Staff vs. Senior Football Game Supports Senior Scholarship

Hudson High School seniors posing for their winning lineup after Teachers vs. Seniors football game.

The first Staff vs. Senior – Class of 2018 football game was a great success; raising over $1,600 for the Senior Scholarship Award. The evening event included the football game, staff pep band,  and staff cheerleaders. The game was followed by a concert by Yam Haus, a Twin Cities band with HHS alumni. All proceeds from ticket sales and concession profits were contributed to the Senior Scholarship Award.

Congressman Duffy Tours HHS Construction & Talks About School Safety

Principal Peg Shoemaker stands with Congressman Duffy and Superintendent Ouellette in the High School's new classroom.

Congressman Duffy and Representative Shannon Zimmerman toured Hudson High School’s construction project on Tuesday, May 1st. Their visit centered around school safety and learning about the safety features that have been included in the High School’s addition and renovations. Joining the tour of the building and adding to the conversation regarding school safety were, St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson, Hudson Police Chief Geoff Willems, School Resource Officer Brent Ellwanger, School Board President Jamie Johnson, along with Superintendent Dr. Ouellette and Principal Peg Shoemaker.

Dr. Ouellette walks down one of the new hallways with Congressman Duffy.

Congressman Duffy stands with SRO Ellwanger and Principal Shoemaker

HHS Seniors vs. Staff Football Game

A group of high school faculty pose in football pads and jerseys.

Hudson High School will be hosting a Seniors vs. Staff football game on Wednesday, May 9th at 6:oo PM in the new Hudson High School Raider Stadium. Seniors from the class of 2018 are invited to play against the faculty. We invite you to join the festivities!

Activities include:

  • Contests for prizes.
  • Staff pep band and cheer team.
  • Live concert by the band Yam Haus following the football game.
  • Concessions, food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Cost is $5.00 per person with proceeds from admission and the concessions funding a scholarship for a senior student. The scholarship recipient will be chosen by the Hudson High School faculty.

Pictured above and ready to represent the HHS faculty are: (Back row, left to right) Neil Hatfield, Steve Sollom, Trevor Peck, Adam Kowles; (Front row, left to right) Suzi Robole and Jami Holum.

Yam Haus is a band that was formed after years of making music in high school. The Minneapolis-based pop band will release their debut album this summer. Produced by Mark Heimermann at Sevens-Gate Studio in Hudson, WI. The band’s love for punch pop, old school rock and roll, sensitive folk, and the beat of hip-hop inspire their first album. Hudson High School alumni, lead vocalist, Lars Pruitt, and Zach Beinlich, collaborate with Heimermann to write songs that reflect on the frontman’s past and tell the story of finding meaning in the midst of pain.

The musicians from the band Yam Haus are seated outside.

Yam Haus, Photo by Michael Becker

Raiders Start 2-0 in BRC Conference Tennis

Senior tennis captain, Isaac Young, prepares to hit his serve with doubles partner, Colin Pruzek, at the net.

Above: Senior Captain, Isaac Young, prepares to hit his serve with doubles partner, Colin Pruzek, at the net for the Hudson Raiders (near court) during their match vs. Chippewa Falls duo of Isaac Hein and Eli Marticorena.

After delays in getting tennis matches started because of the inclement spring weather, the Hudson Raider men’s tennis team remained undefeated in the young Big Rivers Conference (BRC) season; after trouncing the Chippewa Falls Cardinals 7-0 in Chippewa Falls on Thursday, April 26th. In two matches so far this season, the Raider men’s tennis team hasn’t dropped an individual match yet, with their 14-0 individual match record. They defeated River Falls 7-0 and the Cardinals of Chippewa Falls 7-0 in the first week of tennis in the BRC.

Coach John Knutson said, “With losing only one senior from last year’s team, and all the work the guys put in since the end of last year, we all thought we might have one of those special teams this year. We’re starting off as good as we possibly could; shutting out two teams, in the Wildcats of RF and Cardinals of Chippewa Falls, that are historically pretty good. While we’re happy with the two dominant wins, we still have a lot to learn at practice to be able to implement better strategies in points, games, and matches, if we are going to be the best our team can be. This team has had the goal of not only winning the BRC title this year, but also to compete at State as a team, something Hudson has never done. I’m always asking the players, ‘What are you willing to give, to get what you want?’ While they believe they can accomplish those goals, as a coach, I still need to see more of the “team first” mentality, and more mental toughness to get there.”

