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  • Winners Named in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest

    Posted by Jennifer Thompson on 12/7/2017

    Winners have been selected from more than 100 entries for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay contest in the School District of Beloit.

    The winners are:

    Gaston Elementary: Caitlyn Tracy

    Todd Elementary: Abigail Rohrbeck, Sean Arzie Leavy II

    Aldrich Intermediate: Braelyn Andrea Mayfield, Meadow Mae Lailani Szoke

    Cunningham Intermediate: Ayden Lakai Tyler

    Fruzen Intermediate: Michael Nora, Gavin Sembhi, Zoe Anderson, Kaylee Miranda

    McNeel Intermediate: Jaden Richardson, Madyson Miller, Kindalynn Lindley

    Beloit Memorial High School: Jasmin Montes, Emily Jade Meade, Tatiana Carbajal

    Participants wrote about the debate and conversation of people “taking a knee” during the National Anthem to bring awareness to the unjust treatment of minorities and others across the United States. In the essays, students discussed ways to bring awareness to the mistreatment of minorities and other social injustices. In the spirit of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, students wrote about how to bring unity among all people.

     poster featuring photos of all 16 essay winners

    Winners will be recognized with an engraved plaque during at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 15, at the Eclipse Center. For more information, contact: Tasha Bell, Equity Coordinator at or  (608) 361-4165.

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  • Beloit Memorial Students Have Authentic Experiences in Mock Interviews

    Posted by Jennifer Thompson on 12/1/2017

    Beloit Memorial junior Gloria Heiss (pictured below) sat confidently in the Beloit Memorial library writing a thank you card immediately following her mock interview on Nov. 28. Heiss was one of 182 juniors who participated in mock interviews this week at the high school. The interviews were the culmination of weeks of work where students created a resume, cover letter and job application. The mock interview was the final step in this career readiness project.

    students participating in mock interviews

    The Mock Interview program began over a decade ago as a part of the 11th grade English curriculum. The program is coordinated with the Business Education Partnership, a part of the Greater Beloit Economic Development Corp. Students not only receive grades for learning life skills but also receive valuable feedback from potential employers.

    Heiss, who interviewed for a hotel clerk position, was appreciative of the immediate feedback and was not surprised when advised to be more concise in her replies. She smiled widely and said, “I like to talk and the interview was very laid back, so it was easy to be long-winded.”

    Another student Fernando Badillo (pictured below) was also grateful for the immediate feedback and had great advice for future students. “Don’t pressure yourself to be where other students are; focus on putting your own strengths out there,” advised Badillo confidently.

    student participating in mock interviews

    Resumes and applications are important to prospective employers, but students learned that what makes the difference between the job offer or rejection is often soft skills. Those are skills that students worked to develop during this process – handshakes, eye contact, proper interview apparel, body language, smile, and the ability to clearly and concisely communicate.  

    The program would not have been possible without the support from community and business leaders who donated over 215 hours of service to our students. Students received expert advice from guest facilitators who came alongside the students in this process. Many students positively commented about the impact volunteers had on the students. Teacher, Amanda Sellen said, “Community members and participation are vital to this program. They volunteer their time to mentor our students throughout this process. Their experience and enthusiasm help students be successful not only in the mock interviews but also future interviews.”

    If you are interested in volunteering for future mock interviews, please contact Mitchell Briesemeister, Director of Career and Technical Education, at 608-361-3206

    students in the mock interview

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