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Ferguson was honored for her service as co-chair of the New Lawyer Challenges Committee and Chair of the Greater Wisconsin Initiative Subcommittee.
The New Lawyer Challenges Committee recently launched the Greater Wisconsin Initiative Bus Tour to bring new lawyers and their significant others on a tour to better understand the benefits of living and practicing in rural communities. Ferguson also serves on the Young Lawyers Division board of directors and previously served on the Local Bar Relations Committee.
Also in recognition of her work with the New Lawyer Challenges Committee, Ferguson was honored with the Gordon Sinykin Award of Excellence,
According to a press release from the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Gordon Sinykin Award is presented by the Wisconsin Law Foundation and recognizes a lawyer, law firm, or group of lawyers for their work on an individual law-related education or public service project.
A 2005 graduate of Rhinelander High School, Ferguson has been with O'Melia, Schiek & McEldowney S.C. for 5 years.
Dale Stefonek was the lucky winner of the neon Hodag sign that the Rhinelander
Area Scholarship Foundation selected to raffle to raise money for scholarship funds.
RASF provides scholarship recognition to Rhinelander graduates who plan to further
their education beyond the high school level. Stefonek was surprised when he was told
his ticket had been selected.
As a Printpack associate, he intends to have the sign displayed in the entrance window of the new Printpack facility to share with the community and
other associates. He hopes it may promote awareness for ongoing support in honor
of the scholarship awards. He added that he believes when a person gives generously,
divine intervention will occur in the future.
Printpack Press and Lamination Manager Scott Hetland said the company strives to partner with various organizations within the local community by giving back in as many ways as possible. He was happy to accept the sign from Stefonek and indicated it would be a great addition to the new Rhinelander building. The neon Hodag raffle raised an additional $3,000 which will be used toward scholarships in 2015.
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For just the third time in more than a decade, the Rhinelander High School mock trial team has failed to reach the final round of the state tournament.
In semifinal action Saturday at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison, the Hodags won matches against River Valley, River Falls and Brookfield Academy, but suffered a split-decision loss to Shorewood leading to a third place finish in the tournament.
Appleton Xavier defeated Shorewood in the final round Sunday to win its fourth state title in seven years. Only Superior (5) and Rhinelander (17) have more state championship titles.
"We saw the best individual performances of the season," said attorney coach Amy Ferguson. "Our kids were true competitors against the toughest competition they've seen."
Head coach Kathy Vick-Martini said this year's competition was the closest she can remember in her time as coach.
"There were no easy draws. Even the rounds we won were by the closest of margins," she said. "In one round, all of the ballots were scored as a tie, but we won the tiebreaker and in another round, we won every ballot by a single point. I've never seen anything like it."
Judge Mike Bloom, legal consultant for the team, said the team should be very proud.
"We can take some consolation in knowing that our only loss in the tournament was to Shorewood, the only undefeated team in semifinal action," he said.
The team qualified for state by winning its 29th consecutive regional title at the 32nd annual Mock Trial Regional Tournament held last month in Wausau.
Team members include seniors Erin Tenderholt and Mike Anderson, juniors Anna Catlin, Emily Ditzler and Jarod Hoha, and sophomores Ellie Rickman, Albiona Sabani and Sydney Schallock.
Appleton Xavier will represent the state of Wisconsin in the National Mock Trial Tournament held May 14-16 in Raleigh, N.C.
To date, Rhinelander High School is the only Wisconsin school to win the national title.
Jay Anderle passes the gavel of leadership from his 2014-15 year as Rhinelander Rotary Club president to John O’Melia, the incoming club president for 2015-16.
The Rhinelander High School Class of 1975 has donated $450 towrd the Todd McEldowney Memorial Press Center at Mike Webster Stadium. Pictured are Class of '75 representative Dawn Panzer and Todd McEldowney Jr., who accepted the donation on behalf of the McEldowney family.
O'Melia Schiek & McEldowney SC Present Holiday donation to Food Pantry -- The O'Melia, Schiek and McEldowney SC law firm made a generous holiday donation to the Food Pantry. Joanne Bishop is pictured presenting a check for $1,000 to Guy Hansen, RAFP Executive Director.
Rhinelander High School broke its own state record this past weekend at the Marathon County Courthouse in Wausau, capturing its 30th consecutive Regional Mock Trial championship. The tournament was power-paired, resulting in a match between the top two teams in the final round, Rhinelander and D.C. Everest. RHS prevailed, to remain perfect on the day with a 4-0 record.
RHS #1was led by seniors Emily Ditzler, Anna Catlin, and Jarod Hoha. Also returning from last year’s team were juniors, Albiona Sabani, Ellie Rickman, and Sydney Schallock. New to the team was junior, Max Holperin.
Members of RHS #2 were junior Zack DuBois, sophomores Tyler Fredrick, Mason Hageny, Emily McFarland, Grace Payfer, and Samantha Smith, and freshmen Ben Kubisiak and Ben Sheth.
