Wisconsin’s 32 top scholar athletes from public and nonpublic high schools have been selected by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). Sixteen senior girls and 16 senior boys from Sun Prairie to Superior achieved the top combined classroom and sports performances during their four years in high school to be selected as finalists for the 31st annual 2014 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award underwritten by Marshfield Clinic.
To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys and four girls are selected from each of four WIAA divisions based on both athletic and academic achievement. Sixteen of this year’s 32 WIAA Scholar Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is 3.85. All 32 scholar athlete finalists earned a total of 308 letters (an average of 9 letters per athlete) during their first 3-1/2 years of high school.
The 32 scholar athlete finalists were chosen from among 825 seniors nominated by more than 425 high schools in the state. Every year since 1984, each of the WIAA-member high schools has been invited to nominate one boy and one girl for the WIAA Scholar Athlete award. The average grade point of all Wisconsin student athletes nominated this year was 3.85 and 136 of the nominated student athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs.
The 2014 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalists, as well as their families and school representatives, will be recognized at an awards ceremony Sunday, May 4 at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau. Each 2014 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalist will receive a medallion and certificate, and will take with them a special plaque for display in their school’s trophy case. Featured speaker will be Kevin Borseth, UW-Green Bay Women's Basketball Coach.
A Webcast of the awards ceremony will be available at www.wiaawi.org during and after the ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 4.
All 825 students nominated for the award by their high school athletic directors will be presented with a medal at their school in a manner to be determined by the school administration recognizing them as their school’s top male or female scholar athlete.
DIVISION 1 – BOYS
Jon Averkamp, Germantown, Germantown High School
Michael Marchese, Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie High School*
Peter Rentzepis, Eau Claire, Eau Claire Memorial High School
Ben Thornton, Stoddard, La Crosse Central High School
DIVISION 1 – GIRLS
Brittany Baldwin, Stoddard, La Crosse Central High School
Elizabeth Flatley, Brookfield, Brookfield Central High School
Jessica Lindstrom, Superior, Superior High School
Marissa Matushak, Merrill, Wausau West High School
DIVISION 2 – BOYS
Jason Balts, Barron, Barron High School
Gaelin Elmore, Somerset, Somerset High School
Matt Ferris, Menasha, Xavier High School
Brett Harms, Whitewater, Whitewater High School
DIVISION 2 – GIRLS
Lexi Brost, Nekoosa, Nekoosa High School
McKenna Larsen, Oconto Falls, Oconto Falls High School
Andrea Thomas, New Lisbon, Mauston High School
Kelsey Thompson, Waupun, Waupun High School
DIVISION 3 – BOYS
Ben Fischer, Crivitz, Crivitz High School
Jackson Margis, Crivitz, Coleman High School
Jacob Ohnstad, Cushing, Grantsburg High School
Tyson Thomas Miehe, Darlington, Darlington High School
DIVISION 3 – GIRLS
Kennedy Blahnik, Algoma, Algoma High School*
Maddy Reed, Oshkosh, Lourdes Academy
Delaney Sinnen, Random Lake, Random Lake High School
Danielle Weber, Cuba City, Cuba City High School
DIVISION 4 – BOYS
Jake Fibert, Grand View, Drummond High School
Albert Goerlitz, Withee, Owen-Withee High School
Cullen Pedersen, New Lisbon, New Lisbon High School
Nicholas Zander, Chippewa Falls, McDonell Central High School*
DIVISION 4 – GIRLS
Bailey Karaba, Owen, Owen-Withee High School
Mary Sigler, Port Edwards, Assumption High School
Mackenzie Swiggum, Gays Mills, North Crawford High School
Jennifer Wellnitz, South Wayne, Black Hawk High School
*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.