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					                                                                                        GIVING BACK, continued from page 5
     Postscript is published by the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth,
     Inc. for its friends, contributors, and members. WCATY servers more than 2,000                                                                                                                                                                                       This Issue: Giving Back, Moving Forward!
     talented students, their parents and educators annually.
     We welcome comments, suggestions, and ideas. Send them to:                         Can changes be made to the system at the state level?
     WCATY Postscript             Phone: 608.271.1617
     2909 Landmark Place          FAX: 608.271.8080                                     SF: Funds for gifted programming need to be divorced from school districts. I
     Madison, WI 53713            E-mail: Web:
     This newsletter may be duplicated.                                                 would like to see the state provide funds for umbrella programs for gifted chil-
     WCATY Board of Directors                                                           dren statewide. I also strongly believe that the University system should partner
     John Wilson - Partner, Michael Best and Friedrich                                  with organizations like WCATY to develop and promote programs for Wiscon-
     Tony Schuster - Owner/Director, Wissota Vision, LLC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vol. 18
     Sara Stellick - Asst. Production Manager, American Players Theatre                 sin’s gifted children. They should have both the expertise and the self-interest to                                             Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, Inc.                                                         Issue 3 of 3
     Carole Trone - President, WCATY                                                    ensure that the state’s brightest children are nurtured. I would love to see magnet                                                                                                                                                                 Fall
     Susan Bulgrin - Owner, Culver’s Frozen Custard, Todd Drive and
                      Cottage Grove Road, Madison                                       schools developed in the hard sciences because, in my view, it is more difficult                                                                                                                                                                   2007

                                                                                        to accommodate gifted learners in mathematics and the hard sciences than in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WCATY Board Offers Unique Gifted & Talented Perspective
     Robert Esten - President, Wayland Academy
     Pat Flanagan - President, Eye Care of Wisconsin, Inc.
                                                                                        language or arts based disciplines.
                                                                                                                                                                              Giving Back,
     Susan Foster - Civic Leader and Education Advocate
     Richard Harris - Executive Director, Genesis Development Corporation                                                                                                                                               A successful organization can only be so with the sup-
     John Hemming - CPA, Senior Manager, WIPFLi
                                                                                        How can WCATY help improve opportunities for the youth in Wisconsin?                                                            port of the greater community around it, whether it be
     Mary Klein - Educator & TAG Chair, Lodi Public Schools
     Rolf Wegenke - President, Wisconsin Association of Independent                                                                                                                                                     global or local. WCATY is no exception. It is with the
                      Colleges and Universities                                         WH: I think the most important thing is to get the word out. I lived here for                                                   support, resources and know-how of its partnerships
                                                                                        15 years before I even heard of WCATY. It is an important organization. These
     Gerald Whitburn - President and CEO, Church Mutual Insurance Company
     Almeda Williams - Chief, Nutrition and Food Services, William S. Middleton                                                                                                                                         throughout Wisconsin that WCATY puts forth the best
                         Memorial Veterans Hospital                                     young folks are our future leaders and we should be doing all we can to nurture                                                 programs and opportunities for Wisconsin’s brightest
     WCATY Emeritus Board                                                               their continued growth, not only in education, but in social skills. We will be so                                              students.
     Peter Brenner                         Terry Paul                                   much better off if we pay attention to this segment of our population.
     Nelson Flynn
     David Hanson
                                           Ellie Schatz
                                           Mary Sensenbrenner                                                                                                                      In This Issue                        Community support, along with oversight of WCATY
     Katharine Lyall                                                                    TS: For the students that WCATY touches with its summer programs, it can be                                                     and its operations, comes from its Board of Directors.
     WCATY Staff                                                                        a life changing experience. With the Co-op program WCATY is now reaching              Board Offers Perspective ...1             The WCATY Board consists of 14 members, some with
     President                             Carole Trone, ext. 24                        more students but there are still many more that need what WCATY offers.                                                        extensive educational backgrounds and others with ex-
     Director of Programs & Resources      Paula Hillmann, ext. 32 (414-731-5818)
                                                                                                                                                                              Upcoming events ..............2
     Program Director, Young Scholar       Jan Burt, ext. 31                                                                                                                                                            perience that runs more to the non-profit or corporate
     Outreach & Special Projects Liaison   Dann Donovan, ext. 29
     Program Director, Summer Programs     Scott Lein, ext. 25                                                                                                                President’s Note ................2        realm. All bring a unique perspective and contributions
     Program Director, District Co-ops     Rebecca Vonesh, ext. 22
                                                                                                                                                                              Stephan & Brady Lend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to keep the WCATY ship on a proper course.                Board members Pat Flanagan (left) and Wayne Harris (center)
     Marketing & PR Coordinator            Beth Gengle, ext. 34                                                                                                                                                                                                                   chat with 2006 ALP student Prabhuder Patil.
     Technology Coordinator                David Robinson, ext. 27
     Program Assistant                     Betsy Ruhland, ext. 28                                                                                                             Creativity ...........................2   Recently several board members shared their thoughts      happy and educated. I was also concerned with the lack
     Marketing & Development Assistant     Chris Michaels, ext. 26
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        with WCATY about their own exposure to talented and       of support our most gifted treasures receive. Many of
                                                                                                                                                                              ETC Partnership..................3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gifted education, the WCATY role and the status of        these young folks will shape our society 10 and 20 years
                                                                                                                                                                              Saturday Programs .............3          gifted education in Wisconsin:                            from now. It is important that they receive our support
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and encouragement.
