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2012 Hi-Q Banquet was held Sunday May 6th...
Story. Professor Kallgren's Team Tribute Poems and pictures below...


Press Release Marinette, WI, May 06, 2012: Story and Pictures By Donn Williams, Poems by Dan Kallgren.

The members of the national and regional champion Menominee High School Hi-Q team, and regional runner-up Wausaukee and third place Gillett teams were all honored Sunday (May 6) at an awards banquet held at Schussler's Supper Club.

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell presented the winning Menominee team with a $2,000 check for its school. Second place Wausaukee received $1,500 and third place Gillett $1,000. The bank is the principal sponsor of the academic quiz competition, Hi-Q.

"We sponsor Hi-Q because you as our best and brightest deserve a chance to develop your full potential," Maxwell told the team members. "We want to get you on the road to success. You'll follow in the footsteps, hopefully, of Hi-Q alumni who have gone to some of America's finest universities."

Tom Maxwell addressing Hi_Q Banquet 050612
Tom Maxwell

Kimberly-Clark Corp. and UW Marinette also sponsor Hi-Q.

Menominee became the second local team to win the Hi-Q national championship when it defeated teams from Pennsylvania, Alabama and Washington, April 23.  Wausaukee won the national title last year.

Competing via video conference in a classroom at UW Marinette, Menominee scored 58 points to win the national title match. Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, PA, was second with 46 points; Bryant High School in Irvington, AL, took third with 36 and Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett, WA, finished fourth with 33.

Menominee faculty advisor, Ron Jackson, called his team's win over these eight-member teams from much larger schools a "Hoosiers-like effort." "We have only five kids on our team . that's what you learn to live with,"
he told the banquet crowd. "It just means the kids have got to do a little bit more. .They put in a tremendous amount of work."

The Menominee team members are senior Ryan Thomas, juniors Erik Thomas and Hannah Christensen, sophomore Elizabeth Horn, and freshman Brock Jersey.

Menominee earned the right to compete in the national Hi-Q championship match when it won the regional championship. Menominee scored 90 points in the two title rounds that took place March 28 at Menominee and March 29 at Wausaukee.  Defending champion Wausaukee finished second with 66 points, Gillett was third with 37.

Menominee qualified for the regional championship match by scoring 168 points to take first place in the three rounds of regular season Hi-Q competition.

Wausaukee earned its spot in the regional championship match by finishing the regular season in second place with 159 points. Team members are Crysta Clark, Tristian Clark, Beau DeLaet, Kandyce Dunlap, Brett Edlbeck, Lauren Edlbeck, Joe Jaworski, Adam Lesniak, Cole Lewandowski, and Staci Sturmer. The faculty advisors are Jennifer Klimek and Suzan Schleis.

Gillett scored 37 points to take third place in the regional competition. The team finished in fourth place in the regular season competition, then qualified for the regional championship round by defeating third place Oconto Falls and fifth place Marinette in the semi-final round.

Gillett team members are Allie Baranczyk, Ariel Crego, Kayla DeVares, Brady Hicks, Drew Patenaude, Michael Scharenbrock, Brendan Thorton, and Kirstin Wolfe. Faculty advisors are Don Olderman and Amy Berkovitz.


A total of 18 teams from Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula competed in Hi-Q this past season. The others were Carney-Nadeau, Coleman, Crivitz, Lena, Florence, Oconto, Peshtigo, Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy, Niagara, Norway, Pembine, Stephenson, and Suring,  Linda Wilke is the Hi-Q program coordinator. Dan Kallgren, associate professor of  history and political science at UW Marinette is the quizmaster. Our engineers are : Mike  Walker, Al Mans and Glen Stansfield.

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Meno HS Natl n Regnl Hi_Q 2012 Champs

Menominee HS
2012 Hi-Q Winners - The Menominee High School Hi-Q Team - National Champs.
Pictured below:
Members of the national and regional champion Menominee Hi-Q team pose with the championship plaques they were presented. Standing left to right are: Erik Thomas, Elizabeth Horn, faculty advisor  Ron Jackson, Blake jersey, Hannah Christensen, and Ryan Thomas.

