MCKALA KIESSLING WORKS in the lab at  Ripon’s wastewater treatment plant. 				Ian Stepleton file photo
MCKALA KIESSLING WORKS in the lab at Ripon’s wastewater treatment plant. Ian Stepleton file photo

     MCKALA KIESSLING ADMITS she may not be what comes to mind when you think of a wastewater treatment plant operator.

     “Sometimes people sound surprised that I work at a wastewater treatment plant,” she said, referring to the fact that she’s a young woman who is just a year and a half out of Ripon College.

     She jokes, too, that she “sound(s) like I’m 12 on the phone.”

     McKala knows that she’s not the archetype.

     But maybe she should be.

     At a banquet Oct. 20, she was named “Newcomer of the Year” by the Wisconsin Wastewater Operators’ Association (WWOA) after earning high praise from her elders at Ripon’s plant. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Nov. 23, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.