                                                                                                                                                                              Alumni Profile ....................4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wayne Harris, owner, Glowac, Harris, Madison, Inc.      RW: I got involved because of the intersection of
                                                                                                                                                                              Summer Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Rolf Wegenke, president, Wisconsin Association of       WCATY’s mission and my personal and professional
                                                                                                                                                                              Wrap-Up............................4       Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU)            interests. I am passionate about WCATY because there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is a total match between WCATY’s mission and that of
                                                                                                                                                                              Expanding Co-ops............. 5           • Mary Klein, retired TAG chair, Lodi Public Schools      WAICU; we both are committed to providing opportu-
                                                                                                                                                                              MATS Testing.....................5        • Tony Schuster, owner/director, Wissota Vision LLC       nity for the individual student to achieve the full poten-
                                                                                                                                                                              Support WCATY .................5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Susan Foster, civic leader and education advocate       tial their gifts and talents present.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Gerald Whitburn, president and CEO,
                                                                                                                                                                              MATS Awards .................6-7                                                                    MK: I met WCATY Founder Ellie Schatz over 25 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Church Mutual Insurance Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ago when she was the gifted/talented coordinator for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monona Grove schools —we both had a passion for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How did you get involved with WCATY?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gifted kids. We talked at length about an organization to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WH: I have always spent time working with young folks.    benefit these kids. I stayed in public education, but tried
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        From the Ronald McDonald House to the Children’s          to support her dream in whatever way I could.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Museum, I do what I can to help kids grow up healthy,                                               Continued on page 5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good Measure ...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The true measure of how much students enjoyed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Summer of 2007 with WCATY comes from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the students themselves. At YSSP and ALP, nearly
                                                                                              Madison, WI 53713                                                                                                                                                                   100 percent of students said they would recom-
                                                                                                                                                                              These 2007 ALP students show
         Permit No. 149                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           mend the program to other students. From ALP,
                                                                                              2909 Landmark Place                                                             that learning can be fun, espe-
          Madison, WI
                                                                                              Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth                                cially when hanging out on cam-                                                                     95 percent agreed the program encouraged their
                                                                                                                                                                              pus during the summertime. For                                                                      self motivation.
          U.S. Postage                                                                                                                         wcaty                          a roundup of summer programs
         Nonprofit Org.                                                                                                                                                       see page 4.

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          Upcoming Events                 President’s Note by Carole Trone                                                                                  Simon Henriques, SAT
                                                                                                                                                            Isabel Jacobson, SAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                Devlin Brush, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Melissa Sheth, ACT                   Zoe Murken, ACT

                                                                                                                                                            Hojung Kim, EXPLORE                 Anne Letizia, EXPLORE           Richfield                              Waterloo
        September 12                      At the end of another busy sum-                                       There’s an ongoing communica-               Zoe Kjos, EXPLORE                   Benjamin Levey, SAT                   Ryan Kutzora, SAT                      Ana Von Huben, ACT
        WCATY Golf Outing                 mer of programs it was a little                                       tions challenge to let more people          Yoko Kohmoto, EXPLORE               Jacob Werner, EXPLORE           Rio                                    Watertown
        The Oaks Golf Course              difficult to choose just what to                                      know about the reservoir of tal-            Riley Larget, ACT                                                           Cricket Gullickson, SAT, ACT         Maisie Steinbrink, ACT
                                                                                                                                                       Madison, continued                  Monona
        Cottage Grove, Wis.               draw our readers’ attention to-                                       ents in this state. You can read                                               Amelia Speight, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                            Benjamin Luskin, EXPLORE                                            River Hills                            Waukesha
        Open to the Public                wards. There are new programs,                                        below how Stephan & Brady of                Jonathan Luskin, ACT                                                      Christopher Welker, EXPLORE           Amber Cefalu, ACT
                                          new classes, new students….but I                                      Madison crafted that message for            Christina Ma, EXPLORE                                                                                           Taylor Rozman, ACT
        September 15                                                                                                                                        Thomas Meyer, EXPLORE          Mount Horeb                          Sauk City                                   Christopher Trafton, EXPLORE
                                          think you’ll agree it all points to                                   WCATY in a powerful brochure                                                    Mariah Popp, ACT                      Michaela Pfeiffer-Mundt,
        Young Scholar Fair                                                                                                                                  Grace Mooney, ACT
        American Family Insurance         our goal of being a resource for                                      you received earlier this year. I           Brittany Piddington, EXPLORE                                                  EXPLORE                      Waunakee
                                                                                                                                                                                           Muskego                              Saukville                                   Eric Anderson, ACT
        Headquarters                      Wisconsin.                                                            hope you’ll be as excited about             Ari Pollack, ACT                    Rebecca Horwath, ACT
