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John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.

A Special Day at Bay View High School

   On Thursday, June 4, 2009, Bay View High School had its Honors Program.  The Class of 2009, had its members receive their honors for their hard work at the school over 4 years.  The day began with a breakfast for the graduates, teachers parents and award  presenters.

   The award presenters, parents and special guests were seated in the audience.  The Class of 2009 entered the school auditorium in a processional by class.  The audience stood while the students marched in.  Then the Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Jeffrey Geil, a math teacher, announced what what was going to happen that day.  The entire audience then stood for the National  Anthem.

  Ms. Robin Kitzrow, the school principal, made the opening remarks.  She also announced that some very special guests would be arriving at the school soon. She stated that the U.S. Secretary of Education,  Arne  Duncan,  was coming to Bay View High School that day.  Also, Governor Jim Doyle and Mayor Tom Barrett would be coming too.  Terry Falk and several officials from Milwaukee Public Schools also came.  The State Superintendant of Schools was also there.  Governor Doyle's wife was seated in the audience.

  Thus began the Outside Honors part of the program.  Twenty one students received scholarships on stage.  Twenty four students received state music, athletic, national scholar, distinquished academic and athletic scholar awards.  Students then received "Three Sports Awards".  Six seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen got these awards. Two female students received  "Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Merit.

   At this time the  curtain came down, and our three honored guests arrived at the stage.  Each one of them was introduced and gave a brief speech.   After this, several students from the audience were asked to tell their life stories to our guests.  Then  students were allowed to ask questions of these guests. After this part of the program was complete, the guests, MPS officials and other dignitaries went to room 230 ( the Mary Morris Community  Room--named after a great volunteer who spent most of her life in service to our children and PTA). 

    The Inside Honors part of the program began.  Ms. Connie Manke presented the Math & Science Specialty Graduates with their awards.  After this the Honor Cords, National Honor Society Cords,and Senior Class Commission Cords were given to  students.  Bay View Medals ( 2 Gold,  5 Silver and  14 Bronze Medals) were given to the students.

   After this, the Class Gift was presented to Ms. Kitzrow.  Valedictorian remarks were next.  There was a special remembrance to the late Iamon Moore by his friends and relatives.  The Senior Remembrance was given by the Senior Class Commission.   The program ended with the Senior Slide Show  of  Student pictures taken during the four years that they were in school.

   A tip of my hat to Ms. Robin Kitzrow and her staff for all of the hard work on this program.


                                                   ALMA  MATER


          "As  we stand here at your portals,

          So wide and so high

          Singing loud your Hymns of praises

           'til they reach the sky,

            Hail, all hail, to Bay View High School,

            Hear the echoes ring;

            Hail, all hail, to Bay View High School,

            Hail to thee we sing!"



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