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Press Release 05/28/15 article by Tom Maxwell, Sr.
Pictured L to R: Cathy Joy - Kimberly Clark; Professor Dan Kallgren - UW Marinette - Quiz Master;
Linda Wilke - Hi-Q Coordinator; Tom Maxwell, Sr. FMBT Vice-President
Picture by Phil Everhart
At the annual dinner meeting and awards ceremony of the Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce HI-Q received the "Achievement in Education Award."
HI-Q was nominated for the award by Shelly VanVooren who serves on the Chamber's Community Leadership Academy Committee. In presenting this award she said "When we think of cheering for our competitive home teams our minds go to football, basketball, track and softball. How many times do we think of academic competitive teams? Probably not one that jumps out at you and yet this is where the HI-Q teams come in. These teams have coaches and they work out by studying I They study American History, Geography, Literature, Physics, Shakespeare, and Current Events just to name a few subjects they're asked about. The matches are held in our high school gyms with students cheering them on. HI-Q is an experience that will last a lifetime for the students participating. This is a program that will continue to impact our communities each year it continues.
Tom Maxwell Sr. of the Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust accepted the award on behalf of the HI-Q Team He thanked the Chamber's Education & Business Partnership's Achievement in Education Awards Committee - Chaired by Jennifer Hass, and said that he was surprised and humbled by the award. As the principal sponsor of HI-Q he said HI-Q precisely fits the bank's mission to be a good corporate citizen with primary emphasis on education. He recognized and thanked the other sponsors of HI-Q the Kimberly-Clark Corporation represented by Cathy Joy and the University of Wisconsin- Marinette represented by Professor Dan Kallgren. He said that Hi-Q is an example of how quality educational programs can continue with corporate sponsorship.
He said that this costs the bank over $30,000 a year but it's worth it because "investment in education is the best investment that can be made."
Maxwell said that HI-Q students develop poise and self-confidence, and have enhanced opportunities for scholarships and admission to America's best universities. HI-Q alumni are teachers, doctors, scientists and lawyers. They are our future and deserve our support.
He introduced the HI-Q Coordinator, Linda Wilke and the quizmaster, Professor Dan Kallgren. He also thanked the engineers, Glen Stansfield, AI Mans and Mike Walker
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