                                                                                                                                                            Carolyn Raihala, EXPLORE                                                  Austin Cao, EXPLORE                   Kristin Anderson, EXPLORE
        Madison, Wis.                                                                                           these new partnerships as we are,                                               Nicholas Klinka, SAT                                                        Jessica Bernstein, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                            John Raihala, SAT
        Open to the Public                No other organization is dedi-                                        reflecting the changing landscape           Rasika Ramanathan, EXPLORE     Nashotah                             Sheboygan                                   Alexander Cordell, ACT
                                                                                                                of talent development in this                                                                                        Joshua Rindt, ACT                      Alexander Dorn, SAT
                                          cated to serving and nurturing                                                                                    Olivia Sanderfoot, ACT              David Joda, ACT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Colin Hensen, EXPLORE
        September 29                      our state’s most talented youth.                                      global, digital age.                        Noah Sauer, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                                                           Neenah                               Shorewood                                   Allysa Loeffelholz, EXPLORE
        InSite Presentation                                                                                                                                 Martin Schreibman, EXPLORE
                                          That’s what led Electronic The-                                                                                   Benjamin Shapiro, SAT               Jordan Cammarota, ACT                Christian Bazar, SAT                   Ryan Minor, EXPLORE
        Electronic Theatre Controls
                                          atre Control’s CEO Fred Foster Students in the Young Students With your financial support,                        Seungwon Shin, ACT                  Monica Chou, ACT                     Emilia Brahm, SAT                      Connor O’Rourke, EXPLORE
        Headquarters                                                                                                                                                                            Arun Kulkarni, EXPLORE               Casey Tolan, ACT                       Aidan Schlittler, EXPLORE
                                          to building InSite with WCATY, Summer Program’s Aldo Leopold WCATY can expand these op-                           Katherine Stein, ACT
                                                                                                                                                                                                Nicholas Ralston, EXPLORE
        Middleton, Wis.                                                                                                                                     Mark Strayer, EXPLORE
                                          an industry mentoring partnership course dissected owl pellets and portunities for talented youth.                Mirko Tancredi, EXPLORE             Theodore Wiswall, ACT           South Milwaukee                        Wausau
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Isaac Buttke, EXPLORE
        October 11-12                     that will bring our talented youth proudly displayed their findings.   We need to raise awareness about           Nhien Tran, ACT                New Berlin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Morgan Koscielniak, ACT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dominic Fladland, ACT
        Wisconsin Association of          to the state’s leading industries. In                                  these young people if they are to          Mikko Utevsky, ACT                  Michael Beeler, ACT             Spring Green                                Noah Fredel, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                            Johnnie Wagman, ACT
        Talented and Gifted Annual        turn, the state’s leaders discover the future lead-   develop into the leaders that Wisconsin needs.              Robin Webb, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                                                                Taylor Hamann, ACT                    Jonah Broh, EXPLORE                   Christopher Lewis, EXPLORE
        Conference                                                                                                                                                                              Gregory Hartmann, ACT                                                       Kelsey Schlosser, EXPLORE
                                          ers that fill our classes every year.                 Please consider giving … because their future is            William Xiang, ACT, EXPLORE         Kathryn McElligott, ACT                                                     John Theisen, ACT
        Kalahari Resort                                                                                                                                                                                                         Stevens Point
                                                                                                all of our future.                                          Jordan Zadra, EXPLORE               William Stearns, ACT                  Jaclyn Magee, ACT                     Danielle Zunker, SAT
        Wisconsin Dells, Wis.                                                                                                                               Jeffrey Zhao, EXPLORE
        Registration required             Stephan & Brady Lend Creativity to WCATY Project                                                                  Jacob Zimmerman, EXPLORE       Oak Creek
                                                                                                                                                                                                Michael Hoffmann, SAT, ACT      Stoughton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Colleen Gresk, ACT
                                                                                                                                                       Marshall                                                                       Alexander Smith, ACT                 Meghan Gresk, EXPLORE
        November 7-11                     “Finding the AHA!”—That seems to be the spe-                                                                      Tori Traut, ACT                Oconomowoc                                                                      Katherine Hartman, EXPLORE
        National Association for          cialty of Madison-based marketing communica-                                                                                                          Camille Galles, ACT             Sturgeon Bay                               Zaynab Hassan, EXPLORE
        Gifted Children                                                                                                                                McFarland                                Ashley Huckstep, EXPLORE              Sylvia Hauser, EXPLORE
                                          tions firm, Stephan & Brady, Inc. And, that’s just                                                                Erin Bergen, EXPLORE                                                                                           Molly Nellen, EXPLORE
        Minneapolis Convention Center                                                                                                                                                           Julia Phillips, ACT                                                        Sarah Organ, EXPLORE
                                          what they helped us do—find the AHA!                                                                              Alanna Pahnke, EXPLORE              Kadina Johnston, EXPLORE        Sun Prairie                                Samuel Schulz, EXPLORE
                                                                                               recognized organizations such as Church Mutual          Menomonee Falls                          Nicholas Merritt, SAT                 Laura Kaiser, EXPLORE                Rosie Young, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ellen Keal, ACT
        January 26                        Stephan & Brady recently completed the pro-          Insurance Company, Miller, the Wisconsin Milk               Jawad Arshad, SAT, ACT          Onalaska                                   Valentina Parks-Murray, EX-      West Allis
                                                                                                                                                           Aron Liu, SAT
        MATS - EXPLORE & SAT testing      bono design and printing of a versatile brochure     Marketing Board, and Virchow Krause; Stephan &                                                   Dane Diermeier, ACT             PLORE                                        John Brick, ACT
                                                                                                                                                                                                Katherine Fries, ACT
