Pulaski News gets exposure on ‘Good Morning, America’

By Jena Socha

Pulaski community members Janet and Eugene Maroszek brought “Where in the World in Pulaski News?” to a new level. During every vacation Janet and Eugene take, they make sure they pack their Pulaski News wherever they go. This time as they traveled to New York for their holiday vacation, they received some unexpected acknowledgements from a few famous figures.

During their Dec. 11-14 vacation, they decided to attend Good Morning America to join in the live audience experience. As Mr. Kelly went around to cheer the crowd up before the news began, he noticed a familiar item and stopped to take a look.

“He [Mr. Kelly] saw us carrying a newspaper and came over to tease us that Wisconsin people (Eugene had a Green Bay Packer shirt on) came to a morning news show and didn’t think there would be enough news so we had to bring our own,” said Janet Maroszek.

She later went on to describe to him that Pulaski News is the longest student-run newspaper in the nation and how it includes a segment called “Where in the World is Pulaski News?”

“They thought it was pretty neat,” she stated.

After she described the process to Mr. Kelly, “He had us lay on the floor in front of the news desk to get a really fun picture,” she added. As the second half of the show started to begin, Mr. Kelly mentioned the segment in Pulaski News to Good Morning America Broadcaster Robin Roberts.



“She is a really nice lady and loved the little bit of history about our Pulaski News and the students. She said tell them to keep up the good work,” said Maroszek. After their conversation with Roberts, both of them got a picture with her to add to “Where in the World is Pulaski News?”

Not only did they get to meet and interact with the famous faces of Roberts and Kelly, but the couple also had the ability to interact with another famous New York face.

“Eugene and I were sitting and eating dinner in a restaurant and there was no one else in the restaurant and Randy came in and sat a few tables away from us,” Mrs. Maroszek stated. Television presenter and fashion designer Randy Fenoli from Say Yes to the Dress was simultaneously eating lunch just as Mrs. and Mr. Maroszek were.

“We talked to him for a little while. He is a very nice man. He told us about his dog and that he has a brother that lives in La Crosse and about just finishing up taping and stopped in for a quick bite,” she stated.

Other than meeting the famous faces from Good Morning America and Say Yes to the Dress, they also traveled around New York to attend other events to fill their vacation.

“We went for a carriage ride in Central Park to see the Rockettes do their Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall, and of course, the Big Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center, and the light show on Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s,” stated Maroszek.

By Trevor Stiede

The Pulaski wrestling team has finished on top of the FRCC this season with winning their last dual of the season, 83-0 over Sheboygan South.

The last time Pulaski won conference was in 2010. One point away from having a perfect dual the Raiders finished with seven pins on the night. Those seven wrestlers who came away with a pin were Cole Gille, Brady Sorenson, Brock Gracyalny, Jadin Lemke, Brandon King, Derek Gibbons and Liam Fahey. Peter Karcz also won his bout 16-1. The weight draw for the dual started at 132 with Pulaski’s Brady Sorenson getting a pin.

Another two pins came after that for the Raiders, then Gille, Gracyalny and Kane all won by forfeit. After that Karcz won by a technical fall, and three other

Raiders came away with a pin. Back at 106, Kitzman then Heinz win by forfeit. Gille gets a pin, and to finish Fischer wins by forfeit.

The team participated in team regionals Tuesday after this edition went to press. See the next issue for results.
PULASKI 83, SHEBOYGAN NORTH 0 106: Mitchell Kitzman, PUL, won by forfeit. 113: Owen Heinz, PUL, won by forfeit. 120: Cole Gille, PUL, pinned Anakin Paulson, 0:19. 126: Nathan Fischer, PUL, won by forfeit. 132: Brady Sorenson, PUL, pinned Chanfais Moua, 4:44. 138: Brock Gracyalny, PUL, pinned Colby Meissner, 0:25. 145: Jadin Lemke, PUL, pinned Robert Elgenberger, 3:00. 152: Jake Gille, PUL, won by forfeit. 160: Lucus Gracyalny, PUL, won by forfeit. 170: Michael Kane, PUL, won by forfeit. 182: Peter Karcz, PUL, def. Brandon Waiter, TF 16-1. 195: Brandon King, PUL, pinned Nathan Roelse, 0:29. 220: Derek Gibbons, PUL, pinned Cassius Rohadfox, 0:57. 285: Liam Fahey, PUL, pinned Evann Belvin, 1:23.

by Jaclyn Willems 

Destin Wernicke, a recent graduate from Pulaski High School, was selected to display his photo in the Natural History Museum in London, England. Wernicke took this photo, titled “Sand-napping”, during his senior year at PHS. On Floreana Island in Ecuador, the photo was of a Galápagos sea lion sleeping in the sand. Wernicke entered his photo along with almost 50,000 other participants from around the world, all with hopes of being one of the hundred photos selected for the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Rolean Wernicke,

Destin’s mom, said, “Destin forgot to mention to (father) Mark and I that he entered this photo of a sea lion he took in Galapagos, so when he showed us the emails he was receiving during the summer of 2016 stating that he was a finalist, we weren’t quite sure this whole thing was legit.”

After finding out his photo was a finalist, Destin Wernicke said, “I was really excited when I found out. I wanted to tell everybody, but the competition had a press embargo, so I kind of had to keep it a secret. It felt so great to have all those years of taking pictures finally pay off.”

Destin Wernicke was invited to the awards ceremony in London in October 2016, but unfortunately he was not able to Attend.

Destin Wernicke said, “I wanted to go to London to visit the exhibit and meet all the other photographers, but I didn’t want to miss any of my musical education. In the end, college won out.”

Mark and Rolean Wernicke went to the ceremony and represented in behalf of their son. Rolean Wernicke said, “We were in awe of this prestigious honor! We were very proud to represent him at what reminded me of having dinner on the set of ‘Night at the Museum,’ since the very elaborate dinner and ceremony took place in the entry hall of the Natural History Museum right next to the gigantic Diplodocus dinosaur!”

Aaron Sperduto, PHS Art teacher, is very proud of Wernicke’s accomplishments and recognition. “It is a great honor for him to have his photograph in print and be part of such a wonderful collection of photographs and be one of the many very talented photographers showcased in the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio from the Natural History Museum.”

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