EAGLE RIVER - Students at Northland Pines High School can take more Advanced Placement classes this year.
The high school added two new classes last year and two more this year. Now, more students are taking AP classes and AP exams than ever before.
"We had about 270 student sections, and that means it could be the same student taking multiple sections of Advanced Placement," says Principal Jim Brewer "[In] the 2013-14 school year, we had about 170 [students taking AP classes], so we grew by about 100 student sections in one year. With the addition of Advanced Placement classes came more students taking Advanced Placement, which is what we want. We want students to be taking rigorous and challenging coursework for them."
The high school also created a new program to motivate students to take more challenging classes. The Laude Program gives students the opportunity to graduate with honors.
"They take honors-level classes or Advanced Placement classes or credited classes through Nicolet [College]," Brewer said. "They can get what's known as a laude point. If you accumulate so many laude points, you can graduate summa cum laude."
Many colleges and universities give students credit for college courses if they pass the AP exam, an achievement that can help the student take more advanced courses sooner in college.
"That's not only a benefit to the student but a benefit to the family, if the family is helping to fork out for college," says Brewer. "It truly is a benefit all around."
The school is already considering adding more AP classes in the future.
RHINELANDER - A former contracted janitor accused of sexually assaulting a Rhinelander student appears headed for a trial.
Stavros Iliopoulos appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday afternoon. Attorneys told Judge Michael Bloom they had not reached a plea deal. Bloom decided to schedule one final pre-trial conference for late August before a two-day jury trial was set for Sept. 4 and 5.
In late November, police said Iliopoulos, 65, took a girl into a dark closet and hugged, kissed, and touched her inappropriately at Northwoods Community Elementary School, a public charter school in Harshaw.
Iliopoulos worked for a contracted company, Victory Janitorial, at the time.
WOODRUFF - Shoveling snow can hurt your back. But some may not know that staring at all that snow can hurt your eyes.
The term albedo tells us the amount of light that's either absorbed into the ground or reflected back up. On days like Friday, the snow pack will really make it look brighter out and boost the albedo amount. That's hard on the eyes.
Dr. Kirby Redman is an Optometrist in Woodruff. He says there are simple ways to protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.
LINCOLN CO. - The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office is calling a death east of Merrill on Thursday a homicide.
In a press release on Friday morning, the sheriff's office said a 77-year-old woman was found shot and killed around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. In the same home, a 78-year-old man was found critically injured from a gunshot wound.
It happened at a home on Range Line Road in the Town of Pine River.
The sheriff's office said it believes the shooting is isolated and the public is not in danger.
The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Lab worked to process the scene.
THREE LAKES - Plenty of Three Lakes High School students didn't know what they want to do for a career as of Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, many still weren't sure, but dozens got an inside look at possible careers.
The school held its annual Career Day on Friday morning. About 25 presenters included police, an FBI agent, college teachers, and graphic designers.
The school first held Career Day in 2009. Organizers hope students realize they have plenty of opportunities close to home.
SEYMOUR, IND. - A chain-reaction crash in southern Indiana killed a Minocqua couple on Wednesday morning.
Glenn Cardelli and his wife, Kathryn, both 57 years old, were traveling in south an RV near Seymour, Ind., on Interstate 65. The RV was behind a semi and an SUV, both of which slowed due to highway maintenance.
Another semi failed to slow down behind the stalled traffic and crashed into the Cardellis' RV. The crash killed the couple and John Mumma, 67, an Illinois man driving the SUV.
The vehicles caught fire. Interstate 65 was closed for about eleven hours for cleanup and crash investigation.
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