Pre-sale tickets cost $15 each or $20 at the door the night of the event.
Tickets available March 9 for the WIAA Division 2 Sectional Semifinal in the Onalaska High School activity office
Onalaska High School’s National Honor Society will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27.
For an appointment, community members can either call Beth Gamoke at OHS at (608) 783-4571 or use the Red Cross online registration at redcrossblood.org (right side of screen “Find a Blood Drive”).
The American Red Cross is working to recover from shortfalls created by Winter Weather and the flu.
The 28th annual Onalaska Show Choir Classic will be Friday, Jan. 16, and Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Talented high school concert choirs and high school and middle school show choirs from the Midwest will be competing. There will also be exhibition performances by all four Onalaska show choirs and the OHS Concert and Select Women’s Choirs.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Concert Choir Competition at First Lutheran Church, 410 Main St., Onalaska
3:30 p.m.: The Concert Choir competition begins with an exhibition performance by the Onalaska High School Select Women’s Choir, followed by nine Concert Choirs from around the Midwest (including choirs from Logan and Central high schools)
9:30 p.m.: Onalaska High School Concert Choir (Exhibition)
10 p.m.: Awards Presentation
Middle School Show Choir Competition at OHS Field House
5:15 p.m.: The evening begins with an exhibition performance by OHS Hilltopper Show Choir, followed by eight middle school show choirs including Lincoln, Longfellow, Logan, Holmen and Onalaska.
8:20 p.m.: Onalaska High School Express Show Choir
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Show Choir Competition at OHS Field House
8 a.m. : Competition kicks off with Eau Claire Memorial “Eagles”, followed by 19 additional show choirs from three states throughout the day. Included in the competition will be La Crosse Central “Grand Central Station,” Logan “Class Act” and Holmen “Midwest Express.”
5:35 p.m.: OHS Express will perform in exhibition at the conclusion of the afternoon session
7 p.m.: Finals – the top six groups from the preliminaries perform again
9:30 p.m.: Competition concludes with an exhibition performance by OHS Hilltoppers and awards presentation.
A solo and duet competition will be held all day in the OHS Library.
Friday Evening (Concert Choir Competition and Middle School performances)
$8 for Adults
$5 for students
Free, under age 5
Saturday, Show Choir Performances
$15 for BOTH day and evening performances
$10 for day only performances
$10 for evening only “Championship Sing-Off” performances
$10 for BOTH day and evening performances
$5 for day only performances
$5 for evening only “Championship Sing-Off” performances
Free, under age 5
Classic Special: $20 for a 2-day Adult wristband to all performances
Onalaska High School will have its Empty Bowls Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in the OHS Commons.
Community members, parents, students and staff are invited to purchase ceramic bowls made by Onalaska High School art students and enjoy a meal of soup donated by A&W and Outback Steakhouse and bread donated by Texas Roadhouse and a cookie donated by BA Burrito Company. Soups will be served in disposable bowls and the ceramic bowls will remain empty to remind us there are always Empty Bowls in the world.
Empty Bowls is a project that provides support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that help fight hunger. The Empty Bowls project is held throughout the world and millions of dollars have been raised to help fight hunger.
“Thank you so much to all of the students that have donated their time by making the bowls and helping with this worthy cause,” teacher Angie Hendrikson said.
The annual Onalaska Vocal Department Fall Festival will be Nov. 6 and 7 at the Onalaska High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Hilltopper Place. Show times are 7 p.m.
Performing ensembles include:
• OMS 7th and 8th Grade Show Choirs
• OHS Express Show Choir and Show Band
• Men’s Chorus
• Women’s Chorus
• Women’s Select Chorus
• Hilltopper Show Choir and Show Band
• Concert Choir
General Admission tickets cost $8 and Senior and Student (K- 12) cost $7.
Advance ticket sales for reserved seating will be available at the OHS Box Office:
Monday, Oct. 27: 5 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30: 5 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are also available at the door and handicapped seating is available.
The School District of Onalaska will celebrate the future of education in the community when ground is broken to begin construction on Northern Hills Elementary.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 511 Spruce St.
“After a long process of securing permission from the citizens of Onalaska through the referendum vote, making plans for the design, going out for bids, and determining Market and Johnson as our general contractor, we are finally ready to break ground on the Northern Hills project, Superintendent Fran Finco said. “Thank you community members for seeing the need for this project. It will benefit the children for many years into the future.”
