Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker experienced some of Neenah’s art and music talent and touted increased spending for public education during a visit to Neenah High School on Thursday. It was Governor Walker’s first visit to Neenah High School since taking office in 2011.
Governor Walker began the day by visiting with art students who showed him some of the displays in the school hallways. Liberty Sutter explained the mural outside the cafeteria, while Tyson Morgan, Andrew Nunamaker, Madison Xiong, Gabby Santor and Marissa Hart showed the Governor the process and work behind the Veteran’s Memorial exhibit. Arete Academy students Liz Gartland and Zach Schmitt described the history and creation of the Heroes Tree exhibit.
Governor Walker experienced some of Neenah’s best orchestra talent as a pair of string quartets each performed a piece in the Pickard Auditorium lobby. Mindara Krueger-Olson, Grace Hackinson, Basil Eastman-Keisow and Kaylee Jepson performed along with Jack Murphy, Nate Zerrien, Jacob Popp and Ryan Roekle.
About 50 students attended a short talk by the Governor in the Armstrong Library. He discussed his budget proposals and the positive impact for public education. Neenah alone could gain over $2.4 million over the next two years if the proposed budget is approved by the state legislature. Three students were also given the opportunity to ask the Governor questions before he held a press conference with local media outlets. The entire visit lasted about one hour.
Neenah was also invited by Governor Walker to his State of the State address at the state capitol in January. Neenah was the only public school invited to the event.