Girls Golf Places 2nd in Conference

Girls golf team standing with Coach Holland.

Congratulations to the Girls Golf team in their 2nd place finish in the Big Rivers Conference! Congratulations is also extended to team member, Paige Hillman who was again medalist at this tournament and awarded the BRC Conference Player of the Year along with being named to the All Conference 1st Team.

Next up will be the State Regional Tournament at Superior on Wednesday, October 2nd.

Calling All Creative Kids!

Destination Imagination Maker Day Announcement with watch gears in the background

It’s that time of the year to get signed up for Destination Imagination!

We are hosting a DI Maker Day so you can find out what DI is all about. on

Drop in any time, stay for the fun. We will provide:

  • A room full of crazy, creative things for you to create with!
  • All the information you need to join a DI team or start your own team (between 2 and 7 kids, any grade, K through 12)
  • Copies of the New Challenges!

Questions? Contact: Liz Malanaphy at or Anita Stilwell at 

Learning Civics with Gummy Bears

Two high school students working at their table with cups and gummy bears.

Earlier this week, students in the Senior Civics classes demonstrated their knowledge of the seven forms of government by making models of the various governments using Gummy Bears. The students photographed their models, uploaded them to a slide show and added an explanation of how their models represented each form of government. Added bonus – when they finished they were able to eat their Gummy Bears! Creative and fun learning!

Close up image of a gummy bear project with students taking phone pictures. Students taking photos of their gummy bears.

A group of students working at a table. Aerial view of a group of students working on a project.

Three students working at their desks.

Girls Golf Tournament at Turtleback

Members of the girls golf team standing together in a line.

The Girls Varsity Golf team travels to Rice Lake for the Varsity BRC Tournament at Turtleback Golf Course.

Last week the team scored a team total of 196 placing them second behind River Falls. Along with Paige Hillman, who placed second overall with a score of 41, Molly Nelson scored a 45 which placed her third overall.

The current conference standings by team are:

  • River Falls – 1st Place
  • Hudson – 2nd Place
  • Eau Claire Memorial – 3rd Place
  • Menomonie – 4th Place
  • Rice Lake – 5th Place
  • Eau Claire North – 6th Place
  • Chippewa Falls – 7th Place

Volleyball Plays Hard to Win Two In a Row

Volleyball player jumping high to block ball.

Hudson Volleyball had two matches this past week. Last Tuesday, the team hosted Baldwin-Woodville for their senior/parent night. Hudson won the match 3-1, with scores of 24-26, 25-21, 25-15, and 25-20. This wasn’t the team’s sharpest match of the year, starting off with 9 service errors in the first set and finishing with 20 errors compared to 14 aces for the entire match. However, the team did not give up and they found ways to score points when they needed to in the last three sets.

Sara Hoffman led the team with 11 kills. Jenna Hallen and Shay Wassman each had 7, Noelle Kiltie, Maddie Matuke, Abbie Matuk, and Abby Richardson filled in the rest of the team’s 38 total kills for the match. Kaitlyn Zignego had 18 assists, Liz Collinson 10, and Carolyn McMahon, Belle Blakey, Ariana Zins, and Kiltie produced the rest of the 36 assists. Merrie Thao, Zins, Blakey, and Richardson all made it through the match with no service receptions errors. Wassman, Hallen, and Kiltie also combined for 8 block winners compared to Baldwin recording 1.

On Thursday evening, the team traveled to Eau Claire North. Eau Claire North has produced some very tough and really fun matches. Hudson persevered a first set loss to come back and win 3-1 with scores of 19-25, 25-22, 25-15, and 25-18. Hudson had a slow start to the first set, quickly falling behind by 7 points. Hudson did come back to tie the score at 10 and it was close the rest of the way. Eau Claire North really owned the net in the first set, blocking our hitters and using our blockers. Hudson made some great adjustments between sets one and two, adjusting our rotation and positioning of our blockers and we also started pounding our attack on the outside lines. As a result, the team became much more efficient at scoring points. The play at the net was definitely in Hudson’s favor for the last three sets. The Hudson defense adjusted well to where the Eau Claire hitters were placing the ball. This was the best Hudson has played so far this year.