        Various locations                 for WCATY. Not only does the brochure appeal         Brady still finds time to work with nonprofit or-       Mequon
                                                                                                                                                                                                Sarah Strack, ACT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Elizabeth Whalen, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                           Rochelle Allaud, SAT                                                                                        Whitefish Bay
        Registration through CTD          to all of WCATY’s constituents, it also strength-    ganizations.                                                Ethan Ardern, ACT                    Grace Zeng, EXPLORE             Superior                                     Samuel Baureis, EXPLORE
                                          ens WCATY’s message and branding.                                                                                John Casey, SAT                 Oregon                                     Grace Elonen, EXPLORE                  James Broomfield, EXPLORE
        February 9                                                                             “We are asked very frequently to do pro-bono                Mary Gabe, ACT                                                                                                    Tenley Brown, SAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                Avery Carpenter, EXPLORE
        MATS - ACT testing                                                                                                                                 Stella Guo, SAT                                                      Sussex                                       Catriona Cochran, SAT
                                          “When we approached Stephan & Brady Presi-           work. Obviously we can’t accept every request. So                                                Emma Kiffel, EXPLORE
        Various locations                                                                                                                                  Eric Hanson, SAT                     Matthew Witte, ACT                    Thomas Diehl, EXPLORE                  Melinda Davies, EXPLORE
        Registration through CTD
                                          dent George Whitely about the possibility of         we usually end up getting involved … with organi-           Rebecca Jorgensen, SAT                                                     Mackenzie Latt, EXPLORE                Kyra Fox, EXPLORE
                                          creating a pro bono piece for WCATY, we had          zations where our employees have a personal con-            Aaron Mays, EXPLORE             Oshkosh                                    Paula Myatt, ACT                       Benjamin Ihde, ACT
                                                                                                                                                           Elizabeth Shereff, ACT               Anthony Holland, ACT
        February 23                       no idea how much time and attention they would       nection, causes that we feel strongly about as an or-                                                                                                                         Maya Jonas, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                           Ishan Sinha, SAT                     Alex Lichtenberg, ACT           Three Lakes                                  Elizabeth Karron, EXPLORE
        MATS- EXPLORE testing             devote to this product. A creative team at Stephan   ganization, or to support our clients’ involvement          Rahul Subramanian, SAT, ACT          Justin Xie, EXPLORE                   Zachery Strauss, ACT                   Monica Kramer, EXPLORE
        Various locations                 & Brady worked with us over several months to        with their charities of choice,” says Whitely.              Alexander Tanner, SAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Abby McGovern, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                           Rachel Thimke, ACT              Pewaukee                             Tomah
        Registration through CTD          understand our organization and our communi-                                                                                                          Justin Schneider, EXPLORE                                                    William Meier III, SAT, ACT
                                                                                                                                                           Nicholas Van Handel, SAT                                                  Saad Sheikh, ACT
                                          cation challenges,” says Carole Trone, WCATY         Since 1990 Stephan & Brady has been involved                Franklin Zhu, SAT                    Nathan Schneider, ACT                                                        Laura Mesrobian, EXPLORE
                                          president.                                           with Special Olympics Wisconsin, which ultimate-                                                                                 Union Grove                                  Madeline Saviano, EXPLORE
        Information is available online                                                                                                                Middleton                           Port Washington                                                                   Nicholas Schally, EXPLORE
                                                                                               ly led to Whitely joining the Board and serving as                                                Joseph Goyette, EXPLORE             Aaron Ryan, EXPLORE
        at This website                                                                                                                      Eva Fourakis, ACT                                                                                                Andrew Thompson, SAT
                                          “They produced a thoughtful and evocative            both Chairman and Vice Chairman (Whitely is                  Adam Jordahl, EXPLORE                Matthew Salm, EXPLORE
        will be updated regularly so                                                                                                                                                                                            Verona                                       Eric Thompson, EXPLORE
                                          brochure that is also designed to be versatile       again slated to be Chairman in 2009.) Other in-              Storm Klyve-Underkofler,       Racine                                     Katie Goetz, EXPLORE                   Hannah Williams, ACT
        the most current information is
                                                                                                                                                                  EXPLORE                        Laura Barron, EXPLORE
        always available.                 for many uses over time. WCATY has received          volvement includes the American Red Cross Bad-               Cailin Oakes, ACT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gregory Plumb, ACT
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Andrew Plebanek, SAT                 Jackson Pundt, EXPLORE
                                          many compliments on the piece and rightly so.        ger Chapter and Madison Ballet.                              Christopher Teng, SAT, ACT           Benjamin Scharding, SAT                                                    Abigail Coleman, EXPLORE
                                          The brochure really captures the sense that Wis-                                                                  Mikayla Thompson, SAT                Shankaraprya Sivanushanthan,   Wales                                       Wentao Guo, EXPLORE
                                          consin’s brightest students need more nurturing      Stephan & Brady take their passion and unleash                                                        SAT                                Jillian Drewes, ACT
                                                                                                                                                       Milton                                                                                                          Winchester
                                                                                                                                                                                                 John Stropes, SAT                      Steele Kowalczyk, EXPLORE
                                          and support to reach their potential—the kind of     their creativity to come up with unique marketing             Allison Bender, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lindsay Wakefield, EXPLORE             Andrew McGrath, ACT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Alex Watras, ACT
                                                                                                                                                             Hailey Keeser, ACT
                                          work to which WCATY is dedicated,” she adds.         pieces for these organizations. They really get in-           Benjamin Robinson, EXPLORE                                                                                Wisconsin Dells
                                                                                                                                                                                           Rhinelander                          Walworth
