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  • LHS Marching Band Performs for Ailing '97 Grad

    image001(1).jpgBecause Ships sail together.

    The Lincoln High Marching Band immediately agreed when asked to perform for '97 grad Challise Rosinsky at her 38th birthday party.

    Her friends fear she will not see her 39th.

    Challise, who played percussion in the band when she was in high school, is in hospice care in the advanced stages of Huntington's disease, a progressive, neurodegenerative disease with no cure. The disease breaks down a person's physical and mental abilities.

    WATCH FOX 11 NEWS VIDEO about Challise and Lincoln's Marching Band. See photos and videos on Homecare's Facebook page.

    Patti Zarling of the Herald Times Reporter wrote a moving story about Challise and her April 18 birthday party organized by childhood friend, fellow LHS alum Nicole Meissner. The party was at Jenn's Java, where the women often hung out until Challise was no longer able. The coffee shop is owned by another LHS alum, Jennifer Backus.

    image002(1).jpgJenn wrote: "The friends you make in school, after school and during the rest of your life will help to mold you into the person you are. I met Challise in high school band and got to know her even better as a fun, sassy customer at Jenn's. I also got to know Katie who is largely responsible for pulling together an awesome little birthday party for her.

    "I can't say enough about the awesome group of students from Lincoln High School band who willingly performed after school for Challise! Proud to be an alumni, lucky to be a part of something wonderful."


  • One Community, One Field

    MPSD-rubickpptcover.pngThe Ron Rubick Municipal Field, built in 1955, has had a long rich history for MPSD Alumni.

    A community group is raising private funds to transform Rubick Field into a first-class venue for everything from football and soccer to track and field, marching band, cheer, dance and more.


    Ships Alumni, please check out the group's Facebook page - Rubick Field Community Fundraising Project - and consider getting involved. As Alumni, we understand the traditions of Lincoln High School, and as community members or "kids" who grew up here, please consider this opportunity for the young people of all our schools, to create a facility that will provide our city and the Lakeshore a first-class venue. Thanks for your time and reflection.

  • LHS Graduate Celebrates 100th Birthday

    HTR NEWS: Ed Shimon graduated from Lincoln High School in the 1930's.  Many years have passed since his graduation, but his life ethics and drive to be independent have never wavered.

    His school days bring back one of his happiest memories.  "I remember as though it was yesterday," Shimon said. "I remember one day in the morning, I said to myself, 'I'm the luckiest guy on earth. I have the nicest parents on earth.' That's the only thing I can remember from long ago as though it was yesterday. Going to the high school, which very few kids did back in those day. I was so lucky."

    Upon graduation, Shimon earned a teaching degree from a Milwaukee teaching college. He appreciates how fortunate he was to stay in school. In those days, most farm kids didn't finish high school, let alone college. His father's father was a physician, and education was always a priority.

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  • Class of 1977 Reunion Plans

    Plans are underway for the Class of '77 reunion this August....please plan to join the fun!   

    RSVP no later than July 1, 2017.

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  • TV Producer, Designer Jerry Wanek Brings Manty into Sets

    Screen_Shot_2017-02-27_at_2.50.46_PM.pngLast night's Oscars are all the buzz today - but did you know Manitowoc Lincoln High has an Emmy Award nominated television producer, production designer and director?

    Class of 1972 LHS grad Jerry Wanek was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries in 2008 for the sci-fi thriller, The Andromeda Strain. The Art Directors Guild nominated Wanek four times for an Excellence in Production Design Award, for The Andromeda Strain, Dark AngelThe Magnificent Seven and Houdini and featured him in the Guild magazine. He also worked on Criminal MindsLost in SpaceThe Librarian and more.

    After pursuing a Fine Arts degree at UW Madison, Wanek's first job in L.A. was a production assistant (a "gofer") for Ronald McDonald, he said in this podcast about his career.

    Screen_Shot_2017-02-27_at_3.02.24_PM.pngWanek is well known for his set designs on Supernatural, a fan favorite on The CW Network for which he directed three episodes. He told the Herald Times Reporter he puts Manitowoc landmarks in the sets for "fun." Among them are Jack's Beer Garden, Rudy's Lanes, Whitelaw Sausage Co., Wenzel's Perfect World bar and the USS Cobia submarine, a National Historic Landmark at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

    "I’m very proud of where I came from, and I think that had a lot to do with where I am today. So whenever I can, I give a little nod to the hometown." 

    You can follow him on Twitter @JerryWanek.

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  • Class of 2007 Reunion

    The Class of 2007 will be holding its 10th Reunion on August 19, 2017. For more information see the class Facebook page. 

    A reunion dinner will be held at Meadow Links / Sports Complex Saturday night, August 19.

    August 19, 2017 at 6pm
    Meadow Links
    1540 Johnston Dr
    Manitowoc, WI 54220
    United States
    Google map and directions

  • Class of 1987 Reunion

    The Class of 1987 will be holding its 30th Reunion July 29, 2017. For more information see the class Facebook page

    A reunion dinner will be held at the Manitowoc Yacht Club at 6 p.m. Saturday night, July 29.

