Tony and Paul  with their prizes

PHS students Tony Leissring, left, and Paul McCreedy took second at the Universal Technical Institute High School Top Tech Challenge.

Panther Accolades: Top Tech, Forensics

Posted Posted February 25, 2019

Congratulations to the Plymouth High School students involved in Top Tech Challenge and Forensics on their recent awards!

Top Tech Challenge

Plymouth High School automotive technology students brought home a second-place trophy from the recent High School Top Tech Challenge.

The PHS team of Paul McCreedy and Tony Leissring competed with 33 other teams from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin at Universal Technical Institute in Lisle, Ill., which hosted the Feb. 14 competition.

The competition consisted of five tests:

  • 50-question written test, done individually
  • Tool and component identification, done individually
  • Brake system diagnosis, as a team
  • Electrical system diagnosis, as a team
  • On-board diagnostic system testing, as a team

For their second-place finish, Paul and Tony each won a $7,500 UTI scholarship, plus a Snap-On tool set and tool box worth $2,500 for the PHS automotive technology program. 


The Plymouth High School Forensics team took first place in the small team division at the Feb. 16 meet in Kaukauna. 

Competing for the Panthers were:

  • Kieran Kraemer, 1st in Storytelling
  • Caitlin McEvoy, 1st in Special Occasion Speaking
  • Michellelena Kraemer, 2nd in Demonstration Speaking
  • Grace and Emma Wynveen, finalist in Play Acting
  • Bora Adjini, in Moments in History
  • Kathryn Brinkman, in Moments in History
  • Grace Harvey, in Moments in History
  • Nora Jaeger, in Prose
  • Belle Karls-Schilling, in Informative Speaking
  • Cami Schroeder, in Oral Interpretation of Literature

Earlier in the season, the PHS Forensics team took first at the Pirate Invitational held Jan. 12 at Port Washington High School, first Jan. 19 at the Oshkosh North High School Tournament, third Feb. 2 at the Winneconne High School Tournament, and second Feb. 9 at the West Bend Tournament. (View individual results.)

Learn more:
• Explore the Extracurriculars section of our District Report Card to learn more about our history of success in academic extracurriculars.

group photo of students holding trophies

Members of the PHS Forensics Team include, front row from left, Grace and Emma Wynveen, Nora Jaeger, Michellelena Kraemer, Kieran Kraemer; and, back row, Cami Schroeder, Bora Adjini, Caitlin McEvoy, Grace Harvey, Kathryn Brinkman, and Belle Karls-Schilling.