                                                                                               volved in all aspects of these projects—including                                                 Amber Sheth, EXPLORE                Daniel Freitag, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jessica Craddock, ACT
  2                                       With a portfolio so varied it includes widely        acting in commercials for Madison Ballet!                                                                                                                                                                          7

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               2007 Midwest Academic Talent Search Wisconsin Award Winners                                                                                    Partnership with ETC Offers Unique Opportunity for Students
                Winners represent top 10% of all test takers through Midwest Academic Talkent Search (MATS). Names appear as received from the                WCATY student interns who worked at Electronic Theatre Con-
              Center for Talent Development (CTD), the administrator of the MATS, and has received permission from guardian to have name published.           trols (ETC) this summer were not above the occasional ridiculous
                                         ** - Top scorer. Receives scholarship to WCATY Summer Residential Program.                                           conversation. Over lunch one Wednesday in August they debated,
                                                                                                                                                              among other things, the finer points of mini golf, fruit salad and
       Amery                                Cedarburg                                  Claire Parker, EXPLORE                   Elizabeth Collins, ACT        whether or not sheep shrink in the rain (of course they don’t). In
              Bethany Dado, ACT                  Toby Austin, ACT                      Meghan Sharkus, EXPLORE                  Garrett Kim, ACT              between the silly dialogue, however, the five talked about the nature
                                                 Edward Molter, SAT                    Michael Stoneman, EXPLORE                Claire McKinnon, ACT          of their work and the unique opportunity afforded them by ETC
       Appleton                                                                                                                 James Tjarksen, ACT
             Christian Bakken, ACT          Chenequa                             Fort Atkinson                                                                and WCATY through WCATY Internships for Students in Talent
             Alexander Bicigo, ACT               Hannah Matt, ACT                      Arjun Dhillon, SAT, ACT           Hubertus                             Exploration, or InSite.
             Sarah Dremel, ACT                                                                                                Willis Perley III, SAT
             Nicholas Hahlbeck, ACT         Cottage Grove                        Fox Point
             William Jordan, EXPLORE              Claire Hacker, EXPLORE               James Bowen, SAT                  Janesville                           “I realize what I’m doing is different” said one intern about InSite,
             Austin Livingston, ACT               Mitchell Paull, EXPLORE              Margaret Merline, EXPLORE               Elizabeth Cooper, EXPLORE      an eight-week internship program which is the result of a brand
             Kelsey Oler, EXPLORE                                                      Kira Patterson, ACT                     Anthony Cudzinovic, EXPLORE
             Abhishek Parekh, SAT
                                            De Pere                                                                            Kimberly Henrickson, EXPLORE   new partnership between WCATY and Middleton-based theatrical
             Leah Povolny, ACT
                                                  Virginia Haupt, EXPLORE        Franklin                                      Joanna Loomis, SAT             lighting company ETC. InSite is a highly selective program for a                    InSite students worked at ETC headquarters in Middleton, Wis. ETC’s Town
                                                  Brett Marshall, EXPLORE              Jaron Bullock, EXPLORE                                                                                                                                     Square will play host to a reception on Sept. 29 where students will pres-
             Naomi Roselaar, SAT
                                                  Gwyer Sinclair, EXPLORE              Marisa Lucht, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                               Sarah Loomis, SAT              small cohort of academically talented, socially mature high school                  ent the results of their work.
             Rebecca Sartori, EXPLORE                                                                                          Ryan Prestil, ACT
                                                  Lake White, EXPLORE                  Moses Misplon, SAT, ACT                 Danica Reinicke, ACT
                                                                                                                                                              students age 16-18. From June 18 to Aug. 10, interns were paired
             Carissa Schreiber, ACT
             Tyler Triezenberg, ACT         Delafield                            Germantown                                    Thomas Stith, ACT              with an ETC mentor at ETC headquarters in conjunction with a                       analyzed data and came to conclusions. They are now completing
                                                  Jacob Angst, ACT                    Angela Yang, ACT                         William Tracy, ACT             customized online curriculum that focused on career exploration,                   their project reports and will present findings and recommenda-
             Nash Rochman, SAT
                                                  Zoe Boundy-Singer, ACT
                                                                                 Glendale                                Kenosha                              research skills and industry-specific knowledge. In addition to career             tions to ETC executive staff on Sept. 29.
                                                  John Collins, EXPLORE
                                                  James Dallman, EXPLORE              Madeleine Haworth, EXPLORE              Lauren Borchardt, ACT           exposure the interns earned University of Wisconsin credit for their
       Baileys Harbor                                                                                                         Melissa Csikortas, ACT
             Alicia Mickelson, EXPLORE            Maxwell Leonhardt, ACT              Annie Jen, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                              Hannah Hartmann, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                              efforts.                                                                           ETC hopes their research will bring about real changes the compa-
                                                                                      Andrew Trattner, EXPLORE
                                            Dousman                                   Rachel Wilkinson, SAT                   Victoria Jadczak, EXPLORE                                                                                          ny can implement to increase its efficiency and profitability. “To be
            Hannah Blessinger, EXPLORE           Rachel Buchanan, EXPLORE                                                     Swamy Kanuri, EXPLORE           A unique function of                                                               successful this program has to give us a return on our investment,”
                                                                                 Grafton                                      Matthew Mulroy, EXPLORE
                                                 Gregory Duma, ACT                                                                                            InSite is the level of ac-                                                         said ETC CEO Fred Foster. “The difference here is that this is real
       Bayside                                   Sean Murray, ACT                      Joshua Eggold, ACT                     Michael Piasecki, ACT
             Hope Merens, EXPLORE                                                      Alison Glomski, SAT                                                    countability to which                                                              work. One of the unique things here is the expectation of some-
                                                                                                                         Kiel                                 the interns were held for
                                            Eagle River                                Michaela Liesenberg, ACT                                                                                                                                  thing valuable to the company. I hope their ideas are good enough
       Belleville                                 Alex Kornely, EXPLORE                                                         Joshua Schmitt, EXPLORE
              Lachlann Swanson, SAT                                              Grand Chute                                                                  their work. Interns were                                                           that we have to use them.”
