Because 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.
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.
Jenn 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."
The 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.
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.
"It's a rare high school senior who not only has found a career, but a specialty within that career. For that, Lincoln High senior Joe Powalisz thanks Youth Apprenticeship."
In this HTR story, reporter Patti Zarling said Powalisz didn't grow up on a farm and had no interest in farming until he helped on a friend's hobby farm and then joined the Manitowoc County Youth Apprenticeship Program, working on farms.
Powalisz now works 30 hours a week at Meadow Brook Dairy Farms and has been accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Farm and Industry short course for study next year.
"(YA) changed my idea of high school, it helped me find a career I'm excited about," Powalisz told Zarling.
Youth Apprenticeship combines academic and technical classroom teaching with mentored on-the-job learning. Lincoln High School has 47 of the total 101 students in the Manitowoc County YA Program this year.