Senior Eric Hess Named Recipient of Brian LaViolette Scholarship

Hess LaViolette 2016

Senior Eric Hess was named the 2016 recipient of the Brian LaViolette Scholarship in a surprise ceremony today at Bay Port High School. The $10,000 award is presented annually to an area student who has shown exemplary achievement throughout his or her high school career.

Hess will attend the University of Minnesota this fall, where he plans to study biomedical engineering. He becomes the second Bay Port graduate to earn the prestigious honor, joining Brittany Van Remortel (Class of 2007).

The LaViolettes (from left, Kim, Renee and Doug) were on hand today to present Eric (far left) with the award. (Photo credit: Greater Green Bay Chamber)

Bay Port SkillsUSA Team Earns Statewide Acclaim

skillsusa2016teamMembers of the Bay Port High School SkillsUSA team were honored at the organization’s 43rd annual state leadership and skills conference April 26-27, 2016. The students and advisors, Mr. Phillips and Mr. Rettler, attended the conference in Madison, culminating in four statewide awards for the Pirates.


Blake McLellan and Becca Westbook earned a Gold Medal in video production.


Sara Baenen earned a Gold Medal in t-shirt design.


Devon Hucek earned a Gold Medal in advertising design.


Savon Hunte earned a Bronze Medal in screen printing.

Congrats to the team and its award winners on an successful year of learning and competing!

Bay Port Students are National Finalists for NHD Competition


Bay Port High School students (left to right) Ben Walters, Ben Hoskyn, and Jonah Lotter are national finalists in the annual National History Day event based on their state level performance last month. Out of over 10,000 students statewide, only 36 were chosen to advance to the national competition June 12-16 at the University of Maryland.

National History Day is a nationally recognized academic enrichment program dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of history in grades 6-12. This yearlong academic program helps students to build critical thinking and research skills as they explore a topic of their own interest connected to an annual theme.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History.” Ben, Ben, and Jonah’s  topic is “Apollo 13: The Successful Failure” and they have chosen to share their research by creating a documentary. You can view their documentary here.

The trio is fundraising for an opportunity to travel to the national competition and present their research for judging and further awards. Visit their website to learn more and contribute.

Other notable performances at the state level came from Bay View Middle School students: two groups earned 3rd place finishes, one spot away from a national finalist designation. Nathan Jonet and Jack Anderson’s project on the creation of kindergarten and Mady Draak, Ava Krohn, and Anna Mittag’s research on the Little Rock 9 were honored. The Little Rock 9 team also earned a $250 cash award for the best civil rights research project at the state competition.