                                                  Cody Mc Neil, ACT                                                      Lake Mills
                                                                                      Stephanie Lietzke, ACT                                                  expected to produce tan-
       Black Earth                          East Troy                                                                         Kimberly Wendt, ACT
             Samuel Evans, EXPLORE                                               Grantsburg                                                                   gible results for the com-                                                         “I like that you’re actually being productive, that you’re not just
                                                  Kaitlyn Jaeck, ACT                                                     Lake Tomahawk
                                                                                       Jacob Radtke, EXPLORE                                                  pany and not just com-                                                             stocking stuff,” said one intern, comparing the program to other
       Blue Mounds                          Eau Claire                                                                         Steven Zhang, EXPLORE
             Sierra Schoonover, ACT                                              Green Bay                                                                    plete make-work. They                                                              more typical summer jobs, such as retail, he and his fellow interns
                                                 Elizabeth Ellingboe, SAT                                                Lannon
                                                 Emily Emerson, EXPLORE                Jennifer Breunig, EXPLORE                                              defined their topic within                                                         have held.
       Boulder Junction                                                                Jenna Harder, ACT                      Nathan Goecks, EXPLORE
            Sophia Africano, EXPLORE             Alexander Fischer, EXPLORE                                                                                   their specific study areas.
                                                 Thomas Kokemoor, ACT                  Benjamin Harpt, EXPLORE           Little Suamico
                                                                                       Erin Huffer, ACT                                                       They conducted research,                                                           “Working with the project managers we don’t want (our research) to
       Brookfield                                Alexander Kolb, EXPLORE                                                        Ryan Spaude, ACT
             Meredith Dykehouse, SAT             John Nelson III, EXPLORE              Katherine Huffer, ACT                                                  InSite interns at Electronic Theatre Controls took a hands-on approach to evalu-   be bad because we know they will have to work with these things,”
             John Eimerman, SAT                  Chimdi Onuigbo, ACT                   Eric Johnson, ACT                 Lodi                                                                                                                    said another.
                                                                                                                                                              ating ETC’s needs, including the effectiveness of recycling. One intern goes
             Amanda Li, SAT                      Peter Rentzepis, EXPLORE              Madeline Mead, ACT                       Laura Petersen, EXPLORE
                                                                                                                                                              “trash diving” to see what people are throwing away.
             Ali Massoud, SAT                    Meghan Schmitz, SAT                   Joshua Moyer, EXPLORE
                                                                                       Veronica Pisani, EXPLORE          Luxemburg                                                                                                               The problem-solving aspect of InSite is a one-of-a-kind quality,
             Advik Shreekumar, SAT               Adam Stapelmann, EXPLORE                                                     Aaron Etterer, EXPLORE
                                                                                       Augustinexa Santillan, SAT, ACT                                                                                                                           Foster said. “If an intern test-drives something he doesn’t like it’s
             Elizabeth Stoeckl, EXPLORE
             Aditya Trivedi, SAT
             Sai Vangala, SAT
                                                 Casey Grittner, SAT             Greendale                               Madison
                                                                                                                              Samantha Biatch, SAT
                                                                                                                                                                WCATY to Launch                                                                  as big a victory as finding something they love.” He commended
                                                                                      Kelly Korek, ACT                                                                                                                                           them for their creativity, confidence and self-possession toward the
             Chih Wei Wu, SAT
                                                 Teagan Grittner, SAT
                                                 Halsey Hazzard, EXPLORE         Greenfield
                                                                                                                              Willa Cai, ACT
                                                                                                                              Rebecca Cray, ACT                 Saturday Programs!                                                               task at hand, and going beyond normal hours to do extra work on
             Michelle Chalupnik, SAT        Elkhorn                                    Stephanie Breunig, ACT                 Joel Cryer, EXPLORE                                                                                                their own.
                                                 Justin Hanke, SAT                     Gregory Stribling, ACT                 Christian Cuevas, EXPLORE         WCATY will be running Saturday programs this October and
       Brown Deer                                                                                                             Nicholas Cupery, SAT
                                            Ellison Bay                          Greenville                                   Robin Delaquess, EXPLORE          November in the greater Madison area, with hopes of expand-                      “They would look like just other employees if not identified as
            Firdaus Gupte, EXPLORE                                                    Ryan Harrington, ACT
            John Kegel, SAT                        Makenna Ash, EXPLORE                                                       Isaac Dennis, EXPLORE             ing courses next spring to other locations in Wisconsin. The                     WCATY,” he says. “They immediately shot into this and started
                                                   Jeffrey Schneider, ACT                                                     Jordan Dubeau, ACT                first two courses, which will take place in the Greater Madison
                                                   Shelby Kahr, EXPLORE
                                                                                 Hales Corners
                                                                                                                              Greer Dubois, SAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 asking tough questions.”
