. Pipp graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Pipp is the son of Edward Pipp of Greendale and Joann Crivello of Franklin. He is a 2010 graduate of Franklin High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Melissa A. Kandziora graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. She earned distinction as an honor graduate. The daughter of Sandra Kandziora of Orlando, Fla., Kandziora is a 2006 graduate of Franklin High School.

Air Force Airman Jeffrey D. Porter graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Porter, the son of Chuck and Sharon Porter of Franklin, is a 2011 graduate of Franklin High School.

Air Force Airman Felipe Maldonado graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Maldonado, the son of Felipe Maldonado of Oak Creek and Cynthia Maldonado of Tampa, Fla., is a 2009 graduate of Oak Creek High School.

Army National Guard Pvt. Christine A. Nguyen has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Nguyen, the daughter of Thoi Nguyen of Milwaukee and Khanh Nguyen of Oak Creek, is a 2008 graduate of Oak Creek High School.

Air Force Airman Dominic C. Benvenuto graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Benvenuto, the son of Marcia Benvenuto of Greendale, is a 2009 graduate of Greendale High School.


Mike Sitte of Greendale has been named Lakeland College's first senior director of instructional design. Sitte will focus on issues related to using technology in instruction, including monitoring current and cutting-edge technology-mediated learning. He will be based at Lakeland's main campus in Sheboygan County. Sitte currently works as director of Lakeland's Milwaukee Center and previously was associate director of the college's Fox Cities Center. He has an associate of applied science in electronics from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Phoenix, and a master's in counseling with a focus on higher education from Lakeland; he is pursuing his doctoral studies in leadership for the advancement of learning and service in higher education from Cardinal Stritch University.

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