    July 29, 2017 at 6pm
    Manitowoc Yacht Club
    815 Maritime Dr
    Manitowoc, WI 54221-0744
    United States
    Google map and directions

  • Jr. High Cooking Class Spreads Cupcake Love

    Random Acts of Cupcakes?

    Five students in Wilson Jr. High's Family, Foods, and Friends cooking class participated in Random Acts of Cupcakes. They baked and frosted more than 150 cupcakes to pass out to their unsuspecting peers between classes.

    Well done, students!!

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  • James Boeldt Inducted into Hall of Fame

    Congratulations to Class of 1952 Alumnus James Boeldt who was inducted into the Manitowoc LHS Athletic Wall of Fame in February 2017!

    Boeldt lettered in basketball, football and track.

    He earned All-Fox River Valley Conference honors in both football and basketball.

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  • Jackson Students, Staff Honor Veteran

    Screen_Shot_2017-02-17_at_10.04.54_AM.pngThis letter to the editor in the Herald Times Reporter made us very proud of our Jackson Elementary staff and students!

    "When a member of the local VFW began to play Taps, I glanced across Menasha Avenue and, to my shock and amazement, every child was lined up on the edge of playground standing in silence honoring the memory of a man they didn’t know and had never met. That image will be etched in my mind as I witnessed one of the more touching moments of my life...." Read more


  • Five Inducted into Athletic Wall of Fame

    Five new members will be inducted into the LHS Athletic Wall of Fame Feb. 10 during halftime of the boys basketball game against Green Bay Southwest.

    James Boeldt, Dave Dorak, Jack Egan, Tom Herzog and Lauren Lukas are the newest inductees honored by the Manitowoc Lincoln Athletic Department. 


    Boeldt, a 1952 graduate, lettered in basketball, football and track.

    He earned All-Fox River Valley Conference honors in both football and basketball.


    Dorak, a 1970 graduate, excelled in football, basketball and track.

    He was the WIAA State pole vault champion in 1970 with a height of 13-6.

    He competed on the Carthage College football team and once intercepted 11 passes in one season.


    Egan, a 1954 graduate, became the first athlete in the state to win back-to-back WIAA State Titles in boys tennis his junior and senior seasons.

    He lettered in tennis, football and basketball.


    Herzog, a 1955 graduate, was a four sport letter winner in football, basketball, baseball and tennis.

    He earned All-FRVC honors in basketball and baseball as a junior and senior.

    In 1958, he signed a professional baseball contract with the Milwaukee Braves and in 2001 was inducted into the Lakeshore All Sports Hall of Fame.


    Lukas, a 2008 graduate, was a three-time all-state tennis athlete and four-time all-conference honoree.

    She amassed 100 career wins and three FRVC titles while qualifying for state all four years of high school.

  • Alumni Spotlight: Joe Wiesner (1990 Grad)

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    Then and now: Mr. Wiesner in 1990 (high school senior photo) and today

    Alumnus: Joe Wiesner

    Year Graduated from Lincoln High: 1990

    Post high school education earned: Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UW - Eau Claire, Master’s in Education in School Counseling from UW - Superior.

    Current occupation: School Counselor at Lincoln High School and coach of multiple sports

    Where resides now: Manitowoc, WI

    Clubs/activities/sports involved in when in high school: Football, Swim Team, Student Senate, Lunch Bunch (non-alcoholic support group that organized events during lunch)

    Favorite memories of Lincoln High School or earlier? Jackson Elementary: 5th Grade Mrs. Lucy Glaeser’s class was fun year round. 4th Grade Mrs. Gamlin’s class during snack time - one particular friend had fruits and vegetables during snack time made into cool toys such as a celery drag car. It made food look appetizing. Lincoln: Sports include track, football and swimming. Had friends mostly from the swim team. “I sucked at swimming” but “hung out after sitting in my friend’s kitchen, eating elephant tracks out of the container with spoons.”

    Teachers / coaches who made an impact on you and why? Mrs. Nitknocker, 2nd grade - taught counting with fingers. Mrs. Mossholder, 3rd Grade - Little House on the Prairie, learned to make a Christmas present and then exchange it with another student. Also, remembers the Mulligan Stew they made. It taught him what life was like during the Great Depression. Mrs. Lucy-Dollows, 5th Grade - token economy taught him financial responsibility and goal setting.

    How have you shown your dedication to Manitowoc Public School District? “I came back to Lincoln. I have been an advisor for Club Sandwich, Link Crew, and coached every single year I’ve worked here. I coached 7th, 8th, and 9th grade football, JV girls fastpitch, assistant coach for JV, freshman, and varsity wrestling and varsity assistant coach for swimming 7 years. I have also coached Wilson track and field for 3-4 years.”

    What makes you enthusiastic about helping students with counseling as well as sports? “It’s SUPER FUN! Every day is a little different. I get to work with all students, junior high and high school students, as well as some of the best students and some of the worst students in the school. Watching a kid improve at anything they’re doing is so rewarding. I love helping kids become better people. Working with struggling students and helping them make that connection and overcome their obstacles is rewarding. Due to the fact that I’m an alumnus, it’s more personal to me.” 

