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Jay DeMerit to appear at Meyer Theatre


Jay DeMerit and Lauren Sesselmann, two world class and highly renown soccer players from the Green Bay area, will appear and speak at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay on Tuesday, December 27, 7pm as part of a fundraiser for Junior Achievement in Brown County. Tickets are on sale now and are $15 for adults and $10 for children 15 & under.  Tickets available at all Oneida Casino Ticket Star locations, including the Resch Center box office, by phone 494-3401 or toll free 800-895-0071 and on-line 


Jay DeMeritis a graduate of Bay Port High Schooland the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Jay presently is playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps and for the United States National team following a long and storied career playing professionally in Europe. He is known for overcoming long odds and playing hurt.  Jay began playing international soccer in 2007 and continues to this day.  He was an important member of the United States 2010 World Cup team playing in all four of the United States matches – the three first-round games, against England, Slovenia and Algeria and the second round match against Ghana, in South Africa.



Up & Coming Nashville Star Returns to Former Elementary School

Kesler De Ruyter, Bay Port High School graduate and rising Nashville country music star, returned home to Howard Elementary School to spend some time before Thanksgiving break to visit with the 4th graders. He spoke about the importance of school and working hard for what you want in life, setting goals, following your dreams, and being a good person all of the time. Two weeks ago, Kesler signed with a publishing company then flew home to sing “The National Anthem” at the Packer-Vikings game before spending some time with his family. He picked up a guitar at the age of 7, but never had any formal lessons.  He has been busy writing songs for a while. Vande Hei, 4th Grade Teacher, remembers Kesler as “a quiet yet active boy with an amazing voice”.  Amy Bero, Music Teacher said, “I knew he would become someone someday if he continued to sing”. We are so proud of Kesler and look forward to following him on his path to continued success! He will begin touring next year.



Henry Rymer will lead a MSA task force


Henry Rymer, 2012 Bay Port High School Alumni, was featured in a story in the Minnesota Daily. The Minnesota Daily is the campus newspaper of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, published Monday-Thursday while school is in session, and published weekly on Wednesdays during summer sessions. Published since 1900, the paper is one of the largest student-run and student-written newspapers in the United States and the fifth-largest paper in the state of Minnesota. The article is about a task force to address men's mental health. University of Minnesota student groups recently voiced concerns about men seeking mental health guidance.


Often ignored because of the taboo associated with it, men’s mental health is the focus of a new Minnesota Student Association task force.


“Oftentimes, it is overlooked in our society because we have this idea of manning up,” said Henry Rymer, a Minnesota Student Association member. “And I think that inhibits a lot of men from seeking the help they need.”


Rymer, a University freshman, will lead an MSA task force to jumpstart a men’s mental health awareness campaign.

“We hope that by launching a task force led by Henry, we can really engage with the issue and figure out what is the best plan of action,” said Marissa Kramer, director of MSA’s University Policies and Student Concerns committee.


Rymer said he hopes his efforts can help eliminate the stigma associated with men’s mental health and the idea that men need to hide their feelings.


“If we’re losing fathers, brothers and friends at the rate we are, something needs to be done,” Rymer said. “And I think a good first step is just getting the word out.” For more on this article go to


Bay Port Alumni, Marcus Ruh Named to Capital One Academic


All-District Team Marcus Ruh, the on-court leader for the Saint Leo men's basketball team, is also making a name for himself off the hardwood as he has been named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District team it was announced by CoSIDA representatives earlier this week. Ruh, a perfect 4.0 student

in the field of Business Administration, is the Lions' leading scorer and has propelled the 15-4 squad to the top two spots in the Sunshine State Conference.  Already earning Conference Player of the Week honors this season, the reigning First-Team All-SSC and the 2011-12 All-Newcomer team member was also named to the All-SSC Tournament Team last season.  The Green Bay, WI. native picked up where he left off last year as he helped the Lions crack the NABC Top-25 and also eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau.

In order to be eligible for the Academic All-District team honors, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and be at least a sophomore in eligibility and be a starter or key player on the team.


The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.


First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.



Damian LaCroix

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