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17 minutes. That's how long more than 100 Rhinelander high school and 100 more James Williams Middle School students were outside in the cold demanding action to end gun violence in the nation's schools.

The time was peaceful, though local law enforcement kept a distant presence.

It's part of a nationwide protest held Wednesday, 30 days after 17 students were slain by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The walkouts specifically were timed to 17 minutes to honor the slain students.


Rhinelander High School was the site last week of an awareness raising event called "Spread The Word To End The Word".

Shelley Lehman is a Special Education teacher. She says the effort is designed to eliminate what is referred to as the "R-Word"...

"....Project Unify is a group of regular students and Special Education Students. The main focus is a more inclusive community within our community and the school district. They do different activities but one of the main events is "Spread The Word To End The Word"....

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The Department of Public Instruction announced Tuesday that a social studies teacher at Rhinelander High School, Linda Goldsworthy of Three Lakes, is the recipient of the second annual Global Educator of the Year Award.

She was nominated for the award for helping her students learn about the interconnectedness of the world through her classroom teaching and travel abroad opportunities.


Wake Up to School Breakfast is the theme of National School Breakfast Week.

At Rhinelander Schools, Food Service Director Pat Karaba says between 500 and 600 students participate in school breakfast each week. The number is higher in the lower grades than at the high school.

The week is designated to see if more students would take breakfast at the schools. She says many times in a hectic morning breakfast can be missed.

Mock Trial Team Heads to Nationals

May 6, 2014
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The Rhinelander Mock Trial team heads to Madison Wednesday to compete with high school teams from around the country.

Faculty coach Kathy Vick Martini says preparing for the national tournament is a grueling process…because the team has only five weeks to prepare its case.   

“The kids basically have to sacrifice everything else that they do for this month and a half to prepare for the national tournament, and to their credit they’ve been working very hard, and they’ve done well.” 

Wearing Purple For Epilepsy Awareness

Mar 26, 2014
Natalie Jablonski

Rhinelander students wore purple on Wednesday to spread awareness about epilepsy. 

Lynne and Bryan Wakely have an 18-year-old son named Eli who has frequent seizures.  In his case, he also needs help with daily routines, and has to be monitored 24 hours a day.  But his mom will be the first to tell you, their son nothing short of awesome. 

“He’s always, no matter how many seizures he has at night, he wakes up with a smile on his face, ready for the next day.” 

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  Not many schools have a Grand Piano, but you have a chance to hear one this Sunday for free and benefit the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry at the same time. Funding for the  newly restored Steinway Model B Grand  was made possible by a grant from the Hodag Schools Foundation and a gift by Dori Brown. Rhinelander students from grades 4 through 12 will perform a variety of selections  including pieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Lorrie Line and George and Ira Gershwin. Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says the event is part of recognizing music in the schools..  

Rhinelander Mock Trial Again Captures State Title

Mar 11, 2014
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Rhinelander High School is once again the state champion in mock trial.  The team competed before the state Supreme Court justices in Madison. 

It’s the 17th time Rhinelander has won the state championship.  But with one loss in the semifinals, Coach Kathy Vick-Martini says the final round against Shorewood High School was tense. 

“So we knew going into the finals that Shorewood had defeated the team that had defeated us.  And we were definitely the underdog.” 

Mock Trial Team Prepares for State Competition

Mar 6, 2014
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Rhinelander High School Mock Trial team is heading to the state competition in Madison this weekend.  The team won has won state 16 times, including last year.  

Team captains Amber Sheth and Lydia O’Brien have been with the team for the past four years.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with them to find out more about why they participate in mock trial, and how it works.     

RHS Mock Trial Team Advances to State

Feb 11, 2014
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Rhinelander High School’s Mock Trial team won the regional championships at Wisconsin Rapids last weekend.  It now heads to the state competition. 

Faculty coach Kathy Vick-Martini says Rhinelander could face stiff competition, with teams from around the state getting better and better every year.

“You never go into the state tournament with high hopes, you can be cautiously optimistic.  With this team, there are so many new people to the team this year – but they surprised me at regionals.”

High School Jobs Program Lands Grant

Nov 11, 2013
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Rhinelander High School is getting a grant to fund a career training program.  

AT&T is donating $30,000 to fund the Jobs for America’s Graduates – or JAG—program. 

Regional JAG coordinator Sandy Sobek Leslie says it’s a national career development program, aimed especially at students who are at risk for not graduating.

“We try to integrate right into the school day, so the kids are in our classrooms as part of their curriculum that they’re already involved in. So we find our way into homerooms, or advisories.”