Panther Accolades: ProStart, Academic Bowl

Posted March 16, 2020

Congratulations to these Plymouth High School students on their recent recognitions!

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ProStart team 2nd at State

A team of culinary arts students from Plymouth High School placed second among 18 teams at the State ProStart Competition held March 10 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.

The Panther team of Liam Fintak, Kristy Pelletier, Lukas Sternard, and Greg Even have been preparing for the competition since December, along with PHS graduate Cody Jensen, a professional chef coach. 

The students received positive compliments from judges known to be extremely strict in the judging criteria, said PHS culinary arts teacher Connie Lund. Students were judged on: mise en place, cooking techniques, knife skills, sanitation, teamwork, communication, clean-up, costing, menu design, and how each dish looks and tastes. 

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PHS 3rd at ECC Academic Bowl

PHS took third at the 2020 East Central Conference Academic Bowl competition, held March 10.

The eight ECC schools participate in the annual competition, which began in 2014-15 when the WIAA conferences were restructured. Each 20-member team is challenged in the topics of science, English, math, social studies and current events, in a written test and a group question-and-answer round.

In addition to a third-place finish, the Panthers earned 9 individual medals:

  • Alex Oty and Kyle Kraus: tied for 1st in Physics
  • Dallas Kreisa: 1st in Advanced Math
  • Katherine Rauscher: 2nd in U.S. Government
  • Matt Sheridan: 2nd in Geometry
  • Austin Zeevelt: 2nd in Algebra 2
  • Carolyn Britt: 3rd in British Literature/Shakespeare
  • Maggie Munson: 3rd in U.S. History
  • Nick Shircel: 3rd in Algebra 1

In addition, the Math team took first for the oral phase of the competition, and the Current Events team also took first place.

Members of the teams are:

  • Science: Carson Schwarz, Jacob Gruttner, Tess Huhn, Alex Oty, Kyle Kraus (and alternate Reese Young)
  • Social Studies: Maggie Munson, Andrea Ramos, Logan Manthy, Nickolai Jirikowic and Katherine Rauscher
  • English: Ali Limberg, Olivia Straub, Carolyn Britt, Cortni Harder and Ella Bindl
  • Math: Nick Shircel, Austin Zeevelt, Matt Sheridan, Dallas Kreisa and Kevin Smith
  • Current Events: Kevin Smith, Nickolai Jirikowic, Kyle Kraus and Ella Bindl

Three members of the Social Studies team – Adam Niver, Isaac Gonsales and Sam Scheele – were absent and replaced by alternates willing to step in.

To be a part of the Academic Bowl team, students must complete a short application with transcripts and endorsements by three faculty members. PHS teachers Carrie Pieper and Meredith Herrera, advisers for the team, then select those who would be strongest in each category, keeping a short list of alternates.


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