May 3, 2018
By Ed Byrne The Brillion News
DENMARK – Retired U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, now a multi- \millionaire philanthropist, gave grants of $6,000 each to two area teachers and a $10,000 scholarship to an area high school senior at a banquet hosted by his Herb Kohl Educational Foundation at the Denmark High School dinner theatre on Saturday.
Honored were Stockbridge High School senior Lydia Arnoldussen, Wrightstown St. Clare Catholic School teacher Abby Linwood, and Chilton Middle School teacher Amy Hanson – who made it a special occasion.
Hanson, who lives in Brillion, received a Kohl Scholarship as a senior at Brillion High School in the first year Kohl began his scholarship program.
She is the only Kohl Scholar to later win a Kohl Teacher Fellowship Award.
Lydia Arnoldussen was the only student from Calumet County to receive a Kohl Excellence Scholsrship.
She is headed to UW-Stevens Point next fall to major in history and secondary education – aiming to become a high school history and social studies teacher.
Stockbridge is one of the smallest high schools in the state, and Arnoldussen’s mom said students there receive an education comparable to that offered by elite private schools.
“You get that personal connection with teachers and with other students,” Arnoldussen said.
Another benefit, she said, is getting off school for sturgeon spearing.
Arnoldussen said her teachers have been a strong influence on her career direction.
“I think all of my teachers had an influence on my decision for a major,” she said. “For the longest time, it was ‘something in the medical field,’ but I’ve always had this love for history and teaching … and I always loved working with kids.”
She narrowed her college choices down to St. Norbert College or UW-Stevens Point.
“I loved the area, I loved the school, and they have a great education program,” she said.
Please see the complete story in the May 3, 2018 edition of The Brillion News.