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    Students and Alumni Make News

    Ripon Students and Alumni Continue Making News!   It’s easy to forget about school in these warm summer months, but Ripon Tigers continue to make headlines by excelling at what they do best: making our community proud.    We like to keep you periodically updated on the exciting things happening in our community to build connections and share news with our alumni, supporters and community members. Check out some recent highlights:   Former Ripon standout joins new Wisconsin pro basketball team   Alumnus Taylor Wurtz (‘09) has returned home to Wisconsin to join the new women’s professional basketball team, the Wisconsin Glo. Wurtz set the all-time scoring record at Ripon, then went on to play five years at the University of Wisconsin Madison, redshirting her freshman year. After college, Wurtz went overseas, playing in Sweden and Luxembourg, and is currently playing for a league in France.    The Wisconsin Glo are based in Oshkosh and play in the Global Women’s Basketball Association. This will be the team's inaugural season.   RHS alum receives poetry honor   Recent grad Elizabeth Stanfield (‘19) received the Council for Wisconsin Writers Young Writer Award for her poem “Hand-Me-Downs.” Stanfield has been writing poetry since middle school. She was also a National Honor Society member, trumpet player, soccer goalie and was the lieutenant governor of Badger Girls State, a prestigious youth government and leadership organization.    Tigers reach podium at state track & field   Ripon Tiger boys had a solid showing at the 2019 WIAA State Track & Field Championships in La Crosse. Sophomore Hunter Cook finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the pole vault, clearing a height of 13-6. Cook holds the Ripon record for boys’ pole vault at 13-9.    Junior Carter Hahn also earned a spot on the podium in the 100-meter dash, breaking his personal record with a time of 11.09 seconds and placing fifth. Junior Alex Rodriguez placed 16th in the shot-put. Congrats to these Tiger student-athletes!   National Honor Society students recognized   Ripon High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society finished out the school year by inducting the newest members into the ranks. The ceremony included lighting a candle for NHS’ four areas of excellence—scholarship, service, leadership and character—and presenting current members with gold cords and pins. New members signed into Ripon’s decades-old register of NHS students.    Ripon's Schmidt receives outstanding FBLA adviser honor   Ripon teacher Sheri Schmidt received the honor of being the Wisconsin Outstanding Local Chapter Adviser for Future Business Leaders of America at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio. Schmidt was honored onstage at the conference during the Parade of States.    To stay up to date with the latest news coming out of the Ripon Area School District, be sure to stay tuned to Tiger Nation. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook. Thank you for your ongoing support!  
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    5 Great Benefits of Alumni Mentoring for Ripon Students

    When you serve as a mentor, you can pass on your knowledge, wisdom and advice to students as they learn and grow. More than that, it also allows you to give back to the educational institution that helped you get to where you are today. It speaks volumes about your character and can even help you grow and develop as a leader and professional. Mentorship is something that’s valuable both ways. More than the good feeling you get from teaching and encouraging someone your junior, that individual is gaining access to a wealth of understanding and experience. Mentees often go on to do big things, thanks in part to the person who took time to be their mentor. They may even go on to become a mentor themselves—creating a legacy of giving back. How mentoring benefits students For students, having a mentor brings with it numerous, long-lasting benefits. Let’s take a look at five ways Ripon students benefit from mentorship: Students gain practical, applicable advice that might not be taught in the classroom, which can be applied throughout their personal and future professional lives. They’ll enter college or the job force a leg up on pure classroom learners. Mentorship creates a bond that may benefit everything from professional networking to personal growth—especially at a pivotal time in a high school student’s life. A mentor is a guide for students facing uncertainty in their future and someone on whom they can rely. Mentees get one-on-one attention that helps them to better understand and retain information, while also connecting that knowledge to classroom lessons. They’ll benefit from more focused learning and a stronger grasp on content. Students get a better understanding of real-world expectations and applications, direct from someone who has experienced them firsthand. This necessary dose of reality will shape their understanding of the world outside the classroom. Mentorship is free! It affords students access to a crucial resource for development that’s not hidden behind a financial barrier. For students unable to afford tutoring or those disadvantaged by a lack of available programs, mentoring is an incredibly valuable experience. Serving as a mentor For mentors, being able to pass along wisdom to a younger generation is a truly gratifying experience. We invite you to sign up as a volunteer and see for yourself the profound effect mentorship can have on a student.  
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