Match scores in the Raider’s 7-0 blanking of the Chippewa Falls Cardinals were as follows. In singles for the Raiders, Tyler Grosz won 6-2, 6-0 at #1; Andrew Bolles won in three sets by scores of 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 at #2; Lukas Johnson won 6-2, 6-0 at #3; and Brock Wimer defeated his opponent in three sets 2-6, 6-4, and 7-5.

Doubles scores included Luke Holmberg and Jacob Grosz winning 6-4, 6-2 at #1 doubles; Isaac Young and Colin Pruzek pulling out a win at #2 doubles in three sets by scores of 6-1, 0-6, and 6-1; and rounding out the top ten players in the seven matches for Varsity were Cole Peters and Jack Geurkink winning at #3 doubles in two sets 6-2 and 7-5.

In exhibition matches for Varsity, beyond the recordable top ten finishers, singles winners were Lewis Holmberg and Robbie Elsenpeter with Kade Nickerson falling to his Chippewa Falls counterpart. In extra doubles action, Tyler Schwab and Mitchell Drost won, along with Isaac Hennemann and Jackson Elworthy.

Coach Knutson went on to say, “Overall, it’s hard to nit pick with a 7-0 win for the Varsity top 10 and winning most of the additional exhibition matches as well. There are still a lot of things we need to do better to play efficient matches. Three of our Varsity matches went into third sets today. What I was most impressed with today is winning all three matches after our Raiders split sets with the opponents. You have to be mentally tough to pull out three set victories and we won them all today. I would say that we’re all pretty happy. Bolles at #2 singles and Wimer at #3 singles both lost their first sets but were determined to win their matches and in both cases they played much better and closed out the wins by winning the second and third sets for great team wins! Isaac Young and Colin Pruzek took a different path, winning their first set easily 6-1, but then with what they admitted was a loss of focus, they dropped the second set 6-0. What I appreciated most in this match is the determination and mental toughness to forget that 0-6 drubbing in the second set to come back and win the third set convincingly by the 6-1 score. Very impressive indeed, and another great match win for the Raiders!”

Next up for the Hudson Raiders will be BRC action vs. Menomonie Mustangs and Eau Claire North Huskies next week.

East Gym Demo

An image of the new gym space looking at the old gym wall.

This week, the East Gym’s west wall was demolished. The video clip below shows the demo robot at work on the wall. Above you are looking at the wall prior to it’s removal from inside the new gym extension.

Below is the demo robot on the east side where the new fitness center will be.

The video clip below is on the running track. Missing in this clip are the windows that have now been installed.


Tour the Construction Site

Workers are on the roof between the old office roof and new gym space.

Now that winter is finally on its way out, the High School construction project is nearing completion of the classroom addition, forum area, media center, and administrative offices. Renovations have moved into the old choir and orchestra rooms, the east gym is undergoing its big transformation as it expands into a Varsity competition gym with 3 full courts, and the east side classrooms will be gutted once school is out for summer.

Recently Board President, Jamie Johnson, toured the construction site with Superintendent Dr. Ouellette as River Channel followed along. Check out their highlights below:

Additional images of areas under construction are below.

A railing of icicles is in the foreground of the new addition.

Hard to believe so much snow and ice in April! Above is a view of the new classroom addition from the soon to be enclosed running track. We’re excited to have this space available for students and the community next winter and spring.

Renovated choir classroom filled with chairs.

Above is a view of the new choir room. The space is more than double and the practice rooms are a significant improvement from what we had previously. Check out the old choir room below. This space is under construction and will eventual open up into Project Lead the Way space for engineering classes.

The old choir room with the risers demolished.

Orchestra no longer has tiered seating but rather a large single level classroom space for more flexible use.

Floor in the locker area is being finished.

The terrazzo flooring is being poured and polished prior to the lockers being installed in the new main corridor. Gone is the “outdoor hallway”!

A view from above the grand stairway looking toward the cafeteria.

Here you can see a view looking down the main stairway from the media center. The wall straight ahead covered in plastic will eventually be demolished and open to the auditorium and forum areas. The area to the left, where the pink insulation is, will eventually become the secondary servery to add to the main cafeteria. This will provide substantially more seating for students and faster lunch service.

A view of the demolished roof over the former gym commons hallway.

This photo might be hard to guess. Imagine you were walking into the old main entrance (Door 1) and the gym and restrooms are to your right and the commons to your left. What you are seeing is that hallway without a roof. You can see the tiles to the old restrooms on the right.

HHS Artists Exhibit Work at the Phipps

A student painting of an African American boy.

The Phipps Center for the Arts is currently hosting its Annual Area High School Art Exhibition through May 6, 2018. All high school-age students from western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota were invited to submit one recent original art work in any media for the annual student exhibition. Hudson High School is proud to have student work displayed in the galleries.

