BURLINGTON – When coach Don Dalton added student David Sheffer to his sidelines he probably expected Sheffer to help the team until he graduated from Burlington High School in 1976 Defying the odds, Sheffer continues to serve as the team manager for soccer, boys’ basketball and baseball. He’s even helped with wrestling and athletics over the years.
Burlington High School recognized Sheffer on Dec. 22 for receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association. The award honors people who have made a significant impact on the lives of students.
“His dedication to the athletic programs at Burlington High School is demonstrated by the fact that he served 94 different seasons as a manager for various teams,” said Eric Plitzuweit, Burlington Area School District athletic director and board member. administration of WADA.
Family members and coaches who became Sheffer’s extended family attended WADA’s awards ceremony in November. The December ceremony gave the whole community the opportunity to celebrate Sheffer, the number one fan of the Demons.
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Its commitment is unparalleled. As a team manager, Sheffer attends every practice and game of football, men’s basketball and baseball, whether at home or away. As the Burlington-area school district goaltender for 27 years, Sheffer would take a vacation on Friday to make sure he doesn’t miss a game.
He supports teams and inspires student-athletes in every game. A perk of the volunteer position has been witnessing Burlington’s best athletes and moments, including the 2016 State Baseball Championship.
Baseball coach Scott Staude appreciates Sheffer’s optimism and said, âDavid will tell you he thinks we’re going to win the conference championship and declare it every year. He is excited about wins and takes losses very hard.
In 2009, Sheffer was inducted into the BHS Wall of Fame, which honors both former athletes and those who have dedicated time and effort to support the school’s athletic programs and mission. In 2022, Burlington High School will induct two new members into its Wall of Fame: Rick Koceja and Greg Uhlenhake.
Day of service
Burlington High School’s student leadership team, DRIVEN, kicked off the holiday season with a day of service. In just one day of student bells, the community donated $ 4,127 to Love Inc. to provide winter essentials to the people of Burlington. This total almost doubled the amount raised in previous years. The students also spent part of the day with senior citizens.
On Saturday April 2, the Burlington area school district will open its buildings to the community. The morning event provides an opportunity to see the significant improvements each school received in the 2018 referendum. It also gives alumni and staff the opportunity to tour their old school. More details will be available in early 2022.
4K and 5K registrations begin in January. Unique to the Burlington area school district, families can choose from two programs: Traditional or Montessori. Montessori is a philosophy that creates an educational environment in which students choose their work based on their willingness to learn academic concepts. In the traditional educational environment, students keep pace. Registration information is available online at basd.k12.wi.us/families/kindergarten.cfm.
One act wins
The Burlington High School one-act cast was honored for their performance of âAnneâ¦ the Green Gables Houseâ. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Theater Festival recognized the ensemble in the Critics’ Choice, Acting, Ensemble, Directing and Technical Theater categories, as well as the following individual cast members for Outstanding Acting: Julia Torpy as Marilla Cuthbert, Jonathan Morrell as Matthew Cuthbert and Madeline Thompson in the title role of Anne Shirley.
The student-run show had a “no-cut” policy allowing anyone who wanted to participate in a way to get involved. Principal Carrie Fidler said, âI am so happy for our students and so happy that we are able to excel and be inclusive. “
Donated buddy benches
In the fall of 2021, Burlington High School and Waller Elementary School received Scherrer Cares Buddy Benches. Buddy benches provide a place to sit down to make new friends. Waller Elementary School hosted a general assembly where three students from Burlington High School spoke of kindness to the younger ones.