2012 Hi-Q Winners - The Menominee High School Hi-Q Team - Regional Champs.

One of the traditions of the annual Hi-q banquet is quizmaster Dr. Dan Kallgren,  Associate Professor, History/Political Science at UW Marinette, reading his original, humorous poems about each of the three teams  being honored. A copy of those poems follow:

Dan Kallgren reading Hi_Q Team Poems 050612
Dan Kallgren

Hi-Q Poem 2012 by Dan Kallgren

Menominee
 
"Oh little team, Menominee
All year we saw you ride
In Mrs. Thomas’ minivan
Across the countryside
Your small size did not dissuade you
Much like a yapping pup
From going against much bigger schools
And really showing them up!
 
Oh little team, Menominee
From up in da UP
Does udder schools
Would look at yous
And all that they would see
Was a little team with five, while they had eight or ten
They thought they would win no problem at all
But you made them think again!
 
Oh little team, Menominee
It turned out that only five
Was all you needed to dominate
And flay those teams alive!
There might be schools of thousands
Who think they’re really hot
But you five are the National Champions
And they after all are not!"
 

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Wausaukee HS 2012 Hi_Q Retional Runner up
Wausaukee HS

2012 Hi-Q team of Wausaukee High School which took second place in Regional Competition.

Pictured below:

Wausaukee team members await their turn to speak at the Hi-Q banquet. Standing left to right:
Brett Edlbeck, Cole Lewandowski, Staci  Sturmer, Lauren Edlbeck, Beau DeLaet, speaking  advisor Jennifer Klimek, Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell and Hi-Q director Linda Wilke. Team members not pictured are Crysta Clark, Kandyce Dunlap, Adam Lesniak, Joe Jaworski, Tristan Clark, and advisor Suzan Schlies.

One of the traditions of the annual Hi-q banquet is quizmaster Dr. Dan Kallgren,  Associate Professor, History/Political Science at UW Marinette, reading his original, humorous poems about each of the three teams  being honored. A copy of those poems follow:

Hi-Q Poem 2012 by Dan Kallgren

Wausaukee (A reprise)

"Wausaukee, Wausaukee, Wausaukee!
Last year you won it all
And in the annals of Hi-Q Glory
Your names you did scrawl!
 
Wausaukee, Wausaukee, Oh-saukee!
This year as you tried to repeat
It seemed that you might once again win it all
And dang, wouldn’t that have been sweet!
Go-saukee, Shoot-saukee, Win-saukee!
You were marching to win once again!
Raking up points, kicking butt, taking names
Onward to Glory and Fame!
 
Well-saukee, Gosh-saukee, Hey-saukee!
The year ended with you in second place
But you did it as Champs, with hard work, and long hours Style, poise and good grace!"

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Gillett HS 2012 Hi_Q Retionals 3rd place
Gillett HS

2012 Hi-Q team of Gillett High School which took third place in Regional Competition.

Picture below:
Gillett team members await their turn to speak at the Hi-Q banquet. Standing left to right:
Michael Scharenbrock, Brady Hicks, Drew Patenaude, Kirstin Wolfe, Brendan Thornton, Kayla DeVares, Allie Baranczyk, advisors Don Olderman and Amy Berkovitz, speaking  Ariel Creg, Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell and Hi-Q director Linda Wilke.

One of the traditions of the annual Hi-q banquet is quizmaster Dr. Dan Kallgren,  Associate Professor, History/Political Science at UW Marinette, reading his original, humorous poems about each of the three teams  being honored. A copy of those poems follow:

  Hi-Q Poem 2012

Gillett

"Deep in the heart of Gillett town
There is a place of great renown
Where they make pies of every kind
From the very simple to the highly refined

Oh, they make pumpkin, apple and blueberry
Rhubarb, pecan, and Door County Cherry
They make all those regular kinds of pies
And others that could win a Nobel Prize

One day when Mr. O was there
The owner sat him in a chair
And told him with a twinkle in her eyes
“I’ve been experimenting with one of the pies”

“Smartie-Pie I call it” she said
“It makes the brains grow in your head
You send those Hi-Q kids to me
And they’ll start winning, you wait and see.”

So Mr. O grabbed the whole team,
And they all ate a slice, with a side of whipped cream
And then when the Gillett team started winning
Old Mr. O could not stop grinning!

Well, it turns out Smartie-Pie tastes pretty cruddy
And the Gillett team just really loves to study
But when ever Smartie-Pie is on a buffet
Mr. Olderman still eats it anyway."

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