Tosa students win 2nd place in computer contest

Twelve Wauwatosa School District teams from both East and West high schools recently competed in a computer science programming competition, with Wauwatosa West students Bella Knutsen and Michala Miller placing second.

The Wisconsin Dairyland chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, in conjunction with Marquette University, welcomed high school students with Java or Scratch programming experience to participate in a morning of computer science problem-solving and/or storytelling. The competition took place at Marquette University on April 15.

Twelve students from West and eleven students from East attended the competition as part of Exploring Computer Science, a new class offered to high school students this year, under the direction of West teacher Amy Fetherston and East teacher Michael Walhovd. The students had three hours to develop five Scratch programs ranging from simple interfaces to intricate computer games.

Tosa West student earns McDonald's scholarship

Wauwatosa West High School senior Brandon Toye has been named a McDonald's HACER Scholarship recipient. The Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources scholarship program recognizes exceptional leadership, character, academic achievement, and community involvement among high school seniors while helping those with financial needs. Toye was one of eleven area students of Hispanic heritage to receive the $2,000 scholarship.

Scholarship recipients were honored at a luncheon held Thursday, April 28. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, members of the Milwaukee Common Council, members of the community, and McDonald's representatives were on hand to recognize the scholarship recipients.

For the past 23 years, McDonald's has offered scholarships to local area high school seniors.

U.S. News ranks Tosa East as among the top schools

Wauwatosa East High School was recently ranked as a top high school in both the state and nation and named a silver medal school. In the 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, 64 Wisconsin schools earned silver medals and 95 were awarded bronze. The state also has five gold medal schools.

To produce the 2016 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm. Ranking were based on these criteria: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound; and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

From among the 50 states, Wauwatosa East High School was ranked 23rd in the state and 1,065th in the nation.

Tosa West class wins

stock market contest

Representatives from PNC Bank, N.A., and the SIFMA Foundation honored students from Wauwatosa West High School for efforts in the 2015 PNC Christmas Price Index SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game Challenge.

Nick Heiting and his Wauwatosa West High School students were awarded for winning the Wisconsin High School division of the 2015 PNC CPI SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game Challenge. Teacher Heiting and his winning students received cash prizes, certificates, and trophies for the school. This is the second year in a row that Heiting's students have earned first place.

The challenge is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in grades four through 12 in the world of economics, investing and personal finance, and prepares them for financially independent futures.

The price index is a whimsical economic indicator based on the prices of gifts in the holiday classic 'The Twelve Days of Christmas.'

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