An Onalaska High School graduate who with his wife started an endowment to provide non perishable food items to Onalaska’s neediest students and a longtime teacher and former golf coach will be inducted into the Onalaska High School Wall of Excellence.
Tom Kennedy and Linda Mills will be recognized at an assembly Friday, Oct. 3, during school and at the Homecoming football game.
Tom Kennedy has been a resident of Onalaska since 1952 and graduated from Onalaska High School in 1965. He served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Karamursel, Turkey and Clark Air Base in the Philippines.
Following his honorable discharge, Tom attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, earned a degree in Accounting and later passed the CPA exam. He worked for Grant Thornton International CPA Firm and then First Bank before spending more than 30 years working for J.F. Brennan Co., Inc.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Tom served on the School District of Onalaska Board of Education for six years, the Onalaska City Planning Commission and the Police and Fire Commissions. He has also been a member of the Board of Advisors for the UW-La Crosse School of Business, the La Crosse Community Foundation Investment Board, as well as several non-profit boards.
In 2013, Tom and his wife Trudy started Tom’s Grocery Bag as an endowment fund of the La Crosse Community Foundation. Tom’s Grocery Bag provides non-perishable food items at least once a month to the neediest students in the School District of Onalaska. The program is designed specifically to provide food to students on weekends.
Tom and his wife have been married for 43 years, and their three daughters also graduated from Onalaska High School.
Linda Mills graduated from Black River Falls High School in 1959, earned a degree in Mathematics and English from the University-Eau Claire in 1963, taught one year at Madison West High School and two years at Washington Park High School in Racine before spending 30 years teaching and coaching at Onalaska High School.
Linda was the OHS Math Department Chair for 30 years and mentored more than 50 student teachers. In the early 1970s, she developed the first high school computer science program in the Coulee Region and also started the OHS National Honor Society Chapter.
Linda coached the Girls’ Golf Team from its first season in 1974 through 1998 with highlights including a WIAA State Championship in 1989 and WIAA State Runner-Up team titles in 1988 and 1994. She also coached the Boys’ Golf Team from 1993 to 1998 with the team earning WIAA State Runner-Up team titles in 1993 and 1994.
Because of her success in and commitment to high school golf programs, Linda was inducted into the Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association Wall of Fame in 2002.
Outside of her professional achievements, Linda has won many golf tournaments, including four State Mother/Son Golf Championships with her son Brad, has received the Onalaska Jaycettes CAROL Award for Leadership, and was named the Coulee Region YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Year in Sports in 2004.
Onalaska High School will celebrate Homecoming Sept. 29-Oct. 4. The theme is Famous Knockouts. Activities will include:
Monday: Knockout Strength – Superhero
Tuesday: Knock Out the Lights – Neon or Camo
Wednesday: Knockout Superstars – Jersey
Thursday: Knockout Cancer – Pink Out
Friday: Knockout Power – Purple and White
Monday: Girls Football, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Boys Volleyball,7:45 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday: Relay Mania, 3:10 to 4:10 p.m., Gym
Thursday: Tug of War, 3:10 to 4:10 p.m., Gym
Friday: Assembly, 1:25 p.m.; Parade, 2 to 2:45; Tailgate Party, 4 to 6:30 p.m.; Football Game, 7 p.m.
For more information on the Tailgate Party, click here.
An all-age party with food for sale, games, activities and prizes will be held in the OHS parking lot before the Homecoming football game.
The annual Onalaska Homecoming Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. Teachers from District schools will also be in the Dunk Tank.
4:00 Jared Schaffner OHS
4:15 Charlie Ihle OHS
4:30 Jeanne Arenz IP
4:45 Natalie Glass NH
5:00 Cami Pietrek NH
5:15 Mindy Carlisle EB
5:30 Josh Lickty NH
5:45 Todd Antony IP
6:00 Kevin Bonnar EB
6:15 Larry Swiggum NH
Other Activities and Fun include:
— Free kids meals give away from Texas Roadhouse
— Best dressed fan contests with winners getting free admission to game along with a popcorn and drink. Judging will be by applause at 6 p.m. with judging for best dressed Ona fans at the elementary, middle and high school level as well as adults. Best ONA FAN outfit and BEST PINK OUT outfit to be judged.
— Face Painting and Team Onalaska Warrior Painting
— Tailgate Toss Games
— Giant inflatable slide on football field
— Food for sale; brats, hotdogs, chips, cookies, soda and water
— Dunk a teacher from your school