The RHS teams are coached by Kathy Vick-Martini, Attorney Amy Ferguson, and Oneida Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom. Also assisting the team this year are Nicolet play director, Jim Nuttal, attorney Jim Jacobi and retired Oneida Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Kinney.
RHS #1 will advance to the State Mock Trial Tournament in Madison on March 12-13. In the past thirty-two years since the program’s inception, teams from Rhinelander have won the state championship seventeen times, most recently, in 2014. More than 100 teams statewide are competing in the tournament this year.
Those involved with the Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation’s 50/50 and Half-Court Shot contests recently gathered to recognize the money raised during the 2015-16 basketball season. Pictured (from the left) are RHS girls’ basketball coach Ryan Clark, RASF board member John O’Melia, Jo Waltenberg of contest sponsor Associated Bank, RHS activities director Brian Paulson and RHS boys’ basketball coach Derek Lemmens. The RASF raised approximately $2,800 through its contest this basketball season.
Bill Clow, Executive Director, from the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce presented O’Melia, Schiek &McEldowney with a Certificate of Recognition for 20 Years of Membership. Pictured from left, John O’Melia, John Schiek, Bill Clow, Todd McEldowney, Larry Wiesneske and Amy Ferguson.
The Rhinelander Rotary club has a new leader. John O'Melia, left, is shown passing the gavel for the 2016-2017 Rhinelander Rotary President position to Rhinelander police Chief Mike Steffes. the club also made a donation to the Rhinelander Food Pantry in recognition of O'Melia's year of service as president of the club.
RHINELANDER - We likely won't find out who Rhinelander's next police chief will be until early next year. But the city is already working to replace Chief Mike Steffes.
Newswatch 12 learned earlier this month Chief Steffes is leaving Rhinelander to take a job with the Department of Justice.
Steffes beat out 34 other candidates to win the chief job in 2007. Police and Fire Commission President Todd McEldowney expects to see dozens of new applicants this time.
"It's a credit to our process," McEldowney said. "We hired someone who is very good. And while we would like to keep all the good officers within the city of Rhinelander, we have to recognize that if we do hire good candidates there's a chance that we may lose them."
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The city of Rhinelander police and fire commission spent most of its Wednesday morning meeting planning out its search for a new police chief to replace Mike Steffes, who is leaving the department to take the position of deputy administrator, division of law enforcement services with the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Steffes' last day as Rhinelander's police chief will be Nov. 1.
Police and fire commission chair Todd McEldowney said the meeting started with the panel accepting Steffes' letter of resignation with "heavy hearts."
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The city of Rhinelander's finance, salary and wage committee made several moves Tuesday to help facilitate the police and fire commission's search for a successor to outgoing police chief Mike Steffes.
Police and fire commission chair Todd McEldowney told the committee his group needs the assistance of the finance panel to get the search process underway.
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O'Melia Schiek & McEldowney SC Present Holiday donation to Food Pantry -- The O'Melia, Schiek and McEldowney SC law firm made a generous holiday donation to the Food Pantry. Joanne Bishop is pictured presenting a check to Guy Hansen, RAFP Executive Director.
Amy Ferguson of O'Melia, Schiek & McEldowney S.C. in Rhinelander has received two prestigious honors in recognition of her work bringing young lawyers to rural communities.
Ferguson received the President's Award, presented by State Bar of Wisconsin President Fran Deisinger to State Bar members who have been instrumental in furthering the goals of the State Bar and the president during his term.
State Bar of Wisconsin President Fran Deisinger presents the President’s Award to Amy Ferguson of O’Melia, Schiek & McEldowney S.C.
Harlan Larson and John O'Melia from the Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation receives a $1,000 donation from Associated Banks's Jo Waltenberg signifying the financial institution's sponsorship of the RASF half-court shot contest, which will take place during halftime of each Rhinelander High School boys' basketball game during the 2017-18 regular season. (Kayla Breese/River News)
The law firm of O'Melia, Schiek and McEldowney, S.C. presented a check for $50 to the Rhinelander Youth Football program. Pictured Jo Bishop, accounts manager at O'Melia, Schiek and McEldowney presents the check to Rhinelander Youth Football coach Bill Makris. Joining the two for the photograph are Rhinelander youth football players Lukas Bishop and Dominic Lehmann.
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Kiwanis Club partners up to replace old “Welcome to Rhinelander” sign along Boyce Drive, headed up by Kiwanis’ President Lawrence Wiesneske of O’Melia, Schiek & McEldowney.
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The Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation (RASF) half-court shot will return for the 2018-19 season.
The RASF half-court shot has been a staple at Rhinelander High School basketball games for years. Associated Bank returns as the sponsor of the contest this year and has donated another $1,000 to the foundation. Also pictured, John F. O’Melia of O’Melia, Schiek & McEldowney, S.C.