       Burlington                                                                      Joseph Borkenhagen, ACT
             Kevin Fallon, SAT                                                                                                Jacob Ediger, ACT                 area, will focus on science and will be designed to challenge and
                                            Evansville                                 Danika Johnson, ACT
             Andrew Rohn, ACT                                                          Melanie Kohls, ACT                     Rachel Feldman, EXPLORE           motivate academically talented children in grades 2-3 and 4-5 by                 ETC IT Operations Supervisor Kobi Danke, serving as mentor,
                                                 Erin Cargill, EXPLORE                                                        Luke Geistlinger, EXPLORE
             Daniel Schmidt, ACT
                                                 Maggie Jensen, EXPLORE                                                                                         providing hands-on activities that build skills in critical thinking,            says the intern he is working with has “hooked into a few things that
             Ivy St John, EXPLORE                                                Hartford                                     Benjamin Gellman, EXPLORE
                                                                                       Anna Henckel, ACT                      Sophia Gerdes, EXPLORE            inquiry, and communication. These enrichment-based courses                       will help ETC into the future.”
                                            Fish Creek
                                                  Mikayla Kifer, EXPLORE               Abigail Nieskes, EXPLORE               Connor Gregorich-Trevor,          will inspire children to explore an interesting subject more deep-
            Alexander Shilakis, ACT
                                                                                 Hartland                                        EXPLORE                        ly through independent research or future advanced courses.
                                            Fitchburg                                                                         Kaitlyn Hamers, EXPLORE
                                                                                       Evan Bennett, EXPLORE                                                    Stay tuned for more information and check out our programs
                                                  Amy Hua, EXPLORE                     Bethany Brinton, ACT                   Patrick Haynes, EXPLORE
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                                                    Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth                                                                                                                                        WCATY

        WCATY Alumnus Staying Busy                                                                                                                                      WCATY Expands Co-ops in 07-08                                               Did your child love being a “WCATY Kid”?
                                                                                                                                                                        With the 2007-08 school year underway, participation in WCATY               Then why not ensure the same experience for other bright
       We all know WCATY students are bright and that when they leave WCATY              tent. “I wasn’t really comfortable being away from home before WCATY,
                                                                                         so it made the transition to college a lot easier. It made me a lot more       District Cooperative Online courses is expected to be even larg-            students down the road …
       programs they carry their brightness along to make the world a better place. We
       recently caught up with Skylar Thompson to see what he’s been up to since last    comfortable dealing with people, especially my peers,” he says.                er than 2006-07 when more than 1,300 students statewide took                Here’s How:
       lighting the WCATY lamp:                                                                                                                                         part. From Milwaukee to Medford, from Oshkosh and Plymouth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1.) Put WCATY in your will and estate plan today.
                                                                                                                      And what is his favorite memory of                to Whitewater and Black River Falls, WCATY tentatively plans 39
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Leaving a bequest ensures that your support of academic excel-
       Visitors to Skylar Thompson’s website (                                                     WCATY? “Definitely the squirrel song,” he         courses alone for the fall quarter. Intriguing course titles include
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lence at WCATY will continue. Charitable Bequests can be made
       ~skylar/) will find a link to a sampling of humor including several                                            says. “It was a song that was performed at        Thieving Protagonists and Twisted Plots; Clones, Cats and Chemi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    as easily as inserting a few sentences into your will such as “I give
       parodies, set to the tune of well-known songs and featuring char-                                              the all-student meetings and the final talent     cals; and 4th Dimension. Other courses will cover agriculture, social
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $10,000 to WCATY.” They are revocable and can be revised or
       acters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga. “It’s mostly stuff                                        show. I think one of the RAs introduced           justice, and business. The winter quarter is slated for an additional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    edited at any time. Bequests are tax-smart—they can qualify for
       that I’ve found and has made me laugh. A lot of the computer stuff                                             it. I can’t remember the lyrics at all. There’s   36 classes and WCATY tentatively plans another 27 for the spring.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    an estate tax deduction.
       is from websites that are long since defunct, but the jokes are clever                                         also dance moves associated with it.”
       enough that I wouldn’t want them to disappear,” says Skylar, who                                                                                                 The fall quarter begins in late October and ends in early January,          2.) Build WCATY’s endowment fund, held at the Madison Com-
       took Ethics at ALP in 1999 and Biology at ALP in 2000.                                                                                                           providing nine weeks of online learning and three face-to-face              munity Foundation (
                                                                                                                             Want to catch up                           workshops to students. School interested in participating with their        Foundation staff will guide you through the process:
       Since last participating in WCATY, Skylar has gone straight across                                                                                               neighboring districts are encouraged to contact Rebecca Vonesh at                          Madison Community Foundation
                                                                                                                             with other alumni?                         WCATY to discuss the possibilities.                                                       2 Science Court • P.O. Box 5010
       the country to pursue his career. After graduating from Apple-                                                       Check out more profiles on the web
       ton North High School, he matriculated at Earlham College in                                                                 at                                                                                                                 Madison, Wisconsin 53705
       Richmond, Ind., earning a computer science degree. Today he’s                          Skylar Thompson                                                           MATS Testing Update                                                              Telephone: (608) 232-1763 • Toll-free: (888) 400-7643
       a long plane ride away in Seattle where he is a systems administrator                                                                                                                                                                        3.) Give to WCATY by taking advantage of the Pension Protec-
                                                                                                                                                                        It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for testing! Midwest Aca-
       for the University of Washington                                                                                                                                 demic Talent Search (MATS) provides out-of-level testing for stu-           tion Act, a limited-time tax legislation allowing those aged 70 ½
       Genome Sciences Department.                                                                                                                                      dents hitting the ceiling on tests given in their grade level.              and older to donate IRA distributions to charity.