    Advice to current students? “Can’t cheat work, you either do the work or you don’t.”

    Any other info you’d like to add? “My favorite color is blue and I didn’t purchase a single item of SpongeBob in my office.”

  • LHS, Wilson Play in UW Whitewater Honors Orchestra

    Lincoln High grad and current UW Whitewater student Ethan Greening hosted some of our students at the UWW Honors Orchestra event last weekend.

    Three students each from Lincoln High and Wilson Jr. High were selected to participate due to their dedication to their music studies, keen interest in orchestra and willingness to take on a challenge! All students reported that they had an excellent time and learned so much – in fact, they’d like to go back next year too!


    Left to right:  Dr. Ramaekers, Darren Kluczinske, LHS students Josh Sorge, Rebekah Lazzeroni and Nylene Zabel, Wilson students Josie Geppert and Sarah Rezach, and Ethan Greening (LHS grad, current UWW student).

  • MPSD Student Rings NYSE Bell

    This afternoon a Manitowoc Public School District student will be on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to help ring the closing bell.

    You can watch it live here - - the bell ringing will be shown after 2:56 p.m.

    Lia Haile, 13, is being honored for her work helping children and families staying at Hope House, a Manitowoc homeless shelter. What started as Lia's effort to make sure every child who has a birthday while at the shelter gets a party and presents has grown into a much larger program called the Hopeful Hearts Club that has brought volunteers and donations to the shelter.

    Read more about Lia in the Herald Times Reporter

  • 1992 Grad Gets Federal Appointment

    millerjohn.jpegLincoln High School graduate John W. Miller has been appointed to the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board by President Barack Obama.

    Miller, a Manitowoc native and 1992 Lincoln High alumnus, is the former president and CEO of Miller-St. Nazianz Inc. and the founder of Arenberg Holdings, LLC. He serves on the Board of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin Law School Board of Visitors.

    After graduating from Lincoln High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Marquette University in 1996, a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University in 2000 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2006.

    See article in Herald Time Reporter


  • Manitowoc Student Featured in 'Future of Good' Video

    Wilson Jr. High 7th grader Lia Haile is featured in a new promotional video shot this month for U.S. Cellular's "Future of Good" campaign.

    Watch the video here and check out Lia's feature on the "Future of Good" website

    Screen_Shot_2016-11-30_at_3.30.29_PM.pngLia won U.S. Cellular's contest last year for her inspirational work creating the Hopeful Hearts Club, which supports children and families at a Manitowoc homeless shelter called Hope House, including throwing birthday parties for children. U.S. Cellular donated $10,000 to Lia's group and the shelter.

    "We have awesome students and an awesome community," said Wilson Principal Lee Thennes after seeing the new video showcasing Lia, Wilson and the Manitowoc community.

    In the video, Lia said all students can help make a difference.

    "It's about following your heart," she said. "Everybody has a gift or a talent or a passion. Use that gift to help others.... Watch the ripple effect of your one act of kindness spread far and wide."

  • 1968 Lincoln Boys Basketball State Championship

    Take a walk down memory lane with a video compiled by Pat Willis highlighting the Lincoln Class of 1968 State Boys Basketball Championship!


  • Calling All Ships Alumni Boys Basketball

    mpsd-nation-bball.jpgCalling all Manitowoc Ships Boys Basketball Alumni! Your presence is requested at the JFK Fieldhouse for the 1st Annual Ships Basketball Alumni Weekend. Follow the link below and print off a registration form today!

    Receive a Ships Alumni T-Shirt for minimum $15 donation!

    Ships Boys Basketball Alumni are invited back to be recognized at halftime of the Friday, Dec. 16 contest vs. Bay Port. After the game alumni are invited to gather at The Courthouse Pub for a social hour. 

    The next day, alumni will battle it out in the alumni game. 

    See our event page for more details

    Learn more on our Facebook page 

  • Packers, Businesses to Match Student Food Pantry Donations

    mpsd-nation-food.jpgSeventh graders at Washington Jr. High School are running a collection to help “Stock the Shelves” of our local food pantry. 100% of your donation goes directly to the pantry. Plus, all money collected this week Monday and Tuesday will be matched to make an even greater local impact.

    The Green Bay Packers are one of the matching businesses partners that support the challenge. Randall Cobb will send our school an autographed “Stock the Shelves” certificate if the kids are able to raise $250 or more to fight hunger in our community.


  • Riverview Unveils Outdoor Classroom


    Watch staff and volunteers build the outdoor classroom  

    Riverview Elementary serves as the MPSD Early Learning Center and currently serves 269 4K and 341 5K students.

    To provide our youngest students a learning experience like no other, an outdoor classroom at Riverview has been created so teachers can incorporate outdoor learning and play into curriculum, and provide opportunities for students to develop awareness of and appreciation for the natural world.

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