Student creates Headfakes program for Platteville High School

April 9, 2014
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville student Joshua Inglett, a junior engineering physics major from Portage, Wis., wanted a way to get involved in the Platteville community. He is currently working with the Platteville High School on a program called Headfakes.

This January, Inglett contacted Dr. Jeff Jacoloson, Platteville High School principal, asking if he could work with underprivileged, disengaged students at the high school. “This program would help students who feel alienated by the system to become more engaged in learning,” said Inglett.

Inglett presented his idea for Headfakes to the students at Platteville High School. During his presentation, he talked about Randy Pausch’s last lecture. Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn. and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died shortly after his last lecture at the age of 47.

During his lecture Pausch said, “the best way to teach somebody something is to have them think they're learning something else.” This is where the term Headfakes came from. Inglett believed that this program would promote indirect learning while students were participating in fun activities.

Instead, Headfakes turned into a program for all students to come together to have an environment to talk to each other and to learn intangible skills like leadership and integrity. “This has been an eye-opening experience for me and it is amazing how much I have learned from these students,” said Inglett.

Students involved with Headfakes proposed a fund-raising activity to start a scholarship foundation for seniors graduating from Platteville High School. Their fund-raiser is called A Party in the Park, during which the students will rent City Park downtown to host a talent show, silent auction and other activities for the community. This event will be held May 17 and will start at 3 p.m.

Students will be going into the community to get business sponsors and donations for the silent auction. “This experience will teach them how to sell themselves and their ideas while learning necessary communication skills,” said Inglett.

Currently, Exxon Mobile and private donations fund the Headfakes program. “Eventually, if the program is successful, we will pitch our program to the school board to receive funding,” said Inglett. The Headfakes program is seeking funding opportunities to take the students on field trips and to have speakers give presentations.

“I’m always looking for suggestions on how to improve this organization and welcome any ideas or interested people to volunteer,” said Inglett. “Like us on Facebook for more information and updates about our program.”

The link to their facebook page is and Inglett’s proposal video to the Platteville high school can be found at

Contact: Joshua Inglett, student, 608-617-9318,
Written by: Megan Schmidt, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications,
(608) 342-1194,


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