Pulaski News PULASKI, WISCONSIN Anderson named All-State Scholar Derek Anderson By Isabel Thyne Derek Anderson, son of Tim and Chris Anderson, was named All-State Scholar this month to recognize his devotion to his academic studies. The All-State Scholars program began in Wisconsin in 1986. The following year, students were eligible for a one-year $1,500 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, provided by the federal government. In 1993, the Byrd Scholarship program began providing four-year scholarships. New scholars will not receive monetary awards this year. Congress, after more than 20 years of recognizing our nation’s scholars, ended funding for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship program in April, due to budget constraints. “Wisconsin’s All-State Scholars are among our highest-achieving students. Their academic accomplishments are truly remarkable and worthy of praise,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “I encourage these students to pursue their dreams of postsecondary education even though they will no longer receive a federal, merit-based scholarship to accompany being named an All-State Scholar.” Public and private high school principals, GED center administrators, and home-school parents nominated 615 graduating seniors to the All-State Scholars program. Nominees have academic records that are superior as determined by grade-point average and college admissions test scores. Each school nominated graduating seniors based on their high school enrollment. Schools with fewer than 400 students could nominate one graduating senior; schools with enrollments between 400 and 999 could nominate two graduating seniors; and schools with 1,000 or more students could nominate three graduating seniors. Students also were asked to submit a brief statement, which the selection panel used as a tiebreaker. Over the years, the All-State Scholars program has been under the sponsorship of the Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin State Journal, the Association for Wisconsin School Administrators, and the Wisconsin Education Associate Council. THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011 VOLUME LXXI, NO. 11 Trees By Cassie Alfheim This is one of the many trees that were planted outside the Pulaski Police station.(inset) The sign outside of the fire department shows where the trees were planted. Brittini Uhlig recovers from cavernous angioma Pulaski News By Rachel Everard Brittini Uhlig, a former 2010 Pulaski High School graduate is slowly recovering from her Cavernous Angioma surgery. She experienced some odd sensations at a high school band concert in December of 2009. The next day, Brittini woke up to a massive headache and some memory loss. Her parents had to rush her to the emergency room in Green Bay. The doctors informed Brittini that she had a Cavernous Angioma (malformed blood vessel) in her brain and that it was seizures that were the cause of her symptoms. She was placed on Epilepsy medication right away and the following year consisted of more seizures and small bleeding. Brittini also attended Edgewood College for a semester this past fall, but had to take the second semester off because of the Angioma complications. During the first semester of college, she had been in an emergency room three times but never missed a day of school. At the start of her second semester in college, Brittini suffered from another bad bleeding and lost another day of memory. Her parents now had to find an alternative way of curing the Angioma so they found a Vascular Malfor- First Down for Uhlig smiles beside Doctor Bajter, a Vascular Malformation Specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. mation Specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Batjer performed extensive testing including a week long EEG and MRI scans. Finally, good news was announced to the family saying the Angioma could be removed. They set up the appointment for the surgery on February 17, 2011. A craniotomy was performed by Dr. Batjer and the surgery lasted for six hours and 44 staples were put into her head. The first couple weeks after the surgery were difficult because of the pain she was experiencing. “Besides the pain, she had some word retrieval problems, balance issues, memory lapses, and headaches.” However, the past three months have improved to where you would never remember what happened. “I am feeling wonderful after the surgery. I spent 72 hours in the EEG in Chicago and everything turned out better than the last time” said Brittini. Her hair has grown over her scar and is now teaching herself to play the guitar. She has not experienced any seizures for three months and is in search for a job now that she got her license back (revoked for seizure activity). Brittini was also accepted into a scholarship program at Edgewood College called “Bonners Leadership Program.” She will receive a $2,000 scholarship in exchange for volunteer work that she will be participating in around the Madison community. Brittini will attend summer classes and then return to Edgewood in Madison The Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and local forestry departments have collaborated to tackle the carbon footprint the Packers leave behind as they travel to away games. Across the country, 462 trees have been planted to compensate the carbon emissions caused by the Packers’ travels. This effort has been given the name “First Down for Trees.” The idea behind “First Down for Trees” is to donate one tree for every first down scored by the Green Bay Packers. Last year, the Packers achieved 312 first downs; 312 trees were donated around the country to benefit the environment. Meacham Nursery donated 150 more trees, totaling up to 462 trees to make up for the Packers’ negative effect on the environment due to their extensive travels. It is estimated that the Green Bay Packers’ travels create approximately 450 tons of carbon dioxide during the season. When Tom Holewinski, the Public Works Director in Pulaski, was asked if Pulaski would like to participate in the “First Down for Trees” program, he was happy to provide the town with some trees. Aaron Popkey, Director of Public Relations/Corporate Communications for the Green Bay Packers, wants to involve Pulaski students in the process of planting the trees in order to get a grasp on community service. The Village of Pulaski and the Tri-County Fire Department received 14 trees to be planted, April 18. The trees replaced older, dying trees around the Village Hall and the Fire Department. These trees will not only serve Pulaski as an earth friendly asset, but also they will soon be transformed into a memorial for fallen fire chief, Frank Wichlacz. Local fire fighters wish to make the trees a tribute to a friend and local hero they miss dearly. Thanks to the Green Bay Packers, Pulaski has become a little greener. in the fall. “For my future plans, I’m going to college to be a nurse and go into neurology because I spent so much time with the neurologist down in Chicago” said Brittini. She has maintained the most amazing positive energy and will never let her diagnosis stop her from working hard and living life as if nothing happened. Brittini ran the 5K marathon for Epilepsy benefits on May 21 in Chicago where the staff and surgeons saved her life.