Defensively, Ariana Zins led the team with 19 digs, Kaitlyn Zignego had 13, Sara Hoffman 12, and Abby Richardson had 8. Shay Wassman and Noelle Kiltie had 8 of the teams’ 11 block winners. On the offensive side, Hoffman again led the hitters with 14 kills. She was closely followed by Jenna Hallen with 13 kills and Jade Sharretts with 12. Sharretts turned in the best hitting efficiency of the year, scoring at a .474 pace. Zins led from the service line with 4 aces, with Richardson and Liz Collinson each adding 3. Our bench players were also inspiring, cheering loud enough to offset the large Eau Claire North student body.



Houlton Celebrates Art Bench Project

Close up of the art bench

Art bench trail poster

The Houlton Art Bench project began several years ago with a request from the Phipps Center for the Arts, asking Houlton Elementary to participate in the St. Croix River Art Bench Trail.  Hundreds of hours later, there is now a community “gathering place” in the St. Croix River Crossing Loop Trail Trailhead, located across the street from Houlton Elementary School.

The process began in 2017, with representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, St. Croix County, Phipps Center for the Arts, Township of St. Joe, St. Croix Valley Bike and Pedestrian Trails Coalition, and Houlton Elementary School brainstorming what this Art Bench could become. As part of the Trailhead, it was envisioned to be the keystone “bench” on the Art Bench Trail. The idea of an Art Bench expanded, and soon it became a gathering space that would hold 20-25 people on terraced stone seating, to redefine a local place for the redesigned Houlton community.

An artist, Hudson architect John Kalmon, was selected and began to meet with Houlton 4th and 5th grade students the fall of 2018.  Background knowledge had been built, aligned to grade level social studies standards, so students were aware of the cultural, historical and natural resources of the area.  This was an integral part of the project, as its purpose was to represent the area in some way. Kalmon brought over 60 students through the design process, with monthly meetings for brainstorming and refining their ideas.  Careful synthesizing of the students’ vision resulted in a semi-circle of stones with a stage-like area, where community groups could come together to meet. Student groups identified a symbol that represented their learning, and these images have been incorporated into the space by being etched into the stone seating.  In addition, our Hudson High School students made steel images that are set into cement pavers throughout the space. Houlton students created a scavenger hunt that included their images and what each represented.

Once the design was finalized, Willow River Landscape was hired to work with the students to build the 20-foot diameter space.  Pavers were made, trees, shrubs and plants planted, and mulch spread. The result, Houlton Hawks Landing, will be officially unveiled on the morning of September 21st.  It has truly been a labor of love, by the hands of the Houlton students and community.

Donations and support were gathered, sometimes by pure luck, and the project wove together the resources and services of many community members and businesses.  Grant funding was received from the Friends of Perch Lake, Hudson Daybreak Rotary, Hudson Education Foundations, Hudson Home and Garden Club, Houlton Elementary Parent Association, St. Croix Bike and Pedestrian Trails Coalition, St. Croix County, St. Croix Valley Foundation, Thrivent, the Town of St. Joseph, the William H. Phipps Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board.  In addition, there was strong community support from Rivard Stone, Hartman Homes, St. Croix County Historical Society, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners, and the Hudson High School Tech Ed Department.

We invite the Hudson community to share our gathering space as you explore the St. Croix River Crossing Loop Trail.  The Houlton students think you will find it to be a beautiful place to land, if just for a moment!

Art bench from a distance Art bench close up


EP Rock Students Develop Tree Trek

Students seated in classroom listening to a presentation in the front of the class.

EP Rock 5th graders are partnering with the Hudson Urban Forestry Board to create a Tree Trek. The Tree Trek will be a self guided tree identification trail around the school. Students in Mrs. Shimon’s class began by learning how to identify tree types based on their leaf type, leaf shape, and a variety of other attributes. Students will work with a publisher to create a Trek Post with the description of the tree, its benefits to wildlife and humans along with other unique facts. Each post will have a QR code so people can read more information if they choose.

We hope to launch our trail this spring.

National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists

Group of National Merit semi-finalist pose with their school counselors.

Congratulations to our Hudson High School students who have been named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists! #WeAreRaiderProud

  • Pictured front row left to right: Aspen Richter, MacKenzie Korent, Elizabeth Collinson
  • Pictured back row left to right: Elizabeth Smith (School Counselor), Maya Neuenschwander, Lewis Holmberg, Amanda Ichel, Alexander Weaver, Jessica Sile (School Counselor)