       His job there is strictly internet
       technology and support, but
                                                     2007 Summer Program Wrap-Up                                                                                        Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD)               4.) Make an a tax-deductible donation. These help keep costs
       the science side does hold some                                                                                                                                  administers MATS tests, including the EXPLORE, SAT and ACT.                 low for all of our students.
       interest.                                                                          “Focused on learning, focused on having a good time” is how                   MATS testing provides measurable scores in math, science and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can also support WCATY while shopping! Visit www.
                                                                                          WCATY staff characterized students at WCATY’s three sum-                      reading and gives a strong indicator of where a student’s strengths
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           when making purchases at your favorite online stores
       “The group I work with does IT                                                     mer residential programs in 2007. Nearly 300 students, choos-                 and weaknesses lie. Students who test through MATS receive our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    from Gap to Office Depot. A donation will be made to your
       for the rest of the department,                                                    ing to spend part of their summer on a college campus, met                    mailings and are eligible to apply for WCATY programs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    favorite charity!
       so we don’t do any research. I                                                     with success in the classroom and plenty to keep them enter-
                                                                                                                                                                        Please see page 2 for MATS test dates, deadlines and fees.                  Your financial support creates a powerful legacy for
       haven’t really thought about do-                                                   tained, occupied and happy outside during their stay.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wisconsin and all of our talented youth!
       ing anything in genomics or ge-
       netics, but I’ve been sitting in on
                                                                                                                                                                        BOARD                                                                     site-based management teams in my school district, I had first-hand
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       some of the presentations of our                                                                                                                                                                                                           knowledge of the difficult funding choices being made every year.
                                                                                                                                                                        Were you pegged as a “gifted” child?
       professors and their work is very                                                                                                                                                                                                          Public schools, feeling the revenue cap pinch, have had no choice
       interesting,” he says. As for future                                                                                                                             TS: There was no clear identification program for gifted students         but to reduce or eliminate gifted programming. The NCLB legisla-
       aspirations, “I’d like to go to grad                                                                                                                             when I went to high school. There was a special math program,             tion virtually requires that funds be directed to the aid of the lowest
       school at some point, but I don’t                                                                                                                                however, for students who had scored well on standardized tests.          achievers in any school. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to argue
       know what I would be studying,”                                                                                                                                  I was put in that program and spent four years in it. The rest of         that monies should be reserved for programming for the “extremely
       he says.                                                                                                                                                         the class was very talented and I was challenged for the entire four      abled” when so many low achieving children need so much.
                                                                                                                                                                        years. The rest of my high school classes were not differentiated. So,
       Like many WCATY students,                                                                                                                                        English, history and the like could be boring and I did little in them.   GW: While Wisconsin in a general way has outstanding educational
       Skylar first heard of WCATY                                                                                                                                      I was lucky, though, in that I went to one of the best high schools       systems, I sense a lack of adequate programming and support to
       through his school (His sister                                                                                                                                   in Minnesota and I went during a time when the entire country was         permit our brightest kids to become all that they can become. When
       Lauren is also a WCATY veteran).                                                                                                                                 dedicated to educating the brightest and best.                            you take the SAT test and get one wrong, that’s a special talent. We’d
       “I think it was a teacher in middle                                                                                                                                                                                                        better have programming and plans in place to address both these
       school who mentioned it to me,”                                                                                                                                  RW: Yes. I attended a two room, K-8 school which, in the jargon,          challenges and opportunities.
       he says. “The class sounded inter-                                                                                                                               was “under resourced.” Their solution was to send me to the library
       esting, and I had enough fun that                                                                                                                                while they taught the rest of the school. In high school a teacher        TS: The state laws which mandate gifted students get a suitable edu-
                                                     Across the board the verdict was near unani-
       I ended up doing it again the next                                                                                                                               kept me after class and gave me extra work. I was happy, largely          cation and opportunities are being ignored by most school districts.
                                                     mous – summer programs are a lot more fun
       year.”                                                                                                                                                           because I could not imagine there was any alternative.                    The budget pressure on schools has provided an excuse for these
                                                     and challenging than school. “It is such a blast
                                                     that anyone not doing it is missing out on so                                                                      What is the state of gifted education today?                              omissions. Schools, however, do continue to provide funding for ed-
       Skylar says his summer program                much,” said YSSP student Ben Gellman. “It is                                                                                                                                                 ucation for every other segment of the school population. Athletical-
       experience was as valuable or                 so much more awesome then anything else I                                                                          SF: I would say there were fewer opportunities for my son in middle       ly gifted students get extraordinary support from the schools, usually
       more valuable for its social con-             have ever done.”                                                                                                   school than there were for my daughter 5 years earlier. Some of the       while the school ignores the athletic needs of the rest of students.
       text as it was for its course con-                                                                                                                               differences can be attributed to funding choices. As I served on
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