The painting above is an oil titled, ALONZO, and was created by Jerritt Smith (Grade 12).

Student art work depicts a starving person in shades of gray.

Titled: STARVED; charcoal and collage created by Sam Rawn (Grade 12)

Student painting of orca wales in the surf with a shining moon above.

Titled: KILLER VIEW; acrylic created by Emma Plitzner (Grade 12)

Honoring Our Employees

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

The Hudson School District recently honored retirees and milestone years of service at our annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above are pictured our retirees who have served the Hudson School District for a combined 380 years. Our retirees include: David Stene, Deb Heinisch, Connie Root, Sandra Perron, Marcia Scheruman, Pam Barthman, Susan Kouba, Sylvia Strom, Tess Rizzardi, Georgia Krusell, Wendy Haesemeyer, Susan Anderson, Peggy Eller, John Kurkowski. Not picture: Cindy Anderson, Matthew Friedl, Diane Olson, Daniel Steel

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: Constance Root (35 years of service) and Karen Halvorson (30 years of service)

Additional staff with 30 years of service: Vicki Aulert, Isabel Barr

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: Megan Gornick, Candice Miller, Mary Wicker, and Kathy Heth (25 years of service)

Additional staff with 25 years of service: Leonard Boesel, Chloe Brine, David Dahl, Gail Gerdts

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: Molly Dado, Kimberly Larson, Craig Jilek, Linda Jacobs, Beth Gallagher, Julie Weinberg, Mary Gerzmehle, Bridget Schuett, Susan Kouba, Linda Wagner, Julie Solfest, Lori Williquett, Stacey Tiedemann, Lori Rossini, Sandra Burke (20 years of service)

Additional staff with 20 years of service: Elsa Brettigen, Veronica Ellingson, Thomas Klatt, Christine Paulson Strop, Lisa Persinger, Tamara Schullo, Jim Stejskal, Debbie Taylor, Tara Zinck

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: Patricia Griffith, Joann Augustin, Elizabeth Smith, Sue Hellmers, Susan Bopray, Julie Fenner, Nancy Bowers, Deb Heinisch, Michele Yuengst, Cynthia Millin, Wendy Haesemeyer (15 years of service)

Additional staff with 15 years of service: Linda Blair, Jeffrey Busby, Sara Ellstrom, Matthew Friedl, Andrew Haase, Thomas Hellmers, Ryan Huppert, Nicholas Koss, Dana Krahenbuhl, Kyle Krumrei, Nichole Lagerstrom, Lezlee Lawrence, Mary McConaughey, Donna Nelson, Terri Ostertag, Suzanne Robole, Tammy Zacharias

Staff members pose at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet.

Above: (Front Row) Megan Martin, Lacy Ament, Brooke Wert, Sara Filarsky, Jessica McQuade, Amanda McCarthy; (Middle Row) Jayme Eberlin, Lynn Doucette, Teale Giedd, Jessica Slaikeu, Jamie Strapon, Caroline Wolf, Melissa Burkart, Rachel Knipfer; (Back Row) Timothy Miner, Kelly Hackbarth-Miller, Tracy Metz, Shari Pearson, Sarah Johnson, Erika Estrella, Michele DeLong, Elizabeth Halama, Marcia Krier (10 years of service)

Additional staff with 10 years of service: Brielle Anfinson, Jeffrey Dabruzzi, Larry DeVos, Stephanie DeVos, Tracy Habisch-Ahlin, Kris Karlson, Jesse Lam, Lori Mara, Heather Mathews, Lisa Nagel, Ann Truhler, Julie Warren, Adam Wert, Cody Williquett


Anna Wilgren Finalist for Scholar-Athlete Award

High School athlete Anna Wilgren portrait.

Congratulations to Anna Wilgren who has been selected as a state finalist for the Scholar-Athlete Award. Anna joins the ranks of only six other Hudson High School recipients over the past 35 years. This year, 861 seniors from more than 446 Wisconsin high schools were nominated. Anna’s selection is a testimony to the excellence she has displayed in the classroom and as an athlete.

Only sixteen senior girls and sixteen senior boys are selected in the state for this prestigious WIAA Scholar-Athlete Award. To determine the 32 award recipients, four boys and four girls were selected, based on both athletic and academic achievement, from each of the four WIAA divisions. There have been 1,052 student athletes who have been recognized as WIAA Scholar-Athletes since the program began in 1984.

“These extraordinary student-athletes excel in both academics and athletics,” said Tom Shafranski, Assistant Director of the WIAA. “Seventeen of this year’s 32 WIAA Scholar-Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is an amazing 3.93.