THE NORTHWOODS - They work all year for one common goal, a trip to state. And several Northwoods athletes have been performing at a high level to get there. Here's a look at this week's nominees for Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
Our first nominee is Hatchets volleyball star Anna Nyberg. Anna had 15 kills, 1 ace and 10 digs in Tomahawks sweep over Wittenberg-Birnamwood on Saturday. She helped lead the team to win their regional championship. Tomahawk moves on to sectionals on Thursday.
Nominee #2 is Antigo cross country runner Cortland Tatro. At the D1 Sectional in Stevens Point, Cortland sprinted to finish in 11th overall with a time of 17 minutes and 3 seconds and that was good enough to punch a ticket to state this Saturday.
Our third nominee is Renee Sladek of Merrill volleyball. Renee had 3 aces, 20 kills and 8 digs in the Blue Jays regional victory over Menominee. They also beat Marshfield over the weekend and begin sectionals Thursday.
And finally, nominee #4 is Andrew Schilling of Lakeland cross country. At the D2 Sectional in Waupaca, Andrew finished in 8th place with a time of 17 minutes 25 seconds to secure his first trip to state.
To vote on any of the nominees, go to the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday. The winner will recieve a plaque from R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.
WISCONSIN - Mud, debris, and damaged property still cover parts of Northern Iron County after a storm ripped through there more than two weeks ago.
The lack of money to repair certain areas is largely keeping the rebuilding process from getting started.
That's why the Federal Emergency Management Agency came to Iron County Tuesday.
It surveyed the damage because of its severity and the extreme costs to fix.
"Really if it's beyond the scope of local jurisdiction, and even the states that respond," said FEMA External Affairs Officer Troy Christensen.
Wisconsin Emergency Management currently believes the damage caused by the mid-July storm is around $38 million across 10 counties and Bad River Reservation. Around $15 million of that happened in Iron County.
FEMA relies on local government like the ones in Iron County to help it assess damage.
"They have sights selected so they will be showing us a lot of these sights." Said Christensen.
Those sights included multiple towns, Saxon Harbor, and crumbled highways.
This week Iron County gave its damage estimates to FEMA.
RHINELANDER - Building a robot may seem like a pretty lofty summer camp goal, but teens in the Northwoods love the technological challenge.
It's all part of a summer camp that's heavy on science and social interaction.
13-year-old Sean Timm says the eight day robotics camp at Nicolet College mixed the best of both worlds.
"I like technology a lot more than I do outside stuff," Timm said. "It's kind of nice to have technology like drones to bring me outside. It's really fun."
Camp Instructor, Mike Wojtusik has many years of experience as a technology education teacher and robotics advisor. He wants kids to see the importance in learning these skills.
"The kids are getting experience from a mechanical engineering side, electrical engineering side, design, prototyping," said Wojtusik. "We try and cover as much as we can about the whole entire system."
Learning about robotics isn't the only thing these students do. Some of them are also exercising skills they'll need in the future.
"I think it's a great experience for them to understand what really goes on in the real world as far as a career," Wojtusik said.
Certain careers that often require teamwork.
"Challenging part is working with a team because you don't always agree on the same thing," said 12-year-old Louis Malais. "When you build a robot you do the most teamwork than I think in any other job."
As their final project, students design and build their own version of a remote control robot.
They are required to work in teams to sketch a vision, make prototypes and design a working model with aluminum.
"It's not just you know operating a piece of machinery, it's learning how that machinery is put together," Wojtusik said.
Students are piecing together machines and building future careers at the same time.
"If I were to get an opportunity to do something like this in the future, I would definitely take it," Timm said.
Throughout the course of the camp, students were exposed to prototyping, brainstorming, modeling, safety and sketching.
The last day of the robotics camp is scheduled to be Thursday, July 28.
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