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PHS alum ('07) Samantha Ahrendt finished a bike across America this summer with Bike N Build. Her group of 32 people raised over $160,000 for home building. Build N Bike has a dual mission to support affordable housing (such as Habitat for Humanity) and to empower young adults.

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  • commented 2015-06-14 21:20:41 -0500
    I am currently going to be a sophomore in college at Carroll University. I was part of the graduating class of ‘14. During my four years at PHS I aspired to become a Physical Therapist because I wanted to help people, but upon attending Carroll, I decided that Occupational Therapy is what I want to strive to become. At this point in my life right now, my major is Exercise Science with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology. My absolute goal is to receive my masters in Occupational Therapy, so that means I have another 5 years of schooling until I finally achieve my goal. But it will most definitely be worth it in the end.
    From being at PHS I have learned from some of the most amazing people I have ever met (staff, coaches, and some peers) that I can’t achieve my goals unless I work hard towards them. Whether that was with sports or academics, It was always important that I tried my hardest. And that is just one of the things that I have taken away from PHS to Carroll University. Back in high school, I sometimes thought that things were too hard and I would never reach my goals, but having such a great support system, really pushed me to do everything I could to get the grades I physically wanted/needed to graduate and the grades that will help set me on a better path for my future.
    College is a big difference than high school. You’ll make new friends, join new clubs, be engulfed in the student life, possibly have second thoughts on your major, and stress about making sure you get enough studying done each night. I learned that it is important to study and get the grades you physically want (grades you are proud of) but to also enjoy your time and get to know the wonderful people that wander the campuses. You will be stressed and scared sometimes and you feel like you just want to go home because you feel like you can’t do this anymore. But the one thing to remember, is that all the hours you spend studying. All the nights that turn into all nighters because you have an exam the next day. And all the times that you can’t find a spot in the library because everyone is cramming for tests at the same time you are….will all be worth it in the end when you finally get your diploma and can finally start your life with your dream career and having a wonderful family.
    So, it is important to be able to go after your goals, whatever they may be and try your hardest in achieving it. But to also never forget that having fun and enjoying your time in college or wherever you adventure off to after PHS. Because these are just some of the amazing memories and friends that you will keep with your forever.
  • commented 2015-05-20 16:25:48 -0500
    Chuck Westrip class of 64..BS degrees in Business and Criminology from Florida State University , MS in Business from Florida Institute of Technology. MA from The Navy War College. Retired Colonel US Army after 30 years of service. Live in Melbourne Florida.
  • commented 2015-05-11 17:03:30 -0500
    I was a member of the class of 65, but I made a successful escape from the BS at Pewaukee High School at the end of my junior year by joining the US Navy. At the suggestion of our principle, Uncle Harry Rolseth, I took USAFI correspondence courses from UW Madison. I accumulated enough credits to receive a PHS diploma. As a disclaimer, I have great respect and fondness for Mr Rolseth. He put up with my antics without choking the life out of me. :)
  • commented 2015-04-10 01:34:34 -0500
    After graduating in 1999, I went on to college to pursue a job in elementary education. After student teaching for a year, I realized that the way that some parents raised their kids and the way education was headed, I really didn’t want to continue. I moved to the Madison area and worked for a health insurance company, got married and had a daughter. Two years later, I returned to Pewaukee to be closer to my family and has my first son. I started driving a school bus for the Pewaukee school district, moved to Sussex and had another baby boy. I have been driving bus for 6 1/2 years, married for 12 years this month, have an 11, 7 & 3 year old and volunteer for Girl Scouts as a troop leader and Day Camp Director. Life is busy!
  • commented 2015-04-09 22:17:59 -0500
    I am currently in my Senior year at Carroll University majoring in Information Technology with a dual emphasis in Web Application Development and Computer Networking with a minor in Business Management. I will be graduating from Carroll in May of 2015 and have already started a full-time job at HGA Architects and Engineers as a IT Specialist focusing directly on Computer & Network Infrastructure as well as VMWare Server and Citrix Desktop Virtualization Deployment. I am happily living in the Village of Pewaukee and in the process of condo searching. Please feel free to connect with me on Facebook or LinkedIn.
  • commented 2015-04-09 13:11:26 -0500
    What is more important than success?

    At 39 years old I was diagnosed with ADHD.
    While attending Pewaukee school system, I was labeled a trouble kid from 1st grade until I dropped out in 10th grade. My trouble was I disrupted everything due to can’t sit still or pay attention. To me I was just being me. I didn’t realize it was different for other people. So when I was punished, I didn’t understand why. Eventually I began to believe I was just a bad person. Several teachers told me I would never amount to anything in life.
    These were the exact words I needed to hear!!!
    At 19 yrs old I started a roofing business. I have expanded into an exterior remodeling contractor.
    I am currently starting a framing business. I teach skydiving.
    I own 3 houses 4 Harleys, 2 snowmobiles, a parachute and enough money to do whatever I want. I climbed a mountain in Africa. I have traveled all over. I skydive.
    So I thank those teachers now. Because of their words, I am more than successful.
    Successful, successful. Hmmm.
    Something is still missing…………
    HAPPINESS…..
    As much as I thank those teachers for saying “you will never be successful”, I curse them for not saying “you’ll never be happy.”
    All these “THINGS” do not make me happy. It turns out I worked really hard to prove to a few teachers they were wrong about me being successful.
    Now, as I learn about life, I realize “THINGS” do not create happiness. “THINGS” actually do the opposite. “THINGS” complicate and distract you from what really matters.
    WHAT REALLY MATTERS???
    What matters? What makes happiness is experience and connection with other people. Friendship and family.
    You can have all the stuff you ever wanted, but if it isn’t bringing you closer to the people you love and positive experience then it’s not real.
    I enjoy my motorcycle not because of it, but because of the experience it gives me. The wind in my face, the freedom, and connection with my friends.
    Funny thing is I have spent my time and efforts trying to make money and collect things just to prove and show I could be successful. All this did is leave me alone with a bunch of stuff and a frustrated mind.
    Now my time is spent rebuilding relationships I didn’t have time for and creating more positive experience. Relaxing. Enjoying each and every minute.
    “Depression is thinking about the past.
    Anxiety is thinking about the future.
    Peace is enjoying the NOW”.
    THE POINT
    The system is designed to tell you if you don’t get an education, be quiet, behave, follow the norms, look like Justin Bieber, have a big house or have “THINGS” then you are not living right.
    WRONG……
    Thats what they teach to control you.
    I say, be weird, do what makes YOUR life awesome. Nobody can tell you what that is except you.
    REMEMBER.
    Balance. Experience. Love. Care.
    BE YOURSELF. ENJOY LIFE.
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  • commented 2015-04-09 08:02:55 -0500
    I am semi retired in New Berlin Wi. I have been driving a school bus with First Student for over 6 years. I drive mostly in the Franklin school district, but also in Whitnall, Greenfield and Greendale. I love the contact I have every day with the school kids. I keep in touch with allot of Pewaukee alumni from the early 60’s. PHS has always had a special closeness to me, and I feel fortunate to have attended the Pewaukee school district in my past years. I will be married to my wife Sheila, for 50 years in August. Life is great. Terry Ambelang
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