FEBRUARY 2021
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Outstanding Young Person Awardees
East High School students were recognized at the Urban League's Stand for Justice event on January 17th with Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Young Person Awards. This year more than 250 area middle and high school students were featured for their incredible contributions in the classroom and in the community.
Congratulations:
Brandon Anderson
Gueda Daff
Rinzin Kunsel
Farren Lockridge
Ameira Matthews
Michael Onabule
Abou Sangaré
Alayna Tucker
Abby Tuinstra
Aliyyah Wiley
Policy Debate State Champions
Madison East Seniors Ellis Kondrashov and Julian Jaimés emerged as state champions in policy debate by winning 8 of 9 rounds at the Wisconsin State Debate Tournament. Ellis and Julian completed their fourth season with the Madison East Debate Team virtually but can be seen here competing together in years prior.
Dane County Youth Of The Year
Congratulations to Vanessa Bahena Hernandez on being named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County's 2021 Youth Of The Year! Vanessa is a Senior at East High School and captain of the Varsity Cheer Team. She considers herself an environmental activist and engages in protests and walkouts around gun control, climate strikes, immigrant rights, women's movements and Black Lives Matter. Vanessa plans to attend UW Madison and major in Psychology. She will move on to compete in the Wisconsin State Youth Of The Year Competition, representing Dane County.
FEATURED PROGRAM
Food For Thought Club
The Food For Thought Club supports East High's free school food pantry and snack program. With the school closed, the club continues to meet at a weekly zoom meeting to find creative ways to continue its mission. Several members are running weekly pop-up pantries in the community, sharing food donated from local pantries. The club designed and used it's money to provide the East High Mobile Food Pantry with signs directing people to the pantry site on Thursday afternoons. The club also used it's money to purchase 8 $50 Woodman's gift cards that were then given to the Social Workers to distribute to families. Finally, the club made a donation of snacks to a local youth group, Life As A Boy, that operates out of the Vera Court Community Center. If you want to join the club, contact Helena White for more information on the Thursday lunchtime club meetings.

Pictured below: (Left) The signs the club provided for the East High Pop-Up Free Food Pantry. (Right) Members of the Vera Court Community Center's youth group 'Life As A Boy' received a donation of snacks from The Food For Thought Club before heading out to donate food to community members for Thanksgiving.
STAFF SHOUT OUTS
Social Studies Teachers
After Capitol insurrection, East High School Social Studies teachers worked to help students process and understand recent National events.
East High School social studies teachers Amanda Pustz (top left), Jeremy Buehl (top right), Brad Vonck (bottom left) and Cesar Martinez (bottom right) discuss how they approached teaching their students after a historic day.